Old Town Trolley La Jolla & San Diego Beaches Tour in San Diego, CA

Historic Tours of America4010 Twiggs StSan Diego, CA 92110
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Featuring a 110-minute, 24-mile continuous beach shuttle ride, Old Town Trolley La Jolla-Mission Beach Tour offers great music, historic information, scenic 360-degree views and more for the whole family to enjoy. Guests can experience the best of the San Diego area, including views of Mission Beach and Belmont Park, Veterans Memorial, Old Town, and the Pacific Ocean.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our San Diego Travel Experts
  • Trolleys come by every hour.
  • Tour is 1.5 - 2 hours if you don’t depart for stops.
  • Perfect beach trolley.
  • Four stops total.
  • Live narration by the conductors.
  • Sights include Mt. Soledad, La Jolla, Mission Beach and Old Town.
  • Hop-On/Off at your convenience.
  • Easy way to experience San Diego beaches.


from Old Town Trolley La Jolla & San Diego Beaches Tour
San Diego is known for 70 miles of beautiful beaches and mild temperatures. What better way to get you there than the Old Town Trolley Tour! Hop onboard our one-of-a-kind beach trolley and let us shuttle you to Mt. Soledad, La Jolla, Mission Beach and Old Town.

There is something for everyone, from expansive sandy beaches, rocky cliffs, reefs, tide pools and everything in between. The beaches in San Diego are as varied as the California beach towns that were built around them. Discover beaches perfect for families and coveted by the world's top surfers. Play volleyball, spot creatures in tide pools or simply relax and people watch.

The fleet of colorful orange-and-green trolleys travel on a continuous loop beginning and ending in Old Town with a 20-minute photo op atop Mt. Soledad and 3 1/2 hours in the Village of La Jolla. The Trolley will tour Pacific Beach, Windansea Beach and Mission Beach on the trip back to Old Town from La Jolla Village.

So grab your beach towels, slather on the sunscreen, get your eTickets for the Old Town Trolley La Jolla & San Diego Beaches Tour, and get out to explore some of the finest beaches in the world!

Old Town Trolley La Jolla & San Diego Beaches Tour Highlights:
Mt. Soledad featuring the Veterans Memorial with 360 degree panoramic views of San Diego and the Pacific Ocean.
La Jolla featuring the La Jolla Cove and children's pool and nearby shopping in the Village that rivals Rodeo Dr.
Pacific Beach, Windansea Beach and Mission Beach.
Old Town, the birth place of California, featuring the historic state park.
Premier ocean and beach views along the route.

Operating Times:
Trolley runs daily at 10:15 AM
Depart Old Town--4010 Twiggs St. - pick up 10:15AM.
Stop #1--Mt. Soledad-stop located at the top of the memorial with a short photo-op.
Stop #2--La Jolla Village-1021 Silverado St. (next to Chase Bank) -
Final pick-up for remaining Beaches and return to Old Town - 3:00PM.
Return to Old Town--3:45PM.

Tripster Customer Reviews

Maureen Shroyer
Decorah , IA
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"See Paradise In One Day"
November 2018
Larry and the San Diego Beach Tour were an excellent way to see what everyone comes to San Diego for; the beaches and coastline. Larry was so informative and went the extra mile to drive us back to our hotel at the end of the day-telling us wonderful San Diego stories of its history and culture. I would highly recommend the San Diego Beach Tours!
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Tip: When traveling in November the daytime temperatures are good for shorts or capris and the night time temperatures feel better with pants or jeans.

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Vestavia Hills, Alabama
"Easy and informational way to tour and learn"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 13, 2019 NEW
We bought passes and rode the 2 hour circuit to get acquainted with the city as this was our first visit. This is a great way to learn and move about the city. We got off back in Old Town then walked around and had lunch. Hopped back on the trolley and got off at the Embarcadero to catch a harbor cruise. After the cruise we hooped back on the trolley and went back to the Gaslamp district and our hotel. We learned things from the trolley conductors along the way as an added bonus.
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Vanessa V
"Stress free way to tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 12, 2019 NEW
The guides were informative and good with customers. I liked being able to hop on and off. This beats driving to these 8 stops or so and having to park and possibly run into traffic.
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Yreka, California
"Delightful For Overview of City"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 10, 2019 NEW
Drivers are full of historic robots. Friendly, helpful service. I've been on this with my Sis for a on and off leisurely day to catch highlights of San Diego. Another time with hubby, when we didn't have much time before a flight, so a good chance to get full overview of the city with a ride straight thru, only one stop for coffee in Horton Plaza, then a perfect 10 minutes until next trolley can around to continue your. I appreciate hearing the info about what we are seeing. It would be lovely if everyone who rides could understand when the driver asks for riders to be considerate of others wanting to listen: but guess they are talking too loudly to hear the repeated imploring for cutting the loud chatter. Unfortunatey, there's one or three in every crowd! But it's still worth the ride.
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Columbia, Maryland
"You Must Take This Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 10, 2019 NEW
This tour is a must if you are a first time visitor of San Diego. The trolley drivers are very knowledgeable about the major sites in San Diego and its’ history. The listed stops are all at major areas in the city and taking the tours gives a great overview of the city’s attractions. The pass we purchased was a multi-day pass and you can get off and on as much as you want. The trolley ran often and there was not much of a wait.
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Christchurch, New Zealand
"Great way to see the many different areas of San Diego"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 09, 2019 NEW
We really enjoyed our trolley tour around San Diego. We had a great bunch of drivers too - Patrick, Hatch, Jack & Dave. We ended up doing 2 loops and each of the drivers tell different stories. So it’s not all the same same. And they impart lots of good history and fun stories. Despite asking the customers to be quiet duration the narration, some people just couldn’t shut up LOL. Everyone needs to alight their trolley in Old Town and then alight a new trolley to continue onwards. Maybe half of the stops also had trolley employees manning the stop. Which was great for questions etc. A trolley would come around every 20 mins but sometimes they could be full. Nearer the end of the day they do put on extra trolleys so that customers are not left behind if the trolleys are full.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Old Town Trolley La Jolla & San Diego Beaches Tour

How long does the tour last?
It lasts 110 minutes if you don’t get off. Otherwise, make an entire day of the hop-on, hop-off tour with 4 different stops in La Jolla, Mission Beach, Mt. Soledad and Old Town. You may hop on and off at any one of our convenient stops throughout the entire day.

What time do the tours start?
The Trolley Tour begins every day (except Thanksgiving and Christmas) at 10:15am 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 hour, though times may vary slightly due to traffic conditions and city events. 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 four minutes drive from the "Old Town Exit" on Interstate 5. Public transportation and parking is 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.