San Diego City Lights Night Tour in san diego, CA

Historic Tours of America470 Kettner BlvdSan Diego, CA 92111
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Discover San Diego from a whole new perspective on a night tour through San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park, Coronado Bridge, and other top destinations while the city lights guide the way. You’ll see the West Coast’s top landmarks, architecture, and skyline all lit up for unparalleled photo opportunities. Remember to charge your phone and camera. You don’t want to miss these city shots!

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our San Diego Travel Experts
  • Tours begin at 9:00 pm.
  • Includes destinations such as Balboa Park, Gaslamp Quarter, Coronado’s Ferry Landing, and more.
  • Tour duration: approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  • Check-in 30 minutes prior to tour departure.
  • Part of the tour involves walking, so dress appropriately.
  • Bring a jacket as temperatures can be chilly.


from San Diego City Lights Night Tour
Your night tour journey starts off by exploring the West Coast’s premier entertainment district known as the Gaslamp Quarter. Famed for its vibrant nightlife, bright lights, and Victorian architecture, it will captivate your imagination of what makes this urban playground unforgettable. We’ll then make our way to Balboa Park, the largest urban cultural park in the US, where it’s transformed at night by stunning buildings, fountains, and statues glowing bright that are equally as remarkable in the evening as they are during the day.

From Balboa Park we’ll drive to the top of Coronado Bridge for more spectacular sights, including the lights coming in from Tijuana, Mexico, the bay, and downtown San Diego. We’ll then travel to Coronado’s Ferry Landing for a 20-minute stop to take in the stunning beauty of the San Diego city skyline, visible from across the bay and a perfect photo op location.

Tour Duration: 1.5 hours

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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"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!
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Frequently Asked Questions about San Diego City Lights Night Tour

How long is the tour?
The tour is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes long.

Where do I meet for the tour?
Tours meet at 470 Kettner Blvd., Seaport Village, San Diego, CA.

Is parking available?
Yes. Paid parking is available in the lots nearby.

When should I arrive?
As seating is arranged by check-in, you’ll want to check-in no later than 30 minutes before your scheduled tour departure.

What should I wear?
Wear weather-appropriate attire and comfortable walking shoes. The tour does include a bit of walking. In addition, temperatures can get cold, so bring a jacket and double check the weather forecast for the night of your tour.

What should I bring?
Bring your phone, extra cash, ID, and a charged camera.

Can I bring food and drinks onto the trolley?
Food and drinks are welcome. However alcoholic beverages are not allowed under any circumstance for the safety and comfort of all of our guests.

Are the trolleys heated?

Can my baby or toddler ride on my lap?

What language is the tour in?