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As the authorized concessionaire of the National Park Service, the Big Bus tour is the official sightseeing tour of the National Mall. Explore the most popular sites in Washington, DC with over 40 stops on this scenic hop-on hop-off bus tour, which includes admission to the world-famous Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.

Visit many of the top attractions in the nation’s capital — like the White House, the Washington Monument, the National Mall, historic Georgetown, Arlington National Cemetery and many  more.

Select a 1- or 2-day pass, then board at any of the Big Bus stops on four separate routes and get to know the city in custom fashion, with live and recorded commentary. For extra value, purchase the 2-day ticket which includes a night tour!


  • 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 that includes a night tour!

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What You Can Expect

Big Bus Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

See Iconic Landmarks on the Washington DC Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Get to know the city of Washington, DC and its top attractions in convenient and economical fashion on this entertaining and educational hop-on, hop-off tour. It all begins with a hop-on, of course, at any of the 40+ stops on four separate routes. Board one of the open-top buses and enjoy the view with a live and recorded commentary of interesting facts and stories from an expert guide who knows the city inside and out. 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.  On the Red Loop, discover the National Mall, Washington Monument, the White House and a plethora of famous memorials — like the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial and more — 22 stops in all. On the Yellow Loop, visit Georgetown, Dupont Circle, the White House, the US Department of the Treasury, the World War II Memorial and 10 other stops. There is also a Green Loop, highlighted by the Washington National Cathedral, and the Blue Loop, which offers stops at Arlington National Cemetery and the Pentagon City Mall, among others. A sightseeing tour of Washington, DC has never been easier — or more fun — than on this hop-on, hop-off bus tour of the city. Experience Washington in this unique way.

Customer Reviews

Dona D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Not too long and not too short. Just the right amount of time!

Michael T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Best way to get around D. C. Would use big bus again.

Jerry Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The flexibility for different routes and experiencing the many different sites was incredible. The schedule even among heavy traffic was very close to right on. Would recommend to everyone visiting D.C. area.

Graham Parker P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Brilliant way to see around Washington, we booked for 48 hours and still didnt quite get to see everything. We also did night tour also. Live commentary was definitely better than the audio. Loads of bus stops to get on and off and we were fortunate there was a stop right outside our hotel.

Carolyn H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

It was a great way to see DC. The stops were well spaced. We definitely got our money's worth!

Pamela K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Really wonderful tour. We loved all the tour guides. The hop on hop off feature was wonderful. We never had to wait long for another bus to come by, and there was always room on the bus. I would definitely recommend this for anyone interested in touring Washington D.C.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Very nice!!! Good tours!!!
I get the tickets very fast!

Harvey S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

knowledgeable tour guide transfers was great night tour was great some bus trouble day 2 but overall it was great


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great tour and great service provided by drivers and occasional tour guides. Very convenient hop on and hop off locations. Highly recommend this tour if you want to see the sights in DC and on a limited timeframe. Purchased the 48 hour tour and enjoyed it thoroughly. Buses run on schedule unless special event in city causes traffic backups.

Sharon S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent trip! The Big Bus really helped us get around the city. Everything worked great.

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