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February 22, 2020

DC Circulator is Going Wild!

by Samantha Huff

Let your wild side out for a ride. The DC Circulator has launched a Zoo Express Bus  its first-ever summer bus service to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo! Starting May 4 through September 30, 2019, this bus will provide FREE express service between the Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan Metro Station and the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. The new service closes the ½ mile transit gap between the Metro and the northwestern portion of Connecticut Ave, providing access to the Zoo and all the shops, restaurants, and hotels in the area. 

Hours of Operation:

  • Monday – Friday: 6am – 8pm
  • Saturday – Sunday: 7am – 8pm

How to Ride: 

To the Zoo, board the Zoo Express Bus at the DC Circulator bus stop outside of Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan Metro Station. Look for the standard bus stop flag and buses with “Zoo Express” on the overhead display.

From the Zoo, board at the intersection of Connecticut Ave NW & 24th Street NW or the Smithsonian’s National Zoo Panda Plaza Lot. The stop at Panda Plaza will be marked with a special sign, not a Circulator flag pole.


Employers: The hours of operation are from early morning through late evening so that employees can use it to get to work and back from the metro and it’s FREE!

Residential and Hotel: Mayor Bowser’s fair shot initiative makes all Circulator rides free, so this is a great service to promote for residents and guests to easily access your property from the Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan Metro Station. If you’re interested in materials to promote this, contact DC Circulator.

Why start your zoo adventure with frustrating traffic, expensive parking, or extensive walking? The Zoo Express Bus route makes it easy for residents, families, visitors, and employees to enjoy the Woodley Park area, one of DC’s popular neighborhoods. Learn more about the Zoo Express Bus.

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