Right up there alongside the likes of Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, and St Petersburg, Miami is one of the biggest and most visited cities in the state of Florida. Offering something a little different to the family attractions and beachside fun of many of the Sunshine State's other cities, Miami is best-known for its incredible skyline, live entertainment, luxury shopping streets, upscale restaurants, and more.
Miami is broken down into various neighborhoods and connected to various smaller cities and towns, with Miami Beach being one of the most popular. Located in Miami Dade County just off the coast from the rest of Miami, Miami Beach is situated on a set of man-made barrier islands separating the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay. Well-known for its gorgeous beaches and art deco-style historic buildings, with the Art Deco Historic District actually being named on the National Register of Historic Places, Miami Beach is a beautiful and vibrant city to visit and a must-see part of any trip to the Miami area.
If you'd like to visit Miami Beach and are looking for a fun, free, and easy way to get around, check out the Miami Beach trolley. The whole Miami area is served by multiple trolley systems and routes, with the Miami Beach trolley being one of the best, with state-of-the-art cars and fully free transportation all through the year. Read on to learn more about the Miami Beach trolley system.
2.Riding the Miami Beach Trolley
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The Miami Beach trolley runs all through the week, but hours do vary on Sundays. On Monday through to Saturday, the trolley starts service at 6 am and finished at midnight, whereas on Sunday the service begins at 8 am and ends at midnight. There are four lines in total: South Beach Loop, Middle Beach Loop, Collins Express, and North Beach Loop. Trolleys run every 15 minutes on average for the Middle Beach Loop and North Beach Loop, 20 minutes for the Collins Express and most South Beach services, and around 35 minutes for the specific South Beach Loop service that passes via 10th Street.
If you'd like to ride the trolley, you simply have to find a stop and stand by it in the same way you would catch a bus. Drivers will only pick people up or drop them off at designated stops and it's important to note that no animals are allowed on board aside from service dogs or small animals in carriers. No eating or drinking is allowed on board either. Read on to learn more about the details of each of the four routes of the Miami Beach trolley in order to see which one you might need to use on your next visit to the city.
3.South Beach Loop
Firstly, it's important to note that the South Beach Loop is broken up into three slightly different services. They all run simultaneously and pass by many of the same stops, but each one is unique. South Beach Loop A runs in a clockwise direction around the South Beach area, while South Beach Loop B runs the same route, but in a counter-clockwise direction. These routes take around 20 minutes to finish their loop.
The third route is less frequent and is the South Beach Via 10th Street route. It calls at the same stops as South Beach Loop A and B, but takes longer to complete due to a detour onto 10th Street. This route is a good option to choose for exploring the South Beach area and its many upscale stores and good quality eateries. You can use this trolley service to access some of the liveliest and most interesting streets in all of Miami Beach like Lincoln Road and Washington Avenue.
4.Middle Beach Loop
The Middle Beach Loop, as its name suggests, serves the central part of Miami Beach and runs parallel to the coastline for a large section of its route. It also offers multiple connection points to allow passengers to transfer to other Miami Beach trolley services like the South Beach Loop routes and the Collins Express.
The Middle Beach part of Miami Beach is known for offering good quality, affordable accommodation and the same great shops and eateries that the city has become known for, so it's a good place to enjoy the city, especially if you'd like to get the best prices and deals on food and in stores. This is a also a good line to take for areas and landmarks like the Convention Center, Holocaust Memorial, Miami City Ballet, and Bass Contemporary Art Museum.
5.North Beach Loop
The North Beach Loop runs all around the northern part of Miami Beach, which has become known as one of the classiest parts of the city, attracting wealthy tourists and even the odd celebrity. This is a really useful route as it visits most of the major sites and streets in the North Beach area, offering a quick and easy way to get around and see the things you want to see without wasting any time.
This route also has multiple stops where you can change over onto the Collins Express to head down to the other parts of Miami Beach. Use the North Beach Loop of the Miami Beach trolley to check out places like Normandy Isle Park, Allison Park, and North Shore Open Space Park, especially if you’re visiting the area as a family and would like to spend some time together outdoors in a beautiful setting.
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Finally, we come to the Collins Express. This is essentially a route that is focused more on transportation than anything else. It doesn't feature lots of stops or call at tourist locations; instead, the Collins Express is designed to provide quick and easy travel along Collins Avenue, connecting the Middle Beach area of Miami Beach with the North Beach area.
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