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Dublin Zoo Tickets and Discounts

Updated: August 23, 2023
 By Justin

If you’re interested in visiting the Dublin Zoo, this post will provide details about ticket prices, opening hours, what you can expect to see here, and even a few opportunities to save money on admission!

Dublin Zoo Tickets

Dublin Zoo, one of the oldest zoos in the heart of Phoenix Park, is a fun place for visitors of all ages. When you purchase a ticket for Dublin Zoo, you're in for a treat.

Your ticket lets you bask in the zoo's wonders all day, meaning you can hop around from one exhibit to the next as you please throughout the day. 

  • You're welcome to explore from the moment the gates open till they close.
  • Most visitors spend about 3-5 hours exploring.
  • Your ticket supports the conservation efforts of the zoo.

Admission Prices

Here's a rundown on the ticket prices. The final cost depends upon when and where you purchase admission.

  • Adults: €19/Advance | €21.40/Online | €22.50/Gate
  • Children (3-15 years): €14/Advance | €16.15/Online | €17/Gate
  • Children under 3: Free with purchase of 1 Adult ticket
  • Family (2 adults + 2 children): €54/Advance | €61/Online | €64/Gate
  • Family (2 adults + 3 children): €58/Advance | €64.50/Online | €68/Gate
  • Family (2 adults + 4 children): €61/Advance | €68.50/Online | €72/Gate
  • Senior Citizen (65+): €14.50/Advance | €16.65/Online | €17.50/Gate
  • Student (w/ ID): €14.50/Advance | €16.65/Online | €17.50/Gate

Advance tickets must be purchased online at least 2 days ahead of time in order to get the discount.

Online tickets that aren't booked in advance will cost more, but not as much as they will at the gate.

Gate tickets are available at the entrance of the zoo, and this option will cost more than any other form of admission.

You can also collect the Dublin Zoo Guide Book upon arrival for $3.

Note: Some tourist passes include admission to Dublin Zoo.

Opening Hours

  • Constant Availability: Monday to Sunday
  • Opening Hours: 9.30 am – 6.00 pm

Dublin Zoo Discounts

There are several ways to save money on tickets to the Dublin Zoo, and we’ll cover all of the best discount options in the following section, including opportunities to get excellent deals at other popular attractions throughout the city.

Discount Passes

Many cities have unique tourist cards offering bundled entry to several sites at a cost-saving rate. When considering a visit to the zoo, it's wise to check if any city passes cover entry fees.

There are currently 2 discount passes that include admission to Dublin Zoo: The Go City All-Inclusive Dublin Pass and the Dublin Explorer Pass.

These services also include admission to the following attractions:

  • Dublin Castle
  • National Wax Museum
  • Irish Rock n Roll Museum
  • Little Museum of Dublin
  • Museum of Literature Ireland
  • Hop-on Hop-off Dublin Bus Tour
  • EPIC: The Irish Emigration Museum
  • National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History
  • National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology
  • And more!

If you're also interested in visiting some of these other locations, consider reading our post about Dublin tourist passes to learn more about how you can use them to save money on tickets!

Family Tickets

The zoo offers exclusive ticket deals for families, ensuring that your group can enjoy all the wonders the zoo has to offer without straining your budget. 

These family tickets are designed considering the needs and savings of groups, making your zoo trip both economical and memorable.

  • Family (2 adults + 2 children): €54/Advance | €61/Online | €64/Gate
  • Family (2 adults + 3 children): €58/Advance | €64.50/Online | €68/Gate
  • Family (2 adults + 4 children): €61/Advance | €68.50/Online | €72/Gate

Depending on which option you choose, you could save over €40 on admission!

Student Discount

Dublin Zoo acknowledges the curiosity and eagerness of students. Remember to carry your official student card when you drop by if you're studying. Show your student card at the entrance, and a special reduced fee awaits you. 

Student (w/ ID): €14.50/Advance | €16.65/Online | €17.50/Gate

Senior Discount

Growing older comes with its perks. At Dublin Zoo, senior citizens are provided with specially reduced ticket prices. The zoo recognizes and respects seniors' lifetime of experiences and wisdom.

Senior Citizen (65+): €14.50/Advance | €16.65/Online | €17.50/Gate

Annual Pass

If you find yourself frequently enchanted by the animal kingdom and the wonders of the Dublin Zoo, then their annual pass is something to consider. This option is ideal for those planning multiple zoo adventures in a year. 

What to See at Dublin Zoo

This part of the Zoological Society of Ireland offers many unique Dublin Zoo habitats to explore.

The Himalayan Hills

Home to snow leopards and red pandas, the Himalayan Hills replicates the chilly terrains of its namesake.

The granite landscapes mimic the natural habitats of these arboreal animals, offering visitors a peek into the lives of these mountain-dwelling creatures.

Wolves in the Woods

Deep within this zoological garden, you'll encounter the Sulawesi macaque troop and hear the distant howls of wolves. A testament to the wild beauty of North American and European forests, it's an eerie yet fascinating experience.

The African Savanna

Stretching wide with graceful giraffes, zebras, and ostriches, the African Savanna offers a panorama of the wild African plains. The flamingos add a splash of color, reminding visitors of the vast diversity of the continent.

Kaziranga Forest Trail

Resembling the lush forests of India, the Kaziranga Trail is home to magnificent elephants. Here, calves play in water pools, and the conservation efforts of the Dublin Zoo come to life, echoing the sounds and sights of Asian jungles.

The South American House

Journey through a vibrant world of unique mammals and reptiles native to South America. From anacondas to capybaras, this habitat provides a comprehensive view of the continent's diverse fauna, transporting visitors to the heart of the Amazon.

Zoorassic World

Step back in time and encounter the giants of the past in the Zoorasic World. With life-sized replicas of dinosaurs and information on their history, it's a trip to a time when reptiles ruled the Earth, all available in Dublin City.

The Nocturnal House

A world that comes alive in the dark, The Nocturnal House is a mysterious realm where you can discover creatures like bats and owls. The ambiance, enhanced by the shadows of the night, offers a unique experience of the zoo's nightlife.

Gorilla Rainforest

Watch as gorillas swing from trees in this green sanctuary and play in their naturalistic habitat. Located just a short walk from the zoo entrance, it offers an intimate look into the lives of these mighty primates and the symbolism of the Royal Zoological Society of Dublin.

The Orangutan Forest

Towering trees, some stretching between 7 to 12 meters, punctuate this habitat, serving as a playground for the zoo's orangutans. These primates revel in their agility, frequently climbing and descending these majestic trunks.

Sea Lion Cove

Splash and play dominate the scene at Sea Lion Cove. Watch as the sea lions glide through the water gracefully, and their antics on land entertain kids and adults alike. Their harmonious barks and plays will surely be a highlight of any visit.

The Family Farm

A gentle reminder of Ireland's pastoral traditions, the Family Farm offers an interactive experience with domestic animals. Children can learn about Irish farming practices, pet farm animals, and the importance of sustainable farming in the modern world.

Flamingos are just one of the many animals you can expect to see here. Image source: Pixabay user Paul O'Neill.
Flamingos are just one of the many animals you can expect to see here. Image source: Pixabay user Paul O'Neill.

Animals to Explore

Discover a myriad of beautiful animals waiting to enchant and amaze you. Here's a peek into some truly captivating animals you'll encounter;

  • Flamingos
  • Chimpanzee
  • Snow leopard
  • Lions
  • Red pandas
  • Southern white rhinos
  • Hippos
  • Ostriches
  • Elephants
  • Giraffes
  • Snakes
  •  And many more.

Throughout the year, the zoo hosts special events like Wild Lights in December and workshops for those keen to learn more.

How to Get to Dublin Zoo

Getting to the Dunlin Zoo is a breeze whether you're a local or a traveler. Here are your best options to ensure a smooth trip to this animal wonderland.

By Car

Dublin Zoo is nestled in the core of Phoenix Park. Driving from the city center, you can take the N3 or Conyngham Road, which leads directly into Phoenix Park. When you're inside the park, simply watch for zoo direction markers. 

Set your GPS to 'Dublin Zoo, Phoenix Park.' Car Parking is available, but given its popularity, it might get crowded during peak times. Consider reaching ahead of time or choosing weekdays for a better parking experience.

By Bus

Several buses, including routes 37, 38, 39, and 70, have stops close to Phoenix Park's entrance. You can easily catch a bus heading towards the park from Heuston Station, a central train station in Dublin. 

Once you're near Phoenix Park or a designated Dublin Zoo stop, it's a short walk to the zoo entrance.

By Bicycle

Dublin boasts an extensive network of bicycle paths, and routes along the River Liffey will lead you to Phoenix Park. The park welcomes cyclists, and you can find designated bicycle parking near the zoo entrance. 

Always double-check your bike's lock to find it suitable where you left it. 

About The Author


Justin is a travel content writer and editor with over a decade of experience in the field. He graduated from Portland State University in 2012. He has lived in the Pacific Northwest his whole life and knows the American West Coast very well. Read More...
Updated: August 23rd, 2023
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