Anna Maria Island Bus Services

Anna Maria Island offers visitors a convenient and eco-friendly way to explore its charming communities and scenic attractions with its free bus services. The Island Trolley, operated by Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT), provides complimentary transportation along the entire length of the island. Conveniently, making it easy for visitors to hop on and off at various stops without worrying about parking or navigating the narrow streets. With its nostalgic charm and frequent service, the Island Trolley offers a fun and convenient way to discover the island’s hidden gems. For example, from pristine beaches to quaint shops and eateries.

The Island Trolley runs daily and operates on a fixed route. Therefore, allowing passengers to travel from the northern tip of Anna Maria Island to its southern end with ease. Along the way, riders can enjoy panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay, as well as convenient access to popular attractions such as the historic Anna Maria City Pier and the bustling shops and restaurants of Bradenton Beach. With its friendly drivers and relaxed atmosphere, the Island Trolley provides a stress-free way to explore Anna Maria Island’s unique charm and laid-back vibe.

In addition to the Island Trolley, Anna Maria Island also offers a free beach shuttle service during peak tourist season, providing transportation between the island’s public beaches and parking areas. This complimentary shuttle service makes it easy for visitors to access the island’s pristine shoreline and enjoy a day of sun, surf, and relaxation without the hassle of finding parking or lugging beach gear long distances. With its commitment to sustainability and accessibility, Anna Maria Island’s free bus services offer visitors a convenient and enjoyable way to experience all that the island has to offer.

Island Beach Monkey Bus

The Island Monkey Bus is a free transport service that travels the breadth of Anna Maria Island and Cortez seven days of the week. Running from 12:00 noon until 03:00am with seating on each bus for sixteen people there is always room for a free ride on the Island Monkey Bus to travel to wherever you want to visit, however with a motto of ‘free rides for tips’, the driver will always be grateful for a cash tip.

Offering a reliable door to door (or hotel to hotel) service, the Island Monkey Bus is the ideal way to travel on Anna Maria Island. Any Monkey bus can be flagged down from the roadside and each one is animal friendly too.... should you have a pet with you. On request you can ask for a trip on the Island Monkey Bus to take you over the bridge to the mainland too.

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Anna Maria Island Trolley

The Anna Maria Island Trolley is another free transport service that delivers passengers all over the island, be it lazy beach days, city shopping excursions or simply marvelling at the sights of Anna Maria. Whether you are living or vacationing on Anna Maria Island, the trolley is reliable, available around every twenty minutes and completely free. Hop on board, relax in comfortable seats and take in the breath-taking scenery of the island as you travel.

Jump off the Anna maria Island Trolley whenever you fancy to explore the island in closer detail. Running the length and breadth of Anna maria Island, you can visit Coquina Beach, walk along the Anna maria City Pier or even venture to Bradenton Beach for free. The Trolley starts service from 06:00am and runs throughout the day at twenty-minute intervals until 09:00pm. Be sure to travel the island in style on an Anna maria Island Trolley and don’t forget to leave a tip for the driver in the donation box before you jump off.

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