Briefly in English


Spend a fun day at the Zoo!

Helsinki Zoo is one of the few zoos located on an island. It is the perfect place to visit due to its natural environment, animals and history. The zoo was established already in 1889 and this makes it one of the oldest zoos in the world.

Explore the Cat Valley, get to know the barbary macaques and say hi to the camels!

TripAdvisor_stacked_logo_FullColorThe zoo is open all year round! Summer season begins on 1st of May when the first ferries start to operate from the mainland to the island of Helsinki Zoo. Summer is a lovely time in the Finnish archipelago with green nature. The autumn has its own spirit when the mythical darkness conquers the island and big cats in the Cat Valley get active. Winter can be truly magical when it snows – most of the animals stay outdoors throughout the year regardless of the weather. Especially when the weather is cold, the tropical houses provide nice places to visit. Spring season is full of surprises when the nature wakes up and animals bring out their newborns for the first time.



Helsinki Zoo is home to 150 animal species and almost 1000 plant species that show the diversity of nature. In order to preserve this diversity, we breed endangered species and participate in programs that aim to re-introduce the animals to their natural habitats. Helsinki Zoo is very well known for its work to help endangered big cats. For example snow leopards have had more cubs than in any other zoo and we are among the biggest supporters of the endangered Amur leopard and tiger protection.

Helsinki Zoo participates in the work to protect the habitats in the original homes of the various species. We are a part of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), The European Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EAZA), and the International Zoo Educators Association (IZE). Zoos are often the last place to save animals that are endangered in their natural environments.


 Ticket prices

By land

By ferry*

Annual tickets

Adult 12 € 18 € 50 €
Child under 4 y. 0 € 0 € -
Child 4-17 y. 6 € 9 € 20 €
Student/unemployed 8 € 11 € -
Senior 8 € 11 € 30 €
Group ticket* 36 € 53 € 120 €

*Group ticket contains two adults and three 4 to 17 year old children.
*Ferry traffic starts every year 1sth of May.

In order to receive a discount be prepared to present a valid ID document at the ticket sales: students must present a valid national student card or international ISIC card with a photo, pensioners a Finnish KELA-card, the unemployed the past month’s receipt from KELA or the unemployment fund. Annual tickets are personal and are sold only at the Mustikkamaa´s ticket sale. In order to receive a discount be prepared to present a valid ID document at the ticket sales: pensioners a Finnish KELA-card. Annual ticket does not contain water traffic fees.


Helsinki Zoo is open all year around

January10am – 4pm
February10am – 4pm7.–8.2. & 21.–22.2. open from 10am – 6pm
March10am – 4pm
April10am – 6pm
May10am – 8pm
June10am – 8pmMidsummer Eve open from 10am – 5pm
July10am – 8pm
August10am – 8pm
September10am – 6pmCats Night 4.9. & 11.9. open from 16pm – 24pm
October10am – 4pm4.10. open from 10am – 4pm. Free entry!
November10am – 4pm
December10am – 4pmClosed on Christmas Eve



How to find us?

The Korkeasaari island lies close to the city centre. It´s possible to get to the Helsinki Zoo in Korkeasaari through Mustikkamaa recreation area all the year round. In summer, you can also take the boat from the Kauppatori market place or Hakaniemi.

By bus

Bus number 16, the Zoo Bus, runs from the Central Railway Station to the Helsinki Zoo all year round every day, except on Christmas Eve. The platform at the Railway Station is no. 8. Estimated travel time is 21-23 minutes.

Timetable for bus no. 16

By ferry

Ferry traffic starts again in first of May.

From Market Square: The Kauppatori boat runs every day through May to September. The pier is located in front of the Presidential Palace (Pohjoisesplanadi 1).
From Hakaniemi: The Hakaniemi ferry runs every day from June to August and during the weekends in May. The pier is located in Hakaniemenranta.

By car

We recommend using public transport or cycling in the summer! Parking is available at the Mustikkamaa recreation area, some 400 meters from the zoo entrance. Half of the parking area is free of charge, but please note that the number of parking spaces is limited. Parking outside the parking lot is forbidden as it will block the bus route and emergency vehicles.



Contact Information

Helsinki Zoo
P.O. Box 4600
Street address: Mustikkamaanpolku 12
Navigator address: Marsalkantie
Ticket office: +358 (09) 310 37901
Restaurant, reservation: +358 (09) 696 23731
Customer service (Monday-Friday 08-16): +358 (09) 310 37900


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