Double Decker Austin Tours
Double Decker Austin Tours
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
Austin's premier guided sightseeing tour company. On our tours you will learn all about Austin and it's rich history while enjoying an awesome view of the city from atop of a double decker bus. Our sightseeing tour goes by all the downtown Austin attractions. All tours are 100% live narration. Absolutely No Audio Recordings. We feel that you will enjoy your Austin experience much more by interacting with our guides instead of a listening to audio recordings. By hopping off and on the double decker tour bus you can self-explore the downtown districts. Many people use the hop on hop off option to explore attractions, go shopping, get lunch, or go swimming at Barton Springs swimming pool. Come and join us for a great Double Decker Austin sightseeing tour today. Established in 2014. Austin family owned business started in 2014.
Austin, Texas

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Tours and Tickets by Double Decker Austin Tours
75–90 minutes
Free cancellation
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Recommended by 93% of travelers
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$34.00
per adult
1–2 hours
Free cancellation
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Recommended by 93% of travelers
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$44.00
per adult
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4.5
538 reviews
Excellent
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Very good
104
Average
22
Poor
10
Terrible
5

Karen G
Spokane, WA6 contributions
Oct 2020
I treated my 85 year old mother who has lived in Georgetown for a year to the Austin Double Decker and we loved it! She is not able to drive around town to tour and learn about the city and this was a perfect way for her to get that opportunity in a fun and safe environment. The driver was helpful in picking the best seats for us and the tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly and made the learning experience a great one. Thank you from a tourist in Spokane.
Written October 5, 2020
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Jane H
San Diego7 contributions
Mar 2020
The bus was a fantastic way to get the "lay of the land" in Austin. It was easy to hit the highlights due to the convenient stops. The information provided by the guide was very interesting. The driver and the guide were friendly and helpful. I highly recommend taking the Big, Red Double Decker.
Written March 16, 2020
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andrewti
Bangor, UK34 contributions
Mar 2015 • Business
Having spent a cold/rainy/dark Saturday evening in the downtown area, I was feeling a bit negative about Austin and wishing my work trip was over as quick as possible

However, after having spent 2 hours on the Double-Decker tour on Sunday afternoon, with our very knowledgeable guide, Laura; my positivity had bounced back.

The tour really does take you from one side of Austin to the other:

- The historic, north side where you see the Capitol; the LB Johnson Library; the University of Texas (how many sports stadiums ??); Lighting towers (sounds boring, but not) and then across the river to

- The funky south side - SOCO with its independent restaurants, motels and cafes and Zilker Park with its dog walking areas, kite-flying and people-watching.

Unlike other tour buses in Winter/Spring in the USA where I've froze to death on the top deck, this tour had the wonderful idea of offering thick wool rugs and blankets to keep you warm, as well as regular offerings of hot chocolate to drink.

I was only in Austin for 48 hours, but I definitely got a good enough feel of the place from this tour to want to get sent on another work trip here - hopefully when its warmer and the nights are longer.

It's great to see a US city with such an eclectic mixture of independent shops, restaurants and other businesses, with not a chain store or shopping mall in sight.
Written March 10, 2015
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rfuchs0917
Jacksonville, FL896 contributions
Jul 2015 • Family
I went on this hop-on-hop-off tour with the expectation that it would like the others I have experienced in other big cities like Dallas and Chicago. However, since it is a small start-up that was not the case. However, the owner(s) was very nice and had a conversation with me and listened to my feedback. And so, even though there were disappointments I remember something my daddy told me once: If you dont have anything nice to say; dont say anything at all. And, since I do have some nice things to say I will share those this time and not the negatives:

1. They are a small company (for now!) and so the experience has a more personal touch and the owners are receptive to customer feedback.

2. They offer sunscreen on the bus. This is important for someone like me because I am very fair skinned. I burn quickly. And in Austin in JULY it is sunny and hot. Thank you for the sunblock!

3. They serve ice cold water! Again, when you are out sightseeing in the Austin summer sun and/or in top of a double decker bus a little water comes in handy! Not only do they have water they bring it to you!

4. They offer ice cold, wet towels. At first I was NOT a fan of this because what would I do with a freezing cold sopping wet towel. But the owner explained to me that they give it to you wet on purpose so that you can cool off better. My concern is that if you dont want to be wet - there is nowhere to wring the towel out. The owner explained that many people just hold it off the side of the bus. I explained that many buses ask people to keep arms and hands inside at all times. he understood so I hope something will change about this because that cold towel came in real handy!

5. The route is a pro and a con for me! The pro side is that you get wide coverage. You get many interesting stops that cover a long distance. YES, there is some overlap in the route, but like most down town areas there are one way streets, etc to content with so that doesnt bother me too much. The con for me is that if you time it badly waiting for 2 hours to get picked up is a LOT of time. The owner says that as they grow they can offer more buses and this wait time will decrease. So, for now, if you take this tour just try to time you sightseeing with the knowledge that you have 2 hours to spend PER stops you make.

6. The price is a plus. It is approx $30 per person for hop on and hop off. And, atleast 2 of their stops are FREE and/or have a FREE tour at them. The capitol is an example! So for $30 a person you get all day sightseeing transportation. I think this is reasonable.

I hope that this review is helpful. YES, there were obviously things that I didnt like since in my mind I was expecting a hop-on-hop-off experience as I have had with larger companies in different cities. However, because the owner spoke to me personally and I understand more about why those negative experiences existed and their plan to resolve them I am not inclined to complain at this time.

I wish them the best of luck and I hope that they con continue to grow so that they can offer more stops, utilize more buses, and offer less wait time per stop!
Written July 11, 2015
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Stephen Robert S
Pittsburgh, PA40 contributions
Apr 2016 • Business
I was in Austin for business and only had 1/2 day of "free" time to really get to explore the city. I figured that the Double Decker bus tour would be my best option to see the most sites in the least amount of time. It was a good decision!

I was able to easily walk from my hotel near the Bullock Museum to one of the designated stops on the tour bus route. Unfortunately, due to limited time I was not able to "hop on and hop off" so I opted for the "stay on" option for a cheaper price. It was a great way to see the highlights of Austin while hearing a little bit about the history and facts of the areas/sites covered.

Our tour guide and driver were super nice and informative. There weren't many passengers so the guide was able to answer a lot of questions from the handful of tourists on-board. It was almost like a private tour! Although it was April in Austin, the air was a bit chilly when the sun hid behind the clouds so it was nice having the blankets available.

This tour is a wonderful option for those who want to see and/or hear about the main attractions over a wide area of the city and for those who have limited time and want to see as much as they can without wasting time trying to find these sites on your own.
Written April 15, 2016
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Kai G
Exeter, UK2 contributions
Apr 2015 • Solo
Only stumbled across this tour on the 2nd of my 2 day visit to Austin. Its a great tour, not hurried with plenty of information. You can either do the round trip in one go or opt for the hop on hop off service. Our guide Barrett was knowledgeable and friendly, music between narration makes it flow nice and the open deck up top makes for great viewing. Although pleasant the Texas sun is pretty savage so the company supplying cold water drinks, wet towels and sunscreen is a real nice touch. Definately recommend this tour :-)
Written April 30, 2015
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staciejo82
6 contributions
I have lived in Austin for nearly a year now and I have been on this tour twice! The first time, my husband and I took the tour for a fun date. It was a great way to see our new city from atop the bus. The second time, I took my mother and step father when they were visiting. It is such a delightful way to experience Austin! Now, I am encouraging all of my guests to enjoy this tour when visiting. In the summer, we were given water to keep us cool. When my parents visited it was a bit chilly so we were thoughtfully given cozy blankets and hot chocolate. I have taken the tour with two different guides. They were both wonderful. They were very easy to listen to and the tour didn't feel like a performance- rather a pleasant and conversational tour of the city. My personal favorite guide was Daisy. I have been on other tours in Austin, but this one was by far the best!!
Written May 13, 2015
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Cleo
Oxford, UK427 contributions
Apr 2015 • Solo
I had 48 hrs in Austin so wanted to make sure I saw as much as possible. At the Capitol visitor centre they told me about the Double Decker tours so thought it sounded a good idea. I have done open top tours in cities all over the world so I knew it was the best way to take great pics etc. I picked up the tour from a stop by 'restaurant row' and was greeted by Chris the driver who was very pleasant. Daisy the tour guide sold me my ticket and welcomed me on board, offering me water as I boarded. The bus was very clean and in great condition (unlike some other cities!). Chris drove calmly through the busy streets of Austin. Unfortunately Daisy got off at the next stop and replaced by a man ( cant remember his name), he was friendly too but not quite the same bubbly personality, but still informative. I recommend the tour for a great way of seeing the city with friendly people. My only 'critisism' of them if anything is the fact that you pay 2 different prices for the tour, depending if you want to get off the tour at stops or stay on the bus and just do the loop. This makes no sense as you are stopping at all those stops anyway so why charge people more to get off? As a traveller that likes to explore cities all over the world, I want to be able to get off and explore if I want to, and not have to pay more to have that priviledge! Makes no sense at all!
Written April 29, 2015
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Sofia M
San Diego8 contributions
Aug 2014 • Friends
It was definitely a hot day but the crew made sure we were as comfortable as possible. Cold water, cold towels, sunscreen and umbrellas- relief! Great way to tour the city and still have time to explore. They have an evening tour that I will definitely try next time I am in town.
Written September 3, 2014
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Deb S
Oklahoma City, OK27 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
After being outdoors for three hours on a kayak, my 13-year-old wanted to take the double-decker bus tour and of course sit on top, so we certainly got our fill that day in the sun. But it was a great tour that offered some nice facts and sights about the area. (Watch out for the tree limbs at that height! But the driver and guide are also staying alert to this too.) Can't remember our guide's name, but he was younger and well-versed about the information he shared. We stayed on the bus for the single loop tour, which took about 1.5 hours but there were around 6 or 7 brief stops where other passengers could get on or off. Cool towels, water and plenty of sunscreen were readily available to us.
Written August 7, 2018
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