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Hop-On-Hop-Off Double-Decker Bus Tour in Washington DC

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Experience the fascinating and lively city of Washington DC on a Hop-On-Hop-Off Double-Decker Bus Tour, exploring the Capital from its undiscovered neighborhoods to the celebrated symbols of patriotism that inspire millions of visitors every year.

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 - if you choose the 48 hour option, you'll get free admission to the Crime & Punishment Museum and a free 50-minute cruise along the Potomac River, which is available mid-April through mid-October.

This tour also includes a FREE ticket to the world famous Madame Tussauds Museum and two bonus walking tours (War Memorials and Secrets & Scandals), with both the 24 or 48 hour tickets!

Hop-On-Hop-Off Double-Decker Bus Tour in Washington DC Details

Length: Tickets valid for 24 or 48 hours


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. 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.

Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds. All sales are final.

Change Fee Policy

If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

Hop-On-Hop-Off Double-Decker Bus Tour in Washington DC Description

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 Amphiteatre 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.

Please Note

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)
The perfect introduction to the city and 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, Lincoln Memorial and the Ford's Theatre are just some of the iconic landmarks you will see on the Red Route. Enjoy entertaining live, English commentary on select buses, ONLY on the Grand Tour.

The Georgetown Tour (Yellow Loop)
Also travels throughout the City's historic center, passing the famous Ford Theater before heading out to discover the old world charm of Georgetown.

The Arlington & Pentagon Tour (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 Green Free Trolley Loop
Takes you on a traditional trolley ride to the National Zoo and up the winding slope to the National Cathedral.

Red Loop Highlights
(National Mall - 1 hour & 50 minutes if you don't hop off)

  • Union Station
  • U.S. Capitol
  • U.S. Capitol / Botanical Gardens
  • American Indian Museum
  • Air & Space Museum
  • Hirshhorn Museum
  • L'Enfant Plaza (This Stop is Temporarily Closed)
  • Smithsonian Castle
  • National Mall
  • Washington Monument
  • Bureau of Engraving / Holocaust Museum
  • Jefferson Memorial
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial / Martin Luther King Memorial
  • Lincoln Memorial South - Korean War Memorial
  • Lincoln Memorial North - Vietnam Memorial
  • World War II Memorial North
  • American History Museum
  • Natural History Museum
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • Ford's Theatre
  • White House
  • National Aquarium
  • National Archives / National Art Gallery
  • Liaison / Hyatt Hotel
  • Union Station

Yellow Loop Highlights
(Historic City Center & Georgetown - 2 hours if you don't hop off)

  • US Treasury
  • Mayflower Hotel
  • Dupont Circle
  • Washington Hilton
  • Georgetown
  • Four Seasons
  • Hotel Stop
  • Marriott Metro Center
  • Convention Center

Green Loop Highlights
(Trolley Tour - National Zoo, National Cathedral, Embassy Row - 30 minutes if you don't hop off)

  • Woodley Park
  • Washington National Cathedral
  • Smithsonian National Zoo

Blue Route Highlights
(Pentagon & Arlington Cemetery - 1 hour if you don't hop off)

  • Washington Monument
  • Arlington Cemetery
  • Pentagon City Mall

Key Benefits

  • Frequent Departures
  • Hop-On-Hop-Off Ticket (all routes)
  • Friendly Staff Always There to Help
  • See the Very Best Sights, Hassle-Free
  • Unrivaled Views from the Top Deck
  • Ticket Valid for Unlimited Rides for 24 or 48 Hours
  • Bonus tickets and walking tours

Bonus Tickets & Tours

  • 24 Hour Ticket
    • Free ticket to the world-famous Madame Tussauds Museum
    • Free War Memorials Walking Tour - (1 hour)
    • Free Secrets & Scandals Walking Tour - (1 hour)
  • 48 Hour Ticket
    • Free ticket to the world-famous Madame Tussauds Museum
    • Free ticket to the Crime & Punishment Museum
    • Free War Memorials Walking Tour - (1 hour)
    • Free Secrets & Scandals Walking Tour - (1 hour)
    • Potomac River Cruise - (50 minutes) Available mid-April through mid-October. On-board Refreshment Bar offering spirits, beer, wine, sodas and snacks.

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.

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.

Customer Ratings & Reviews

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5.0 / 5
Good product. Well organised and will recommend to others.
5.0 / 5
Our experience the Hop-On Hop-Off was great!! We're planning on coming again, as we just couldn't do D.C. justice in one day. We'll going the bus route agai, for sure!!
5.0 / 5
Would recommend to anyone traveling in DC. Area.
5.0 / 5
I went around once before I began to hop and I had a great time. It was the first time for my friend to be in DC and we both got to see the sights without the stress of trying to find our way around the District.
5.0 / 5
The tour was a great way to see all the hotspots in DC. It takes you to all the museums, monuments and the drivers are friendly and courteous. It was a great value for the price.
5.0 / 5
I use your company everytime i have guests.
5.0 / 5
Best way to get around Washington and flexible as well. We saw pretty much everything we wanted to by using the Hop On Hop Off Double Decker Bus
5.0 / 5
the tour was amazing, i will do it again
5.0 / 5
Hop-On-Hop-Off is the most ideal way to see Washington, DC, as it allows you to tailor your own tour based on your interests and time constraints without having to hail a cab every time you want to go from one site to the next. If time is limited, it's easy to skip lower priority attractions and focus on those attractions of higher priority.
5.0 / 5
Transportation within the city was excellent. People were very helpful and friendly
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