Washington DC

Big Bus Washington DC Night Tour

Washington, United States
Big Bus Washington DC Night Tour

From US$58.50

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Offered in: English


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

What's Included

  • 120 minute Night tour, note not a hop-on hop-off
  • Live Guided Weekend tours
  • Audio Guided Tour Monday - Thursday
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

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

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

Start time

07:30 PM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

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.

Big Bus Tours

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

White House (Pass By)

Lincoln Memorial (Pass By)

Jefferson Memorial (Pass By)

U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial (Pass By)

Black Lives Matter Plaza (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Panoramic night tour operates on a first-come, first-served basis, so arrive early to secure your seat. Everyone sits up top unless otherwise requested (if option selected)
  • Night Tour is not a hop-on hop-off tour
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Operation times are subject to change without notice
  • Near public transportation
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please advise at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Customers are advised to download the Big Bus app to find out real-time bus tracking information and Stop location. Alternatively please visit the Big Bus website.
  • Live Guides are available Friday - Sunday Only.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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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

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822 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
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DC Day Tour
Francine_F, Sept 2023
Going inside the Capital. Seeing the White House and all the monuments Wouldn't be able to see in one daybwithout this tour.
Amazing finale to our time in DC.
Barbara_B, Sept 2023
This was the highlight of our time in Washington DC. The driver was kind and patient. I overheard complaints that we returned later than scheduled but I saw no reason for those comments and would definitely dismiss them if you get remarks from that couple. It was such a joy seeing the beautiful city of DC all lit up.
DC Night Tour
Cleo_P, Sept 2023
The bus operator Kevin was the best! He did not rush and provided additional details not on the recorded tour.
Great Way to See the Sights
Jessica_L, Aug 2023
Great driver! I totally spaced on his name but he stayed on for our tour because they filled a 3rd bus.
Great Daddy Daughter Date!
David_R, Aug 2023
I took my 9 year old daughter with me on the Big Bus tour! We went on the night tour and it was spectacular. Danny greeted us and we waited to start the tour! I also loved our great driver, Gail. She was very nice and explained everything to us! This is a great way to see DC!
DC sightseeing
Guilene_D, Aug 2023
The driver and the whole crew that day was friendly, informative and made the whole night cruising great.
DC Tour
Evelyne_W, Aug 2023
The waiter blue sky very nice at night The tour was agreable The beautiful architecture of the monuments Worth the trips Unfortunately can't understand this kind of English, is it usualy the way to talk American?
Excellent experience
lanakurayeva, Aug 2023
Very nice and accommodating people. Very welcoming and friendly. We had a great time. Everything was very well organized
Loud bus
Ryan_T, Jul 2023
Bus wasn't operating well. Load squealing throughout the ride. Information on the bus was good. Nice getting info on the sights.
This was an amazing...
shanel_g, Jul 2023
This was an amazing experiment for me & my family. We enjoyed the Big Bus Tour of Washington, D.C. Gail thanks for the safe drive.
The BEST part of this...
Sandra_B, Jul 2023
The BEST part of this experience was our Live Tour Guide Mr. History! He was FANTASTIC!! Wonderful personality, great sense of humor very personable and shared so much AMAZING information with us. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND him and this tour. Thank you 😊
A lot of fun
Cheryl_M, Jul 2023
Way worth it. Got to everything we wanted to see. My son had a great time. Would recommend you take the ride. The staff was awesome.
Not worth it.
Myron_B, Jun 2023
Prerecorded tour did not GPS synch with most of the tour route. Back row seats stank of diesel exhaust in standing traffic. Not worth $175 for 3 people. I'd find another operator for night tour.
No refunds
Alexandra_C, Jun 2023
I couldn’t get a refund for a tour I never went on. I asked for a refund and no one would give it to me.
Great Tour Guide Great Time
Kadia_T, Jun 2023
Relaxing with great views of the city and lots of interesting information. Definitely a good investment.
Non-existent Customer Service
Susan_M, May 2023
Don’t expect any customer service or flexibility if you need it. I had reservations for a group of four for an evening tour. First, the tour begin time was unclear, with two different times given in the confirmation. I tried to reach the tour operator two days before the tour. Nobody answered the phone or responded to the chat that the phone recording said to use. I did receive an email from Viator asking if my inquiry had been responded to; I indicated it had not. I still never got the information I needed. Then, our arrival to the city by train was delayed for nearly four hours due to some issue at Union Station. There was no way we could go to our hotel, drop our luggage, and make it to the tour pick up point for even the later of the times I had been given. I tried contacting the operator again to try to change to another date/time but, not surprisingly, received no response. Rather than make my group who is visiting from the UK miss their opportunity to see the sights of DC, I took our luggage to the hotel while they went on the tour. THEY enjoyed the tour, but I wasted around $90.
Thumbs up
Patti_M, May 2023
Great time beautiful evening with family and our tour guide was interesting, fun and very knowledgeable
The guide, Nur Ali Gray....
Wesla_B, May 2023
The guide, Nur Ali Gray. Very professional, knowledgeable, personable. Arnold A Hook Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Our tour guide was...
Karen_S, May 2023
Our tour guide was amazing. I let him know if he ever runs for president I would vote for him. He was fabulous, fun, engaging and is an expert historian.
The korean memorial lit...
Brenda_L, May 2023
The korean memorial lit up was amazing. Busy night with lots of students jumping around. Appreciated our driver stipping at the Lincoln memorial and slowing down for photo opportunities

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