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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.

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

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.

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 $8 an hour per person. Alternatively, enjoy $5 OFF per person for any bike tour or Segway tour. 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+).

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.

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

You can change your ticket date!

This ticket is fully flexible, which means you can change your ticket date to another travel date within 14 days of your original date, up to 72 hours before beginning your bus tour! Just contact us to learn more.

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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
  • Madame Tussauds **CLOSED**
  • 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


FDR and MLK Memorial 121 West Basin Drive SW (Between FDR and MLK Memorials)
First Stop 09:50
Last Stop 17:50
FDR and MLK Memorial


Lincoln Memorial & Korean War Memorial 100 Daniel French Drive SW (next to Korean War Memorial)
First Stop 09:56
Last Stop 17:56
Lincoln Memorial & Korean War Memorial


The White House & Willard Hotel 1401 Pennsylvannia Avenue NW (outside Willard Hotel, near corner with 15th St. NW)
First Stop 10:47
Last Stop 18:47
The White House & Willard Hotel


Arlington Cemetery 1 Memorial Avenue (in the bus parking zone)
First Stop 10:07
Last Stop 16:30
Arlington Cemetery


The Wharf & Potomac Boat Cruise 800 Maine Ave SW (north-east corner of Maine Ave SW & 9th St)
First Stop 11:12
Last Stop 19:12
The Wharf & Potomac Boat Cruise


Washington Monument West 2 15th St NW (On Raoul Wallenburg Place, between Jefferson & Independence Aves.)
First Stop 09:39
Last Stop 17:39
Washington Monument West


L’Enfant Plaza & International Spy Museum 700 L'Enfant Plaza SW (at crosswalk on NW corner of Spy Museum)
First Stop 09:30
Last Stop 17:30
L’Enfant Plaza & International Spy Museum


City Center & Chinatown 610 10th Street NW
First Stop 10:40
Last Stop 18:40
City Center & Chinatown


Lincoln Memorial North & Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bus stop at SE corner of 23rd Street NW and Constitution Ave NW
First Stop 10:02
Last Stop 18:02
Lincoln Memorial North & Vietnam Veterans Memorial


Natural History Museum Corner of 10th St NW & Constitution Ave (in front of the Natural History Museum)
First Stop 10:30
Last Stop 18:30
Natural History Museum


Jefferson Memorial East Basin Dr SW at Jefferson Memorial (bus stop along from refreshment kiosk)
First Stop 09:45
Last Stop 17:45
Jefferson Memorial


US Capitol at Garfield Circle 2436 Rayburn House Office Bldg (East Side of Garfield Circle)
First Stop 10:58
Last Stop 18:58
US Capitol at Garfield Circle

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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