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Hop-On-Hop-Off Double-Decker Bus Tour in Washington DC

Location: Washington DC, District of Columbia

Duration: Tickets valid for 24 or 48 hours

From $39.95

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When Pierre Charles L'Enfant gazed northward along the banks of the Potomac River in 1791, he envisioned a "pedestal waiting for a monument." Since that day, Washington DC has evolved into a fascinating, lively city. From its celebrated symbols of patriotism to its undiscovered neighborhoods, the sights and sounds of the U.S. capital city inspire millions of visitors every year.

Packed with famous sights and many free attractions, Washington DC offers inspiring experiences, year-round.

Your Hop-On-Hop-Off Double Decker bus tour provides a unique "birds eye" view of the Capital of the United States, visiting all the key locations. Traveling around the famous National Mall, you will see the US Capitol building, the 15 museums of the Smithsonian, the National Archives, the White House, the Washington Monument and the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials...and across the Potomac River in Virginia, you will find the moving Arlington National Cemetery.

You can also enjoy informative and entertaining commentary, which explains Washington DC's interesting history and points out significant buildings and landmarks. This is available in 8 languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese and Japanese.

Choose either 24 or 48 hour tickets and - if you choose the 48 hour option, you'll get free admission to the Crime & Punishment Museum and a free 50-minute cruise along the Potomac River, which is available mid-April through mid-October.

This tour also includes a FREE ticket to the world famous Madame Tussauds Museum and two bonus walking tours (War Memorials and Secrets & Scandals), with both the 24 or 48 hour tickets!

Departure Time:

9:00 am through 4:00 pm daily
(October through February)
8:30 am through 5:00 pm daily

(March through September)

(Time on availability calendar is for booking purposes only and reflects the first daily departure from Union Station)

Departures occur every 15 to 30 minutes during operating hours

Your E-Ticket may be presented to the driver for any departure during operating hours from any of the hop-on-hop-off stops. You must use your 24 or 48 hour ticket within 6 months of your booking date.

Double decker tours offer the best tourist experience in Washington DC. Riding the double decker buses, you will be able to have the most visible sights of famous places like Union Station, the US Capitol building, the White House, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Roosevelt Memorial, World War II Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Korean War Memorial, National Cathedral, Air & Space Museum (and any of 17 other amazing museums - some with free entrance from the Smithsonian Foundation).

Your hop on hop off tickets are valid for either 24 or 48 hours - whichever you purchase - giving you a good orientation of all the city has to offer. Each of the individual tour routes takes 60 to 90 minutes if you stay on the bus...but the hop on hop off facility enables you to visit any of the attractions along each route, such as the Arlington National Cemetery - the most hallowed burial ground of America's fallen military and one of the most visited tourist sites in Washington DC. Also located at Arlington are the Tomb of the Unknown, the Memorial Amphiteatre and the Eternal Flame at the John F. Kennedy burial site.

The tours feature entertaining and informative narration. If you're new to Washington, one option to consider is to ride an entire loop to get a good feel for what you will want to go back and visit as you hop-off and hop-on at various stops on the loop. In a full day, you can make approximately 5-6 stops to visit many, but not all, of the hundreds of available attractions.

PLEASE NOTE

ADA compliant, wheelchair-accessible are available with advance notice. Your E-Ticket will provide instructions for making the necessary arrangements.

The specific routes for these tours may be changed due to weather, road closures or special events in Washington. During holiday periods, closure of roads and streets often results in service diversions and disruptions over which your tour supplier has not control, but they will do their best to ensure you have the opportunity to explore and enjoy Washington, DC. If your reservation is for a holiday period, please ask your guide or driver on the day of the tour for specific information regarding your tour.

Some federal facilities are closed on weekends and holidays; some require timed tickets resulting in extended waiting in line for tours. No timed tickets are included in the tour price.

Three Routes & a Free Trolley Loop

  • The Patriot Tour (Red Loop) is the perfect introduction to the city and takes in all the places that are synonymous with the nation's capital. The White House, U.S. Capitol, Air and Space Museum, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and the Ford's Theatre are just some of the iconic landmarks you will see on the Red Route. Enjoy entertaining live, English commentary on select buses, ONLY on the Grand Tour.
  • The Georgetown Tour (Yellow Loop) also travels throught the City's historic centre, passing the famous Ford Theatre before heading out to discover the old world charm of Georgetown.
  • The Arlington & Pentagon Tour (Blue Loop) takes you across the Potomac River to the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery. Of special note is the journey across the Potomac which provides some fantastic views and photo opportunities.
  • The Green Free Trolley Loop takes you on a traditional trolley ride to the National Zoo and up the winding slope to the National Cathedral.

RED LOOP HIGHLIGHTS
(National Mall - 1 hour & 50 minutes if you don't hop off)

  • UNION STATION
  • U.S. CAPITOL
  • U.S. CAPITOL / BOTANICAL GARDENS
  • AMERICAN INDIAN MUSEUM
  • AIR & SPACE MUSEUM
  • HIRSHHORN MUSEUM
  • L'ENFANT PLAZA (*** THIS STOP IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED ***)
  • SMITHSONIAN CASTLE
  • NATIONAL MALL
  • WASHINGTON MONUMENT
  • BUREAU OF ENGRAVING / HOLOCAUST MUSEUM
  • JEFFERSON MEMORIAL
  • FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT MEMORIAL / MARTIN LUTHER KING MEMORIAL
  • LINCOLN MEMORIAL SOUTH - KOREAN WAR MEMORIAL
  • LINCOLN MEMORIAL NORTH - VIETNAM MEMORIAL
  • WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL NORTH
  • AMERICAN HISTORY MUSEUM
  • NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
  • NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY
  • FORD'S THEATRE
  • WHITE HOUSE
  • NATIONAL AQUARIUM
  • NATIONAL ARCHIVES / NATIONAL ART GALLERY
  • LIAISON / HYATT HOTEL
  • UNION STATION

YELLOW LOOP HIGHLIGHTS
(Historic City Center & Georgetown - 2 hours if you don't hop off)

  • US TREASURY
  • MAYFLOWER HOTEL
  • DUPONT CIRCLE
  • WASHINGTON HILTON
  • GEORGETOWN
  • FOUR SEASONS
  • HOTEL STOP
  • MARRIOTT METRO CENTER
  • CONVENTION CENTER

GREEN LOOP HIGHLIGHTS
(Trolley Tour - National Zoo, National Cathedral, Embassy Row - 30 minutes if you don't hop off)

  • WOODLEY PARK
  • WASHINGTON NATIONAL CATHEDRAL
  • SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL ZOO

BLUE ROUTE HIGHLIGHTS
(Pentagon & Arlington Cemetery - 1 hour if you don't hop off)

  • WASHINGTON MONUMENT
  • ARLINGTON CEMETERY
  • PENTAGON CITY MALL

Key Benefits

  • Frequent Departures
  • Hop-On-Hop-Off Ticket (all routes)
  • Friendly Staff Always There to Help
  • See the Very Best Sights, Hassle-Free
  • Unrivaled Views from the Top Deck
  • Ticket Valid for Unlimited Rides for 24 or 48 Hours
  • Bonus tickets and walking tours

Bonus Tickets & Tours

  • 24 Hour Ticket
    • Free ticket to the world-famous Madame Tussauds Museum
    • Free War Memorials Walking Tour - (1 hour)
    • Free Secrets & Scandals Walking Tour - (1 hour)
  • 48 Hour Ticket
    • Free ticket to the world-famous Madame Tussauds Museum
    • Free ticket to the Crime & Punishment Museum
    • Free War Memorials Walking Tour - (1 hour)
    • Free Secrets & Scandals Walking Tour - (1 hour)
    • Potomac River Cruise - (50 minutes) Available mid-April through mid-October. On-board Refreshment Bar offering spirits, beer, wine, sodas and snacks.

    After you place your order, you will receive an E-Ticket by email. After ordering, please make sure to print the E-Ticket. You must have the E-Ticket to be able to take the tour.

    Groups of 20+ persons must make their arrangements by telephone by calling us at 1-800-745-1925. Hotel pickup is not included, though many of the tour stops are near specific hotels and guests may board at any tour stop. You must use your 24 or 48 hour ticket within 6 months of your booking date. Children ages 5-15 qualify for the child rate. Children ages 4 and under are free when sitting on an adult's lap. Reserve online, or call 1-800-745-1925 for reservations or more information.

Clockwise, US Capitol, White House, Roosevelt Memorial, Union Station

Take the Double-Decker and see the DC sights!

Clockwise, Arlington National Cemetery, Lincoln Memorial, American Art Museum, Jefferson Memorial

Views from the Top Deck are GREAT!

This is a great tour!

Groups of 20+ persons must make their arrangements by telephone by calling us at 1-800-745-1925. Hotel pickup is not included, though many of the tour stops are near specific hotels and guests may board at any tour stop. You must use your 24 or 48 hour ticket within 6 months of your booking date. Children ages 5-15 qualify for the child rate. Children ages 4 and under are free when sitting on an adult's lap. Reserve online, or call 1-800-745-1925 for reservations or more information.

Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds. All sales are final.

Change Policy

If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

  • This is an excellent tour to get an historical overview of the U.S. capital city, and the ability to hop off and hop on all day long allowed me to focus on the key sights I wanted to spend time at, and still get around the city in a convenient manner.  I sat up top and got great photos, and when I got off the bus to visit a particular site, there was another bus along shortly after I was ready to hop back on.  Thanks for an enjoyable day in DC!
    - Tony W. from Dacula, GA

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