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WHY YOU SHOULD GO

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

Highlights

  • See all the major DC landmarks and monuments plus Georgetown, Arlington National Cemetery, and many more. 46 (Classic Tour, 24-Hour) or 52 (Deluxe Tour, 48-Hour) stops total.
  • Last double decker leaves Union Station at 4 pm, and you want to get back on no later than 4:45-5 pm if you are picking up along the way
  • 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

Inclusions

  • Ability to purchase tickets, and thus begin tour, at any of 46 (Classic Tour, 24-Hour) or 52 (Deluxe Tour, 48-Hour, includes Green Loop) stops
  • Hotel pick-ups on the route include the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill ---- 400 New Jersey Ave. NW; 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 Mayflower Hotel (Stop 39, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW); the Washington Hilton (Stop 41 Yellow and Stop 47 Green; 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW); the Washington Circle Hotel (Stop 42; 1 Washington Circle NW); and the Four Seasons (Stop 45; 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. 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

Exclusions

  • 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 4 p.m. from Union Station, finishing between 5:30 and 6 p.m.
  • Please bring a copy of your voucher to any of the 52 bus stops and present it to the bus hostess. It will then be exchanged for a ticket.
  • Children under 5 ride free!

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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
Excellent
Sep 23 2016
Man sieht und erfährt in kurzer Zeit sehr viel von einer Stadt, die Sitze sind für größere Leute sehr unbequem (zu enger Abstand der Sitzreihen). Oft lange Wartezeiten, an einem Tag kam die für unseren Standort zuständige Buslinie gar nicht! (Erläuterung: in dem Stadtteil fand ein Charity-Lauf statt). Die anderen Gesellschaften betrieben ihre entsprechenden Linien trotzdem, unser Pech das wir bei Gray Line gebucht hatten.
Aug 25 2016
some of the people that are on the street corners selling the product need to be better dressed (underware handing out...kept pulling pants up) and talking to friends on his cell phone. Also one of the tour guides had some un appropriate comments on the night tour.
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ITINERARY

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!
CLASSIC TOUR (24-HOUR) INCLUDES RED, BLUE AND YELLOW LOOPS

DELUXE TOUR (48-HOUR) INCLUDES RED, BLUE, YELLOW AND GREEN STOPS

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 (Getting off here gets you near BLUE LOOP SWITCHOVER POINT)
11. Lincoln Memorial North and Vietnam Memorial (YELLOW LOOP SWITCHOVER POINT)
12. WW II 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 (YELLOW LOOP SWITCHOVER POINT)
21. National Archives and National Art Gallery
22. Liaison & Hyatt Hotels

BLUE LOOP Only (Buses come around every 30 minutes)

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

YELLOW LOOP (First departure is at 9:15 am from the Lincoln Memorial North and Vietnam Memorial Stop; a full loop lasts 1 hour, 30 minutes long; buses come every 30 minutes)

28. Lincoln Memorial North and Vietnam Memorial (RED LOOP SWITCHOVER POINT)
29. World War II Memorial (RED LOOP SWITCHOVER POINT)
30. Washington Monument East
31. American History Museum
32. Natural History Museum
33. Convention Center
34. City Center
35. Ford's Theatre & Madame Tussauds
36. White House
37. White House and US Treasury
38. White House North
39. Mayflower Hotel
40. Dupont Circle
41. Washington Hilton (GREEN LOOP SWITCHOVER POINT)
42. Washington Circle Hotel
43. Georgetown Canal & Shops
44. Georgetown Harbor
45. Four Seasons Hotel
46. Kennedy Center


GREEN LOOP: ONLY AVAILABLE ON DELUXE TOUR (First departure is from the Washington Hilton at 9 am and a full loop lasts an hour long; buses come every 30 minutes)

47. Washington Hilton (YELLOW LOOP SWITCHOVER POINT)
48. Adams Morgan
49. Woodley Park
50. Smithsonian National Zoo
51. Washington National Cathedral
52. Embassy Row