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Big Bus Washington DC 48 Hour Hop-On, Hop-Off Pass, Night Tour & Madame Tussauds

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Key Highlights

  • Create your own Washington sightseeing itinerary
  • This super-value combo includes 45 stops, four great routes
  • FREE admission to Madame Tussauds
  • Frequent departures mean time is not wasted waiting for buses
  • Fabulous photo-opportunities
  • Free Washington DC Guided Night Tour
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour: Daily


    Your ticket is valid for 2 calendar days

    Start time

    Buses operate at the following time:
    1 Mar – 30 Sep: 8:30am – 5:00pm
    1 Oct – 28 Feb: 9:00am – 4:00pm
    Red and Blue Loops: every 20-40 minutes
    Yellow Loop: every 20 minutes
    Green Loop: every 30 minutes
    A full loop takes:
    Red Loop: 2 hour 30 minutes
    Blue Loop: 2 hour 30 minutes
    Yellow Loop: 1 hour 30 minutes
    Green Loop: 50 minutes
    Free Washington DC Night Tour:
    Bus departs from Willard Hotel at 6pm and from Union Station at 6.30pm

    Meeting Point

    Hop-On, Hop-Off Tours: You can join the tour and redeem your vouchers at any stop
    Madame Tussauds: Madame Tussauds Washington DC 1001 F Street NW (Corner of 10th and F Street)

  • Overview & Itinerary


    This fantastic 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 45 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

    And that’s not all! Your great value combo also includes a free Washington DC Night Tour, which gives you an opportunity to view most of the famous landmarks at their floodlit best. Plus, free admission to Madame Tussauds.

    Download the tour route map


    Your Big Bus Washington DC 2 Day Pass enables you to discover the US capital at your own pace and in your own way. The fun and flexible pass provides access to four great loops, with a total of 60 stops. Plus, your combo ticket also includes 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 Loop.

    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.

    Your pass also includes:

    Free Washington DC Night Tour: Discover the highlights of Washington DC, when they appear more beautiful after the sun sets. Highlights include the Lincoln, Martin Luther King, FDR, Iwo Jima, Vietnam War, and Korean War Veterans Memorials plus The White House. You will be kept informed and entertained by an expert guide on board, who knows all the sights and stories from the foundation of this great city right up to the present day.

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

    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.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • 48-hour unlimited hop-on hop-off ticket
    • Live English tour guide on Red Loop
    • Recorded commentary in 8 languages on Blue Loop (Languages include English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese and Japanese)
    • Recorded English Commentary on Yellow and Green Loop
    • Admission to Madame Tussauds
    • Free Washington DC Night Tour


    • Entrance to attractions (except those stated)
  • Please note & Additional info

    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.

    Washington DC Night Tour is not hop on hop off; this is an escorted tour.

    Big Bus Tours is not crossing Arlington Memorial Bridge due to recent repair work that has restricted access and prohibited vehicles over 10 tons from accessing the bridge. It is being re-routed so you can still visit Arlington National Cemetery, stop 12 and the Pentagon and Pentagon City, stop 13.

    Due to the re-routing, some stops are out of sequence and are visited in the following order:

    Red Loop: … 10, 11, 14, 15, 12, 16, 17…
    Blue Loop: … 10, 11, 14, 15, 13, 16, 17…

    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).

    Voucher information : You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

    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 Loop.
  • Reviews
    • Really enjoyed the tours we did. Saw so much without having to walk. Loved Washington and all the sites and the guides were so informative so a big thank you to them....

      T A Fullwood, United Kingdom, 10/Jun/2016
    • The 4 of us in DC

      Great experience, great value for the money spent, loads of fun realy enjoyed the guides Mike, Peachy, Hana and the sales rep lawana down at the Madame Trussauds...

      Thomas R Wingard, United States, 17/Jun/2015
    • Best Bus tour Ever .........

      Easy process from purchase to finish. Really nice tour guides and drivers. Maps easy to read could see everything you needed or anted to see on the bus. We also used all the...

      KIMBERLY CONNELL, United States, 26/May/2015
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