FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I have to reserve or can I just show up?

A: You can just show up – no reservations are required! But feel free to let us know to expect you if you prefer, especially if you have a large group of more than 6 people or any questions about the tour.

Q: How long is the walk?

A: About 1.5 to 2 hours. It’s more like wandering than intense hiking.

Q: How much does it cost? 

A: Pay what you like. There are no fees. If you enjoyed the experience, tip what you think is fair and can afford. We leave it up to you to decide what the tour is worth!

Q: What is a typical tip?

A: Between $15-25, but it’s completely your call.

Q: Do you accept other forms of payment?

A: Cash is preferred, but our guides will accept Venmo or other apps. We can’t take tips on credit card right now but hope to in the future.

Q: Are tours accessible to those with wheelchairs or strollers?

A: Yes! All of our tours are accessible. If you have any questions or requests regarding accessibility on tours, please let us know!

Q: How do we know who will be leading the walk?

A: It’s easy. Just look for someone wearing a bright green Tipster shirt at the meeting location.

Q: Should we be on time to start the walk?

A: Try to be! We are hanging out at the meeting location 10-15 minutes before the start time. If you do happen to be late though, look around for us! We are typically at or near the starting point for the first 10-15 minutes of each tour and you’re welcome to join in late.

Q: Do free tours run year round? 

Our free public tour season runs from September to May. Daytime temperatures in Austin between June and August are often 90-100+ degrees Fahrenheit, and we have found that not many people typically show up to walk during those months. We do offer private tours year round based on guide availability, but do recommend scheduling summertime tours as early or late in the day as possible to avoid the midday sun.

Q: Does quality suffer because you don’t charge a fee?

A: Absolutely not! Ask anybody on our team and they’ll tell you that they love what they do. They embrace the pay-what-you-like way of doing things. They get to walk around some of the best parts of Austin and share insider tips and stories with cool people. They’re outside in nature, not stuck in an office, and staying active while entertaining people. Seriously, who wouldn’t want a gig like that?

Q : Why choose Tipster?

A: Our guides genuinely love what they do and want to show you a great time. Whether you are visiting Austin for the first time or a seasoned local looking to explore your city more deeply, we want to help create enjoyable memories for you, no matter your budget.

Q: What is a typical group size?

A: Depends on the season. We’re prepared for all size groups! The walks tend to have a good number of people which makes the experience enjoyable and social. You’d be surprised by how many folks connect for food and fun after the walk.

Q: We are a large group of more than 6 people, can we just show up without a reservation?

A: Absolutely! No reservations are required. We’d appreciate it, though, if you let us know beforehand so we know to expect you.

Q: What type of people show up?

A: All ages and types. We see a lot of young people with high energy. We also see active older people who love being outdoors. 

Q: How does Tipster promote “sustainable tourism”?

A: It’s just our feet on a fun and easy 1.5 hour walk through some of the best parts of Austin. No carbon footprint at all! Totally sustainable because we don’t have any negative impact on the resources or natural environment of Austin.

Q: Does the tour make a loop?

A: Some tours do circle back around, but for the most part the tours end at another location where guests have a chance to continue the fun. After each tour, guides are available to give you directions back to your car or recommend other places to check out in the city!

Q: What should I bring?

A: Don’t forget your camera! You’ll definitely want to capture your experience. It’s also a great idea to bring water and sunscreen. Some tours include a stop where you’ll have the opportunity to get snacks and refreshments so we recommend bringing your wallet.

Q: Will there be a food/drink/bathroom break?

A: Most of our routes don’t have ready access to public restrooms at all points along the way. Try to use the restroom before the tour begins, but if you do need a bathroom break mid-tour just let your guide know and they will point you in the right direction!