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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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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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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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

Mary Kanos
Huntington Beach, CA
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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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St. Louis
"Great Experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 20, 2017 NEW
We took the City Tour on our first day in San Diego. We loved it. All of the drivers were nice and informative. We hopped off at Coronado. We walked through the hotel and then walked some on the sidewalk enjoying the views of the beach. Then we walked down to the water. We then rode the Trolley to Balboa Park. Ate at a little cafe there and walked around enjoying the architecture. We caught the trolley again and rode back to the start in Old Town. Since we were staying nearby, we didn't need to spend time there. We decided to ride the Trolley around again. This was the only negative part of our day. I had my ticket confirmation on my cellphone which was almost dead from taking so many pictures. We were told we had to exit one trolley and take another. Even though we had just exited one trolley and were wearing our stickers, Rik insisted on seeing my phone confirmation. I prayed my phone would turn back on. Once on board another adventure began. We exited at Seaport Village and were told the last pick up from there would be in 30 minutes. Alex was the driver on the last leg of our trip. From that point on, it was a comedy act with all of the passengers involved. He absolutely made our day. I will never forget the fun we had with him. Plus it was like a private tour with only a few of us stragglers on board. On top of it all, it was late enough in the day to catch the sunset in Coronado and see the city lit up. Praise for the Old Town Trolley. Best to have a paper ticket though to please Rik. .
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Rolla, Missouri
"Not again "
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed November 19, 2017 NEW
Easy ticket reservation on line with a really nice chat service for questions. We took the City tour. I thought this would be a n effective way to see multiple areas without worrying about driving and parking. It was a decent idea but not completely thought out. The “stops” are not always clearly marked so that you know precisely where to be for a trolley pick up. Drivers will not stop or acknowledge you if you are not at the precise pick up spot. There is a schedule for pick ups that is a little loose depending on traffic and the drivers mood. One blond female driver drove past stops all the time with an empty trolley then we would see her parked on a street with the trolley still empty. Frustrations with waiting on trolleys made this something I will not do again.
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Greenfield, Indiana
"Very Informative Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 19, 2017 NEW
This is a great overview of San Diego. You can hop on/hop off at any of the stops. It really puts all the San Diego neighborhoods into perspective. It's a little expensive but worth the price.
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"Great Tour "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 19, 2017 NEW
The trolley picked us up not far from our hotel and we had already decided which stops we wanted to visit. I would recommend doing the same thing, this trolley tour is lengthy and if you don’t get off the first time around you might not have time to see the sights you desire. We got off at the Coronado stop. The beautiful Hotel Del is worth the time to see. We also enjoyed walking down the beach and around the quaint little town. Our next stop was Balboa Park. Our trolley driver gave us great information about where to eat lunch in the park and about attractions in the park. Free organ concerts are offered every Sunday. Our time was up after those two stops, I’d suggest a two day pass if you have the time. We were thankful the trolley took us back to our hotel stop even though our trolley didn’t make it back to the transfer point until after the designated time! Great way to see the sights if you don’t have a car!
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"Trolley tour in San Diego "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 18, 2017 NEW
My wife and I recently visited San Diego with friends. We decided to take the Trolley Tour with options to hop on and off at various places throughout the city. The tour guide drivers were very knowledgeable and friendly. We got off and on at several locations and ended up learning a great deal about the city and it’s history. We would highly recommend this tour as a great way to see San Diego.
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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?

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.