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Currently not running! Hop Aboard the Free Trolley in Old San Juan

Old San Juan Trolley

Update-Sept 2019 : The trolley’s are “out-of – order”. Not running. San Juan has a few small golf carts occasionally going by to take people on route. Really not a practical way to get around OSJ right now. If you can’t walk, consider a Taxi or Uber.

Old San Juan has a free trolley service to help you get around the city. The trolley runs Monday through Friday from 7:00am until 7:00pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 9:00am until 7:00pm (except the Green route, which runs only 9am- until 6pm or so). Just stand at any of the marked trolley stop signs and wait for the next trolley to come along. You can get off at any marked trolley stop.

These trolleys are strictly free transportation. They are not "tour" or "sight-seeing" trolleys. There is no tour guide to explain what you’re seeing. But having said that, the trolleys are a nice way to see an overview of the city. They are not the fastest way to get around in the city – the best way to get around and see more is on foot. But they are convenient when you are hot and tired, or physically unable to walk the steep streets.They are very popular, so there may not be space available when you want to get on. And they don’t come around very often, it takes a while for the route. Expect to wait 30-45 mins.

Old San Juan Trolley Stop

There are two routes, both start at trolley stop 1 , which is on the corner across the street from Cruise Ship Pier 4. This corner has a little restaurant, a convenience store, liquor store, a cigar shop, an internet cafe, and scooter shop. The route names are posted on the front of the trolley above the windshield.

City Hall Route (Red on the map)

The trolley used for this route is enclosed and air-conditioned. It travels around the main shopping area of Old San Juan, including Calles Tanca, San Francisco, Fortaleza, Recinto Sur, and then swings around by the Casita before heading back to trolley stop 1. It hits these stops in this order: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 , 10, 11, 15, 16, 3, 12, 13, 14.

El Morro Route (blue on the map)

The trolley used for this route is also enclosed and air-conditioned. It travels around the main shopping area of Old San Juan, plus the Capitol Building, and including Calles Tanca, San Francisco, Fortaleza, and then heads up past Fort San Cristobal, along the ocean on Calle Norzagaray, then on to El Morro. After turning around at El Morro, it retraces it’s path back to Calle San Francisco, back down Forteleza to Recinto Sur, and then swings around by the Casita before heading back to trolley stop 1. It’s a combination of the City Hall route and the El Morro route, and stops at all the same trolley stops, including numbers 6 and 7. NOTE- It no longer goes right up to the entrance of El Morro- you get dropped off on the road, at the end of the long walk up to the Fort.

Note on the map, there used to be 3 routes. There is no longer the GREEN route, which was an open air trolley that went only to the forts, only the Red and the Blue routes are running now.

Old San Juan Trolley Map - click to enlarge

Click the map above for a larger map in a new window.

Here’s a list of the trolley stops and what’s near each one …

  • 1 – Calle Corretjer – Pier 4, Internet Cafe
  • 2 – Corner of Calle Corretjer and Recinto Sur – Covadonga parking, bus station
  • 3 – Calle Recinto Sur – across from parking decks, restaurants
  • 4 – Corner of Calles Tetun and Tanca
  • 5/6 – Corner of Calles Tanca and Forteleza – a small park with benches, shopping
  • 7 – Calle San Francisco – shopping
  • 8 – Calle San Francisco – City Hall, Plaza de Armas
  • 9 – Calle San Jose – Howard Johnson Hotel
  • 10 – Calle Forteleza – Marshalls, shopping
  • 11 – Calle Forteleza – La Casa de Casitas, shopping, restaurants
  • 12 – Calle Tizol – beginning of the Paseo de la Princesa
  • 13 – Plaza Darsena, Casita, San Juan Bay,
  • 14 – Piers 1 and 2, Don Q, Ferry terminal
  • 15 – Calle Forteleza – Hotel Milano, beginning of SoFo restaurants, Museum of the Family, Pharmacy Museum
  • 16 – Calle Forteleza – Teatro Tapia, Plaza Colon, end of SoFo restaurants
  • 17- Calle San Francisco – Plaza Colon, Cafe Berlin
  • 18/19 Calle Norzagaray – Fort San Cristobal
  • 20/21 – Calle Norzagary – entrance to La Perla
  • 22/23 – Calle Norzagaray – Museum of San Juan
  • 24/25 – Calle Norzagaray – Cuartel de Ballaja, National Gallery
  • 26 – the lawn at El Morro – stay on the trolley – it takes you right to the entrance to El Morro, where it turns around

Here’s a of attractions (indicated by letters on the map) …

  • A — El Morro
  • B — Fort San Cristobal
  • C — San Juan Cemetery
  • D — Cuartel de Ballajá
  • E — Casa Blanca
  • F — Plaza del Quinto Centernario
  • G — Convento de los Dominicos
  • H — Plaza San José
  • I — Pablo Casals Museum
  • J — San Juan Art and History Museum
  • K — San Juan City Hall
  • L — Plaza de Armas
  • M — San Juan Cathedral
  • N — Children’s Museum
  • O — Felisa Rincón Vda. de Gautier Museum
  • P — La Rogativa
  • Q — San Juan Gate
  • R — Fortaleza (the governor’s mansion)
  • S — Pigeon Park
  • T — Cristo Chapel
  • U — Paseo de la Princesa
  • V — San Juan Tourism Office
  • W — Museum of the Family
  • X — Plaza Colón
  • Y — Tapia Theater
  • Z — Puerto Rico Capitol Building

Here is a hint: Loads of people wait to get on the trolley at stop 1. I would suggest you walk west down the waterfront to Trolley stop 14 (by Pier 2, in front of coffee shop) for a better chance of getting a seat.

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Yes, thank you. They were running for a while after Maria, but have since stopped. We made a note of it in July.

Comment by Gwenn on 03 Sep 2019

I am currently in Puerto Rico and went to stop 1 to take the trolley. I have been told that after the hurricane came in 2017, the trolleys no longer run and the golf carts are the only option. However, they will not take you around the island and only will take you from one place to the next.

Comment by Kimberly G. on 01 Sep 2019

Thanks for the update. Yes, it is a shame. Hopefully they will get them up and running again.

Comment by Gwenn on 20 Jul 2019

I was just there from July 11-15, 2019 & none of the trolleys were running. Several locals said they were in broken & that new ones were needed but there's no money for them. In their place were a few 6-person golf carts that were impossible to catch. We wound up walking everywhere instead of waiting to try to find an empty cart. It's a real shame because the trolleys are very popular with 6 yr old grandson was the most disappointed because that's his favorite thing to do in Old San Juan.

Comment by Cheryl Shaw on 19 Jul 2019

I have not heard they have stopped running. I know they are super popular and the wait is forever at times. Walking is the best way to see what you want in OSJ. But if you really can't walk and the trolley is taking a while, get an Uber or Taxi up to El Morro.

Comment by Gwenn on 23 Jun 2019

My understanding is that Trolleys are still operating in OSJ. Is that correct? Seems to be conflicting information. Thanks and have a great day!

Comment by Raceric on 22 Jun 2019

The trolley is only in OSJ- you need to get a taxi/Uber/bus from Ocean park into OSJ before you can use the trolley. Yes, year round.

Comment by Gwenn on 11 Mar 2019

Thank you for this post. Do you know where the closest free trolly stop is when traveling inbound from the ocean park area? Also, does the trolley run year around?

Comment by Ash for on 10 Mar 2019

I do not know of a chocolate tour in Old San Juan. The is a restaurant that uses chocolate in their food....stop 7 or 8 will get you close to that.

Comment by Gwenn on 15 Nov 2018

Does the trolley take you to were the chocolate tour is or at least near by? And do you know there admission price? Thank You

Comment by Stephanie A Clere on 10 Nov 2018

I believe they only run until 7pm. But unless there is a reason you can't walk, walking is way faster and u get to see a lot more of OSJ.

Comment by Gwenn on 17 Oct 2018

What are the Trolley Hours? We get to Port at 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM.

Comment by Felicia Irby on 17 Oct 2018

Yes, you are correct- you can hop on and off at the stops, but you have to make sure you get on going the correct way (to avoid retracing your previous route). (Sometimes it is crossing the street, sometimes the same side, sometimes it will be the same stop, just to continue on). Just check the map to make sure.

Comment by Gwenn on 18 Aug 2018

Can you hop on & off at random stops? On the return, would we cross the street to get back on or would we have to get on and ride the entire route again to get back to our starting point?

Comment by L Roberts on 18 Aug 2018

I know the open one was, but I am not sure they are using that one currently. I suggest you call the PR Tourism Office and see if they know.

Comment by Gwenn on 28 Jul 2018

Are the trolley wheelchair accessible?

Comment by Haydee Caceres on 27 Jul 2018

There wete two trolleys running when we were there Feb 26, 2018. If a cruise ship is in they are crowded & may have standing room only. You might wait 15-20 minutes for them to come. They are wonderful to get around Old San Juan. There are signs with numbers so you know where they stop.

Comment by Vicki Chase on 05 Mar 2018

Thank you for getting back, I hope they will be running by the time I get there.

Comment by Diane Speicher on 03 Dec 2017

The trolleys are wheelchair accessible, however, they are not running again yet. Maybe in the next few weeks they will start? We can hope.

Comment by Gwenn on 29 Nov 2017

Going to San Juan on Wednesday December 13. I use a scooter to get around. Could someone please tell me what free trolley has a ramp. Like to see as much of San Juan as possible . Thank you for any help, Diane

Comment by Diane Speicher on 28 Nov 2017

The street in OSJ are thin, and busy- I wouldn't want to try in the street. But some of the sidewalks have been made wider and are accessible. The trolley does have a wheel chair area, but I don't know if it will hold 2 scooters. Since it is an historic city, they try to make it as accessible as possible, but can't hurt the intergrity. The Forts are mostly accessible with scooters (at least a number of areas). The paseo princesa is accessible. Sorry I don't know these answers for sure. Good luck. Please post what you find (since we do get a number of people that have the same issues).

Comment by Gwenn on 26 Aug 2017


Comment by CONNIE on 25 Aug 2017

I was just reading the comments since I was looking for some info on the trolley rides and just wanted to let "Leo Toro" know that Parada 27 and Parada 28 are just an address, like a street or something. Yes, there is public transportation around the area, but be advise that (pitifully) the service is really bad and the routes are not clear much more the times for pick up (arriving and departing).

Comment by N Stgo on 09 Aug 2017

No news on that front. I will be back in OSJ soon, so I will recheck then. There is a new Hop on/Hop off bus that goes all around SJ and OSJ. It goes past this beach also. But it is not free. I will write about that one soon too.

Comment by Gwenn on 09 Mar 2017

Gwenn: Any news on the Parada 27 and 28? Last year I saw those signs and you followed up with the offices but I haven't seen anything new. I thought maybe with the new Paseo Puerta de tierra open and the improvements along Ave Juan Ponce de Leon, the trolley may be extended for the expected rise in tourists in the area?

Comment by Leo Toro on 09 Mar 2017

I would guess about 45 mins.

Comment by Gwenn on 23 Jan 2017

How long does it take to do the entire circuit of the fort trolley? I know, it depends on traffic, but roughly how long?

Comment by Terri on 23 Jan 2017

Gwenn, combining the trolley article with your walking tour pieces will save us mucho dinero on our cruise next year. Gracias.

Comment by John Weimer on 21 Jan 2017

I don't know about all of them, but I know the open trolley has the last car that has a ramp for a wheel chair.

Comment by Gwenn on 17 Aug 2016

I'm correcting in assuming that the trolleys are not handicap assessable? We will be traveling with my mother who is in a wheelchair. Thanks

Comment by Jason Lesh on 16 Aug 2016

Not very family freidly . If you have a baby and stroller the stroller has to be able to be held on your lap. There is not much leg room so the stroller has to be very small. 1 seat was for ?? Not sure if you could have a wheel chair. Our stoller was to big to held in lap so we had to get off. No negotiations either held it in your lap or get off. Had to drivers the first didn't have a problem with us the second did. We asked to see the rules would not comply.

Comment by Jeanine Paul on 09 Jun 2016

I think there is only trolley per route, but 2 of the trolleys (of the 3) go to the fort. They don't really run on any schedule, just however log it takes to go from one place to another. I wouldn't expect too much of them....there are about 30 seats available and always about 50 people wanting to get on. It really is just easier to walk or take a cab (especially when cruise ships are in port).

Comment by Gwenn on 30 Mar 2016

Is there just one trolley per route (e.g., one open air tram that makes the forts loop)? I'm hoping there are at least 2 so the wait won't be so long. Also, since the El Morro trolley starts at stop 1 at 9 am, about what time could I expect to catch it at stop 12? We plan to be in OSJ on Thursday, April 28th, arriving on a cruise ship at 7 am.

Comment by Angie on 29 Mar 2016

Thanks for looking into it. I was guessing this may be part of the new revitalization of the area (Paseo Puerta de Tierra, Bahia Urbana, etc.).

Comment by Leo Toro on 17 Mar 2016

Well, I went today and saw the signs. We talked to a bunch of people at the different one knows anything. No new maps available, it was news to them. But the signs says Municipio de San Juan, so I will try to call someone there (as their reps in 3 offices didn't know).

Comment by Gwenn on 16 Mar 2016

Humm, I am not sure. We will be heading into OSJ in the next few weeks and will check it out!

Comment by Gwenn on 10 Mar 2016

I recently saw a sign for Parada 27 on Ave Juan Ponce de Leon across from Luis Muñoz Rivera Park and also Parada 28 by the Caribe Hilton/Normandie Hotel but I can't find them on any trolley map. Are these new stops? When will they be active? Which color trolley will it be? Thank you!

Comment by Leo Toro on 10 Mar 2016

Right across from Pier 3/4 (Where Carnival docks) is Aloha restaurant- they hold bags. Also Barrachina restaurant in OSJ holds luggage. Touring OSJ is not really a bus thing- OSJ is a small area with tiny streets and lots of traffic. It is more of a walking tour type of place. There are a couple companies that have an Old and New San JUan bus tour I think. You would need to contact some tour companies and see what they can do.

Comment by Gwenn on 01 Feb 2016

do you have any suggestions for how to deal with luggage after a cruise when you have a late flight time? Also - any recommendations for groups who tour Old San Juan and then take you to the airport?

Comment by Dorothy on 31 Jan 2016

Yes. But actually getting onto the trolley at the fort will be hard to do. But if you can't walk back, there are taxis waiting right at the fort.

Comment by Gwenn on 26 Jan 2016

I'm a little nervous using this free trolley seeing that it doesn't run the hours posted. We are coming in on Celebrity at 3:00. Do you think that we can get to the fort on the trolley and back before they stop running?

Comment by carmen collins on 26 Jan 2016

First, let me say that I used your site a lot while showing my family San Juan. We took the trolley to the fort and totally enjoyed our experience there. At about 5:00 we hopped on the trolley for a ride back to the pier and when he got to the street he informed us it was the last one for the day. We breathed a sigh of relief. However, he never completed the route back, skipping several stops including 13 where we had intended to disembark. He then let us out on a parallel street about 2 to 3 blocks from our ship. He just stopped and said that was last stop. My husband and I both walk with a cane and that was quite difficult for us. He was not polite at all, never said he was sorry for the inconvenience, just very abrupt. At this point I wished I could have taken the money out of the collection jar. This person is not a very good advertisement for PR. By the way it was not even 5:30 island time.

Comment by Patricia Young on 24 Jan 2016

Trolleys will be running on New Years Day.

Comment by Gwenn on 19 Dec 2015

There are 2 cruise ports- one right in Old San Juan, one on the other side of the SJ bay. But both are about 15-20 mins from airport. The best way to get there is a taxi (which charges per cab, not per person). There are hotels right by both piers, so find which one you are going out of.

Comment by Gwenn on 18 Dec 2015

I know must things are closed. but my cruise ship arrives new years day. at least, do the trolleys run on new years day?

Comment by dale sessine on 13 Dec 2015

How far is the airport from the cruise port.? And what is the cheapest way to get back and forth? Do you have a map that would show these two location? And do you recommend a specific motel that would be near or between the two?

Comment by Dawn on 10 Dec 2015

There are always tour buses waiting at the cruise dock for people to go on a quick tour. Not expensive either (I forget exact price but about $30 pp).

Comment by Gwenn on 08 Nov 2015

We are arriving by Carnival Splendor Dec.24 want to visit El Yunque rain forest. Any bus or shuttle that will get us there?

Comment by Sue on 08 Nov 2015

It will be very busy with all the other cruise ship passengers also trying to get on a Stop 1 (right across from the cruise ship). I usually say to walk west to the prior stop (14) by pier 2 and get on there.

Comment by Gwenn on 27 Oct 2015

Hi, we are coming in on Celebrity Reflexion on November 16, 2015 and we would love to take this trolley. Where would be the best place to get the trolley to begin the day?

Comment by Marlene Poirier on 26 Oct 2015

Taxi zone info is in

Comment by Ray on 07 Aug 2015

Hello: Very helpful website. Could you tell me the cost of a taxi from the Pier to the Airport?

Comment by Doreen on 07 Aug 2015

The trolley stays in old historic area of OSJ. From the Hilton, you can walk to OSJ historic area...would take about 20-25 mins maybe, but it is a pretty sidewalk along the ocean. You can get a bus or a taxi.

Comment by Gwenn on 27 Jul 2015

A previous message said that the trolley does not go near the Caribe Hilton. How far away is the closest trolley stop? How long a walk? If we wanted to go into Old San Juan would it be better to walk to a trolley stop or take a taxi?

Comment by Karen on 27 Jul 2015

We don't know personally of any apartments in Old San Juan, but do a search on and see. I did a quick look and there are a few 3 bedroom apartments right in old town. Of course, there are more options in greater San Juan. If you want beach, Isla Verde/Condado might be a better choice.

Comment by Gwenn on 30 Jun 2015

I think your site is super, very informative. Would you be able to suggest an apartment or some other accomadations for 2 couples plus 2 other adults, total 6 adults. We would like something that is close to downtown and the peir. We will be going on a cruise after 3 days in San Juan.

Comment by Francie on 28 Jun 2015

I am not sure where you see a trolley stop 27/28. The last one is 26 (though it goes right up to El Morro door, so that might be 27?). The trolley runs continuously throughout the day, no set schedule. It depends on how busy the day is, both with riders (getting off and on) and traffic congestion.

Comment by Gwenn on 18 Jun 2015

i see trolley stop number 27 and 28 but never see the trolley, it is working on this stops?? how often is the schedule ?

Comment by claudia nico on 18 Jun 2015

The trolley operates in Old San Juan only. It does not go near any of of places you've mentioned, nor does it go near the Caribe Hilton.

Comment by Ray on 28 May 2015

We will be staying at the Caribe Hilton & was thinking of going to the Rainforest/mosquito bay/rum factory on different occasions while we are there Do you have any advise regarding taking the trolley and which one and where to pick it up at

Comment by vicky gilreath on 28 May 2015

What a FANTASTIC webiste!! Couldn't ask for anything more helpful. You answered all of my questions. Wish you did this for St. Thomas and St, Maarten too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This was sheer luck happening upon your site. Many, many thanks.

Comment by elyse lavin on 09 Feb 2015

We took the green line to El Morro this morning--no problem. When we were done, we waited for 1 1/2 hours and no green line trolley showed. We took the park service trolley. At 5:00, we again took the green line which proceeded to take us to the bus terminal and told us he was finished for the day. Wish he had told us when he picked us up that he was done and on way to terminal.

Comment by Nancy on 01 Feb 2015

The Pan Am pier is across the bay- not in OSJ, so no trolley. You would need to get a taxi into Old San Juan. There is also a public bus that goes close to that pier, but it is not very user friendly.

Comment by Gwenn on 04 Dec 2014

We're arriving via cruise ship next week- from what I understand at the Pan American Pier. Is that the one you refer to where the trolly stop #1 is located? If not- how does one get to it?

Comment by Alicia on 03 Dec 2014

I believe that the driver of the trolley (and locals) will try to accommodate you and your chair (preferential treatment, if at all possible). Elderly and handicapped people are usually given special help. But with the hoard of cruise ship passengers, you may be out of luck at stop 1. So we recommend going back one stop (not forward). At the last stop before #1, the trolley is usually pretty empty. Just go west (to the left) when getting off the ship and go down to the next pier. You will see a trolley stop marker.

Comment by Gwenn on 26 Nov 2014

Hi there - thank you so much for this useful information - especially the info on foldable wheelchairs being allowed on the trolleys - space permitting. We were wondering how we would get on with this. One quick question - we are arriving by cruise ship so have noted the advice about ignoring stop 1 and going instead to stop 2, but won't this mean that the trolley will already be full with passengers who have got on at stop 1 ??

Comment by Helen N on 26 Nov 2014

Please UPDATE!!!! The trolleys will pick you up until 5:45pm. After that you are on your own. We found this out the hard way, but lucky for us much of Old San Juan can be reached on foot. We had some wonderful luck with the following places for meals: Waffle Era Cafe Puerto Rico

Comment by Jen on 21 Nov 2014

Yes, I think the 21 and 52 buses. Here is the map: But your concierge will have exact info (there is a stop right outside the hotel).

Comment by Gwenn on 11 Oct 2014

we are staying at the Condado Plaza Hilton is there a trolley or bus that will take you to old san juan from there

Comment by Karen Warner on 09 Oct 2014

Yes, the buses and trolleys will be running on Christmas day, though maybe fewer than a usual day. You can walk to a Escambron beach, but it is a mile or more. I believe that Escambron beach will be "open"- at very least it is open for walk in (the parking area, lifeguards etc may not be available). There is a bus that can take you there- check the bus map for the number: . You can also try the Playita in Condado or Isla Verde beach. There is a little beach by the Capitol building, but it unless there are other people using it, it may be a bit scary.

Comment by Gwenn on 26 Sep 2014

Can anyone tell me if the buses and trolley run on Christmas Day in Old San Juan? We will be staying at Hotel Milano. I know we can walk to all the major historical sites from there, but can we also walk to the beaches? Does the trolley or bus take you to the beaches? Also, which beach would you recommend in that area? I assume the beaches are open on Christmas? Thanks.

Comment by Sheri on 21 Sep 2014

The bus terminal in Old San Juan is on the corner of Paseo Covadonga and Calle Juan Antonio Coreteias.

Comment by Ray on 20 Sep 2014

Where would the municipal bus (coming from Sheraton Hotel by Convention Center area) drop you off in Old San Juan? I understand it would be near trolley stop #1, but what street/intersection? Thanks.

Comment by Glenn on 16 Sep 2014

The forts are great, there is now one price and you get admission to both forts. I like the Museum of the Americas- like 7 different museums to see. There are stores, restaurants, food tours, walking, biking, Jet ski, sailboats, beaches etc. Lots to do and see. Check out our OSJ page for more ideas and info:

Comment by Gwenn on 31 Aug 2014

Coming to SJ for first time with kids, (14 and 7), can you tell us anything we need to visit or see. We will be visiting the forts for sure and have a day and half to explore.

Comment by Julie on 14 Aug 2014

The closest trolley stop is just off the boat and go to the corner (most ships in port for the day park at pier 4). However, everyone else on your boat will be going to that one. I would walk to the west (left) about 600 yards, I believe there is a stop right by pier 2. Look for the sign. Get on there and stay on until you get to where you want to go.

Comment by Gwenn on 06 Aug 2014

Hi, thanks for posting such helpful info! Arriving on a Cruiseship - how long would it take to walk to the nearest trolley stop? Please give exact directions. Thank you!

Comment by Michelle on 05 Aug 2014

It's about a 20 minute walk from San Juan Bay to El Morro. Head up-hill (north) and to the left (west).

Comment by Ray on 30 May 2014

Hi...We will be docking on a cruise ship. Can you tell me approximately how long it would take to get from the pier to El Morro? I visited Old San Juan many years ago but we didn't take the correct route and had no idea where were going. This time we're bringing our son so wanted to be better prepared and knowledgeable. ;-) OSJ is such an incredible excited for our cruise in mid June 2014. Thanks for your help!

Comment by Julie on 25 May 2014

There are taxi vans right outside the Cathedral that you can hire. But Trolleys- you can try calling San Juan Municipality and ask.

Comment by Gwenn on 23 Apr 2014

can I rent a trolley for a wedding at the cathedral so that it waits for all guests to take them down to the restaurant in old San Juan in front of La Puntilla Parking lot?

Comment by Susan on 22 Apr 2014

There is no bus schedule, they come when they come. This is our closest thing to a current map of the routes: Taxis are available at hotels and airport and at certain spots in OSJ- other than that, I think you will need to call them.

Comment by Gwenn on 17 Mar 2014

Thanks Gwenn. Maybe you can answer a few more questions for me. How hard are the bus schedules and stops to figure out. I can't seem to find an updated accurate bus route map online. Also, are there taxis readily available driving around to just flag down or do you have to call taxi cab companies to pick you up? I'm trying to avoid having to use the publicos.

Comment by Hayleeb on 16 Mar 2014

Yes, the trolley stops listed are accurate. The wait can be anywhere from 5 mins to 45 mins, depending on traffic. If you can get a seat....that all depends on if a cruise ship is in port. If there are lots of people around using the system, then seats are hard to come by.

Comment by Gwenn on 16 Mar 2014

Just wondering if someone can give me idea of how long the wait is for the trolley at the main location, #1, and what the likelihood is of getting a seat. Also, are all the trolley stops listed updated?

Comment by Hayleeb on 16 Mar 2014

This was super helpful and I'm printing out the whole thing! Thank you so much!!!

Comment by Hetty Grant on 19 Feb 2014

Yes, Dorado is about 45 mins west of SJ area (so not close to the SJ tourist things). You must rent a car to stay there as taxi $$ would be high. If you don't want to rent a car, stay in the SJ area. Dorado is a bit far away from the usual sites. Usual first timers visit- Old San Juan and the forts (I really enjoyed the Segway tour), rain forest, maybe snorkeling tour to an out island.Biking in Pinones is fun too. These can all be done on your own or with a tour. I also like the caves (Camuy/Ventana/Indio). Bacardi tour is a maybe. I really suggest a car rental, it will save a lot on tours.

Comment by Gwenn on 01 Oct 2013

Am cruising out of San Juan next month however arriving 3 days early to visit San Juan. Debating between using a time share at the Hyatt Hacienda del Mar in Dorado, PR or the La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort. Our concern is location between the two and it's proximity to downtown and tourist activities. To stay at Dorado are we isolating ourselves from downtown therefore having to spend more time and money in cabs in order to do anything? Also suggests activities for a family of four with two grown children (25 and 18)? Considering the Segway tours, worth it or a waste of time and money? Appreciate any feedback!!!

Comment by Nancy on 29 Sep 2013

It is very easy by a taxi. And it is a set rate, so not too expensive. But by bus, it is not easy. I believe you have to change buses half way.

Comment by Gwenn on 21 Sep 2013

Is it easy to get to las Americas shopping from the cruise terminal

Comment by Gail on 16 Sep 2013

yes, it runs 365 days/year.

Comment by Gwenn on 03 Sep 2013

Does this trolley run on Thanksgiving?

Comment by Marsha on 03 Sep 2013

This is exactly what I needed! Thank you for the information!

Comment by Chelsea on 22 Aug 2013

Yes, the forts are still $5 for a combo ticket. Many of the sites around OSJ are free, except for a few museums.

Comment by Gwenn on 12 Aug 2013

Thank you for this article! I printed it along with many more articles this took me to. We will be in San Juan via a Cruise in December, 2013. Is the cost still $5 for both El Morro and Fort San Cristobal? Are there charges for any of the other points of interest aside from the obvious museums? Thank you!

Comment by Tonya Redler on 05 Aug 2013

I believe yes, and there is a special handicapped section on one of the trams.

Comment by Gwenn on 29 Jul 2013

Can you bring a fold up wheelchair aboard?

Comment by barb on 29 Jul 2013

Taxi is the fastest/easiest way. Yes, they are licensed and safe. They are also set fares from Isla Verde to OSJ. Check out taxi article for info/rates. The bus is another option, but it kinda sucks. No set schedule, and takes about 45 mins. Check our bus article for more info.

Comment by Gwenn on 27 Jul 2013

I am staying at the ritz in isla verde which is best to get to old SJ bus or taxis. Are taxis safe there? Are they licensed? Thanks

Comment by Ray on 27 Jul 2013

We don't know anything about it- you would have to contact San Juan municipality for something like that.

Comment by Gwenn on 06 May 2013

i'm getting married in Old San Juan. And i'm looking for transportation from the Hotel to Fort Morro. (all within Old San Juan boarders) My husband thought the trolley would be a great idea! So i need to know who to contact bout renting a few trolley for at least 3 Hours... if at all possible.

Comment by jessie on 30 Apr 2013

They run until about 7pm.

Comment by Gwenn on 16 Mar 2013

what time of day does the trolley run until?

Comment by susan on 28 Feb 2013

I can't 100% guarantee my answer by I am almost certain the answer is no. I don't believe they allow suitcases on the trolley (it is usually too crowded for that). Depending on how much luggage you have, you should be able to just walk it down the hill IF your ship is docked at Pier 3/4 cruise terminal.

Comment by Gwenn on 03 Oct 2012

My wife and I are staying at the Hotel Milano. Can we ride the trolley to catch our cruise? Can we take our luggage on the trolley?

Comment by Larry on 02 Oct 2012

Hector- for bus routes in SJ, check this post: Looks like 21 will get you to OSJ right from your hotel.

Comment by Gwenn on 14 Jul 2012

Hi, I will stay in Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza. What bus should I take to Old San Juan

Comment by Hector Rodriguez on 13 Jul 2012

Very useful and helpful. Thanks for posting this information.

Comment by Sunny on 06 Jun 2012

The trolleys in Old San Juan do not run on a "set schedule". They run continuously throughout the day, making their respective loops around the city. The amount of time between trolleys at a given stop depends on the amount of street traffic in Old San Juan, and how many people are getting on/off at each stop (more people on/off takes longer per stop). Personally, we don't depend on the trolleys since it's often easier and quicker to walk.

Comment by Ray on 22 Dec 2011

How often does the trolley run? A local said every 2 hours....

Comment by Ramon on 21 Dec 2011

Any of the parking lots or decks in Old San Juan are fine. We like to use one of the parking decks along Recinto Sur (indicated on the trolley map by a 'P' inside of a pinkish triangle). Those parking decks are easy-in, easy-out without having to deal with the traffic 'inside' of Old San Juan.

Comment by Ray on 19 Jun 2010

Where can we park to catch the trolley?

Comment by Lynne Kamke on 19 Jun 2010

Hi, Thank you for having this site up, it help us plan a good part of our trip.

Comment by Amy on 24 Nov 2009

You can take the B21 bus into Old San Juan.

Comment by Ray on 18 Feb 2009

Hi i am staying at the Marriott Stellaris is there a bus that takes you to Old San Juan or is it walking distance?

Comment by Hector on 18 Feb 2009

Thanks for the kind words! You could figure that each loop takes about 30-45 minutes. Of course, that will depend on traffic, the number of people getting on and off, and how long it takes for people to get on and off, etc. I'm not sure that it makes much sense to take all 3 trolley routes ... these are not sight-seeing trolleys ... they are for transportation. Also, each of the 3 loops has considerable overlap with the others, so you'd essentially find yourself riding around in circles! Hope this helps.

Comment by Ray on 24 Mar 2008

Hi, I think your post is wonderful, I printed the whole thing! Only one thing, approx. how much time does it take to do one complete circut of the 3 routes?? Thanks, Donna

Comment by Donna Michaels on 24 Mar 2008

The trolleys are supposed to run everyday, including holidays. July 4 is not _that_ big of a holiday here, so I don't see any reason why they shouldn't be running. Hope this helps.

Comment by Ray on 24 Mar 2008

Will be in San Juan on July 4. Do the trolleys run on holidays?

Comment by Frank Gennaro on 24 Mar 2008

We often receive questions from our readers wondering if the trolleys are handicap accessible. I contacted the company that runs the trolleys in Old San Juan,and they said that _some_ of the trolleys are handicap accessible and can accommodate a person in a wheelchair. They also said that you can bring aboard a folded wheelchair as long as there is room.

Comment by Ray on 08 Feb 2008

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