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The Zoo's Connecticut Avenue entrance is equidistant from 2 Metrorail stops. There is a Metrobus stop directly in front of the Zoo. Taking public transportation instead of traveling by car saves natural resources.
In celebration of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s 125th anniversary, the Metro is offering four limited-edition Zoo Anniversary SmarTrip® Cards.
Each reusable plastic card comes pre-loaded with $8 in stored fare value for a total price of $10 and features popular zoo baby residents, including giant panda cub Bao Bao, Sumatran tiger cubs Bandar and Sukacita, African lion cubs, and a gray seal pup named Rona.
The commemorative cards are now available online and at Metro-operated sales offices. They will be accessible in all Metrorail station dispensers by July 4, while supplies last. (Hurry, commemorative cards sell out quickly!)
On July 4, Metro staff will also be available for hand-sales of the limited-edition cards at the following stations: Shady Grove, Greenbelt, Largo Town Center, New Carrollton, Branch Avenue, Franconia-Springfield, Vienna and Pentagon City.
Metro riders can present their Zoo SmarTrip card at the Zoo’s three main gift shops for 10 percent off purchases. Buy Online
Note: It's an uphill walk of about one-third of a mile from Woodley Park. You may prefer to take a bus from this station to the Zoo. When you arrive at Woodley Park, cross Connecticut Avenue and catch an L2 or L4 bus, in the direction of Chevy Chase Circle. The third stop is the Zoo stop and is right at the Zoo entrance.
Note: The walk from Cleveland Park is about half a mile. You may prefer to take a bus from this station to the Zoo. When you arrive at Cleveland Park, exit on the west side of the street (by the restaurant Indique) and catch an L1 or L2 bus, in the direction of Dupont Circle or McPherson Square. The third stop is the Zoo stop and is across the street from the Zoo entrance.
If you have any questions or need more information about taking public transportation to the Zoo, contact Metro at 202.637.7000 or visit the Metro website.