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Big Bus Washington DC Night Tour

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Washington DC becomes even more beautiful after the sun sets. Join us on our 2-hour fully-narrated Night Tour to discover the nation's capital in a different light.
  • See Washington DC’s most popular monuments illuminated at night
  • Sunset views from the double-decker bus
  • Commentary on board provides entertaining historical context
  • Convenient pick-up and drop-off from central locations
What to Expect
Start your evening at one of two convenient pickup locations—the Willard Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue, or Union Station. Climb aboard and settle into your seat on the top or bottom deck. Seats are first come, first served, so get there early to secure your preference. Depart at sunset, just as the national monuments begin to glow in the evening light. A guide will provide live commentary in English as you pass each point of interest, but recorded commentary is available in a range of other languages. Gain a new perspective on the city as you pass the Capitol Building, Washington Monument, various war memorials, and the White House. Weather permitting, step off the bus at the Lincoln Memorial. The nighttime tour gives you the opportunity to see its striking illuminated pillars reflected in the water opposite the memorial. End the evening back at your pick-up location.
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Departure Point
1: Union Station, Washington, DC 20002, USA
2: 1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA
Departure Time
March 5 to April 30: 7:30pm*
May 1 to November 4: 7:30pm
November 5 to March 10: 6:30pm*
*Departure from Willard Hotel is 30 minutes earlier.
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • 2-hour Night tour, note not a hop-on hop-off
  • Entry/Admission - Big Bus Tours
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • 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
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please advise at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Great tour for a star filled night however bring a jacket as it can get chilly with the wind. Fantastic views on the top deck are good for pictures if the lighting behaves. Really impressed by the commentator, did a nice job and super friendly

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Reviewed 4 days ago

After having done the daytime tours with the Big Bus, we knew this would be wonderful too. The bus took off from Union Station (just 2 blocks from our hotel), it left at 7:30, you'll wanna arrive at 6:45 and wait in line to board....More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank 908lilianae
MartaviaB, Guest Relations Manager at Big Bus Tours, responded to this reviewResponded today

Good Afternoon, Big Bus would like to thank you sincerely for taking the time to join our tours. The Panoramic Night Tour is an all time favorite of mine. I am happy you were able to experience it as well. It is a great way...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had an amazing time on my tour this weekend. After getting to union station I was greeted by DeAndre who was absolutely incredible! He directed me to where I needed to go and was very friendly and funny! I was then loaded onto a...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank taylorurbancic
BrodyL22, Guest Relations Manager at Big Bus Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Good Afternoon, Thank you for choosing Big Bus Tours of Washington, DC. We would like to thank you for taking the time out to tour with us. We are delighted to hear about your great experience. I will be sure to pass the accolades on...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had already used the Big Bus before and were very satisfied with the service. This time around, we were on the night tour with Travon. He was funny, witty, laid back, and made such a fun night tour. We loved all the stuff we...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank nickyzwick
Michael-Ann H, Customer Service Representative 2 at Big Bus Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hey Nick, Thanks for taking the time to review your tour with us. I will be sure to share your great review with Travon as well as the management team. Please hold on to your tickets for discounts on future tours with us. -Michael-Ann H

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After a confusing Groupon purchase and a disastrous day DeAndre and Steven swooped in like a dynamic duo and saved the start to our anniversary weekend. They were so helpful and courteous and really went above and beyond to make sure we got the right...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Rachel L
Michael-Ann H, Customer Service Representative 2 at Big Bus Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hey Rachel, We are happy to hear that our staff was able to assist you with your issues on street. I will be sure to share your review with them as well as the management team. -Michael-Ann H

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11 January 2019|
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Response from shealafemme | Reviewed this property |
They won't make special stops - but they will pick you up from any of their ~18 pre-set stops. Check out their website to find the stop closest to you. You can buy tickets online also should be able to buy at any stop.
13 September 2018|
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Response from SrijanMalhotra | Reviewed this property |
I believe if it's your first trip to DC then you should go for a night tour as that covers almost every part of DC, but yes you could still consult one of the travel guides there. Secondly, depending on where you're staying... More
Gina G
30 May 2018|
Response from Jenn O | Reviewed this property |
Yes! That is what we did. If you buy through the sightseers pass you must check in at Union Terminal for the night tour.
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