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Big Bus Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Washington, United States
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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 a combination of both live and audio commentary. The 2-day option includes admission to Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum.
  • 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 40 city-wide stops, and tour four different routes
  • Choose a 1-day pass or opt for a 2-day pass
  • Admission to Madame Tussaud's Washington DC included

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Included Madame Tussauds entry makes this tour a budget-friendly way to visit the popular attraction.
The tour begins with a hop on at any of the 40-plus stops on two separate routes. Board one of the open-top buses and enjoy the view with both live commentary from a guide who knows the city inside and out and 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 Loop (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 (Arlington and Georgetown Tour), 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. 

Both the 2-day option and 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.
1 hour 
Operating Schedule:
  First Departure at 9:00 am from Union Station. Last departure at 4:00 pm from Union Station. Buses depart every 20-30 minutes.
2 15th St NW
Washington Monument West
Raoul Wallenberg Place Southwest
Bureau of Engraving & Holocaust Museum
East Basin Drive Southwest
Jefferson Memorial
121 West Basin Dr SW
FDR & MLK Memorial
100 Daniel French Dr SW
Lincoln Memorial & Korean War Memorial
1800 Constitution Ave NW
WWII Memorial
1411 Jefferson Dr SW
Washington Monument East
10th Street Northwest & Constitution Avenue Northwest
Natural History Museum
610 10th St NW
Ford's Theatre & Madame Tussauds
1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW
The White House & The Willard Hotel
700 Pennsylvania Ave NW
National Archives & National Art Gallery
50 Massachusetts Ave NE
Union Station
1st Street Northwest
US Capitol & Botanical Garden
600 Independence Ave SW
Air & Space Museum
800 Maine Ave SW
The Wharf & Potomac Boat Cruise
370 L'Enfant Plaza SW
International Spy Museum
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
Union Station
National Museum of Women in the Arts
1 hour 
Operating Schedule:
  First Departure at 9:15 am from Stop 17, Washington Monument East. Last departure at 4:15 pm from Washington Monument East. Buses depart every 20-30 minutes.
1411 Jefferson Dr SW
Washington Monument East
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery
1801 N Lynn St
3144 M St NW
Georgetown Canal & Potomac Boat Cruise
2800 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Georgetown Shops
1 Washington Cir NW
Washington Circle
1730 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Renwick Gallery
1610 H St NW
White House North
Points of interest passed by on this route
The Pentagon
U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial
Francis Scott Key Bridge
Georgetown University
White House

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Use two loops!
, Mar 2020
We started at Union Station. The girl at the kiosk was extremely helpful! We had purchased the Classic tickets, so we started on the red loop. Our live guide was very humorous and informative. When we reached the Washington monument, we switched to the Blue loop, as recommended. Our goal was to get to Georgetown and that is where the Blue Loop took us. Fun afternoon!
Mixed reviews
, Feb 2020
There were 4 of us that went and we drove down from New Jersey and I wanted my dad to go but unfortunately he fell and ended up staying at the union station to wait for us I tried to cancel his ticket but it would not let me just cancel 1 ticket and so I ended up canceling all 4 and ended buying 3 more I want to to be refunded for the first 4 tickets I bought. We could not have foreseen my dad falling and getting getting to go on the tour. Also we came back on friday and did a little more we enjoyed it but I don't like being double charged. The women women I worked with at the station were wonderful and very helpful.
We drove to our own destinations
, Feb 2020
We didn’t make it because there wasn’t any buses that left later than 4:30! I wish we could’ve made it but because of traffic travel, it made it harder for us.
Almost Worthless, actually torture
Arthur P
, Jan 2020
I found this service almost worthless. Traveled with 3 adults (one handicapedand 1 child. In the early am went to Arlington and when ready to return had to wait a half hour in the pouring rain, after which after a line transfer,we decided to get off for lunch at the train station where we arrived at 3;30 or so, The transfer in the process involved another long wait in the rain and when we got to the train station we were told the next and last bus that would take us back to our hotel was at 4! Rediculous! For $149 we could have gone door to door in a taxi or subway ., all of us, for far lessmoney. I want my money back......
Ok but nothing special
, Dec 2019
Customer service ok but could have been better Busses stop going to early in the evening. Not easy to find buss tops.
Too much walking
, Nov 2019
Very good getting somewhat near all of the attractions in Washington DC. However, you are very far from your attraction and involves a lot of walking after you get off the bus. Walking is it sound for you you have a great difficulty in seeing all of you tractions because we are talking I half to after you get off the bus at your stop. We are both 72 yo and could not handle all of the walking.
Good for value
Natalie G
, Nov 2019
Great tour and a good way to get around the city. Not enough hours of operation. Not enough stops on the blue line - missing a stop at Iwa jima statue.
not happy with service and information---happy with the attraction
, Oct 2019
you did not inform us that the pick up location had changed. when I called to obtain info the person told me the only pick ups were at 5:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. and it was 9:45 a.m.--of course this was wrong. it was also wrong i was not notified of the change in pick up location. also our first driver said we could use our tickets to go up in the Washington memorial and after walking to it we were told this was not true!
Big Bus Washington DC Hop On/Off
, Oct 2019
Extremely disappointed. Wished I had purchased passes for the Hop-On Hop-Off Old Town Trolley as they were everywhere... even right outside our hotel. We seldom were able to catch the Big Bus at our stops and ended up walking to most of the attractions. What a waste of my money!
A great way to see it all if you dont have long in the city
Shaun C
, Oct 2019
Very good way to get around the City & see all the obvious places in a couple of days also the added extras are very good as well.

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