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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 silver, gold, or platinum day 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

11 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 30 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 G: 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 H: 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 I: 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.

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 J 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 face masks and attendee health during San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley.

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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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.
892 reviews
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Great Day!
lee_t, Jan 2022
I am a long-time Carlsbad resident and took my out-of-town-visiting family on your tour. We are all travelers and have enjoyed the HOHO experience in multiple cities world wide. This was a great day given not only the weather/beauty of San Diego but also the clever repartee of your drivers and efficiency of your organization. Thanks very much!
Great experience in San Diego
Charyl, Dec 2021
We enjoyed narration from 3 drivers. They shared entertaining stories and interesting facts. We did have challenges navigating the app. Needed to find stop 1, and it was difficult to track down with the app. Great way to learn about San Diego and Coronado.
Kevin_E, Dec 2021
Lizz was awesome!! Of the three different tour guides, she was the best! Full of energy and knowledge. The tour was a great overview of San Diego.
Fun way to see the city!
Rachel_G, Dec 2021
We were in town for a wedding and only had a short amount of time to see the city. This tour was a great way to see it all and learn some very interesting facts along the way. My favorite part of the trip was riding over the bridge to Coronado Island. I also enjoyed the music clips that the driver played throughout the ride.
Duane_T, Dec 2021
Wow great tour! Wished we had longer in San Diego to enjoy this more. Learned interesting facts and was fun! Driver Mark was awesome.
Elaine_A, Nov 2021
The Viator customer service was unable to provide me with street names of the sop. I was routed incorrectly
Very good experience. Well worth the money.
Bob_R, Nov 2021
Excellent way to get a snapshot view of San Diego. Our narrator, Jardel was very good, added humor in the proper places, spoke very clearly, no problems understanding him at all.
Yes and No
L_R, Nov 2021
The value of this Trolley ride was convenience. No navigating in a strange locale, no distractions to the toueist driver while taking in the sights. In two hours we saw highlights of San Diego. DONE. But there were a few negatives. The live commentary was regularly interspersed with extremely loud, cheesy sound clips from music and movie sources. The parking and bathroom situation in Old Town to get onto the Trolley were unpleasant. A few in my family were annoyed and bored with the experience. San Diego is beautiful and interesting, and this does give a tourist an idea of places to visit independently following day.
Rubi_R, Nov 2021
Learned interesting facts about the city. Good way to know where to explore when you're not from the area. Staff really friendly.
Great tour!
Jennifer_F, Nov 2021
The tour guide was fabulous. I enjoyed the various sites on the tour, and I plan to bring a friend with me on my next tour.


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