The open-top deck of this hop-on-hop-off tour is the best way to sight-see in Washington DC. Your hop-on-hop-off ticket provides you the freedom to get off the bus to explore and visit attractions. Buses run regularly, so re-joining the tour is easy.
Packed with famous sights and many free attractions, Washington DC offers inspiring experiences, year-round. Your Hop-On-Hop-Off Double Decker bus tour provides a unique "birds eye" view of the Capital of the United States, visiting all the key locations. Traveling around the famous National Mall, you will see the US Capitol building, the 15 museums of the Smithsonian, the National Archives, the White House, the Washington Monument and the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials...and across the Potomac River in Virginia, you will find the moving Arlington National Cemetery.
You can also enjoy informative and entertaining commentary, which explains Washington DC's interesting history and points out significant buildings and landmarks. This is available in 8 languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese and Japanese.
Choose either 24 or 48 hour tickets and get free bonus items. With the 48 hour option, you'll get free admission to the Crime & Punishment Museum, free admission to Madame Tussaud's, free walking tours (War Memorials and Secrets & Scandals) and a free 50-minute cruise along the Potomac River, which is available mid April to mid October. A 24 hour ticket is accompanied by free admission to Madame Tussauds and free walking tours (War Memorials and Secrets & Scandals).
Length: One Day or Two Days
9:00 am through 4:00 pm daily(October through February)
8:30 am through 5:00 pm daily (March through September)
Departures occur every 15 to 30 minutes during operating hours
Time on availability calendar is for booking purposes only and reflects the first daily departure from Union Station)
Your E-Ticket may be presented to the driver for any departure during operating hours from any of the hop-on-hop-off stops. You must use your 24 or 48 hour ticket within 6 months of your booking date.
Hotel pickup is not included, though many of the tour stops are near specific hotels and guests may board at any tour stop. You must use your 24 or 48 hour ticket within 6 months of your booking date. Groups of 20+ persons must make their arrangements by telephone. Please order online or call to order or for more information.
There is a $6.95 USD processing fee per order. This is a flat fee regardless of the number of tickets or tours purchased on an order. There is a service charge per ticket. This charge will be reflected on your summary before you checkout. The total shown includes any and all taxes, fuel surcharges, and service fees. There are no additional charges, unless otherwise specified.
There are no refunds. All sales are final.
When Pierre Charles L'Enfant gazed northward along the banks of the Potomac River in 1791, he envisioned a "pedestal waiting for a monument." Since that day, Washington DC has evolved into a fascinating, lively city. From its celebrated symbols of patriotism to its undiscovered neighborhoods, the sights and sounds of the U.S. capital city inspire millions of visitors every year. Packed with famous sights and many free attractions, Washington DC offers inspiring experiences, year-round.
Double decker tours offer the best tourist experience in Washington DC. Riding the double decker buses, you will be able to have the most visible sights of famous places like Union Station, the US Capitol building, the White House, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Roosevelt Memorial, World War II Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Korean War Memorial, National Cathedral, Air & Space Museum (and any of 17 other amazing museums - some with free entrance from the Smithsonian Foundation).
Your hop on hop off tickets are valid for either 24 or 48 hours - whichever you purchase - giving you a good orientation of all the city has to offer. Each of the individual tour routes takes 60 to 90 minutes if you stay on the bus...but the hop on hop off facility enables you to visit any of the attractions along each route, such as the Arlington National Cemetery - the most hallowed burial ground of America's fallen military and one of the most visited tourist sites in Washington DC. Also located at Arlington are the Tomb of the Unknown, the Memorial Amphitheater and the Eternal Flame at the John F. Kennedy burial site.
The tours feature entertaining and informative narration. If you're new to Washington, one option to consider is to ride an entire loop to get a good feel for what you will want to go back and visit as you hop-off and hop-on at various stops on the loop. In a full day, you can make approximately 5-6 stops to visit many, but not all, of the hundreds of available attractions.
ADA compliant, wheelchair-accessible are available with advance notice. Your E-Ticket will provide instructions for making the necessary arrangements.
The specific routes for these tours may be changed due to weather, road closures or special events in Washington. During holiday periods, closure of roads and streets often results in service diversions and disruptions over which your tour supplier has not control, but they will do their best to ensure you have the opportunity to explore and enjoy Washington, DC. If your reservation is for a holiday period, please ask your guide or driver on the day of the tour for specific information regarding your tour.
Some federal facilities are closed on weekends and holidays; some require timed tickets resulting in extended waiting in line for tours. No timed tickets are included in the tour price.
Three Routes & a Free Trolley Loop
The Patriot Tour (Red Loop)
Take in all the places that are synonymous with the nation’s capital. The White House, U.S. Capitol, Arlington Cemetery, Air and Space Museum, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial are just some of the iconic landmarks.
The Georgetown Tour (Yellow Loop)
Travel through the city's historic districts, passing the famous White House before heading to DuPont Circle and to discover the old world charm of Georgetown.
The Arlington & Pentagon Tour (Blue Loop)
Follows the same route as the Red loop with the exception of Arlington Cemetery and takes you to the Pentagon and Pentagon City Mall. Of special note is the journey across the Potomac which provides some fantastic views and photo opportunities.
The Green Free Trolley Loop
Take a traditional trolley ride up the winding slope to the National Zoo and the National Cathedral.
Red Loop Highlights
(National Mall - 2 hours if you don't hop off)
Yellow Loop Highlights
(Historic City Center & Georgetown - 90 minutes if you don't hop off)
Green Loop Highlights
(Trolley Tour - National Zoo, National Cathedral, Embassy Row - 45 minutes if you don't hop off)
Blue Route Highlights
(Pentagon & Arlington Cemetery - 2.25 hours if you don't hop off)
Bonus Tickets & Tours
After you place your order, you will receive an E-Ticket by email. After ordering, please make sure to print the E-Ticket. You must have the E-Ticket to be able to take the tour. After redemption of your E-Ticket, your hop-on-hop-off tickets must be kept in a safe place because lost tickets cannot be replaced.
Hotel pickup is not included, though many of the tour stops are near specific hotels and guests may board at any tour stop. You must use your 24 or 48 hour ticket within 6 months of your booking date. Please order online or call to order or for more information.