Houston's Official City Tour

Houston, United States
Houston Hop On Hop Off Tour

From $39.95

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Offered in: English


See the historical highlights and cultural delights of Houston on this sightseeing tour.  Enjoy unobstructed views and listen to fascinating audio commentary as you cruise past important landmarks like the historic City Hall, Market Square, Downtown Aquarium, and Graffiti Park.
  • Sightseeing tour of Houston
  • Enjoy panoramic views of Houston from the open-air bus
  • See the historic downtown, Market Square Park, Hermann Park, Chase Tower and more
  • Learn about Houston’s history and sights from audio commentary

What's Included

  • In-person tour guide is available in the weekends and pre recorded audios are offered every weekdays
  • Map and orientation
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (all passengers have to meet us at the Visitors Center)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 1302 Dallas St
    1302 Dallas St, Houston, TX 77002, USA

    Departure Point: Houston City Tours Visitor Center, located behind the Four Seasons Hotel at the Convention Center district.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Ticket redemption point

1302 Dallas St, Houston, TX 77002, USA

What To Expect

Climb aboard a distinctive open-air bus at the cowboy-themed Houston City Tours Visitor Center.  Cruise through the vibrant Texan city, passing iconic landmarks like the Chase Tower and the Convention Center. 

See Market Square Park and the vertiginous observation deck of the JP Morgan Chase Tower, Texas’ highest building. 

Pass by City Hall to admire Tranquility Park and the historical structures that surround it. Absorb the electric atmosphere of the Theater District as you pass by the thriving 17-block area.

Your tour returns to its original departure point.

Discovery Green (Pass By)

Annunciation Catholic Church (Pass By)

Minute Maid Park (Pass By)

Main Street (Pass By)

Downtown Historic District Market Square (Pass By)

City Hall

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Alley Theatre (Pass By)

Jesse H. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts (Pass By)

Wortham Center (Pass By)

Downtown Aquarium (Pass By)

Julia Ideson Reading Room (Pass By)

Tranquility Park (Pass By)

Buffalo Bayou Park (Pass By)

Toyota Center (Pass By)

JPMorgan Chase Tower (Pass By)

Houston Graffiti Building

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

The Heritage Society (Pass By)

George H.W. Bush Monument (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers

Cancellation Policy

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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291 reviews
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Fantastic and unforgettable
Marilyn_B, Oct 2023
That was a wonderful experience. I was late and don’t know where to park the lady driver was So nice she helped me park where it’s free And waited for me. The tour gentleman is knowledgeable and entertaining. The weather was just perfect yesterday for me. It was an awesome experience. I would love to do it again when the weather is cooler and I wanted to sit in the front so I can take beautiful photos of downtown houston
Boring tour
Estella_S, Sep 2023
The tour was boring. The guide was dull but he tried to be entertaining but it didn’t flow well. I was just ready for it to be over.
Learnt a lot about...
Sandra_D, Aug 2023
Learnt a lot about Houston and Sam Houston and Mr Houston and I share the same birthdates 08/26..Tour guy was very knowledgeable and it was too hot
Great experience
William_B, Aug 2023
The artwork and the friendliness of the staff was incredible. We were well informed. We would definitely recommend this tour!
Loving Hoston
Dawn_F, Aug 2023
Houston is a beautiful city. Fascinated with the various murals. Ben was a great tour guide and gave so much history on he city and state of Texas. The tour was great. Just wished they provide an air conditioned bus as well.
Great experience but more information on Galveston.
Tana_p, Aug 2023
I appreciated learning about the history of Houston. I think more information about why Galveston was so prosperous should have been mentioned. Galveston was to the largest port for Slave trade. Juneteenth was started in Galveston. Tell the good and the bad.
Response from Host, Aug 2023
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Aimua_T, Aug 2023
It was an exciting experience, our tour guide made it fun. She did an amazing job in sharing stories about Houston, Texas
Mary_W, Jul 2023
On time, good overview of Houston, driver on bus and hostess in checkin area friendly; AC waiting area.
Not a lot going on...
ken_A, Jul 2023
When I'm in a new city, I usually try to take a hop-on hop-off city tour which allows me to see things and choose what to come back to. This is not a hop-on, hop-off style; it's a bus tour - and basically a bus tour of downtown. There was one rest stop for five minutes. The focus seemed to be on the public artwork, and the downtown theatres and sports venues (but not either NRG Stadium or the old Astrodome, which aren't downtown). We weren't advised of many attractions tourists might want to see, other than the city park and the aquarium. For instance, we were not taken to Hermann Park, which has the zoo, and we weren't taken to Houston's Museum District (apparently close to Hermann Park). The staff person who checked us in was aggressive to me as my wife and daughter were in the bathroom when we were checking in. The actual tour guide lost track of her script a couple of times.
Leave the driving to them
Barbara_D, Jul 2023
Learning about Houston, admiring the different architecture that the downtown has too offer. The guides knowledge , our driver, Yolanda you are fantastic..
Houston City Tour
Gerald_M, Jul 2023
We were a family of 8. Highlights were the sports area, the performing arts area and the architecture. Murals are the rage in every city in the US today so saw many many more than needed to. Felt given the heat that an enclosed van would have been better as we had in Dallas and Austin.
Great downtown tour
Kathy_H, Jul 2023
This tour is very interesting & informative. They added some of the murals - very cool! This is a great way to see downtown.
Great Tour for Solo or Family Vistors
Jason_S, Jul 2023
I really enjoyed this tour. I did the tour on a solo trip to Houston and really learned a lot about the city and its offerings. The tour was timely and showed us a lot of the main attractions in the area.
A Houston Must Do !!!!!
Jessica_J, Jul 2023
My friend and I decided to take the city tour in Mid July, temps were in the upper 90s. We so happy we did it is a great way to not only see the city but hear small tidbits about the history of the city and its progress. We could have driven or even walked by ourselves but we wouldn't have gained the knowledge we did. In addition, people were visiting from other cities and countries a great way to expand your group for a moment. The driver and tour guide was friendly and the bus comfortable.
Excellent experience !
Janet_J, Jul 2023
This is my first time in Houston and tour experience was excellent. The tour guide was dynamic and entertaining. He provided interesting historical information about the city. I strongly recommend taking the tour!
Great tour and very...
Pam_E, Jun 2023
Great tour and very friendly staff and tour guide Good idea of where to go and what the city has to offer
This was a GREAT...
LaToya_M, Jun 2023
This was a GREAT experience for any person visiting Houston for the first time. There were some interesting sights and I learned some new things. I'd highly recommend thus tour if you're visiting! The murals were pretty awesome as well!
The host didn't have a...
Lynn_H, Jun 2023
The host didn't have a sense of humor during the time of not talking he could've played music, people literally fell asleep including me. I love tours but this one was extremely boring. Two stars for the bus size.
Houston, We Had A Great Day!
Nichole_W, Jun 2023
I loved the fact that we were able to see & learn about things that we would have not known about like the history & meaning behind some of the murals & artwork.
Good tour for a summer/hot day
Elena_G, Jun 2023
Great information about Houston. Nice sites visited. It would have been nice to have a couple more stops to take pictures.

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