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24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Double Decker Bus Tour

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See all the sights of the Nation's Capital on this hop on hop off tour with 4 routes to choose from!


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)

Operating Hours

Daily from 09:00 to 17:00 every 20-30 minutes

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  • Guide

  • Admission to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

  • Free regular-sized coffee with any purchase at Corner Bakery Café

  • Big Bus-Garrett Popcorn voucher

  • Wi-Fi access

  • Pre-recorded commentary

  • Hop-on Hop-off Ticket
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24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Double Decker Bus Tour

Available: Daily
Inclusions: Guide / Admission to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum / Free regular-sized coffee with any purchase at Corner Bakery Café / Big Bus-Garrett Popcorn voucher / Wi-Fi access / Pre-recorded commentary / Hop-on Hop-off Ticket

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Location and direction

Please exchange vouchers and bus tickets at the Union Station of Red Loop / Yellow Loop when boarding the bus from each bus stop or beforehand. You can start riding from each bus stop.

Bus Operating Hours:
Red Loop: first bus departs Stop #1 - Union Station at 9:00. Full circuit is 1 hour and 40 minutes. Buses arrive every 30 minutes. Last departure is at 17:00.

Blue Loop: first bus departs Stop #22 - Washington Monument West at 9:00. Full circuit is 55 minutes. Buses arrive every 30 minutes. Last departure is at 17:00.

Yellow Loop: first bus departs Stop #27 - Lincoln Memorial North & Vietnam Memorial at 9:00. Full circuit is 80 minutes. Buses arrive every 30 minutes. Last departure is at 17:00.

Please be advised that bus frequency is subject to traffic conditions and cannot be guaranteed.
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  • Although there are certain buses that are wheelchair accessible, please note that not all of the buses will be able to accommodate guests with accessibility needs.

  • This activity is wheelchair accessible.

  • Children of all ages can participate in this activity.

Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • Printed VELTRA voucher

  • Walking shoes

  • Comfortable clothing

  • Camera

  • Sweatshirt / light jacket

Additional Note(s)
  • The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.

  • The activity provider does not assume any responsibility for your valuables and/or personal belongings.

  • Gratuity is not included in the price.

  • You must have a printed copy of your VELTRA voucher to present upon check-in. You will not be able to participate in this activity if you only have a digital copy on your mobile device.

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By fasr the best way to see Washington. We had a 3 day pass and made full use of it. Great value for money.


The bus was a great way to get around. We loved the drivers and all of the interesting facts they had to share. Sometimes it was just to get off of your feet and see DC from the top of the bus. The 48 hour tour was so worth it. We enjoyed the boat ride and the kids loved the wax museum. more

Tracy Estrada



Easy purchase - great choice! Best way to see the city!n


Great tour for the price. Loved my final bus driver he went above and beyond.


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. more


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.


Perfect website, perfect prices, perfect and f竏堙可ャツーst connection.


On line booking of our Big Bus tour of DC was simple and quick. Thank you.


Do not forget the night tour. It's not just the same route or information as tours during day time. We got off the bus and th...e guide brought us to sites and give even more information about the attractions. Visiting the Lincoln and MLK Jr memorials at night is a must. The tour guide was very considerate and friendly. Some of the jokes, well, might be a little bit too cheesy but when it comes to instructions and reminders, he did an excellent job to accommodate us well. more

Yat Hei

All excellent


We live in Mexico and the tours in the bus seems very good. We choose the 2 day pass.


very informative. people in the ticket area very helpful. the place was full of history, friendly drivers.

maria theresa

The tour was nice however the bus did get overcrowded because of the rainy weather. The top should be covered when it rains/snows.... more


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.


The buses were quite full and not frequent enough for a Saturday. Several times while I was waiting for the bus, I saw the Old Tow...n Trolley came by and wished I had taken the other one instead. more


We purchased a 48 hour pass but only used 1 day....too much time wasted waiting for next bus. Night-time tour was great. Highly... recommend that. more


The main problem is it's extremely difficult to locate the stops unless you have already been on the route and know where the...y are - not signposted as well as similar tours I have done elsewhere! more


We had to wait a lot to get on the bus and it was super crowded. It was not worth the money. We were so disappointed we didn'...t even use the second day on the ticket. more


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