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icon1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 8 more

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Regular temperature checks for staff
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Overview

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 an audio commentary. The 2-day Deluxe option includes a Night Tour.
  • Explore the city at your own pace with a Big Bus Washington DC hop-on hop-off bus tour
  • Hop on and off at any of the 9 city-wide stops, and tour four different routes
  • Choose a 1-day pass or opt for a 2-day pass
  • A Night Tour is included with the Deluxe Ticket

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Included Madame Tussauds entry makes this tour a budget-friendly way to visit the popular attraction.
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Recorded commentary on board
One or Two Day Hop on Hop off Bus Ticket
2 Routes - Red Route and Blue Loop
Night Tour included with the Deluxe Ticket
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

You may start this tour at any of the stops listed.

Departure Time

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Return Details

You may disembark at any of the available stops.
The tour begins with a hop on at any of the 9 stops on two separate routes. Board one of the open-top buses and enjoy the view with 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 Route (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 (American Heroes Shuttle), 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. 

The Deluxe 2-day option including 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.
Itinerary
Duration: 
1 hour 
Operating Schedule:
  First Departure at 10:35 am from Lincoln Memorial North & Vietnam Veterans Memorial (Bus stop at SE corner of 23rd Street NW and Constitution Ave NW700) Last departure at 4:35 pm. Buses depart every 60 minutes.
23rd Street Northwest & Constitution Avenue Northwest
Stop 11 - SE corner of 23rd Street NW and Constitution Ave NW
Points of interest passed by on this route
Lincoln Memorial
 
Arlington National Cemetery
 
Potomac Park
 
Duration: 
1 hour 30 minutes
Operating Schedule:
  First Departure at 10:00 am from 700 L’Enfant Plaza – NW Crosswalk in Front of Spy Museum (Near Capital Bikeshare) Last departure at 5:00 pm. Buses depart every 60 minutes. We have introduced a number of new health & safety measures to reduce the risk associated with the spread of Covid-19 in line with government advice and requirements of the local health authorities. These include regular cleaning of buses and social distancing measures. To uphold these new safety and hygiene standards in keeping our guests safe during the Covid-19 Pandemic, we may have to operate a reduced service and changes to ticket inclusions. This may also include frequency of departures, changes to routes and reduction/removal of stops. Customers are advised to visit our website or to download our app to find out more about our new health and safety measures and for the most update service information to include routes, route times and real live bus tracking.
Capital Bikeshare
Stop 1 - L’Enfant Plaza, Corner Crosswalk in Front of Spy Museum
2 15th St NW
Stop 2 - Washington Monument West (between Jefferson Dr. and Independence Ave)
121 West Basin Dr SW
Stop 3 - FDR and MLK Memorials
100 Daniel French Dr SW
Stop 4 - Lincoln Memorial South & Korean War Memorial
23rd Street Northwest & Constitution Avenue Northwest
Stop 5 - Lincoln Memorial North & Vietnam Veterans Memorial (Bus Stop at Corner)
610 10th St NW
Stop 6 - City Center & Ford Theater
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Stop 7 - The White House & Willard Hotel (Outside the Willard Hotel)
1610 H St NW
Stop 8 - BLM Plaza/White House North (Near Lafayette Square)
800 Maine Ave SW
Stop 9 - Wharf & Potomac Boat Cruise (NE Corner of Maine)
Points of interest passed by on this route
White House
 
Tidal Basin
 
Washington Monument
 
National Mall
 
National Museum of African American History and Culture
 
U.S. Capitol
 
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
 
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
 
Ford's Theatre
 
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
 
Smithsonian American Art Museum
 
Smithsonian Institution Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
 
Smithsonian Garden
 
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
 
Art Museum of The Americas
 
Department of the Interior Museum
 
Lincoln Memorial
 
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
 
Korean War Veterans Memorial
 
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
 
International Spy Museum
 
National Museum of Women in the Arts
 
Black Lives Matter Plaza
 
Duration: 
1 hour 30 minutes
Operating Schedule:
  1 Departure at 19:00 pm from 700 L’Enfant Plaza – NW Crosswalk in Front of Spy Museum (Near Capital Bikeshare). The tour is non stop and will last 90 minutes
Capital Bikeshare
Stop 1 - L’Enfant Plaza, Corner Crosswalk in Front of Spy Museum
Points of interest passed by on this route
Albert Einstein Memorial
 
Washington Monument
 
Jefferson Memorial
 
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
 
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
 
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
 
White House
 
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (in Georgetown)
 
The Pentagon
 
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Recorded commentary is available in the following languages: English, Spanish, German, Italian, French, Mandarin, Japanese, and Brazilian Portuguese
  • Operation times are subject to change without notice
  • Classic 1-day ticket will be valid for same day use. Tickets claimed after 2pm will be valid for additional day from time of redemption
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Please note the Panoramic Night Tour is not hop-on-hop-off
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Masks are required for entry. Social distancing is encouraged from groups separate from your own.
  • OPERATED BY Big Bus Tours - USA

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour.
Q:
How often does a bus arrive at each stop during the Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour?
A:
A bus arrives approximately every hour on both the Red Loop (Official Tour of the National Mall) and the Blue Loop (American Heroes Shuttle.)
Mar 2021
Q:
Do I have to go to a central location to redeem my ticket for the Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour?
A:
You may redeem your printed or electronic ticket at any of the listed bus stops.
Mar 2021
Q:
How long is a full circle ride on the Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour without getting off?
A:
The full circuit lasts approximately 1 hour for both the Red Loop (Official Tour of the National Mall) and the Blue Loop (American Heroes Shuttle.)
Mar 2021
Q:
How will I know which stop(s) to use during the Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour?
A:
Our live guides and pre-recorded commentary will communicate upcoming stops. You can also download our free App for more information on routes and times, and what to see and do at each stop location.
Mar 2021
Q:
Is the Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour wheelchair accessible?
A:
Yes, we operate wheelchair-accessible vehicles with lifts that can accommodate up to 650 pounds. If you require an accessible vehicle, please let us know in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout.
Mar 2021
Q:
Can I bring a pet with me on the Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour?
A:
No pets are allowed onboard the bus, except ADA service animals.
Mar 2021
Q:
Can I bring food or drink with me on the Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour?
A:
No food or alcohol is permitted onboard the bus. Non-alcoholic drinks in screw-top bottles are permitted.
Mar 2021
Q:
Can I bring luggage on the Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour?
A:
No, luggage is not permitted onboard the bus at this time.
Mar 2021

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Traveler Tips


  • "There are designated stops along the route to allow passengers to disembark to investigate a site in depth, and to pick up passengers who want to continue along the bus route." See review
  • "We found Union Station, where you have to start your tour the first time and the night tour, to be a good spot for a lunch or coffee/pastry - also easy to access by metro or train." See review

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Horrible
Kevin
, May 2021
Having no live tour guide really made the experience bad. We had to use headphone and hear prerecorded audio which was not aligning with what we were seeing. Definitely would not do this again
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Don’t waste your money
Janice_N
, May 2021
This was terrible. Only rode once. Waited 1hr and 45 minutes at the designated spot and no one showed. Had to Uber
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Waste of money and time
ART
, May 2021
Total waste of money. Trying to find drop-off get back up stops impossible on website. We walked further than what the bus ran.
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star-5
Must do tour!!!
TYJOG
, May 2021
Right on time, great view, and the timing in the narration was spot on. Maybe having a 2nd stop in the middle of the tour to allow passengers to take pictures. Other than that it was wonderful. Thanks
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Family Bus Tour
John_R
, May 2021
Our customer service person did a great job on explaining everything and handling all the details for my family group of 17. Keep up the good work John
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Good time
Christie_F
, May 2021
Arlington cemetery was a great experience. Drivers of both red and blue lines were very helpful. The red line narrative was very good. It gave information about so many of the building and statutes/monument's we passes.
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New View of DC People
Donald-Mc
, Apr 2021
We are so glad we used Big Bus in Washington for our 2 day visit. The Drivers and staff were so Accommodating, Helpful, Friendly and made our visit to Washington a Joy to remember. I am disabled and they made sure we made connections and understood all directions. When we come back to DC we will use Big Bus again.
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Highly recommend!!
Michael_B
, Apr 2021
If you only have a few hours in the city I would highly recommend this tour around. It is about 90 minutes. It covered all the important land marks. Comes with a detailed audio. You can get on and off at each location when ever you want.
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Youth In Development
Marvin_H
, Apr 2021
This was a very fun professional Trip Our youth At Yourh In Development Mentorship Program Thank You Minister Marvin Hubbard
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Megan_B
, Apr 2021
This was not a good experience for us. We didn’t even get to use it. No one would respond when we contacted the tour guide for information on where to get picked up. We literally didn’t get to use it. Complete waste of money.
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