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Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour & Madame Tussauds Ticket69 Reviews

  • Key facts:
  • Where: Washington DC, U.S.A.
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  • Duration: Your ticket is valid for 24h or 48h from the time you first board the bus.
    Yellow Route: 60 minutes
    Red Route: 90 minutes
    Blue Route: 60 minutes
    Green Route: 30 minutes
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Why book this tour
  • Explore Washington DC at your own pace with this fun and flexible hop-on, hop-off tour
  • Frequent departures mean valuable sightseeing time is not wasted waiting for the next bus
  • Over 50 stops cover all the city’s highlights
  • While on board audio commentary will ensure you don’t miss a thing
  • Tour information
  • Activity schedule
  • Itinerary

Step aboard an open-top bus and explore the main sights of Washington DC at your own pace. From the Lincoln Memorial, White House and the Washington National Cathedral to the Washington Harbour, get the most out of this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour to the national capital with your 24 or 48 hours unlimited use ticket.

One of the most popular, fun and informative ways to tour Washington DC is onboard the open-top double-decker bus. It encompasses more than 50 stops with 4 routes throughout the nation’s Capital and allows you the freedom to hop-on and hop-off as many times as you like at any of the designated stops!

Hop-on or hop-off as often as you like to explore, dine and shop at Washington’s major attractions. When you're ready to continue, just hop back on the bus!

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  • Tour information
  • Activity schedule
  • Itinerary

When does it run?

Daily

Duration

Your ticket is valid for 24h or 48h from the time you first board the bus.
Yellow Route: 60 minutes
Red Route: 90 minutes
Blue Route: 60 minutes
Green Route: 30 minutes

Start time

01 Apr - 30 Sep: Buses depart from 09:00am - 6:00pm, every 15 - 30 minutes.
01 Oct - 31 Mar: Buses depart from 09:00am - 5:00pm, every 15 - 30 minutes.

Meeting point

There are frequent departures from Union Station (Yellow Route, Red Route), Washington Monument (Blue Route) and Washington Hilton (Green Route).
You may board the bus at any stop. The voucher can be exchanged at any of the stops directly with the driver.

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Ending point

You may leave the bus at any stop.

  • Tour information
  • Activity schedule
  • Itinerary

On this Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off tour of Washington DC, you have the freedom to plan your own sightseeing itinerary. With over 50 stops covering Washington DC's main attractions, this tour provides the perfect introduction to the national capital.

Your ticket is valid for 24 or 48 hours from when you first board the Bus. Your ticket is flexible and allows you unlimited use, meaning you can hop-on hop-off as many times as you like. On boarding the Bus, you will receive headphones and a CD so that you can listen to the informative commentary in English as you go past the famous landmarks.

You could disembark at any of the following stops:

Yellow Route:
• Union Station
• Fords Theatre
• White House
• US Treasury
• White House North
• Mayflower
• Dupont Circle
• Washington Hilton
• Georgetown Inn
• Georgetown Canal/Shops
• Georgetown Harbor
• Four Seasons
• Hotel Stop
• Lincoln Memorial
• WWII Memorial
• American History Museum
• Natural History Museum/Old Post Office
• Marriot Metro Center
• Convention Center

Red Route:
• Union Station
• U.S. Capitol Building
• U.S. Capitol and Botanical Gardens
• American Indian Museum
• Air and Space Museum
• Hirshhorn Museum
• LEnfant Plaza
• Smithsonian Castle
• National Mall
• Washington Monument
• Bureau of Engraving & Holocaust
• Thomas Jefferson Memorial
• FDR & MLK Memorial
• Lincoln Memorial & Korean War Memorial
• Vietnam Memorial
• World War 2 Memorial
• National Museum of American History
• National Museum of Natural History
• National Portrait Gallery
• Fords Theatre
• White House
• National Aquarium
• National Archives & National Art Gallery
• Liason & Hyatt Hotel

Blue Route:
• Washington Monument
• White House
• WWII Memorial (Photo Stop only)
• Lincoln Memorial
• Arlington Cemetery
• Pentagon City Mall

Green Route:
• Washington Hilton
• Woodley Park / National Zoo
• Washington National Cathedral
• Embassy Row

Plus.... as well as your ticket for unlimited use of the hop-on, hop-off ticket, you will also receive:
With 24 hour ticket:
• Madam Tussauds Tickets
• Free Walking tours

With 48 hour ticket:
• Madam Tussauds Tickets
• Free Walking tours
• Free Potomac River Cruise
• Free Ticket to the Crime Museum

You may choose to finish your tour at any of the above mentioned stops at your convenience.

Customer reviews
LENA A GRAYSON

The only hop on hop off company I will use in the future. Employees very helpful with questions I had.

A F Renaud

Thoroughly enjoyed tour. Wish there was a three day option though. There were places I saw the third day there, that I could have taken bus for

Darlene J Robertson

We have been to DC many times and this is the way to go. The money you spend on the hop on hop off is far less than the parking tickets you will get. One time our daughter was running to get to her car before it was towed away. Don't take the chance.

Diana Z Kammunkun

I really appreciate the way that my travel agent took the time to help me and answer all questions asked, she was awesome to work with!

Linda Jankowski

The hop on hop off bus tour is an excellent way to see the DC monuments in a single day. We did the blue route and transferred to the red route. We started at the Pentagon City Mall about 10:30 AM and transferred to the red route. We only hopped off at 2 places--Madame Tussauds wax museum (more about that later), and Union Station. We walked from Union Station to the Capitol Building, where we took photos and hopped back on. In a single day, that's about all we had time for. Since the last buses leave at 4PM, you have to start thinking about transfers to reach your final destination at about 2:30 to 3PM. I would have loved to go to one of the Smithsonian museums, but that would require an extra day. (Either buy the 48 hour ticket, or go back a second day and visit you favorites separately). Madame Tuddauds wax museum was alot of fun (and free with this tour). It doesn't open until noon, so don't get there too early! (leaving Pentagon City at 11 got us to MT's right around noon--perfect). The figures are sooo real! You can take photos with all the figures--presidents, rock stars, actors (Marilyn Monroe, J Lo, Rhianna, Brangelina, for example). Sit in the theater booth with Lincoln! But if you want to be with the Obama's, you must pay a professional photographer for photos with Michele and Barack, a photo of you at the oval office desk (complete with red phone), and one at a podium with secret service guy in the background. I think it was $39.00 for 4 printed photos and an extra $3 each for digital versions--well worth it, really. My only complaint is that it was sometimes difficult to find the hop-on location, especially if it is your first stop or you walked there from another location. Please have more signs directing you to the location.

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Inclusions
  • With 24 hour ticket:
  • Pre-recorded English commentary
  • Headphones and a CD
  • Madam Tussauds Tickets
  • Free Walking tours
  • With 48 hour ticket:
  • Pre-recorded English commentary
  • Headphones and a CD
  • Madam Tussauds Tickets
  • Free Walking tours
  • Free Potomac River Cruise
  • Free Ticket to the Crime Museum
Exclusions
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Meals and drinks
  • Entrance fee to attractions (except those listed)
What happens after I book

  • A booking voucher will be sent to you by email
  • Print all pages of the voucher
  • Present the voucher at the tour start point or attraction entrance

Please note

  • Your booking voucher can be exchanged for your Hop-On-Hop-Off ticket at any one of stops. Simply choose the stop which you wish to start from and present your voucher to the driver who will exchange it for a ticket that will be valid for 24 or 48 hours from that time.
  • The duration and frequency of the tour may vary due to traffic conditions.
  • Buses will come by each stop at least every 30 minutes. Your boarding pass is your ticket to rejoin the tour at any designated stop.
  • Parking is available at Union Station (Bus Stop Number 1).
  • Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.
    Your voucher will be valid for 3 months from the date chosen at the time of booking.
  • The tour bus has a low floor with extendable ramps and wheelchair space. Passengers do not need to walk up steps to board the bus. Wheelchairs can also be can be collapsed down and stored on the bus. Also members of ADA.

Additional Info

  • The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

Do's & Don’ts

Carry your camera. Wear comfortable walking shoes

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