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The Best Guided Bus Tours in Austin, TX!

Sightseeing & City Tours in Austin, Texas

Featured Public Sightseeing Tours + Experiences

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We will be back!

Loved the recorded info that played along with the knowledge of the driver. We want to come back again as we learned that there is so much to do and see in Austin.

– BERNADETTE via Viator
Thank you AO Tours

Have visited Austin several times but the City & Hills tour showed us lots of new places & included loads of interesting facts. Joel was enthusiastic & knowledgeable. Well worth 90 minutes. Convenient pick up/drop off at tourist office. Great experience.

– Lisa S Via Google Reviews
The tour was perfect

I would definitely recommend it. You are sitting comfortably in a small van and the tour includes parts of Austin outside of the main city as well as downtown Austin. Our guide, Greg, was extremely knowledgeable and he added a lot of humor to his descriptions of various tour points. Thank you, Greg, for a really wonderful tour!

– Karen A Via Google Reviews
We absolutely loved the tour

Wonderful tour guide, Kim. She was knowledgeable and funny. This is the second time we have used Viator and will definitely use this company again.

– Barbara_C via Viator
This is definitely worth while to get a sense of what Austin has to offer

We had a tour that used the open air van which was great. It happened to be a not too hot day so it was nice to ride around and see the sites without looking through a window. Our tour guide was personable and knowledgeable. He was attentive to all questions and making sure that we all got from the trip what was important to us. Overall, this is a great way to see Austin and included a couple of stops along the way to roam around a bit. Being new to the city, you can get a good overview of the neighborhoods, history, and other notable sites. This is definitely worth while to get a sense of what Austin has to offer.

This is a great way to comfortably see and learn about weird Austin!

The trip gave us a wonderful overview of Austin, from the hills outside of town with gorgeous views and homes/mansions, to the unique and lovely streets, restaurants and buildings downtown. The taped audio guides were fun and informative, and our careful, safe driver was knowledgeable about Austin. The van was very comfortable.

– NADINE_W via Viator
Fun and informative tour

Totally enjoyed our tour of Austin and the Hill country. The weather was nice enough we were able to have the top open, morning tour. Joel was very friendly and informative of everything we did. Other passengers were accommodating by not talking so we could hear everything being said. It was a lot of fun. A great way to see Austin and have some idea of places you would want to go back to spend longer a time. I highly recommend this tour.

– Patricia_P via Viator
Highly recommended

We saw so much in 1.5 hours that we otherwise would never have known. Great way to get to know the area. Friendly and knowledgeable staff and driver. Would recommend to anyone wanting to learn the sites on a tight timeline. We went back later to linger in some of the places we were shown.

– Sage_R via Viator
Definitely 5 STARS!

Great way to learn about Austin. Tour director was great and did a wonderful job. DEFINITELY 5 STARS!

– Pamela_M via Viator
The Essential general tour of Austin

We were in Austin for just a few days so we needed just one tour that did a general overview of everything there was to see there. This tour did exactly that, we saw pretty much all the top sights in and around Austin in a nice comfy Mercedes Benz Sprinter driven by an excellent tour guide. We chose the extended tour that lasted about 2.5 hours and made about 3 different stops. I highly recommend this one if you are only in Austin for a short time.

– Nolan_P via Viator
Excellent tour, fabulous

Excellent tour with a really good tour guide. We enjoyed the experience in a super clean comfortable vehicle. The tour guide was knowledgeable and fun. Austin truly is a beautiful city. This tour shows us places we would not have got to see. Worth every penny don’t hesitate to take the tour.

– Lorraine_K via Viator
Worth it!

Loved our tour guide! Learned so much in an enjoyable and engaging way. A great way to get a thorough overview of Austin.

– Debbie H via Viator
Lovely way to see Austin

This was a very comfortable and interesting tour. In the past we have always booked on the hop on/ hop off bus, this is so much better! Love the open top of the van. Love that we are able to get out and explore at different stops. Love the commentary provided both by the guide and the pre programmed audio. Loved that it was a small group with extra Covid precautions. Really loved everything about this❤️

– Venusbrandy via TripAdvisor
Excelente y divertida experiencia

Gran experiencia para conocer la ciudad y los alrededores. Te llevan en una camioneta con el techo descubierto, así tus fotos salen muy claras, con las vistas panorámicas. Hacen paradas para fotos o comprar algo rápido. Sí hace calor o el sol está muy fuerte lleva líquidos para beber, sombrero o gorra. Puedes escuchas la narración en español a través de audífonos que ellos te proporcionan. Muy puntual el servicio. El trato del guía es personalizado. Lo recomiendo vale el precio. El tour sale del "visitor center", en el centro de la ciudad, que cuenta con estacionamiento de pago.

– pacolounge via TripAdvisor
A must-do even if you lived here for years!

The experience was awesome! Joel was very informative and personable! I've lived in Austin for 20 years and learned a lot! Will be doing it again with future out-of-town guests!

– serita2021 via TripAdvisor
Great Sightseeing!

We love these tours in every city we visit - this one was particularly fun, van very comfortable as it was hot in Austin even in March! Our guide was great, we all connected and had a lot of good conversation and saw so much of the city sites. Really got a good sense of the area and this helped us plan the rest of our sight seeing for our trip. Recommend it highly!

– pckeithley via TripAdvisor
Great overview of the city

Our driver, Ali, was very knowledgeable about the Austin area and provided an excellent overview of the city. I would highly recommend the 2 1/2 hour tour because you have the opportunity to see some of the sites by getting off of the bus.

– Mary Ann via Viator
Terrific tour!

Guide was great! The weather was great! Really cool vehicle!!! The Hill Country was particularly beautiful and so surprising that it is in Texas.

– Jerry W via Viator
BEST Tour Company in Austin, TX!

AO Tours, an iconic company in the City of Austin. Their amazing tours are fit for any size groups. I have been many times with various clients and never disappointed. Recently, we rode in their new lux tour bus, it was so much fun, very comfortable, the glass roof was impressive and when opened you felt the awesome city. The audio explanation of the sights was on spot, including the Spanish version. AND...they are sanitizing their vehicles every day with a hospital grade product via their tech machines. Talk about a Clinically Clean touring service!

– Exploration440169 on TripAdvisor
Fabulous tour for the newcomer

The tour was a great overview of Austin. The tour guide was knowledgeable about the area and although she had been driving all day, still treated my tour with great enthusiasm and was extremely pleasant. It is a difficult time to be in the tour business and I was just so appreciative they are still up and operating whilst taking the necessary precautions to not spread Covid with hand sanitizers, Temp readings and spraying down the buses. Five stars to the management team and thank you for being in the business of making memories. Hang in there!

– denycet366 on TripAdvisor
The best tour in Austin Texas!

I wish I could give this company more than 5 stars. The company owner reached out and helped us come up with a custom tour in the over 100* heat. While other tour companies are closed during Covid, we were able to have fun during our stay in Austin with our 2 tours in their luxurious air conditioned ride. If it were not for this tour company, we would have been sitting in our hotel our entire vacation. Thank you so much for your tour of Austin Texas.

– VeeVeeZZ on TripAdvisor
Beautiful Panoramic and/or Open Air Busses!

My convention booked a private tour with this company and it was great! We had a beautiful bus that was all windows so it offered a beautiful panoramic view of the city and hill country. We had a couple stops, one of them at Covert Park for sunset. The driver planned it PERFECTLY so we were able to enjoy the gorgeous view of the lake and hills at sunset. Our guide was named Will and he made sure everyone had a wonderful experience! They also had an audio tour component where they offer disposable earbuds so every guest can hear the tour, loud and clear! Great for city traffic or the hearing impaired. All appropriate precautions were taken including social distancing, temperature checks, and sanitizing.

– LMH0302 on TripAdvisor
Highly recommended!!

Having Malina as our guide was my favorite aspect of the tour — she’s PHENOMENAL!!! This was my second tour with Malina; she knows the city so well that she’s able to share insights and “behind the scenes” details and history, which makes things extra interesting!

– kimkV7144UH on TripAdvisor
Custom tour Austin and Hill Country

Our group of 10 loved traveling in the new glass top vehicle for our private tour. Mary and Bree incorporated our interests into a 4 hour tour of city and Hill Country that was a great combination of riding, walking, eating and photos. Bree was so knowledgeable, accommodating, and fun. Loved hearing her stories! Red and White wine tasting was our final stop - perfect ending for our memorable tour!

– WIsister on TripAdvisor
Short on time- perfect way to get an overview of Austin

I didn't have time for a long tour because I was in town for a wedding. Still, I wanted to see an overview of Austin and know where to visit in my limited time. AO Tours had multiple start times and the online scheduler was easy to use. I was able to decide at 10AM to take the 12:30 tour. This tour was ideal. It was a combination of a recorded narration and live commentary from our driver/guide. Joel was friendly and informative. Van was comfy. I highly recommend it.

– kacyak on TripAdvisor
Austin Walking Tour - Great way to be introduced to the city

We did a walking tour that included some food sampling’s as well. It was a great way to be introduced to the city. The guide was very friendly, prompt, and was very knowledgeable about Austin and downtown. The owner was very accommodating as well and helped put a tour together for us during this time of Covid. Great communication and a great tour.

– CDBrown621 on TripAdvisor
Comprehensive overview of Austin!

"I love the small vehicle aspect of this tour. Bri was a great tour guide, a very competent driver, and very knowledgeable about Austin and the surrounding hill country. It's clear she loves her city. And she is very personable and responsive to questions. The hill country portion of the tour was very informative about the geography of the area and how it influences weather, water geology and even agriculture. The tour helped me to decide what places I want to visit in depth."

– SoVTArtist on TripAdvisor
Historic Tour of Austin

"The most comprehensive overview of Austin. It is a narrated tour filled with geography, the rich history and culture of Austin. I strongly recommend this tour!"

– Samuel M on TripAdvisor
You can’t go wrong...

Took several tours in a few day’s time. Every guide was extremely personable and knowledgeable. All tours departed on time and sometimes went a bit long in order to answer questions or show us just a little more! Tours are popular and fill up very quickly. All tours are value packed and worth every cent! You can’t go wrong...

– ANN KAISER on Google Reviews
Amazing tour

"This tour was better than I expected. Excellent tour guide that gave us the History of the area and showed us some amazing places. I've lived in the Central Texas area and had no idea how beautiful Austin was. This is a MUST SEE tour if you are coming from out of town. The Mercedes bus was very comfortable. We got to see all of the "must see" areas of Austin and then some. I highly recommend this tour!"

– shoretwo on TripAdvisor
Fun tour

"We went on the 12:30, Sunday afternoon tour. It was a great way to see a lot of the city in a fairly short time, and a lot of places we wouldn't have seen on our own. The van was comfortable and we could see well."

– MaribethB24 on TripAdvisor

"Just the way it should be. A great way to spend a cool 90 minutes to get an overview of the city. Then, we went back to the sites we wanted to spend more time at. Easy!"

– gourageous on TripAdvisor
Recommend for first timers

This is highly recommend for first timers to understand the history of Austin and the surrounding area. Enjoyed it and actually goes by very quick and very informative.

– Chad Peltier on Google Reviews
A million times I've seen these buildings

A million times I've seen these buildings, those houses, these streets... I thought I knew everything about. Too many times I took the history of these places for granted. A lot of the history shared on the tour, paired with the familiar sights was refreshing, if not a little eye-opening as well. Even though Austin's scenery is (always) in flux, it's just as beautiful if not more so. This tour reminded me of that fact.

– Ezra Garcia via Google
Would definitely recommend this to friends or people visiting town!

As a local Austinite, I wasn't sure what to expect from an Austin city tour. I was pleasantly surprised and I learned SO much. It was a rainy day, but our tour guide was positive, happy, and very professional. We rode their pano van (which typically opens all the way up, but didn't due to weather), which is awesome. The whole roof is windows, along with huge passenger windows so you have a gorgeous view.

– Hailey Lyons via Google
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