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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

Nikki Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Easy to use to get around, great service!

Anthony T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Doing the two day bus tour gave us enough time each day to see as much as we wanted.
The open air top was great to be outdoors while listening to the scripted tour sights.
The wax museum was fun. A bonus. Bus times were good, never had to wait long and always seating of choice.
It was great to just sit on the bus and take in the sights, very relaxing,
Loved it, would do it again, highly recommended.

Darius G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

We came to the one of the loop hop on points and our bus just left the point. Red loop bus driver took us, called to another bus driver and we catch-up our bus at the next station. Amazing and friendly service! Great work guys! Thank you!

Sandra S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Great way to get around DC. Can get crowded and occasionally had to wait for second bus. Nighttime tour was fantastic!!

shaun c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

You really need at least 2 days if you actually want to anywhere to do this tour it takes you just about everywhere you could possibly want to go to and dont miss out on the included in the price Madam Tussards visit.

If you want to visit the Pentigan its about 5/6 mins walk from the stop as for Arlington you are dropped right outside

Karen G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Great way to see the city sights and good value


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!

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