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San Diego Hop On Hop Off Trolley Tour

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  • 2 hours (approx.)
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  • Offered in: English


Explore some of the top highlights of San Diego with your or or two day trolley pass (depending on option selected) for the city’s Hop-on, Hop-off Trolley Tour. Choose your own adventure as you get on and off the trolley at any of the 11 included stops, covering famous sights including the Gaslamp Quarter, the San Diego Zoo, USS Midway and the Cruise Ship Terminal, Little Italy, and many more. This San Diego trolley tour also features live commentary from the on-board guide during your ride.
  • Ride the San Diego Trolley
  • Hop on and off at any of the 11 stops as often as you like
  • Stops are conveniently located close to all popular attractions, shops and restaurants
  • Create your own itinerary to see the most popular sights of San Diego

What's Included

  • San Diego Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour
  • Local taxes
  • Live commentary on board
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Tour does not operate on Thanksgiving or Christmas Day.

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What To Expect

Get around the easy way with this trolley tour of San Diego, enjoying convenient access to 11 of the city’s top tourist sights with this one- or two-day pass. This vintage transport method, offering comprehensive access to some of San Diego’s best attractions, is a convenient way to get around without breaking the bank.

Climb aboard the trolley at any of its 11 convenient stopping points (see Itinerary below) any time during its normal operating hours. Trolleys come to each stop every 30 minutes. One of the many sights you can visit during the course of your ride is Old Town State Historic Park, often called the “Jamestown of the Pacific,” where you can discover the history of California’s founding amidst the area’s range of 19th-century buildings. There are also stops along the way for the world-famous San Diego Zoo, which houses a virtual Noah’s Ark of wildlife, the USS Midway and the historic Gaslamp Quarter. 

It's the perfect way to get around during your next visit to San Diego.
Old Town Trolley Tour of San Diego

12 Stops

18 Points of Interest

Duration: 2 hours

Operating Schedule: Times vary depending on season. Operates 9:00am to 6 pm (last tour departs Old Town at 4 pm) from March 11-October 29th; Operates 9:00am to 5 pm (last tour departs Old Town at 3 pm) from October 30th-March 10th; Trolleys arrive at each boarding location approximately every 20 minutes. Guests will be given brochures when they begin the tour and can refer to the schedules printed in the brochure to see the first tour time, last tour time, and last re-boarding time at each boarding location. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

4010 Twiggs St

Maritime Museum of San Diego

1004 N Harbor Dr

789 W Harbor Dr

825 W Harbor Dr

Marriott Marquis San Diego

480 Fourth Ave

855 E Harbor Dr

1113 Cesar E. Chavez Pkwy

1107 Orange Ave

2175 Presidents Way

1605 India St

Points of interest passed by on this route

Balboa Park

Seaport Village

San Diego Zoo

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

Coronado Visitor Center

El Prado

San Diego Air & Space Museum

Old Town Trading Company

Gaslamp Quarter

Little Italy

Casa de Estudillo

The Coronado Ferry Landing

Piazza Basilone

Our Lady of the Rosary Church

Barrio Logan

Chicano Park

Martin Luther King Jr Promenade

Maritime Museum of San Diego

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible, please advise at time of booking if a wheelchair-accessible trolley is required
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Emotional support animals or pets are not allowed
  • Most travelers can participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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Q:Where can I start my San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley?

A:You can begin your tour at any of our stops listed.

Feb 2021

Q:How often does the San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley come to each stop?

A:Our trolleys come by approximately every 30 minutes. Times may vary slightly due to traffic conditions and city events. Depending on demand, the time of year, day of the week, and time of day, our dispatchers may often add more trolleys.

Feb 2021

Q:Can I bring my stroller onboard the San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley?

A:Yes, we can accommodate strollers but they must be folded and will be stored up front with the conductor on space-available basis. Strollers in the aisle ways would constitute a safety hazard.

Feb 2021

Q:Are the trolleys heated or air conditioned during the San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley?

A:The trolleys are open-air, so they are not heated or air-conditioned.

Feb 2021

Q:Can I bring food or drink with me on the San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley?

A:Food and drinks are welcome. However alcoholic beverages are not allowed under any circumstance for the safety and comfort of all of our guests.

Feb 2021

Q:Are pets allowed on the San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley?

A:Service animals are the only animals that are allowed on board the trolleys. Animal species other than dogs, emotional support animals, comfort animals, companion animals, and service animals in training are not permitted.

Feb 2021

Q:Are the trolleys handicap accessible on the San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley?

A:Yes, but please allow 24-hour advance notice to arrange for wheelchair accessibility. We will make every effort to provide reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities.

Feb 2021

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Traveler Tips

The restaurant in Little Italy as worth every penny and not expensive.
I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting the city, but it’s equally enjoyable for locals.
You can get off and on at your whim to explore the area, it was a very enjoyable day.


1,497 reviews
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Best preview of San Diego
lgtrilling, Jun 2023
Loved it! Great overview of San Diego and the driver/guides are terrific! Very knowledgeable and helpful
Awesome awesome awesome...
Robert_T, Jun 2023
Awesome awesome awesome thank you very much professional service. I will share with family and friends
We could not find a pick up location or we would have enjoyed the experience for a couple of more hours
Jenny_W, Jun 2023
Coronado bridge and narration Wonderful explanation of California history and impact of military presence
1 traveler found this review helpful
Good San Diego tour.
Robert_F, Jun 2023
Tours are very good. Guides were very knowledgeable of San Diego and it's history. Hours of tour made it difficult to explore all the stops in one day.
Verify Your Booking!
Cheryl_J, May 2023
The San Diego Hop on Hop Off Trolley Tour was nice. I recommend that if you book this activity to you check the dates when you make your reservation and again when you receive the email confirmation. I had a problem with my dates being incorrect. I reached out to my travel agent with Viator, and she quickly contacted customer service to resolve the issue. Thanks to her assistance, I ended up getting a full refund.
MIKE was awesome
Alejandra_M, May 2023
Thank you mike for the hop on hop off trolley tour…we loved how you kept us entertained…we will definitely be doing it again
A great informative tour
JOHN_F, May 2023
I have been to San Diego before but I didn’t know the history behind the area. Our driver was very informative about the area and the history. We really enjoyed the tour.
Just okay
Tina_T, May 2023
It is okay to get the feeling of the city, but wouldbe nice to have a bit more stops on the way - driver is very informative, but you don't even have the time to take the photos. I made a couple of stops, and some drivers are better narrators than the others. Also important that you don't have people talking all the time around you, which can ruin the experience.
Loved the Tour guides
carriepurcell615, May 2023
Tour guides were all excellent. Very knowledgeable and friendly. I am a native San Diegan and yet, I learned a lot from the tour.
Fantastic Decision!!
Mary_V, May 2023
We got a very nice overview of San Diego! Our tour guide was great! We are very happy we did this! Then we had a wonderful meal at Mimmo’s in Little Italy!
Swept SanDiego & made the best use of out time. Trolley drivers were amazing!
Christine_C, May 2023
We enjoyed the Gaslight district, Coronado Island, & Little Italy. Wish we would have had an extra day in order to explore Balboa Park
Great overview of the...
Cordelia_W, May 2023
Great overview of the city! Next visit I’m spending at least a full day in Balboa Park. Coronado Island and little Italy were our high points for the tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Thrill of victory, agony of defeat!!
Robert_H, May 2023
We’ll day one of our two day pass was great so great that today ( day two) of our pass my wife’s back hurt so bad that we skipped todays trolley as she is doing better ( 7pm) but the shuttles have ended so day one was a blast day two a bust but when your 70 yrs. old ,, you just never know. Had fun yesterday!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Not cheap,but a good way to get a snapshot of San Diego!
martin_c, May 2023
Loved it,great staff,amusing commentary Tammy amazing.web site did not like unusual credit cards. Quick tip, do not sit at the rear kerb side when the windows are open,the exhaust is under the window and you will struggle to hear the commentary.
A good way to see all San Diego has to offer
Dayna_S, May 2023
Was a very pleasant ride, really got a kick out of the ride over the bridge, it was a little like a coaster ride. Enjoyed seeing all San Diego had to offer. make sure to get off in little italy for lunch.
Susan_G, May 2023
You’ve got a great trolley guide in your Guy Jack!! He was a hoot and very informative!! Loved his stories and was a fun tour.
Site seeing adventure
Bruce_C, May 2023
Great way to see the sites of San Diego the trolley ran ontime the staff were great personally and knowledgeable
Great Time In San Diego
Joan_J, May 2023
Hop-on-Hop-Off tours are such a great way to experience some of the high points of a city. The trolley drivers are fun, knowledgeable, and make the experience complete. Each puts their own special spin on the backstories of their city which makes the tour all the more personal and enjoyable for the traveler. Special shoutouts for Skip and Lynn. We thought they went above and beyond to make our experience a great one
Highly recommend
Sarah_D, May 2023
Highly recommend. Always look for a hop on and off tour when we travel. Best way to assess area. San Diego is one of the best.
Great way to learn about SD
Laina_S, May 2023
Jack and MB were our drivers. So impressed with their knowledge and their professionalism. So happy that we chose to do this !
Great way to see the city without hassle of having a vehicle
Cathy_M, May 2023
Barrio Logan murals were an amazing thing to see. The history of old Town and gas lamp area was really interesting
Linda_P, Apr 2023
It was great. And a great way to see parts of San Diego without driving. Our tour guide was amazing very informative. Loved it
Fun on a trolley
Carol_O, Apr 2023
Interesting drivers. Soo enjoyable and informative. We travelled to all the interesting places and the service was regular and predictable.
Coronado Bridge
Judith_F, Apr 2023
The ride over the Coronado bridge was great because everyone could enjoy the view i.e., no one had to drive.
Touring on limited time
Michelle_C, Apr 2023
Loved seeing all the sights of San Diego and hearing in about the history!! The tour guides were humorous and make it enjoyable!!
Best way to see the city
Susan_F, Apr 2023
Great “conductors”, Charlie, Jack, Kaye and Lizz. It’s truly a great way to see the city and then you can decide where you want to go and spend more time.
Friendly drivers, you...
JoseE_V, Apr 2023
Friendly drivers, you don’t wait to much for next ride. The only problem is that you stop too early, making us not to enjoy the places, had to cut the day so early, because you could lost the last bus. I wouldn’t mind to pay extra, but you should stop too early.
Full Day Only
MARINA_L, Apr 2023
I liked the itinerary, but don't get the hop on if you have less than a day, the distances are big and you will not have enough time to enjoy the sites and they finish at 5
Loads of fun
MariElise_H, Apr 2023
The absolute best way to see San Diego. Because you have the flexibility to get on and off, you have an opportunity to self explore absolutely everywhere. The drivers are knowledgeable and so much fun and add so much to the experience.
Way to go, Tiger!
John_M, Apr 2023
Tiger was a great guide. He was fun and kept people quiet in a very polite way so we could hear the narration. It was a busy day with cruise ships in town, but the coordination at popular stops was great. We knew exactly how long we’d need to wait for the next trolley.


Product code: 5046SAN_OTT

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