The Miami Beach Trolley is a fun and convenient way to get around the city. But, it gets better—the trolley service is free! Plus, the trollies are air-conditioned, comfortable, and each one is equipped with WiFi. The trolley service is actually paid for by a transportation fund created in the early 2000s. Miami Beach is not the only Miami-Dade County city to run a free trolley service, but each city's trolley routes, frequency, and quality is maintained by the city that runs it. The Miami Beach Trolley, though, is one of the best around, and the city is even looking into ways to expand routes to make it more convenient for users.
How to Catch the Trolley
The trolley runs Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. until Midnight and on Sunday from 8 8 a.m. to midnight. They arrive about every 15 minutes, though it does vary from route to route. To catch the trolley just stand at one of the marked trolley stops on the street, and the trolley will pick you right up. Just keep in mind, these aren’t actual trollies, they are really just busses outfitted to look like trollies, but they do the trick.
South Beach Loop
The South Beach loop stretches from 5th Street to Lincoln Road. There are three loops on the South Beach all happening simultaneously. Loop A and B are the same route but run in different directions—Loop A runs clockwise, Loop B runs counterclockwise. Both take approximately 20 minutes to complete. The third route is the Via 10th Street route, which follows almost the same loop as routes A and B, but it makes stops along 10th Street as well. This route takes about 35 minutes to complete. Transfers to different trolley routes are available at marked stops.
If you’re looking to get around South Beach, this is a great way to do so. The trolley makes stops along Lincoln Road, famed for its world-class shopping, all the way down to South Pointe Park. The South Beach loop also travels down Washington Avenue which is known for its shopping, restaurants, and people watching. The Española Way shopping district is located between Washington Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue.
Middle Beach Loop
The Middle Beach loop operates along the 41st Street and Collins Avenue areas with ample connections to the South Beach and Collins Express lines. Hotels in the Mid-Beach section of Miami Beach tend to run a bit cheaper than those in South Beach or further north, so having this loop makes access to the more popular areas easier. You can take the Mid-Beach loop up or down Collins Avenue, and enjoy shopping, fine dining, and of course, the beach. Then, you can make your way up or down Miami Beach, at the trolley connection stops.
The Mid-Beach line will get you to the Collins Park area of the city. Here you’ll find The Bass Contemporary Art Museum, the Miami Beach Convention Center, the Botanical Gardens, and the east end of Lincoln Road. The neighborhood is known as the cultural center of Miami Beach, so you’ll find you are within close proximity to the Miami City Ballet, The SoBe Music Institute, and the Holocaust Memorial. During Art Basal, many events flow over into this area as well.
Collins Express Line
The Collins Express route is meant to shuttle passengers up and down Collins Avenue quickly, so there are not many tourists stops along the way. If you’re in need of a quick ride up to North Miami Beach, then this is the trolley line for you.
Once the Collins Express hits 43rd Street, it drives straight up till 69th Street with no stops. (It goes up to 88th Street.) Once you get up north, you can connect with the North Beach Loop.
North Beach Loop
North Beach has become an upscale tourist destination in recent years which is why the North Beach loop is so helpful. The route runs North Beach to Normandy Isle and makes frequent stops along the way. One of the most popular stops along the route is the North Shore Open Space Park, Miami Beach’s largest park. It’s a great place to spend a day at the beach. There are BBQs, picnic tables, pavilions, showers, and changing facilities all in the park and plenty of green areas to relax. You can also walk along the mile-long beach path, which takes you down to the ocean front playground at Allison Park.
The last stop along the North Beach loop is Normandy Isle Park & Pool, a municipal park with a large community pool, splash pad, basketballs courts, soccer fields, party area, and a tot lot. It makes a fun and relaxing place to spend the day with friends and family.