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Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Washington, United States

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  • 1 hour 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

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.

What's Included

  • Recorded commentary on board
  • One or Two Day Hop on Hop off Bus Ticket
  • 1 Red Route
  • Night Tour included with the Deluxe Ticket
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure & Return

Departure Point

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

Departure Time

  • 8:00 PM

Return Details

  • You may disembark at any of the available stops.

What To Expect

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.
Red Route

10 Stops

23 Points of Interest

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. Customers are advised to visit the Big Bus website or to download the 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: 10th St & L'Enfant Plaza SW

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 (Closed until 20th April 2022)

100 Daniel French Dr SW

Stop 4 - Lincoln Memorial South & Korean War Memorial (Closed until 20th April 2022)

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Stop 5 - Arlington Cemetery

10th Street Northwest & Constitution Avenue Northwest

Stop 6 - Natural History Museum

Big Bus Tours Washington DC Visitor Center

Stop 7 - City Center & Ford Theater

1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Stop 8 - The White House & Willard Hotel (Outside the Willard Hotel)

600 Independence Ave SW

Stop 9 - Air & Space Museum

800 Maine Ave SW

Stop 10 - 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

Black Loop - Panoramic Night Tour (Thursday - Sunday)

1 Stop

9 Points of Interest

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: 10th St & L'Enfant Plaza SW

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

Additional Info

  • 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
  • Masks are required for entry. Social distancing is encouraged from groups separate from your own.
  • Most travelers can participate
Operated by Big Bus Tours - USA

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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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

Q:Is the upper level of the bus climate controlled?

A:The upper level of the bus is open-top, so it is not climate controlled.

Jun 2021

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

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Traveler Tips


Not enough buses so you can hop off and do a quick visit.
If the buses would stop at each memorial/monument for 20 minutes for people to wander to the monument or shop at the gift store, that would have been nice.
Customer service ok but could have been better Busses stop going to early in the evening.
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Went a few blocks before forced off. No refund given
Susan_R, May 2022
We didn’t get far . Women’s March blocked the streets. Bus stopped - and turned off . Everyone got off pretty much at the bus drivers urging. Bus driver argued with police officer who was telling her she couldn’t park where she was. Nice touch with police week officers onboard . I was in a foot boot and we picked the bus tour to see things and not walk . Our party was forced off and I was forced to walk til we could grab an Uber . I already sent a request for my money back but no response whatsoever . Will not ever do this tour again. They sell tickets knowing protests or marchs will block the streets and the buses cannot move . It’s a rip off
Response from Host, May 2022
Susan: Download the Big Bus Tours app for up to date info. The Womens March and subsequent closures were indicated on our website and app. The changes that blocked us were made in real time without warning. Thank you for riding with us.
Not as good as we expected
Patricia_S, May 2022
It was nice to see Washington DC and have the opportunity to hop on and off the bus at each stop. Unfortunately, we were most interested in seeing the Smithsonian Air and Space museum, but it was closed. The seats on the bus are too small so many couples take 4 instead of 2 seats. In some of the seats, the audio didn’t work. Also, there were times when the audio and the driver were not in sinc. Having said that, we’d still recommend the bus tour since it’s a great way to see a big part of Washington DC.
Response from Host, May 2022
Patricia, Thanks for the review. Yes, Air and Space is closed for the summer through the fall. You can visit SI.edu for more info. We are currently working on improving the commentary as we speak. Thanks again!
Just didn't Ike it...
Karen_P, May 2022
Just didn't Ike it having a person narrative just zn audio. No clear signs where to get on and off. Been on some on Chicago and New York loved those.
Well worth the money!
Tom_B, May 2022
Narrated transportation to many of DC’s wonderful Museums, Monuments and Government buildings! A welcome relief for the feet!
Response from Host, May 2022
Tom: Thanks for leaving the review!
Girls trip
Caline_R, May 2022
Great option to view Washington DC. You can hop on and off and bus comes every 20- 30 minutes which is very convenient.
Response from Host, May 2022
Caline: Thanks for the review! Please come back and see us!
Definitely do the Tour
Renee_J, May 2022
We love the ease of being able to get off the bus and back on at our convenience. Only thing I didn’t like was the driver that picked us up at the MLK memorial kept saying the bus was packed when there was 6 seats available and standing room. He told one family they will have to wait another 20 mins for the next bus.
Response from Host, May 2022
Thanks for the review! We are glad you enjoyed the trip. It certainly gets busy and we appreciate kind, conscientious guests like you when/if things get a little crowded.
Terrible
Karen_A, May 2022
Your operator scanned my ticket and we boarded the bus but could not get audio to work. Several passengers had audio issues and the operators could not fix despite turning bus off and on. My group decided to not use their service and got off the bus. We never rode again and we’re still refused a refund! Do NOT use this vendor!!! Bus audio don’t work. The group that hit off where we were getting on advised us. This is a scam if you purchased through Viator Cancel!!!
Response from Host, May 2022
Karen: Audio technical issues are temporary in nature. We check them daily and if one set or a block went out of service during the day, then it is something that we can recover pretty quickly. We are sorry for your experience.
1 traveler found this review helpful
LOVELY TRIP SHORT AND FAST
Edwin_S, May 2022
Big Bus as a travel partner was excellent and it gave us a full satisfaction through out short visit to this city
Response from Host, May 2022
Edwin: We appreciate the feedback. It is wonderful to get a response like this from satisfied customers that benefit from what we do! Thank you!
Enjoyed the Narration and tour.
4lauraberg, May 2022
Great tour of DC. Loved the hop on hop off. We bought the two day pass and were able to use it for 48 hours. This was nice because we got a late start the first day. The audio was great.
Response from Host, May 2022
We appreciate the kind review. Please come see us again!
Trip to Washington D.C.
Trevor_T, May 2022
I Recommend big bus hop on and hop off. It really saves a lot of walking to all the memorials and getting around DC. We had a good experience with this company.
Response from Host, May 2022
Trevor: We appreciate your kind feedback. Please come back and visit with us again.
Proceed carefully
ss_d, May 2022
Buses are few and far between. Viator tickets weren’t accepted by agent and had to repurchase on spot. Viator help unavailable. Not a ideal transaction.
Response from Host, May 2022
We are closely aligned with Viator and our machines accept the Viator voucher without any issues. Your ticket concern didn't raise to the management level so we didn't get a chance to resolve your issue on street. We apologize for that. Please try us again in the future.
2 travelers found this review helpful
A safe & easy way to visit all the top sites in Washington DC
Brad_K, Apr 2022
A safe & easy way to visit all the top sites in Washington DC. My only suggestion is that they replace some of the recorded music with information and stories about the sites. We drove by some pretty noteable landmarks to just music playing
Response from Host, May 2022
Brad: What a great review even without the commentary. If you are hearing only music, it may mean you are on the wrong channel. We offer 8 languages of the tour on channels 2-9. Music only is on channel 1. Glad you enjoyed the experience in spite of that that. Please come back!
Very convenient
Kathleen_G, Apr 2022
This was a great experience, and very convenient and accommodating. My family enjoyed it very much!!
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Thank you for the kind review! We are so glad you enjoyed the trip. We enjoyed having your family with us!
Wow
Allen_M, Apr 2022
Had a blast, plenty of buses. Didn't have to wait long. The employees were nice, and friendly. Will come back, for sure, and bring my friends.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Allen: Wow! We are so happy you enjoyed yourself! Please come back and see us again!
Amazing Experience
Hugo_C, Apr 2022
Kindly staff, very good coverage of the city, flexible and safe. Recommend to everyone. It was a wonderful day and after this tour, I could visit other places like museums free of cost and take amazing pictures.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Hugo: Thank you for such a wonderful and refreshing review. We appreciate your business!
Do this your first day in DC
Leneeta_E, Apr 2022
This is good to do right when you get to DC so you can see all the major sites and then go back and spend more time wherever you want. I was disappointed we didn’t get a good look at the Whitehouse, but we probably couldn’t.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
We are so glad you enjoyed the tour! Thank you for the feedback!
Not impressed
MARISSA_E, Apr 2022
We had a terrible time locating the bus stops. The app didn’t make it easy enough and some locations weren’t marked. Some stops weren’t in convenient locations.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
So sorry for your experience. Thank you for the review.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great way to see the city!
Kim_E, Apr 2022
My son loved the audio tour! Having the ability to hop on and off at various places throughout the city allowed us to squeeze in as much as we could into our day!
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Kim, We appreaciate feedback! It makes our heart glad to know that your entire family enjoyed the experience.
Easy access
Russell_M, Apr 2022
The stops are great but the length of time at each stop seemed a bit too long. Otherwise, it was a good way to get around.
Marty and Grands
Margaret_t, Apr 2022
It was a Great experience because we were able to see everything we missed when touring on our own and the fun of riding on top was the Best. Plus being able to jump on and off
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