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

3 Reviews
Shannon Gildea
Gardnerville , NV
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Wonderful way to see San Diego!"
October, 2018
My daughter & I loved touring San Diego on the Trolley tour. The hop on and hop off option allowed us to spend additional time exploring locations such as Coronado Island and Balboa Park. I definitely recommend this attraction and would do it again when back in San Diego
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Tip: You may want to spend the 1st 2 hours on the trolley so you can see the 10 stops available to visit on the tour. Then you can decide which areas you want to spend time visiting

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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
Verified Traveler
"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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JBernard20
Saint Rose, Louisiana
"Great way to see San Diego in one day."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 16, 2018 NEW
We enjoyed our tour and liked the ability to spend as much time or as little time at each of the stops. Don’t bother exiting at Seaport village until after 10am, when the stores open up.
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LilMsFox
Chicago, Illinois
"Best Way To Tour Around San Diego "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 13, 2018 NEW
For most of our trip in San Diego, we did not rent a car, but still wanted to see the highlights of San Diego. The Old Town Trolley Tours are the best way to do this. We were picked up near our hotel in Little Italy and enjoyed riding out to Old Town where we spent a couple of hours before taking in other major points of the city, like Balboa Park, Coronado, the Harbor area, and so forth before getting back to Little Italy. You can get off at any stop. Just be mindful of the last pickup time at your stop. Our driver told us about people who get stranded because they didn’t pay attention. The trolley is not like a coach bus tour that you hire. Its a hop on and hop off. It’s an optional mode of transportation that happens to give fun facts along the way. You will get left with the assumption that you are at your stop and forgotten about, so be mindful. If you do stay within the schedule, the trolleys run roughly every 30 minutes so you can catch the next trolley to you next destination. Plan your stops accordingly. The trolleys are mostly open, so have a sweater or jacket especially when crossing Coronado Bridge. Not much to block the wind unless the plastic comes down, but then you lose a clear view for sightseeing. Note: You will need your ticket prior to boarding. They do not sell tickets on the trolley. You can get one at a station IF it is open by the stop. The stands in Old Town are generally open, but many of the city stops were not. I found a special online and took advantage of that. I showed my email confirmation of purchase and that worked fine for the both of us. Definitely recommend.
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tucsonjan
Henderson, Nevada
"Great way to see city"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 13, 2018 NEW
We loved our tour. It had been many years since we were in San Diego so this was the perfect way to dodge the traffic, see the sights and hear all the stories about the city. We had Captain Bob and he was wonderful...... made it all come to life with its history. Highly recommend this - great way to see something, wait for another trolley and charge off to the next site.
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Liz P
Mexico City, Mexico
"A great tour to know the best of San Diego"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 12, 2018 NEW
My first time in the city, and this tour was very useful to locate and identify the main attractions that is worth visiting later (such as Balboa park). To get the most out of it, you have to be in the early bus and get off at the most interesting stops. I had to go on a not so busy day so I could go up and down without problems. Very nice drivers and the staff in general was very cordial. I recommend it as a quick and safe way to get to know San Diego in a short time.
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HeatherJ228
Sherwood, Arkansas
"Fun Day in La Jolla"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 11, 2018 NEW
We enjoyed the beach tour to La Jolla. Our driver James was personable and very safe. I can’t vouch for their other drivers/guides, but James was top notch.
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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.