Meet some of the world's most exotic animals with your admission ticket to the renowned San Diego Zoo, one of California's top family-friendly attractions. More than 4,000 animals representing 800 species live in this state-of-the-art zoo, including some that are rarely seen at other zoos. Admire the animals and go in-depth during daily keeper talks and guided bus tours. With mobile tickets, simply scan your phone for direct entry into the San Diego Zoo. Ticket must be redeemed on travel date selected. Tickets must be purchased at least one day prior to visit.
Admission to the San Diego Zoo
Marvel at the diverse collection of animals including many that are on the endangered species list
Take a complimentary guided bus tour for a comprehensive introduction to the zoo
This is a direct entry ticket, no need to exchange for tickets at Will Call
*Unlimited use of Kangaroo Bus
*Unlimited use of Skyfari Aerial Tram
*Unlimited use of the Guided Bus Tour
Tickets good one year from original date of purchase
Food and drink
Hotel pick up and drop-off
Meeting And Pickup
Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
3/3/2021 - 10/12/2024
Monday - Sunday : 09:00 AM - 07:00 PM
This activity ends back at the meeting point.
What To Expect
After making your own way to the San Diego Zoo on the day of your choice, you can head into the zoo's visitor center to pick up a map and plan your route through this acclaimed zoo. The animals live in spacious and beautifully designed enclosures that replicate their natural habitats. The koala and giant panda exhibits are always popular, as are the orangutans and siamangs that climb around in lush forest settings.
Other highlights include the Tiger River exhibit, which features a realistic Asian rainforest environment, and the Gorilla Tropics, which recreates a lush African rainforest. Zoo keeper talks take place at regular intervals every day, with the experts introducing animals such as giraffes, elephants, wolves, lions or jaguars, and more. In the animal nursery, you might get to see some of the zoo’s newest arrivals.
Kids enjoy petting small tame critters in the Petting Paddock and four different play zones provide a safe and entertaining spot to climb and explore.
As you make your way through the zoo, note the extensive gardens — some of the plants growing there supply ingredients for the specialized diets of particular zoo residents.
San Diego Zoo
Admission Ticket Included
Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
Strollers and wheelchairs are available for rental at the front plaza near the entrance
Service animals allowed
Near public transportation
Infants must sit on laps
Transportation is wheelchair accessible
Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:How do I redeem my San Diego Zoo Ticket?
A:This is a direct entry ticket, no need to exchange for tickets at Will Call. Take your ticket directly to the turnstiles for admission.
Q:Where is the San Diego Zoo located?
A:The San Diego Zoo is located at 2929 Zoo Drive Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
Q:How much is parking at the San Diego Zoo?
A:The San Diego Zoo has free parking. The parking lot in front of the Zoo is owned and operated by the City of San Diego and is used by guests, volunteers, and employees of Balboa Park.
Q:Can I park an RV at the San Diego Zoo?
A:The parking lot in front of the San Diego Zoo does not have RV or bus parking spaces. We recommend guests with RVs park along Park Boulevard in front of the Zoo or at the Inspiration Point parking lot for easy access to the Zoo via the free tram.
Q:Do I have to use my San Diego Zoo Ticket on the date specified on my ticket?
A:No - The travel date on your ticket is for reference only. Tickets are redeemable one year after the purchase date. Amendment/date change is not required for travel within one year of purchase.
Q:What is included in my San Diego Zoo Ticket?
A:Admission, All Exhibits and Shows, Children's Zoo admission, and unlimited use of the following: Kangaroo Bus, Skyfari Aerial Tram, Guided Bus Tour, and Africa Tram.
Q:Can I bring young children to the San Diego Zoo?
A:Yes - There is a discounted rate for children aged 3-11 and children 2 and under are free!
Q:Is the San Diego Zoo open every day?
A:Yes! The San Diego Zoo and the Safari Park are open every day of the year, rain or shine, including ALL holidays!
Q:What is the distance between the Zoo and the Safari Park?
A:The Zoo and Safari Park are approximately 35 miles apart from each other. The drive time between the two parks is about 45 minutes to one hour, depending on traffic and other factors.
Q:How many different types of animals can we see at the San Diego Zoo?
A:The zoo is well known for its naturalistic habitats and unique animal encounters and is home to more than 3,700 rare and endangered animals representing approximately 660 species and subspecies & a botanical collection with more than 700,000 plants.
The zoo, itself is quite hilly, making it difficult to walk in places.
It was a perfect time of year as it was cool and sunny.
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
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Joan_R, Sep 2023
I’ve always wanted to see The San Diego Zoo since the days of Joan Embry on Johnny Carson. It was as wonderful as expected. Enjoyed the bus tour and the aerial view. Staff was very friendly and knowledgeable.
Love the Ease of Viator and the Zoo
linda_h, Sep 2023
what an easy way to buy your tickets and go straight to what’s to get in The san Diego zoo is clean fun the zoo is kept clean the animals are great and plenty of food choice’s We walked 3 1/2 miles and didn’t see everything If you can’t walk there is a bus that goes over the entire zoo have fun
Hillary_C, Sep 2023
A must see for anyone visiting San Diego!! We easily spent 6 hours there and could have spent more time. Beautiful grounds and incredible animals.
A roaring good time!
Teresa_H, Sep 2023
Love having free access to various transit options to navigate the zoo. We took advantage of the guided tour when we first arrived. We then took the Kangaroo bus to hop on/off at various sections of the zoo that we wanted to further explore. Lots of volunteers to help guide you and answer questions as you walk throughout the zoo complex and numerous food and shopping options located throughout the zoo.
Laura_S, Sep 2023
Good day out, plenty to see. Enjoyed seeing the bears and elephants.
The bus tour is good and informative.
San Diego zoo.
Desiderio_P, Sep 2023
The ease of getting tickets and it’s process. Excellent service when you need help. Looking forward to seeing you in future trips.
We spend a great day at...
Kevin_L, Aug 2023
We spend a great day at the zoo. So much to see and so clean and they take care of the animals super good.
Kim_B, Aug 2023
Grandsons were never in San Diego before much less at this wonderful zoo. They enjoyed it! We also took our other grandsons here 5 years ago with the same results.
makenwaves970, Aug 2023
We had a great time. The free transportation around the park was great as we where short on time and where able to see everything we wanted to. Wish they had water bottle refilling stations. Paying $6 for a bottle of water is quite expensive. They will refill it for you., but this is not explained and the water they refill it with has a high chlorine teste and was undrinkable to us.
SD Zoo was great!
John_H, Aug 2023
We enjoyed the options that were available to move around the park. The tour bus, the sky gondola, and the kangaroo bus made our experience much better. We were able to see more and explore all the areas of the zoo.
Awesome and so fun
danielle_w, Jul 2023
I absolutely love the zoo this is my 3rd time there and it never gets old, loved all the animals and food is good but expensive. Literally spend a whole day here is so worth it.
I would recommend
Franco_V, Jul 2023
Lots of animals, I do feel sad for some as they can’t live the normal life of a wild animal.
Surprisingly the food restaurants had great food. Freshly cooked while you wait.
Gaye_H, Jun 2023
Good experience. Didn’t see some animals that I would’ve expected to see. Map was difficult to follow. Only 3 elephants, so was a little disappointing.
Komodo dragons weren’t outside.
San Diego Zoo was Great!
chervilstxrrcom, Jun 2023
The zoo was great and educational. The weather was great and it was crowded (Father's Day), but we had a wonderful time.
Take the free bus tour
Jennifer_M, Jun 2023
Get a paper map. The app is not great. When you arrive, you can easily hop on a bus fir a 35 minute bus tour. This is a great way to see a lot of critters. After you are done, go explore. The paths are very windy and it is east to miss things, so a paper map is essential we saw lots of animals we could not at our "home" zoo. Took us about 4 hours
Was very disappointed...
Ronald_V, Jun 2023
Was very disappointed with several exhibits were closed, such as the polar bears, otters, elephants all at the same time, for the price of admission you would like to think the exhibit maintenance would be done after hours
Lauren_S, Jun 2023
It was our daughter’s first time to a large zoo and she loved it!!
We walked all around and enjoyed the whole experience!
Maybe Zoo,s are now a thing of the past .?.
Andrew_C, Jun 2023
As zoo,s go this is done very well. However there are too many large predators in small enclosures. Particularly the some of the big cats and Polar bears . I understand the argument of preserving threatened species but there is a dilemma here of quality of life for the animals verses preserving species . I am not being a bleeding heart liberal , I understand why some would enjoy it ,but not for me
The San Diego Zoo is Spectacular!
Cheryl_J, May 2023
Located in the historical Balboa Park the San Diego Zoo is the home of a variety of exotic animal species. A guided bus comes free with general admission. I recommend taking the bus tour to get an overview of the Zoo. I thoroughly enjoyed the hummingbird exhibit and the reptile house. Make sure you wear some good walking shoes! There's so much to see!
lynn_s, May 2023
Having the mobile tickets in advance saved having to stand in line to purchase or pick up.
The zoo experience was great!
Every staff person was helpful and knowledgeable about the animals, and the love and compassion they have towards them is obvious.
We spent the ENTIRE day there!