Bus Basics

Fundamental guidelines for riding the DC Circulator

How to Ride

With buses arriving every 10 minutes and fares costing just $1, the Circulator is an easy choice for getting around the District. Ride the Circulator like a pro with these tips.

Fares and Payments

Circulator accepts SmarTrip® cards and costs just $1. Check out other payment options and available fare discounts.


All buses in the Circulator system are accessible. View more information on our wheelchair accommodations in support of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Bikes on Bus

Each Circulator bus is equipped to carry your bike. Use these helpful steps to make you next multi-modal trip seamless and stress-free.

Strollers on Bus

Traveling with children is simple on the Circulator. Before you head out the door, read through our guidelines and tips for riding with strollers.


Find answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding policies, payments and more.