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Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
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Overview

Explore some of the top highlights of San Diego with your silver, gold, or platinum day pass (depending on option selected) for the city’s Hop-on, Hop-off Trolley Tour. Choose your own adventure as you get on and off the trolley at any of the 11 included stops, covering famous sights including the Gaslamp Quarter, the San Diego Zoo, USS Midway and the Cruise Ship Terminal, Little Italy, and many more. This San Diego trolley tour also features live commentary from the on-board guide during your ride.
  • Ride the San Diego Trolley
  • Hop on and off at any of the 11 stops as often as you like
  • Stops are conveniently located close to all popular attractions, shops and restaurants
  • Create your own itinerary to see the most popular sights of San Diego
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San Diego Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour
Local taxes
Live commentary on board
Gratuities
Food and drinks
Tour does not operate on Thanksgiving or Christmas Day.

Departure Point

You may start this tour at any of the stops listed.

Departure Time

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Return Details

You may disembark at any of the available stops.
Get around the easy way with this trolley tour of San Diego, enjoying convenient access to 11 of the city’s top tourist sights with this one- or two-day pass. This vintage transport method, offering comprehensive access to some of San Diego’s best attractions, is a convenient way to get around without breaking the bank.

Climb aboard the trolley at any of its 11 convenient stopping points (see Itinerary below) any time during its normal operating hours. Trolleys come to each stop every 30 minutes. One of the many sights you can visit during the course of your ride is Old Town State Historic Park, often called the “Jamestown of the Pacific,” where you can discover the history of California’s founding amidst the area’s range of 19th-century buildings. There are also stops along the way for the world-famous San Diego Zoo, which houses a virtual Noah’s Ark of wildlife, the USS Midway and the historic Gaslamp Quarter. 

It's the perfect way to get around during your next visit to San Diego.
Itinerary
Duration: 
2 hours 
Operating Schedule:
  Daily. Times vary depending on season. Fall/Green Schedule (Aug 20-Oct 28): 9 am to 6 pm (last tour departs Old Town at 4 pm); Winter/Yellow Schedule (Oct 29-April 1st): 9 am to 5 pm (last tour departs Old Town at 3 pm); Spring/Green Schedule (April 2nd-Jun 15): 9 am to 6 pm (last tour departs Old Town at 4 pm); Summer/Orange Schedule (Jun 16-Aug 19): 9 am -7 pm (last tour departs Old Town at 5 pm); Trolleys arrive at each boarding location approximately every 30 minutes. Guests will be given brochures when they begin the tour and can refer to the schedules printed in the brochure to see the first tour time, last tour time, and last re-boarding time at each boarding location. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
4002 Telegraph St
Stop A: Old Town State Park - Stop A is located at the entrance to the Historic State Park and Old Town Market, featuring over 40 specialty gift shops. Across the street is the historic Immaculate Conception Church.
Maritime Museum of San Diego
Stop B: Maritime Museum & Star of India - Stop B is located on the Embarcadero. Across the street is the Waterfront Park and County Administration building.
1004 N Harbor Dr
Stop C: Embarcadero Marina - Stop C is located at 1004 N. Harbor Drive along the Embarcadero near the USS Midway Museum and the cruise ship terminal. The San Diego Visitor Information Center is also located at this stop.
Seaport Village
Stop D: Seaport Village - Stop D is located on the east side of Seaport Village next to the Bay Company. The ticket booth is located across the street from Harbor House Restaurant.
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Stop E: Marriott Marquis and Marina - Stop E is located in the front of the Marriott Hotel at the Waterfall.
4th Ave Cleaners
Stop G: Historic Gaslamp Quarter - Stop G is located next to the Horton Grand Hotel at the corner of 4th street and Island Avenue across the street from the historic William Heath Davis House.
Hilton Bayfront
Stop H: Petco Park/East Convention Center/Hilton Bayfront - Stop H is located on East Harbor Drive, under the pedestrian bridge.
National Avenue & Cesar E. Chavez Parkway
Stop I: Barrio Logan - Stop I is located at the Mercado del Barrio in the heart of Barrio Logan. Next to the stop is Attitude Brewing Co.
1107 Orange Ave
Stop J: Coronado/Orange Avenue - Stop J is located at Mc P’'s Irish Pub & Grill on Orange Avenue, the main shopping and dining area of Coronado. Hotel Del Coronado is 2 blocks south. The Coronado Beach is approximately 2 blocks away.
2185 Presidents Way
Stop K: Balboa Park - Stop J is located in the heart of Balboa Park near the corner of President's Way and Pan American Rd. behind the Organ Pavilion Parking Lot.
1602 India St
Stop L: Little Italy - Stop L is located in the heart of Little Italy, next to Buon Appetito.
Points of interest passed by on this route
Balboa Park
 
Seaport Village
 
San Diego Zoo
 
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
 
Coronado Visitor Center
 
El Prado
 
San Diego Air & Space Museum
 
Old Town Trading Company
 
Gaslamp Quarter
 
Little Italy
 
Casa de Estudillo
 
The Coronado Ferry Landing
 
Piazza Basilone
 
Our Lady of the Rosary Church
 
Barrio Logan
 
Chicano Park
 
Martin Luther King Jr Promenade
 
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible, please advise at time of booking if a wheelchair-accessible trolley is required
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • OPERATED BY Historic Tours Of America

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley.
Q:
Where can I start my San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley?
A:
You can begin your tour at any of our stops listed.
Feb 2021
Q:
How often does the San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley come to each stop?
A:
Our trolleys come by approximately every 30 minutes. 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 dispatchers may often add more trolleys.
Feb 2021
Q:
Can I bring my stroller onboard the San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley?
A:
Yes, we can accommodate strollers but they must be folded and will be stored up front with the conductor on space-available basis. Strollers in the aisle ways would constitute a safety hazard.
Feb 2021
Q:
Are the trolleys heated or air conditioned during the San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley?
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The trolleys are open-air, so they are not heated or air-conditioned.
Feb 2021
Q:
Can I bring food or drink with me on the San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley?
A:
Food and drinks are welcome. However alcoholic beverages are not allowed under any circumstance for the safety and comfort of all of our guests.
Feb 2021
Q:
Are pets allowed on the San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley?
A:
Service animals are the only animals that are allowed on board the trolleys. Animal species other than dogs, emotional support animals, comfort animals, companion animals, and service animals in training are not permitted.
Feb 2021
Q:
Are the trolleys handicap accessible on the San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley?
A:
Yes, but please allow 24-hour advance notice to arrange for wheelchair accessibility. We will make every effort to provide reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities.
Feb 2021

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Traveler Tips


  • "The restaurant in Little Italy as worth every penny and not expensive." See review
  • "I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting the city, but it’s equally enjoyable for locals." See review
  • "You can get off and on at your whim to explore the area, it was a very enjoyable day." See review

Reviews

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Fun Trolley Trip
Linda
, May 2021
The driver was great. Lots of great info. Just a fun trip. Got off once but could have spent the whole day getting on and off.
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Location maps
Roberto_U
, May 2021
My advice is when you have received the confirmation ticket online . Have to provide a map of locations stop..not Just the name because is difficult to find it Other than that excellent.. the drivers great!
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Awesome time
Jessica_L
, May 2021
Our Tour guide Jack was absolutely amazing!! He was very knowledgeable and you could tell he had passion when he talked about the things around San Diego. It was very fun, and exciting!
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Must do on your visit to San Diego
blaeks
, May 2021
Great way to get an overview of the different areas of San Diego. We first did the full loop and went back to Coronado Island and had lunch at the Hotel Del Coronado by the pool and overlooking the beach. Walked along Orange Avenue looking at the shops afterwards. Got back on the trolley and enjoyed a different driver discussing other aspects of the areas.
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Fun in the Sun
Nicole_D
, May 2021
Patricia was a great driver and your guide I had a nice time walking around and learning about Old San Diego ☺️
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Informative and beautiful
MikenAnn
, May 2021
Loved all the different tour guides on our hop on/off tour. All were informative and friendly. The only little disappointment was not being able to see Old Town due to the Cinco de Mayo festivities which blocked the tram from going there. Other than that, we got to know the city of SD a little more.
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Old Town Hop on Hop off
John_K
, Apr 2021
We take these tours to get an overview of places to see and the great information provided by the drivers. We were NOT disappointed!! Wonderful tour very informative, and will do it again when in town.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
We appreciate your positive feedback about your experience. We take pride in serving our customers and hope to see you again soon!
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Great Day!
Angela_A
, Apr 2021
Excellent experience great tour guides full of information. I recommend Jardel for your driver! He was great!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
We are thrilled you had a good time on the trolley. Thank you for reviewing, we will be sure to share you comments with Jardel and the rest of the team.
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Interesting and entertaining
dianemeadows88
, Apr 2021
Rodney (driver) was upbeat and engaging. Lots of interesting history about the San Diego area. Highly recommend if you've never been to the city.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
We are thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed your day with us. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us.
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Great tour! Needs more volume for drivers
Kristen_D
, Apr 2021
I would highly recommend this tour for anyone visiting San Diego! It was an easy way to see lots of the city. My only feedback is to increase the volume of the drivers speaker. We weren’t able to hear a lot of what our drivers were saying :(
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Feedback from our guests is one of the best ways we learn how to improve the visitor experience. Thank you for taking the time to share yours. We look forward to hosting you again.
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