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

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icon30 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 8 more

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

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Included Madame Tussauds entry makes this tour a budget-friendly way to visit the popular attraction.
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Recorded commentary on board
One, Two, or Three Day Hop on Hop off Bus Ticket
1 Red Route
1 Blue Loop
ARTECHOUSE DC Bonus Offer
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

You may start this tour at any of the stops listed.
8:00 PM

Return Details

You may disembark at any of the available stops.
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.
Itinerary
Duration: 
30 minutes
Operating Schedule:
  First Bus: 10:26 AM from -Stop # 5 - Lincoln Memorial & Korean War Memorial. Last Bus: 4:26 PM at Stop # 6 - Arlington Cemetery. Full Circuit Time: 30 Minutes (approx.) Bus Frequency: Avery 20-30 mins
Korean War Veterans Memorial
100 Daniel French Dr SW.
Memorial Avenue
Arlington Cemetery (in the bus parking zone)
Points of interest passed by on this route
Arlington National Cemetery
 
Lincoln Memorial
 
Korean War Veterans Memorial
 
Duration: 
1 hour 30 minutes
Operating Schedule:
  First Departure at 9:30 am from 700 L’Enfant Plaza – NW Crosswalk in Front of Spy Museum (Near Capital Bikeshare) Last departure at 4:30 pm. Buses depart every 15-20 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)
VWJP+MC Arlington
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
 
  • 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
  • Show Bus ticket at the entrance to ARTECHOUSE DC to receive $5 off Anytime tickets
  • Most travelers can participate
  • OPERATED BY Big Bus Tours - USA
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.

Learn more about cancellations.

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

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Traveler Tips


  • "Not enough buses so you can hop off and do a quick visit." See review
  • "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." See review
  • "Customer service ok but could have been better Busses stop going to early in the evening." See review

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star-5
Great audio tour of DC!
Patricia_C
, Aug 2022
Great to see the Capitol Building. Nice to get on and off. Eadu ticketing. You can use the ticket a day later than the date on ticket.
star-3
Great if it were reliable
margaret_S
, Aug 2022
Great way to see the city but the app didn’t have current arrival times and the bus didn’t come to a stop that was listed as being active. So do the loop but don’t count on the hop on hop off aspect
star-2
I bought my tickets on...
Teri_C
, Aug 2022
I bought my tickets on line. It was suppose to be one day but was charged for 3 days. When we sat on left side we were able to get the audio tour but the right side had no plug ins. Then it poured and the bus took an hour and 15 minutes to pick us up
star-5
Great bus tour!
rhapsodyusa
, Aug 2022
It was a great tour of all the sites in Washington. There’s parking at the Arlington cemetery, which is also a stop of the bus. It all worked out smoothly. Thanks for the great trip!
star-4
History in the Making
Cintia_J
, Aug 2022
The history behind the architecture, the events and the people. Traveling the streets of DC with a special visit to the Arlington Cemetery.
star-4
After seeing several bad...
Eleanor_A
, Aug 2022
After seeing several bad reviews was unsure if we should do this. Did not have any problems with getting the bus at the few locations we got off at. Yes, waited at White house stop longer but guide kept us informed. Definitely would do again next time here.
star-3
Not Wirth it
Alexander_B
, Aug 2022
The audio didn’t work on my husbands earpiece. Your not that interesting They did provide ponchos which was good because it rained
star-2
I wouldn’t recommend this...
Sslyker
, Aug 2022
I wouldn’t recommend this company. The sound system was sporadic and not all of the stops had signs. We wasted too much time trying to find them.
star-3
A good overview of some historical spots.
Amber_M
, Aug 2022
The only thing that really bothered me were when the bus was full instead of letting people wait for the next one there were people standing over people who were sitting.This made the trip un enjoyable.
star-2
At the bus stop!!!
Annick_S
, Aug 2022
We had been waiting for the bus to come for more than 50 minutes.., it never showed up and then we gave up. It was like a nightmare under the heat...
star-3
It was fine
Elizabeth_M
, Jul 2022
We had some bad luck that the app wasn’t working and the bus had mechanical issues. They didn’t announce the stops unless you had the headphones on. My 6 year old couldn’t deal with the headphones so I definitely don’t recommend for small kids. It wasn’t cheap so I wanted a better experience.
star-3
No information!
GAYLE_B
, Jul 2022
It would have been great if one of the drivers would have told us that there is free head phones for our use. This was our first time. Probably will not pay $50 to just ride on the bus!
star-1
Nightmare trying to go to a museum in Washington DC
Veronica_P
, Jul 2022
It was a nightmare , we waisted our time trying to get to the few stops , no map provided, no air conditioning in the bus.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-2
It was too hot.No Air...
Abimbola_B
, Jul 2022
It was too hot.No Air condition in the buses. Very uncomfortable.The buses seem to be in bad conditions.Not sure I will do this again.They seem to have lost it.It never used to be like this before
star-1
Buses were full , left to wait for an other bus that was as well full
Mirja_L
, Jul 2022
Waiting for buses that were full ,standing room only .our first bus stop didn’t have a guid left to figure it out yourself as your signs for the tour bus were terrible, not visible
star-3
Don’t waste your money
Theresa_G
, Jul 2022
The narration could have been clearer on what building she was speaking about. It is worth about 50% of what we paid.
star-1
Poor service
Monique_L
, Jul 2022
There were long wait times (over an hour) at many stops. Many times the bus drivers did not stop at marked spot which enabled those in back of the line to run and get a seat while those in front and unable to run to not make the bus or stand.
star-1
Paid to just walk
Jennifer_B
, Jul 2022
Do your research ahead of time to find where and how often this bus goes around…. Glad it was awesome for others… we never saw it and paid $115 for not a single ride bc booked on the website. Bummer bc i had heard such great things. Maybe there should be a beginners list of what you need to know for first time users.
star-5
Take the Whole Tour
Don_H
, Jul 2022
Take the complete tour ride before getting off at a stop, unless you are really set on one site. Overall great experience that hits all the major sites.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Excellent experience
Theresa_J
, Jul 2022
Excellent experience with Viator booking and The Big Red Bus in Washington DC. I would highly recommend to others.

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