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Big Bus Washington DC Night Tour

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 8 more

Overview

Step aboard this 2-hour fully narrated nighttime bus tour of Washington, DC to see the sights lit up for the night. Live commentary in English, recorded commentary is available in additional languages. Two pickup locations available for your convenience.
  • See Washington DC's sights lit up for the night
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • 2-hour Big Bus tour of DC at night
  • Experience unparalleled views from the vantage point of an open top double-decker Big Bus
  • Live commentary in English
  • Recorded commentary in multiple other languages
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90 minute Night tour, note not a hop-on hop-off
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

700 L'Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, DC 20024, USA

Night Tour departs at 7pm nightly, Thursday - Monday. Be advised, in DC, street closures and protests affect timing of routes and availability.

Departure Time

7:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Make your way to one of the two convenient departure points at the Willard Hotel (1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW) or at Union Station. Exchange your voucher and find your seat on the top or bottom deck; seats are first come, first served. 

As you take off through the Washington DC landscape, lit up for the night, listen to live commentary in English or recorded commentary in Spanish, German, Italian, French, Mandarin, Japanese, and Brazilian Portuguese. Pass landmarks and highlights such as the Capitol Building, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, the White House, and others. 

End your tour back where you started after 2 hours.

Please note: Night Tour timings are subject to change without notice. Please check your ticket on the day of your tour for the most current hours of operation.
Itinerary
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Big Bus Tours
Washington DC becomes even more beautiful after the sun sets. Join us on our 90 minute narrated Night Tour to discover the nation's capital from a whole new perspective. *The Night Tour takes two hours and is not a hop-on, hop-off tour.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
White House
Join us on our 1-5 hour fully-narrated Night Tour to discover the nation's capital from a whole new perspective
Stop At:  
Lincoln Memorial
View and take pictures on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Jefferson Memorial
Join us on our 1-5 hour fully-narrated Night Tour to discover the nation's capital from a whole new perspective
Stop At:  
U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial
View and take pictures at the historic Iwo Jima Marine Corps Memorial. On the Night Tour only. 15 minute stop. It is glorious at night!
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Black Lives Matter Plaza
View and take photos from the top of the bus. Experience the memorial wall of lost lives.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Live commentary in English only. Recorded commentary is available in the following languages: English, Spanish, German, Italian, French, Mandarin, Japanese, and Brazilian Portuguese
  • Panoramic night tour operates on a first-come, first-served basis, so try to arrive early to secure your seat (if option selected)
  • Night Tour is not a hop-on hop-off tour
  • Operation times are subject to change without notice
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Please advise at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Big Bus Tours - USA

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
Can I hop on and off during the Big Bus Washington DC Night Tour?
A:The night tour is one continuous tour to view the lights of Washington DC after dark. There are no stops during the night tour.
Mar 2021
Q:
Do I have to go to a central location to redeem my ticket for the Big Bus Washington DC Night Tour?
A:Our night tours operate daily from Stop # 1 - L'Enfant Plaza. Please arrive 20 - 30 minutes before your preferred tour as seats are subject to availability.
Mar 2021
Q:
How long is the Big Bus Washington DC Night Tour?
A:The Big Bus Washington DC Night Tour is approximately 2 hours and will return to the original departure location at the end of the tour.
Mar 2021
Q:
Is the Big Bus Washington DC Night Tour wheelchair accessible?
A:Yes, we operate wheelchair-accessible vehicles with lifts that can accommodate up to 650 pounds however, not all vehicles are equipped. If you require an accessible vehicle, please let us know in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout.
Mar 2021
Q:
Can I bring a pet with me on the Big Bus Washington DC Night Tour?
A:No pets are allowed onboard the bus, except ADA service animals.
Mar 2021
Q:
Can I bring food or drink with me on the Big Bus Washington DC Night Tour?
A:No food or alcohol is permitted onboard the bus. Non-alcoholic drinks in screw-top bottles are permitted.
Mar 2021
Q:
Can I bring luggage on the Big Bus Washington DC Night Tour?
A:No, luggage is not permitted onboard the bus at this time.
Mar 2021
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Big Bus Washington DC Night Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Big Bus Washington DC Night Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Big Bus Washington DC Night Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Big Bus Washington DC Night Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Big Bus Washington DC Night Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Big Bus Washington DC Night Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Big Bus Washington DC Night Tour?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Big Bus Washington DC Night Tour.

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star-1
DO NOT DO THIS
Jay
, Sep 2021
This was overpriced, and a waste of time. P.S. this is coming from someone who sat at the bottom decker (so if you want a great/good experience, you NEED to sit at the top) 1. The bottom decker was extremely humid, and hard to breathe. The air was not working! My partner and I along with another couple got off the bus early. Since this was our first experience, we did not know that the top would be filled up and we’d only have the bottom option. This should be made explicit to guest before they purchase tickets. Also you cannot see the sites properly from the bottom so it truly is a waste of $$$. 2. My audio connection didn’t work. I sat there for a few minutes trying to fix it and missed a good portion of the beginning segment. After finally getting one that works, I realized that the info wasn’t the most updated. If you’re looking to gain a ton of knowledge skip this tour. There is so much history in DC so hearing so much about the football team, seems lackluster (and still referring to them as “Redskins” despite all of the controversy, what a shame. So in this regard spend a few extra bucks for other tours that you’ll actually learn from. 3. Update where people need to go. The address given was 700 L’Enfant plaza and it was impossible to find in an Uber and as tourists we didn’t know any better. So it took us nearly 20 minutes to find the bus and we ended up being extremely late. 4. At best this should be a $25 experience. It is no where worth the $44 that they charge.
star-1
Dirty seat, broken recording machine, dirty bathrooms at rest stop
Deirdre_F
, Aug 2021
Would not recommend the Night Big Bus Tour experience due to high price and false advertising. Called company before I went to verify that there would be live English tour guide. Was informed there would be live English tour guide. Got there and was just a recorded tour. My recording machine on bus was broken and I was told to just move to a seat with a working recording machine which was difficult since I was with my son and there were no open 2 seats next to each other. Also my sons bus seat had food on it so he couldn’t sit down until I found a piece of paper in my pocket book to wipe seat clean. Price of $49 per person way too high for quality of this tour. P.S. -Bathrooms at Lincoln Memorial crowded and dirty (sink broken and 2 bathroom doors broken) which is disgraceful since tourists from all around world visiting. Had to wait in bathroom line at Lincoln Memorial so long that had little time to see Lincoln Memorial. Try another tour.
star-5
Outstanding tour
Cassandra_M
, Aug 2021
It was a great tour it was our 18th Wedding Anniversary my husband gave me another ring and a re-preposal on top of the bus, our tour lady was great and she was very funny we enjoyed our moonlight tour at 7pm
star-1
Upgrades needed
Carlos_G
, Aug 2021
It wasn’t clear where to pick up tickets since you don’t actually get them in the spy museum address given. Directions should state to meet outside and check in with an attendant. We were in the middle of the line and ended up boarding the second to last bus at the end and couldn’t get seats together. I decided to just leave. There should be a way to reserve a specific seat on the bus so your time is not wasted.
star-5
Thumbs Up
Daniel_S
, Aug 2021
The tour was fantastic, great information and easy way to get around to see the most sights in a two hour period. Only note: make sure you are in Channel 2 to listen to the narration. Channel 1 was just a soundtrack, took us a while to figure it out. Another great experience.
star-1
Not worth it - not historical or interesting!
David_T
, Jul 2021
My son & I were very excited for this tour as it was the only open bus one I could find - a HUGE disappointment though! The narrator/tour guide was only a simple recorded message that rarely had anything interesting of historical importance and talked more about shopping and were we could find cupcakes/food. Also note that tree branches hit you in the face…multiple times in the Arlington tour. We had to continue to duck to miss them a dozen times. The only (and first) stop at Lincoln Memorial is where we got off and didn’t return. Not worth $20…use another tour or simply Uber/walk to the sites unless your goal is to ride around DC for an hour and a half just looking.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
We are sorry your expectations were not met. We offer our narrated tour in 8 different languages. The part you encountered about the shopping was due to the fact that you were in one of the major shopping districts as part of the Night Tour through Georgetown. Ultimately we appreciate your business and hope that you will try us again.
star-2
Lackluster
Audrey_R
, Jul 2021
It was a lackluster tour. Not worth the money that we spent on it. The driver never spoke once and the only commentary was through the headphones, which had to be switched to channel two to hear said commentary but the driver never informed us of that.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
We are sorry that you missed out on the narration. We provide free headphones and the seats are labeled with the 8 different languages for the tour. Please download our Big Bus Tours app for more info on how awesome operate and what to expect when you come. Thank you for your business. Try us again!
star-5
fantastic
Margarette_G
, Jul 2021
We loved the whole experience from start to finish. We didn’t know you could buy tickets there on spot where bus departs and had quite a difficult time getting tickets/ voucher sent to us on phone. We don’t have email sent to our phones so it was quite difficult.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
We are so thrilled you enjoyed yourself! Please download the Big Bus tours app so you can always follow us and receive the most up to date info. Refer us to your family and friends when you tell them what a great time you had!
star-5
Super time!
Tammy_H
, Jul 2021
Driver was great. Safe ride. Warned us about the trees!! Great time. We will do it again . Audio very informative
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Tammy: We are so pleased that you enjoyed the tour. Your excitement is contagious! We look forward to seeing you again. Please refer us to family and friends!
star-4
Good drive around in evening & commentary throughout. Enjoyed driving through George Town
Chicago5
, Jul 2021
The staff were so nice & friendly. I just misunderstood the tour, I thought it would be showing the monuments lit up but it was more a quick drive in evening. To be fair given the time of tour was before sunset I should have known. Was worth it to see Arlington cemetery & George Town
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
So glad you enjoyed the tour. Yes, the late sunset can be tricky at times. The Night Tour extends into different parts of the city. We hope to return to the mall closer to dusk to capture the Night-time element around the National Mall. Please come again soon!

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