Tickets & Hours

San Francisco Zoo is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Visitors may purchase tickets online or at the ticket window located at the main gate.

For information on our rainy day policy see our FAQ’s.


Gates open for reserved times starting at 10:00am. The Zoo closes at 5:00pm, last entry is at 4:00pm for general admission and 4:00pm for members. Thank you for your continued support.

Become a Member

Support the Zoo’s mission by purchasing a Membership! Join today.

Gift Vouchers

Looking for a unique gift idea? A San Francisco Zoo Gift Voucher is perfect for that curious, animal-loving person in your life. Gift Vouchers are redeemable for up to one year on Daily Admission, rides, tours, and special events. So go on…treat the special people in your life to a whole year of learning, adventure and fun!

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 SFMTA Trip Planner for directions.

Military Discount

Retired and active military personnel receive San Francisco resident rates.

San Francisco CityPASS®

Save 46% off admission to San Francisco’s top 4 attractions including San Francisco Zoo! Visit the attractions at your own pace, in any order, over a 9-day period.  One easy purchase and mobile ticket delivery saves you time and money. Learn More. 

Guests with Disabilities

Guests with disabilities receive San Francisco resident rates.

Free Days

We are proud to offer San Francisco Residents Free Days throughout the year. Check our calendar for upcoming dates.

Groups and Field Trips

  • Reservation requests must be made 3 weeks in advance of the visit date by emailing Guest Services at [email protected]
  • An email will be sent to you requesting additional information
  • Minimum is 15 people to qualify as a group
  • Must have 1 adult for every 5 children
  • Accepted forms of payments are cash, credit/debit cards only
  • No checks or purchase orders
  • Payment is accepted on the day of the visit only
  • Groups without reservations will be charged the regular admission rates

For teacher resources, click here.

Docent Tours

Our docent guides lead educational walking tours for school groups of 15 or more (subject to availability). Tours are available during the months of September through March (subject to change) and tour topics correlate with current California Science Content Standards (SCS). Requests must be made at least 4 weeks in advance of visit. For more information and to schedule a docent tour for your school group, please call (415) 753-7122 or e-mail [email protected].


Reduced Admission for San Francisco Residents

Through a partnership with the City and County of San Francisco, the San Francisco Zoo is pleased to offer reduced daily admission tickets.

Proof of San Francisco residency is required and can be established by providing one of the following:

  • A valid driver’s license
  • A valid identification card
  • A utility, phone, or other local bill with your name and address, along with a current, valid photo I.D.
  • Free days for SF Residents

Affordable Access Programs

Please check with your local health and human services agency to see if you qualify for the program below.

  • SNAP EBT/WIC Benefit: As part of the Museums for All cooperative, the SF Zoo offers $3 Admission tickets to SNAP EBT and WIC cardholders every day of the year. Please present the following at the ticket windows to purchase your tickets:
  • A valid driver’s license or identification card
  • A valid SNAP EBT card or WIC card
  • Cardholder must be present for purchase
  • Not accepted: P-EBT cards, SUN BUCKS and Medi-Cal

Museums for All tickets are not available online and must be purchased in person at the ticket windows. Limit 4 per group per visit. Not valid for special events, cannot be combined with any other offer, and tickets only valid the day of purchase.

Construction Updates

Big changes are happening at your Zoo! We will be open during the construction of the new Madagascar Center, but some pathways and animal exhibits may be closed on a day to day basis.  We apologize in advance for any inconvenience. Learn more about what is to come here.

General Admission Prices

Description Weekdays Weekends & Holidays
SF Zoo Members Free Free
Adult (12-64) $29.00 $31.00
Seniors (65 and over) $24.00 $26.00
Children (2-11) $20.00 $22.00
Children (under 2) Free Free
Parking $11.00 $13.00

SF Resident Admission Prices

Description Weekdays Weekends & Holidays
SF Zoo Members Free Free
Adult (12-64) $26.00 $28.00
Seniors (65 and over) $20.00 $22.00
Children (2-11) $17.00 $19.00
Children (under 2) Free Free
Parking $11.00 $13.00