Special Events

Riding to your local getaway

You Can Explore a Lot More on COTA

Central Ohio is home to many exciting destinations and events. Riding COTA is your easy and affordable way to get to and from these attractions.

Lions, Tigers, and Bears, No Drive!

Take the Zoo Bus and save. When you make your Columbus Zoo and Aquarium reservation in advance, choose Daily Ticket options and select Zoo Bus Customer Reservation. Then, use your reservation confirmation voucher to receive:

  • $3 tickets into the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium OR
  • $10 OFF each admission into Zoombezi Bay

You can make reservations at ColumbusZoo.org or by calling 614-645-3400.

Download the Zoo Bus Schedule.

Zoom to BOOM! with COTA

Skip the fuss and ride with us

The largest Independence Day celebration in the Midwest is back! COTA offers the safest, easiest and most affordable way for you and your family to get to Red, White & BOOM! For just $4 round trip, you can skip the traffic and pricey parking and get dropped off right where the action is happening.


Plan ahead — download the Transit app and load funds onto your account to cover fares to and from downtown.

  • Adults: $4 round trip
  • Children ages 5 to 12: $2 round trip
  • Children four years old and under: No fare

You can pay for the entire family using COTA’s scanner system at the Park & Ride or bring exact change in cash.


Service from COTA Park & Rides to BOOM! runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Return trips begin at 10:45 p.m. and continue until approximately midnight.


Once you pay at one of our five Park & Ride locations, you’ll receive a color-coded wristband to simplify your return trip. Provided information cards will point you to the correct downtown pickup location, and our entire COTA team will be on hand to help you find the right vehicle to get you back to your original designated Park & Ride.



7460 Huntington Park Dr., Columbus, OH 43234

At Crosswoods Center NE of 270/N. High St.

Served by Line 41 Crosswoods/Polaris; Local Line 102 Polaris Pkwy/N. High

Grove City

2321 Old Stringtown Rd., Grove City, OH 43123

Southwest corner of Stringtown & Parkmead Dr.

Served by Line 61 Grove City; Local Line 3 Northwest/Harrisburg


2100 Birchview Dr., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

Near Birchview Dr. & Eastgreen Blvd.

Served by Line 51 Reynoldsburg; Local Line 1 Kenny/Livingston


312 W. Main St., Westerville, OH 43081

East of Cleveland at Collegeview Rd.

Served by Line 43 Westerville


Worthington Kilbourne High School, 1499 Hard Rd., Columbus, Oh 43235

Between Linworth & Smoky Row

Served by Line 81 Worthington Kilbourne

The Big Explore: We Did the Driving to Delightful Destinations

Thanks to a generous community gift from the Columbus Foundation, all COTA fares were free on Dec. 29, 2018. Dubbed “The Big Explore”, thousands of Central Ohioans rode the bus to area attractions, including,

  • Columbus Museum of Art
  • COSI
  • Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
  • National Veterans Memorial & Museum
  • Ohio History Connection
  • Wexner Center for the Arts
  • Pizzuti Collection

A special thanks to EmpowerBus for providing free shuttle service from The Linden Transit Center to The Ohio History Connection.