Old Town Trolley Tours

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The Old Town Trolley Tours Company was founded by three friends back in the 1970s. Originally based in Key West, FL, the immense reception that Chris Belland, Mo Mosher, and Ed Swift received convinced them that their mission to give visitors a way to “See the Best First” was a successful one. Old Town Trolley Tours has operated in San Diego since 1989 and still offers one of the best and most unique ways to view the city.

History

Chris Belland, Mo Mosher, and Ed Swift were good friends and history buffs living in Key West in the 1970s. Their passion for their town along with its rich background led them on a journey to restore and preserve the integrity of Old Key West for generations to come. Starting out with a repurposed bread truck and a used trailer, by 1980 Old Town Trolley Tours was so popular that the three friends were able to purchase an entirely new fleet of vehicles and begin to look towards expanding their business to other areas of the country. Along with those in Key West and San Diego, Old Town operates 130 trolleys and gives tours in 6 U.S. cities including St. Augustine, FL, Boston, and Washington D.C.

Today, the fleet of vehicles responsible for Old Town Trolley tours is decked out in an emblematic orange and green. Each tour is given by a trained conductor/tour guide who will take visitors through the rich history of the Old Town and other areas of San Diego while peppering in amusing anecdotes and quips. Time and time again, Old Town Trolley Tours has been rated among the most entertaining and enjoyable options for touring in San Diego. This includes being named a California Air Resources Board “Small Business of Excellence” and being given an Energy Star Small Business Award.

Main Attraction

The Old Town Trolley Tour operates daily throughout the year. Each tour is more than a simple sit-and-listen opportunity, but instead a chance to see the best that Downtown San Diego and Coronado Island have to offer while using a simple and entertaining mass transit system. Riders are able to join the tour at any number of stops along the route while learning about the sites they pass along the way. They can also hop off the trolley at any point in order to explore an area more thoroughly. This offers visitors to the San Diego area a unique opportunity to avoid costly parking fees and local traffic and instead simply enjoy their time in the city.

The tour includes more than 100 points of interest that are not limited to historical spots. In fact, many stops include popular shopping, entertainment, and dining destinations as well. Plus, the Old Town Trolley Tour is known throughout the San Diego area as providing the most frequent stop-and-go tours in the area. Places that the tour stops include:


Why It’s a Must-See
Visitors can reserve tickets for either one-day or two-day tour passes on Old Town Trolleys, allowing for an additional opportunity to conveniently see all the great sights San Diego has to offer. The company also offers shuttle service between their trolley stops and many local hotels. In addition, special seasonal tour opportunities such as the Ghosts & Gravestones Tour in the fall and Holiday Tours in the winter allow for a fun new way to see the city for visitors and locals of San Diego alike.

For people who want the convenience of mass transit and the entertainment of a trolley tour, choosing to embark on an Old Town Trolley Tour in San Diego is a must. The professional guides will serve as entertainment as well as chauffeurs to and from some of the best and most sought-after places in the San Diego area. Choosing to take a ride with Old Town Trolley is a great way to “See the Best First,” while also enjoying the stress-free benefits of travelling through the city.

Where to Buy It

There are a number of ways you can enjoy admission to this attraction.

1. Purchase a ticket from Old Town Trolley Tours when you get there.

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3. Purchase as part of a money saving package. Popular examples to the right.

4. Purchase a Tourist pass. Old Town Trolley Tours is available on the Go San Diego Card.