Washington DC Tour: Iconic Monuments Exploration
3,114 Ratings
Explore the iconic monuments of Washington, DC at your own pace with an open-top Hop on Hop off Bus and a National Park Service authorized tour. Plus, enjoy a free bike rental to discover the city's key routes and attractions.
Duration: 2 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more

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Operating Schedule: First Departure at 9:30 am from 700 L’Enfant Plaza – NW Crosswalk in Front of Spy Museum (Near Capital Bikeshare) Last departure at 4:30 pm. Buses depart every 15-20 minutes.

Customers are advised to visit the Big Bus website or to download the app to find out more about our new health and safety measures and for the most update service information to include routes, route times and real live bus tracking.

What's Included
  • 2-for-1 Bike Rental: One hour rental, get second hour free.
  • Unlimited Hop-on Hop-off Service.
  • On-board recorded commentary.
What's Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Additional Information

Experience the renowned sights of Washington, DC at your leisure aboard an open-top Hop on Hop off Bus, the sole tour authorized by the National Park Service of the National Mall and Memorial Parks. The bus itinerary offers you a fascinating tour of Washington DC’s rich heritage and contemporary living, taking you past many of the city’s most significant memorials, monuments, and museums, where you can choose to disembark and delve deeper. Many patrons opt to take one complete circuit to get a feel for the city before deciding where to alight on the subsequent circuit - the design of your day’s itinerary is entirely in your hands.

Patrons also have the option of a complimentary one-hour bike hire from Unlimited Biking. The hire includes a bike, helmet, basket, lock, roadside assistance, and a detailed map highlighting main routes and points of interest.

  • Operation times are subject to change without notice
  • Tickets are valid from the first date of redemption
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
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May 11, 2024
Great driver - Alphonso is the best! - Alphonso was the best driver! Wouldn’t want to do a Hop on Hop Off Tour with anyone else. Great turn with great sites. Make sure to pick a day with good weather to enjoy the top of the bus!
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Feb 19, 2024
DC - Junior was great! It was fun to talk to a local of DC! He was very professional and made the trip fun! I love the drop off and pick up!
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Feb 17, 2024
Big bus tours is lucky to have Bevely! - It was alot of fun despite the cold. Beverly at the Lincoln memorial was so nice and kind as we waited for the bus! Great person!
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Mar 4, 2024
Changed service - I would love to say 5 stars but this time around I had some issues and it has been extremely difficult to get them resolved.
Review provided by Viator
Feb 28, 2024
Mediocre - Drivers very friendly, but not as many buses as another hop-on-hop-off bus company so we had longer wait times which isn't fun.
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Feb 27, 2024
Okay, but not great. - I had limited time in DC as was on a day tour from NYC, so intended to do it by tour bus. Was very convenient being able to board immediately from Union Station. The route felt a bit stretched out, with many overlaps. Buses are certainly not every 15 mins as the app claims. Very far from it. I waited 45 minutes for a bus which was not acceptable and spoiled the experience. I was very nearly late for my train back and had to run to the train back at union station. This was not poor planning on my part, I was at the last stop from the station (10 mins away) and left ages to get back. However, this appears to be a toilet stop for the drivers and after waiting ages for the bus, we then had to wait for the driver for a protracted time. This made me anxious as time was ticking away for me to catch my train. Bit disappointing. The tour took in the main areas which was good. I noted a few places I’d return to on the second loop, but didn’t in the end as they were walkable. This is because the route crosses itself several times making it feel larger than it was, being stretched out to justify the price. Overall was okay for what I wanted, but not amazing. Glad I did it. Wouldn’t do it again.
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Mar 8, 2024
Cheap not cheerful - Very boring no thrills tour. The voice recording didn't seem to match with location sometimes. We got off halfway though and got the trolley tour with live announcements.
Review provided by Viator
Apr 16, 2024
Slow, disorganized, disappointing - Waiting for 59 minutes for a bus, and then having it not go where it was supposed to. We were not able to go to the Lincoln memorial because one of the loops didn’t go there… but there was no notification that it wouldn’t.
Review provided by Viator
Mar 29, 2024
Not worth it - Overpriced and badly managed. They had us change bus 3 times. Buses were always late some times by 20-30 minutes. Lines not organized to get in and off. We wasted a lot of our day waiting on buses. Also traffic is insane so instead of visiting the attractions you’re just sitting in traffic. A waste of money, and a lot of money. Your much better off just ubering from one end to the other and walking in between.
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Feb 26, 2024
DO NOT PURCHASE TICKETS IN ADVANCE! - I scheduled a bus tour for a friend of mine who loves DC and has always wanted to experience the bus tour. Unfortunately, after purchasing tickets my friend was not able to meet in time for the last ride at 6:30pm. Now this is not the fault of the Bus Tour company however after requesting a refund I was not approved for full or partial and in my mind I do not see why they could not honor my request and it seems like my excitement for the experience which lead to me purchasing in advance lead to nothing but disappointment from my friend and this bus tour company. Most companies would be happy to refund if you were not able to make it, but this company has no real regard for your support and it is my strong opinion to- NOT purchase in advance!!!!! They didn't even offer a partial refund. To my book "they SUCK!"
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up to 15 guests
1 Adult
June 2024