Ride the Downtown Memphis Trolley

Muse on South Main Arts District: Dan Ball

MUSE retail store on S. Main in Memphis, TN. Photo by Dan Ball.

Sheraton Exterior - Dusk: Starwood Hotels and Resorts

Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel near the Memphis Cook Convention Center. Photo by Starwood Hotels and Resorts.

B.B. King's Blues Club: Bob Hazlett

B.B. King's Blues Club on Beale Street. Photo by Bob Hazlett

Just about every night of the week you'll find Beale Street full of music, food, people and neon. Photo by Andrea Zucker.

The Peabody Ducks and Guests of the Peabody Memphis Hotel

Vintage trolleys run up and down the streets of downtown Memphis. Photo by Dan Ball

Ride the riverfront trolley in downtown Memphis. Photo by Dan Ball.

Memphis Trolley: Dan Ball

Take a ride on the vintage trolley in downtown Memphis. Photo by Dan Ball.

Memphis Trolley: Dan Ball

The Main Street trolley will take you past Beale Street and the Orpehum Theatre. Photo by Dan Ball.

**NOTE: MATA has temporaily suspended all trolley use beginning June 11 as they work toward complete vehicle maintenance overhauls. Please see their website for alternative transporation options. We apologize for any inconvenience.**

Sure, Memphis has all sorts of ways to get around and experience the city, but the Downtown trolleys are one of the most popular modes of transportation with visitors and locals. Hop aboard an authentic, vintage trolley car and glide through historic Downtown Memphis and along the mighty Mississippi River. The clickety-clack of the track is just like going back in time.

When we say genuine trolley cars, we mean it too. We’re talking intricate wood work, hard-carved corbels and antique lighting fixtures that give character and appeal to these vintage vehicles.

The Memphis trolley makes stops near (and will take you past) notable destinations like Beale Street, National Civil Rights Museum, South Main Arts District, Mississippi River, Memphis Cook Convention Center and numerous Downtown Memphis hotels (hello, Peabody Ducks) and restaurants (is that barbecue I smell?). Dollar for dollar, there is no better way to get a nostalgic view of Downtown Memphis than by trolley.

Speaking of cash, make sure you bring along a couple greenbacks for the ride. Base trolley fares are $1 and daily passes can be purchased for $3.50.

The 2.5 mile Riverfront Loop route is a relief for tired feet and offers a picturesque view of the Mississippi River. The Madison Avenue trolley line gives you access to Midtown Memphis.

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Looking for something particular or need a recommendation? Just ask the trolley driver, they’ve seen and heard them all and will surely point you in the right direction.  

Don’t miss the last Friday of every month when the galleries and shops of the South Main Arts District throw open the doors for a unique event from 6 - 9 p.m. Trolley rides are free between the Beale Street Station and Central Station during this time.

So, what are you waiting for? Next time you’re in Memphis jump on a trolley at one of the 35 stations and soak in a little slow-time Southern charm.  Click here to see a map for trolley times, stations and service hours.

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