Korkeasaari Zoo

amur tiger

Spend a fun day in Korkeasaari Zoo!

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Korkeasaari Zoo is uniquely located on an island, in the Baltic Sea. It is only a short distance from the Helsinki city centre and you can actually see the Helsinki and Uspenski Cathedrals from the zoo. It takes only 20 minutes to reach us by a local bus or a ferry that runs from May until September.

Korkeasaari Zoo is home to 150 animal species and almost 1000 plant species that are testament to the diversity of nature. Meet the large Amur tigers, tiny pygmy marmosets, agile snow leopards, impressive wisents and dazzling, free roaming peafowls alongside indigenous Finnish species such as the elk, bear, wolverine and forest reindeer. All this while enjoying the silence and peace of the Finnish nature surrounding you.

The zoo was established in 1889, which makes it one of the oldest zoos in the world. Korkeasaari Zoo’s mission is to conserve biodiversity, and we participate in in-situ conservation work to protect the original habitats of various species. By visiting Korkeasaari Zoo, you support our work as defenders of biodiversity and endangered species.

The zoo is open all year round!

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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The Korkeasaari island lies close to the city centre. A bridge connects us to Mustikkamaa recreation area, so you can visit the Zoo all year round. In summer you can also take a ferry from the Market Square (Kauppatori).


Local Helsinki region bus no. 16 from and to the Central Railway Station runs all year round three times an hour. The bus platform at the Railway Station (Rautatientori) is no. 17 and travel time is 20–25 minutes. AB-region public transport tickets are valid for the bus. Notice that there is no ticket machine nor a cash machine at the zoo; please have a valid return ticket before visiting, or download the HSL mobile app for ticket purcase.
Timetable bus 16


The ferries leave from Market Square (Kauppatori), close to the Suomenlinna ferry pier. The line is operated by JT-Line.

The ferry runs during the summer season. Please note that HSL travel cards are not accepted. Ferry tickets can only be bought on the ferry.


Kalasatama metro station is about 15 minutes (1 km) away by foot from the Zoo gate at Mustikkamaa. The metro runs every 2,5 to 5 minutes. Exit the metro station or REDI shopping mall to Leonkatu. AB-region public transport tickets are valid for the metro.
Kalasatama metro Timetable

Bike or City bike

Yellow Helsinki City bikes, also known as Alepa-bikes, are available around Helsinki from the 1st of April until the 30th of October. Nearest city bike station from the zoo is located right next to the ticket sales. Other city bike stations nearby are across the Isoisänsilta bridge, some 400 meters from the zoo entrance, and in the Mustikkamaa parking lot.
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If you have your own bike, there is a parking area for bicycles next to the ticket sales in Mustikkamaa.


Parking is available at the Mustikkamaa recreation area, some 400 meters from the zoo entrance. An additional fee may apply for the parking during high season in the summer. The parking is free of charge during winter. Please note that the number of parking spots is limited, therefore we recommend using public transport or bicycles. Parking outside of the parking lot is forbidden, as it will block the bus and emergency vehicle routes.

Visiting address: Mustikkamaanpolku 12
GPS address for parking lot: Mustikkamaantie 10

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Contact Information

Korkeasaari Zoo
Post address: P.O. Box 1000, 00811 Helsinki, Finland
Visiting address: Mustikkamaanpolku 12, Helsinki, Finland

Customer service: +358 50 352 5989
E-mail: info (a) korkeasaari.fi
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