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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
$32.50 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Tunnel tour. A nice surprise.
Surprised how one can get around Houston using the tunnels underground. And the history of the buildings who owns sections of the tunnel is amazing too.
Pat_J, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Houston

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-5
Cool view of hidden Houston
Lynne_W, Jun 2022
Astroville Air-Conditioned Underground Tunnel Tour of Downtown Houston
This tour is very varied and Vanessa is a lively and knowledgeable guide. You get some sense of the scale of the massive tunnel network under the city but also get to see some amazing interiors of historic skyscrapers and modern classic architecture. There are quirky lifts and it's interesting to see the city's flood defences and damage caused in recent flooding. Vanessa takes and sends you some great photos of the group. And most of the tour is literally cool! Loved it.
star-5
Great start
James_C, Jun 2022
Astroville Air-Conditioned Underground Tunnel Tour of Downtown Houston
As advertised. Great start to our first stay in Huston. Highly recommend. Vanessa lived up to previous reviews.
star-5
You’ll love this tour.
Tamara_H, Jun 2022
Astroville Food Tour of Downtown Houston with Tunnel Access
I’m a Houston local, and I wanted do something different and learn more about my city. The food was delicious! We had a good range of cuisine. The tour guide was knowledgeable. I learned so much, and I can’t wait to revisit the restaurants we went to.
star-5
A hidden gem indeed!
Adam_T, Jun 2022
Astroville Air-Conditioned Underground Tunnel Tour of Downtown Houston
Vanessa was wonderful. Tons of knowledge and very fun! If anyone is concerned whether or not these kinds of tours are legit, no need to worry about this one. It was impressive how Vanessa knew every building's security guards, building managers, shop owners, etc... throughout the tour. You know you are in good hands when the people who run things greet her warmly everywhere you go!
star-5
A must do in Houston!
Leah_D, Jun 2022
Astroville Air-Conditioned Underground Tunnel Tour of Downtown Houston
Vanessa was an excellent tour guide! The tunnels were impressive. It’s an underground city downtown with all the amenities! This is definitely a must do when you visit Houston.
star-5
Fantastic way to explore Downtown
Rhonda_F, May 2022
Astroville Air-Conditioned Underground Tunnel Tour of Downtown Houston
This was an excellent way to spend an afternoon. Our tour guide Vanessa was super knowledgeable and we had a great time.
star-5
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
Fantastic Tour!
Andres_C, May 2022
Astroville Air-Conditioned Underground Tunnel Tour of Downtown Houston
Our tour guide, Vanessa was totally amazing! She was fun, outgoing and knowledgeable. Perfect tour to learn everything about downtown Houston and underground tunnels. Highly recommend.
star-5
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!!
star-5
Excellent tour a must do.
kenpkarenp, May 2022
Astroville Air-Conditioned Underground Tunnel Tour of Downtown Houston
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.
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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
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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