Korkeasaari Zoo

Spend a fun day in Korkeasaari!

Korkeasaari Zoo is home to 150 animal species and almost 1000 plant species that are testament to the diversity of nature. Korkeasaari 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 in 1889, which makes it one of the oldest zoos in the world. Korkeasaari Zoo also participates in in-situ conservation work to protect the original habitats of various species. Korkeasaari Zoo’s mission is to conserve biodiversity.

The zoo is open every day of the year – different season, different zoo

Our zoo island welcomes you during all seasons, 365 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.

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. You can see our full list of species here.

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Opening hours 2019

Month     Mon – Fri     Sat – Sun Exceptions
JANUARY Mon-Fri 10 – 16 Sat-Sun 10 – 16
FEBRUARY Mon-Fri 10 – 16 Sat-Sun 10 – 16 Winter holiday 16. – 24.2. open 10 – 18
MARCH Mon-Fri 10 – 16 Sat-Sun 10 – 18
APRIL Mon-Fri 10 – 16 Sat-Sun 10 – 18 Easter 19.4. – 22.4. open 10 – 18
MAY Mon-Fri 10 – 18 Sat-Sun 10 – 20 1.5. & 30.5. open 10 – 20
JUNE Mon-Fri 10 – 20 Sat-Sun 10 – 20 Midsummer Eve 21.6. open 10 – 17
JULY Mon-Fri 10 – 20 Sat-Sun 10 – 20
AUGUST Mon-Fri 10 – 20 Sat-Sun 10 – 20
SEPTEMBER Mon-Fri 10 – 18 Sat-Sun 10 – 18 Night of the Cats 6.9. & 13.9. open 16 – 00,
Evening of Temptations 11.9. open 10 – 23
OCTOBER Mon-Fri 10 – 16 Sat-Sun 10 – 18 4.10. open 10 – 18 (free entry),
Autumn holiday 12. – 20.10. open 10 – 18
NOVEMBER Mon-Fri 10 – 16 Sat-Sun 10 – 16 Halloween 2. – 3.11. open 10 – 18
DECEMBER Mon-Fri 10 – 16 Sat-Sun 10 – 16 Christmas eve 24.12. open 10 – 14,
Christmas holiday 25.12. – 5.1. open 10 – 18
Check the open services for your visit date

Today – Zoo open:



        Night of the Cats in September
        On the first two Fridays of September, Korkeasaari Zoo is open only from 4 pm to midnight. It is the annual Night of the Cats: the zoo is open when the big cats are most active. In the evening the zoo becomes a magical place with candles and lights. All the species in Cat Valley are fed with enrichment surprises, and we also focus on other dusk-time creatures such as the wolverine, and wild boar. You can follow light shows, listen to music and enjoy your time in the nightly zoo. Separate tickets to the event are sold at the entrance and from the webshop. Korkeasaari Zoo donates part of every ticket to conservation.
        Evening of Temptations in September
        Korkeasaari island becomes a romantic place during the Evening of Temptations. As the sun sets, candles and colorful lights show the way around the zoo. You can spend time with your loved one enjoying music, performances and great food. The autumn shows its beautiful colors as the roars of the big cats echo to the sea. Separate tickets to the event are sold at the entrance and from the webshop. Korkeasaari Zoo donates part of every ticket to conservation.

        fennec fox

        Ticket prices

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        Summer 2019 prices

        The ticket prices are valid 1.6. – 31.8.2019. Free admittance for children under 4 years old.
        Day tickets are sold in Korkeasaari from 10:00 to 16:00, and evening tickets from 16:00 to 19:00.
        Online tickets are sold in Korkeasaari’s webshop, they are valid for whole day and are not depending on arrival time.

        Online ticket Day ticket Evening ticket
        Adult 16 € / online ticket 18 € / day ticket 12 €/ evening ticket
        Child 4–17 years 8 € / online ticket 10 €/ day ticket 6 €/ evening ticket
        Student, senior* 10 € / online ticket 12 €/ day ticket 8 €/ evening ticket
        Group ticket* 48 € / online ticket 56 €/ day ticket 36 €/ evening ticket

        Fall 2019 – Spring 2020 prices

        The ticket prices are valid from 1.9.2019 to 31.5.2020. Free admittance for children under 4 years old.
        You can buy the ticket from the Zoo ticket sales, or in advance from our webshop.

        Ticket Price
        Adult 14 €
        Child, 4–17 years 8 €
        Student, senior* 10 €
        Group ticket* 44 €


        Additional information on ticket price groups
        Group ticket contains two adults and three 4 to 17 year old children or 1 adult and four 4 to 17 year old children.

        Student tickets are sold to full-time students who can present a valid student card with a photo. Of international cards, only an ISIC student card is accepted.

        Senior citizen tickets are sold to over 65-year-olds who can present an ID document as well as to persons with full pension pursuant to Kela.

        Helsinki Card gives a discount of 2€ on normal adult tickets and 1€ on normal child (4 to 17 year old) tickets.

        Annual card

        Experience the four seasons of the Korkeasaari island and the zoo. The Zoo is open every day of the year, so you can visit us when it best suits you. The annual card also covers all events, such as the Night of the Cats. The annual card is valid for a year starting from the activation date. The card also gives you discount from the Zoo Shop. The card doesn’t cover ferry trips.
        For the card’s activation, basic information such as the card holder’s contact details and year of birth is required. A picture is taken of the card holder when the card is activated. For underaged children, guardian’s permission is required to add them to the registery.

        Annual card Price
        Adult Annual card 50 €
        Child( 4-17 yo) Annual card 20 €
        Student, senior* Annual card 30 €

        If you already have an annual card, you can renew it for another year. If you renew your annual card in 30 days since it became out of date, you’ll get a 20% discount from the card. The discount is only available in Zoo’s ticket sales (not online). If you have bought a single entrance ticket, you can change it to annual card in 30 days and get the same discount.

        How to find us?

        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 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 Korkeasaari Zoo every day all year round, except on Christmas Eve. The platform at the Railway Station is no. 17. The estimated travel time is about 20 minutes.
        Timetable bus 16
        By ferry
        Ferries to Korkeasaari Zoo operate from the first of May until the end of September.

        The ferries leave from two different locations: Kauppatori Market Square and Hakaniemi. The Market Square ferry runs the entire summer season from the 1st of May until the end of September. The Hakaniemi ferry runs in June, July and August. Please note that HSL travel cards are not valid on our ferry service. Get your ferry tickets on the ferry. Tickets to the zoo are bought when you arrive at Korkeasaari.

        Prices of ferry tickets
        • Adult: EUR 7 return, EUR 3.5 one-way
        • Student or pensioner: EUR 3 return, EUR 1.5 one-way
        • People under 18 years can travel free of charge on the ferry. Children under the age of 12 may only travel on the ferry when accompanied by an adult.

        Market Square – Korkeasaari Zoo schedule 2019

        Market Square ferry runs daily from May to September. 

        Market Square – Korkeasaari
        10.00 10.30* 10.40
        11.20 11.30*
        12.00 12.30* 12.40
        13.20 13.30*
        14.00 14.40
        16.00 16.40
        18.00** 18.40**
        Korkeasaari – Market Square
        11.00 11.40
        13.00 13.40
        14.10* 14.20
        15.00 15.10* 15.40
        16.10* 16.20
        17.00 17.10* 17.40
        18.10*** 18.20**
        19.00**  19.40**

        * Additional ferries daily on 24.6. – 11.8.2019, and Sat-Sun in June and August.
        ** Does not run in September, and in May only during weekends
        *** Only in September, and during weekends in May.

        Hakaniemi – Korkeasaari Zoo schedule 2019

        Hakaniemi ferry runs daily in June, July and August.
        Hakaniemi – Korkeasaari
        Korkeasaari – Hakaniemi
        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.

        Need a map?

        There are a lot of roads and trails in Korkeasaari Zoo’s 22-hectare rocky island so you maybe want to download this .pdf map to your mobile. Or just print it out! PS. You can get one for free from Zoo’s entrance.
        Zoo Map

        Zoo Etiquette

        It’s a good idea to go through the old rules every now and then. Read the zoo etiquette and find out how to behave on the animals’ island, whether you can bring a pet to the zoo or where to go for lost and found items.
        Zoo Etiquette


        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. Korkeasaari Zoo is very well known for its work to help endangered big cats. For exple snow leopards have had more cubs than in any other zoo. Korkeasaari Zoo is also the biggest annual donor for the endangered amur leopard and tiger protection in the world.

        Korkeasaari Zoo is a member of IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), 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 final place to save species that are endangered in their natural environments.

        Wildlife Hospital

        Korkeasaari Zoo’s Wildlife Hospital aims to help in all problem situations involving wild animals. Every year about 1000 orphan or injured animals are brought to the Wildlife Hospital. Korkeasaari Zoo does not provide transportation for injured animals: animal rescue services are part of Helsinki’s rescue department. Not all animals need help from humans, but you should contact the authorities in some cases. When does an animal need help and what to do?

        The Wildlife Hospital is not open to public, but you can contact us in case you need advices with wild animals in need of help.
        Wildlife hospital’s telephone during Zoo opening hours: +358 40 334 2954 | Email: villielainsairaala@korkeasaari.fi


        Contact Information

        Korkeasaari Zoo
        P.O. Box 1000, 00811 Helsinki, Finland
        Street address: Mustikkamaanpolku 12
        Navigator address: Marsalkantie

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

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