The Zoo Express Bus 2019 season has concluded. Please stay tuned for information on its return in 2020.
Zoo Express Bus

Picture of DC Circulator BusConvenient Bus Rides to the National Zoo in DC

This summer, Saturday, May 4 – Monday, September 30, we are launching the Zoo Express Bus, a summer service from the Woodley Park – Zoo / Adams Morgan Metro Station – to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo.

Why start your zoo adventure with frustrating traffic, expensive parking, or extensive walking? This service provides a fast and free connection directly to the Zoo’s main entrance and its Panda Plaza bus lot. The Zoo Express Bus closes the half-mile transit gap between the metro station, the Zoo, and its neighboring hotels, businesses, and restaurants. The route makes it easy for residents, families, visitors, and employees to enjoy the Woodley Park area – one of DC’s most popular neighborhoods.


How to Ride

DC Circulator Zoo Express Bus Shuttle Map

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Service Hours

Buses run every 10-15 minutes from 6 a.m. – 8 p.m., Monday through Friday and  8 a.m. – 8 p.m on weekends.

Route Stops

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 our standard bus stop flag and buses with “Zoo Express” on the overhead display.

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

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Explore Beyond the Zoo

While a roaring good time is always expected at the National Zoo, it’s only one reason to visit the Woodley Park neighborhood. Take the Zoo Express Bus to access the variety of local businesses on Connecticut Ave, N.W. including top-rated restaurants and shopping galore.

Work in the area? The Zoo Express Bus runs early-morning and late-evening service hours so area residents and employees can ride to work and back.

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