Most visitors to Washington DC will use Metro at least a few times to get around. However, not a lot of people will ever set foot on a bus. This is too bad! The bus is often a superior way of getting around. Learning how to ride DC Circulator will help visitors easily get to popular destinations like the National Mall and Georgetown.
Find your DC Ciculator or Metrobus stop
Use an app on your phone such as Google Maps or Citymapper. It will help you figure out exactly which DC Circulator or Metrobus route to use, where the closest stop is located, and how to navigate to that stop.
Look for the signs! Circulator bus stops have a big red Circulator logo on them. Metrobus stops are a little more subtle. They will show you the name of the bus route on the sign.
Pay your fare
When your bus arrives at the stop, enter through the front door. Make sure you’ve waited until anyone exiting the bus had already gotten off. The best way to pay for both DC Ciculator and Metrobus is using a SmarTrip card. You might already have one if you’ve ridden Metro. But if you don’t have a SmarTrip, don’t worry, buses also accept cash. However, make sure you have the exact fare because bus drivers don’t make change.
Enjoy your ride
Sit back and enjoy your ride. Both DC Circulator and Metrobus have air conditioning which helps cool you down on a hot day. Some Circulator buses even have USB charging ports in case your smartphone needs a charge!
When you are ready to get off the bus, press one of the yellow strips or pull the cord to let the driver know you have reached your stop. You do not need to tap out with your SmarTrip at the end of a bus ride. All you have to do is wait for the door to open and exit.
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