Ripley's Red Sightseeing Trains in St. Augustine, FL

Ripley's St. Augustine19 San Marco Ave.St. Augustine, FL 32084
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Overview

The original sightseeing train tours in St. Augustine, Ripley’s Red Sightseeing Trains offer narrated tours of the area’s most popular attractions, shopping districts, historic landmarks and more along a scenic 7-mile circuit. Tours include 80 to 90 minutes of narration about the city’s rich history, and each ticket is valid for three consecutive days for added convenience.

Description

from Ripley's Red Sightseeing Trains
Join us aboard the original Red Train Tour of historic St. Augustine since 1953. Our narrated tour transports you along a seven-mile circuit, with over 20 stops at the city's most popular attractions, shopping, restaurants, and historic sites.

Each ticket is valid for 3 consecutive days to offer the greatest flexibility for you!

Ripley’s Sightseeing Trains are St. Augustine’s ORIGINAL sightseeing train tour. We have been showing off our city since 1953!

Step off and re-board at your leisure at over 20 convenient stops for attractions, historic sites, restaurants, and shopping here in the “Nation’s Oldest City”. Ride the Red Trains for up to 3 consecutive days giving you plenty of time to see all that St. Augustine has to offer.

Ticket includes a 80–90 minute, fully narrated historical tour of the Nation’s Oldest City. Our “open-air” Sightseeing Trains cover over 7 miles and visit dozens of historic sites. Our Sightseeing Train tours begin every 15 or 20 minutes at all 22 locations. Guests may get on and off at all locations.

Tours begin as early as 8:30 a.m. and our trains run continuously until 5:00 p.m.

There is one 14” step up to board.

FREE PARKING is available at 5 Sightseeing Train stations. All guests receive free on-demand shuttle service to and from area hotels and free shuttle service to the Alligator Farm and the St. Augustine Lighthouse.

Tours run every day except Christmas Day.

NOTE: In order to board the Ghost Train you must present your voucher and Photo ID at the Ripley’s Ghost Parlor at least 15 minutes prior to your tour departure time. Be sure to bring along a digital camera and any other recording gear you wish.

Reserve St. Augustine Customer Reviews

13 Reviews
Tejal Patel
GAINESVILLE, FL
1 Review
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"Great way to see St. AUGUSTINE.."
May, 2018
Enjoyed hearing the history and red train tour guides were wonderful.
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Brian Arthur
St. Petersburg, FL
1 Review
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"Very exciting and upbeat"
February, 2018
Experience that we had was very exciting upbeat, the person / persons that we rode along with a very nice and respectful. Also they were knowledgeable about every site that we stopped at. We are definitely going to plan on doing this again the future
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Tip: Fun and funny

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Helen Pratt
1 Review
"Great experience"
April, 2016
We rode with smokey he wa very informative went above the norm with his jokes and descriptions.
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BOBBIE BOYTER
1 Review
"The worst experience"
November, 2015
Our group was San Jose Elementary and our driver was John. My kids come from different countries so they were very excited and talkative. John was very rude and unprofessional. He threatened to do the tour in silence if they did not stop waving at people. Granted they were chatty but that's because they were excited most of them come from 3rd world countries and have never done anything like this. So there was a better for him to handle that and he didn't have to be so sarcastic. He did not handle it in a professional manner and the whole mood changed. No one had fun after that! We will not use this service again.
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Patricia Coar
1 Review
"Smokey's Secret Tips"
August, 2015
We chose this Red Train Tour mainly because they are pet friendly and we are traveling with our little Chihuahua "Nugget". We were very pleasantly surprised by the wonderful job our driver and tour guide, Smokey did. He made each and every attraction come to life by not only providing the historical information but by offering rare, and interesting facts he researched on the subject. It was obvious that he loved his job and the city of St. Augustine. Now, we love St. Augustine, too.
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Stephanie B.
Rosedale, IN
4 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"great time!"
August, 2015
the conductor was very imformative and fun! Had a great time!
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Barbara Hamlet
1 Review
"Free Rides"
July, 2015
The Red Train overall was very informative and convenient. My only complaint was I paid over $150.00 for tickets for my family and the driver of the train (Scott) let people get on the train at different stops and ride for free. He never checked for stickers or tickets. My son is in the Navy active duty and serves his country every day. He never expects anything for free. I paid full price for his ticket as did most of the people on the train. I do not feel it's fair for some to ride for free. I brought this to the attention of the staff where we bought the tickets and they could only give me a ridiculous excuse stating "they must have been employees riding for free". I don't believe a child 15 along with his 4 friends, a family of 6, and a couple here visiting from Georgia are Red Train Employees. If this company wants to give "free rides" offer that to the men and women who serve our country, police officers and fireman who risk their lives to protect our families every day.
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Tara L.
1 Review
"Great Information"
July, 2015
The Red Train tours/transportation is fabulous overall. We received excellent historical information and little-known facts from the driver we experienced the longest time- Benji. While moving us efficiently through the streets, he provided us with endless information about every significant or historical site we passed. I would definitely, myself, wait for him. On the other hand, if you prefer more of a"frat house" style of entertainment, "Flip" is your guy.
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Tip: Find out the order/ numbered stops so that you can use the train more efficiently from where you are to whwre you want to go. Otherwise, you can spend an hour on the train thinking it would have been a ahort time only.

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repoulin
Beijing, China
"The best way to get around and learn about St. Aug"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 17, 2018 NEW
I booked this through Missy who was a wonderful. She was so helpful in explaining everything and told us how we could save money on all the sights we wanted to visit. The train is hop on and hop off, with trains running regularly. No point in renting a car and worrying about parking (which is limited and expensive). Also, if you will be sampling the local food and adult libations, this trolley will come in handy. The driver gave a lot of great information and was fun. This is a kid/family friendly tour, so don't confuse it with a booze bus.
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M R
Midland, Texas
"Underwhelmed"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed July 17, 2018 NEW
We bought a 3 day pass for the Red Train, thinking that it would be convenient and save us some walking. The first day we rode it for the full route, staying on and then not getting off until we returned to our starting point. Our second day we rode back to St George St from Mission de Nombre de Dios (after first walking to the mission from the Castillo...we found it faster to walk from the Castillo than to stand waiting for a train in the rain). We did not use our third day pass. We had four different drivers over the course of the two days that we rode, as they switched off at the official "depot" stop. They each had a "tip jar" obviously displayed; which driver do you tip if you've just hopped on a couple of stops before? While all of our drivers were entertaining, we had hoped for more of a history narrative of the area than what was delivered. One driver in particular sounded like an advertisement for some of the local museums, attractions and restaurants...we felt like we shouldn't have had to pay for a "tour" that required us to then sit and listen to advertising. We got an early start each day, mainly to beat the July heat, but we noticed as the day progressed that the trains became very crowded and riders did not appreciate being instructed to move as close together as possible so that the seating bench space could be maximized...humid, hot Florida is not the place to cram a bunch of tired tourists in like sardines...when inevitably there was another train right behind us with ample empty seats. My spouse noted that the exhaust fumes were terrible and ended up with a bad headache attributed to them; we would suggest that the Red Train line consider switching over to electric power, as it would help the environment and their customers. Electric power would make a lot more sense for fuel economy, especially since the trains travel at such a slow rate of speed. In our opinion we could have easily skipped the Red Train and still seen what interested us in St Augustine. I guess if you don't enjoy walking, lack the ability to walk, or have young children or elderly in your group who cannot walk very far then the train might be an option for you.
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chi-kat42
Illinois
"Trolley Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 15, 2018 NEW
Nice way to tour St Augustine to get around to points of interest. Smokey was entertaining & informative tour guide.
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Lindsey W
"Great St.Augustine attraction"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 14, 2018 NEW
Duke was our “captain” and he was super knowledgeable about the history of St.Augustine. The best time to buy the tickets though we learned was early in the morning, that way you can enjoy the stops that are on the route. They even let little dogs on! Definitely recommend!
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Naadeen
"Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 14, 2018 NEW
We bought a three day pass this tour was fantastic!! They sent a van to pick us up at the hotel you can get on & off at many stops. We stayed on for the whole tour our first day to learn about St Augustine our guide was great so knowledgeable with a few Jokes thrown in I’m sorry I wish I remembered his name but having a three day pass we had many drivers & they were all fantastic !! I would recommend this tour so much fun
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ripley's Red Sightseeing Trains

Where do the tours start for the Red Train?
Tours begin at the Red Train Tour Station to exchange your voucher for the train pass. 


When are the times for the Red Train tour?
Our Red Trains are on the road at 8:30 a.m. and run continuous loops along our 24 stops until about 5 p.m. Please plan to start your tour by 4:30 pm to be sure you get back to your starting point.

Where can I park?
FREE Parking is available at our Red Train station.


How often do the trains come by?
The Sightseeing Trains come by every 15 to 20 minutes at each of our 24 locations. One continuous, fully narrated tour completes the 24-stop loop in about 80-90 minutes.


Where are the Red Train stop points?
They will stop at: Welcome Center Train Station, Old Sugar Mill, Parking & Visitos Ctr, City Gates Train Station, St. George Street, Middle of St. George Street, Flagler Memorial Presbyterian, San Sebastian Winery, Whetstone Chocolate Factory, Flagler College & Villa Zorayda, The Lightner Museum, The Dow Museum, City Plaza, Spanish Military Hospital & Aviles St, The Oldest House, City Marina & Bayfront Golf, Castillo de San Marcos, Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Museum, Mission Nombre de Dios, The Old Senator, Fountain of Youth, The Old Jail, Fort Menendez and Fatio House Museum.


Can I bring my dog?
We do allow small dogs under 15 pounds as long as they do not disturb the tour and of course, service and guide animals certified under ADA guidelines.


Are there any restrictions? What about wheelchairs?
Our Red Trains require our guests to take one step approximately 13” off the ground. Fold-up wheelchairs and collapsible walking aids may be taken on the train, but guests must board under their own power.


What happens if it rains?
During inclement weather, our Red Train conductors will provide free ponchos for our guests. Our Red Trains will be pulled off the roads and will be directed to the safest location should extreme and dangerous weather conditions arise.


What if I’m only riding for one day?
All of our tickets for the Red Train are valid for 3 consecutive days from date of purchase.


What if I need a bathroom break?
Most of our 24 stops have public restroom facilities within a short walk. Return to your Red Train stop and another train will be by in about 15-20 minutes to pick you up and continue the tour.


What if I’m hungry and want to find a place to eat?
Many of the Red Train stops are within a short walk to dining establishments, especially Historic St. George Street, stop 5 and 7. Don’t hesitate to ask your Train conductor or check our tour map now so you can make a plan for lunch. Return to your Red Train stop afterwards and another train will be by in 15-20 minutes to pick you up and continue your tour.


If I buy the combo ticket with Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Museum is this stop on the Red Train tour?
Yes, you can get off at the Ripley’s Believe it or Not! during your Red Train tour.


When does the Ghost Train start?
Typically it starts around 8pm. We suggest you arrive 15 minutes prior to your departure time.

When does the Ripley’s Haunted Castle Tour begin?
Typically it starts around 8 to 8:30pm, we suggest arriving 10-20 minutes prior.


Is the Haunted Castle good for children?
This tour may not be appropriate for children under 8 years old.


Is the Haunted Castle a walking tour?
Yes, you will walk through the castle. We suggest taking pictures and using the EMF meters to detect paranormal activity!