Helsinki Zoo


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.

The zoo is open all year round! – Different season, different zoo

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.

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.

JANUARY 10am – 4pm
FEBRUARY 10am – 4pm
MARCH 10am – 4pm *Eastern 30.3.-4.2. open 10am–18pm
APRIL 10am – 6pm
MAY 10am – 8pm
JUNE 10am – 8pm *Midsummer Eve open from 10am–5pm
JULY 10am – 8pm
AUGUST 10am – 8pm
SEPTEMBER 10am – 6pm *Night of the Cats 71.9. & 14.9. open 16pm–24pm
OCTOBER 10am – 4pm *4.10. open from 10am–4pm. Free entry!
NOVEMBER 10am – 4pm
DECEMBER 10am – 4pm *Closed on Christmas Eve

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Tickets 1.1.-30.5.2018Prices 1.6.-31.8.2018

Spring/fall 2018

The ticket prices are valid 1.1.-30.5. & 1.9.-31.12.2018.

Ticket Price
Adult Normal ticket 12 €
Child under 4 v. Normal ticket 0 €
Child 4-17 v. Normal ticket 6 €
Student, senior* Normal ticket 8 €
Group ticket* Normal ticket 36 €

Summer 2018

Day tickets are sold in Zoo entrance between 10am-4pm. Two euros cheaper evening tickets are sold between 4pm-7pm. Ticket sales closes 7pm and the Zoo closes at 8pm. Children under 4 year: admission to the zoo is free. eople under 18 can travel free of charge on the ferry. Under 12 year old must be accompanied by a guardian/adult.

Day ticket Evening Ticket
Adult Day ticket 16 € Evening Ticket 14 €
Child 4-17 years Day ticket 8 € Evening Ticket 6 €
Student, senior* Day ticket 12 € Evening Ticket 10 €
Group ticket* Day ticket 48 € Evening Ticket 40 €

Additional information

Need a map?

There are a lot of roads and trails in Helsinki 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

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
By ferry
By car


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 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 last place to save animals that are endangered in their natural environments.


Contact Information

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

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

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