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We may not be as old as the monuments, but with over 30 years and eight million guests, we’re DC’s most experienced sightseeing company. When you join us on one of our tours, you’ll enjoy what we call Transportainment®, a delightful combination of transportation and entertainment. It’s the perfect way to experience the city! We’ve carefully crafted our tour route, selecting the right stops at the right places, to maximize your time in the city. We also have the most highly-trained and knowledgeable tour guides and we stand by the quality of our tours with a 100% satisfaction guarantee! So, let’s go adventuring in the Nation’s Capital with Old Town Trolley Tours!

“Hop aboard one of our trolleys and you’ll experience Transportainment®, a delightful combination of transportation and entertainment.”


At any of the 15 designated stops located throughout the city, you will have the opportunity to disembark and take as much time as you like exploring attractions found there and others nearby. Once you’re ready to get going again to your next stop, simply pick up the next scheduled trolley, hop back and away you go!

We are 100% owned and operated in the United States so you can be sure that we know all the history and latest information about Washington DC better than anyone. All of our tours are conducted in real time with live narration without the use of any pre-recorded messaging.

“One of the 10 best hop-on hop-off tours in the world”

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“Top-rated hop-on hop-off tour in DC”

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MODERN Transportainment®

interior of trolley showings guests looking out large windows showing US capitolOur fleet of state-of-the-art stadium trolleys provides a comfortable and relaxing environment from which to enjoy your Washington DC adventure! Because of the chassis’ unique design, there isn’t a seat that doesn’t offer up clear, unobstructed views of the things you want to see. Not only do you get to enjoy the best sight lines of any tour in DC, but all the seats are padded for extra comfort. All trolleys come outfitted with WiFi capabilities as well as flat-screen monitors displaying images for a more immersive experience. Finally, our fleet is ALL WEATHER proof and does its job rain or shine.

Here are just a few reasons why Old Town Trolley is the Best Sightseeing Tour in town:

  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
  • 15 convenient stops
  • Most frequent hop on & off all day tour of Washington DC
  • Ride up high without worrying about the weather
  • Start your Washington DC tour at any of our convenient stops
  • More than 100 Points of Interest
  • Exclusive history monitors – windows to the past
  • Comfortable padded seats
  • Washington DC’s most comprehensive tour fully narrated by our expert tour conductors


This is the primary loop comprised of 15 different stops of the area’s most popular attractions. It traverses the National Mall with stops at several Smithsonian Museum buildings and National Monuments and Memorials (Lincoln, FDR, MLK, Washington, and Jefferson.) Some other stops include The White House, Capitol Building, National Archives, Smithsonian Air & Space Museum and many more!

RED TRANSFER* (10-15 Minute Ride)

Arlington National Cemetery Shuttle driving past tombstonesArlington National Cemetery requires that we use special tour vehicles to navigate the grounds. Therefore, a transfer of tour vehicles is required for the Arlington portion of our tour. Our red transfer shuttle will pick you up at the Lincoln Memorial stop and drop you off at the cemetery where you’ll then hop aboard our Arlington National Cemetery touring vehicles for your tour of the cemetery grounds*. When you’re finished at Arlington, catch the shuttle again and we’ll take you back to the Lincoln Memorial so you can continue with your tour of the city. The first Arlington shuttle departs the Lincoln Memorial at 9:30 am. The last shuttle from the Lincoln Memorial to Arlington National Cemetery is at 3:30 pm. The last shuttle from Arlington National Cemetery to the Lincoln Memorial is at 3:45 pm.

*Shuttle to Arlington National Cemetery grounds is complimentary with an Old Town Trolley ticket. Guests must have a separate ticket to enjoy the Arlington National Cemetery guided tour aboard our vehicles. 

How does it work?

Once you get to our Nation’s Capital, everything you’ll need to help you plan your way through the city can be mapped out right here. Figure out where you’d like to pick up the tour, what you can expect to see upon arriving at any of the stops and what might be of interest to you off the beaten path or the surrounding neighborhoods.

Trolley Schedule

Although we make every intention to strictly adhere to our schedule, Washington DC is a very densely packed area that often hosts parades, public gatherings, negotiates motorcades and all manner of large scale events that may, on occasion delay our timetable. Please visit our schedule tab for a complete list of dates when we are not operating or our tour updates when expecting delays.


Visiting with friends and family who don’t speak English? Our visitors come from all over the world and our exclusive foreign language app is here to help! All trolleys come outfitted with WiFi capabilities so you can enjoy narration in seven different languages – Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Chinese, and Japanese. We’ll provide you with instructions on how to download the app. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy all the sights and sounds via a fully-narrated tour through our nation’s capital. Headphones not included.

Ticket Booth Locations

Stop 1 – Union Station
50 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002
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Stop 13 – Welcome Center
1001 E St NW, Washington, DC 20004
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There’s no better way to see all of Washington DC
than with Old Town Trolley Tours.

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The hallowed grounds of this place continue to resonate with a special power that attracts over three million visitors a year. There are over 400,000 buried here to date with some 25-30 funerals taking place every day. A ride with Arlington National Cemetery Tours is essential to capture the full breadth of this place. As the official and only tour operator authorized to give guided tours of the cemetery grounds, your tour runs on a continuous loop for up to an hour and makes between 7 and 10 stops, depending on the day of the week you visit. Highlights include the gravesite of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, General John J. Pershing, and the Arlington House.

To get to Arlington National Cemetery from the Washington Welcome Center, take the Metro Blue Line from Washington Metro Station (it is a three minute walk from the Welcome Center to the Station.) The Metro stops right at Arlington National Cemetery.


monuments by moonlight lincoln memorialDiscover why Monuments by Moonlight is rated one of DC’s Top 20 Best Kept Secrets. All the cherished monuments you’ve read about in books, seen in movies, and learned about in school, exude a life of their own on this moonlit tour. The glowing dome and grand columns of the Capitol Building, the thought-provoking Lincoln Memorial and so much more await you on this enchanted excursion through past and present.

13 Reasons why Old Town Trolley is the best tour company in town:


Riding around the Beltway for over 30 years as DC’s longest-running city tour!


All our tours are 100% live in real time - No pre-recorded narration


The finest, most highly-trained and knowledgeable guides


Unlimited hop-on & hop-off as often as you like all day long


Proudly owned and operated in the United States


The only tour authorized to enter the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery (Must have separate ticket to enjoy the Arlington National Cemetery guided tour aboard our vehicles)


Exclusive foreign language tour app offered in 7 languages


Best view! State-of-the-art stadium trolleys


Every seat is the best seat!


All-weather trolleys - rain or shine! Our vehicles get the job done


Onboard monitors display historical imagery


Comfortable padded seats for a pleasant tour


Free WiFi

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