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Explore the Nation's Capital and see the incredible historical sights of Washington, DC aboard Big Bus' open-top double-decker bus


  • See all the major DC landmarks and monuments plus Georgetown, Arlington National Cemetery, and many more. The Premium Tour, (24-Hour) and Deluxe Tour, (48-Hour) both include 45 stops total
  • Last double decker leaves Union Station at 5 pm
  • Both Premium and Deluxe tickets include free admission to Madame Tussauds
  • Receive a complementary Bis Bus night tour pass when you redeem your Big Bus Deluxe (48 Hours) tickets with Big Bus. This is different than Gray Line's DC After Dark Tour


  • Ability to purchase tickets, and thus begin tour, at anyone of the 45 stops
  • Hotel pick-ups on the route include the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill and the Liaison Capitol Hill --- 415 New Jersey Ave. NW. This is stop 22 on the Red Loop. On the Yellow Loop, there is the Willard Hotel (Stop 32, at the corner of 15th St. NW and Pennsylvania Ave. NW) the Mayflower Hotel (Stop 35, 1130 Connecticut Ave. NW); the Washington Hilton (Stop 37, Front of hotel T Street); and the Washington Circle Hotel (Stop 41; 1 Washington Circle NW)
  • Unlimited Hop-On, Hop-Off privileges for duration selected
  • Live commentary or recorded commentary in your choice of language
  • Open top double decker bus with air-conditioned lower floor


  • Attraction admissions
  • Food or beverages

Please Note

  • Buses run daily, every 20-30 minutes, with the first departure at 9 a.m. and last departure at 5 p.m. from Union Station.
  • Please bring a copy of your voucher to any of the 45 bus stops and present it to the bus hostess. It will then be exchanged for a ticket.
  • Children under 5 ride free!
  • All tickets purchased after 3:00 pm will be valid for the remainder of that day and the following day.

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76% of reviewers liked this tour
Oct 09 2017
Clear information. Pricey but worth it.
May 30 2017
Tour was lots of fun and the guides had so much knowledge of the area. I learned loads.Also went on the night tour which was amazing.
Nov 21 2016
Great tour beside the getting started part it was great
Reply From Gray Line:
Hello Melissa, 

We're sorry to hear that you waited at our office for this service to begin on the day of your tour. However, we outline on the confirmation voucher that we sent you the following information:"For Big Bus Tours: Present a copy of your printed electronic voucher to a bus hostess at any of the 46 (Classic Tour, 24-Hour) or 52 (Deluxe Tour, 48-Hour) stops on the appropriate color loop to receive your tickets. No confirmation call is required. You DO NOT need to come to Union Station to redeem your vouchers. However, if you plan to start from there, you DO NOT need to go upstairs to the Gray Line office; you can simply present your voucher to a Big Bus representative at their Main Level kiosks, or out front, where their buses are waiting. Call the 1-877 number if you have questions regarding times, location of stops, when the next bus is arriving, etc"

We do our best to make this information as accessible as possible, and we apologize for any miscommunication regarding this. It's great to hear that you enjoyed the tour once it was underway however! We look forward to welcoming you on another tour in one of our many locations worldwide soon.

-The Gray Line Team
Oct 26 2016
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Explore the Nation's Capital with Big Bus Tours and tailor your sightseeing experience to your schedule and interests! You can start your tour at any stop during our hours of operation. Your ticket is valid for 24 or 48 hours, including unlimited rides during that time.

Come with us to hear all about the people and places that make up the nation’s capital, from the legacy of Abraham Lincoln to present day Washingtonians, from historical buildings to modern urbanism. And, of course, an entertaining and informative narration to bring the sights to life!

Kids and adults alike enjoy the excitement of riding atop a double decker bus with breathtaking views of the city sights. Transportation and attraction in one, it’s the perfect way to explore DC at your own pace!


RED LOOP (First Departure from Union Station at 9 am; a coach departs every 20-30 minutes and a full loop takes two hours)

1. Union Station
2. U.S. Capitol and Botanical Garden
3. American Indian Museum
4. Air and Space Museum
5. Smithsonian Castle
6. Washington Monument West
7. Bureau of Engraving and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
8. Jefferson Memorial
9. MLK and FDR Memorial
10. Lincoln Memorial South and Korean War Memorial
11. Lincoln Memorial North and Vietnam Memorial (YELLOW LOOP SWITCHOVER POINT)
13. Washington Monument East
14. American History Museum
15. Natural History Museum
16. Newseum
17. Portrait Gallery and Spy Museum
18. City Center
19. Ford's Theatre & Madame Tussauds
20. White House
21. National Archives and National Art Gallery
22. Liaison & Hyatt Hotels

BLUE LOOP Only (Buses come around every 30 minutes)

23. Lincoln Memorial North & Vietnam Memorial (the main transfer point for the Blue Loop, first bus leaves at 9 am, RED LOOP SWITCHOVER POINT)
24. WWII Memorial
25. Washington Monument West
26. Bureau of Engraving & Holocaust Museum
27. Pentagon City Mall
28. Arlington National Cemetery

YELLOW LOOP (First departure is at 9 am from the Lincoln Memorial North and Vietnam Memorial Stop; a full loop lasts 1 hour, 30 minutes long; buses come every 30 minutes)

29. Lincoln Memorial North and Vietnam Memorial (RED LOOP SWITCHOVER POINT)
31. Washington Monument East
32. White House South (Willard Hotel)
33. White House & US Treasury
34. White House North
35. Mayflower Hotel
36. Dupont Circle
37. Washington Hilton
38. Adams Morgan
39. National Zoo
40. Woodley Park
41. Washington Circle
42. Old Stone House and M Street Shops
43. Georgetown Canal & Shops
44. Georgetown Harbor
45. Kennedy Center