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Houston's Official Hop on tour

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Houston's Official Hop on 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 at 10:00am - 11:30am - or 1:00pm 7 Days a week. The tour bus makes stops and passengers have the option to hop off for a few minutes explore and take pictures & hop on back to continue with your tour experience.
1302 Dallas St
Visitor Center located behind Four Seasons Hotel at Convention Center area.
George R. Brown Convention Center
Corner of Walker and Avenida Houston in front of Convention Center.
Minute Maid Park
Outside Main building ( former Union station )
Market Street
Corner of Travis street and Congress Street at Market Square.
Downtown Aquarium
Main access at Aquarium Fountain
Theater District
1100 Bagby street ay Heritage Society building
Bagby park at Midtown ( Grey street & Bagby street )
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

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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 Hop on 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 Hop on 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 Hop on tour.

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103 Reviews

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Great guide
, Aug 2021
The guide was great, we learnd a lot of the culture. The only thing was that the bus was old and had a los of bugs.
Tour postponed due to a lack of information regarding type of transportation
, Aug 2021
There were NO experience--since we did not take the tour due to a misunderstanding regarding the type of transportation. I tried to call the local 832 phone number (every day the week before our planned tour) with questions but no one ever answered the phone. Finally on Saturday morning (the same day as our planned tour) someone by the name of Stephanie answered my call. I enquired as to what type of bus we were going to have and that's when I found out the bad news. What annoys me the most is that there is nothing on your web site that indicates we would be riding in an open air double decker bus. Since it was August and this is Houston, the temps easily reach 100 degrees during the afternoon. So, why not indicate what type of bus will be used on your web site?????? If we had known this beforehand, we would never have booked our tour at this time of year.
2 travelers found this review helpful
Never again
, Aug 2021
This was not a hop-on, hop-off tour. It only stopped once in a parking lot, no other stops. We would never have booked this for 2 days if we would have known that. The guide said about 10 words so it was just a quiet drive around town and we did not even drive by all of the expected "stops" that were on the map. Terrible experience.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Nice :)
, Jul 2021
My sister and I took this tour, it was 80 minutes I think. We live an hour and a half from Houston and go there all the time for fun but we never thought to take a tour. It was super informative and they also pointed out quite a few things we had never noticed before. We had a good time :)
2 travelers found this review helpful
Not worth the money
, Jul 2021
Not too impressed. Not much knowledge from guide, and recorded tour for the most part - 2 five minute stops. Not worth the money.
2 travelers found this review helpful
A must do if you are in Houston
, Jul 2021
We got rain! But still it was at the very end of the City Tour. They tour guide was very kind and all the staff at Dallas St. office very, very kind.
1 traveler found this review helpful
A Must Take Tour!
, Jun 2021
Ryan was an outstanding Tour Guide! He was very knowledgeable and friendly! I took many photos and can truly say "I Love Houston!" It was an excellent tour and experience!
2 travelers found this review helpful
Great quick(75m)overview
, Jun 2021
Our tour guide was great, it was the perfect amount of time-great overview of the city history. Didn’t really hop off much, but that did not take away from the tour in my opinion.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Not true hop on and off
, May 2021
The site stated hop off and hop On. We did not stop once just to take at least one photo. The history explained was great. They did both in English as well as in Spanish so that was awesome. But I would’ve like to take at least one photo.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Thank you so much for the opportunity to serve you, a soonest everything reopen , we will start with a hop off option again. Was great serving you!
2 travelers found this review helpful
, Apr 2021
Good tour. Guide was informative and personable. Felt tour could be longer for price. Enjoyed the letting group off bus
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Thank you so much for your message, was great to see that you had lots of fun! We look forward to serve you again. We are now, offering the second day free.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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