A Comparison of Hop-on Hop-off tours in San Diego

by Paul Joseph  |  Published July 11, 2021

Renowned for its idyllic beaches, expansive public parks and warm climate, San Diego is a wonderful place to explore – and you can do so by booking yourself onto a wide choice of hop-on, hop-off tours.


Packed full of history and culture, the Pacific coast city of San Diego attracts large numbers of visitors every year. While the downtown district is perfectly walkable, to see the full expanse of the city you’ll need to use public transport. Happily, there are a number of hop-on, hop-off tours available that let you board buses and other modes of transport at your leisure. Here are three of the best.

Old Town San Diego: Hop-On Hop-Off Narrated Tour

Explore San Diego’s Old Town at your own pace on this fun-packed tour. Jump on one of the green or orange trolley buses and ride around town, with the chance to see more than 100 points of interest. You can catch your ride at any of 11 boarding points at any time of the day and listen to the entertaining narration of the on-board conductors along the way. Highlights include the San Diego State Historic Park, where you’ll see original adobe homes and artifacts from the earliest Mexican settlements, the Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum where you’ll learn about the importance of the U.S. Navy presence in San Diego, and the Seaport Village, where you can stop for refreshments and enjoy shopping and entertainment.

Book at GetYourGuide

San Diego Shore Excursion: Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley


This full-day ticket allows cruise passengers to ride a hop-on, hop-off trolley through the city . Simply board the trolley at your ship’s port of call and visit historic landmarks and vibrant neighbourhoods at a total of 11 centrally-located stops. Get a glimpse of California’s past in the Old Town, see the magnificent ships that moor at the bustling waterfront, grab a spot on a beach to watch surfers catch breaking waves, and try to spot the famous ghost at the elegant Hotel del Coronado.  Stops are conveniently located close to all popular attractions, shops and restaurants. Live on-board commentary, and pick-ups/drop-offs at select hotels are included in the tour price.

Book at Viator

Trolley Tour Silver Pass & SEAL Tour – Seaport Village

(Photo: Old Town Trolley Tours)

Designed so that you can hop on and off and explore on your own at any time, you’ll wind your way through picturesque San Diego streets before splashing down for a cruise through the waters of San Diego Bay aboard a virtually unsinkable Hydra-Terras amphibious vehicles. Using a special silver pass, as you explore the scenic coastal landscape, you’ll learn why San Diego is so often called “America’s Finest City” before hitting the water to bring your adventure to a magical finale.

Book at TrolleyTours