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Big Bus Washington DC. 48 Hour Hop-On, Hop-Off, Night Tour, Cruise, Walking Tours, Madame Tussauds & Crime Museum

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  • Create your own Washington sightseeing itinerary
  • This super-value combo includes 60 stops, four great routes and a night tour
  • FREE Potomac Cruise included
  • Two FREE walking tours included
  • FREE admission to Madame Tussauds & Crime Museum
  • Frequent departures mean time is not wasted waiting for buses
  • On-board commentary makes sure you don′t miss a thing
  • Fabulous photo-opportunities


This fantastic 48-hour hop-on hop-off All Loops bus pass is the perfect introduction to Washington DC!

Sit back and relax as you are transported in an open-top double-decker bus past the iconic landmarks of America’s capital. Learn all about the city’s history from an entertaining audio-commentary (or live guide on some routes). There’s a choice of 60 convenient stops and your ticket lets you get on and off the bus to visit attractions at will. Buses are frequent, so re-joining the tour is easy.

Four tour loops are available:

Red Loop: the official tour of the National Mall including all the most famous landmarks of the US capital
Blue Loop: A bus ride across the Potomac to Arlington Cemetery and the Pentagon
Yellow Loop: Discover the old-world charm of Georgetown
Green Loop: Visit the National Cathedral on a traditional trolley bus

Your 48-hour pass also includes a guided Night Tour, in which you can experience the Capital’s standout landmarks beautifully illuminated after dusk. Your expert tour leader will explain the history of these icons and reveal the perfect positions to capture the most impressive photos.

And that’s not all! Your great value combo also includes some fabulous bonuses:

A 45-minute cruise along the Potomac River.
Two free walking tours – The War Memorials Tour and the Secrets and Scandals Walking Tour (15 March to 30 September)
Free admission to Madame Tussauds and the Crime Museum.

Download the tour route map


Your Big Bus Washington DC 48 Hour Pass enables you to discover the US capital at your own pace and in your own way. The fun and flexible 24-hour pass provides access to four great loops, with a total of 60 stops, as well as a night bus tour. Plus, your combo ticket also includes two great bonuses – two free walking tours and free admission to Madame Tussauds.

Relax on a comfortable open-top double-decker bus as you travel past all the main highlights of Washington DC on one of the four loops. As you go along you can listen through headphones to an informative recorded commentary available in eight languages. In addition, there is a live commentary in English on the Red and Yellow Loops. The Night Tour has a live English guide and no recorded commentary.

You can join the bus at any of the stops on each of the four loops and show your voucher to the driver. Jump on and off just as you like to see the sights or to catch a bite to eat. Buses run regularly so joining the tour is easy.

The Four Loops:
Red Loop: includes all the places we associate with the US capital. The White House, US Capitol, Air and Space Museum, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial are just some of the famous landmarks you will see.

Blue Loop: travels across the Potomac River to the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery. Have the camera ready because the journey across the Potomac offers stunning views and photo opportunities.

Yellow Loop: goes through Washington’s historic center. You will pass the famous Ford Theater before heading out to explore picturesque Georgetown.

Green Loop: takes you uphill to the National Cathedral on a traditional trolley.

You can leave the tour at any point and will then need to make your own arrangements to return to your accommodation.

Night Tour:
Unlike the tours described above this is not a hop-on hop-off tour. The 2.5 hour tour has an early pick up at 7:00pm at the Willard Hotel and the main tour starts at 7:30pm at Union Station. You can join at either of these points. Winter timings are different and the Night Tour picks up at 6:00pm at the Willard Hotel and departs at 6:30pm from Union Station.

You will be accompanied by a live English speaking guide who will tell you all about the famous places you will see.

Highlights of the Night Tour include the following: Lincoln Memorial, MLK Memorial, FDR Memorial, and Iwo Jima Memorial.

At the end of the Night Tour there is a courtesy shuttle back to the Willard Hotel and Union Station.

Free Walking Tours (15 March - 30 September):
There are two free walking tours: The War Memorials Walking Tour and the Secrets and Scandals Walking Tour.

War Memorials Walking Tour: Starts at the WWII Memorial Information Center, located at blue route stop 56, red route stop 16 and yellow route stop 42. Tours end at blue route stop 57, yellow route 41 and red route 15.

This walking tour lasts 1 hour. Highlights include: WWII Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, and Nurses Memorial.

Secrets and Scandals Walking Tour: This tour starts at the National Theater, at red route stop 21, yellow route stop 29 and blue route stop 55. Tours end at stop 32 on the yellow route.

The tour reveals some Presidential scandals: inaugurations gone awry, duels, bigamy, curses, affairs of the heart and more. Highlights include: National Theater, Willard Hotel, and the White House.

Madame Tussauds’ Ticket Free admission with speedy entry to the world famous Madame Tussauds is included with your combo package.

Get snapped by the paparazzi with your favorite celebrity; meet the political figureheads who have shaped our history and get close and personal with your sports idols. It’s the only place in the world where you can see and interact with all 44 Presidents of the United States in 3D.

Potomac River Cruise (15 April - 15 October): See the city from a different perspective as you cruise along the Potomac River. This 45 minute trip is free with your 48 hour all loops ticket.

Crime Museum: Free admission to five unique galleries that delve into the studies of criminal intent, criminal profiles, the penal system, victims, crime prevention, forensic science, law enforcement and the Judiciary Branch of government. The museum is also home to the filming studios for America's Most Wanted.

Hop-off at Red Loop stop 19 or Yellow Loop stop 27 to visit the Museum. Open from 11:00am to 6:00pm.

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  • D.C. hop-on, hop-off

    We had a group of 11, 2 being my 80 year old parents. The hop off hop on bus was the best way for them to see the sights. Their walking is limited. Even so because streets are...

  • Very nice we really enjoyed it.


    agnes clement
  • Madame Tussaud's, ok but not over impressed

    The Big Bus Tour we used the tour on two days, going on all the identified routes. The yellow interconnecting with the green route did nit work for us as the timings of the...

    Mr Robin T Sparkes
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Activity Schedule

When does it run?



Ticket is valid for 48 hours.

Start time

Buses operate at the following time:
01 Mar – 30 Sep: 8:30am – 5:00pm
01 Oct – 28 Feb: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Night Tour:
01 Mar – 30 Sep: White House/ Willard Hotel: 7:00pm and Union Station: 7:30pm
01 Oct – 28 Feb: White House/ Willard Hotel: 6:00pm and Union Station: 6:30pm
Walking Tours (15 Mar - 30 Sep):
War Memorials: 10:30am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm; Daily
Secrets and Scandals: 11:45am, 1:45pm and 3:45pm; Daily
Potomac River Cruise (15 Apr - 15 Oct): 11:00am and 6:00pm; Daily.
Crime Museum: Open from 11:00am to 6:00pm.
Duration: Ticket is valid for 48 hours.

Meeting point

Hop-On, Hop-Off Tours: You can join the tour and redeem your vouchers at any stop
The Night Tour: Picks up the White House/ Willard Hotel and Union Station. You can join at either of these points.
War Memorials Walking Tour: Starts at the WWII Memorial Information Center.
Secrets and Scandals Walking Tour: Starts at the National Theatre.
Madame Tussauds: Madame Tussauds Washington D.C. 1001 F Street NW (Corner of 10th and F Street)
Potomac River Cruise: Departs from Washington Harbor at the end of 31st Street.
Crime Museum: Hop off at Red Loop stop 19 or Yellow Loop stop 27 to visit the Museum.

Ending point

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  • 48-hour unlimited hop-on hop-off ticket
  • Live English tour guides on Red & Yellow Loop and Night Tour.
  • Recorded commentary in 8 languages on Red, Blue, Yellow & Green Loops (Languages include English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, & Chinese)
  • 2 Free Walking Tours: War Memorials, Secrets and Scandals Walking Tour (15 March - 30 September)
  • Admission to Madame Tussauds
  • Potomac River Cruise (15 April - 15 October)
  • Admission to the Crime Museum


  • Entrance to attractions (except those stated)


Dress for the weather, wear comfortable shoes and don’t forget the camera!

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Please note

You may board the bus at any stop. The voucher can be exchanged at any of the stops directly with the driver

Your ticket is redeemable for 6 months from purchase

A Child Ticket should be purchased for anyone aged 5-15 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Children under the age of 5 may travel free of charge as long as they are accompanied by a dedicated adult (1 adult to 1 child).

A full loop of each tour takes:
Red Loop: 1 hour 50 minutes
Blue Loop: 1 hour
Yellow Loop: 2 hours
Green Loop: 30 minutes
Night Tour: 2 hours 30 minutes

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Additional info

  • The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
  • Recorded commentary in 8 languages (English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, and Chinese) on all loops. Live commentary in English on Red and Yellow Loops. Night Tour has a live English guide
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