The Real Austin Tour

Why We Love This

  • Great photo opportunity at the Capitol
  • Includes food truck stop and a sweet treat
  • Walk around different locations and stops

Austin Detours

This “bucket list tour” gives you a city overview in two hours. Major landmarks, gems that only a local would know about, and of course, the food trucks! This is definitely not a typical “van tour.” We drive in Mercedes vans, but you get out at many stops.

What You'll Do

Enjoy a city tour featuring Congress Avenue, Angelina Eberly, Texas State Capitol, Governor's Mansion, University of Texas, HOPE Outdoor Gallery, South Austin (78704), Food Trucks, Rainey Street, SOCO, East Austin, Whole Foods Headquarters, Treaty Oak, Austin Postcard. And along the way we'll talk about: Art, Music, History, Culture, People, Keep Austin Weird and much more!

Age & Fitness

All ages welcome. Children requiring car seats must bring them along and arrive early to install.

Meeting Location

We meet at the Austin Visitor Center at 602 E. 4th Street, Austin, TX 78701 for the Real Austin Tour, every day and time of the week.

When To Arrive

Please arrive 15 minutes early. We leave right on time.


You can sometimes find street parking, or there is a parking at the 5th Street Garage. The five-story, 685-space garage is located at 601 E. 5th Street, the northeast corner of facility at Red River and 4th Street, with the entrance on 5th Street.

Cancellations & Refunds

For reservations to any of our public tours, we require 24 hours to get a full refund if your group is four guests or smaller. If your group is four or more, we require 72 hours of notice so we can try and re-sell those tickets. For private tours, we’ll need a week’s notice so we can honor the cancellation periods of our partners.

"The Real Austy Tour"

November 29, 2018 - 

It was a great tour. Our tour guide Ike was so knowledgeable and was able to answer everyone’s questions. I highly recommend this tour!

"I loved it and Steven out tour guide was amazing!!! 5 Star "

November 17, 2018 - 

5 Star tour you must do

"Great intro to Austin"

November 8, 2018 - 

2 hours with a knowledgeable and personable guide (Joe) was exactly what we needed to find our way around. Wish we had taken this tour on our first day here.


November 8, 2018 - 

I had never been to Austin and wanted a tour to give me a feel for the city. Joe was a great tour guide. He took us all around the city and stopped for us to enjoy the state house, Austin mural, an outdoor food truck lot and Hope graffiti park. I truly got a sense of the city’s logo “Keep Austin Weird”! Joe had a wealth of knowledge.

"Birthday trip to Austin "

November 5, 2018 - 

We enjoyed the tour very much. It was our first trip to Austin and it provided a great overview. Steven was knowledgeable and fun. I would love to explore the capital building more and some of the architecture of different neighborhoods.

"Really good! Made it easy to decide where to reVisit"

October 19, 2018 - 

Five star

"Excellent! Informative, enjoyable in every sense! This tour is a "must do", especially for first time visitors to Austin."

October 16, 2018 - 

Fantastic! Kurt was wonderful!

"Great venture and we'll spoken😉"

October 15, 2018 - 

A big 10👍

"Great "

September 26, 2018 - 

Great tour

"Great tour and the guide Ike was great!!"

September 25, 2018 - 

Ike had a passion for Austin and it really showed as he guided the tour!!

"Great Tour"

September 23, 2018 - 

The tour itself was a great roundup of everything you need to see in Austin. You can search the internet for things, but you won’t get the “show me” experience that comes with the tour. Our guide, Sunny, was jovial, energetic, and informative. He gave great facts about all the locations. Being able to get off the tour van and experience the destinations really helped immerse you in the experience. The tour is a great launching point to beginning a trip to Austin as it will show you all the places you might want to go back and visit more in depth. All in all, it was definitely a worthwhile experience. Book at the Austin Visitors center to avoid the ~$10 in online taxes/booking fees.

"Very Enjoyable Tour"

September 17, 2018 - 

Our tour guide Ike was full of knowledge of the Austin area and very personable. I would highly recommend this tour!!

"Five stars "

October 23, 2017 - 

Our tour guide Ike was great.

"Real Austin"

October 19, 2017 - 

Ike was awesome!!!

"5 star"

October 13, 2017 - 

Our guide Sonny did a great job The tour was a real pleasure

"Fun Tour"

October 13, 2017 - 

We enjoyed our air conditioned tour on a very hot day. I think our driver was named Kurt and he was very informative and entertaining. would highly recommend it.

"Excellent Tour"

October 13, 2017 - 

The Real Austin tour was terrific! Ike was informative and engaging. I especially enjoyed the capitol tour, and the intimate perspective Ike shared being a resident of Austin. We were sorry we didn't do this tour first, as we would have planned our stay around some of the highlights Ike referenced. When we return to Austin, we now know where we want to go. Thanks to Ike and the Real Austin Tour!

"See for yourself!"

October 12, 2017 - 

We Got to see the many highlights Of Austin on this interactive tour! Our guide was upbeat and very informative. Great to do on your first or second day in the city to get a good overview!


October 12, 2017 - 

Our guide, Jason was so much fun and also full of interesting facts and stories about Austin!!

"2 hour Bucket list tour"

October 2, 2017 - 

Excellent tour for a quick fun, relaxed but informative guide to Austin. Eliza the tour guide kept everybody entertained with information about places we visited or were driving past. Tour is not rushed through but time spent at a few points of interest. I've been to Austin before and now wished I'd taken this tour earlier.

"Great tour"

September 30, 2017 - 

The Real Austin Tour was wonderful. Our tour guide Ike, was the best tour guide ever. He was very informational and made you feel like you were the only person on the tour. Can't thank him enough for a great experience of learning about Austin.

"A Must!!!"

September 28, 2017 - 

Jason did a great job showing us around Austin. He provided us with lots of information of Austin and lots of tips on where to eat and on music venues. He even treated all of us to cupcakes! Worth time and money!

"Great Tour "

September 27, 2017 - 

Our tour guide was great! He provided so much interesting information that I would never know about Austin had I not done the tour. In addition, he was kind, considerate, and funny which made the tour even better. Would definitely recommend to friends traveling to Austin.

"Wow! "

September 19, 2017 - 

I had the most fantastic time with Elisa. She was so knowledgeable and fun! Extremely accommodating. I was the only passenger on this tour and she went out of her way to make it very personal. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to get a view of Austin. Worth every penny!

"Loved it!"

September 15, 2017 - 

Best use of 2 hours-great guide

"Great tour"

September 11, 2017 - 

Dustin was a great tour guide, full of informs and tips on where to go later. This was a real much 2- hour overview tour of Austin.


September 6, 2017 - 

It was great that we were able to have a small grout of 10 people. We were able to ask questions and it felt so much more genuine.

"Austin Detours"

August 25, 2017 - 

Met some great people and had a blast learning about Austin and what makes it such a great place. Ike, our tour guide, is hilarious and extremely knowledgeable about Austin. I'm bringing all my friends here when they visit! I'm also going back to experience the BBQ & Winery Tour! Thanks Ike!

"Absolutely Best Tour"

August 21, 2017 - 

Our tour guide Elisa was the Best!! She communicated with the group and answered every question, we were very satisfied and the cupcakes were delicious lol

"Great Tour!"

August 10, 2017 - 

Such a fun and informative tour! Highly recommend!

"Great Austin View"

August 1, 2017 - 

Felt like a friend showing us the city.

"Great tour! "

July 26, 2017 - 

Alisha was a great guide. Knowledgeable and interesting. We wanted a tour that showed neighborhoods and where locals live and hang out - not monuments or tourist spots and we got that. We recommend it highly!


June 30, 2017 - 

The tour was amazing, very thorough and enjoyable. Comfortable vans and water available throughout the trip. However, the best thing about the tour is tour guide Ike! He is an amazing guide and all-around person! Highly recommended for a quick way to see Austin - definetely want to go back! Thank you, money well spent :) Best regards from Cancun, Mexico!

"Great tour with a good variety of sights and good information about each"

June 30, 2017 - 

Steven was a great guide with the gift of the gab and good knowledge of the Austin city and surrounds The new Mercedes vehicle was great to travel arround in

"Great tour and intro to Austin"

June 27, 2017 - 

The guide (Kurt) was wonderful, as was the tour of the Capitol. Seeing the different neighborhoods and areas around Austin was the perfect start to our visit.

"Excellent tour of Austin"

June 22, 2017 - 

Sunny Farrell did an outstanding job as the tour guide - great city tour and narration.

"Excellent "

June 9, 2017 - 

Tour was brilliant, guide excellent, highlight of my trip so far, seen loads.

"Austin Intro"

June 1, 2017 - 

A good introduction to Austin. It helped us get our bearings. The guide was cordial, and knowledgeable; but soft spoken. I had difficulty hearing all of his comments about the history.

"Excellent. It was one of the best tours I have ever experienced."

May 29, 2017 - 

It was great. Our plans didn't include time for a lengthy tour but we wanted to get to see the highlights of Austin. This was perfect for us and our tour guide Stephen was the best!

"The real Austin tours - Austin Detours"

May 26, 2017 - 

Excellent and entertaining. The the cupcake was unexpected. Would recommend to anyone.

"Great different tour of Austin"

May 24, 2017 - 

Ike and Suny were great!!

"Overall experiance was great"

May 22, 2017 - 

Very injoyable and informative


May 22, 2017 - 

Learned a lot, & the guide was great!

"Steven was a wonderful guide"

May 21, 2017 - 

Very informative would recommend to anyone visiting Austin

"Austin Tour"

May 20, 2017 - 

Sunny was Awesome


May 18, 2017 - 

Tour guide, Stephen, was the best. Very informative, covered a lot of information. The whole tour was very comfortable. Would recommend it as a must tour for Austin..

"Awesome Tour!"

May 17, 2017 - 

An informative tour that showed us what Austin is all about. Joe was a great tour guide. Highly recommended!

"Great tour"

May 15, 2017 - 

Great tour , interesting facts , touched all the bases . I would like to have seen Barton springs and surrounding parks. Over all it was terrific!

"Wonderful! We loved the tour!"

May 1, 2017 - 

Elisa was great. We loved her energy and her knowledge of Austin!

"Austin tour"

April 25, 2017 - 

Great tour, wonderful guide in Elisa.

"Fun and informative "

April 23, 2017 - 

Steve was a terrific guide. Wonderful way to get an overview of Austin. Go go go with this group. It also offers a very comfortable ride.

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