Via Downtown Trolleys - Getting Here, Getting Around - San Antonio, Texas

City: San Antonio, TX
Category: Getting Here, Getting Around
Telephone: (210) 362-2020

Description: Downtown trolleys, constructed like old-­fashioned streetcars but with rubber tires, are a fun and inexpensive way to explore the downtown area. The red, yellow, and blue trolley lines serve four routes and stop at all major downtown attractions. The fare of $1.10 is a bargain, and you can also purchase a monthly streetcar pass for $30 if you think you’ll be riding a great deal. The best deal for visitors is usually the $4 one-­day pass, available at You can pay with cash, a streetcar token, or a streetcar pass. Discounts are available for seniors, children, those with impaired mobility, and Medicare recipients. Transfer slips serve as fares for equal or cheaper bus service, viable for two hours on that day’s date. If you’d like to park your car and ride the trolleys, you’ll find free parking at VIA’s Ellis Alley Park and Ride located east of downtown at Chestnut and Ellis Alley. From the parking lot, you can take the yellow streetcar line to the downtown area.The Blue Line travels through the southern areas of downtown. Stops include the Alamo, Blue Star Arts Complex, Central Library, Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center, HemisFair Park, the King William Historic District, La Villita, Municipal Auditorium, Rivercenter Mall, the San Antonio Information Center, and Southtown. The Blue Line runs weekdays from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.The Yellow Line stops at the Alamodome, the Ellis Alley Park and Ride at St. Paul Square (for free parking for VIA customers), the convention center, El Mercado–Market Square, the Institute of Texan Cultures, Rivercenter Mall, St. Paul Square, Sunset Station, and the Tower of the Americas. The Yellow Line runs Mon through Fri 7 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., Sat and Sun 9 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.Red Line stops include the Alamo, the convention center, El Mercado–Market Square, HemisFair Park, La Villita, Rivercenter Mall, and the San Antonio Information Center. Hours for this route are weekdays 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and weekends 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.