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

Departure Point

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

You may disembark at any of the available stops.
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.
Itinerary
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
 
  • 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
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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley.

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

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Fun tour
Patricia_M
, Sep 2022
Kirk did his homework! Knew where everyone was from (12 of us) and had a story for each. Fun night tasting some good food and sampling a variety of alcoholic beverages. 😉
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Excellent trolley,...
Sally_E
, Sep 2022
Excellent trolley, driving was very interesting while describing each area. Especially the information on how the different-non native trees were brought to the city parks
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Fantastic
Kathy_M
, Sep 2022
Dave our tour guide was great! He was funny and informative. Liked the tour so we could see where we wanted to go back to visit during our week here.
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Tour of the Town
jamieferbezar
, Sep 2022
Fantastic guides! Extremely knowledgeable and humorous. We enjoyed the entire tour. It was great to be able to stop several times and explore areas on our own.
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SD Visit 2022
Jeff_D
, Sep 2022
We absolutely LOVED our tour guides but the standout of the three we had was Jessica. We literally did not want to leave the trolley because she was so entertaining.
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2nd time - would do it again
Jami_W
, Sep 2022
Great experience even for family who live in the area. A lot of good information and history of San Diego shared. The tour guides were excellent!
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star-5
It was a great experience, I learned a lot!!!
Candice_M
, Sep 2022
I was picked up in Little Italy, enjoyed the commentary of both drivers. Will do it again on my next visit!!
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Wonderful
Olga_M
, Sep 2022
Seeing so many parts of San Diego was wonderful. Our tour guide was amazing, would highly recommend this service.
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Fun In The Sun
Raynita_M
, Sep 2022
Coronado Beach and Hotel. Our trolley driver Lynn was amazing. We hit all the stops and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves
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star-4
Great way to make the most of a short trip!
MaryCarol_B
, Sep 2022
I had one day to see as much of San Diego as possible while in town for business. This was the perfect way to hit all the sites! Howie and Jack were entertaining and informative. I truly felt like I got a feel for the city and made the most of my time.
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Great tour!
Mike_P
, Aug 2022
I enjoyed hearing about all the history of the city. A great to visit several of the sites in San Diego at my leisure.
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Inconsistent experience
Douglas_V
, Aug 2022
Our first guide was Vinnie, he was a good start to the tour, we got off at Seaport Village and got back on with Kaye, bad jokes and every other story started or ended with “my friend”, got a little old after a few stops. This was our least favorite part of the trip. Got off at Hotel Del Coronado and walked up the street for lunch. Got back on with Lynne, better than Kaye, but not as good as Vinnie, she ended most stories with, “ but anyways”, again tiring after a couple times. In summary, the tour is only as good as the driver, the scenery is awesome, but I was looking for the interesting facts behind the city, it’s buildings, etc. Seating is not intended for taller riders, and the PA was not loud enough in some of the trolleys.
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star-4
Fun Tour Around the City
Lateisha_M
, Aug 2022
It would have been better if a roadway hadn't been blocked. But that was not the driver's fault. All in all it was a great tour! I would do it again.
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star-5
Great city tour!
Cynthia_K
, Aug 2022
This was a great tour for an overview of the city. I was especially glad the tour included a rive to Coronado.
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Good Bargain for Travel without a Car
MelanieP
, Aug 2022
Great way to get around the City to popular tourist spots. I stayed in Old Town and walked from my hotel to the trolley. From there, I rode and hopped off at Coronado, spent some time at the beach and in the shops, then hopped on, rode over to Balboa Park and explored and then rode back to Old Town. Never more than a 20 minute wait for the bus and all drivers were informative and friendly. I only wish I had purchased 2 days instead of one!
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The driver Silvia was...
Monica_M
, Aug 2022
The driver Silvia was very nice and very knowledgeable in San Diego history. The second trolley we got on, the gentleman(forgot his name) was extremely entertaining and funny. My husband and I had a great tiime.
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The balboa park amazing...
Antoinette_G
, Aug 2022
The balboa park amazing tour location, rich in monumental locations and awesome views all around the park. In all it's was a good time spend and awesome experience to behold the historical value of san diego.
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Our tour guide Beth was...
Laura_N
, Aug 2022
Our tour guide Beth was excellent! She was knowledgeable, high energy and fun! The stops were interesting and the overall experience was outstanding!
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Hop-On, Hop-Off FUN!
Hilda_S
, Aug 2022
First experience with a Hop-on, Hop-off tour bus and it was the best! All the drivers were fantastic and had so much information to share with the passengers. The places we visited were a great mix of different interests and the convenience of getting on and off wherever your interest was had to be the best part!
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I enjoyed every minute....
Jamie_A
, Aug 2022
I enjoyed every minute. We stared with Benjamin and ended win Goose! Thy were both great. Kept us engaged they gave so much information. Definitely doing it again.
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