Trolley FAQ

Where does the downtown trolley go?
The free trolley is an easy and convenient way to get around Wilmington’s historic downtown. It runs on a route bordered by Third and Nutt Streets to the East and West, and Harnett and Ann streets to the North and South. The free trolley serves City and County parking decks, Thalian Hall, Cape Fear Community College, PPD, the Convention Center, downtown hotels, museums and many shops and restaurants. Please refer to our route page for a complete map.

How do I get on?
The easiest way to catch the trolley is to look for our trolley stop banners.  If you can't find one, you can board the trolley at any intersection or by waving to the driver. For safety purposes, Wave Transit encourages passengers to board at intersections or at stops designated by a sidewalk medallion or sign, but with slower moving traffic, especially on Front Street, hailing the trolley is perfectly safe.

How much does it cost?
There is no charge to ride the trolley, and operators are prohibited from accepting gratuities.

How do I get off the free trolley?
Simply let the driver know where you’d like to get off the trolley. Disembarking at intersections is recommended.

When does free trolley service run?
The free trolley runs seven days a week, with the exception of the following holidays: New Year's Day; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; Easter; Memorial Day; Independence Day; Labor Day; Thanksgiving; & Christmas. Service runs Monday – Friday from 7:00 am to 8:50 pm, on Saturdays from 10:30 am to 8:50 pm, and Sundays from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm. Frequency of the trolley is approximately every twenty minutes.  Please refer to the schedule page for an exact schedule.

What are the rules and regulations for riding the free trolley?
Eating, with the exception of small snacks, open containers of alcohol, smoking (including the use of electronic cigarettes) are prohibited on the trolley. Drinks are permitted on the vehicle; however, they must be kept in a container with a secure lid. Pets are prohibited from boarding the trolley. Service animals are permitted. Firearms are prohibited from Wave Transit vehicles and facilities. Items such as automotive batteries, gasoline or equipment that contains gasoline, and any other item that may be hazardous are prohibited from Wave vehicles. If you are unsure of an item you wish to bring on the bus, please call 343-0106 for specific instructions. Wave is not responsible for lost items.