San Diego

San Diego Zoo 1-Day Pass Any Day Ticket

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  • 1 to 4 hours
  • Mobile ticket


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

What's Included

  • *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

Meeting point

  • Zoo Drive
    Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

Start time

Opening hours

  • 3/3/2021 - 3/23/2025

    Monday - Sunday : 09:00 AM - 07:00 PM

End point

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

Additional Info

  • 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
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • 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

Cancellation Policy

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.

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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.

Apr 2021

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

Apr 2021

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.

Apr 2021

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.

Apr 2021

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.

Apr 2021

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.

Apr 2021

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!

Apr 2021

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!

Apr 2021

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.

Apr 2021

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.

Apr 2021

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Traveler Tips

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.
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Zoorific day
Lianna_S, Feb 2024
The entire trip was very nice. Very easy booking with Viator. You should plan an entire day to fully enjoy the zoo.
Loved San Diego Zoo
Kyle_A, Jan 2024
The number of species there, the bus around the park commentar and Ariel tram ride. The organization of it. The habitats were so large and natural. The focus on saving endangered species.
San Diego Zoo
Joni_F, Jan 2024
The San Diego Zoo was a fantastic adventure (and for all age's. The staff were all very enthusiastic and helpful.
Love the San Diego zoo.
Gayle_N, Dec 2023
We enjoyed the red panda, polar bears, and serval. Arrival and entrance was a breeze. Kids giggled at the monkeys and the bird sanctuary was peaceful
An Unforgettable Experience at San Diego Zoo
wv6ybfbgr7, Dec 2023
If you're in San Diego, a visit to the San Diego Zoo is a must! This zoo stands out not just for its size but for its commitment to animal care and conservation. Each exhibit, from the lush gorilla habitat to the expansive African plains, is thoughtfully designed, giving visitors a glimpse into the natural worlds of these amazing creatures. What really impressed me was the variety of animals and how active they seemed. The zoo's layout encourages a lot of walking, but it's worth every step to see animals like pandas, koalas, and polar bears up close. Plus, the aviaries are a bird lover's paradise! The staff deserves a shoutout too. They were knowledgeable and passionate, always ready to share interesting facts about the animals. Even during busy times, the zoo maintained a sense of calm, making it a great place for families. Don't miss the guided bus tour – it offers a great overview of the zoo and helps you plan which exhibits to explore more. And yes, wear comfortable shoes! Overall, the San Diego Zoo is an exceptional experience that combines education, conservation, and fun in a beautiful setting. A true gem for animal lovers and families!
Al good
Rogelio_M, Dec 2023
Very easy access with the tickets. All good. Recommended. Not to many people so we enjoy the tour. Nice experience
A day at the zoo
Kathy_G, Nov 2023
Tram, walking, bus tour and animals…fantastic zoo, we avoided entrance lines and David $6 by buying from Viator
Zoo and Conservation Learning Day
Judy_H, Nov 2023
Definitely the best zoo we have ever been to, and we travel throughout the US. The habitats are amazing. Toured around on the guide bus and skyway - so much valuable information, including learning about zoo conservation. Thank you for a great day.
Just brilluant
Pauline_R, Nov 2023
What an amazing day, truly the world’s best. Very well organised and transport for those less able. We were four adults and ended up spending the whole day here.
Zoo Day
Greg_S, Nov 2023
Nice zoo. Well layed out and designed. Staff very friendly and helpful. Overall the cost doesn't match the experience. Other zoos offer more for considerably less cost.
Great zoo!
Michael_G, Oct 2023
Great zoo, of course. Price was the same through Viator as buying online from the zoo directly. Electronic ticked through the app was easy too.
Marc_F, Oct 2023
We are both Senior citizens and based on a sign we saw at the Gate, it appears we could have received a lower price at the Zoo Gate vs. what we paid Viator. There was NO option on Viator to get tickets for a Senior Discount, so I feel we paid about $8.00 per Senior too much or $16.00 total. The 8 hours we spent at the Zoo were great!
Tracy_S, Sep 2023
The whole experience was excellent, I even found quiet spots to sit and reflect. If you're going on the tour bus the best side to sit is the right hand side in my opinion. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to make the most of your day.
Fun Visit
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
Must see
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.
Sandiego 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.

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