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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

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.

Boas G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent deal - 2 days hop -on hop-off, bus stops at central locations, 4 different bus lines, you can get everywhere, additional bonuses: Free night tour, Free museum entrance, Free 1 Hr rent-a-bike and free coffee.

Hubert W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Bus tour was very good. drivers and guides were courteous, informative and helpful. It's a wonderful way to get to the different museums, gardens, historic statues and sites.

Tamara G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Wait times minimal. Easy to use and get access to points of interest.

Jeff H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We used the Big Bus for 3 days and really enjoy the experiences. The tour guides Vern Adams and Tom Thompson were excellent. The information shared was very informative and you can tell they have a strong passion for history and their job. I would strongly recommend using this method to see a lot of the great sights in DC.

Sandi K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We Loved the Tour. The Tour guides were very informative and had great personalities. It was very hot the two days of our tour but all went well.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Plenty of places to hop on and off. Every 20 minutes or so as they state. The guides were entertaining and very informative. We had a good experience. Nice of them to offer rain ponchos for when it rained... just wish I would have taken them up on it!!

Suneelakumar M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016


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