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Washington DC Tourist Bus
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the service starts
From
(-10%) US$ 49
US$ 44.10
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the service starts
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Explore Washington DC in the most comfortable and practical way. Get to know the history of the American capital as you visit its most important sites on a double-decker open-top bus that you can hop on and off at any stop to explore the city at your own pace.

Routes and stops

The Washington DC Tourist Bus has three different routes with more than forty stops, making it an excellent way to see all the best bits of this fascinating city. The red line takes you to the American capital's most important landmarks, including the White House, and offers fantastic views of the National Mall. The blue line is dedicated to the unmissable monuments erected in honour of the nation's heroes: you'll see the Arlington Ceremony and the Lincoln Memorial, amongst others. Travel back in time on the yellow line, which heads to the city's most historic neighbourhoods, including the Georgetown area. Learn all about the city's past, present and future from the commentary as you discover DC.

Other unforgettable stops on the routes are the Capitol building, the Washington Monument and the Pentagon as well as the different war memorials.

Consult a city map showing further details of the different loops and all of the stops via the following link:

Combining the three Big Bus routes is the ideal way to explore Washington DC from all perspectives.

Options

Choose between the following options to tailor your Big Bus tour to your trip:

  • Classic 1 day ticket: includes unlimited use of Big Buses for one day.
  • Premium 2 day ticket: includes unlimited travel by Big Bus for two days, plus entry to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.
  • Deluxe 2 day ticket: as well as unlimited use of the Big Bus tour buses for two days and entry to Madame Tussauds, as well as enjoying a boat trip (expect in January and February).
  • Night tour: if you'd prefer to explore DC at night and enjoy the impressive sight of the city's illuminated skyline, you can choose to reserve the Big Bus night tour. This tour lasts two hours and does not make any stops along the way.

How does it work?

Your ticket will be valid for 1 or 2 consecutive days after the first use. During this time, you can get on and off the buses as many times as you'd like and explore the city's monuments at your leisure. You could stop off and visit the Smithsonian Museum, the Jefferson Memorial and the National Museum of American History to learn more about the nation's legendary history.

Although you must select a date when booking, your ticket will be valid for 12 months following this date. When you book we'll send you a voucher by email which On the first day, you'll have to redeem the voucher at the first stop on the route, specified in the temporary closures and timetables section.

Timetable and frequency

  • Main monuments and National Mall Tour (red line): departures every 20 to 30 minutes between 9 am and 5 pm (spring and summer) and from 9 am to 4 pm (autumn and winter). Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Heroes Tour (blue line): every 30 minutes from 9:15 am to 5:15 pm (spring and summer) and 9:15 am to 4:14 pm (autumn and winter). Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Historical Neighbourhoods Tour (yellow line): hourly between 9 am and 5 pm (spring and summer) and between 9 am and 4 pm (autumn and winter). Duration: 1 hour
  • Night Tour: daily departures at 6 pm from 700 L'Enfant Plaza.

Temporary closures and schedules

Until further notice, the San Francisco Sightseeing Bus will only operate the Red and Blue Lines and the Night Tour with the following:

  • Red Line: departure Monday through Sunday from 700 L'Enfant Plaza SW from 10 am to 5 pm, every 60 minutes.
  • Blue Line: departs Monday-Sunday from the Lincoln Memorial, corner of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial from 10:35 am to 3:35 pm, every 60 minutes. 
  • Night Tour: departs Thursday to Sunday from 700 L'Enfant Plaza SW at 7 pm. 
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Price

Adults Children between 5 and 15 years old Children under 5 years old
Classic 1 day ticket
US$ 49 US$ 44.10
US$ 39 US$ 35.10
Free
Premium 2 day ticket
US$ 59 US$ 53.10
US$ 49 US$ 44.10
Free
Deluxe 2 day ticket
US$ 69 US$ 62.10
US$ 59 US$ 53.10
Free
Night tour
US$ 49 US$ 44.10
US$ 39 US$ 35.10
Free

Classic 1 day ticket

  • Adults

    US$ 49 US$ 44.10
  • Children between 5 and 15 years old

    US$ 39 US$ 35.10
  • Children under 5 years old

    Free

Premium 2 day ticket

  • Adults

    US$ 59 US$ 53.10
  • Children between 5 and 15 years old

    US$ 49 US$ 44.10
  • Children under 5 years old

    Free

Deluxe 2 day ticket

  • Adults

    US$ 69 US$ 62.10
  • Children between 5 and 15 years old

    US$ 59 US$ 53.10
  • Children under 5 years old

    Free

Night tour

  • Adults

    US$ 49 US$ 44.10
  • Children between 5 and 15 years old

    US$ 39 US$ 35.10
  • Children under 5 years old

    Free

More Information

Covid-19 Measures

All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations to avoid the spread of Covid-19. Show more

The use of masks is obligatory. Masks will be given to those clients who do not have their own.

Alcohol gel will be available before, during, and after the service.

All those running the service (guide, driver etc...) will wear a mask throughout its duration.

All those running the service (guide, driver etc...) will wear gloves throughout its duration.

Disinfected radio units will be provided, and headphones will be single-use.

Handing out of printed material such as maps or brochures will be avoided.

The transport used will be disinfected before and after each service and deep-cleaned every 24 hours.

Alcoholic drinks are not available.

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Duration

1 day - 2 days.

Language The activity takes place with recorded commentary en en english.

The activity takes place with recorded commentary en en english.

Included

Unlimited use of Big Bus Washington DC during selected time.

Headphones for each passenger.

Skip the line ticket to Madame Tussauds Wax Musuem (optional).

Boat cruise (optional).

Walking tour of White House Lawns (between May and September, optional).

Night tour (optional).

10% discount on the official ticket price.

When to book?

You can book up to the start time, as long as there are places remaining. Book now to guarantee your spot.

Type of voucher

Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.

Accessibility

Varies according to the attraction included.

Sustainability

All services published on Civitatis are carried out in accordance with our Sustainability Code. Specifically, this activity applies the following practices: Show more

No printing of documentation required.

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Pet-friendly?

Not permitted.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

If you have any other questions please contact us.

From
(-10%) US$ 49
US$ 44.10
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the service starts

Free cancellation

Free! Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the activity starts. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.