Washington DC

Hop-On, Hop-Off Tours

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From 49.00
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Duration One Day (Big Bus Premium) or 2 Days (Big Bus Deluxe)




Explore the Nation's Capital and see the incredible historical sights of Washington, DC aboard Big Bus' open-top double-decker bus


  • See all the major DC landmarks and monuments plus Georgetown, Arlington National Cemetery, and many more. The Premium Tour, (24-Hour) and Deluxe Tour, (48-Hour) both include 45 stops total
  • Last double decker leaves Union Station at 5 pm
  • Both Premium and Deluxe tickets include free admission to Madame Tussauds
  • Receive a complementary Bis Bus night tour pass when you redeem your Big Bus Deluxe (48 Hours) tickets with Big Bus. This is different than Gray Line's DC After Dark Tour


  • Ability to purchase tickets, and thus begin tour, at anyone of the 45 stops
  • Hotel pick-ups on the route include the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill and the Liaison Capitol Hill --- 415 New Jersey Ave. NW. This is stop 22 on the Red Loop. On the Yellow Loop, there is the Willard Hotel (Stop 32, at the corner of 15th St. NW and Pennsylvania Ave. NW) the Mayflower Hotel (Stop 35, 1130 Connecticut Ave. NW); the Washington Hilton (Stop 37, Front of hotel T Street); and the Washington Circle Hotel (Stop 41; 1 Washington Circle NW)
  • Unlimited Hop-On, Hop-Off privileges for duration selected
  • Live commentary or recorded commentary in your choice of language
  • Open top double decker bus with air-conditioned lower floor


  • Attraction admissions
  • Food or beverages

Please Note

  • Buses run daily, every 20-30 minutes, with the first departure at 9 a.m. and last departure at 5 p.m. from Union Station.
  • Please bring a copy of your voucher to any of the 45 bus stops and present it to the bus hostess. It will then be exchanged for a ticket.
  • Children under 5 ride free!
  • All tickets purchased after 3:00 pm will be valid for the remainder of that day and the following day.

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60% of reviewers liked this tour
Jul 08 2017
From the bus driver to the ticketing people, all were very friendly, helpful and efficient.
May 05 2017
lots of fun enjoyed it very much
Apr 13 2017
For the service and the limited amount we were able to utilize the buses (due to being full or schedule frequency was too far apart) we paid way too much.
Mar 24 2017
The tours were wonderful. We had a wonderful time on the night tour with Maria as our guide. She was absolutely fantastic!


Explore the Nation's Capital with Big Bus Tours and tailor your sightseeing experience to your schedule and interests! You can start your tour at any stop during our hours of operation. Your ticket is valid for 24 or 48 hours, including unlimited rides during that time.

Come with us to hear all about the people and places that make up the nation’s capital, from the legacy of Abraham Lincoln to present day Washingtonians, from historical buildings to modern urbanism. And, of course, an entertaining and informative narration to bring the sights to life!

Kids and adults alike enjoy the excitement of riding atop a double decker bus with breathtaking views of the city sights. Transportation and attraction in one, it’s the perfect way to explore DC at your own pace!



RED LOOP (First Departure from Union Station at 9 am; a coach departs every 20-30 minutes and a full loop takes two hours)

1. Union Station
2. U.S. Capitol and Botanical Garden
3. American Indian Museum
4. Air and Space Museum
5. Smithsonian Castle
6. Washington Monument West
7. Bureau of Engraving and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
8. Jefferson Memorial
9. MLK and FDR Memorial
10. Lincoln Memorial South and Korean War Memorial
11. Lincoln Memorial North and Vietnam Memorial (YELLOW LOOP SWITCHOVER POINT)
13. Washington Monument East
14. American History Museum
15. Natural History Museum
16. Newseum
17. Portrait Gallery and Spy Museum
18. City Center
19. Ford's Theatre & Madame Tussauds
20. White House
21. National Archives and National Art Gallery
22. Liaison & Hyatt Hotels

BLUE LOOP Only (Buses come around every 30 minutes)

23. Lincoln Memorial North & Vietnam Memorial (the main transfer point for the Blue Loop, first bus leaves at 9 am, RED LOOP SWITCHOVER POINT)
24. WWII Memorial
25. Washington Monument West
26. Bureau of Engraving & Holocaust Museum
27. Pentagon City Mall
28. Arlington National Cemetery

YELLOW LOOP (First departure is at 9 am from the Lincoln Memorial North and Vietnam Memorial Stop; a full loop lasts 1 hour, 30 minutes long; buses come every 30 minutes)

29. Lincoln Memorial North and Vietnam Memorial (RED LOOP SWITCHOVER POINT)
31. Washington Monument East
32. White House South (Willard Hotel)
33. White House & US Treasury
34. White House North
35. Mayflower Hotel
36. Dupont Circle
37. Washington Hilton
38. Adams Morgan
39. National Zoo
40. Woodley Park
41. Washington Circle
42. Old Stone House and M Street Shops
43. Georgetown Canal & Shops
44. Georgetown Harbor
45. Kennedy Center

Hop-on hop-off route map

Redemption Instructions

washingtondc@grayline.com • 1-877-332-8689 • For Big Bus Tours: Present a copy of your printed electronic voucher to a bus hostess at any of the 45stops on the red, blue, or yellow loops to receive your tickets. No confirmation call is required. You DO NOT need to come to Union Station to redeem your vouchers. However, if you plan to start from there, you DO NOT need to go upstairs to the Gray Line office; you can simply present your voucher to a Big Bus representative at their Main Level kiosks, or out front, where their buses are waiting. Call the 1-877 number if you have questions regarding times, location of stops, when the next bus is arriving, etc

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