24/48-Hour Washington, D.C. Hop-on Hop-off Tour

3.9 / 5

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24/48-Hour Washington, D.C. Hop-on Hop-off Tour

From US$ 49 per person

Tour Washington, D.C. at your own pace on an open-top double-decker sightseeing bus. You can hop on and off as often as you like, on 4 different routes, taking in the best that the U.S. capital has to offer! Choose from a 24-hour or 48-hour ticket.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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COVID-19 precautions
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Mobile ticketing
Vouchers must be exchanged for tickets.
Duration 2 hours
Instant confirmation
Audio guide/headphones
English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese
Wheelchair accessible


  • Travel around the world-famous National Mall
  • See the U.S. Capitol Building
  • Visit some or all of the Smithsonian’s 15 museums
  • Stop at the White House and the Washington Monument
  • Enjoy a stunning night tour (if option selected)
Full description
The Washington open-top sightseeing tour has the option of 4 exciting routes. All Loops ticket which includes The Patriot Tour and The Freedom Tour. Take the Patriot Tour (Red and Blue Loop), the official tour of the National Mall, including a bus ride across the Potomac to Arlington Cemetery and the Pentagon; The Freedom Tour (Yellow and Green Loops) gives you the opportunity to explore Georgetown and visit the National Cathedral on a traditional trolley. Add the Night Tour to your itinerary to enjoy a stunning panoramic tour of the city's key landmarks once the sun has gone down. This is the perfect way to experience Washington's atmosphere and vibrancy. The Red Loop takes in all the places that are synonymous with the nation’s capital. The White House, U.S. Capitol, Air and Space Museum, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial are just some of the iconic landmarks. The Blue Loop takes you across the Potomac River to the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery. Of special note is the journey across the Potomac which provides some fantastic views and photo opportunities. The Yellow Loop also travels through the City's historic center, passing the famous Ford Theatre before heading out to discover the old world charm of Georgetown. The Green Loop takes you on a traditional trolley ride up the winding slope to the National Cathedral. Remember: all 4 loops are included with the All Loops ticket. Cruise along the Potomac: 48-hour All Loops ticket holders only. The 48 hour All Loops ticket includes a free, 50 minute cruise along the Potomac River. Enjoy the fantastic views of the Jefferson Memorial and the Washington Monument as you float serenely by. The river cruise complements the open-top bus tour by providing a different perspective on the city.
  • 1 day all loops ticket includes access to 3 bus routes
  • 2 day all loops ticket includes access to 3 bus routes and Madame Tussauds DC entrance fee (subject to change without notice)
  • Night Tour (if option selected)
    COVID-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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    • Red Route operates 9 AM-5 PM every 25 minutes; full loop lasts 1 hour 45 minutes; start point is Union Station
    • Yellow Route operates 9 AM-5 PM every hour; full loop lasts 1 hour; start point is Washington Hilton
    • Blue Route operates 9:15 AM-5:15 PM every 30 minutes; full loop lasts 1.5 hours; start point is Washington Monument East
    • You can hop on to the tour at any bus stop across the 3 routes
    • The Night Tour departs daily at 6:30 PM and last approximately 2 hours
    • Night Tour is not a hop-on service; but, you’ll have the chance to get off the bus at the FDR Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and Iwo Jima Memorial with the tour guide
    • Please note that a paper voucher is required for this tour
    • All vouchers must be redeemed at the local partner's desk in Union Station
    • With your voucher, enjoy flexible access for up to 12 months from the travel date you select at check-out
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    3.9 / 5

    based on 29 reviews

    Review summary

    • Service
      4.4 / 5
    • Organization
      4.1 / 5
    • Value for money
      3.7 / 5
    • Safety
      4.2 / 5
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    Absolutely worth it!

    The red tour is highly recommended. It includes the most important sights and provides brief descriptions. There are two different types of buses. Some are accompanied by a personal guide, others are announced by tape. We recommend the former, you learn more and it is usually more personal. The stops are not clearly signposted. If you are lucky, you will find a small brown BB sign. For some there is unfortunately nothing, which is absolutely in need of improvement! The blue tour is a matter of taste. We were interested in the Pentagon, but unfortunately you can't take pictures - not even from a distance - so that there is not much left except for a stop at the Cementary and the mall. We cannot judge the other lines and the night tour.

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    17 July 2013

    Great, easy way to see the sites

    This is the perfect way to see the sites.. Easy hop-on, hop-off service that allows you to spend as much or as little time as you like at different tourist sites. Parking in D.C. is such a hassle and this service takes away that frustration. Friendly staff. Only complaint is it wasn't always obvious where the bus would pick us up; stops are indicated on map but there weren't always street signs. I would highly recommend this service.

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    25 December 2012

    Great way to see DC, but buses didn't run as often as stated.

    The tour was great. There are four different routes, and several places that connect to the other routes. Buses were very crowded when we went, so you could not always get to the top of the bus. If below, you cannot see much at all. It would have been nice if they provide times of last pick-up at each spot. We didn't get to the blue line, which we had planned, but just missed the last pick-up at one of the connections. Our tickets came with a coupon for free admission to the wax museum, which was a bonus. Be careful with booking. There are two "tours", at different prices, but both are identical. Look for the less expensive ticket.

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    28 October 2012

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