Fares and Payment Options

Fares

  • Regular – $1.00
  • Senior/Disabled – 50¢
  • DC Students (elementary through high school) – free with DC One Card. Only during weekdays,
    5:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Children Under 5 – free with paying adult rider

Transfers

With SmarTrip Card - The Circulator uses a paperless transfer system – if you pay your fare with a SmarTrip card, you'll automatically receive the following discounted fares when transferring:

To Circulator

  • from Circulator (within 2 hours) – free
  • from Metrobus (within 2 hours) – free
  • from Metrorail – 50¢
  • from Metrorail (Senior/Disabled) – free
  • from ART – free
From Circulator

  • to Metrobus – 75¢
  • to Metrobus Express – $3
  • to Metrobus Airport shuttle – $6
  • to Metrorail – 50¢ credit
  • to ART – 75¢
Without SmarTrip Card - Riders paying with cash cannot receive a transfer.  

    Payment Options

    • Cash – Circulator accepts coins and dollar bills. Exact change is required when boarding a bus with cash. Simply place your fare in the farebox located near the driver.
    • SmarTrip Card – This is a permanent, rechargeable farecard you can use to pay fares and transfers on Circulator, Metrobus, Metrorail and more. To board a bus with a SmarTrip card, simply tap your card on the SmarTrip logo on the farebox when you enter the front door. Limited Time Only - DC Circulator Commemorative 10 Year Anniversary SmarTrip Cards are now available for purchase. Learn more
    • Passes – Ride all you want by purchasing unlimited-trip passes before you board. One-Day ($3), 3-Day ($7), Weekly ($11) and Monthly ($40) passes are available for purchase through CommuterDirect.com (see below).

    Where to Purchase