San Diego Zoo: How To Get Around

The San Diego Zoo is big. I mean, really big.

Check out this map to see just how big.

But have no fear! There are lots of transportation options available through the 99 acre park.

Guided Bus Tour

San Diego Zoo is shaped like a bowl, which means there are many hills to climb. Take advantage of the guided bus tour to see more of the bus at once. The guided tour buses are double-decker, open-air buses that allow you to see 70 percent of the zoo. It takes about 35 minutes from start to finish, and while it isn’t a great way to see most of the animals, it is an excellent way to get acquainted with your surroundings and decide which places to visit first. Included in the fare is unlimited use of the express bus throughout your visit. Once you know where you want to go, use the express buses to get yourself a little closer!

Our daughter loved riding the bus just for the experience of riding the bus – seeing the sights was a completely added bonus for her.

The fare is included in a one-day admission ticket, and is $8.50 for adult pass holders and $5 for pass holders 3-11.

Kangaroo Express Bus

Unlimited use of the express bus is included in your guided tour ticket. The buses travel continuously through the park – just find one of the green signs and a bus will pick you up (they run about 15 minutes apart). There are five stops available – a simple way to slice up the zoo into more manageable pieces, especially when dealing with little legs.

Skyfari Aerial Tram

Included with your membership and most other pass types, this is a great way to get from one end of the park to the other. We used it to start from the far end and work our way back toward the gate. Really, we could do this on half a dozen visits, taking a different route back each time, very happily.

TIP: Double strollers are not allowed on the skyfari tram at the San Diego Zoo, but single strollers are!

Other Transportation

If you need a motorized cart, wheelchair, or stroller, visit Guest Services just inside the entrance to the zoo. There are multiple options available. There is also a shuttle available for guests with mobility issues – be sure to ask at the desk for details.

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