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Downtown Tunnels
Downtown Tunnels

Downtown Tunnels

Free admission
Wells Fargo Plaza 1000 Louisiana St, Houston, Texas

The basics

The Downtown Tunnels are more than just a series of underground walkways; the network is home to restaurants, newsstands, boutiques, and even hair salons. While the tunnels were built as a way for workers to get around—safe from downtown traffic and the elements—they’ve become an attraction in their own right for curious travelers. One of the best ways to experience this maze-like tunnel network—while learning more about its history—is to take a guided tunnel tour. These tours typically last half a day and point out some of the city’s best art deco architectural details and public art installations. Some downtown food tours also include a short excursion into the tunnels.

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Astroville Air-Conditioned Underground Tunnel Tour of Downtown Houston
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Astroville Air-Conditioned Underground Tunnel Tour of Downtown Houston
$32.50 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Excellent tour a must do.
We had a great time. Vanessa was very knowledgeable about Houston and the tunnels. We learned a lot and it was entertaining. She really went over and above expectations. She knew everyone's name and followed up after the tour by sending the pictures she snapped and text with tips on what other things to do in Houston. Be sure to pay attention, she talks fast. We highly recommend this tour.
kenpkarenp, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Houston

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Why haven’t you do this yet?!?!?
Anastasiya_K, May 2022
Astroville Food Tour of Downtown Houston with Tunnel Access
Vanessa’s enthusiasm and love for the city is infectious!! We live in Houston and I wanted something different to do for date night. Learned so much! The food was incredible. For someone who wasn’t a fan of the city.. I came away liking it and being excited about what it has to offer. Vanessa is the best!!
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Great food and an amazing guide
Melissa_R, May 2022
Astroville Food Tour of Downtown Houston with Tunnel Access
The food was amazing and our tour guide Vanessa was passionate and knowledgable about Houston, its food scene and the tunnel system.
star-5
Great tour with a lot of information
jinyao_l, May 2022
Astroville Air-Conditioned Underground Tunnel Tour of Downtown Houston
A very knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful tour guide with a lot of energy. We learned a lot of information from the tour.
star-5
Fantastic
Viswanath_B, May 2022
Astroville Air-Conditioned Underground Tunnel Tour of Downtown Houston
We enjoyed the details that Ms Venessa gave us. She went into great efforts to ensure each one of us understood. Thanks a ton.
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Great host, very...
Omar_T, May 2022
Astroville Food Tour of Downtown Houston with Tunnel Access
Great host, very informative. Vanessa is very good at what she does and had such a great time. Also she added a variety of top rated places to be able to try out on our own time
star-5
Excellent tour
Mikhail_Z, May 2022
Astroville Food Tour of Downtown Houston with Tunnel Access
Excellent tour. Vanessa did wonderful job describing various attractions throughout the tour. The food was excellent
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Very satisfied!
Olivia_T, Apr 2022
Astroville Air-Conditioned Underground Tunnel Tour of Downtown Houston
We love everything about the tour. The tunnel was new to us. Awesome place! Vanessa was the best tour guide ever! She was very knowledgeable. The tour was never boring. Vanessa had a way of making everything interesting. It’s a must-see. We’ve been going to Houston for years and never even realized that the tunnels existed. We will go back and definitely bring our friends!
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A+ look into downtown Houston history
Justin_B, Apr 2022
Astroville Food Tour of Downtown Houston with Tunnel Access
Vanessa and Louis were wonderful, knowledgeable tour guides! Their passion and energy was amazing and captivating.
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Great Tour
Kim_D, Apr 2022
Astroville Air-Conditioned Underground Tunnel Tour of Downtown Houston
Vanessa was An amazing tour guide.. that’s what made the whole trip worth it.. her enthusiasm and knowledge was great!
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Definitely a great experience!
Tiffany_J, Apr 2022
Astroville Food Tour of Downtown Houston with Tunnel Access
This was so worth it! Our first time doing a food tour and it’s definitely our new thing. Vanessa was so informative and exceeded our expectations.
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Must do Experience in Houston, TX
Aaron_A, Apr 2022
Astroville Air-Conditioned Underground Tunnel Tour of Downtown Houston
Great history of the city of Houston; our guide was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. It is must do experience for anyone visiting Houston and interested in learning about it. I’ll definitely embark on the tour anytime and also recommend it to family and friends.
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Don't Judge a City By It’s Upper!
Ahmed_M, Apr 2022
Astroville Air-Conditioned Underground Tunnel Tour of Downtown Houston
I have lived in the suburbs of Houston for years and had no idea that these tunnels were so extensive! This was a great tour, and included some interesting history of Houston. Our tour guide Vanessa was very knowledgeable and personable. Totally worth it!

Things to know before you go

  • Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk; the tunnels total some 7 miles (11 kilometers).
  • Nearly all businesses inside the tunnels accept major credit cards.
  • Bring a light jacket if you’re visiting in the summer, as the tunnels can be aggressively air-conditioned.
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How to get there

Tunnel access points are dotted around downtown, including at Wells Fargo Plaza and the McKinney garage. Those who wish to drive will find metered street parking and paid garages, but it’s often more convenient to take a rideshare downtown or ride the METRORail; all three lines have stops in downtown.

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When to get there

The tunnels are only accessible on weekdays during regular business hours. While they’re open throughout the year, this climate-controlled network is particularly appealing as an escape from the Texas heat in summer or the occasional downpour. Visit at mealtime to enjoy one of the restaurants inside the tunnels.

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Houston’s Hidden Gems

The Downtown Tunnels are just one of many hidden gems in Houston—attractions that many locals might not know about. The underground theme continues at the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern, an oddly beautiful de-commissioned reservoir open to guided tours. Houston is well-known as an international city, but visitors might not realize they can visit a replica Terracotta Army—much like the one in China—at Lucky Land in the suburb of Aldine. The southwest corner of the city is home to a stunning Hindu temple—BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir—built from Turkish limestone and Italian marble.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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