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San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley

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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
Hotel pickup and dropoff at select hotels (Hotel Circle, Mission Bay, Shelter & Harbor Islands)
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-Feb 28): 9 am to 5 pm (last tour departs Old Town at 3 pm); Spring/Green Schedule (Mar 1-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 20 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.
4010 Twiggs 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.
1492 N Harbor Dr
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.
470 Kettner Blvd
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.
333 W Harbor Dr
Stop E: Marriott Marquis and Marina - Stop E is located in the front of the Marriott Hotel at the Waterfall.
480 Fourth Ave
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.
855 E Harbor Dr
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.

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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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A Day Well Spent
Jan_W
, Nov 2020
A wonderful overview of the city! Great guides who shared interesting history and facts. We also appreciated the safety precautions that were taken during Covid pandemic. We felt safe.
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It’s always great for our team to hear from our guests. Thank you for taking the time to provide us with a review of your experience. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
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I am a local and I learned a few things
Gabriel
, Nov 2020
The history of San Diego is quite interesting... I learned of memorable figures in the city’s legacy whilst observing the beautiful views.
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We are glad to see that you enjoyed yourself! Thank you for joining us today.
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Amazing tour!
Jennea_G
, Oct 2020
Drivers Rodney and James were amazing and very knowledgeable! Very cheerful and charming! I really enjoyed my experience!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We are pleased you enjoyed your time aboard the trolley. We will be sure to share you kind words about Rodney and James with our entire team.
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Trolley
Amy_V
, Oct 2020
The trolley is a great way to see the highlights of San Diego. Looney was our driver and tour guide. He was very personable and knowledgeable!! We enjoyed our trolley tour!
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It was great. We enjoyed the entire day. Conductors were great.
Oscar_Flores
, Oct 2020
I give it five stars . My wife and I enjoyed the tour. One of our conductors shooter was very fun. Each conductors made the trip very fun
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
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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Arrived late and a quick refund
Noel_L
, Oct 2020
I actually booked a tour and arrived late. After my trip, several days, I realized I did not get to get on the trolley. I just emailed Viator, my ticket vendor about it and they refunded my money within several days. I will be going back and using the same vendor for the same ride.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Thank you for your review.
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Coronado Hotel
robert_w
, Oct 2020
Every thing except the maritime Museum sucked most was closed should not sell ticket to some thing not open all the way was very disappointed with museum would not recommend this!!!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
We hope you time aboard the trolley was pleasant. Thank you for your feedback.
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Viator is Over priced
Sulley
, Oct 2020
The experience itself was wonderful. My beef is with Viator. I was charged $52.00 each ticket for 4 adults. I got there and the tickets were being sold by the company for $42.00 per adult. So I was over changed a total of $40.00. I sent text message to Viator to cancel so I could but ticket directly from company and heard nothing back. I am very disappointed - the whole point of getting ticket online was to get a discontinue price.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
I was sorry to read you are upset with Viator. We hope you enjoyed your tour with us.
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Fantastic Tour
Sandy_S
, Sep 2020
Fantastic tour! Some drivers were way more engaged then others. The last driver just wanted to drop us off and go home.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
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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Great people Great tour
Teresita_Y
, Sep 2020
Doc was a great driver and tour guide. He kept us entertained and was very informative. He quizzed us at the end of our tour, to check if we were listening. He was GREAT!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Love hearing from our guests like you! Thank you for the review! We are glad you had a fun time.
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