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Explore the Wonders of Lisbon Zoo: A Unique Wildlife Experience

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With its stunning architecture, lively neighborhoods, and breathtaking viewpoints, Lisbon offers a captivating blend of medieval charm and modern sophistication. From the historic district of Alfama to the iconic Tower of Belem, Lisbon showcases its rich past around every corner. With something for all types of travellers, a particular family favourite is the historic Lisbon Zoo.

Rome Zoo in a Nutshell

Lisbon Zoo - Bears
Lisbon Zoo - Flamingo
Lisbon Zoo - Dolphins

Handy information

⏰ Suggested Duration: 2 hours
☀️ Best Time to Visit:May-September; Early Morning
🎟️ Rome Zoo Ticket: €17
💜 Rome Zoo + Colosseum: €38

Must-see at the Rome Zoo

    1. Meerkats
    2. White Rhinoceros
    3. Red Panda

Getting There

Via del Giardino Zoologico, 1, 00197 Roma RM, Italy 
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Opening Hours

Every day from 9 AM to 7 PM (April to October), and from 9 AM to 5 PM (November to March). It is closed on 1 January and 25 December.

It is closed on 1 January and 25 December.

Why Visit the Lisbon Zoo?

  • Dolphin and Seal Shows: Lisbon Zoo offers entertaining and educational dolphin and seal shows that provide insights into the behavior and capabilities of these intelligent marine mammals.
  • Cable Car Ride: The zoo features a cable car ride that provides a unique aerial view of the park, allowing you to see the animals and their habitats from a different perspective.

Recommended Lisbon Zoo Tickets

Depending on the kind of experience you seek and time in hand, you can choose from a variety of Lisbon Zoo tickets.

Highlights of Lisbon Zoo

1Asiatic Aviary

Highlights of Lisbon Zoo

An aviary with a viewing cage in the middle, the Asiatic Aviary is home to a variety of exotic pigeon species and the mandarin duck. Shrouded in greenery, it's a beautiful space to visit, and will be particularly engaging if you're going with children.

Lisbon Zoo - Asiatic Aviary

2Dolphin Show

Highlights of Lisbon Zoo

The most popular attraction at the Lisbon Zoo, the dolphin show takes place in the Dolphin Bay within the zoo enclosure. You'll be able to watch dolphins perform tricks and get a glimpse of their relationship with their handlers.

Dolphin show

3Cable Car Ride

Highlights of Lisbon Zoo

Make sure to take the cable car at the Lisbon Zoo. You'll be able to get spectacular views of the different animal enclosures and experience the zoo from a unique perspective.

cablecar lisbon


Highlights of Lisbon Zoo

Housed in an enclosure with a pond, don't miss out viewing this spectacular & unique birds, known for the pink plumage.

flamingos in Lisbon zoo

5Red Kangaroos & Emus

Highlights of Lisbon Zoo

Indigenous to Australia, red kangaroos and emu birds are fascinating creatures. Red Kangaroos happen to be the largest marsupials in the world, while emu birds are large flightless birds. The latter have often been reported to have quirky eccentricities!


Best Time to Visit the Lisbon Zoo

Lisbon Zoo is a delightful destination all year round, but if you're looking for the best experience, we recommend visiting during the spring or fall seasons. These periods offer pleasant weather with mild temperatures, making it comfortable to explore the zoo. Late mornings and early afternoons are the ideal time to arrive, as animals tend to be more active during these hours. Visiting on weekdays rather than weekends is also advisable to avoid larger crowds.

Lisbon Zoo Opening Hours

  • General Timings: The Lisbon Zoo is open from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
  • Last Admission: The last admission time is at 5:00 PM, one hour before closing.
  • Night Hours: The zoo does not offer night hours for visitors.
  • Closed: The Lisbon Zoo is closed on Mondays, except for public holidays.

Getting There

By Bus

Look for bus lines numbers 701, 716, or 726, as they all pass by Lisbon Zoo. Check the bus schedules and plan your route accordingly, ensuring a smooth and convenient journey.

By Train

Take a train to Entrecampos station and then transfer to the metro to reach Jardim Zoológico station. This option might be more suitable if you're already located near a train station or prefer a combination of train and metro travel.

By Subway

Take the subway to Jardim Zoológico stop and you'll get off right at the gates of the Lisbon Zoo!

Insider Tips to Visit the Lisbon Zoo

  • Arrive early in the morning to beat the crowds and have a better chance of seeing the animals active.
  • Take plenty of water, sunscreen and hats for protection from the sun.
  • Pack your own food and picnic in the designated areas as the zoo itself doesn't have a lot of variety to pick from.
  • Don't miss the daily animal presentations and shows, such as the dolphin and sea lion show at 11:30 AM.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and bring sunscreen as the zoo is quite extensive and parts are exposed to the sun.
  • Make use of the audio-guide that is available for visitors for a more immersive experience.
  • Schedule a visit to the zoo on a day you want to relax, and spend an entire day here.

Restaurants Near the Lisbon Zoo


There's a McDonald's located right in the zoo if you feel like a burger and good ol' fries!

Tempero Brasileiro Lisboa

An LBGTQ+ friendly Brazilian restaurant near the zoo, the Tempero Brasileiro Lisboa is ideal for a heavy lunch or dinner. Make sure to try their steak! Other highlights of their menu are picanha and feijoada.

Chinese food
Sabor Oriental

A Chinese restaurant located right across the road from the Lisbon Zoo's metro station, they serve up some simple but delicious Chinese dishes.

Things to Do Near the Lisbon Zoo

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