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 Tripster'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 Tours of San Diego
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.

Tripster Customer Reviews

4 Reviews
ELAINE FAULKS
Arlington, TX
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Girls trip to San Diego"
March 2019
I was born and raised in San Diego moved to Texas for work and 2 girl friends. And I went to San Diego and we booked Old Town Trolley the stops were places I wanted to take the ladies to show off my city.
Old Town Trolley was great price no hassle for me driving, packing and educational for all of us, but most of all able to enjoy Great City of San Deigo with my friends from Texas. All the tour guides we had were great interaction with passengers and very knowledgeable learned things I didn't know. Like Wyatt erup had card parlor downtown San deigo.
I would recommend this to Family and Friends to use Hop on Hop off sightseeing Tours and I would use again.
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Tip: FYI - make sure you plan to go back to your departing stop 1 1/2 hours before last time because the bus fills up fast and will be waiting for a empty bus to come by 20 minutes

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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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lelemoss610
"Seeing San Diego"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 02, 2020
We took the trolley tour to see the town and go to Old Town. Our tour guides/drivers were awesome. They did a wonderful job telling about the areas as we though. We got on in Seaport, hopped off at Old Town. Then back to Seaport. With COVID-19 they have taken to being sure the trolleys are cleaned as people get on and off, also limiting setting with it spaced out. This is a wonderful way to see the town as a couple or family.
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lakeretreat
Ravensdale, Washington
"Easy way to see city"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 02, 2020
Great way to see city without a car and learn about the area too. Love the hop on and off feature and the flexability to start at any stop. We got off at Coranado Beach, Old Town and Little Italy to spend more time.
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meyer_debbie
New Hampshire
"Fun"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 01, 2020
Jack, our trolley driver was hysterical. We only got off once to see Coronado which was gorgeous. This is a great way to see attractions and determine what you might want to do if you have limited time in San Diego. Highly recommend.
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Alan537
Southampton, United Kingdom
"An excellent way of seeing the sights"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 29, 2020
This is a Good and cost effective was of seeing the sites in this lovely city. The commentary is informative, if a tad cheesy at times. Trolley's run to time
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ANIRAV
Richmond, Virginia
"Pricey "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 22, 2020
This tour is pricey, esp if your intent is to do the loop and not do a lot of on and off, esp later in the day. This time of year the last full tour is at 3p and so two people are paying $84 and can’t get off or there is no next bus. Other similar products in major cities call one day passes 24 hours, so if you started at 3p, you would have until 3p the next day. Alternatively they could charge less later in the day. That said, many who had been hopping on & off during the day were complaining about excessively long waits all day, so at least we missed that! We did get to drive by and through much of the city and got some good tidbits from our driver who was super pleasant. Summary - enjoyed it and got a visual of things I would not have on this short trip, but not a great value and a good competitor could surely take a chunk of these customers!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Old Town Trolley Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tours of San Diego

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 12 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.

What are the Trolley stops?
Old Town Trolley of San Diego stops are Old Town State Historic Park, Maritime Museum /Satr of India, San Diego Embarcadero, Seaport Village, Marriott Marquis & Marina, Horton Plaza Park, Historic Gaslamp Quarter, Petco Park - East Convention Ct. , Barrio Logan, Coronado - Orange Ave., Balboa Park / San Diego Zoo, Little Italy.