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Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour & Madame Tussauds Ticket

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Key Highlights

  • Explore Washington DC at your own pace with this fun and flexible hop-on, hop-off tour
  • Frequent departures mean valuable sightseeing time is not wasted waiting for the next bus
  • Over 50 stops cover all the city’s highlights
  • While on board audio commentary will ensure you don’t miss a thing
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    Your ticket is valid for 24h or 48h from the time you first board the bus.

    Start time

    Operating Hours: Departs daily from 09:00am to 4:00pm
    Bus Frequency:
    Red Route: Every 30 minutes, full loop takes 1.5 hours
    Purple Route: Every hour, full loop takes 2 hours
    Yellow Route: Every 2 hours, full loop takes an hour

    Meeting Point

    Vouchers must be redeemed in exchange for the boarding pass at the City Sights DC Ticket Desk at Union Station Main Lobby prior to boarding your bus. The full address is as follows:
    City Sights DC Ticket Desk
    Union Station Main Lobbyv 50 Massachusetts Avenue NE,
    Washington, DC 20002

    Ending Point

    You may leave the bus at any stop.

  • Overview & Itinerary


    Step aboard an open-top bus and explore the main sights of Washington DC at your own pace. From the Lincoln Memorial, White House and the Washington National Cathedral to the Washington Harbour, get the most out of this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour to the national capital with your 24 or 48 hours unlimited use ticket.

    One of the most popular, fun and informative ways to tour Washington DC is onboard the open-top double-decker bus. It encompasses more than 35 stops with 3 routes throughout the nation’s Capital and allows you the freedom to hop-on and hop-off as many times as you like at any of the designated stops!

    Hop-on or hop-off as often as you like to explore, dine and shop at Washington’s major attractions. When you're ready to continue, just hop back on the bus!

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    On this Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off tour of Washington DC, you have the freedom to plan your own sightseeing itinerary. With over 50 stops covering Washington DC's main attractions, this tour provides the perfect introduction to the national capital.

    Your ticket is valid for 24 or 48 hours from when you first board the Bus. Your ticket is flexible and allows you unlimited use, meaning you can hop-on hop-off as many times as you like. On boarding the Bus, you will receive headphones and a CD so that you can listen to the informative commentary in English as you go past the famous landmarks.

    You could disembark at any of the following stops:

    Yellow Route:
    • Union Station
    • Fords Theatre
    • White House
    • US Treasury
    • White House North
    • Mayflower
    • Dupont Circle
    • Washington Hilton
    • Georgetown Inn
    • Georgetown Canal/Shops
    • Georgetown Harbor
    • Four Seasons
    • Hotel Stop
    • Lincoln Memorial
    • WWII Memorial
    • American History Museum
    • Natural History Museum/Old Post Office
    • Marriot Metro Center
    • Convention Center

    Red Route:
    • Union Station
    • U.S. Capitol Building
    • U.S. Capitol and Botanical Gardens
    • American Indian Museum
    • Air and Space Museum
    • Hirshhorn Museum
    • LEnfant Plaza
    • Smithsonian Castle
    • National Mall
    • Washington Monument
    • Bureau of Engraving & Holocaust
    • Thomas Jefferson Memorial
    • FDR & MLK Memorial
    • Lincoln Memorial & Korean War Memorial
    • Vietnam Memorial
    • World War 2 Memorial
    • National Museum of American History
    • National Museum of Natural History
    • National Portrait Gallery
    • Fords Theatre
    • White House
    • National Aquarium
    • National Archives & National Art Gallery
    • Liason & Hyatt Hotel

    Blue Route:
    • Washington Monument
    • White House
    • WWII Memorial (Photo Stop only)
    • Lincoln Memorial
    • Arlington Cemetery
    • Pentagon City Mall

    Green Route:
    • Washington Hilton
    • Woodley Park / National Zoo
    • Washington National Cathedral
    • Embassy Row

    Plus.... as well as your ticket for unlimited use of the hop-on, hop-off ticket, you will also receive:
    With 24 hour ticket:
    • Madame Tussauds Tickets
    • Free Walking tours

    With 48 hour ticket:
    • Madame Tussauds Tickets
    • Free Walking tours
    • Free Potomac River Cruise
    • Free Ticket to the Crime Museum

    You may choose to finish your tour at any of the above mentioned stops at your convenience.

    Your Hop-On, Hop-Off ticket includes three guided walking tours which operate daily from 22 May to 1 September. The tours are as follows:

    War Memorial Walking Tour
    Accompanied by a guide, you will see the World War II, Korean, Vietnam and Nurses Memorials, to name a few and discover interesting facts about them. The walk starts at the WWII Memorial stop and end at Lincoln North Stop. It departs at 10:00am and 12:00pm.

    Secrets & Scandals Walking Tour
    As you stroll through the city, your guide will tell you the fascinating stories of some of Washington DC's famous buildings. You will be taken to the National Theatre, Willard Hotel, White House, Treasury Department, Hays-Adams Hotel and the Mayflower Hotel. The tour starts at the National Theatre at 4:00pm and end at Mayflower Hotel stop.

    Capitol Hill Walking Tour
    See the Capitol, Supreme Court, Senate Offices, Library of Congress and Botanical Gardens. Be fascinated by the mystique of the Capitol’s architecture and the captivating stories about "The Hill." The walk starts at Union Station and ends at the US Capitol stop. It departs at 12:00pm and 2:00pm.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • With 24 hour ticket:
    • Pre-recorded English commentary
    • Headphones and a CD
    • Madam Tussauds Tickets
    • Free Walking tours
    • With 48 hour ticket:
    • Pre-recorded English commentary
    • Headphones and a CD
    • Madam Tussauds Tickets
    • Free Walking tours
    • Free Potomac River Cruise
    • Free Ticket to the Crime Museum


    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Meals and drinks
    • Entrance fee to attractions (except those listed)
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Your booking voucher can be exchanged for your Hop-On-Hop-Off ticket at any one of stops. Simply choose the stop which you wish to start from and present your voucher to the driver who will exchange it for a ticket that will be valid for 24 or 48 hours from that time.

    The duration and frequency of the tour may vary due to traffic conditions.

    Buses will come by each stop at least every 30 minutes. Your boarding pass is your ticket to rejoin the tour at any designated stop.

    Parking is available at Union Station (Bus Stop Number 1).

    The Secrets & Scandals Walking Tour will not end before the last departure of the hop on/ hop off service. You will have to provide your own transportation after the tour ends.

    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.

    Your voucher will be valid for 3 months from the date chosen at the time of booking.

    The tour bus has a low floor with extendable ramps and wheelchair space. Passengers do not need to walk up steps to board the bus. Wheelchairs can also be can be collapsed down and stored on the bus. Also members of ADA.

    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.
  • Reviews
    • confusing

      From the voucher we understood the tour was with City Sightseeing, but when we arrived we could find no City Sightseeing. After trawling the website we found in the small print...

      Mrs Carol A Andrew, United Kingdom, 28/Aug/2016
    • Wonderful Washington

      Very enjoyable experience...

      Regina Rosenkrans, United States, 04/May/2016
    • Great way to tour the city!

      We had a limited amount of time and chose to see D.C. w/Top Hop-on-Hop off Tours. It was a great way to see the city! The guides were very informative and the schedule was very...

      Sherri Mccollum, United States, 24/May/2016
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