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San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley

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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.

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • You may start this tour at any of the stops listed.

Departure Time

  • See itinerary

Return Details

  • You may disembark at any of the available stops.

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

17 Points of Interest

Duration: 2 hours

Operating Schedule: Times vary depending on season. Currently operating 9:00am to 5 pm (last tour departs Old Town at 3 pm); 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

Stop A: Old Town State Park - Stop A is located at the entrance to the Historic State Park and Old Town Market, featuring over 40 specialty gift shops. Across the street is the historic Immaculate Conception Church.

Maritime Museum of San Diego

Stop B: Maritime Museum & Star of India - Stop B is located on the Embarcadero. Across the street is the Waterfront Park and County Administration building.

1004 N Harbor Dr

Stop C: Embarcadero Marina - Stop C is located at 1004 N. Harbor Drive along the Embarcadero near the USS Midway Museum and the cruise ship terminal. The San Diego Visitor Information Center is also located at this stop.

Seaport Village

Stop D: Seaport Village - Stop D is located on the east side of Seaport Village next to the Bay Company.

Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

Stop E: Marriott Marquis and Marina - Stop E is located in the front of the Marriott Hotel at the Waterfall.

Horton Grand Hotel

Stop F: Historic Gaslamp Quarter - Stop G is located next to the Horton Grand Hotel at the corner of 4th street and Island Avenue across the street from the historic William Heath Davis House.

Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Stop G: Petco Park/East Convention Center/Hilton Bayfront - Stop H is located on East Harbor Drive, under the pedestrian bridge.

National Avenue & Cesar E. Chavez Parkway

Stop H: Barrio Logan - Stop I is located at the Mercado del Barrio in the heart of Barrio Logan. Next to the stop is Attitude Brewing Co.

Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton

Stop I: World-renown beach resort hotel with access to one of the top 10 beaches in the Country

1107 Orange Ave

Stop J: Coronado/Orange Avenue - Stop J is located at Mc P’'s Irish Pub & Grill on Orange Avenue, the main shopping and dining area of Coronado. Hotel Del Coronado is 2 blocks south. The Coronado Beach is approximately 2 blocks away.

2185 Presidents Way

Stop K: Balboa Park - Stop K is located in the heart of Balboa Park near the corner of President's Way and Pan American Rd. behind the Organ Pavilion Parking Lot.

1602 India St

Stop L: Little Italy - Stop L is located in the heart of Little Italy, next to Buon Appetito.

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

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
Operated by Historic Tours Of America

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

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

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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.
1,036 reviews
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Fun tour
Tina_J, May 2022
Benjamin was informative and fun! The tour itself was eye opening since it’s been 25 years from the last time I visited San Diego!
Hop on !
Alison_L, May 2022
Great way to see a great deal of San Diego. Can spend as little or as much time as you wish. Enjoyed the guides, even their corny jokes.
Worth it
Sharon_M, May 2022
Nice way to see SD highlights in 2 hrs. The. Go again and hop on and off. Start early to get the value. Recommend two days vs one
Beautiful beach and Del Hotel
Margaret_W, May 2022
Coronado Beach! We spent 4 hours at this stop taking pictures inside and outside the Del hotel and the beach.
Take tour ASAP!
Doug_D, May 2022
Should have done the tour 7 years ago when we first moved to SD. Tour guide info was both massive and entertaining
Easy way to tour San Diego
Mary_M, May 2022
Benjamin did an excellent job. The tour was informative and the pictures you get are beautiful shots of San Diego.
Fantastic Day in San Diego
Jessica_S, May 2022
Great way to see the main sights in San Diego !! Thank you for the great commentary.. We wouldn’t have had a chance to drive to all the sites in one day! I was traveling with my handicapped sister and she’s unable to walk very much .. we saw every place I was going to drive her to, fantastic experience!
Worth the price
Susy_R, May 2022
Great way to see the city. We took the trolley all the way around and then planned our stops. Of all the drivers we had, Goose was awesome. Very funny and knowledgeable.
It was fun and convenient...
zaneta_b, May 2022
It was fun and convenient way to check out the neighborhoods of San Diego and also learn some history along the way.Beth was very informative guide.
Chris, our driver and...
Kim_B, May 2022
Chris, our driver and guide was informative entertaining and made the trip worthwhile. It is amazing how much she actually knew about the area people places and events.
Your tour is waiting
Thomas_M, May 2022
Great opportunity to see San Diego area within a day. Drivers where very knowledgeable & professional & friendly.
Great way to see San Diego
John_O, May 2022
Excellent knowledgeable tour guides easy way to get around town comfortable trolleys look forward to doing it again
The drivers were very...
Donna_R, May 2022
The drivers were very informative and entertaining Thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Would definitely recommend
Great way to see San Diego in 1 day!
Carol_H, May 2022
Once we knew the stops and got a booklet showing them, it went easy. Get the booklet first then you can start at any stop.
PERFECT day trip via trolley.
Lisa_C, May 2022
This hop-on hop-off trolley tour was a great way to see all that San Diego has to offer. The drivers were professional, knowledgeable, & nice! The experience was worth the money. We will DEF use this company again!! A+ service. Thank you!
Some of your drivers are rude
Virginia_F, May 2022
It was pleasant but one of your drivers, Doc is incredibly rude. He needs to relax and not shame people.
I was looking to kill a couple of hours
Jamie_A, May 2022
Susie and Capt Bob made me want to do this again the next time I’m entertaining guests in San Diego.
We loved the tour! We...
Michelle_G, May 2022
We loved the tour! We learned so much about San Diego and enjoyed some of the best Mexican food! We will definitely do this again!
It was fine for what it was!
Karen_C, May 2022
Enjoyed the the sights and the Tour guides were very knowledgeable and entertaining. The route however needs work. There is only one. It's advertised as Hop-on Hop-Off which is true, but you can't go from one stop to another of your own chosing.
Convenient and informative
KEISHA_F, May 2022
Going across the Bridge, riding through Chicano Park, learning about the history of some parts o San Diego


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