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Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour provided by Big Bus Tours

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Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Updated 20-06-19 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Maps and brochures will not be handed out on the service and customers are encouraged to download our Free Mobile App providing extended digital content including map and live bus tracking.
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Updated 20-06-19 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
This Washington, D.C., bus tour is an affordable way to plan a day or two of sightseeing in the US capital. Instead of figuring out routes between main attractions, such as the White House and Arlington National Cemetery, book a bus tour with two routes. Move through D.C. at your own pace and stop at the sights that interest you. The 2-day pass includes admission to Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum.
  • Travel easily among D.C. landmarks without transportation or parking woes
  • Explore Washington D.C. at your own pace, and create your own itinerary
  • Included Madame Tussaud's admission ticket gives you even more to do
  • Choose between a 1- or 2-day pass to suit your schedule
What to Expect
Begin your adventure at any of the Big Bus stops on either of its two routes. Show your voucher as you board, and you’re ready to go. Between the two routes, there are more than 40 stops at popular D.C. sights and neighborhoods. Pick your preferred stops and use the Big Bus as worry-free transportation to and from attractions. Wait time for a bus varies depending on the route and time of year.. Along your journey, listen to both live and recorded audio commentary for information about the city. Upgrade to a Deluxe Ticket for access to a special night tour of the city. Premium and Deluxe ticket options come with an admission ticket to Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum. Book the hop-on hop-off bus tour ahead of time for seamless transportation to D.C.’s most popular attractions.
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Important Information
1h 30m
  • Recorded commentary on board
  • One or Two Day Hop on Hop off Bus Ticket
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Live commentary in English only. Recorded commentary is available in the following languages: English, Spanish, German, Italian, French, Mandarin, Japanese, and Brazilian Portuguese
  • Operation times are subject to change without notice
  • Classic 1-day ticket will be valid for same day use. Tickets claimed after 2pm will be valid for additional day from time of redemption
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Masks are required for entry. Social distancing is encouraged from groups separate from your own.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Ana C V wrote a review Jan. 2021
1 contribution2 helpful votes
Please note that the bus is currently running Thursday through Sunday. This is not properly noted in each page of the site. I missed the notification of this in the main page (which was not very prominent on the page) and ended up purchasing three tickets I have no use for
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Date of experience: January 2021
1 Helpful vote
Hiba Khan wrote a review Dec. 2020
1 contribution1 helpful vote
I booked this tour for my first trip to DC with my parents and I’m glad I did. I unfortunately was not able to make it the day I booked the tour, but was happy to hear I could use it any other day. Live times for the buses were available always and made it easy to know how much
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Date of experience: December 2020
1 Helpful vote
gheartgemini wrote a review Nov. 2020
Chicago, Illinois138 contributions51 helpful votes
Amazing sites! We purchased the two day ticket with the night tour. Night tour is amazing the views are amazing as well! Day time tours allow you to get off and on at each stop.
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Date of experience: September 2020
1 Helpful vote
Response from Pioneer55569874446, General Manager at Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Responded Nov. 12, 2020
We are so excited for your experience. Thank you for the incredible review. We were happy to serve you!
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CleophisJ wrote a review Oct. 2020
Washington DC, District of Columbia3 contributions7 helpful votes
Bus is completely packed with no enforcement of masks or distancing. Regretting getting on this tour. Otherwise it would have been a fine tour.
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Linda M wrote a review Oct. 2020
Benson2 contributions3 helpful votes
The web site is wrong showing a stop at Union Station, although the app, I latter learned, is correct. We used Lyft to drop us off at Union Station before 10:00AM. No bus stop. We had to walk several blocks to stop 8 to catch the bus approximately 11:15. Over an hour of our day
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1 Helpful vote
Response from Pioneer55569874446, General Manager at Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Responded Oct. 12, 2020
We apologize for your experience. Unfortunately we at Big Bus cannot control third party websites. As you stated the Big Bus Tour app was correct and helped you find your place. Contact Big Bus directly before your next trip and we can guide you and increase your chances of a wonderful experience.
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By: Big Bus Tours
I pre-bought tickets from Groupon. I did download the app, even though I'm not that into apps or on-line coupons,
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Not worth the money for the night tour
The experience was not worth the price. The driver came to the top of the bus and said something but we could not h
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Buyer Beware. If you talk to Big Bus tours BEFORE to buy a ticket, they will simply invite you to purchase and ans
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Buyer Beware- NO REFUND
I purchased a ticket direct from their app. The app didn’t mention when I purchased the ticket or while using it th
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Hop on, hop off tours with open-top deck of a Big Bus is the best way to see this great city. It is essential to ge
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Casey and Damien were awesome
Casey and Damien provided a wonderful night time tour! Damien was a wonderful driver and even slowed down over a br
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Great Way To See DC
If you’ve never been to DC before there is tons of walking! Using the big bus get you to all the sites and saves a
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Washington weekend
We were met by Beverley at the Big Bus stand on Union station who gave us excellent service and advice. Our stay w
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Damien and Norm's amazing Trip!
As a first time DC visitor, my girlfriend bought these tickets for valentines and the trip was fantastic. The amoun
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Karen T
Great night tour
Just finished a night tour with Tom Thompson. He has so much knowledge to share it was fun and educational at the s
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Wonderful Tour!
This bus tour was amazing! Our driver, Ms. Gail, handled the city streets masterfully and with ease. Our tour guide
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Great way to see the city!
Only had a short time, so glad we did the tour. Rochelle and Ms. Gail treated us well!!! Loved that she always said
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Night tour with Tom Thompson
Outstanding way to experience the beauty of our nation's capitol ! The architecture is so much more dramatic when i
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Great tour
Visiting DC for work and this tour was great .the time is perfect for business travel ,Casey the tour guide was inf
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Non responsive and terrible customer service
I purchased 7 tickets for a tour in DC. The bus broke down and we had to wait for a new one to come. By the time t
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Key Details
  • White House, Tidal Basin, and 21 more
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Languages Offered: English, Chinese, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish
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