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Big Bus Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Washington, United States
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1 hour (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 7 more


Discover the most popular sights in Washington, DC on this relaxing hop-on hop-off bus tour. Drive past many of the top attractions in the nation’s capital — including the White House, the Washington Monument, the National Mall, historic Georgetown, and Arlington National Cemetery, and choose where you want to get off and explore in more detail. Select a 1- or 2-day pass, then hop on at any of the stops on two different routes and get to know the city with a combination of both live and audio commentary. The 2-day option includes admission to Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum.
  • Explore the city at your own pace with a Big Bus Washington DC hop-on hop-off bus tour
  • Visit the National Mall, historic Georgetown, Arlington Cemetery and much more
  • Travel easily between landmarks like the Smithsonian, Washington Monument and the White House
  • Experience unparalleled views from the vantage point of an open top double-decker Big Bus
  • Hop on and off at any of the 40 city-wide stops, and tour four different routes
  • Choose a 1-day pass or opt for a 2-day pass
  • Admission to Madame Tussaud's Washington DC included

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Included Madame Tussauds entry makes this tour a budget-friendly way to visit the popular attraction.
The tour begins with a hop on at any of the 40-plus stops on two separate routes. Board one of the open-top buses and enjoy the view with both live commentary from a guide who knows the city inside and out and recorded audio detailing interesting facts and stories. Learn about the history and happenings of the nation’s capital as the bus rolls along from one location to the next.

Hop-off at any of the attractions for a closer look, then, hop back on when it’s convenient. See the sites on the Red Loop (Official National Mall Tour), authorized by the National Park Service and National Mall and Memorial Parks. Take in all the places that are synonymous with the nation’s Capital; The White House, U.S. Capitol, Air and Space Museum, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial are just some of the iconic landmarks.

Travel the Blue Loop (Arlington and Georgetown Tour), to experience the sites and memorials honoring American heroes. You'll travel over the Potomac River leaving Washington, DC behind and visiting Virginia. You can expect to see Arlington National Cemetery and Pentagon City. 

Both the 2-day option and the panoramic night tour let you explore the city under the evening sky, visiting its iconic monuments when they're lit up for a different vantage point.

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Great tour
, Sep 2019
Took the 2 day pass for Washington DC. Should have taken the 3 day, cause if you really want to see everything you probably need 4-5 days. Once we realized that we had to catch the bus in DC ( we were staying in Alexandria) we found out that we needed to take the Water Taxi over to the Wharf, which was a really nice trip and quite inexpensive, plus we had a coupon with our bus ticket, for a free round trip ticket. We did the Red and Blue lines. Very informative and the Bus app is helpful.
Big Bus DC
, Aug 2019
The wait time was horrible, they allowed people to save seats for other people (which left us out in the rain), the map I was given was wrong, I don't know, just really confusing and frustrating.
Ideal for short stay sightseeing
, Aug 2019
Gives you a great overall view of the sights in DC, and gives you the option to stop and see more of one sight. They also have a couple of routes of sightseeing; and these routes have common stops so you can hop to a different site. Great way to see as much as possible in a short time. Can buy a 1-day or 2-day pass.
, Aug 2019
Maybe due to high temp of over 100degrF but we had very disappointing experience with the tour. Tour guides without enthusiasm, some busses no speakers with explanation. Way overpriced looking at what we got.
Good bus service.
, Aug 2019
Pretty good hop on and off tour. Guides were friendly and tried to keep it interesting. On audio guide only buses the audio was not working on few buses. Other than that good service. Thank you.
Big Bus Review
, Aug 2019
We were disappointed. One of the narrators was top notch. Was excited about what she was telling us and was engaging. The other ones, when there was one were monotone and boring. Need more staff. Bus driver selling tickets delaying the ride.. Only two of the buses we road were air conditioned. However the bus does get you to the sites.
Commentators system was stuffed!
Julien J
, Jul 2019
Alas, after a couple of stops, we had to change bus to one where commentator system wasNOT working/ weren’t enough ear plugs anyway too! So whole purpose of trip was “lost”
Worst Hop on EVER
, Jul 2019
Waited twice over 40 minutes for Big Bus in 95 degree heat while other services drove by us. No air conditioning on bus. Bought 2 day pass for family of 6 six adults. No one would use the bus on the second day and we ended up using Uber instead to go see the sights of DC. Don't waste your money on these guys.
A good way to see the attractions!
Geoffrey B
, Jul 2019
We found the trips tour guides to be in formative and friendly! Did find one to be a bit pushy about receiving a tip to the point where she passed around a bag for tips!! The journey is designed to show as many of the major sites possible and the route was spot on!! Could find at the most popular sites to re-board may incur a long wait if the bus fills up!
Fabulous Package!
, Jul 2019
We loved the package we got through Viator with Big Bus. Lots included, and so easy to use and informative. Agents at Viator were not very familiar with the package, and when I called a couple times before traveling, I got differing information so I was concerned going. However, the bus drivers were great, and everything that was supposed to be included in the package really was. Very happy!

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