Big Bus Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Tour - Washington D. C.

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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 nations 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!


  • Great overview and orientation of the city
  • Multiple departure times and locations available
  • Ideal choice for families
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors

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The buses are equipped with a state-of-the-art technology. Guided commentary is provided throughout the tour. Enjoy the views from the open top double-decker observation level or the comfort of the climate-controlled lower level cabin. Either way, this tour allows you to enjoy Washington DC at your own pace and explore your areas of interest such as the White House, Washington Monument, and the Smithsonian. Choose from a 1- or 2-day pass to ride on an open-top, double-decker Big Bus, with commentary from your on board guide.

Have the freedom to explore every corner of Washington DC on the three routes around the city.

Ride along the Red Loop, The official tour of the National Mall, authorized by the National Park Service and National Mall and Memorial Parks. Take in all the places that are synonymous with the nations 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. Commentary provided in live guided commentary and in a choice of 8 pre-recorded languages.

The Blue Loop, The Heroes tour travels to the sites and memorials honoring American heroes. Travel over the Potomac River leaving Washington, DC behind and visiting Virginia. The tours main features are Arlington National Cemetery, the Pentagon, the Pentagon City Fashion Center, and the US Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Statue.) Other highlights include the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial, WWII Memorial and Air Force Memorial. Tour is available with live-guided commentary.

And the Yellow Loop, allows you to travel through the city's historic center, passing the White House and Dupont Circle before heading out to discover Adams Morgan, the National Zoo, and the old world charm of Georgetown. Recorded commentary is available in your choice of 8 languages (French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese and English available).

Inclusions for Big Bus Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

  • 1-day or 2-day hop-on hop-off pass
  • Live and recorded commentary on board
  • Admission to Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum
  • Night tour included on 2-day option

Exclusions for Big Bus Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Live commentary in English only. Recorded commentary is available in the following languages: English, Spanish, German, Italian, French, Mandarin, Japanese, and Brazilian Portuguese

Panoramic night tour operates on a first-come, first-served basis, so try to arrive early to secure your seat (if option selected)

Night Tour is not a hop-on hop-off tour

Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat

Wheelchair accessible

Operation times are subject to change without notice

Premium 1-day ticket will be valid for same day use. Tickets claimed after 2pm will be valid for 24 hours from time of redemption

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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  • This trip was fabulous. It is such nice way to see the beautiful city. The guides were very knowledgeable and humorous all through the way. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone visiting Washington DC.

  • This tour was amazing!

  • Truly amazing way to get around Washington. Had an amazing time.

  • The best way to see Washingtons famous monuments and buildings ,No crowds,beautiful views with a very different perspective .We were fortunate in having a great guide.Communicative ,interesting helpful.

  • Very good. Guide very knowledgeable.

  • For DC tour readers:

    First of all, don't even try to call because the wait time to get assistance will take 20 minutes on average. Agent with Viator was pleasant enough, but couldn't provide details I was seeking and the website is not much better as it doesn't provide a purchaser with a very critical piece of information - i.e.: you are not instructed to go to the Big Bus main office to have your receipts printed as the email receipt is not accepted to get you on-off the tour bus we witnessed serval different couples and single riders not allowed to get on the bus because of not having the printed receipts and in our case, into Madame Tussads Wax Museum as one might expect because at purchase it does say you must have a printed receipt, only show one. Fortunately, the office on the day we decided to go to the museum was right next door and the process was quick - show your email receipt smart phone, etc. and they print you paper receipts that can be used for the night tour required for example.

    Night tour of DC:

    Highly recommend as our bus driver and guide were very pleasant, and guide was knowledgeable of DC history! Caution, tour in Fall from top of open bus fro best views is very chilly - LOL! Note, you are also expected to listen thru head sets where the bus driver will only announce the stops and sights. My complaint is I specifically caught the 5:15 bus at main office agent there was very helpful to transfer to the first pick-up at 6:00 Willard Hotel, bus driver stopped there 6:00 pick-up and didn't even let me know as she was stepping off to check for hotel passengers and is where I needed to get off - after I asked her when boarding I wanted to catch this bus at this stopped close to our hotel and I could walk there at end of the tour and there was only one other couple on board. We had to go all the way to the Union Station stop, which was way too far for from our hotel for my 8 y/o daughter and I to walk to at the end of the night tour, so would have had to catch a taxi if not for the bus driver dropping us closer to our hotel.

    Around town tour:

    Bus driver was OK, not very enthusiastic, but if you want to hear about the city, the drive is pleasant enough, especially if you have no knowledge of DC and don't enjoy walking, which is what I recommend - stay in a downtown hotel and you can walk everywhere and just purchase a night tour as the city is gorgeous at night!

  • I absolutely loved this bus trip .To begin the bus drivers are so pleasant and extremely friendly.My wife and I loved the amity hop on and hop of all day.The price of the tickets is more than worth it. I highly recommend Big Bus for the best way to see our beautiful capital.

  • As this tour has been in every other city that does this. Its a great experience and economical way to get to the tourist spots in most cities around the world. .. We usual buy at least 1 day pass and spend one day hopping off and on and if we are going to be there for longer then we go back to places that peaked our interest.

  • Had a great time, and the Big Bus helped a lot!

  • loved it, I would recommend the night tour, bus 144 . the tour guide was engaging and funny

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