Island Transit - Galveston Transportation Services

Rail Trolley

The City of Galveston is excited to announce the return of the Galveston Island Trolley service on weekends beginning October 1. This will be the first trolley rail service since they were flooded during Hurricane Ike in 2008. Three of the four historic trolleys have been beautifully restored and have completed testing for the state and federal certification needed before resuming service to the public. 

"We've been looking forward to the return of the beloved trolleys since they were damaged in Hurricane Ike and are thrilled the public will soon be able to ride them once again," Mayor Craig Brown said. "There is no better way to see the historic architecture of downtown Galveston and visit the restaurants and shops than by streetcar." 

“The trolley restoration project has been a long time in the works and we’re ready to have the public enjoying them again,” City Manager Brian Maxwell said. “We’d like to thank all of our partners who worked with us to bring back the trolleys, including TXDOT and the Federal Transportation Agency.”

Beginning Friday, October 1, three trolleys will be running the entire route of the line, which connects downtown and the Seawall along 25th Street. The Galveston Island Trolley is a fun and unique way to see historic downtown Galveston. For the first weekend of October, the trolleys will be free to ride. After that, the fare will be $1 per person with the trolleys operating. For now, the trolleys will operate on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Trolley 1





 

ROUTE A


413 20th Street (20th St Terminal)

157 25th Street (25th St and Strand)

2108 Seawall Blvd (21st st and Seawall Blvd)

 

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10:08

10:30

 

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11:08

11:30

 

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12:08

12:30

 

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4:08

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5:08

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6:08

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7:00

7:08


 




 

Route B


2108 Seawall Blvd (21st st and Seawall Blvd)

413 20th Street (20th St Terminal)

157 25th Street (25th St and Strand)

 

10:00

10:30

10:38

 

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11:30

11:38

 

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12:38

 

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1:38

 

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2:38

 

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3:38

 

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4:38

 

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5:38

 

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6:38

 



COVID-19 Operations

TSA requires proper wearing of face masks per federal law. Face masks are to be worn at all times. Failure to comply will result in denial of boarding or removal and may result in penalties.

Island Transit Schedule Changes

Island Transit is operating at full capacity for its scheduled fixed routes and ADA paratransit services Monday through Friday 6:30 am -7:30 pm and Saturday 7:30 am-7:30 pm. 

 

The following routes will operate Monday - Friday:

 

Route 1- 63rd St via Market & Broadway

Route 2- UTMB-Ferry Rd

Route 3- 81st St to W. Broadway via Avenue M

Route 4- Broadway to 8th St

Route 5- Avenue S - Stewart Rd

Route 6- 61st St via Avenue O

 

Route 7-Bayou-Seawall loop will remain closed for fixed route services at this time. ADA paratransit services will still be provided in the area within the days and hours listed.

 

Saturday service will operate its normal schedule. There will be no Sunday service.

 

ADA paratransit services provided by the RIDES Program will remain available during all hours when the fixed route system is operating.

 

At a minimum, Island Transit will continue to follow CDC guidelines, and in addition will sanitize the buses hourly for the safety of the public and our staff.  Island Transit will take all reasonable and appropriate precautionary measures to ensure the safety of passengers and employees.  

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Click on the links below to download fixed route and trolley schedules

FREE FARE FINAL

ANNUAL $5 ID CARD

Beginning September 2019, the following patrons can purchase a $5 ID for free bus service on Island Transit’s Fixed Route System:

  1. Pre-qualified ADA Paratransit patrons
  2. Persons 65 and over
  3. Retired, honorably discharged and disabled veterans

To obtain $5 ID Card, you must bring qualifying documentation to Island Transit located at 3115 Market Street, Galveston, TX.

This ID is not valid on trolley system. For more information, please contact the Island Transit Department at (409) 797-3900


  1. Island Transit

    Physical Address
    3115 Market Street
    Galveston, TX 77550

    Phone: 409-797-3900
    Fax: 409-877-1558