The National Mall Route FAQs

DC Circulator - National Mall Service

How much does the National Mall route cost?

The entire Circulator system, including the National Mall route, costs just $1 per trip, per person. All buses accept the SmarTrip® card, Circulator passes or exact change in the form of coins or dollar bills. Please see the “How to Pay” section of our website to learn more.

Which monuments, museums and attractions can I access using this route?

The 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 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
· Vietnam Veterans Memorial
· Washington Monument
· World War II Memorial

The National Mall route also provides access to the following major office locations
· U.S. Capitol
· Federal Reserve,
· Department of Agriculture
· Department of Energy
· Federal Aviation Administration
· Department of Education
· Department of Health and Human Services

View the official National Mall service map here.

Is this a guided tour bus?

No, the Circulator strictly provides a transportation option to and from the National Mall. Private sightseeing tour companies continue to offer narrated services for visitors.

How long does it take to complete a full loop along the route?

It takes approximately one hour and 5 minutes to complete a full loop along The National Mall route in ideal traffic conditions.

What do the buses look like?

The buses are consistent with the vehicles used on other Circulator routes. Riders can identify buses offering service along the National Mall by the reading the marquee located above the front windshield of the bus.https://www.dccirculator.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=3856&action=edit#

When do buses run on this route?

The National Mall service operates on the following schedule:
Summer (April 1 – September 30)
7am – 8pm (weekdays), 9am – 8pm (weekends)
Winter (October 1 – March 31)
7am – 7pm (weekdays), 9am – 7pm (weekends)

Like all Circulator buses, those on the National Mall arrive every 10 minutes during normal service hours. To see real time arrival information for all in-service Circulator routes, visit our NextBus page.

Can I exit and re-board the Circulator at a later time?

Riders who pay using a SmarTrip® card are able to re-board the circulator for free within two hours from the time they first board the bus. Because we cannot keep track of cash payments, riders who use cash will be required to pay $1 each time they board the bus.

Can I bring luggage, strollers or pets on the bus?

Luggage, strollers and small pets in carriers are permitted on all Circulator buses with applicable guidelines. Visit the “Bus Basics” section of our website for specific details.

Are printed maps of the National Mall service available?

View a PDF of the National Mall service map here. DC Circulator maps, that include the National Mall service route, are available on every Circulator bus. They are also be available to order by visiting CommuterPage.com’s free brochures by mail page. Simply select DC Circulator Bus from the menu and enter your contact information. The Circulator brochures are sent right to your home or office, free of charge.

How will I know if there is a detour or service disruption?

You can follow us on Twitter @DCCirculator. When a delay or service disruption occurs, we use Twitter to get the word out quickly. You may also find real-time service alerts at the bottom of our home page. Predetermined service and route changes are located in the News and Press Releases section of our website. These changes will occasionally occur due to holidays and special events, such as marathons or marches where roads will be temporarily closed.

My question is not listed here, what do i do now?

The FAQs listed here are specific to riding the National Mall route. If you did not see an answer to your question, please view our general FAQ section with information applicable to the entire system.

After viewing our general FAQs, if your question has still gone unanswered, complete and submit our contact form to ask us directly.