We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Great way to get a feel for DC”

Old Town Trolley Tours of Washington DC
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Washington DC Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour including Arlington National Cemetery
Ranked #17 of 139 Tours in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Voted “Washington’s Best Tour” by Washingtonian Magazine, the Nation’s Capital comes alive aboard Old Town Trolley Tours. Live narration filled with humorous stories and well-researched historical facts will show guests all of Washington in three loops that cover Arlington National Cemetery, the National Mall, National Cathedral, Downtown, Georgetown and points in between. With 19 stops, guests can disembark for shopping, dining and attractions all day. Old Town Trolley Tours has a 100% money back guarantee.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
58 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Great way to get a feel for DC”
Reviewed November 20, 2013

My wife and I like to do a recon trip to a new city if we think there is enough there to warrant future trips to that city. With a huge number of attractions, DC fits that description very well. To try to decide what we wanted to see on future trips, we chose the trolley tour and were very glad we did.

First, the fact that they have shuttles that pick up at local hotels was a big plus. They picked up at the Hyatt around the corner from our hotel in Crystal City so that together with our own hotel's shuttles meant that we had no transportation costs for our stay.

We did all three routes, around Georgetown, the Mall, and Arlington Cemetery. We stopped at the Jefferson and Lincoln Monuments, and got to see the changing of the guard at Arlington. It made for a very full day and gave us a ton of ideas about future attractions we want to see.

I would be remiss if I did not mention the drivers. Very nice, informative, and quite entertaining is the norm and they left us with the desire to visit again soon. One tip, they roll up the plexiglass once the weather is warm enough so taking pictures off the bus is better then.

Visited November 2013
1 Thank makinmajik
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

2,548 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Seven Corners, Virginia
Level Contributor
589 reviews
171 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
Reviewed November 14, 2013 via mobile

I took OTT with my cousin from Russia. Her English wasn't so good and we regretted the tour right away. There are no other languages besides what the driver speaks. Pronounciation of some of them leaves much to be desired and because you are listening to him over speakers road noise can drown his words.
Also, trolleys just cannot compete with double deckers in terms of a view. Skip the trolley and go for DC Duck's tour run by the same company

Thank Seth J
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Jerry M, General Manager at Old Town Trolley Tours of Washington DC, responded to this review, December 2, 2013
I am sorry that you did not enjoy your tour with us. Because our tours offer live narration and are not recordings, they are only offered in English. We do have a 100% money back guarantee that you can access by visiting the customer service area of our website.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Super Informative”
Reviewed November 10, 2013

We hopped on the bus with some reservations as they usually are a bit too touristy, but wow, what a pleasant surprise!! The bus drivers are super informative and very very funny. It's not just your average tourist bus. Not only they take you too all the attractions, the drivers provide you with a very details description of the attraction to help you to make the right choice. We absolutely loved it. Next time in DC, we will do it again for sure!!

Visited November 2013
1 Thank LXfamily
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Phoenix, Arizona
Level Contributor
25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“They stand by their guarantee”
Reviewed November 7, 2013

I was unable to use day two of my prepaid e-ticket. I followed the directions for a refund and received credit the very next day.

Visited November 2013
1 Thank funtraveler0207
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Rio Verde, Arizona
Level Contributor
161 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“The only way to get around town”
Reviewed November 2, 2013

We have used the Old Town Trolley Tours in other towns. They have never let us down. There drivers are always courteous and full of information. They really make the trip enjoyable. The added plus is that you can get on and off the Trolley at various locations. When you join back on the Trolley you can continue your journey and not miss a beat. Relax, sit back enjoy the ride and learn something - a great combination. You don't have to wait long if you decide to get off the Trolley - normally around 15 minutes.

Visited November 2013
1 Thank Nrenaut
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Old Town Trolley Tours of Washington DC also viewed


Been to Old Town Trolley Tours of Washington DC? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing