Insider's Guide to San Antonio

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  • Location:San Antonio, Texas
  • Duration:1-2 days (approx.)

City Sightseeing San Antonio Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour

See San Antonio's top attractions and historic landmarks at your own pace with a 24- or 48-hour ticket for the hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. With 12 stops around the city, you can explore the sites you like and hear informative recorded commentary aboard the double-decker tour bus. Learn about San Antonio's history, culture, architecture and more as you pass by the Alamo, HemisFair Park, Tower of the Americas and Cathedral of San Fernando, then browse the shops at the Rivercenter Mall along the River Walk.

Highlights

  • Hop-on hop-off bus tour of San Antonio
  • Experience San Antonio’s highlights aboard an open-top, double-decker bus
  • Hop off at any of the 12 stops around the city
  • Visit HemisFair Park, the Tower of the Americas, the Alamo, San Fernando Cathedral and more
  • Browse shops and galleries at Rivercenter Mall along the River Walk
  • Choose from a 24- or 48-hour ticket and enjoy recorded commentary about the city

What You Can Expect

City Sightseeing San Antonio Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour

See famous sights including the Alamo

Make your own way to the visitor center of San Antonio to board the open-top, double-decker bus, or simply hop on at any of the 12 stops around the city.

The Alamo is perhaps number one of the top attractions that you can visit. Founded by Spanish missionaries in the late 1700s and known then as Mission San Antonio de Valero, the Alamo was the site of a famous battle that marked the end of the Texas Revolution in 1836. Legendary people including Davey Crockett, Jim Bowie and Colonel Travis fought in that bloody battle.

Near the Alamo, you can walk to the San Antonio River Walk, a network of walking paths along the river that are lined with shops, art galleries and great restaurants.

Your bus passes a number of outdoor markets and stops at HemisFair Park, a delightful urban park that is home to the Tower of the Americas, which was constructed for the 1968 World's Fair and stands 750 feet (229 meters) tall. Explore the King William Historic District, wander down St Mary’s Street and more.

If you like, visit the historic Cathedral of San Fernando, built in 1734 by Spanish settlers from the Canary Islands, and the burial site for many soldiers that perished in the Battle of the Alamo.

From the bus, enjoy clear views of the city and recorded commentary that describes the sites you pass. A full list of stops can be found in the Itinerary section below.

Choose either a 24-hour or 48-hour ticket and tour the city at your own pace. Tickets include a map of the route and list of sites.

Itinerary

Stops include:

The Alamo / The River Walk / River Cruise Ride
  • River Walk shops and restaurants
  • Rivercenter Mall, San Antonio Official Visitor Information Center
  • Alamo Cenotaph
Pearl Brewery

The San Antonio Museum of Art

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 76

Augie’s BBQ Restaurant

The Museum Reach Section of the Riverwalk and the Wyndham Garden Riverwalk Hotel

The Tobin Center and the El Tropicano Hotel

Empire Theater / Holiday Inn River Walk Hotel
  • Majestic and Aztec Theaters
San Fernando Cathedral / Spanish Governor’s Palace

Market Square – El Mercado
  • Mexican markets
  • Mi Tierra Restaurant
Blue Star Complex / King William Historic District
  • The Guenther House
  • Edward Steves Homestead Museum
Tower Of The Americas / La Villita Historic Arts Village – Old San Antonio
  • HemisFair Park
  • Convention Center

Customer Reviews

brian_eager

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Great drivers and good locations for hop on hop off.

Sheree M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

We enjoyed it. Our first driver was the most informative. The other drivers just played the tape. But we enjoyed it and it was certainly a convenience.

Patricia D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

I was very nice. Our tour guide was very informative and it was fun. I felt very safe.

Thomas E B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great way to see the city and get historical information. Loved it!

Jeffrey M United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We saw a lot of sights and all of the drivers were nice and friendly. One bus was kind of dirty but the rest were nice and clean.

Cecelia C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The convenience was awesome.

Lela H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This is a great way to get around. Loved our choices we made when booking this city tour. Everyone was so helpful and do a very good job running this sightseeing tour. A must if you are seeing San Antonio for the first time.

Maria F L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Amazing experience, gives you enough time to check all the places

Sherry S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

I purchased tickets at home for the bus tour. I wasn't sure if we had to find a ticket office to get our passes downtown. You go straight to the bus and they print them right there. Very easy and no extra steps to get on. We couldn't find the stop at Aztec Theater, so we ended up walking to the Alamo so we wouldn't miss the bus. We sat on top to enjoy the views, but it got too hot. Inside and downstairs had A/C that worked. Was a good balance from top to bottom!

KATHY Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

This was a great way to get around the city of San Antonio. We of course sat up top in the open-air section of the bus for great views. The buses were very clean and the drivers were friendly. They offered complementary bottles of water, which on a real hot day I thought was a nice idea. Will use again for sure if in the area.

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