Briefly in English

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Spend a fun day at the Zoo!

Helsinki Zoo is home to 150 animal species and almost 1000 plant species that show the diversity of nature. 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. Helsinki Zoo also participates in the work to protect the habitats in the original homes of the various species. Helsinki Zoo´s mission is to work towards preserving biodiversity.

Explore the Cat Valley, meet the barbary macaques and say hi to the brown bears!

The zoo is open all year round!

Our zoo island welcomes you during all seasons, 364 days of the year. The ferries from mainland operate from the 1st of May to the end of September. During the other seasons you can easily reach the zoo by bus or by car.

Opening Hours

Opening Hours, pssst! We are open all year round!

Ticket prices

1-day ticket prices from 0-18 euros. Click for more info

Different season, different zoo

Spring is full of surprises when the nature wakes up and animals bring out their newborns for the first time. Summer is a lovely time in the Finnish archipelago with lush, green nature. The ferry ride from the city centre is a wonderful experience. 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. The tropical houses provide nice places to visit, especially during cold weather.

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Conservation work

Our mission is to work towards preserving biodiversity. 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. Helsinki Zoo is also the biggest annual donor for the endangered Amur leopard and tiger protection in the world.

Helsinki Zoo is 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.

How to find us?

The Korkeasaari island lies close to the city centre. You can reach us through the Mustikkamaa recreation area all year round. In summer you can also take the boat from the Kauppatori market square or Hakaniemi.

Street address: Mustikkamaanpolku 12
Navigator address: Marsalkantie

By bus

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

Timetable for bus 16

By ferry

Ferries to Helsinki Zoo operate from the first of May until the end of September. The ferries leave from two different locations – Kauppatori Market Square and Hakaniemi.

From Kauppatori Market Square

The Kauppatori ferry runs every day from May to September. The pier is located in front of the Presidential Palace. The address for the Market Square pier is Pohjoisesplanadi 1. The travel time is about 15-20 minutes.

Timetables for Market Square - Helsinki Zoo

From Hakaniemi

The Hakaniemi ferry runs every day from June to August and during the weekends in May. The pier is located at Hakaniemenranta, next to the Hakaniemi market square. The travel time about 10 minutes.

Timetables for Hakaniemi - Helsinki Zoo

By car

We recommend using public transport or bicycles 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.

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Contact Information

Helsinki Zoo
P.O. Box 4600, 00099 CITY OF HELSINKI
Street address: Mustikkamaanpolku 12
Navigator address: Marsalkantie

Ticket office: +358 (09) 310 37409
Restaurant, reservation: +358 (09) 696 23731
Customer service (Monday-Friday 08-16): +358 (09) 310 37900
Email: zoo.asy (at) hel.fi & Contact form