Helsinki Zoo is located on a small island Korkeasaari, at a distance about one kilometer to east of the center of Helsinki. This is one of the most northerly and oldest zoos in the world. Helsinki “Korkeasaari” zoo has about 150 different animal species and 1,000 different plant species. Zoo collection provides an opportunity to get acquainted with the fauna of different regions of the Earth. The occupied area of the Helsinki Zoo is about 22 hectares. Zoo was founded in 1889. It is open to visitors all year round and is one of the most popular attractions of the capital of Finland. Each year the zoo is visited by more than half a million people (most in the summer).
Two restaurants and a cafe operate in the zoo in summer. In winter operates only one restaurant.
How to get to the Helsinki zoo
The Island Korkeasaari is connected by bridges and Mustikkamaa island with the mainland. It is possible to get to the zoo both by land and by sea.
- By sea. Boats (water tram) go to the island “Korkeasaari” regularly in the summer. Boats depart from the “Kauppatori” square as well as from pier in “Hakaniemi” district.
- By bus. City bus number 11 (Zoolinja) depart to the Korkeasaaki island and Helsinki Zoo from the Helsinki railway station. In the summer bus leaves every half hour. The journey takes about 20 minutes.
- By car. If you are traveling by car to the zoo, you will need to travel to Eastern roadway (Itäväylä), then turn on the existing by signs to Kulosaari, then follow the direction Mustikkamaa (there are signs on the road). Due to the limited number of parking spaces is recommended to use public transport.
Helsinki “Korkeasaari” Zoo is open year round, in summer from 10 to 20 and in the winter from 10 to 16.
Helsinki Zoo location is marked on the map.