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Houston's Official City Tour

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Houston's Official City Tour

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icon1 hour 20 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 1 more


See the historical highlights and cultural delights of Houston on this 75-minute loop, hop-on sightseeing tour.  Enjoy unobstructed views and listen to fascinating audio commentary as you cruise past important landmarks like the historic City Hall and Houston Zoo. See popular attractions like Market Square, Downtown Aquarium and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, hopping off to explore further whenever an attraction captures your attention. Rejoin the tour at a time to suit your schedule at any conveniently located stops along the route.
  • Hop-on sightseeing tour of Houston
  • Enjoy great views of Houston from the open-top, double-decker bus
  • See the historic downtown, Market Square Park, Hermann Park, Chase Tower and more
  • Hop off the bus to visit the lively Museum District, Theater District or Houston Heritage Society
  • Take the family to see a variety of critters at the Houston Zoo or Downtown Aquarium
  • Learn about Houston’s history and sights from live commentary by an onboard guide
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Second day FREE
Professional guide
Map and orientation
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

You may start this tour at any of the stops listed.

Return Details

You may disembark at any of the available stops.
Climb aboard a distinctive double-decker bus at the cowboy-themed Houston City Tours Visitor Center.  Pop in your headphones and listen to informative onboard commentary as you cruise through the vibrant Texan city, passing iconic landmarks like the Chase Tower and the Convention Center. 

Disembark the bus whenever you wish to explore an attraction further. Hop off near Market Square Park to sample a cosmopolitan variety of food in the historical 19th-century square; or, ascend to the vertiginous observation deck of the JP Morgan Chase Tower to enjoy sweeping vistas from Texas’ highest building. 

Stop at City Hall to admire the tranquil park and historical structures that surround it, or absorb the electric atmosphere of the theater district as you explore the thriving 17-block area. Cross Hermann Park to visit Houston Zoo and the erudite Houston Museum of Natural Science and the Museum of Fine Arts. 

Buses depart from each of the six stops every 75 minutes and run between 10am and 4pm. Please see the Itinerary section below for a full list of stops serviced.
1 hour 20 minutes
Operating Schedule:
  Departure from Visitors Center (1302 Dallas St.) at 10:00am - 11:30am - or 1:00pm 7 Days a week. The city tour is a panoramic city tour. You must stay on the bus for the duration of the 80 min city tour. Please be advised that passengers must arrive at least 10-15 minutes prior to departure to check in and receive wrist bands at the Visitor Center. Tour will NOT be delayed if the passenger is not on time.
1302 Dallas St
Visitor Center located behind Four Seasons Hotel at Convention Center area.
Points of interest passed by on this route
Sam Houston Park
Discovery Green
George R. Brown Convention Center
Minute Maid Park
Downtown Historic District Market Square
Downtown Aquarium
MATCH - Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • OPERATED BY Houston City Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Houston's Official City Tour?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Houston's Official City Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Houston's Official City Tour.

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119 Reviews

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We love houston
, Jan 2022
We love Houston sign was nice, also the tour was very detailed and I was able to take some nice photos
Fun and informative
, Jan 2022
Great guide, made what could have been just a ride around the city into an educational and fun tour.
Knowledgeable tour guide,...
, Jan 2022
Knowledgeable tour guide, Interesting tour, beautiful city. Thanks for the tour, we had a good time!
Thank you!
, Jan 2022
Everything was great! The customer service was excellent!! Would love to do more tours with this organization!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you so much for allowing us to serve you we look forward to serving you in the future.
Great overview of Houston and its history!
, Dec 2021
First trip to Houston and this gave us a good overview of the area and now we can identify what we were looking at prior to the tour.
poor customer service
, Nov 2021
vendors website selling the tour did not match current policy regarding times & optima activity. no refund offered.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Dear guest, You purchased your tour through a third party and was clearly marked departure time and place. All services are refundable if you cancel more than 24 hours prior to departure.
Bad information system
, Nov 2021
I was sent to a wrong place to start my tour by the agent I was chatting and wasn't able to hop on the bus because I didn't go to the starting point.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
All our tour descriptions shows very clearly departure point and departure time. Also has phone number for any questions that you may have . Departure point is printed on your confirmation voucher and shows our name , e mail , address and contact. Plus you have up to a year to use it at no extra charge
Very safe
, Nov 2021
I highly recommend, great speaker, enough time to learn about Houston .This was a very fun experience .
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
We're so happy to hear you had fun time! It was a pleasure to serve you!
Nice tour
, Oct 2021
Nice tour. Friendly and informative. Because we were up top of the bus in the open I would bring a hat next time.
, Oct 2021
Informative. Sit in fresh air and ride and not having to walk. Easy to take pics. Also drive past the restaurant we ended up eating at. Would not have seen it otherwise.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for your review Was great serving you!

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