Old Town Trolley Hop-On Hop-Off Tour in San Diego, CA

Historic Tours of America4010 Twiggs Street San Diego, CA 92110
View on Map
Starting at
$42.00 $39.38
You Save: $2.62


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.

Discover More With Us

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.

View my photos


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.

Tripster Customer Reviews

4 Reviews
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.
Read More
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

Was this review helpful? Yes

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
Read More
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

Was this review helpful? Yes

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.
Read More
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes

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.
Read More
Tip: Check for any activities going on downtown that may interfere with tour. Comicon prevented us from seeing Gaslamp District...

Was this review helpful? Yes

TripAdvisor Reviews
TripAdvisor user image
Daly City, California
"San Diego Old Town Trolley hop no-hop off tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 19, 2019 NEW
The trolley was the easiest way to experience San Diego. It was an overnight trip for us, arrived in San Diego at 9am on Saturday and left Sunday at 730am. We were able to see a lot of San Diego and did not have to worry about parking or renting a car. My friends and I did 2 out of the 10 (?) Stops. We took plenty of pictures and had a wonderful time. The drivers were awesome and their service in general was great. We did not have to wait long at the trolley stops because one would come by every 15-20mins. A must for anyone visiting San Diego.
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
Oak Ridge, New Jersey
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 19, 2019 NEW
This is the perfect way to see San Diego. The trolley makes several stops and runs continuously. Good way to get an overview and then decide where you would like to go back to. The drivers are friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable. Along with telling you a lot about San Diego's history, they are funny and entertaining. Our driver, Vinnie, was outstanding! He truly made our day. Very knowledgeable, personable and witty! A real joy! Do not hesitate to take this trolley.
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
Bristol, United Kingdom
"Quick way to explore the city and island. "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 19, 2019 NEW
We only had short time in San Diego and was using this tour to hop on and off at different sites of the city and Coronado island. Drivers / tour guides were very knowledgeable about the history of the city and island. All staff we came across were friendly and welcoming. Highly recommended to other tourist.
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
Locust Grove, Oklahoma
"Interesting Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 18, 2019 NEW
I always enjoy the trolley tours. Our driver was so knowledgeable and shared lots of historical facts we wouldn’t have learned of without participating in the trolley tour. We were able to see all the highlights of San Diego without having to navigate the city traffic ourselves. Highly recommend!
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
"Excellent tour!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 18, 2019 NEW
I only had a free afternoon which was just perfect for the trolley tour. Got off once and didn’t have to wait long to get back on. Drivers were friendly and interesting and it was the perfect way to see all the sites in a few hours. Definitely worth it when time is limited or to get a quick visit of the San Diego highlights!
Read More
Star Map Pin Icon
Old Town Trolley Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour is located at Historic Tours of America4010 Twiggs Street San Diego, CA 92110
Attraction Map Pin IconAttractions Hotel Map Pin IconHotels & Lodging

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.

What are the ten distinct stops?
The ten stops are Old Town Sheriff's Museum, Casa de Aguirre, Mormon Battalion Historic Site, Old Town Railroad Depot, African Museum, San Diego Chinese Historical Museum, Coronado Historical Museum, Veterans Museum at Balboa Park, Timken Museum of Art and San Diego Firehouse Museum.