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Austin + Hill Country 90-minute tour: The Ultimate Austin Guide

So much Austin, so little time: The ultimate guided city tour

Quick Details

A favorite Austin city bus tour according to hundreds of traveler reviews on Tripadvisor!

  • Duration: 90 minutes (non-stop, no bathroom break)
  • Start Times: 10:00 AM, 12:30 PM, 2:30 PM, and *4:30 PM
  • Departure/Drop-off:  From two downtown locations (see details below)
  • Language Options: English only (other options coming soon!)
  • Vehicle Type: A closed Mercedes-Benz sprinter van.
  • Extras: Receive discounts through our Pink Tag Partners Program
Adult
$25
Child *
$17
Adult Discount **
$21

What makes this the best city tour of Austin?

Skip Googling “best things to do in Austin” and let real local experts show you the city and its surroundings in just 1.5 hours, covering 30 miles and more than 50 points of interest. This Austin tour includes a visit to the Six Square District in East Austin, where you will get to learn more about Austin’s Black music, arts, and cultural history.

We’ve been running our tour since 2003, which is rated one of the top city tours in Austin on Tripadvisor, providing a fascinating, budget-friendly overview of the city’s history and culture. It also cuts through the edge of the Texas Hill Country. Even lifelong Texans can’t believe all this is in their own backyard!

From the must-do’s to the who-knews, we give you the budget-friendly rundown on the sights, and tips on fun things to do around Austin, saving you time to explore the places that interest you most. Have a large group? Call us and we’ll take care of it.

What you see on this Austin + Hill Country Tour

Upon pickup, sit back and relax in our 14-passenger Mercedes-Benz sprinter. Along the way  some 50 Austin attractions and landmarks, but you’ll also discover more about local hangouts, the live music scene, that “Keep Austin Weird” culture, and the city’s extraordinary gastronomic scene.

On this 90-minute tour, a local resident is your guide, in addition to being a professional driver, ensuring that safety is top of mind as we cover 30 miles of lively parks, trendy shopping districts, and the Hill Country’s lakes and vistas. You’ll also get to hear some great local commentary along the way.

In the next section, check out the map that shows the points of interest we visit.

Map and Points of Interest

Pink map with points of interest covered on tour

Upgrade to the 2.5-Hour Austin + Hill Country Tour

For those who want to take a more leisurely version of this tour, consider our 2.5-hour experience that includes 4-6 stops to places such as Barton Springs, Driskill Hotel, the Rhapsody Mural, Mount Bonnell, and the Austin City Library. You’ll receive a multilingual audio guide, in addition to your driver and live guide.

About the Guides

As a family business, AO Tours strives to hire professional guides with enthusiasm and deep knowledge on the state capital of Texas. Depending on the tour, you may be with an actor, a comedian, or local resident who can tell you the best places to eat, where to catch a live show, or where to get off the beaten track. Each tour is a little different than the next thanks to this group, who you can learn more about here.

 

Important Booking Information

Pickup and Drop-Off Locations

Now departing from two locations in Downtown Austin, TX 78701:

615 Congress Ave. (Wild About Music) OR 602 E. 4th Street (Austin Visitors Center)

Please arrive 20 minutes prior to departure to check-in and board.

NOTE: Seats are subject to resale if we have not heard from you or you are not checked-in 15 minutes prior to departure. Our Austin city tours depart on schedule – Thanks!

 

People love our Austin Tours – See for yourself

If you’ve taken this tour already, please consider leaving us a review on your favorite review site.

Excellent experience

It was easy to book and the tour was on time. Ali was a terrific guide and I learned so much about Austin! Excellent experience!

– Melanie via Viator
Great all inclusive tour

Joel was fantastic. Tour gives great overview of City and hill country. We had short visit and this fit the bill. Mary was great with reservations and gave great information. Great job AO.

– Joanie U via TripAdvisor
Awesome tour of Austin!

Awesome tour of Austin! Great tour great guide highly recommend.

– Michael l via Google Reviews
Austin in a Nutshell

Tour guide and his excellent presentation. We enjoyed all the sights he pointed out and the accompanying tape. The tour was interesting and gave us ideas of places we wanted to explore further.

– Voyager277017 via TripAdvisor
Great way to see the City/Hill Country

I was in Austin for a weekend and this was a great way to see the City/Hill Country with the time I had. Our guide Joel was extremely knowledgeable of the area and gave a lot of interesting historical insight and suggestions on places to visit after the tour. The drive through the hill country was also wonderful, lots of amazing views of the hills and city in the distance.

– Joshua B via Google Reviews
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
Thank you AO for the service

I and my family are happy that we took the city tour. The guide gave us a good insight into the vibrant Austin. Austin east west north and south all have their own distinct identity. Unfortunately we took this tour on the day of the return. I recommend this to be taken on the first day of your first time visit to Austin so that you can plan better. The tour made us leave Austin with a happy note.

– Salma K via Google Reviews
Very good overview of the town!

"Loved the tour! Quick, prompt, quality. The bus is really new, clean, and the windows are also clean!!(most tour buses usually have dirty windows). Really sweet and knowledgeable guide, took her time to explain/tell information that was interesting for us. This is for sure the best way to see the city and the hills to get overall good understating of the area. We were very satisfied!

– Maria C via TripAdvisor
They’re a company that value safety

"Malina was such a SWEETIE!! She was so nice to my kids and family. I often tend to be a guy that is outgoing and cheerful and it’s tough to get others to match my energy but she was just as cheerful as i was. She went above and beyond for our family. the customer service is top notch, I was getting recommendations for places before the store even began by texting the number on their Website once I had booked a tour. They’re a company that value safety. I really appreciated the extra precautions they take on the kids wearing appropriate car seat equipment. It shows they’re truly caring people and want the best for the customers. I will def return again and bring my parents from Houston."

– canoincorporated via Google
All the many views of Austin

"Andrew was a great tour guide and pointed out very interesting places with good background on each area so we were able to get a great idea of what makes Austin the way it is with so many different areas that make it such a unique city!"

– Mobile712110 via TripAdvisor

"If you are new to Austin and want an overview of the area, this is the tour to take. It is about 90 minutes long, and our tour guide Andrew was well-informed, friendly and interesting. The starting point of this tour is difficult because there is so much construction going on around the Visitors Center. Once we parked in the suggested pubic parking lot (only $5 flat fee) we walked around looking for the meeting place at the Visitors Center. I called the tour company and spoke to Mary, who was extremely friendly and helpful, and she led us to the spot. Thanks to Andrew and Mary for a very pleasant morning touring Austin."

– marionclarkfla via 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 via 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 via TripAdvisor
A must do tour

"Instead of driving around, getting lost and not knowing the history or importance of the places we'd find, we took the tour to really hear and see the different parts of Austin. Andrew pointed out the highlights of each area. We were really glad we did the tour."

– Carolkn_12 via TripAdvisor
Rainy Day Activity

"Our first morning in Austin was cold and rainy so we decided to take a tour of the city so we could see where we wanted to come back to. Ari, our tour guide was very knowledgeable and it was good to see the Hill Country which we probably wouldn’t have seen otherwise. If you are looking for a way to see Austin and learn about its history, I highly recommend this tour!"

– GoSeeDoPhotos via TripAdvisor
Great overview of Austin

"My sister and I took the 90 minute tour to get an overview of Austin. We had 3 days to explore Austin and this was a great way to get the “lay of the land”. We took several suggestions from our tour guide, Andrew, including lunch at Franklin Barbecue, a visit to the amazing Library, a visit to Shady Grove, Rainey Street, Zilker Park and the spring fed pool. Fun times!"

– W9944GZjulieg via TripAdvisor