La Jolla and Mission Beach Trolley Tours

DSC_0481Explore San Diego’s beautiful scenery from the comfort of a classic, one-of-a-kind beach trolley. We’ve all seen the familiar green and orange trolleys milling around Old Town, but this summer the Old Town Trolley Tours launched a brand new route.  The La Jolla and Mission Beach Trolley Tours will showcase San Diego’s most popular beach destinations including La Jolla’s own beaches and hot spots. Sit back, relax, and let someone else do the driving. If you need more information information, visit Old Town Trolley on the web at

If you’re staying in La Jolla, the pick up station is on the corner of Silverado Street and Girard Avenue, in front of Chase Bank. The first Trolley departs at 11:15 a.m. and leaves a quarter past (:15) every hour with the last pick up time at 4:15 p.m.


From Old Town, the Trolley leaves at 10:15 a.m. You can use your ticket to hop off at any stop and hop back onto another trolley later. The tours run on a continuous loop throughout the day and a Trolley will be at each pickup place a quarter past (:15) every hour. Old Town Trolley Tours will depart from 4010 Twiggs Street & San Diego Avenue.

DSC_0476The four stops are Old Town, Mount Soledad, La Jolla (at Silverado St. and Girard Ave.), and Mission Beach/Belmont Park, right in front of the bay. Each tour (if you decide to stay on for the entire route) will be about 90-110 minutes and cover approximately 24 miles. Along the way, passengers will get to know the ins and outs of San Diego’s extensive history, hear fascinating stories, and listen to some of the west coast’s most notorious music – “Surfin’ USA,” anyone?

DSC_0489La Jolla Blue Book got the opportunity to hop on the new tour with the help of tour guide Jon! We boarded the trolley at the La Jolla pickup spot and sat back for the ride. The spacious coach is everything one would imagine a trolley to look like – rows of little green benches, an aged wood paneled interior, and little pineapple decals on its windows to remind you just how close to paradise you are!

DSC_0503We passed through downtown La Jolla and drove along the water near Windansea Beach and the Cove, eventually reaching Bird Rock and continuing on to the 2nd stop at Mission Beach. The tour stops right next to Belmont Park, a perfect place to hop out for an hour and grab an ice cream cone, walk the beach boardwalk, or ride the Giant Dipper for a little nostalgia kick.

We then continued onto Old Town and stopped in front of the Old Town Theater, which is where the tour begins. The Trolley Tour headquarters is situated right in the the center of historic downtown, so you can’t miss it. We cruised along Interstate 5, exited at Pacific Beach and proceeded to climb Mount Soledad. Slowly but surely  we reached the top to enjoy spectacular 360-degree views of San Diego and caught a glimpse of Mexico. We trekked down the mountain and Jon took us back to the original pickup spot in La Jolla. After an afternoon of beach, sunshine, and views, we were happy campers!

The Beach Tour Adult tickets are $29 and kids 4-12 are $19. For more information, visit Have you ever been on one of the Old Town Trolley Tours? Share your experiences with us and the community using hashtag #LaJollaBB!

And you can always find additional La Jolla sightseeing information on the Find It La Jolla website.

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