Trams in Oranjestad, Aruba

Coordinates: 12°31′12.3″N 70°02′13.2″W / 12.520083°N 70.037000°W / 12.520083; -70.037000
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Oranjestad Streetcar
View of the track on Caya B. Croes, near Plaza Chipi Chipi
LocaleOranjestad, Aruba
  • Welcome Plaza (Oranjestad)[1]
  • Plaza Nicky (Oranjestad)[1]
Stations8 (regular service) 10 (total) [1]
Rolling stock4 trams
Opened22 December 2012[2]
Line length1.9 km (1.2 mi)
Number of tracksSingle track
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in) standard gauge[2]
Route map

schematic map
Eagle line to Noord
Welcome Plaza
Port of Call
Royal Plaza
Plaza Museu
Renaissance Mall
Plaza Chipi Chipi
Plaza Bon Bini
Plaza Nicky

The Oranjestad Streetcar (Dutch: Tram van Oranjestad) and (Papiamento: Tranvia Oranjestad) is a single-track tram line in Oranjestad, the capital city of Aruba. It is owned and operated by Arubus, the national public transportation company.[2][3] It was built as a key component of a larger project to upgrade the main retail areas of the town, other aspects of which included pedestrianization of streets, planting of trees, installation of ornamental street lighting and resurfacing of streets and sidewalks.[4]


The line is the first and so far the only passenger rail service on the island and the rest of the Dutch Caribbean. Three industrial railways had been constructed on the island, but have all closed.[5] It was inaugurated on 22 December 2012, seven days after the arrival of the first single-deck car. Regular service started on 19 February 2013.[2] The second car, an open-top double-decker, was delivered in June 2013.[2] The heritage style streetcars were designed and manufactured by TIG/m Modern Street Railways in California, USA.

The line operates daily.[2] As of early 2016, service was operating from 9:00 to 17:00, with two cars in service after 11:00.[6]


The line starts from a balloon loop near the Port of Call and serves the downtown area with a route along Schelpstraat, Havenstraat and Caya Betico Croes, the main road, which is open to pedestrians only. Between Rancho and Plaza Chipi Chipi, eastbound trams (towards Plaza Nicky) run via Schelpstraat, and westbound ones (towards Welcome Plaza), run via Havenstraat. It ends at Plaza Nicky, with a stop also located on a loop.[1][7]

Route map

There are a total of 9 stops situated approximately 200 metres (660 ft) apart from each other. The depot is located between the stops at Port of Call and Rancho.

Station Notes
Welcome Plaza Port
Port of Call Morning service stop, touring bus station
Rancho Arubus logo Oranjestad Bus Terminal, tram depot
Plaza Museo Eastbound service,N1 Archaeological Museum
Royal Plaza Westbound serviceN2
Renaissance Mall Westbound serviceN2 Renaissance Mall
Plaza Chipi Chipi/Mango Plaza Also named "Mango Plaza"
Caya Betico Croes/Watertoren Near Aruba Bank, additional stop, name not yet defined, sometimes called Watertoren
Plaza Bon Bini 2 rail tracks before the station
Plaza Nicky/Plaza Comercio Also named "Plaza Comercio", loop
N1Eastbound trams "Port–Plaza Nicky" only
N2Westbound trams "Plaza Nicky–Port" only

Rolling stock[edit]

The fleet is composed of 4 streetcars: 2 single-decker (green and orange) and 2 open-top double-decker (blue and red) cars. The vehicles, assembled by TIG/m in Chatsworth, USA,[8] use hydrail technology: they are powered by batteries augmented by hydrogen fuel cells.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Oranjestad Tramway map (
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Morrison, Allen "The Streetcars of Oranjestad, Aruba" (
  3. ^ Arubus official website
  4. ^ "Aruba tramway drives major street redevelopment" (July 2013). Tramways & Urban Transit, p. 279. UK: LRTA Publishing. ISSN 1460-8324.
  5. ^ "The Railways of Aruba, 2014". International Steam. Retrieved 2 May 2021.
  6. ^ "Worldwide Review" [regular monthly news section] (May 2016). Tramways & Urban Transit, p. 190. UK: LRTA Publishing.
  7. ^ Oranjestad Streetcar on OpenStreetMap
  8. ^ White, Ronald D. (May 27, 2015). "Chatsworth trolley maker is going places". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2016-05-28.

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12°31′12.3″N 70°02′13.2″W / 12.520083°N 70.037000°W / 12.520083; -70.037000