San Diego

San Diego Hop On Hop Off Trolley Tour

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San Diego Tour Hop on Hop off Trolley

From $54.00

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up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 2 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

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

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.

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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

12 Stops

17 Points of Interest

Duration: 2 hours

Operating Schedule: Times vary depending on season. Operates 9:00am to 6 pm (last tour departs Old Town at 4 pm) from March 11-October 29th; Operates 9:00am to 5 pm (last tour departs Old Town at 3 pm) from October 30th-March 10th; 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

Maritime Museum of San Diego

1004 N Harbor Dr

789 W Harbor Dr

825 W Harbor Dr

Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

480 Fourth Ave

855 E Harbor Dr

1113 Cesar E. Chavez Pkwy

1107 Orange Ave

2175 Presidents Way

1605 India St

Points of interest passed by on this route

Balboa Park

Seaport Village

San Diego Zoo

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

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

Maritime Museum of San Diego

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Wheelchair accessible, please advise at time of booking if a wheelchair-accessible trolley is required
  • Emotional support animals or pets are not allowed
  • KIDS FREE OCTOBER - Kids (0-12) ride free travelling from Oct 1-31 with a paid adult. 1 free child per paid adult. You do not have to purchase a child ticket, the child will automatically go free with adult purchase.

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.

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

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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.
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Great tour
Arlene_R, Mar 2024
Great tour. Rico, Frank and Dave were amazing! Saw all of the sites we were interested in and it made getting to each destination so easy!
Excellent tour! Highly recommend.
Pamela_R, Mar 2024
It was so fun! They did a great job educating everyone about the area, and their witty banter was very enjoyable. Also did a very good explaining to everyone that it's smarter to hop off often than do the 3 hour loop again to revisit a stop. Thank you for a very nice afternoon!!
Great Experience
gymtravel, Feb 2024
It was a great experience. I would recommend for everyone especially the first visit in San Diego. The driver was excellent given the information and history!
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you so much for sharing your experience. We're glad to hear that you had a good tour and enjoyed the historical information. It's great to know that you found the trolley tour convenient for exploring the town. We hope to see you again soon!
Best way to tour
Karen_A, Feb 2024
This is a great way to see the sites and to learn about San Diego. All of the tour drivers were very knowledgeable and personable.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
We are so happy you had a great time with our CAST. We hope you'll visit us again when you visit one of our destinations.
Fun and thorough.
Traci_P, Feb 2024
Trivia about San Diego. Good stops. Efficient and positive. Could get lost from group easily, but I get disoriented easily. Overall very good.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you so much for sharing your experience. We're glad to hear that you had a good tour and enjoyed the historical information. It's great to know that you found the trolley tour convenient for exploring the town. We hope to see you again soon!
Sightseeing and history too!!
Pam_C, Feb 2024
Loved my tour of San Diego! Hop on and off was so easy and convenient! Perfect way to see the city and learn its history at the same time. All the drivers were great but Vinnie was my favorite!
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you so much for sharing your experience. We're glad to hear that you had a good tour and enjoyed the information provided. It's great to know that you found the hop on and off experience easy and convenient. We hope to see you again soon!
Great way to get to know San Diego
Sherry_Y, Feb 2024
Some guides are better than others but you can always get off and catch the next one! Great way to get around the city.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
We're glad you had a great time! Thank you for the review!
Great value!
andreamlorenzo, Feb 2024
Fantastic day seeing the city! All the guides were friendly, knowledgeable and kind. Would definitely do it again!
Response from Host, Feb 2024
It's a great compliment to hear that one of our visitors would come back. We'd love to see you visit us again! You’ll also find our tours in Nashville, Saint Augustine, Savannah, Key West, Boston, San Diego, and Washington DC.
Great tour
Eileen_O, Feb 2024
Very organized, great narration of history, wonderful crew, on schedule, clean vehicle. I recommend this tour.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Wow, that is a great review! Thank you so much for taking the time to write about your experience. We love reading about our guests' experiences and sharing them with our CAST. We hope you'll come back and visit us again.
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alfred_g, Jan 2024
I like the convenience of being able to see the attraction before I actually go, then deciding on the second round..all at a fair price
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you so much for sharing your experience. We're glad to hear that you had a good tour and enjoyed the information provided. It's great to know that you found the hop on and off experience easy and convenient. We hope to see you again soon!
Great way to explore San Diego as a 1st time visitor.
LuAnn_M, Jan 2024
We really enjoyed our guide, Chris. He was very knowledgeable, and had a fun sense of humor. We stayed on the trolly throughout the tour and went back on our own to see the things that interested us the most. I would recommend this trolly tour for anyone who’s never been to San Diego before.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
We're glad to hear that you enjoyed Chris and had a great time! We hope you'll come back for more next time you're in one of our other destinations. You’ll also find our tours in Savannah, Nashville, Saint Augustine, Key West, Boston, San Diego, and Washington DC.
Great experience
Karen_J, Jan 2024
The driver was great. He was very knowledgeable and funny. Considerate of passengers when weather changed.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
We are so happy you had a great time with our CAST. We hope you'll visit us again when you visit one of our destinations.
Must do while in San Diego
Nicole_B, Jan 2024
The drivers are excellent. Knowledgable, personable, and witty! Loved this but recommend starting early in the morning as the final buses end early (before 5pm) so to get the whole experience start by 9:00 for sure and maybe do a two day pass if you want to do things very leisurely because there was so much great stuff to see!
Response from Host, Feb 2024
We are so happy you had a great time with our CAST. We hope you'll visit us again when you visit one of our destinations.
Great tour guides and locations
Jessica_W, Jan 2024
We loved the Trolley Tour! The drivers were friendly, funny and knowledgeable. he best part was not having to drive or park to see any of the 12 locations they have stops at. We took advantage of the Hop On Hop Off part and visited the Gaslamp District, Coronado hotel and beach and Balboa Park. We highly recommend anyone visiting San Diego to take the Hop On Hop Off Trolley Tour.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
We're glad you had a great time! Thank you for the review!
Great way to see San Diego- A must do
Ian_P, Jan 2024
The drivers were very knowledgeable and humorous. It was a comfortable and pleasurable ride. Great way to see a lot of different places in San Diego.
Exceptional Trolley drivers/commentators made it an enjoyable experience!!
Kerwin_L, Jan 2024
We actually rode on two different trolleys throughout the day and both commentators; Bobby D. and Paul V. we’re exceptional!!
Great way to find places...
Beena_C, Dec 2023
Great way to find places you want to spend more time. The history of the places was interesting too. Drivers were great.
James, the best of the best!!
Barbara_W, Dec 2023
Our favorite part of the tour was our guide, James!! He was very entertaining. James was knowledgeable and engaging. We enjoyed every minute with James. We have done a few of these tours around the world. James was by far the best of the best!!!
Good value
Julie_K, Dec 2023
Great way to see major points of interest and good view from the bay bridge. Like that we could park in free parking and get off to check out areas. If you start early, you can see so much.
It may have been me. But...
Lawrence_K, Dec 2023
It may have been me. But I had trouble finding the time the trolley would be at my starting point and where each stop was going to be. I think I should have been able to find this info earlier in the process. Not after I got on the first time. The trolley ride was great though. Learned a lot about the area.
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