Top Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Tour guide helping a group of tourists

    Where can I buy a ticket for the tour?

  2. Where can I buy a ticket for the tour?

    You can purchase tickets either on this website, on the bus, from a uniformed member of Big Bus Washington DC's staff, at most hotels, or by calling us directly.

  3. Father and son on a Big Bus Washington DC

    What time do tours start and how often do buses run?

  4. What time do tours start and how often do buses run?

    Red Loop - Official Tour of the National Mall:
    First Bus: 9:00am from Stop #1: Union Station
    Last Full-Circuit Tour: 4:00pm from Stop #1: Union Station
    Last Bus: 4:00pm from Stop #1: Union Station
    Full Circuit Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes (approx.)
    Bus Frequency: every 30 minutes.

    Blue Loop - Heroes Tour:
    First Bus: 9:00am from Stop #23: Lincoln Memorial North & Vietnam War Memorial
    Last Full-Circuit Tour: 2:30pm from Stop #23: Lincoln Memorial North & Vietnam War Memorial
    Last Bus: 4:00pm at Stop #23: Lincoln Memorial North & Vietnam War Memorial
    Full Circuit Time: 55 minutes (approx.)
    Bus Frequency: every 30 minutes.

    Yellow Loop - Historic Neighborhoods:
    First Bus: 9:00am from Stop #29: Lincoln Memorial North & Vietnam War Memorial
    Last Full-Circuit Tour: 2:00pm from Stop #29: Lincoln Memorial North & Vietnam War Memorial
    Last Bus: 4:00pm at Stop #29: Lincoln Memorial North & Vietnam War Memorial
    Full Circuit Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes (approx.)
    Bus Frequency: every 30 minutes.

    Panoramic Night Tour:
    First Tour: 6:00pm from Stop #20: White House (departs from outside the Willard Hotel)
    Last Tour: 6:30pm from Stop #1: Union Station
    Full Circuit Time: 2 hours (approx.)
    Please Note: Arrive in good time to secure your seat. Please note that the Night Tour is not a hop-on, hop-off tour. Tour times are subject to traffic, weather and other events, so please contact us or check with a member of staff for the most up-to-date scheduling information.

  5. Couple looking at a Big Bus tour map

    Where can I start the tour?

  6. Where can I start the tour?

    You can hop on our bus tours from over 40 different bus stops. Please click here to find a bus stop.

  7. Passengers on an open-top Big Bus sightseeing tour

    How long does the tour take?

  8. How long does the tour take?

    Red Loop - Official Tour of the National Mall: 1 hour, 40 minutes (approx.)
    Blue Loop - Heroes Tour 55 minutes (approx.)
    Yellow Loop - Historic Neighborhoods: 1 hour, 40 minutes (approx.)
    Panoramic Night Tour: 2 hours (approx.)

    Please Note: Arrive in good time to secure your seat. Please note that the Night Tour is not a hop-on, hop-off tour. Tour times are subject to traffic, weather and other events, so please contact us or check with a member of staff for the most up-to-date scheduling information.

More Questions & Answers

Tell me about the Big Bus Tour of Washington DC?

Big Bus Tours Washington DC offers unmissable sightseeing tours of the nation's capital city on open-top, double-decker buses. Passing all the most famous landmarks and attractions, Big Bus Tours also feature entertaining and informative commentary, provided by experienced guides or via pre-recorded commentary, available in several languages through complimentary headphones distributed when you board the bus. You can hop on and off the bus as much as you like, from over 40 different stops. Big Bus Tours Washington DC is also the authorized interpretive transportation services concessioner of the National Park Service and National Mall & Memorial Parks. As the official sightseeing tour of the National Mall & Memorial Parks, Big Bus Tours gets you closer to the monuments and memorials that are meaningful to you and the nation.

What can I see and visit?

Hop on to discover, and hop off to explore. Big Bus Tours Washington DC gives you a unique, top-deck perspective on iconic landmarks like the White House, Smithsonian Castle, Arlington National Cemetery, and many more. You're free to hop off at any stop to visit the city's magnificent monuments, museums and memorials, or you can stay on board for the entire tour circuit to experience it all in one go! Learn more about what to see and do in Washington DC over on our Discover Washington DC page.

What is the child ticketing policy?

Child tickets are available for children aged between 5 and 15 years. Children aged 4 years and under may travel free of charge. Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied by an adult. Strollers and pushchairs must be folded and stowed on the lower deck.

Do I need to specify a date for travel?

No, you can use your ticket on any date. If you purchase a 2-day or 3-day ticket you must use it over consecutive days.
You're welcome to buy your ticket on the day from a Big Bus Tours staff member, but please note that discounts offered online are not available for same-day purchases.

Is there a discount available for groups?

Yes, discounts are available for groups of twenty or more. For more information on group sales please email us at SalesDC@bigbustours.com.

What time are the first and last buses?

Red Loop - Official Tour of the National Mall:
First Bus: 9:00am from Stop #1: Union Station
Last Full-Circuit Tour: 4:00pm from Stop #1: Union Station
Last Bus: 4:00pm from Stop #1: Union Station
Full Circuit Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes (approx.)
Bus Frequency: every 30 minutes.

Blue Loop - Heroes Tour:
First Bus: 9:00am from Stop #23: Lincoln Memorial North & Vietnam War Memorial
Last Full-Circuit Tour: 2:30pm from Stop #23: Lincoln Memorial North & Vietnam War Memorial
Last Bus: 4:00pm at Stop #23: Lincoln Memorial North & Vietnam War Memorial
Full Circuit Time: 55 minutes (approx.)
Bus Frequency: every 30 minutes.

Yellow Loop - Historic Neighborhoods:
First Bus: 9:00am from Stop #29: Lincoln Memorial North & Vietnam War Memorial
Last Full-Circuit Tour: 2:00pm from Stop #29: Lincoln Memorial North & Vietnam War Memorial
Last Bus: 4:00pm at Stop #29: Lincoln Memorial North & Vietnam War Memorial
Full Circuit Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes (approx.)
Bus Frequency: every 30 minutes.

Panoramic Night Tour:
First Tour: 6:00pm from Stop #20: White House (departs from outside the Willard Hotel)
Last Tour: 6:30pm from Stop #1: Union Station
Full Circuit Time: 2 hours (approx.)
Please Note: Arrive in good time to secure your seat. Please note that the Night Tour is not a hop-on, hop-off tour. Tour times are subject to traffic, weather and other events, so please contact us or check with a member of staff for the most up-to-date scheduling information.

Is it possible to hire one of the open-top buses for a private event?

Yes, buses are available for private hires. Please have a look at our Private Hire page to find out more, or contact us to discuss your requirements.

How will I know where to get off?

Our live guides and pre-recorded commentary will communicate upcoming stops.

For more information on routes and times, and what to see and do at each stop location, you can download our free app, available from the App Store or on Google Play.

On which days does the tour operate?

Big Bus Tours Washington DC operates every day of the year. Occasionally, service may be affected by roadworks, city events, poor weather and other unpredictable circumstances. Please check our Service Information page for up-to-date news, or contact us.

What is the policy on bringing pets?

No pets are allowed on board the bus, with the exception of ADA service animals.

What is the food and drink policy?

No food or alcohol is permitted on board the bus. Please feel welcome to bring non-alcoholic drinks in screw-top bottles.

Are accommodations available for persons with disabilities?

Yes, we operate wheelchair accessible vehicles with lifts that can accommodate weight up to 650 pounds. Please be advised that our entire fleet in Washington DC is not wheelchair accessible. If you or your travelling partner(s) requires an ADA accessible vehicle, please contact us no less than 48 hours prior to your planned tour commencement. We can then arrange for a suitable vehicle to be available at the time and location required. If you require a different type of accommodation, please still contact us no less than 48 hours prior to your planned tour commencement so we can make arrangements for an accommodation. Please note that messages left on the office general voicemail do not constitute confirmed arrangements. Please also note that passengers with mobility impairments may not be able to access the upper deck on our buses. We cannot guarantee the accessibility of the various attractions along the tour.

What is included within the ticket?

All tickets include a number of exclusive seasonal offers and discounts at local shops and restaurants. Please visit our Tickets & Passes page to compare ticket inclusions.

Is there commentary available in my language?

Our Red Loop and Yellow Loop tours offer a pre-recorded commentary, broadcast via complimentary headphones.
Commentary is available in the following languages:
  • English
  • Portuguese
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • Mandarin Chinese.


Live, English-speaking guides are in place on Red Loop buses, and all Blue Loop buses.

Contact us

For general enquiries, please get in touch using our contact form. For more specific answers please select one of the options below.