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Taking Public Transportation

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.

New Smithsonian’s National Zoo 125th Anniversary Limited Edition SmarTrip Cards

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

By Metrorail

  • Take the Red Line to the Woodley Park/Zoo/Adams Morgan stop or the Cleveland Park stop. The Zoo entrance lies halfway between these stops, and both are a short walk from the Zoo.
  • Be sure to check Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's website for service alerts and advisories. Metrorail Service Status.
  • Tip: It's an uphill walk from Woodley Park to the Zoo, and a level one from Cleveland Park. We suggest you arrive at Cleveland Park and leave from either Metro station.
  • If you exit at the Woodley Park–Zoo/Adams Morgan stop, walk north (away from McDonald's and CVS). The Zoo is about 3 blocks from the stop, on the right (east) side of Connecticut Avenue.

    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.

  • If you exit at the Cleveland Park stop, take the exit on the east side of the street and walk south, toward the Uptown movie theater and the restaurants that line Connecticut Avenue (away from 7-11 and the Exxon station). The Zoo is on the east side of the street, about three blocks from the stop, after a bridge and just past a large apartment building.

    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.

By Metrobus

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.