Downtown Concierge

Summer Fun with COTA


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Downtown Columbus

Summer fun is coming, and COTA wants to help you get out and take full advantage of all that Columbus has to offer. Fresh off the launch of the full redesign of their bus network, which offers more buses to more locations with simplified routes, COTA is the way to get around, all summer (and all year) long.

1. This Thursday, May 18 (and on June 8 and August 17), 31-day bus pass holders can enjoy Bus it to the ballpark. Simply present your valid 31-day bus pass and enjoy $1 general admission to the 11:05 a.m. game versus the Indianapolis Indians.

2. COTA Summer Youth Passes went on sale on May 15. For kids 17 or younger, the passes allow for unlimited rides on all COTA lines (excluding Mainstream service) from June 1 - August 31. The pass costs just $62 (a $120 savings) and makes it easy to get to work and fun citywide. Click here for details on how to purchase passes by mail or in person. Proof of age ID is required.

3. Columbus is home to one of the best zoos in the world, and COTA can help you visit all your favorite animals (or take a splash at popular Zoombezi Bay). The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and COTA have partnered to offer bus riders special savings on Zoo admission. When you ride the bus to the Zoo, your admission is just $3 per person, plus no cost to park. And Zoombezi Bay admission is just $10 per person. In addition, the bus fare is only $2 each way.

Weekend and Holiday Zoo Bus service runs through Monday, September 4, including Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. Weekday service starts Tuesday, May 30 and runs through Friday, September 1. You can board a bus at the Statehouse stop or the Griggs Dam Park & Ride.

To take advantage, simply ask your bus operator for a transfer/coupon, and discounted admission will be given when that coupon is presented at the Zoo admission window. The discount is not good with other offers.

4. If you haven’t checked out the Transit System Redesign, visit the COTA website, where you can plan trips, check out routes, and get all the details you need.