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Very Best of ATX City Center Panoramic Tour with a Stop - 1.5 Hours

Take a tour in Austin’s only panoramic mini bus!

Quick Details

  • Best For: A quick look at the best of Austin.   A great introduction to the city.  This is the best of Austin with even better views! Discover where the locals eat, drink, and enjoy the true Austin scene. Our custom glass-top convertible Mercedes tour bus will keep you comfortable while our expert guides keep you entertained.
  • Stops: one
  • Tour departure point: Austin Visitor Center Link to Map
  • Tour Numbers: 14 max
  • Special requirements or restrictions: There are none.   You’ll be comfortable in our luxury, glass-top Mercedes tour bus luxury panoramic bus.
  • Tour Days: Monday, Thursday and Sunday
  • Times: 10.15 am, 12.45pm and 2.15pm


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$ 44.99 $ 38.24

The very best of Austin Panoramic Tour with one stop –  90 minute tour

Austin, Texas is a vibrant and diverse city with something to offer everyone. From its world-renowned music scene to its delicious food and outdoor activities, there’s no shortage of things to see and do in Austin.

If you’re looking for a comprehensive tour of the city, the Best of Austin Bus Tour is the perfect option for you. This 90-minute tour takes you to all the must-see landmarks, including the Texas State Capitol, the University of Texas, and the Driskill Hotel. You’ll also learn about Austin’s rich history and culture from your knowledgeable guide.

Why You Should Book the Best of Austin Bus Tour

There are many reasons why American tourists should book the Best of Austin Bus Tour. Here are just a few:

  • It’s the perfect way to get an overview of the city. If you’re short on time or not sure where to start, this tour is a great way to see all the highlights in one go.
  • It’s informative and entertaining. Your guide will share interesting stories and facts about Austin as you drive around the city.
  • It’s comfortable and convenient. You’ll ride in a comfortable Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van with a retractable roof, so you can enjoy the views no matter the weather.
  • It’s affordable. The tour is very reasonably priced, especially considering the amount of information and entertainment you get.

What You’ll See on the Tour

During the Best of Austin Bus Tour, you’ll see all the major landmarks in the city, including:

  • Texas State Capitol: The Texas State Capitol is one of the most iconic buildings in Austin. It’s the seat of the Texas government and is open to the public for free tours.
  • University of Texas: The University of Texas is one of the largest universities in the United States. It’s also home to the Texas Longhorns, a major college sports team.
  • Driskill Hotel: The Driskill Hotel is a historic hotel in downtown Austin. It’s been host to many famous guests over the years, including Elvis Presley and President Lyndon B. Johnson.

In addition to these landmarks, you’ll also see other interesting places around Austin, such as:

  • Murals and public art: Austin is known for its vibrant street art scene. You’ll see murals and public art all over the city, from downtown to East Austin.
  • Nature: Austin is home to several beautiful parks and nature preserves. You’ll get to see some of the city’s natural beauty on the tour.

About the Vehicle

The Best of Austin Bus Tour is conducted in a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van with a retractable glass roof. This means that you’ll have 360-degree views of the city and can enjoy the fresh air while you drive. The van is also air-conditioned and heated, so you’ll be comfortable no matter the weather.

How to Book a Tour

To book a Best of Austin Bus Tour, you can visit the company’s website or call them at (512) 659-9478. Tours depart daily from downtown Austin and last approximately 90 minutes.


The Best of Austin Bus Tour is the perfect way to see all the must-see landmarks in Austin and learn about the city’s rich history and culture. It’s a comfortable, convenient, and affordable tour that is perfect for Austin  visitors.

Book Your Tour Today!

This tour is a great way to see the best of Austin in a short amount of time. Book your tour today and experience the city like a local!


You can book your tour online or by calling us at (512) 659-9478.

Cancellation Policy:

Tours can be cancelled up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.

We hope to see you on our tour!

Map and Points of Interest

Pink and white map of Austin with blue dots and letters marking points of interest covered on the tour

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 Location

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 tours depart on schedule – Thanks!


Great Experience

Tour guide is very friendly and knowledgeable of the downtown Austin. Great experience! I recommend people who are new town to get a flavor of the City.

– Navigate12673423208 via TripAdvisor
Nice drive by overview of the city

Had a great time seeing some of the sites of Austin. Always nice to get an overview of a new city.

– KarenNKy via TripAdvisor
Daytime fun in Austin

Doug did a great job! He clearly loves his job and we appreciated his sense of humor. The ride was fun and comfortable in the convertible Mercedes Benz.

– Lisa_E via Viator
Great sunny open air bus and tour with Corey!

Corey was a great tour guide! Showed us all the interesting Austin spots, and added in lots of restaurant and club info. Definitely recommend!

– K5521CFkimn via TripAdvisor
Had the best time!

We booked a Very Best of ATX Panoramic City Tour with Stops on AO Tours and had the best time! Our tour guide Corey was knowledgeable and engaging. The Mercedes Van had the option to remove the roof. It was a beautiful day so we did the tour with the top down. I live locally, but my aunt was visiting from out of town. We both learned a lot about Austin! We stopped at the Austin Public Library during the tour and had time to explore and go up to the 6th floor outdoor butterfly garden. The tour went through downtown, south Austin, East Austin, and more. We saw beautiful buildings, colorful murals, lots of water and greenery. We also learned about the interesting history of Austin mixed in with fun facts about the city. We thought that 90 minutes was the perfect amount of time. I highly recommend AO Tours and will definitely book them again.

– Michele S via Google Reviews
Austin history

Jack did a great job adding his local slant and recommendations on things. We were able to learn a lot of Texas culture in a very short time

– james_e on viator
Informative and fun downtown tour!

This tour was great! It was our first time in Austin & we learned so much about the city. The bus was spacious and Jack was really friendly and knowledgeable. It was cool how there were automatic informative messages as well as a tour guide to provide more information. Would definitely recommend!

– MarissaontheMAP via TripAdvisor
My wife and I were looking for a quick way to get acquainted with Austin

My wife and I were looking for a quick way to get acquainted with Austin. Their 90 minute ATX tour is a great way to do that. They have the nicest (Mercedes sprinter) most comfortable tour buses that we saw. It's pretty cool how they can convert them into open air like a convertible. Our guide was knowledgeable and funny.

– Jay K on Yelp
Jack is a brilliant guide

I booked this tour online as we wanted to do a hop on hop off tour when we arrived in Austin. AO tours had good reviews so we decided to book this tour with them. We would have booked the tour with the hill country but it wasn't possible to book that one online only by phone. So i booked this one for 3 of us in December. The booking process was simple and we all had to sigh a waiver by email before the tour which I hadn't had to do before. But we did it easily enough and we were updated accordingly. The departure point is really easy to find and we met Jack our tour guide. He was very friendly and we really enjoyed his tour of downtown Austin. There are only 2 stops where you get off and little time there so we saw a bit but then returned to those places on our own at a later time. The tour is played over a speaker and every now and then jack would add his own touch which made it far better and more personal. All in all it was a really great tour to start our holiday in Austin and get an overview of the downtown area. We also learned a lot about Texas and Austin which was really nice as the tour is very informative. Thank you Jack for a really great tour, you are an excellent tour guide who made it lots of fun and gave a really relaxed, friendly tour and a nice warm welcome to Austin for myself and my family. You also took time to chat to me and my family whenever you could which made the tour all the better. I would definitely book a future tour with AO tours and recommend to family, colleagues and friends.

– 825leilab on TripAdvisor
Awesome tour! Do not miss!

Booked this trip last minute and absolutely felt like a VIP. The bus/convertible was awesome! Our guide was super helpful and patient and create a truly fun and informative experience! Only wish it was a bit longer and included other sections of Austin!

– Marella_M via Viator
The Austin, I never knew.

Austin cemetery, it was very enlightening to know all of the famous people who are buried there. Overall the history of Austin. also, our tour guide Doug was very charismatic and very knowledgeable and I was happy that he was able to share these things with us. Thank you so much Doug.

– Charlene_B via Viator
Doug was amazing...

Doug was an amazing guide. Provided tons of great information. We made the best of the rainy day tour.

– Rosario_C via Viator
Fun and informative.

Doug gave an excellent tour. Many ideas and options were suggested for the rest of our visit. Great overview of the town.

– Hope S via TripAdvisor
Doug was the Texan Star

A fun and interesting tour .. but I always feel that the guide makes the experience. Doug did just that.. passionate, informative and funny. Come and sign up yall…

– Jet20868045414 via TripAdvisor
Austin DT Tour - Short & Informative

Our guide and tour were great. This 90-minute tour provided us with an overview of the entire downtown area - the old, new, and the weird. 😉 Our guide, Doug, was informative and flexible - and for that he deserves our special thanks.

– denniskH8947YZ via TripAdvisor
Ask for Ari!

For new travelers, I highly invite you to experience the AO Austin & Hill Country Panoramic tour. It's Austin in 2 1/2 hours with stops at some of Austin's most breathtaking sites and with guides as wonderful as the one I had, you'll be excited for more. Book at the Austin Visitor Center or online. Fabulous tour!

– Y5123XUalexm via TripAdvisor
Active in Austin

Doug was friendly and very knowledgeable about Austin. Highly recommend. Able to buy water and souvenirs before tour begins.

– Navigator735895y via TripAdvisor

Tour guide was excellent. Got a great overview of the city/sights. Definitely recommend if you're a first time visitor.

– Barbara C via TripAdvisor
Very intriguing!

I enjoyed the entire tour. It was very informative information as this was my first trip to Austin. It was great learning about the history of downtown Austin. I especially enjoyed the new library.

– 642teressar via TripAdvisor
Great way to see Austin!

We enjoyed a terrific 90-min tour of downtown Austin with Joel as our driver/guide. The open air van is very comfortable (rides nicely) and most lines of sight are clear and easy to follow. Joel very clearly described what we were seeing, pointed many interesting landmarks, as well as the relevant history and people associated with them. The two brief stops were well-timed to stretch out legs and see some interesting feature up close. We highly recommend to broad overview of downtown Austin.

– Sigs67 via TripAdvisor
Make sure to choose AO you won't regret it.

Let me premise this with I am not a fan of tourist city tours and if I ever do go on one it's usually just a map I paid to go on. With that said this tour was extremely entertains and our driver Joel was very easy to listen and very engaging! I thought for sure I had just paid $49 to take a nap but I was severely mistaken!! The tour was very informative and gave some excellent details about the amazing city of Austin!!! If you're choosing to do a tour in Austin make sure to choose AO you won't regret it. Also make sure to ask for Joel you won't be disappointed

– Clint E. via Yelp
Great time!

Worth every penny. Great way to see Austin and where you want to spend time. Driver friendly and knowledgeable.

– Dave_B via Viator
Great way to get the lay of the land!!

The tour was awesome. Joel was informative, fun, and made me wish I had more time in Austin to explore. Great way to learn about Austin!!

– Libby C via Viator
Highly recommend.

We had a great time on the Panoramic bus tour. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about various areas of Austin and I learned a lot of things about Austin too. Highly recommend.

– C T via Google Reviews
Best overview of Austin

Joel did a great job. Tour gave us a good overview of Austin. Would love to have more history. Could easily have lasted 2 hours.

– Katherine_R via Viator
Great way to see Austin!

We were in town for our daughter's wedding and did a private 90 minute tour. Ari our guide was very knowledgeable and fun to be with. We learned a lot about Austin. It was a beautiful drive. Vehicle was very nice. She was on time and very pleasant. I would highly recommend.

– kathy_b via TripAdvisor
Wonderful tour experience.

AO Tours provided a wonderful tour experience. They had a terrific guide driving a great tour van. It couldn’t have gone better. We loved the tour!

– Cindy L via Google Reviews
Great City Tour

A very comprehensive city tour of Austin in the comfort of an open convertible Sprinter driven by Ari, our expert guide. Included landmarks, parks and architecture as well as interesting history! Nice photo ops and 2 stops to stretch our legs and do a bit of additional sightseeing. An excellent value for the experience!

– Sandra W on Google Reviews
Avery did a good job

Avery did a good job highlighting the city. Tour could have been longer. Loved the custom van. Would take tour again if more options are available.

Great experience

We were shown all of Austin and taught quite a bit about the Capital of Texas. There's actually a lot of construction going on. It's just there to make more room for more interesting people.

– Q9503TZbrianm via TripAdvisor
All incapsulating tour

My trip on a yucky rainy day had a bright spot in it with the superior guide - Avery - a handsome, articulate and well versed young man. The highlights, the architecture, & history-all amazing! A well conducted, entertaining and informative tour. And just the perfect length of time w/o becoming boring. Highly recommend.

– James_C via Viator
Avery did a good job

Avery did a good job highlighting the city. Tour could have been longer. Loved the custom van. Would take tour again if more options are available.

– Bill L via TripAdvisor
Austin in a Nutshell

"The guide was very nice, good energy. The bus was very nice and clean. It's a "cliff notes" version of the city that gets your feet wet quickly in 90mins."

– CrDave via Viator
Very Best of ATX Tour

It was a very informative tour of downtown Austin TX. The tour guide was very nice. I would do it again.

– Jacilyn C via Google
A very fun and memorable trip for us.

Thank you for giving us such a good time while we were visiting Austin for the first time. While other tour companies were closed during this time, we were able to take 2 fantastic tours with you.

– EvasBookStore via Google