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San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley
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San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley

By Old Town Trolley Tours San Diego
Recommended by 92% of travellers
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This San Diego hop-on hop-off trolley tour provides an easy and affordable way to get around the city. This tour helps you avoid the hassle of finding and paying for parking. The trolley tour, available as a one and two day option, allows you to travel your own itinerary at your own pace. Along with 11 stops around the city, it also includes guided commentary and large, open windows.
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Duration:
2h
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Ticket type:
Mobile
English

Highlights
  • San Diego hop-on hop-off trolley tour allows you to plan your own itinerary
  • The trolley route includes 11 stops near top attractions, shops, and restaurants 
  • Live commentary from a guide helps you learn about San Diego
  • Choose from a one or two day San Diego trolley pass

  • San Diego Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour
  • Local taxes
  • Live commentary on board
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Tour does not operate on Thanksgiving or Christmas Day.

Climb aboard the trolley at any of its 11 stopping points (see Itinerary below) any time during its normal operating hours. Trolleys come to each stop about every 30 minutes. Choose either a one or two day pass. Enjoy the ride on this vintage transport method, offering comprehensive access to some of San Diego’s best attractions. Among the stops 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 for the world-famous San Diego Zoo, which covers 100 acres and houses more than 3,700 rare and endangered animals, the USS Midway, and the historic Gaslamp Quarter. The tour ends at the stop you choose or when the trolley shuts down for the night.

Departure details
  • Location Name: Tour commences with boarding at any of the following stops: 1) Old Town State Park 2) Cruise Ship Terminal/USS Midway 3) Seaport Village 4) Marriott Marina/Convention Center 5) Horton Plaza 6) Gaslamp Quarter 7) Hilton Bayfront 8)Coronado/Mc P's Irish Pub and Grill 9) Balboa Park (El Prado)/San Diego Zoo 10) Little Italy
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 5046SAN_OTT

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible, please advise at time of booking if a wheelchair-accessible trolley is required
  • Emotional support animals or pets are not allowed
  • Most travellers can participate

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

Which attractions will I visit with San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley?
How much is San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley?
San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley price starts from €46.31. Discover and book San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley on Tripadvisor
What is the San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley cancellation policy?
San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley on Tripadvisor
Which company provides San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley?
San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley is hosted by Old Town Trolley Tours San Diego. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Old Town Trolley Tours San Diego on Tripadvisor. Discover and book San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 5046SAN_OTT

About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

terimM3310KE
terimM3310KE
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The very best of San Diego in 2 hours.
I am a 3rd generation San Diego Native, having grown up and still living in Point Loma. Today, I decided to see Sa
corinnew886
corinnew886
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Great way to see major San Diego sites‼️
Great way to see many San Diego sites... Old Town, Star of India, USS Midway, Seaside Village, Balboa Park, Coronad
wheatonnitz
wheatonnitz
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Great Experience
The drivers and the trolley were great. The hop on hop off worked very well for our trip. The drivers gave great
cherylynn3
cherylynn3
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Hop On/Off History Worth Repeating!
Pure fun, and a bargain way to learn and get around a city. Guides narrate while driving with short and fun music
TheWhitewoman
TheWhitewoman
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Disappointing
Tour was very informative. Our tour guide was Susie. She was terrific. Worse part and most disappointing was the
gogogoin2010
gogogoin2010
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Great- Bad- Better
My experience with The San Diego Old Town Trolley Tours is mixed.. Great, then Bad, but got Better The GREAT part
felicityjg1
felicityjg1
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Great day out
As I am not particularly mobile due to knee replacements, we felt this would be a good idea in order to see San Die
aesowa47
aesowa47
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Hop On Hop Off trolly tour
Wewere allowed two day passes on the hop on hop off trolley. The price of $46/person is somewhat high, bur with o
anonymousQ532FO
anonymousQ532FO
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Good overview of popular areas
It was a great way to see the popular areas of San Diego, especially you are visiting without a car. We got on the
carolynm560
carolynm560
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City Lights Fun
Great look at the city! Tour guide was funny and gave an overview of the area. We had a full house. Looking forwa
cathypMadisonWI
cathypMadisonWI
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Do the tour in the daytime
If you take the day time Trolley there is little need to do this one. Nothing spectacular stood out and most of the
Paula H
Paula H
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Good overview of the area
It is a hop on and hop off tour which is nice. The 2 guides we had were very good. We did this our first full day h
marktraynor
marktraynor
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Great way to get your bearings around the city
Hop on, hop off tour with excellent drivers / tour guides. Special thanks to Tony our driver who called us back on
christine h
christine h
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Great way to see San Diego
We booked a private trolley tour with a custom itinerary for a Family reunion in November. Everything was amazing,
igor l
igor l
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Totally worth it
It was a nice trolly ride through the city. Beautiful scenic photo locations. Energetic and enthusiastic conductor
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Emma2210
High Wycombe, UK44 contributions
We parked all day in the free car park alongside the old town stop and took the first trolly that came along - choosing to explore the old town at the end of our tour. Reading other reviews about having to change trolleys at the old town stop it seems like stating here is the best plan. We went on the tour on a busy sunny Saturday and despite hopping off several times and not being able to get on the first trolley that came along, every driver could not do enough to make sure we knew when we would be able to get on one. In 2 instances a spare empty trolley was called upon to pick up the waiting passengers in less than 5mins. The tour was interesting and the drivers were knowledgeable. My one ask is that if you do choose to take this tour and part with your money, please don’t talk whilst on the trolley so everyone can hear the drivers commentary. (Too many people chatting on my trolley, but that’s not the tours fault as they asked them on more than one occasion to stop).
Written 7 August 2022
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DesertDad1
Tucson, AZ18 contributions
My family and I went on the trolley tour. We bought a one day ticket. I would recommend a multiple day pass, use it to get around the town, get off and see the museums, explore the sites.

I enjoyed the first part of the tour (JACK) was great, I enjoyed his comments, stories and his overall demeanor. He makes everyone feel confortable by asking you where you are from (state) and then "introducing " everyone one the tour, gave some lite teasing to certain people 😉. We got off the trophy at the Del Coronado Hotel, the second trolky wasn't as fun or entertaining, we wished we had stayed with Jack.

Over all this is a great way to see the city, great way to get around and see the history if San diego.
Written 10 June 2022
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Phyla M
4 contributions
What a fabulous day out, suitable for young to old.
You meet at old town, if you are staying at Pacific beach, get number 30 bus, it takes You to bus/ train station $2.50 per person , walk under the underpass signposted , take a right walk up street then. Left, you will see " old Mexican village" from there you will find the hop on/ off Trolley station.
Such a fun informative, helpful and entertaining trip.
Written 12 July 2022
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Paul B
Glen Cove, NY1 contribution
Family
Our tour guide was full of interesting facts about the city. He had a great personality, keeping us smiling and laughing throughout the trip. We didn’t give ourselves enough time to hop on and off as we started late in the afternoon so we recommend starting before noon. Even so, we took the whole tour in about an hour to help us see parts of the city we had yet to see and determine where we would like to go back to visit later. Our trolley was fairly packed at the end of the day but the tour guide quickly called in to dispatch to make sure people waiting had a ride coming right behind us. Well organized and efficiently run operation. We enjoyed the trip!
Written 28 November 2021
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Jane B
2 contributions
The Old Town Trolley Tours, SEAL Tours and Ghosts & Gravestones tours are fabulous tours and well worth the money. Here are some tips for making your experience more enjoyable! Buy your tickets from the Sales Reps located at the ticket booths in either Old Town, or Seaport Village rather than online. If there is a Sales Rep in Coronado at the McPs, then buy the ticket there. The Sales Reps can package deals for you and give you the better deal hands down over online. You will also receive the most current information as to any changes in the schedule, etc. SEAL tours and G&G tours sell out quickly so go to the booths to make reservations for current information. If you can only go on the weekend, please bring your patience as there may be longs lines to get on the trolleys. The staff do a great job handling these hiccups, but just keep in mind delays may occur more so on the weekends. Welcome to travel in the 21st century!
Written 9 August 2022
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KimberlyWI
SPRING GREEN33 contributions
We used this as a cost-effective way to see different parts of the city.

We took the first trolley out and used it all day until the last "all aboard." We spent a lot of time in Coronado, so had to cut our time short in Little Italy (the other area we really wanted to explore) and had zero time left for Old Town. So, I recommend you keep that in mind if you are traveling there when they are running shorter days in the winter months.

We hated a few of the drivers and liked others. We were crawling out of our skin when the drivers rambled, encouraged sing alongs, etc. But others gave interesting facts with a few fun laughs.

If group tours are usually fun for you, you'll love this. If they are hit or miss for you, consider your options. We would not do this again if visiting in the winter and only wanting to spend time in a few areas. A taxi/ride share would've given us more time flexibility and less annoyance. We would've missed a few fun facts, though!
Written 16 January 2020
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Inspire32764340282
Thank you for sharing your experience. I was sorry to read you did not care for a few of our guides, but found some fun facts along your tour. We do offer a satisfaction guarantee located on the customer service page of our website.
Written 23 January 2020
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Marybeth B
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Let me suggest you NOT give this company your $$. Our driver started out very friendly and informative..then proceeded to get LOST after one of the scheduled stops. Rather than going over the Coronado Bridge towards the famous Coronado hotel, she pulled over on a side street where we all waited for some information from her. She was on the phone with her supervisor for at least 15 minutes trying to figure out how to get to the bridge. Then, we found ourselves on the I-5 freeway southbound for about 20 minutes. She was driving on the freeway at least 60 miles per hour, there are NO seatbelts on the trolley and the vehicle was full of families and older adults. Rather than provide the guests with any information, the driver proceeded to to BLAST the music. We truly felt unsafe and like we were hostages! Her lack of training took us well over an hour to get us to our destination but the safety issue was the real problem i had. I have tried to call the company 6 times to get some resolution and a refund. they never call back or respond to any messages. My next step is to report them to the Highway Patrol. They are not operating a safe business!! The one employee we did report the incident to responded with "oh that is one of our newer drivers". Lovely.
Written 27 April 2022
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Hello, We were sorry to read you were dissatisfied with our tour. We offer a satisfaction guarantee under the menu item Tours on our website, trolley tours dot com, under the subheading "our guarantee".
Written 2 June 2022
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Lady M
Phoenix, AZ2 contributions
WORTH IT! Came for my birthday weekend with mom. She had taken the tour before and recommended it. We went 06/19/22 (my actual birthday!). We had Benjamin for a driver. Decided to do the whole 2 hr tour so we could see and hear everything before deciding to hop off any stops. Benjamin was WONDERFUL! Very informative and entertaining without interjecting his personal feelings and commentary too much. His timing was also wonderful (i.e. not mentioning landmarks and sights after we have passed them). The tour hits all the tourist spots and comes every 20 minutes. I highly recommend starting early so you can squeeze as much as you can in. The hours were from 9 to 5 so you really have to be on top of your schedule. Otherwise the employees were friendly and knowledgeable (the lady at the ticket booth in Old Town recommended Coyote Café and she was 100% right). This is a MUST DO even if you have been to San Diego before. Heck I might just do it again! 10/10
Written 22 June 2022
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Eric C
Minneapolis, MN86 contributions
This company advertised “Hop On, Hop Off” but it’s more Hop On and Stay On as long as you can. Our Conductor was AMAZING, but riders are forced to get off at the Old Town stop. That’s where things go haywire as the company is completely overwhelmed whenever there are crowds (i.e. on weekends). One would think that you should be able to stay on the trolley or jump on another. Nope. We were told it would be 1/2 hour wait until the next Trolley. That’s when the ride ended for us. We did not want to wait in the hot sun (while empty trolleys were sitting, drivers waiting just a block away). Old Town Trolley Staff at the Old Town stop were very rude and condescending to us and other customers.

So as long as you only wanting to ride as far as Old Town with no guarantee that you will be able to get back on (and don’t mind being belittled by the ground staff), then it’s a fantastic way to learn about San Diego. The ground staff need to take lessons in customer service from the conductors. If the company could figure out its logistical disasters in Old Town, they would earn my extra stars.
Written 6 August 2022
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Zvillemommy
Zionsville, IN208 contributions
We booked the tour and enjoyed it. We wanted an overview, and this is a great way to get a taste of the city. We could off and on where we wanted. The trolleys came every 20 minutes and were on time. We did not have an issue finding seats. The drivers had great personalities and they provided a lot of information to us. The only thing I would I suggest is letting people know that if you can start in Old Town San Deigo, the parking is free. Otherwise, the parking can get expensive elsewhere in the city. If you park on the street, its limited to 2-hour increments. The maps the hand out are great, they give a brief summary of info on each of their stops.
Written 5 April 2022
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