Your Bus Transit Guide to Columbus
May 1, 2018 by Casey Brown
While downtown Columbus is very walkable and it's relatively easy to drive, this city is lucky to be home to numerous transportation options other than driving your own car. Our bus system, Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), will get you wherever you want to go throughout Franklin County, and parts of Delaware, Fairfield, Licking and Union Counties.
Here’s how to get to some of Columbus’ attractions on a COTA bus from Downtown Columbus. *
Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
During the busy summer season (late May-early September) COTA operates the Zoo Bus weekdays from downtown or the Griggs Dam Park & Ride. Riders of the Zoo Bus even get deals on tickets at the Zoo and Zoombezi Bay Waterpark! Check here for details.
COSI (Center of Science and Industry)
If you want to go check out the American Museum of Natural History dinosaur gallery at COSI, take the number 10 bus from West Broad Street and North High Street towards Westwoods Park and Ride and get off at the stop at Broad Street and Bell Street. COSI will be just a few steps away.
Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
Take the number 10 bus towards Mount Carmel East from West Broad Street and South Front Street. Get off at the East Broad Street & Franklin Park Conservatory stop.
Take the number 9 bus from West Nationwide Boulevard & North Front Street towards West Mound Brentnell to Easton Transit Center. Get off at Easton Way & Easton Square Place.
Columbus also has a new circulator route called the AirConnect that runs to/from John Glenn International Airport and downtown Columbus. Cost to ride is $2.75 each way.
Looking to stay around downtown Columbus? Take advantage of the free downtown circulator, CBUS, that runs every 10-15 minutes from the Short North Arts District to the Brewery District.
Be sure to make use of the Trip Planner on the COTA website to plan your next visit!
*Please be sure to check bus schedules before you leave in case of any route changes.