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

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 8 more

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Regular temperature checks for staff
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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 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.
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Recorded commentary on board
One or Two Day Hop on Hop off Bus Ticket
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

You may start this tour at any of the stops listed.

Departure Time

See itinerary

Return Details

You may disembark at any of the available stops.
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.
Itinerary
Duration: 
1 hour 30 minutes
Operating Schedule:
  First Departure at 9:00 am from 700 L’Enfant Plaza – NW Crosswalk in Front of Spy Museum (Near Capital Bikeshare) Last departure at 4:00 pm. Buses depart every 60 minutes. We have introduced a number of new health & safety measures to reduce the risk associated with the spread of Covid-19 in line with government advice and requirements of the local health authorities. These include regular cleaning of buses and social distancing measures. To uphold these new safety and hygiene standards in keeping our guests safe during the Covid-19 Pandemic, we may have to operate a reduced service and changes to ticket inclusions. This may also include frequency of departures, changes to routes and reduction/removal of stops. Customers are advised to visit our website or to download our 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
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
100 Daniel French Dr SW
Stop 4 - Lincoln Memorial South & Korean War Memorial
610 10th St NW
Stop 5 - City Center & Ford’s Theater
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Stop 6 - The White House & Willard Hotel (Outside the Willard Hotel)
1610 H St NW
Stop 7 - BLM Plaza/White House North (Near Lafayette Square)
415 New Jersey Ave NW
Stop 8 - Columbus Circle & Senate Park (In front of Yotel Hotel)
800 Maine Ave SW
Stop 9 - 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
  • Live commentary in English only. 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
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Masks are required for entry. Social distancing is encouraged from groups separate from your own.
  • OPERATED BY Big Bus Tours - USA

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "There are designated stops along the route to allow passengers to disembark to investigate a site in depth, and to pick up passengers who want to continue along the bus route." See review
  • "We found Union Station, where you have to start your tour the first time and the night tour, to be a good spot for a lunch or coffee/pastry - also easy to access by metro or train." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Snow storm tour
Fernando_L
, Feb 2021
It was a beautiful tour around Washington DC during a snow storm. I was the only on the top of the bus. That was convenient for photos and videos. The driver was very nice.
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DC Visit
Alex_A
, Jan 2021
Bus very punctual. We had a blast Looking at the Washington monument, Lincoln memorial, Fords theater and riding all over DC.
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Your company sucks
John_G
, Dec 2020
I waited outside for over an hour and the bus didn’t show. I was not contacted about the cancelation and apparently neither were you. I will not be back in DC so I want my money back. Now.
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Not worth it
Manuel_D
, Nov 2020
I canceled. Waited over an hour and bus never showed up. We had to take an Uber after wasting so much time for nothing
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star-1
Bus never came to stop 8 or 9. Was not able to board the bus.
Marilyn_H
, Nov 2020
Watching the bus go by all day from a mile away. Unable to catch the bus at any stops. We walked 9 miles at all sites.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
I am sorry for your experience. The date you submitted this was for 11/11/20. We do not run service on this day. We are only open Thursday-Monday. Even through the election week, stops 8 and 9 were always available and running on time. Please download the Big Bus App for route times and real live bus tracking. Thank you!
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star-3
Unique tour of Washington DC
Dina_W
, Nov 2020
The driver was great, especially up against the challenges of the road closures due to celebrations in DC over the declaration of president elect Biden. Unfortunately we were unable to see about 50% of the tour stops. Although we definitely were able to safely witness a momentous occasion in history.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Election week and the celebration was extremely challenging. You are right in saying our drivers did an incredible job. It was wonderful being a part of history! I rode the tour myself and passed pictures and video along to my family. Please visit us again.
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Where's the buses?
Rob_H
, Oct 2020
Only one bus was running on the day of our tour and there was no real-time tracking on the app. So, we were not able to see everything we wanted to see. Also, because there was only one bus running, it was crowded with no social distancing.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Rob: I am sorry for your experience. We run hourly departures from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Plus a night tour at 7:00 pm. The tour is 90 minutes. In order for us to do that we have to have 2 or more buses running. Real time tracking is turned on every day before touring begins. If I had more information about where you were and what date/time I could answer more fully.
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Our Bigbus Experience
LINDA_D
, Oct 2020
The bus pulled off & left us (& three other ladies) at the Lincoln Memorial. We had to hire a cab, after an hour of chatting with you, to take us to the Wharf to catch the bus. You advertise hop on & hop off but you do NOT state that you have ONLY one bus and that if you get off, you are “stranded” for ST least an hour. After finally obtaining a seat on the bus, the tour was good.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Linda: I am sorry that you were “left” as you say. The tour is a hop on hop off which means that the bus does not wait at stops. It just means that the rider is able to get on and off all day and any stop the rider chooses to. We also have hourly departures from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Plus a night tour at 7:00 pm. The tour is 90 minutes. In order for us to do that we have to have 2 or more buses running. Real time tracking is turned on every day before touring begins which is found on the Big Bus Tour app along with a route map. I am glad you found the tour enjoyable when you boarded again.
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Lost bus
Margaret_W
, Oct 2020
Spent more time waiting and finding the bus rather than being on it. I saw more circulator buses and this service is free. Also saw hop on hop off trolley service but the big bus was hard to find. Had a weekend lass and literally was only able to find and ride it twice once on Saturday and once on Sunday.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Margaret: We are sorry that you did not have an enjoyable experience because you were lost. Before your trip, you contacted us and we provided you with accurate information. Unfortunately you opted to follow a different path which was the cause of your mishap. Regardless, we stayed in contact with you personally throughout your experience to help guide you and even offered to pick you up from different points in the city off route in order that you could meet the bus. If you should ever decide to visit again, we would be happy to work with you so that you can experience Big Bus HOHO in a better way.
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star-1
Unreliable!! Choose a different service
Carol_B
, Oct 2020
Purchased two day pass and the bus never stopped at the designated locations ... waited over 2 hrs at 2 different stops on two different days ... had to purchase a different tour company to see the sights. Tried calling company ... phone not in service ... talked to tech support for the app they said buses are running as expected. App showed buses sitting at stop 1 for more than 3 hrs
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