Directions & Parking

This urban oasis on the Pacific Ocean is a great getaway for Bay Area residents and an important historical destination for those visiting San Francisco. What's more, we offer a discount for those who take Muni to the Zoo.


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Take Muni and Get a Discount

We encourage you to use public transportation when visiting us. Visitors who take Muni to the Zoo receive a $1 discount off the price of admission. Just show your same-day Muni receipt, transfer, or monthly pass at the ticket window. Within San Francisco, take the Muni L Taraval line outbound to the Zoo. Muni bus lines 23 and 18 also stop at the Zoo. Use the 511 Take Transit Trip Planner for door-to-door directions by entering your starting address and "SF Zoo" for your destination address and "San Francisco" for your destination city. 


Driving From the East Bay

  • Take the Bay Bridge to San Francisco.
  • After crossing the Bay Bridge, take 101 South.
  • Follow 101 South to the 280 interchange.
  • Take 280 South to the Westlake District – John Daly Boulevard exit.
  • Make a right onto John Daly Boulevard and continue to Skyline Boulevard (Highway 35). 
  • Turn right onto Skyline Boulevard (Highway 35).
  • At the Skyline/Great Highway junction, turn left onto the Great Highway.
  • Get into the right lane and take the right turn into the Zoo Entrance on the Great Highway.

Driving From the North Bay

  • Take the Golden Gate Bridge (Highway 101).
  • After passing through the toll plaza, merge into farthest right lane to take 19th Avenue – Golden Gate Park exit.
  • After passing through the toll plaza, merge into farthest right lane to take 19th Avenue – Golden Gate Park exit onto Presidio Parkway.
  • Take a right onto Fulton Avenue.
  • Take Fulton Avenue down to the ocean and turn left onto the Great Highway.
  • Continue south on the Great Highway. 
  • Turn left onto Sloat Boulevard.
  • Get in the right hand lane and turn right into the Zoo Entrance on Sloat Boulevard.

Driving From the South Bay

  • Take 280 North to the Westlake District exit in Daly City. Continue going north (Junipero Serra Boulevard) to John Daly Boulevard.
  • Turn left at John Daly Boulevard and continue to Skyline Boulevard (Highway 35).
  • Turn right onto Skyline Boulevard (Highway 35).
  • At the Skyline/Great Highway junction, turn left onto the Great Highway.
  • Get into the right lane and take a right turn into the Zoo Entrance on the Great Highway.

Parking

Our parking lot has two entrances, one off of the Great Highway for people driving from the East Bay and South Bay, and one off of Sloat Boulevard at 47th Avenue for those driving from the North Bay. There is only one exit from the parking lot - putting everyone northbound on the Great Highway. To exit, purchase a parking pass at the ticket counter at the Main Gate prior to leaving the Zoo. See the list above for parking fees. There is free parking on the street along Sloat Boulevard.