Our English double decker buses continuously run two loops throughout the best sightseeing places in San Diego. Each of our loops lasts approximately 60 minutes with live narration and all the best views. Our tour is fully narrated by our expert tour guides. So, come on and Hop On! Enjoy blue and sunny skies - San Diego at its best! Your ticket is valid for 48 hours on the two loops.
2 Days: Red Loop - 60 minutes / Blue Loop - 60 minutes
May through October
8:30 am first daily departure time
-departs every 30-60 minutes; last departure approximately 4:30 pm
-departs three times daily
**No departures on Monday**
PLEASE NOTE: Time shown on availability calendar is for booking purposes only and reflects first departure time of the day. Please see below for details on departure schedules.
The Red Harbour Loop Tour starts from the Embarcadero and passes the USS Midway & Seaport Village, as well as the sights of Downtown - the Gaslamp, Broadway, and Little Italy.
The Blue Parks and Zoo Loop takes in the sights of the San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park.
Each Loop lasts approximately 60 minutes for the complete loop, but you are free to Hop On and Hop Off at any of our stops throughout the city during each loop's operating hours. You can switch loops at the Old Town Main Terminal. This tour operates all year round, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
1. OLD TOWN (Main Terminal) - First Departure 8:30 am - Last Departure 4:30 pm
Old Town is where California was born. San Diego became California's first settlement when a mission and fort were established in 1769. Today's Old Town recreates the setting of California life during the Mexican and early American periods, 1821-1872. It became an historic park in 1968. Buildings now house museums, shops and restaurants.
2. EMBARCADERO - First Departure 8:50 am - Last Departure 4:50 pm
Along the Embarcadero is where the local sightseeing and dining cruises are located. Also located in this area is the Maritime museum, which exhibits the star of India, the world's oldest active ship. This is a great location to enjoy the stunning Southern California sunsets. The Port of San Diego welcomes over 190 cruise ships throughout the year and the terminal manages half a million people per year.
3. USS MIDWAY - Due to parking renovations, this stop is not currently available
The USS Midway, launched September 10, 1946, was the largest carrier ever put on sea. For nearly 50 years she saw action in every major US conflict. In 1992 the Midway was decommissioned. It opened as the San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum in 2004. On board are more than 40 exhibits including flight simulators and several aircraft. Since opening in 2004, it has seen more than a million visitors and it's the most popular historic naval ship museum in the Unites States.
4. SEAPORT VILLAGE - First Departure 8:55 am - Last Departure 4:55 pm
Here you'll find 4 miles of pedestrian-only walkways. There are over 50 one-of-a-kind shops and 17 restaurants in the Village, plus one of the two best carousels in the nation, built in 1895 and featuring 54 animals. Some of the architecture in this neighborhood was influenced by the Spanish colonial tradition of towers, courtyard, tile roofs and arched openings.
5. MANCHESTER GRAND HYATT HOTEL - First Departure 9:00 am - Last Departure 5:00 pm
Among the sights available at this stop is PETCO Park. PETCO Park is spectacular in every way, combining the best sight lines in baseball with breathtaking views of San Diego. Architecturally magnificent, it celebrates the sea, the sky, the natural beauty, cultural diversity and unique spirit of the region. In short, PETCO Park is attractive, efficient, comfortable and strikingly beautiful - just like San Diego.
6. GASLAMP QUARTER - First Departure 9:05 am - Last Departure 5:05 pm
One of San Diego's most popular neighborhoods, the Gaslamp Quarter features a charming blend of old and new buildings teeming with activity. Through the late 1800s and into the 1900s this wild western town was called the Stingaree District. It was famous for its "red light" reputation of gambling and drinking. Most of the historic buildings have been restored to their original character. Here you'll be able to see charming Victorian-style buildings constructed between 1880 and 1910. Today, the Gaslamp Quarter has something for everyone whether you're seeking theatre, upscale shops, or fine dining. You will find over 100 restaurants, 35 nightclubs and 100 retail shops. More liquor licenses have been issued in the Gaslamp Quarter than any place in the country even more than Bourbon Street in New Orleans!
7. HORTON PLAZA - First Departure 9:15 am - Last Departure 5:15 pm
Horton Plaza is named after Alonzo Horton who purchased 960 acres of land for about 27 cents/acre (total $265.00) in 1867. Alonzo Horton developed it into what is now downtown San Diego, moving the center of San Diego to the Waterfront area and giving the City its unique scenic location. Horton Plaza now occupies six and one-half blocks of the heart of San Diego Central and provides a festive commercial heart for the city.
8. LITTLE ITALY - First Departure 9:25 am - Last Departure 5:25 pm
The earliest italian families came to San Diego during the 1860s and 1870s. By 1910, the area known as Middletown was populated with Portuguese and Genoese fishing families who founded San Diego's tuna industry. By the late 1930's, the waterfront strip south of Washington Street had a business district, fish canneries, and a residential neighborhood supported by the nearby fishing and aircraft industries. Eventually the concentration of homes and businesses became known as Little Italy.
1. OLD TOWN (Main Terminal) - Departures at 9:00 am, 11:05 am, 3:30 pm
Nearby Old Town are Heritage Park and the Hillcrest neighborhood. Heritage Park is an almost eight acre county park developed to preserve examples of San Diego's historic Victorian architecture including Italianate, Stick-Eastlake, Queen Anne and Classick Revival styles. Hillcrest is one of San Diego's oldest communities, with a rich history to be shared.
2. SAN DIEGO ZOO - Departures at 9:20 am, 11:25 am, 3:50 pm
The history of the San Diego Zoo began with the Panama-California International Exposition in San Diego's Balboa Park. Many foreign animals were eagerly brought to San Diego for the Exposition and put on display at the Park. Today the zoo is more than 100 acres and it cares for more than 400 rare and endangered animals representing 800 different species. The zoo is also an accredited museum for its lush horticulture the plants are rarer than the animals, and its best known for its conservation work, especially with the giant pandas from China.
3. BALBOA PARK - Departures at 9:30 am, 11:35 am, 4:00 pm
A very special part of San Diego, Balboa Park is larger than New York City's Central Park and older than Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. It is home to the Balboa Naval Hospital - the world's largest military hospital, taking up 79 of the 1200 acres of the park. Balboa Park offers fifteen museums, various gardens, arts and international culture associations, as well as the San Diego Zoo - making it a place that offers something historical, horticultural, educational and recreational for everyone. Approximately 14 million visitors come to the park each year.
Last departure from Old Town Main Terminal is the only last departure to make a full loop. All other last departures will only complete the loop to Old Town Main Terminal.
Live narration in English.
Times are estimates. Traffic and city repairs can delay the schedule. Schedule may change at any time and without notice. PLEASE NOTE that stops at each location will be brief.
San Diego has the perfect climate, probably the most pleasant one in North America. With a 70.5 F average temperature, 280 days of sunshine and blue skies almost all year, it's the perfect climate to be outdoors.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you operate on a rainy day?
-Absolutely! Fortunately, San Diego has one of the lowest precipitation rates in the country. During raining days you can ride in the lower deck of our bus if you don't want to get wet. If it rains, we will provide a free poncho.
Are children less than a year old allowed on the Tour?
-Yes, but bus seats don't have seat belts and therefore child seats are not possible to use.
What is the seating capacity of your bus?
-Each double-decker seats around 70 passengers.
Do your buses cross the Coronado Bridge?
-No, but one of our stops allows guests to take the bay ferry to see Coronado. From the ferry you will get the best view of San Diego and the Coronado bridge. Ferry tickets are sold on the double-decker bus, so please ask your tour guide.
Does the tour ticket include entrance to any of the Attractions?
-No, our ticket does not include entrance to any attractions.
How will I know where to get off the bus?
-Your driver will point out all of the sights and stops and will give you instructions on how and where to get on and off the bus.
Do you handle bookings for Groups?
-Yes! If you have a large group, please call us at ^tollfree^ and provide specifics of your group's needs. One of our group service professionals will contact you. We can also assist you with any type of transportation and tour needs in the San Diego area.
How long is my Ticket good for?
-Your ticket is valid for 2 days from the time of first use.
Tour does NOT include hotel pick-up or drop-off. Rates are in US Dollars. Please reserve online, or call us toll-free at ^tollfree^.
If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.
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