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See the best of Washington DC with our Essential 2-day hop-on, hop-off bus tour. Discover the capital's landmarks and attractions with Big Bus Tours!

Hop-on, Hop-off

Explore Washington DC at your own pace.

Make the most of your time in Washington DC with our flexible hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tours. Explore the capital city's sights at your own pace - simply hop off the bus at any of our conveniently located stops, and rejoin when you're ready. Please note: tickets valid for more than 1 day must be used across consecutive days.

Pre-recorded Commentary

Available on all buses.

All buses feature pre-recorded commentary, available via complimentary headphones. Languages include English, French, German, Spanish & Brazilian Portuguese

Cherry Blossom Pink Loop

Preferred Tour of the Washington D.C. Cherry Blossom Festival.

Get the best views of this year’s Cherry Blossom bloom on our Pink Loop Bus Tour! Hop on at our Washington Monument West Stop (#6) for a 90-minute journey around Washington D.C.'s Tidal Basin. Head up to the top deck of our open top buses to see above the crowds and enjoy uninterrupted views and photo opportunities of the Washington D.C. Cherry Blossoms. You'll see iconic landmarks like the Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument and Martin Luther King Jr Memorial, beautifully framed by the cherry blossoms and reflected in the peaceful waters of Tidal Basin. For detailed stop and scheduling information, please see our Pink Loop Timetable.

Red Loop

Hop on for a tour of DC's top sights

Our Red Loop journeys through the heart of Washington DC, passing famous landmarks like the White House, Capitol Hill, Jefferson Memorial, Smithsonian Castle, and many more. Sit back and relax on our open-top buses while our virtual guides share facts and stories about the capital, or hop on and hop off to explore at your own pace – our stops are positioned at key points of interest throughout the city. For more detailed stop and scheduling information, see our Red Loop Timetable.

Hotel Shuttle

Morning transfers from the Mayflower, Hilton & Marriott

Big Bus Tours offers morning transfers from The Mayflower Hotel, Washington Hilton and Georgetown Marriott. Read more on our Hotel Transfers Page.

Authorized National Park Service Concessioner

Big Bus Tours gets you closest to meaningful monuments and memorials.

Big Bus Washington DC is 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 meaningful monuments and memorials.

See all the top Landmarks

Our carefully designed sightseeing tours take you closest to the Washington DC's famous landmarks.

Take in the neo-classical grandeur of the USA's capital city with Big Bus. We'll take you to all the famous landmarks, including The White House, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, National Cathedral, and many more. Sit back, relax and capture the sights from our open-top double-deckers, or hop off to explore and visit the city's world-renowned attractions.

One-Way Monuments Water Taxi

Enjoy iconic views across the Potomac River

Take a 45-minute one-way boat ride along the Potomac River to see DC's famous monuments and landmarks, with stunning reflective views of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and more.
Important Info: The City Experiences Water Taxi operates daily (closed Jan–Feb).
Departs from The Wharf (Transit Pier, 950 Wharf St SW) at 12:30, 14:30 & 16:30.
Departs The Dock at Georgetown (3100 K St NW) at 13:30, 15:30 & 17:30.
Present your booking confirmation to a Big Bus Tours representative before boarding the Water Taxi.
Ticket valid for a one-way journey only.
Audio guide available via City Experiences app. Note that Georgetown Dock is NOT wheelchair accessible. Call +1 877-511-2628 for more information.

Bike Rental Offer

Discover DC on two wheels with Unlimited Biking.

Rent a bike for one hour and get an additional hour free with Unlimited Biking. Rental includes bike, helmet, basket, lock, roadside assistance and an illustrated map featuring key routes and attractions. Bike rental is $10 an hour per person. Bikes are to be collected and dropped off at Unlimited Biking Washington DC (998 Maine Avenue SW, Washington DC 20024). On arrival please present your ticket (issued by BBT staff member), your passport or ID card, and a credit card. Please note: all guests must be able to ride their own bike. No guest under the age of 18 will be supplied with a bike without the consent of an accompanying adult (18+).

Great Extras

This ticket includes great discounts for DC attractions and shopping!

Simply present your Essential or Explore Ticket at the following Washington DC businesses to enjoy a variety of savings and discounts: Free Souvenir from I ❤️ DC Gifts | $5 off an ARTECHOUSE Anytime Ticket | 10% off your purchase at the Spy Museum Gift Shop | $5 off a Segway Tour at Unlimited Biking. For more information, please visit our Great Extras page.

25% off Sunset Tour

See the city at sunset!

This ticket entitles you to a 25% discount on our Sunset Tour. Simply see a Big Bus Tours staff member to book your discounted Sunset Tour, or visit our Booking Portal after purchasing this ticket.

Free Mobile App

Now with live bus arrival times!

Download our free mobile app for the perfect pocket companion to your sightseeing adventure. Our new live bus arrival times feature shows you exactly where the bus is along the route, along with an ETA for your nearest stop! This gives you the freedom to make the most of your time exploring. In addition to live bus arrival times, you'll also get detailed maps and route information, stop images, walking directions, facts about famous landmarks and attractions, ticket offers and more. Save memory-making minutes on your city adventure with the Big Bus Tours App!

Check Service

Plan ahead for your tour with our service updates

Visit our Service Information Page for up-to-date information about our current service.

Fully Flexible Bus Ticket

You can change your bus tour date for free!

This bus tour ticket is fully flexible, which means you can change your bus tour date to another date for free! To change your bus tour date, please contact us to speak to our friendly Customer Service team. To learn more, visit our Flexible Tickets page.

2 Routes

Our Washington DC Sightseeing Routes

Experience Washington DC's most famous landmarks and attractions with Big Bus Tours. You'll enjoy unique, top-deck views of the capital's best sights, including the White House, Capitol Hill, Jefferson Memorial, Smithsonian Castle, and many more.

  • The Old Stone House
  • Smithsonian Castle
  • Sackler / Freer Gallery
  • The National Gallery of Art
  • The Exorcist Steps
  • Bureau of Engraving
  • Woodrow Wilson House
  • Smithsonian National Zoo
  • American History Museum
  • Bike and Roll Rental
  • Botanical Garden
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • National Air and Space Museum
  • National Museum of Natural History
  • St. Matthew’s Cathedral
  • The Renwick Gallery
  • The Walter E. Convention Centre
  • American Indian Museum
  • Artechouse
  • Hirshhorn Museum
  • Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • The National Archives Museum
  • Ulysses Grant Memorial
  • Union Station
  • WWII Memorial
  • US Treasury
  • Vietnam Memorial
  • Rock Creek Park
  • Embassy Row
  • The Bishop’s Garden
  • Washington National Cathedral
  • Albert Einstein Memorial
  • Arlington Cemetery
  • Folger Shakespeare Library
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial
  • Ford's Theatre
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • Peace Monument
  • Jefferson Memorial
  • U.S Capitol
  • Library of Congress
  • Martin Luther King Memorial
  • White House
  • Georgetown Canal
  • James A Garfield Monument
  • Japanese American Memorial
  • Korean War Memorial
  • Pentagon Memorial
  • Washington Monument
  • Black Lives Matter Plaza
  • M and Wisconsin Avenue shops
  • Pentagon City Mall
  • Uno Pizzeria & Grill
  • Chinatown
  • Hard Rock Cafe


The Wharf & Potomac Boat Cruise 800 Maine Ave SW (north-east corner of Maine Ave SW & 9th St)
First Stop 09:56
Last Stop 16:56
The Wharf & Potomac Boat Cruise


US Capitol at Garfield Circle 2436 Rayburn House Office Bldg (East Side of Garfield Circle)
First Stop 09:39
Last Stop 16:39
US Capitol at Garfield Circle


Washington Monument East 1400 Jefferson Dr. SW (on Jefferson Dr. SW, corner of 14th St. by Bike Racks)
First Stop 10:57
Last Stop 17:57
Washington Monument East


Air & Space Museum 600 Independence Ave SW (Outside main entrance on Independence Ave)
First Stop 09:45
Last Stop 16:45
Air & Space Museum


City Center & Chinatown 610 10th Street NW
First Stop 11:13
Last Stop 18:13
City Center & Chinatown


The White House & Willard Hotel 1401 Pennsylvannia Avenue NW (outside Willard Hotel, near corner with 15th St. NW)
First Stop 11:20
Last Stop 18:20
The White House & Willard Hotel


Natural History Museum Corner of 10th St NW & Constitution Ave (in front of the Natural History Museum)
First Stop 11:03
Last Stop 18:03
Natural History Museum


L’Enfant Plaza & International Spy Museum 700 L'Enfant Plaza SW (at crosswalk on NW corner of Spy Museum)
First Stop 09:50
Last Stop 16:50
L’Enfant Plaza & International Spy Museum


Union Station Bus passenger pick-up in front of Union Station (50 Massachusetts Ave NE)
First Stop 09:30
Last Stop 16:30
Union Station


World War II Memorial 18th & Constitution Ave NW (in bus inlet front of Constitution Gardens)
First Stop 10:40
Last Stop 17:40
World War II Memorial


Washington Monument West 2 15th St NW (On Raoul Wallenburg Place, between Jefferson & Independence Aves.)
First Stop 10:00
Last Stop 17:00
Washington Monument West


Bureau of Engraving & Holocaust Musuem 266 Raoul Wallenberg Pl (at bus stop by bike lane)
First Stop 10:05
Last Stop 17:06
Bureau of Engraving & Holocaust Musuem


Jefferson Memorial East Basin Dr SW at Jefferson Memorial (bus stop along from refreshment kiosk)
First Stop 10:10
Last Stop 17:12
Jefferson Memorial


FDR and MLK Memorial 121 West Basin Drive SW (Between FDR and MLK Memorials)
First Stop 10:15
Last Stop 17:20
FDR and MLK Memorial


Lincoln Memorial & Korean War Memorial 100 Daniel French Drive SW (next to Korean War Memorial)
First Stop 10:20
Last Stop 17:28
Lincoln Memorial & Korean War Memorial


Lincoln Memorial North & Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bus stop at SE corner of 23rd Street NW and Constitution Ave NW
First Stop 10:25
Last Stop 17:35
Lincoln Memorial North & Vietnam Veterans Memorial


Arlington Cemetery 1 Memorial Avenue (in the bus parking zone)
First Stop 10:33
Last Stop 16:30
Arlington Cemetery

Big Bus Tours is the largest operator of open-top bus sightseeing tours in the world, providing sightseeing tours in 22 cities across four continents.

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