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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
Astroville Air-Conditioned Underground Tunnel Tour of Downtown Houston
$33.50 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Fantastic tour
Vanessa was informative and so helpful but more importantly, we learned so much about Houston and its history!! It was so much fun!
Sarah_T, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Houston

star-5
Very enlightening tour
Mark_R, Jul 2022
Astroville Air-Conditioned Underground Tunnel Tour of Downtown Houston
Vanessa is an awesome tour guide. She is very knowledgeable, kind, and engaging. We will definitely recommend this tour to family and friends. Thanks for the awesome experience Vanessa!
star-5
Totally worth it!
lanisha, Jul 2022
Astroville Air-Conditioned Underground Tunnel Tour of Downtown Houston
Highly recommend this for tourists and Houstonians alike. Vanessa, our guide, was very friendly and knowledgeable. She made the tour Interesting with trivia and catered to everyone in the group. She really knows her stuff! Was amazing to see a parallel city flourishing underground.
star-5
Excellent
Tonya_W, Jul 2022
Astroville Food Tour of Downtown Houston with Tunnel Access
Vanessa was fantastic guide! I do think more time should be spent in the tunnel since it is advertised a underground tunnel food tour but would do any tour if Vanessa was the guide.
star-5
Houston Downunder!!!
Jessica_S, Jul 2022
Astroville Air-Conditioned Underground Tunnel Tour of Downtown Houston
I am new to Houston! First of all, the booking experience was seamless. Vanessa, the tour guide, was exuberant, knowledgeable, and sensitive to the needs of the group. The information presented was interesting, very exciting, actually. I will do the tour again and bring more friends!!!
star-5
yes
Parker_H, Jul 2022
Astroville Food Tour of Downtown Houston with Tunnel Access
delicious and fun! would definitely recommend. perfect amount of food and fun variety of cuisines! taco
star-5
The unexpected in the city of Houston
Bassam_A, Jul 2022
Astroville Air-Conditioned Underground Tunnel Tour of Downtown Houston
Vanessa was very knowledgeable, it was a fun tour. We learned some history and the best part is that the tour was airconditioned
star-5
Incredible tour!
Susan_C, Jul 2022
Astroville Air-Conditioned Underground Tunnel Tour of Downtown Houston
I have lived in Houston for years and had no idea that downtown Houston had so much hidden down below street level! Vanessa was an incredible tour guide with an encyclopedic knowledge of every building and tunnel on the tour. Would highly recommend this tour to both tourists and Houstonites!
star-5
Vanessa was great ....
Jill_D, Jul 2022
Astroville Air-Conditioned Underground Tunnel Tour of Downtown Houston
Vanessa was great . Learned a lot about houston. I will definitely bring visitors here when they come in town
star-5
AWESOME
ANGELA_M, Jun 2022
Astroville Food Tour of Downtown Houston with Tunnel Access
The food was AMAZING! Loves that our tour guide was so knowledgable. When asked a question she always had an answer. She was REALLY great with my kids as well.
star-5
Great Choice for Houston
Marshall_L, Jun 2022
Astroville Food Tour of Downtown Houston with Tunnel Access
This was a great night. Our guide was kind and knowledgeable. I would suggest to anyone. Meals were great and walking was no bad. We really had a good time.
star-4
Very interesting and well worth it!
Ava_W, Jul 2022
Astroville Air-Conditioned Underground Tunnel Tour of Downtown Houston
Vanessa was a great guide and gave an enjoyable and informative tour. Very polite and helpful, and took us to places we never would have found on our own. Took off 1 star because she spoke too fast for our large group to catch everything.
star-5
Great tour!
Julie_F, Jul 2022
Astroville Air-Conditioned Underground Tunnel Tour of Downtown Houston
Vanessa was a very engaging tour guide: I really enjoyed getting an overview of Houston's underground tunnel network along with some history surrounding the amazing sky scrapers and underground points of interest.
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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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