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Washington D.C. 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.

DC Circulator buses run every 10 minutes during the hours of operation

redNational Mall Route

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

orangePotomac Ave - Skyland via Barracks Row

Winter Hours (October 1-March 31): Weekdays 6am - 7pm
Summer Hours (April 3-September 30): Weekdays 6am - 9pm Saturdays 7am - 9pm

greenWoodley Park-Adams Morgan-McPherson Square Metro

Sun – Thurs: 7am - Midnight
Fri and Sat: 7am-3:30am

blueDupont Circle - Georgetown - Rosslyn

Sun - Thurs: 7am - Midnight
Fri and Sat: 7am - 2am

blueUnion Station - Navy Yard

Winter Hours (October 1-March 31): Weekdays 6am - 7pm
Summer Hours (April 1-September 30): Weekdays 6am - 9pm; Saturdays 7am - 9pm
*Extended service on Nationals game days

yellowGeorgetown - Union Station

Every Day: 7am - 9pm
Additional Night Service
Whitehaven to McPherson Square Metro
Sunday – Thursday: 9pm-Midnight
Friday and Saturday: 9pm-2am

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

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

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

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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