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Washington DC Open Top Sightseeing Bus Tour Tour Code: 243-285

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Washington, DC
See the sights of Washington, D.C. aboard a new open-top double-decker bus. This tour operates as a hop-on, hop-off tour that encompasses 25 stops throughout the nation's capital. Enjoy the luxury and comfort of our new equipment with the added benefit of a two-day unlimited use ticket.
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Price (/person)
    Adult $49
    (5-15 yrs)

Pricing Policy

Activity Option Date / Date Range AdultChild
Big Bus Patriot Tour - Red Loop Only - Surcharge Year round -$10-$6
Big Bus Premium Tour - Surcharge Year round $10$10
Big Bus 2-Day Deluxe Tour - Surcharge Year round $20$20
  • Infants aged 2 years and under are free of charge
  • Children ages 3 to 11 eligible for child discount price
  • View Map
    * Please note the Tour Map is subject to change.

    To view a map of the tour route: Click Here
    To view a list of stops: Click Here

    The full circle takes approximately 2.5 hours to complete. Enjoy these sites and many more within walking distance. Book now and save!

      Note about July 4th:
      • There will be major detours on the 4th of July. Big Bus will be running the purple loop only. The purple loop is the red and yellow loop combined.
        No Blue Loop / No Night Tour
      • Unfortunately, Taketours has no control over these road closures. We will do our best to ensure that you still have an opportunity to explore the city of Washington, D.C. We hope that these road closures do not inconvenience you too much as you can still enjoy your sightseeing experience with Taketours.

    Tour Options:

    • 24 or 48 Hour Hop On Hop Off Pass: Unlimited access from 9 AM - 6 PM for the duration of your pass.
      • Free add-ons for either a 24 or 48-hour ticket include: complementary admission ticket to Madame Tussauds, free War Memorial and Secrets and Scandals Walking Tours
      • Free add-ons for a 48-hour ticket purchase only include: Crime and Punishment Museum
      • Please note that when you purchase tickets, your voucher will have a departure time of 4 PM; that just identifies the last bus departure time of the day. You can board the bus at any of the stops, any time after the first bus departures in the morning at 9 AM. Your 24 or 48 hours will begin when boarding the bus and exchanging your voucher for tickets.

      Classic Tour (24-HOUR) Includes Red Loop,Blue Loop,Yellow Loop.
      Unlimited Hop-on Hop-off for a 24 hour period
      Admission to Madame Tussauds

      Deluxe Tour (48-HOUR) Includes Red Loop,Blue Loop,Yellow Loop.
      Unlimited Hop-on Hop-off for a 48 hour period
      Admission to Madame Tussauds
      Free night Tour (starts at 7:30pm from the Willard Hotel and 7:30pm from Union Station)
      1 Free Hour Bike rental (With purchase of one hour.)

      Patriot Tour (24 HOUR) Includes Red Loop.
      Unlimited Hop-on Hop-off for 24 Hour period.

      Night Tour (Duration: 1.5 Hours)

    • Open Top Washington D.C. by Night Tour: Join a live guide for a 2.5 hour fully narrated Moonlight tour to see all the major DC landmarks and monuments lit up at night. Tour will run Mon - Sat from 6:30-9:30pm (Jan 2 - Mar10, Oct 31-Dec 30) 7:30-10:00pm (Mar 11 - October 29)

      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 (Getting off here gets you near BLUE LOOP SWITCHOVER POINT)
      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
      21. National Archives and National Art Gallery
      22. Liaison Hyatt Hotels

      Blue Loop Only (Buses come around every 30 minutes)

      23. Washington Monument West (the main transfer point for the Blue Loop, first bus leaves at 9 am, RED LOOP SWITCHOVER POINT)
      24. Lincoln Memorial South Korean War Memorial
      25. Lincoln Memorial North Vietnam War Memorial
      26. Arlington National Cemetery
      27. Pentagon City Mall

      Yellow Loop (First departure is at 9:15 am from the Lincoln Memorial North and Vietnam Memorial Stop; a full loop lasts 1 hour, 30 minutes long; buses come every 30 minutes)

      28. Lincoln Memorial North and Vietnam Memorial (RED LOOP SWITCHOVER POINT)
      29. World War II Memorial (RED LOOP SWITCHOVER POINT)
      30. Washington Monument East
      31. American History Museum
      32. Natural History Museum
      33. Convention Center
      34. City Center
      35. Ford's Theatre Madame Tussauds
      36. White House
      37. White House and US Treasury
      38. White House North
      39. Mayflower Hotel
      40. Dupont Circle
      41. Washington Hilton (GREEN LOOP SWITCHOVER POINT)
      42. Washington Circle Hotel
      43. Georgetown Canal Shops
      44. Georgetown Harbor
      45. Four Seasons Hotel
      46. Kennedy Center

      Green Loop: ONLY AVAILABLE ON DELUXE TOUR (First departure is from the Washington Hilton at 9 am and a full loop lasts an hour long; buses come every 30 minutes)

      47. Washington Hilton (YELLOW LOOP SWITCHOVER POINT)
      48. Adams Morgan
      49. Woodley Park
      50. Smithsonian National Zoo
      51. Washington National Cathedral
      52. Embassy Row

    • Lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe
      Complete your tour of the city with an authentic rock-n-roll dining experience. You'll be surrounded by 17 plasma displays as you dine with the stars and marvel at our world famous collection of memorabilia. Includes a deluxe cheeseburger, fries and a drink.
    • Washington, DC

      Washington, DC
      The capital of the United States of America sits on the scenic Potomac River. Monuments, museums, and Americana characterize this historic city, which is located in the District of Columbia between the states of Maryland and Virginia.

      Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

      Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
      also named President Museum. The Washington, DC arm of this worldwide phenomenon is a sight to behold. Amazingly and sometimes eerily lifelike figures line the halls of this art museum in the form of celebrities and politicians both famous and infamous.

      International Spy Museum

      International Spy Museum
      Dedicated to all things espionage, the International Spy Museum houses exhibits and collections that detail the history of spying. It features many informative films and interactive activities, like Spy in the City, an GPS-based scavenger hunt.

      National Aquarium

      Although the National Aquarium in Washington, D.C. was smaller than its Baltimore counterpart, with the experience taking around 45 minutes, it was the nation's first free and public aquarium.It closed on September 30, 2013, after 140 years.

      National Museum of Crime and Punishment

      A privately owned museum dedicated to the history of criminology and penology in the United States.
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    Location Address
    Washington, DC 50 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002 (Union Station- Washington, DC )
  • Operating Times: Daily - First departure is at 9am from Union Station and last departure is at 4pm, also from Union Station.
  • Departure Times: Every 30 Minutes
  • Main stop: Location: Union Station [1 40 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002]
  • Price Includes

    • Unlimited use for 24-hour (Classic Tour, 46 stops without Green Loop) or 48-hour (Deluxe Tour, 52 stops with Green Loop); You will receive a complementary night tour pass when you redeem Deluxe (48 Hours) ticket.
    • Hotel pick-ups on the route mentioned in departure and return
    • 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

    Price Excludes

    • Meals and beverages
    • Gratuities Optional
    • Hotel Transfers are NOT Available


    • You will receive an confirmation email (e-ticket) after your order was received. Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your Confirmation Email (e-ticket). When you reserve your attractions and services you will be asked to print e-tickets to present when you arrive at your destination. You must print the e-tickets and take them along on your trip; they are your proof of purchase.

    Terms & Condition

    • All purchases are subject to re-confirmation within one business day after booking.
    • Standard Cancellation and Refund policy (please read before booking)
    • Prices may vary subject to availability/season/weekend/holiday.
    • We reserve right to cancel a schedule to fully refund affected customers although we will make every effort to maintain the regular operation.

    Additional Note

    • Features Include: Air conditioning, best views from rooftop 13 feet high with no windows, comfortable seats, most stops of any company, frequent departures, entertaining and learning narration, ticket valid for unlimited 2 days, 2 hour full tour of Washington DC, and children under 4 ride free.

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    • Marquita

    • This was a great tour. I have been to Washington DC many times. I didn't feel like walking so we caught the bus. Our guide Kenneth was wonderful. He was funny and told unbelievable stories for each attraction. I d id the night tour- it is something wonderful to see DC lit up at night. I had plenty of time to take amazing pictures. Sitting up top you get great pictures. It poured rain towards the end, but it was an amazing time. Tony was a great driver and they both kept us entertained. This is definitely worth it!
    • I recommend this tour! 0 2

    • joyce

    • What a great way to get oriented and learn your way around Washington, DC! The tour covered the most wanted to see locations and the hop on hop off is a great idea!
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