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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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Great way to introduce kids to the Capitol. Fun, fact-filled, allows for physical activity while learninghop-off, walk, hop-on. Would highly recommend.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

The night tour was amazing. Our tour guide Vern was so knowledge and entertaining. Highly recommend the night tour

Regina S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Our guide was terrific! So knowledgeable and well spoken.

Renee R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

My son and I had an amazing day on the bus! It was SO convenient being able to jump on and off as we pleased based on our interest level at each stop. The buses were always on schedule and easy to catch. The guides were friendly and knowledgeable. Especially if you have a short amount of time in the city, I would definitely recommend this option for one day!

Harry W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

We used the bus tour as a way to see how Washington,DC is put together, where things are in reference to each other as well save our legs. It accomplished all that!

Patricia A L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great. Loved our driver.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

there isn't anyplace th bus doesn't take way to go!

Reid R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was a great way to see DC and the surrounding area. We had a choice of four tour loops since we were already staying in Georgetown, we opted for the red and blue loops, which took us to all of the must-see places including a trip past the Pentagon and over to Arlington National Cemetery. The buses come every 20 to 30 minutes and it was so easy to move from site to site at our own pace. The Big Bus is highly visible so you could see it approaching at each stop and staff were at every stop to answer questions and help us out.

John Z S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great tour, it was better than expected great views from the upper level of the tour bus. The people were very courteous and helpful.

Dona D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

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

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