Galveston Island Rail Trolley Update

We're thrilled about this much-anticipated rail trolley update! After being out of service for more than 10 years, the Galveston Island Trolley will open to passengers very soon.

Three of the four historic trolleys have been beautifully restored after getting damaged during Hurricane Ike, and visitors to the island will soon see the charming historic rail trolleys traversing through downtown Galveston.

Downtown trolley

pictured: Galveston Rail Trolley

For now, the trolleys will be limited to the downtown loop service as testing is underway. We anticipate the trolleys making appearances for testing each week throughout May. We'll then start taking passengers again before the end of 2021.

Over time, we will expand the routes from downtown to the downtown-Seawall rail line.

"We've been looking forward to the return of the beloved trolleys since they were damaged in Hurricane Ike and are pleased to be a step closer to re-opening to the public. There is no better way to see the historic architecture of downtown Galveston and visit the restaurants and shops than by trolley." Mayor Craig Brown

Note: The historic rail trolleys are different from the rubber wheel trolleys. The rubber wheel trolleys service both downtown and the Seawall and cost $1 for adults, while minors accompanied by adults ride free. For more information or routes, visit

Stay tuned for future updates!

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Marissa Barnett Public Information Officer

Marissa Barnett works in the Public Information Office for the City of Galveston and is a contributor to Visit Galveston.