Wilmington’s Free Downtown Trolley

Beginning Monday, October 15, 2018 a new permanent route for the Free Downtown Trolley will go into effect.

Click HERE to view or print the new Trolley schedule. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Where does the free 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 downtown trolley 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 downtown trolley?

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

When does free downtown 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 downtown trolley?

The same regulations apply for the trolley as they do for the buses and shuttles.

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