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Washington DC: Hop-On, Hop-Off Open-Top Bus Landmarks Tour

Product ID: 61881
Visit iconic sites in Washington DC with the freedom to curate your exploration of the nation’s capital with three hop-on, hop-off loops to choose from. Combo tour options with water taxi cruise and entry to Madame Tussauds are also available.
About this activity
Duration: 2 hours - 2 days
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Vouchers must be exchanged for tickets.
Instant confirmation
Audio guide/headphones
Spanish, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Visit the iconic sites of Washington, DC
  • Get unlimited hop-on, hop-off privileges for the duration of the purchased ticket period
  • Gaze up at the sights and admire sweeping views from a double-decker bus
  • Enjoy free entry to Madame Tussauds (with the purchase of Premium and Deluxe tickets)
Full description
Visit iconic and historic landmarks in Washington DC and gain sweeping views on the open-top buses with the freedom to explore and hop on and hop off at any and all stops on the three routes around the city.

The Red Loop, the official tour of the National Mall, visits historic sites and landmarks including the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, US Capitol, and many more.

Ready to shop and learn more about the history in Washington, DC? The Blue Loop will transport you across the Potomac to visit Arlington Cemetery and through the history (and to the shops + restaurants) of the beautiful Georgetown.

Don’t worry about getting to the Blue and Red Loops from popular hotels. The Yellow Loop provides pickups and drop-offs during the times of operation at over half-a-dozen hotels in the area, with stops overlapping the Red and Blue loops for ease of transfer.

Only a short stay in Washington, DC? The Classic Iconic Washington, DC Landmarks by Day ticket provides you 1-day hop-on, hop-off access to all three of Big Bus Tours loops on Open-Top buses. Staying a little longer? Choose between the Premium or Deluxe Iconic Washington, DC Landmarks by Day tickets. Both provide you 2-day hop-on, hop-off access to all three of Big Bus Tour loops on the Open-Top buses with entry to Madame Tussauds.

Purchase of a Deluxe ticket provides a water taxi/boat cruise ticket and a complimentary ticket for the Iconic Washington, DC Landmarks by Night: 2-Hour Open-Top Bus Tour with Deluxe ticket purchase.

For a limited time, get a third day of hop-on, hop-off access free with the purchase of either Deluxe or Premium tickets.

Red Loop

• Union Station
• US Capitol and Botanical Garden
• Air & Space Museum
• The Wharf and Potomac Boat Cruise (Water Taxi)
• Spy Museum
• Washington Monument West
• Bureau of Engraving and Holocaust Museum
• Jefferson Memorial
• FDR and MLK Memorial
• Lincoln Memorial and Korean War Memorial
• WWII Memorial
• Washington Monument East
• Natural History Museum
• Ford’s Theater and Madame Tussauds
• The White House & The Willard Hotel
• National Archives and National Art Gallery

Blue Loop
• Washington Monument East
• Arlington National Cemetery
• Rosslyn
• Georgetown Canal & Potomac Boat Cruise (Water Taxi)
• Georgetown Shops
• Washington Circle
• Renwick Gallery
• White House North

Yellow Loop

• Washington Hilton
• Eddie’s Cafe
• White House North
• The White House & The Willard Hotel
• Westin City Center
• Holiday Inn Central
• Beacon Hotel
• White House North
• Mayflower Hotel
• Dupont Circle Area Hotels
  • Unlimited transportation by bus
  • Free admission ticket to Madame Tussauds (with the purchase of premium and deluxe tickets)
  • Free water taxi/boat cruise from Potomac Riverboat Company from the pier at Georgetown or at the District Wharf (with purchase of a deluxe ticket)
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point
Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
Know before you go
• Foreign language audio is available on the red and blue loops; eight additional languages available
• A valid passport or driving license (US residents only) is required for entrance to Arlington National Cemetery. Without this, the entry will be refused
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 358 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.1 / 5
  • Organization
    4 / 5
  • Value for money
    3.9 / 5
  • Safety
    4.4 / 5
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Overall it was a good experience. I liked seeing the staffers at some of the stops. However, it was unorganized at Union Station. I was left at Union Station because the driver said we would leave at 4:10. I arrived from back to the bus from the restroom at 4:08 only to see the bus driving away.

October 21, 2019

We really enjoyed the tour. Everyone at Union Station was extremely helpful. Things can get confusing between catching the blue line, but all you have to do is talk to the staff on the bus. They do their best to make it easy for everyone. The only suggestions for improvement. The web site says hours are until 4 but the last busses run until 5. I would also include an on line map with the on line vouchers and make it clear where you need to pick up the bus. You have to show your on line voucher in order for them to print out your tickets. You would think your on line voucher would be your ticket to show each time you get on and off, but that is not the case. You have to have an actual physical ticket they print out for you.

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October 14, 2019

Good service

I recomend it, the bus was always a few minutes away. We had an issue when we got to DC with the person printing the tickets for the service provider but we called getyouguide and the helped us fast. The B big bus was our provider, they had a good route, provided panchos when it rained and the buss was never late.

August 15, 2019

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Big Bus Tours Washington DC

Product ID: 61881