About Austin Detours


We’re Austin Detours, a locally-owned family business that loves to have fun!

We got our start because our mother moved down the street and our mother-in-law would visit for a month at a time. We loved having them around, but wanted them to get out of the house and explore. Then we became envious and wanted get out and have fun too. So we decided we’d make a living having fun. Meet us and our team.

We’re now the largest tour company in Austin and can work with the lone traveler up to corporate groups of 500. No matter what size the group, we want to make sure everyone feels like our good friend, hence our tagline…

“Come as strangers, leave as friends”

We’re different, because Austin is.

A true Austin experience. We provide themed experiences to both locals and visitors. Our tours are the perfect combination of headline Austin and offbeat Austin. Our guides are local artists, musicians, foodies, writers and actors: people who are part of the fabric of the city and offer unique insights and unique facts.

Not your average bus tour. Everyone knows you can’t experience a city by looking out the window so our tours consist of whizzing around town, popping in and out of all the coolest places. Our hashtag is, of course #getoutofthevan.

A sensory overview. To understand Austin you have to stand at the bottom of the Capitol rotunda and get dizzy looking at the Texas star. You have taste the brown sugar-grilled bananas atop a doughnut at Gourdough’s food truck. You have to stomp your feet to rockabilly vibes at one of 250 live music venues. You have to watch a sunset as 1.5 million bats fly overhead. Come along for a true Austin experience!

Come as strangers, leave as friends. We believe much of what makes our tours great is people. We live in a time where everything seems automated and conversations happen more over text than in person. There’s a place for all that, but it’s still nice to enjoy each other’s company. Our tour guides are both interesting and inquisitive. They share their knowledge and create a fun environment among tour-goers. By the end of the tour we think you’ll have found a new friend in Austin!

People love detouring

“I’ve traveled a lot and I can honestly say you are one of the most sincere and accommodating people I have ever had the pleasure of working with and your genuine desire to show our group the best time possible will never be forgotten.” — Angela, Milwaukee WI

“What could be better than getting picked up by a super friendly Austinite in a Mercedes van who takes you to cool places no tourist would ever know about? — Christine, Ft. Collins 

“Dream bachelorette – they planned the entire activity, customized it to reflect something personal about each of us, and ended it with a gift for the bride. Love this company!” — Leah, Houston

“Do this first! The Real Austin tour is a great overview to base the rest of your trip on” Chris, Tampa

“We did the music tour our last night and it was by far our best night of the whole trip. We will never forget how much fun we had with Sunny and everyone else on the tour!” — KaylaG, Boston

These reviews, and many more can be found on Trip Advisor, Google + and Yelp.

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