Why Haunted San Diego Ghost Tours?
- The highest reviews – our visitors have rated us the top experience of all the ghost tours in town
- Our tour creates memories – you will not soon forget our tour and will want to go again
- You go to the most locations in town and enter more than any other San Diego haunted tour
- We have the best hosts – legitimate thespians, amazing in storytelling, theatrics, horror and comedy
- Our bus tour is small and intimate with only 8 – 14 guest allowed on board – it’s personal
- We are very into history and story telling – a historic tour with a haunted twist
- We are the best haunted tour in San Diego – if you are looking for a SD ghost tour, we are the one
Come along, we’ve been dying to meet you…
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Haunted San Diego Ghost Tours is rated #1 on 3/4 major review sites. We are confident that we are the Best Haunted Ghost tour in San Diego and our reviews back that up.
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You’ll Visit These San Diego Haunted Houses, a Haunted Hotel and El Campo Cemetary On Our Tour
Join us on our tour and you’ll experience:
- Our proof that ghosts exist
- Captivating history told in a theatrical way
- Professional dramatic storytellers in costume
- The ghost coach, our coffin/theatre on wheels
- Hauntings do happen on the tour (not always)
- It’s not only about the scare – we want you to have fun, learn fascinating local history and laugh at the occasional corny joke
Spots are limited and tours can sell out fast, so make sure you get a spot, sign up as soon as you can.
Have you seen our haunted tour bus?
Experience the ghost coach, our theatre and coffin on wheels.
Our storytellers are one-of-a-kind
Hear the stories of the people who lived, died, and are still said to haunt San Diego today told by our world-class storytellers and trained thespians.
Visit 5 documented haunted locations!
The Whaley House, Villa Montezuma, Horton Grand, Horton Davis House & El Campo cemetery. Disembark at each location for an up close and personal frightful experience!
Tickets can and do sell out.
With most dates tickets sell out faster as the day progresses, and a lot of times what looks like an unbooked tour at noon will be sold out by four.
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San Diego is considered by many to be the “Most Haunted City in the West”, and according to our reviews we are San Diego’s best ghost tour.
On our OFFICIAL Haunted San Diego Ghost Tour you will hear spine-tingling stories about real people, history, folklore, and the ghosts that have made San Diego one of the most haunted cities in the west.
Our 2-hour combination bus and walking tour brings San Diego history alive… one ghost story at a time. Be prepared for a combination of authentic history, some laughs too lighten the mood and some genuine creepy moments.
A Haunted San Diego Ghost Tour last roughly 2 hours. A little less if there is no traffic and things go super smooth, a little more, if you are (and this does not always happen) fortunate enough to experience a haunting event.
The cost is $35 per person.
To Our Summer Visitors – Our bus is air conditioned!
Once aboard this haunted adventure, you’ll visit 5 different locations including:
- Arguably The Most Haunted House in all of America
- A Mysterious Mansion where some still hear music from beyond
- A Haunted Hotel where perhaps, you know one of the ghost
- A Historic Hospital, quaint but with so many deadly secrets
- San Diego’s Oldest cemetery burying it all together
Haunted San Diego Ghost Tours is one of this city’s oldest and best ghost tours. Our company provides an entertaining history tour with a haunted theme and we’re good at what we do. Unlike other ghost tours in San Diego, we offer only one type of tour so we can truly focus on providing guests with a fun and educational experience regardless of whether you believe in ghosts or not.
All of our guides are theatrical storytelling specialists who will take you around San Diego aboard a coffin on wheels. You will have an opportunity to see an actual haunted artifact during our time together and we’ll show you actual proof that ghosts exist!
Disembark at each location and find out who lived there, died there and who is still said to haunt there today. The Hauntings Await… We’ll Take You There!
How much walking?
Our tour is both a haunted bus, guided sightseeing with some light walking. We do get on and off the bus at each location that we visit but the most we actually walk is two city blocks. Our guests, however, will need to be able to ascend and descend at least 3 steep steps to get on and off the ghost bus. They will also need to be able to stand in one location to listen to our tales for approximately 20 min at a time. We don’t naturally have space for wheelchairs, however, you could get away with a walker. If you have ambulatory concerns please call us and we will give you a personal answer.
Bottomline – About a 35% of the bus tour is on the bus (we have a driver and a host so you will be enterained the entire time), 10-15% walking and the rest standing.
This tour contains mild racy content and some disturbing stories and is geared toward an adult audience (PG-13). As a result, children under the age of 10 are discouraged. Children under the age of 5 are not allowed to attend the tour, this is partially due to the lack of child-restraint seats in the bus. All individuals under the age of 18 need to be accompanied by an adult to attend the tour – no exceptions.
Ultimately it is up to the parent to decide. If you are in doubt please call us and we can go over it all with you. Many kids see a lot of horror movies and enjoy them, keep in mind though, going to these actual locations is heavier than the movies, you can feel the energy of the locations and your horror loving kid might become quite scared. If your child were to become scared, we ask that you as the parent, go ahead and comfort the child. You may leave the tour for a bit, go outside of the location and comfort until it passes and then both rejoin the tour.
The haunted downtown/gaslamp district of San Diego used to be called the Stingaree. Back in the day, think Wyatt Earp times, it was loaded with brothels. As such we do discuss prostitution, very lightly and not graphically, but know that it is mentioned.
Our tour is a very entertaining adventure with spooky stories. It is, however, a history tour with a haunted theme. It is not a haunted house where individuals will be popping out of corners to scare guests. Please join us with that in mind.
There are no jump scares. Even without that, some reviewers have called the tour scary.
Hauntings and Events
Web Designer Personal Note: I have been on 5 tours as I write this. For me, 2/5 tours something has happened. At one point one of the chairs started rocking when no one was around. Another time there was this deep sound that lasted 30 seconds or so, the weird thing about it was that you couldn’t locate the source of the sound it was almost as if in surround sound, coming from everywhere. On both occasions, I asked the host if they did that to which they replied, “No, this is what happens”.
All our host that have been with the company may not have been believers when they joined but they are most definitely now.
Bottomline – We can not gaureantee that something will happen on your Haunted San Diego bus tour and we can not produce ghosts, but like I mentioned 2/5 for me personally, so far.
Do you have to book in advance with a credit card?
Yes. There are a limited number of seats for each of our tours and we often sell out well in advance. In order to ensure that you are able to join us, reservations and payment are required ahead of time. You can book online or over the phone with one of our reservation specialists. If you prefer to pay cash, your only option is to show up at the Old Town Best Western Hacienda Hotel at least 30 min prior to the tour departure. If there are seats available, you can pay cash at that time. PLEASE NOTE: Reservations are HIGHLY recommended as empty seats are RARE as the tour time approaches. Also, once a booking is made, there are no tour date exchanges or refunds.
When you book online (here), you will get an email saying your spot(s) have been reserved. If the tour minimum has been met, your card will be charged and you will get another email with details about the tour, where to meet and so on. We operate out of the Old Town Best Western Hacienda Hotel, please make sure to be there 15 minutes before departure time. Enjoy the tour and happy hauntings!
Our Haunted Guided Tour is small and intimate. We have only 14 seats available per tour. As such we require an 8 person minimum in order for us to do a tour, otherwise, we lose money. When you reserve a spot you will get an email, letting you know that your spot has been reserved. When we get 8 people on the tour you will get another email letting you know that the tour is on and with instructions on where to go and more information on the tour.
Your credit card is not charged until we hit the 8 minimum.
If the tour already has 8 people you will get the email immediately and your card will be charged immediately.
If for some reason it looks like the tour will not go (this is rare but does occasionally happen), we will personally call you and/or email you with a tour update 2-3 hours before your tour is set to go. If your tour does not go, again very rare, you will not be charged. Your credit card is not processed if the tour does not meet the 8 person minimum.
If you book well in advance, bless you. Do know that most people will book the day of, so please be patient and know 90% of the time the tour fills the day of. You’ll likely get the confirmation sometime that day.
Please call us (619.255.6170) if you have questions.
Why 8 People Minimum
There are two reasons for this, first is that we need at least 8 people to be profitable on a tour.
The second and perhaps more bizarre is the fact that 8 seems to be the magic amount of people needed for a great tour. Every once and a while we will get a 4/5 or lower star rating by a reviewer. Behind the scenes, it is almost everytime that we get that low of a review, the tour was had less than 8 people. Based on past experience we need that many people for the group to relax and the guide to give the great presentation our guides are known for. Thus we stick to the 8.
All sales are final and there are no tour date exchanges or refunds. Just like a concert or theater performance once the tickets are purchased the seats are considered sold. We do not, under any circumstances, offer refunds nor can we change your booking to a different night or time if you miss the tour.
With that said, and it is our legal policy, we are human too and know things happen. If you contact us (call preferred 619.255.6170) and we can sell your seats before the tour we’d be happy to refund you whenever possible. So the sooner you contact us the better chance we have to sell your spot(s). This is completely up to our discretion but we do like to make things work for you when you have to regrettably cancel if we can.
We do not have a waitlist. If you are trying to book a full tour, the best thing to do is to show up at the Old Town Best Western Hacienda Hotel at least 30 min prior to the tour departure. If there has been a cancellation, we will know by the time the tour starts and will get you in. Cancellations are extremely rare, only a couple a month, so this is a long shot option.
Do you offer discounts for Seniors, Military or anything else?
Our bus only holds 14 people per tour. As a result of this limited seating, we do not offer discounts for our tour. Our ticket price is $35 per person regardless of age, military, or AAA membership.
If you have a group of more than 12 individuals please call our reservation line to discuss potential discounted options – 619.255.6170.
In order to keep it small and intimate at 14 people, we price our tickets for $35. Our margins are thin and so it is difficult to give discounts. We pay for a number of the locations we go into, we pay our staff (unlike many tours we have a driver and a host), plus bus maintence and advertising budget.
If you enjoy the performance of your host it is customary to thank them however you see fit. So yes tipping the host is encouraged. The host put a lot of effort and energy into their shows so your generousity is always appreciated though not required. Please do tip if you like the performance, it is how the host makes much of their income. You may also tip the driver if you like.
You should arrive in Old Town at least 45 minutes prior to the tour’s departure. There is parking available but it can be limited and is competitive.
Click here to download the old town parking map!
Our parking strategy is to go to the Best Western Hacienda Hotel | 4041 Harney St, San Diego, CA 92110 and then to the left is a large Old Town free parking lot. See if you can find a spot in that lot, if not continue up the hill into the semi-residential area and you can always find a spot up there, though you may have to walk abit back to the hotel. The hotel itself offers a pay parking options which is great and very useful if you are running late.
If possible take a Lyft, Uber or Taxi and skip parking. Make sure the driver takes you to the valet parking and doesn’t drop you off on the main street (San Diego Avenue) enterance.
Please make sure to be at the hotel 15 minutes before you tour embarks (6:45 for a 7pm tour and 8:45 for a 9pm tour). When you get there you will see our coffin shaped podium and our ghost host dressed in Victorian attire. Please introduce yourself to the host, have the ticket buyer give there name and you are good to go.
A physical ticket is not required, we go by the purchaser name, so just give that name to the host and they will make you off.
Haunted San Diego Ghost Tour is both a walking tour and a bus tour. We will visit 5 locations throughout San Diego on a 2-hour storytelling adventure. While we do enter into some of the locations on the tour we do not enter into all of them. It is important to note that our tour is a ‘storytelling adventure’ and not necessarily a ‘museum tour’. Along the way, we will visit ‘America’s Most Haunted Location’, a creepy mansion in Sherman Heights, two locations in the Gaslamp Quarter, and we’ll have some time in San Diego’s oldest graveyard, El Campo Santo Cemetery.
We enter 3/5 locations – more locations than any other haunted sightseeing tour in town.
What about the Whaley House?
Our tour walks about half a block to the Whaley House, you see that location but do not actually enter it. We go over some of the “greatest hits”, for lack of a better term, of the Whaley House and it’s inhabitanats and history. We revisit some stories of the Whaley House later on at the graveyard. The Whaley House has it’s own tour and we recommend that people interested in learning more about it to take that tour as they have control of the house and really go into much more depth since that is the only location they specialize in.
Our tour currently goes about 2 hours give or take and at one point we did include the Whaley House, however, that made our tour over 2 and a half hours long. Between you and me we found that many guest would start fading out at the over 2 hour point. We made an internal choice to do the Whaley House hits instead of removing one of our other wonderful locations since most of our guest seemed to get a lot out of the other locations and well, we really feel all our locations are spectacular.
On our tour you go into 3/5 locations and you disembark and see 2/5 locations. You actually enter more locations on our tour then any other San Diego Ghost Tour. The other spot you don’t eneter, the Villa Montezuma, really concentrates on the archetecture of the mansion and for many is considered their favorite. It’s hauntingly good, despite not going in.
Please take a moment to compare our tour to our competitors on Yelp, Tripadvisor or any other review site and I believe you will come back impressed. As one of our 5 star reviewers, Geoffrey Rice on Google said regarding our tour and combining the Whaley House:
“This was a truly great experience. A little cheesy but by far worth the money. I didn’t feel that creepy vibe but to actually learn the historical background of different San Diego men and women. We combined the tour with the Whaley house and it was a great experience as well I would definitely pay the little extra to take the full tour as you will be more then satisfied.”
Haunted San Diego Ghost Tours is one of this city’s oldest and best ghost tours. Our company provides an entertaining history tour with a haunted theme and we’re good at what we do. Unlike other ghost tours in San Diego, we offer only one type of tour so we can truly focus on providing guests with a fun and educational experience regardless of whether you believe in ghosts or not. All of our guides are theatrical storytelling specialists who will take you around San Diego aboard a coffin on wheels. You will have an opportunity to see an actual haunted artifact during our time together and we’ll show you actual proof that ghosts exist!
Our tours run year round. Every group gets on and off the bus at each location that we visit. We are the only ghost tour in town that is allowed to enter into “New Town San Diego’s” oldest surviving structure. Don’t just take our word for it, check out reviews from actual guests that have taken our tour or look us up on Yelp! or TripAdvisor. We’re proud to be the highest rated ghost tour in San Diego according to a number of sources.
No Driving Host?
We do this for a number of reasons
1. Safety first. A host that is telling stories while driving can easily get distracted and either get into an accident or skip over and forget important stories on the tour as they deal with traffic. We have a driver and a host so the driver can concentrate on the road and your safety, while the host focuses on the performance and stories.
A lot of touring companies will skip on having a separate host and driver because they know they can save a lot of money by just having one person perform both jobs, plus it is easier scheduling. But where is the top quality experience in that?
2. Entertainment. Your ghost host will be standing at the front of the bus addressing you directly with the San Diego ghost stories the entire time you are on the tour. There is no break in the storytelling. It’s important to us that they are directly involved with you at all times, on top of their performance on the bus and not concentrating on the road.
3. An eye on the bus and your valuables. You’ll be getting off at every haunted location with the host guiding you. The driver will stay with the bus so you know that your valuables are safe and being watched over.
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