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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 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 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
  • "You can get off and on at your whim to explore the area, it was a very enjoyable day." See review
  • "I would recommend the Hop-on Hop-off bus to anyone who wants to first get a feel for the city and then to go explore on their own." See review

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Best experience
Christina
, Apr 2021
It was such a beautiful tour of the city. Runs every 30min due to Covid-19. The conductor was so energetic and that made the experience much more worthwhile.
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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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Awesome
Robert_B
, Apr 2021
An incredible experience! I plan on doing it again the next time I fly out!!! The staff is extremely friendly!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
We are so delighted that you enjoyed your tour with us and look forward to your return. We love sharing the history of this great nation of ours.
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Good for locals and tourists!
Lou
, Apr 2021
I can’t believe I’ve lived in San Diego for 5 years and this was my first experience on the trolley. It’s such a great way to learn about all of the history of this city. I had never realized that downtown San Diego was developed with narrower blocks to avoid alleys! This is just one of the interesting things that I learned. I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting the city, but it’s equally enjoyable for locals.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We are glad you enjoyed your time aboard the trolley. We hope you will join us again.
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Well worth the tour
Daisy
, Apr 2021
Our group of four fully enjoyed our tour. Our driver/guide, Jack, was great. We appreciated the information, music and personal research results he shared. Well done, Jack.
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We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. We love to share guests comments with our employees. Thank you!
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A must do
Carol_O
, Apr 2021
Don't miss this opportunity. The San Diego hop-on hop-off trolley is the best ever. You will learn a lot and see a lot with 12 stops. You can hop off at any of the twelve or all of the twelve. Our guide whose name is "Looney" is perfect at his job. Our second guide was "Mo" and she too was excellent. Both are keepers. A must do.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
We are thrilled to hear you had a fun time with both Looney and Mo. We will be sure to share your kind words with them, as well as the rest of the team.
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Would highly recommend !!!!
Lisa_K
, Apr 2021
The guides were very informative. They were also very fun and we loved the music and sound bites they played. When the arriving trolley was full, we were impressed that they sent another trolley so quickly. It was a very interesting and nice ride. Would definitely recommend to tourist to do this first thing upon arrival to decide where you would want to go.
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Thank you for the recommendation. We are glad you had a fun time with us.
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Great time!
Rhonda_H
, Mar 2021
Very informative. Our driver Jack was very funny. My 24 year old daughter really enjoyed it and plans on returning with friends.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2021
We are so glad you enjoyed your tour with Jack. Thank you for sharing your experience. We look forward to hosting you again.
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Amazing 2 day trip
Daniela_C
, Mar 2021
Jardel our guide made the tour ever better. Best stops : Coronado in the morning , Old town for lunch - must eat at Coyote Cafe and then long walk for shopping, last stop Gaslamp Quarter for dinner. Balboa Park 1/2 day trip. Enjoy
icon Response from Host , Mar 2021
We are so glad Jardel made your tour great. We hope you will join us again.
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Fun and knowledgeable
Tim_G
, Mar 2021
The humor on the tour was great, maybe a little cheesy at times, but still great.. Very knowledgeable staff. My wife and I had a wonderful time.
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It is always wonderful to hear from our guests and their experiences with our tours and attractions.
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Fun and beautiful views
Sally_B
, Mar 2021
Doc and Scooter both made it fun and I learned a lot from their commentaries. Loved the sights and the nice views from the trolley- and it was a warm trolley ride, on a very cool day, because the trolley was heated.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2021
We are delighted you had a fun time on Doc and Scooter's tours. We are fortunate to have great team members that enjoy sharing the history of the city. Thank you for posting.
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