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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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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
  • A Night Tour is included with the Deluxe Ticket

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
1 Red Route
Night Tour included with the Deluxe Ticket
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

You may start this tour at any of the stops listed.
7:00 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: 
1 hour 30 minutes
Operating Schedule:
  First Departure at 10:00 am from 700 L’Enfant Plaza – NW Crosswalk in Front of Spy Museum (Near Capital Bikeshare) Last departure at 5:00 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: 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 8th July 2021)
100 Daniel French Dr SW
Stop 4 - Lincoln Memorial South & Korean War Memorial
VWJP+MC
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
 
Duration: 
1 hour 30 minutes
Operating Schedule:
  1 Departure at 19:00 pm from 700 L’Enfant Plaza – NW Crosswalk in Front of Spy Museum (Near Capital Bikeshare). The tour is non stop and will last 90 minutes
Capital Bikeshare: 10th St & L'Enfant Plaza SW
Stop 1 - L’Enfant Plaza, Corner Crosswalk in Front of Spy Museum
Points of interest passed by on this route
Albert Einstein Memorial
 
Washington Monument
 
Jefferson Memorial
 
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
 
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
 
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
 
White House
 
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (in Georgetown)
 
The Pentagon
 
  • 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
  • Please note the Panoramic Night Tour is not hop-on-hop-off
  • Masks are required for entry. Social distancing is encouraged from groups separate from your own.
  • 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
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:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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.

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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

Reviews

3.5
star-3.5
1,967 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

Showing 1-10 of 1,967 reviews
star-1
Super disappointed.
Patricia_c
, Nov 2021
Not being able to find a bus despite it being a holiday weekend with a ton of tourists. hugely disappointed as I used it in Canada and it was such a great experience. this was a complete waste of my money
star-3
Some what ok.
Nelson_P
, Nov 2021
The view. But bus schedule not as advertise. We were waiting for one and we ended taking public transportation because our tour bus was gonna take too long.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
We had a similar situation with another guest I spoke with today. There seems to be a disconnect with info you are receiving. We apologize for your experience. Please download the Big Bus Tours app for up to date info and live bus tracking.
star-5
Big Bus Tour is a must!!!
GERI_T
, Nov 2021
Big Bus Tour is the way to go. We do it everywhere we travel. Best way to get learn about the city’s history, highlights, and a great way to get around. Always awesome!!!!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Love this review! We cherish repeat business. We love the synergy that you experienced with all your varied traveling and experiences with Big Bus globally. Please see us again!
star-5
Great way to get around DC
Barbara_M
, Nov 2021
Enjoyed learning historical as well as some personal facts about the buildings and monuments we saw.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
We are so happy you enjoyed the tour! Thank you for the review!
star-3
Rushed initial audio...
Douglas_L
, Nov 2021
Rushed initial audio instructions. One of three drivers surly with a question about audio, We were stranded at Arlington Cemetery. Bus operators not clear on final pickup time. We waited 30 minutes watching app until clear last bus was skipping our stop. Also attended a night tour. It was raining. Poor experience. A lot of duplication with day tour. Had to leave bus (rain) to get decent picture. Probably should have been offered a rain check.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
We are sorry we didn’t meet expectations. On the app the time for the last bus at Arlington is 4:37pm. That means that no buses will enter Arlington after that time. Of course as you know, we run regardless of whether and taking the Night Tour any day is your choice. The Night Tour is printed separately which means you have validity for use on other days. Additionally, the Night Tour is a separate experience from the day tour altogether, however the duplication is seeing the monuments at night. However we go to the Pentagon, Iwo Jima, Rosslyn, Georgetown, Washington Circle, BLM plaza… all of which you do not get on the day tour. Please try us again in the future.
star-3
Poor customer service
Carlos_G
, Nov 2021
The outstanding feature is that the Bus did not show up at the scheduled stop at the designated time. We followed the bus in your app and arrived at a drop off point 15 minutes early. At one point the app said the bus was 2 minutes away. There were a total of 6 passengers waiting for this bus. After 20 minutes of waiting the passengers slowly gave up and left. We waited an extra 10 minutes before leaving. I called your customer service number and a recording said to call back later. I will never use this company again because there is no one to help you if help is needed.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
We are sorry for your experience. It is hard to pinpoint what went wrong with the information provided here. Our buses run every 30 minutes. If a bus is showing as 2 minutes away, it doesn’t make any sense that it did not come unless there was traffic delays in which the bus would have showed itself still on the app. Try the chat feature on the Big Bus tours app next time, see if that helps. Any customer service line you call from this platform would connect you to Viator directly.
star-2
Ripped off
DAVID_V
, Nov 2021
After being sold a two day pass with the night tour ticket on a Monday only to find out by the driver that a night tour is not available until three days later.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Really hate that you missed out. Night Tours run Thursday through Sunday. It clearly states that before you purchase tickets with us. You have 6 month validity on your ticket. Try us again when conditions are more favorable.
star-5
Fun night activity
An_F
, Nov 2021
Super fun. Great driver. Beautiful to See DC at night. Dress warm… it does get cold. Also get there early to get on top of bus, those are the best seats.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
We are so glad you enjoyed yourself. DC is wonderful to see at night! We do encourage guests to arrive for Night Tour early as we leave promptly at 7 pm. Night temperatures are getting down into the 40's, so please come prepared! Thank you for the kind review.
star-4
Trip good directions terrible
Shearon_B
, Nov 2021
The tour was good. I wish it had gone closer to the White House. Finding the way from the parking garage to the bus stop was almost impossible. It would have been very nice to have signs directing us to the pick up location and then we would not have had to waste time trying to get there. Trip through Arlington was too minimal. We enjoyed the trip.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you for the review. We are at the corner of the International Spy Museum near the NW crosswalk. Whether you are in Metro, or in the parking garage, make your way to the Spy Museum and you will find us there. Thank you, we are glad you enjoyed the trip.
star-2
The first bus broke down...
Leonard_Z
, Nov 2021
The first bus broke down after 3 stops. A replacement bus, later in the day, broke down. We ended up taking a taxi back to the hotel. The tour was fine, but our experience was not.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
We are sorry for your experience. On the day of your travel, we had a particularly unusual day with mechanical issues. We hope that you will try again in the future.

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