Ripley's Red Sightseeing Trains in St. Augustine, FL

Ripley's St. Augustine19 San Marco Ave.St. Augustine, FL 32084
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Overview

The original sightseeing train tours in St. Augustine, Ripley’s Red Sightseeing Trains offer narrated tours of the area’s most popular attractions, shopping districts, historic landmarks and more along a scenic 7-mile circuit. Tours include 80 to 90 minutes of narration about the city’s rich history, and each ticket is valid for three consecutive days for added convenience.

Description

from Ripley's Red Sightseeing Trains
Join us aboard the original Red Train Tour of historic St. Augustine since 1953. Our narrated tour transports you along a seven-mile circuit, with over 20 stops at the city's most popular attractions, shopping, restaurants, and historic sites.

Each ticket is valid for 3 consecutive days to offer the greatest flexibility for you!

Ripley’s Sightseeing Trains are St. Augustine’s ORIGINAL sightseeing train tour. We have been showing off our city since 1953!

Step off and re-board at your leisure at over 20 convenient stops for attractions, historic sites, restaurants, and shopping here in the “Nation’s Oldest City”. Ride the Red Trains for up to 3 consecutive days giving you plenty of time to see all that St. Augustine has to offer.

Ticket includes a 80–90 minute, fully narrated historical tour of the Nation’s Oldest City. Our “open-air” Sightseeing Trains cover over 7 miles and visit dozens of historic sites. Our Sightseeing Train tours begin every 15 or 20 minutes at all 22 locations. Guests may get on and off at all locations.

Tours begin as early as 8:30 a.m. and our trains run continuously until 5:00 p.m.

There is one 14” step up to board.

FREE PARKING is available at 5 Sightseeing Train stations. All guests receive free on-demand shuttle service to and from area hotels and free shuttle service to the Alligator Farm and the St. Augustine Lighthouse.

Tours run every day except Christmas Day.

NOTE: In order to board the Ghost Train you must present your voucher and Photo ID at the Ripley’s Ghost Parlor at least 15 minutes prior to your tour departure time. Be sure to bring along a digital camera and any other recording gear you wish.

Tripster Customer Reviews

19 Reviews
Rhonda Merrifield
1 Review
"Red Train...Elaine"
January 2020
What a great description of St Augustine! Elaine's charming Southern "Y'all's " was so entertaining! Obvious she really enjoys her tours! Thanks!
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Gary Schrubbe
Wauwatosa, WI
1 Review
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"Excellent Tours"
January 2020
We do not normally purchase guided tours while on vacation, and even though we were visiting friends living in the area, we decided to go ahead and get on the Ripley's Red Sightseeing Train. Tripster made it easy to purchase and redeem the tickets in advance. We experienced two different drivers, and both were wonderful! Our seven year old got to ring the bell - This made his day!! There is so much history in St Augustine that we were unaware of. We found corners of the city we would not have if we were walking around on our own. It's great to hop on and off as you want to discover shops and restaurants, or just to pound the pavement for a while!! I would highly recommend RRST to anyone who wishes to see St. Augustine!!
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Tip: Get there early for the best parking & Sit in front for the best interaction with the drivers!!

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Nathan Baptie
Spring Hill, FL
1 Review
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"Here you go"
December 2019
Guides are great #redtrain
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Tip: Best way to get around

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Margaret Parker
Largo, FL
1 Review
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"Sightseeing tour"
November 2019
We had the best driver Tiny the first tour around gave us information about the history and things going on in the area.
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Tip: To ride the train completely around before deciding what they want to do.

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Jennifer M.
WEBSTER, FL
1 Review
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"Favorite part of vacation!!"
June 2019
We LOVE the Red Train!! Very informational and different every ride. We especially love Smokey and his Smokey Extras and Daphne. A must do when visiting St. Augustine!
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Tip: Fun and great value!

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Michael Tunstall
Riverview , FL
1 Review
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"Great and exciting tour!"
March 2019
The Red Train tours are exciting and comical at times. I prefer the red train over the other trolley tour because they give a bit more history for people of color and more about the freedom trail. Not to mention the price is a little lower too. I've done both red train and the trolley tour, needless to say, I'm sticking with the best. Way to go Red Train!!!
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Tejal Patel
GAINESVILLE, FL
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"Great way to see St. AUGUSTINE.."
May 2018
Enjoyed hearing the history and red train tour guides were wonderful.
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Brian Arthur
St. Petersburg, FL
1 Review
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"Very exciting and upbeat"
February 2018
Experience that we had was very exciting upbeat, the person / persons that we rode along with a very nice and respectful. Also they were knowledgeable about every site that we stopped at. We are definitely going to plan on doing this again the future
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Tip: Fun and funny

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KKEE-290
Charlotte, North Carolina
"Red Train Tour "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 12, 2020 NEW
After walking around the old city for while my wife and I decided to give this tour a try. We drove to Ripleys and jumped on the 10 am tour. We got lucky and no one was on the tour except us so personal tour it was. Jimmy B was by far the best tour guide we have ever come across. He pointed out all the historical stuff but also shared other great tours and even some great restaurants to try. I would highly recommend getting on Jimmys tours and go early as well to beat the heat. Thanks for the great tour Jimmy!!!
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Rachaelway27
Clearwater, Florida
"Perfect tour for us!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 09, 2020 NEW
We took this tour and Jeff was our guide. I will start off by saying the entire tour Jeff cracked us up! His jokes were hilarious, he made funny sound effects, and he kept things interesting! I would totally recommend asking for a tour where he was the guide. Moving on... This was a great tour! It was long enough to hit the sights I wanted to see but not too long that we got bored or over stimulated with information. The information about the city was truly interesting! I really enjoyed learning about it. It was July and sweltering our but I felt very comfortable temperature wise. We were very happy with our choice of tour and would recommend!
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Y7402VOjennifers
Yulee, Florida
"Excellent tour guide"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 06, 2020 NEW
We had an awesome tour experience with Mr. Ed. He was so informative as well as humorous. We loved the tour and will do it again. If you happen to get Mr. Ed as your guide then you will definitely enjoy the ride!
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vlaney
Ocoee, Florida
"Great way to see all the sights"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 26, 2020
When we bought our tickets for The Red Train Tour, they gave us a nice booklet describing each of the 22 stops we would make. The guide also gave us a useful description of what we would see at the next attraction. We could get off the train whenever we wished and another train would come by before too long so we could go to the next attraction. It would be best to board the train early in the day so you have plenty of time to see attractions. Many shops and restaurants offer special discounts to Red Train passengers. The train is convenient because parking tends to be limited in St. Augustine. You can park at no charge in the lot at the Ripley's Odditorium and start and end the Train tour there. You will learn all about St. Augustine even if you stay on the train.
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LindseyMcD
Midlands,UK
"Great information"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 03, 2020
Love these hop on/off busses. Lady on first bus very helpful so we didn’t miss our tour of Fragley college
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ripley's Red Sightseeing Trains

Where do the tours start for the Red Train?
Tours begin at the Red Train Tour Station to exchange your voucher for the train pass. 


When are the times for the Red Train tour?
Our Red Trains are on the road at 8:30 a.m. and run continuous loops along our 24 stops until about 5 p.m. Please plan to start your tour by 4:30 pm to be sure you get back to your starting point.

Where can I park?
FREE Parking is available at our Red Train station.


How often do the trains come by?
The Sightseeing Trains come by every 15 to 20 minutes at each of our 24 locations. One continuous, fully narrated tour completes the 24-stop loop in about 80-90 minutes.


Where are the Red Train stop points?
They will stop at: Welcome Center Train Station, Old Sugar Mill, Parking & Visitos Ctr, City Gates Train Station, St. George Street, Middle of St. George Street, Flagler Memorial Presbyterian, San Sebastian Winery, Whetstone Chocolate Factory, Flagler College & Villa Zorayda, The Lightner Museum, The Dow Museum, City Plaza, Spanish Military Hospital & Aviles St, The Oldest House, City Marina & Bayfront Golf, Castillo de San Marcos, Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Museum, Mission Nombre de Dios, The Old Senator, Fountain of Youth, The Old Jail, Fort Menendez and Fatio House Museum.


Can I bring my dog?
We do allow small dogs under 15 pounds as long as they do not disturb the tour and of course, service and guide animals certified under ADA guidelines.


Are there any restrictions? What about wheelchairs?
Our Red Trains require our guests to take one step approximately 13” off the ground. Fold-up wheelchairs and collapsible walking aids may be taken on the train, but guests must board under their own power.


What happens if it rains?
During inclement weather, our Red Train conductors will provide free ponchos for our guests. Our Red Trains will be pulled off the roads and will be directed to the safest location should extreme and dangerous weather conditions arise.


What if I’m only riding for one day?
All of our tickets for the Red Train are valid for 3 consecutive days from date of purchase.


What if I need a bathroom break?
Most of our 24 stops have public restroom facilities within a short walk. Return to your Red Train stop and another train will be by in about 15-20 minutes to pick you up and continue the tour.


What if I’m hungry and want to find a place to eat?
Many of the Red Train stops are within a short walk to dining establishments, especially Historic St. George Street, stop 5 and 7. Don’t hesitate to ask your Train conductor or check our tour map now so you can make a plan for lunch. Return to your Red Train stop afterwards and another train will be by in 15-20 minutes to pick you up and continue your tour.


If I buy the combo ticket with Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Museum is this stop on the Red Train tour?
Yes, you can get off at the Ripley’s Believe it or Not! during your Red Train tour.


When does the Ghost Train start?
Typically it starts around 8pm. We suggest you arrive 15 minutes prior to your departure time.

When does the Ripley’s Haunted Castle Tour begin?
Typically it starts around 8 to 8:30pm, we suggest arriving 10-20 minutes prior.


Is the Haunted Castle good for children?
This tour may not be appropriate for children under 8 years old.


Is the Haunted Castle a walking tour?
Yes, you will walk through the castle. We suggest taking pictures and using the EMF meters to detect paranormal activity!