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Take a hop-on hop-off Washington DC trolley tour to explore the nation’s capital at your own pace. There are three routes to choose from that encompass the city’s top attractions, including the National Mall, the White House, National Cathedral, Lincoln Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery. Just hop off at any stop when you want to explore, and then hop back on the trolley to continue around the city. When booking, select between a 1- and 2-day pass and the routes you wish to use.


  • Washington DC Trolley Tour
  • Hop on and off at any of the 20 stops as often as you like
  • Explore Washington DC at your leisure with a one-day ticket on the DC trolley
  • See the most popular sights of Washington DC at your own pace
  • Washington DC trolley is the easiest way to get around town
  • Upgrade to the 2-day pass

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Great for first-time visitors! The trolleys travel three different routes to all the biggest sights and depart regularly throughout the day. A simple, flexible and inexpensive way to explore the city.

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What You Can Expect

Washington DC Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour

Washington DC Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour

When booking your hop-on hop-off Washington DC trolley tour, select either a 1-day or 2-day pass, and choose access to the Orange and Red loops only or the all-loop pass to include the Green line. Then board the trolley at any of the stops (see the Itinerary for a list) to begin your independent sightseeing around DC; trolleys depart approximately every half hour.

With easy transportation, you can see the attractions that most interest you at your own pace. Plus, enjoy the trolley system’s GPS tracking, allowing you to find out nearby trolley stops and the next arrival and call in if you need assistance (no phone app is required).

Orange loop: National Mall and Downtown
Traverses the National Mall with stops at all of the Smithsonian Museum buildings, plus Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument, FDR Memorial, the US Capitol and the Supreme Court

Green loop: National Cathedral and Uptown
Travels uptown to the National Zoo and National Cathedral, and stops at the White House and White House Visitor Center

Red loop: Arlington National Cemetery Shuttle (10- to 15-minute ride)
Shuttles between Arlington National Cemetery and Lincoln Memorial; the last return shuttle from the cemetery is 4:30pm


Washington DC hop-on hop-off trolley tour stops:
  1. Washington Welcome Center: Ford's Theatre, Petersen House, International Spy Museum
  2. White House Visitors Center: the White House Visitor Center, the White House, National Aquarium
  3. National Archives: National Archives, National Gallery of Art East and West Buildings, Marian Koshland Science Museum, US Navy Memorial
  4. Union Station, Smithsonian National Postal Museum
  5. US Capitol, US Supreme Court, Library of Congress
  6. Air and Space Museum, Museum of the American Indian, Hirshhorn Museum, US Botanic Gardens
  7. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Bureau of Engraving and Printing
  8. Jefferson Memorial, George Mason Memorial, Tidal Basin - paddle boats, FDR Memorial
  9. Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Memorial, World War II Memorial, Shuttle to Arlington Cemetery
  10. Museum of American History, Washington Monument
  11. Museum of Natural History, Old Post Office Pavilion and Bell Tower
  12. Newseum, National Gallery of Art - West Building, Marian Koshland Science Museum
  13. White House Gifts
  14. National Geographic Museum, Charles Sumner Museum and Archives
  15. Dupont Circle, Woodrow Wilson House, Textile Museum, Phillips Collection
  16. Woodley Park Shopping and Dining Neighborhood, Adams Morgan Shopping and Dining Neighborhood, National Zoo
  17. National Cathedral (open daily 10am-4pm; tours available daily)
  18. Stephen Decatur House, Lafayette Park, White House grounds, Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Octagon House, Renwick Gallery, Corcoran Gallery
  19. Chinatown, National Museum of Women in the Arts, National Portrait Gallery, American Art Museum

Customer Reviews

Mark C Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great way to get around all the major sites of Washington. Bonus was the trolley bus could be closed in as it rained a couple of the days I was there. The competition's buses went by with people looking very wet and miserable. Drivers were great with commentary and advice and humour. The night tour was a great bonus to see the monuments under lights at night. They were regular and the stops allowed you to be near a few places to choose from. Also they were easy to get on and off and spacious and comfy. The Arlington extra loop is well worth the time. Great value!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Highly recommend. Given a lot of information which made this a best buy!

Sally B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I always enjoy this tour in all the different cities I have visited. MJ and Virginia were lively, informative and courteous. Unfortunately, there was a big concert in the Mall and we opted to not use all of the stops r/t time and heat issues.

Heidi T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Although it was a little difficult figuring out where to start the ride, the trolley tour was exactly what we hoped for. Our driver Slim B was hilarious, and it was a treat to get out of the heat for awhile.

Ron T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very nice tour. Got us around DC to all the great stops, learned much from the knowledgeable, friendly and humorous drivers and never had to wait long for the next tram.

Kathryn S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Tour guide was nice and knowledgeable. Trolley drop off/pick up locations are well marked and in good spots. I picked up my ticket had ordered online and got the Trolley in front of Union Station. By taking this tour I was able to grasp where historical sites and museums were and make a plan for the rest of the week. Be sure to get tickets online as it will save you .

James P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Bus was clean. All drivers were very professional, knowledge, polite and patient. Tour stops were well positioned and most had someone there to assist you. A great way to see DC and familiarize yourself with everything which is available to you.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Anjanette N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was a perfect tour. It covered all of the places one would want to see in DC. Honestly, we wished we could have bought a package for more than just two days.

Joshua C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I thought I could redeem my voucher on the bus itself when getting on, but found out it could only be at a set station at a specific stop. I was unable to redeem my two vouchers sadly. But it looked great!

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