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.

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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

11 Reviews
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
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"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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Linda Adee
1 Review
"Great Time"
April, 2015
In late March, two of my friends and I experienced the train ride with Smokey. What a wonderful time with all the little tidbits of information that he gave with so much humor added. We caught the train with other drivers on the way back who were all very nice and accommodating. But, we all agreed that Smokey was the BEST!!
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Stephanie B.
Rosedale, IN
4 Reviews
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"Full of history!"
March, 2015
If you have an interest in history, this town is for you! Loved the red train by Ripleys! Beautiful city, full of charm.
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bat4450
Winter Haven, Florida
"easiest to board trains."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 23, 2017 NEW
Being handicapped, needed the lowest boarding type trolley. Red Trolley has one step and on , Other lines have more steps to negotiate and harder ride quality. Guides are fairly knowledgeable, but have a tendency to get off track, so many historical areas that you can't take it all in. Still a lot of damage from Hurricanes. Preview of upcoming Nightt of Lights , beautiful during night tours ( special) Hop on and off is great. St. George St. a must go to area, all local craftsman and small shops.
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Joseph S
charlotte n
"tour guide"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed November 21, 2017 NEW
the train and route were fine. the driver was not fine. on the tour with my 80 year old Mom and younger shy Filipino wife and myself. we were all offended and it was the unhappy topic of the evening what a great day it was except for the time with this man. If I try to describe the events this will be a full page so I will save it for a call to the owners. I wish the owners could send a secret shopper on him. it was like someone on too much caffeine who is also rude and inappropriate. from beginning to end. my suggestion is to avoid Bengie as the driver. If my mom and wife had not been with me I would have had a man to man talk with him about how to speak to customers and ladies. rude might be the theme.
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jeant831
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
"Hop On - Hop Off"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 21, 2017 NEW
We enjoyed the red train tour hop on hop off trains. Lots of stops all over the city to get to just about every attraction in St. Augustine & a bargain for seniors. Buy one two day ticket for $23 & get the second for $10. Great way to see the city without driving & searching for parking. Included stops at the winery & distillery for free tours & tastings.
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Greyhoundpa
glenside, pa
"Worth the Ride"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 19, 2017 NEW
The easiest way to get around St. Augustine. We boarded at the Station across from Ripley's. Our tour host was fabulous and funny. It is best to take the full circle around so you can decide on your second go around where you want to hop off and then hop back on. One recommendation, if you have a bad back, just be aware that the Red Train goes down some brick roads and the ride get a bit bumpy. Also by catching the Red Train by Ripley's you get free parking which is a plus. I would highly recommend the Red Train and you get a big chunk of history along the way.
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Kathryn B
Houston, Texas
"Great way to see St. Augustine"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 19, 2017 NEW
We took this train ride all around the city with a knowledgeable conductor and enjoyed the experience very much. I highly recommend this if you are only in the city for a day and need to gain as much familiarity as possible. It's also a good way to see everything and then get off at certain stops to explore further.
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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!