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Washington DC Circulator

Getting Around Washington DC

The D.C. Circulator provides affordable, comfortable and efficient bus service in the busiest parts of Washington D.C., while looping around most attractions and popular destinations.

Operating 6 bus routes and servicing over 5 million riders each year, the D.C. Circulator connects you to Adams Morgan, Anacostia, Capitol Hill, Capitol Riverfront, Columbia Heights, Downtown, Dupont Circle, Georgetown, Golden Triangle, National Mall, NoMa/Union Station, Rosslyn, Woodley Park, 14th & U Street Corridors and to more than 25 museums, monuments and memorials along the National Mall.

Washington DC Circulator Routes and Hours

redNational Mall Route

Winter Hours (October - March ): Weekdays 7am – 7pm; Weekends 9am – 7pm
Summer Hours (April-September): Weekdays 7am – 8pm; Weekends 9am – 8pm

greenWoodley Park-Adams Morgan-McPherson Square Metro

Monday–Thursday: 6am - Midnight
Friday: 6am - 3:30am
Saturday: 7am - 3:30am
Sunday: 7am - Midnight

yellowGeorgetown - Union Station

Monday – Thursday: 6am - Midnight
Friday: 6am - 3am
Saturday: 7am - 3am
Sunday: 7am - Midnight

blueDupont Circle - Georgetown - Rosslyn

Monday – Thursday: 6am - Midnight
Friday: 6am - 3am
Saturday: 7am - 3am
Sunday: 7am - Midnight

blueEastern Market – L'Enfant Plaza (EMLP)

Weekdays: 6am - 9pm
Weekends: 7am - 9pm
This is a new service connecting Eastern Market Metro to L'Enfant Plaza Metro via Barracks Row, Navy Yard Metro, M Street SE/SW, and Waterfront Metro
*Special service on Nationals & DC United game days

orangeCongress Heights – Union Station (CHUS)

Weekdays Hours from 6 am – 9 pm
Weekend Hours 7 am – 9 pm
This new service connects Union Station and Congress Heights Metro via Barracks Row and Historic Anacostia.

Washington DC Circulator Fare

Regular Fare $1.00
Senior/Disabled $0.50
DC Students (elementary – high school) Free with DC One Card
(only during weekdays, 5:30 am – 9:00 am and 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Children under 5 yrs. Free with paying adult
DC Circulator Transfers

Transfers are available only when you pay with a SmarTrip® card
From Metrobus or Circulator (within 2 hours) – Free
To Metrobus (within two hours) – 75cents (or step-up to current Metrobus fare)
To Circulator (within 2 hours) – Free
To or from Metrorail – 50¢ discount

DC Circulator Payment Options

Pay By Cash: exact change required
SmarTrip® Card: an electronic farecard you can use on Circulator, Metrorail and Metrobus.
Customer Service: (202) 962-1423

2018 DC Circulator Fare Payment Revision

The DC Circulator paper bus passes will be discontinued effective June 23, 2018.
Current paper pass holders can redeem their passes until September 30, 2018. After this date, these passes will not be accepted.
Riders will still have the option to purchase the SmarTrip®-based 7-Day Regional Bus Pass sold by WMATA.

DC Circulator National Mall Service Map

DC Circulator Map

The DC Circulator service stops in front of or near the following museums:

African American History and Culture Museum
African Art Museum
Air and Space Museum
American History Museum
American Indian Museum
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Freer Gallery of Art
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
National Gallery of Art
Natural History Museum
Postal Museum
Smithsonian Institution Building
The Smithsonian Castle
United States Botanic Garden
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

The DC Circulator service stops in front of or near the following monuments and memorials:

DC War Memorial
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
Korean War Veterans Memorial
Lincoln Memorial
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
Thomas Jefferson Memorial
U.S. Capitol
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Washington Monument
World War II Memorial

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