Big Bus Tour of Washington D.C.
Type: Hop On Hop Off Tours in Washington DC
Departs From: Washington DC
Meeting Point: Will be indicated on voucher
Duration: 24 or 48 hours
Available: daily at regular intervals
Product Code: 3005
The open top deck of a double-decker bus is definitely the best way to see Washington D.C. Sit back and relax as you are transported past the iconic landmarks, including The White House and the Washington Monument, that make America's capital so recognizable and special.
Along the way, you will learn about the city's history by listening to entertaining and informative commentary. Your hop on hop off ticket also provides you the freedom to get off the bus to explore and visit attractions.
Buses run regularly so rejoining the tour is easy.
There are four routes to choose from, all of which you can experience within the validity of your ticket. Our Red Loop tour is the official tour of the National Mall. You will have the flexibility to plan you own schedule and to visit the places you find most interesting. Be sure to bring your camera for the many excellent photo-opportunities.
Day Tour Highlights
Red Loop is the official tour of the National Mall visiting the city's iconic landmarks. (Duration: 2 hours)
Blue Loop crosses the Potomac to visit the Arlington Cemetery and Pentagon. It also passes by the Pentagon 911 Memorial. (Duration: 1 hour)
Yellow Loop visits historic Georgetown and a variety of museums. (Duration: 2 hours)
Green Loop lets you take the traditional Trolley to the National Cathedral. (Duration: 30 minutes)
Daily from 09:00 to 17:00 every 20-30 minutes
View 2014-15 Route Map
Potomac River Cruise (48-hour tickets only)
Enjoy the fantastic views of the Jefferson Memorial and the Washington Monument as you float serenely by. The river cruise complements the Open Top Bus tour by providing a different perspective on the city. This free cruise is available daily from 15 April to 15 October only, and can be picked up at Stop 38 on the Yellow Route. (Duration: 45 minutes)
War Memorials Walking Tour (Duration: 1 hour)
Highlights: WWII Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, and Nurses Memorial.
Starts at the WW11 Memorial Information Center, (next to the blue stop 56). Guest can get off at Blue stop 56, Red 16, Yellow 42. Ends: Lincoln Memorial North & Vietnam Memorial stop Red 16, Yellow 42 Blue 56. Tours depart daily at 10:30, 12:30, and 14:30.
Secrets and Scandals Walking Tour (Duration: 1 hour)
Highlights: National Theatre, Willard Hotel, White House, Treasury Department, Hays-Adams Hotel, Mayflower Hotel.
Starts at the National Theater, next to Willard. Guests can get off at Red stop 21, Yellow 29, or Blue 55, ends at Stop Yellow 32 at the Mayflower Hotel. Tours depart daily at 11:45, 13:45, and 15:45.
- 24-hour or 48-hour hop on hop off ticket
- Two FREE walking tours
- Admission to Madame Tussaud's
- Admission to Crime and Punishment Museum (48-hour tickets only)
- Cruise along the Potomac (48-hour tickets only)
- Meals and drinks
- Tips and gratuities
- Personal expenses
- Optional activity costs
- It is necessary to print the confirmation voucher for this tour. Soft copies shown from a mobile device will not be accepted.
- Children below 5 years old are free of charge provided they don't occupy a seat and are accompanied by a dedicated adult (1 adult 1 child).
- *Please be advised that the tour will no longer be stopping at or driving to L'Enfant Plaza (Stop 7 on the Red Line) as the hotel is closed for renovations and the stop is no longer accessible.
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- Prices are per person
- Child prices are valid for children ages 15 and below.
Joy B., United Kingdom
This was our second visit to Washington DC and our second booking of the Big Bus Tour. It is such a good way to start a visit to this lovely city as it gives you an idea of where things are and what you would like to specifically go back to. Hop on, Hop off obviously lends itself very well to taking a closer look at some things, especially the monuments. We actually used three of the routes this time and saw things we didn't on our last visit, such as lovely Georgetown. This is definitely worth doing and the two day ticket is excellent value.
Stephen F., United Kingdom
Fantastic - interesting, informed, entertaining with the best guides. A special thank you to Mathew (guide) and James (driver) who made the night tour especially memorable. Thank you! If you do nothing else in Washington you must use this tour.
"Had a great day. The weather was PERFECT! Light breeze, high 78. Enjoyed the tour, it was a fun way to get around, see sights, get a little background. The only glitch, in my opinion, was one peculiar tour guide who apparently didn't think much of Nathanial Hale. He called him book smart but without common sense. He took one of the heroes of the American Revolution, and reduced him to a laughable character who deserved to be executed by the British. I did not appreciate the post-mortem character assassination. If anyone had made any such comments about the noble Dr. MLK, or Malcolm X there would be trouble! Yes racism exists in America."
Elizabeth W., USA