Old Town Trolley Hop-On Hop-Off Tour in San Diego, CA

Historic Tours of America4010 Twiggs Street San Diego, CA 92110
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Overview

Offering a unique tour of San Diego, the Old Town Trolley Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour lets guests enjoy an entire day getting on and off the trolley at their own leisure. Guests can choose to stay on the trolley for a two-hour fully narrated tour of the city or stop off at the Old Town State Park, Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo, or other popular attractions along the ride.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our San Diego Travel Experts
  • Tours depart at 9:00 am from Old Town.
  • Trolleys come by every 30 minutes.
  • Live narration by the conductors.
  • Tour is 2 hours if you don't hop-on/hop-off.
  • Hop-On/Off at your convenience.
  • 10 distinct stops.
  • Easy way to experience distinct San Diego neighborhoods.

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Insights from Reserve Direct's own team members

Megan Aguilar

This is a great way to see the sites and let someone else do the driving. You can hop on or off at any of the stops and the trolley's come by every 30 minutes. I would recommend doing this tour on your first day to get an overall glimpse of San Diego and gain insightful information from the guides.

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Description

from Old Town Trolley Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour
Celebrating 25 years in San Diego!
Like no place on earth, San Diego offers an abundance of stunning natural beauty, rich history and an array of cultural, iconic and entertaining attractions. The best way to see it all is on board the city’s original sightseeing tour, Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego.

Old Town Trolley Tours has been transporting guests around the city for more than 20 years. Combining points of interest with fascinating history and amusing anecdotes, our trolley tour stops at all of San Diego’s most popular attractions. Led by our knowledgeable conductors, this 2-hour tour allows you to get off and on as often as you wish, spend as much time as you like at each stop and re-board another trolley when you are ready.

You will be treated to gorgeous views of the Big Bay and city skyline from atop the 2-mile long Coronado Bridge – our ribbon of blue steel. Travel through our historic Gaslamp Quarter, Old Town – the birthplace of California, the Embarcadero and Little Italy. We will take you to the island of Coronado – home to the fabulous and historic Hotel del Coronado as well as the Coronado Beach which is consistently on the list of top 10 beaches in the country. Now if that isn’t enough to make your day, we also have a stop in Balboa Park – home to over 12 museums, free gardens, The Old Globe Theatre and the World Famous San Diego Zoo!

San Diego, affectionately known as “America’s Finest City,” is the ideal place for visitors of all ages, with pristine beaches, marvelous weather and endless possibilities for activities to suit everyone’s pace. Learn the remarkable facts about California’s second largest city and how it came to be the paradise it is today on Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego. Sit back, enjoy the view and leave the driving to us!

Old Town Trolley Tour:
  • Tours depart at 9:00 am from Old Town. Departure times vary at each stop.
  • Open Thanksgiving Day with a limited schedule.
  • Closed Christmas Day.
  • *Tours depart approximately every 30 minutes


Last re-boarding times vary depending upon the Trolley Tour stop location and time of year. If you choose to stay on the trolley, the tour time is approximately 2-hours. You may "hop-on and hop-off" as many times as you like during the hours of operation. The 2-day Trolley pass does not have to be taken on consecutive days.

Reserve San Diego Customer Reviews

2 Reviews
Jennifer Fields
1 Review
"Time is not on your side"
August, 2018
Sitting at the stop waiting for the next trolley because the 10:25 left at 10:20. What a difference 5 minutes can make.
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Tip: The times are squishy so be ready to spend time sitting on benches waiting either because you have to show up early to make sure you dont miss it or you show up on time only to realize you missed it.

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Mary Kanos
Huntington Beach, CA
1 Review
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"old town Trolley"
November, 2015
It was a great way to see and learn about attractions in San Diego. My family that was visiting enjoyed it too. Would definitely recommend it.
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Tip: Check for any activities going on downtown that may interfere with tour. Comicon prevented us from seeing Gaslamp District...

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Bordersgeezer
Hawick, United Kingdom
"Great comfortable buses with excellent knowledgeable drivers"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 17, 2018 NEW
This was very good experience which we used on day 2 of our day in San Diego. I researched the cost of the tickets both on Groupon and the Official website and Groupon is actually more expensive, beware! We made the use of two drivers throughout the course of the day and both were excellent. Knowledgeable, friendly and very humorous. Buses run every 20 mins and the complete tour lasts about 2hrs. By completing the tour you get a very good idea of the history and layout of the city. Can highly recommend but buy your tickets online for the discount
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Melinda D
"Unfortunate Experience "
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed September 17, 2018 NEW
I really wanted to leave a five star rating for this tour, because I think it could be very good, but my tour guide "Alex" ruined that. First, I was traveling alone and boarded the bus at Old Town. I stayed on the same bus for the full 2 hr tour...no hop offs at any stop, so I was with the same guide the entire time. At no time was our bus more than half full, in fact it was probably less than half full. Despite the fact that I boarded alone, sat alone in my seat, and introduced myself alone, "Alex" made several remarks on the tour which insinuated that another solo tourist on board was my husband. It was embarrassing and uncomfortable for both of us. I felt this was unprofessional and unnecessary. Toward the end of our trip, after leaving Balboa Park, I received two phone calls from my family back East. My phone did not ring aloud...it was set to vibrate. I did not answer. I then received a text message that read "CALL HOME ASAP...EMERGENCY". With no one sitting beside me, in front of me, nor behind me...I quietly made the phone call home to learn of the sudden death of my niece. I spoke quietly and interrupted no one; however, "Alex" proceeded to go on a loud rant about how "Indiana" could not read and was breaking rule #1. I ended my call...but he proceeded to go on and on about it. I get it...I broke a rule with a 3 minute phone call that disturbed no one. My apologies! Overall, the tour is good...the city is beautiful and the price is reasonable. Too bad one over zealous tour guide couldn't act a bit more professional and courteous to his customers. Keep taking your Omega pills and watching cable, Alex! Maybe you'll learn to be a little less rude.
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Bobbie K
San Diego, California
"FANTASTIC WAY TO SEE THE CITY"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 17, 2018 NEW
Our tour guide was Doug. He was amazing. He was very personable; knowledgeable and an all around nice guy. He was a very attentive and a safe driver and you have to be driving all over the city. The trolley was comfortable and clean and really fun to ride in.
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Bob P
Abilene, Texas
"Vacation "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 16, 2018 NEW
We have used this company many times in different cities all across the USA. They always do a very good job of customer service! It’s a great way to see the interesting sights of a city at a reasonable price. San Diego was no exception all the drivers and ticket sales staff were very good at their job and provided excellent customer service!
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Karen T
Perth, United Kingdom
"Best tour we have ever taken"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 16, 2018 NEW
Our first visit to San Diego and a tour of the city is a must for us to get a feel for the place. We were looking for a hop on hop off bus but couldn’t find the stop, we did however see the trolley tour vehicles and thought they were quirky so thought we would give it a go. We are so glad we joined this tour, 2 hours around the city with a live commentary from the driver. This was superb because they really bring their personalities to the commentary. Fun as well as informative. This is definitely the best city tour I have taken and I have been on a lot. We really felt we saw the best of San Diego and the tour made us love the place even more. Coronado Bridge was stunning, albeit my fear of heights was tested but well worth it to se Coronado. The old town was fantastic and the Italian quarter very interesting. Highly recommend this tour and at $40 each we thought it was exceptional value for money. Well done to the excellent tour drivers who gave the amazing commentaries.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Old Town Trolley Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

How long does the tour last?
It lasts two hours if you don’t get off. Otherwise, make an entire day of the hop-on, hop-off tour with 11 different stops in San Diego and Coronado. You may hop on and off at any one of our convenient stops throughout the entire day. Depending on your start time, you may also use your ticket to enjoy your tour in segments by hopping off at one or two of our distinctive stops on the loop. The number of stops you can explore in one day depends on the time of year that you are touring and the amount of time you have on the day of your tour.

If you wish to stay on board your trolley and enjoy our fascinating narrative presenting a great overview of “America’s Finest City” without hopping on and off, the entire loop takes approximately two hours.

What time do the tours start?
The Old Town Trolley Tour begins every day (except Thanksgiving and Christmas) at 9:00 am at the Old Town Depot; however, you can begin your tour at any of our stops. Please note: Each stop has a different starting time.

How often do trolleys come to each stop?
Our trolleys come by approximately every 30 minutes, though 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 in-field dispatchers often put more trolleys in the tour loop at an increased frequency. We are San Diego's most popular tour, and during peak times, we cannot guarantee that each trolley will have available seats.

Are your trolleys wheelchair accessible?
Please allow 24-hour advance notice to arrange for wheelchair accessibility. We will make every effort to provide reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities.

How do I get to Old Town?
Our Old Town Trolley Depot is located at the Old Town Market on 4010 Twiggs Street and San Diego Avenue in the heart of Old Town San Diego, the Birthplace of California about a four minute drive from the "Old Town Exit" on Interstate 5. Public transportation and parking are available at this stop.

What is the last tour of the day?
The last tour of the day varies depending on the depot that you are starting from, the time of year, the day of the week, and any citywide events in town. Please refer directly to Old Town’s tour schedule.

Where do I park?
Convenient parking can be found near any of our trolley depots. Free parking is located in the lot directly across from the Old Town Market Depot on 4010 Twiggs Street.

Can I bring my stroller on board the trolley?
Yes, we can accommodate strollers but they must be collapsible and will be stored up front with the conductor. Strollers in the aisle ways would constitute a safety hazard.

Are the trolleys heated?
No.

Are dogs allowed on your trolleys?
Assistance animals, such as seeing-eye dogs, are the only animals that are allowed on board the trolleys.

Where can babies or toddlers ride on the trolley?
Babies and toddlers can sit on the parent or guardian’s lap. Depending upon the age, a child could sit in their own seat.