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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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 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.

San Diego 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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ID1528
Houston, Texas
"I was hesitant at first but then loved it!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 15, 2019 NEW
I wasn’t sure how the summer hours worked but the staff at each stop was super helpful! The drivers of the trolleys are so knowledgeable abt the city and they have great sense of humors! This tour def made our trip well worth it!
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david C
Del Mar, California
"Even Locals Love It!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 11, 2019 NEW
We have now done this tour twice, when each of our kids came into town. We are not 'touristy' types, and had low expectations. Wrong! Had a blast both times- even our snobby kids loved it. You can spend as much time in each area as you like, or as little. Very convenient, especially if you are going to Seaport Village, or Balboa Park, or Little Italy, because you don't have to worry about parking. The tour guides are great folks as well- I remember Phil, maybe a Randy- all are very knowledgeable, have a good sense of humor, and enjoy their work. I have now sent at least a dozen people on this tour recently.
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Tanya W
Auburndale, Florida
"Not the old town trolley we’re use to"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed July 11, 2019 NEW
We used the trolley several times but on one occasion we had trouble getting on. A full trolley came and we were told they were calling another one. The next came and was pretty full too. We waited until the 4 th trolley before we were able to get a seat. That never happened when we used the trolleys in key west, Atlanta, or st Augustine. Each time he told us he called one, we expected an empty one as there were several people waiting with us. As a result we waited almost an hour to get a trolley. We will not use the trolley next time we’re in San Diego.
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Julie M
"Night Light Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 10, 2019 NEW
We took the nightlight tour From Old Town trolley. It was a nice way to start our trip in San Diego giving us an overview of the area and nice view of the city at night.
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Tucsongrma
Tucson
"Great way to see the town!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 09, 2019 NEW
Riding the Old Town Trolley is a great way to learn fascinating facts about San Diego's history even for long time residents! Depending on the driver, you will hear little known facts and have buildings pointed out that you never noticed before. As an example, our driver made sure that we saw where the original Rosie the Rivater worked during WW II and that we understood where the wood came from for the original houses since San Diego had no trees when it was first settled.
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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.

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.