Take the Free Anna Maria Island Trolley on Your Next Visit

When you’re planning a vacation, one of the main things you’re likely thinking about is how you’re going to get around. You could spend the money to rent a car or drive your car to your location of choice, but when you’re actually traveling around, you often have to worry about expensive gas prices or finding a parking space at each and every destination, but luckily, Anna Maria Island has your perfect solution.

The free Anna Maria Island trolley is an incredibly popular service that allows you to leave the car behind and not have to worry about figuring out how to get from place to place. The trolley has numerous stops all over the island and can even take you onto the mainland! Here’s everything you’ll need to know to utilize the Anna Maria Island trolley to the fullest on your next getaway. 

General Information

AMI trolley

The Anna Maria Island trolley is an absolutely free service for visitors and locals of AMI. It runs daily from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. and also offers a Sarasota service that runs until 11 p.m. The trolley maintains stops every 2-4 blocks along its route, and you can easily spot the covered stops thanks to the bright green signs.

As we mentioned, the trolley is totally free to ride around AMI, but it can also take you onto the mainland for a small fee. Simply ride the trolley all the way to its last stop on Anna Maria Island, which is at Coquina Beach. Then, you’ll pay a minuscule fee of just $0.75 per rider and transfer onto the Longboat Key service which will take you to St. Armands Circle and then on to downtown Sarasota.

Major Stops

The northernmost stop on the trolley’s route is at Anna Maria City Pier, where you can grab some ice cream or admire the view of the water. The trolley then moves on to Gulf Drive and brings passengers to the Island Shopping Center, which is the perfect destination for finding the perfect souvenir or a new item for your wardrobe.

In the middle of the island, the trolley has a convenient stop at Manatee Public Beach in the city of Holmes Beach. This stretch of shoreline is popular with families and is the perfect place to soak up the sun. You can continue on the trolley to reach Historic Bridge Street, which is full of tons of shops and restaurants for you to explore. Finally, the last stop on the Anna Maria Island trolley is at Coquina Beach. This spot is equally as family friendly as Manatee Public Beach but isn’t quite as crowded, ideal for a relaxing afternoon with your loved ones.

Things to Remember

The Anna Maria Island trolleys reach their stops about every 20 minutes, so you’ll never have to wait long for a ride. If you’re embarking on the service to Sarasota, you can expect a trolley to arrive at each stop every 30 minutes. Every trolley is air-conditioned, and many offer open-air seating as well. The trolleys are also incredibly accessible for those in wheelchairs and also offer bike racks on the front for your convenience.

couple holding each other

While you’re on the trolley, please be respectful of your fellow guests. Keep backs and purses out of the aisles and refrain from smoking. Dogs are allowed on the trolley as long as they can remain in a carrier. Don’t listen to music without headphones or use profanity; this is a family-friendly service, after all!

The Anna Maria Island trolley is just one feature of this incredible location, and it can help you explore everything the island has to offer! Contact us today to book your Anna Maria Island vacation rental and plan your dream getaway!