Amsterdam ARTIS Royal Zoo was founded in 1838 and is one of the oldest Zoos in the World.
Around 1.5 Million tourists visit the Amsterdam Zoo every year.
In this article we explain everything you need to know before visiting the Amsterdam Zoo.
How to reach Amsterdam Zoo
ARTIS Royal Zoo i.e. Amsterdam Zoo is at 38-40 Plantage Kerklaan, 1018 CZ, Amsterdam.
You can reach the ARTIS Royal Zoo via both public and private transport.
We recommend public transport because during the peak seasons or school holidays, both the Zoo’s car parking slots and the slots nearby get filled very soon.
The best way to reach Amsterdam Zoo is by tram.
Tram 14 starts from the Amsterdam Central Station and stops at the ARTIS Amsterdam Royal zoo
Tram 7 and 19 can also drop you within five minutes walk of the Amsterdam Zoo.
Many tourists also opt for the Metro to reach Amsterdam zoo.
Waterlooplein is the nearest Metro station and the Zoo is just a 10 minute walk once you get out of the station.
ARTIS Royal Zoo has its own parking facility just 150 metres from the main entrance. Get Directions
Parking tickets can be obtained from the parking ticket machine or ticket window at the main entrance of the Zoo.
Parking is available from 8:30 am in the morning until 12 midnight, and the cost is 12.5 Euros per car.
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Amsterdam Zoo opening times
Amsterdam Zoo opens at 9 am all through the year, but its closing time changes according to the season.
During the peak season of March to October the Zoo closes at 6 pm and rest of the year it closes an hour early – at 5 pm.
Last entry into Amsterdam Zoo is half an hour before closing time.
How long does Amsterdam Zoo take
If you are in a hurry, you can walk across exploring all parts of the Amsterdam Zoo in two hours.
If you are travelling with kids and or elders, you will be pacing yourself slow and the duration of your Amsterdam Zoo visit can easily stretch to four hours.
If you also decide to see Micropia (a Museum on tiny microbes, located inside the Amsterdam Zoo premises) you will need another 90 minutes.
We recommend you factor for one whole day while planning your itinerary. After all, Amsterdam Zoo is a highly rated attraction (Tripadvisor).
Amsterdam Zoo tickets
Two unique attractions exist within the Amsterdam Zoo complex – the classic Zoo with all animals, birds, reptiles etc and Micropia.
Micropia is an award-winning Museum that celebrates microorganisms and the vital role they play in our daily lives.
You can decide to visit only the Amsterdam Zoo, or only Micropia or if you want you can visit both of them.
These are smartphone tickets, which means there is no need to take print outs.
At the Zoo entrance, you just need to show the ticket received in your email (on your smartphone), and walk in.
1. Amsterdam Zoo tickets
This ticket provides skip the line access to the Zoo.
Once you are done exploring the Zoo, you can also check out Amsterdam Aquarium and Amsterdam Planetarium – both of which get covered by this one ticket.
Before you leave this kid-friendly attraction in Amsterdam, you can admiring the trees in the park, some of which are centuries old.
Adult ticket (10+ years): 23 Euros
Child ticket (3 to 9 years): 19.50 Euros
2. Amsterdam Zoo and Micropia tickets
This ticket is everything that the previous ticket is, plus it provides access to Micropia, the Museum of microbes.
It is recommended to schedule your visit to Micropia for later, since it is open longer than the Zoo.
Adult ticket (10+ years): 29.50 Euros
Child ticket (3 to 9 years): 25.50 Euros
3. Micropia tickets
This skip the line ticket allows you entry only into Micropia.
With this ticket, you can’t explore the Amsterdam Zoo.
This Museum of tiny organisms is a great hit amongst kids.
Adult ticket (10+ years): 15 Euros
Child ticket (3 to 9 years): 13 Euros
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What to see in Amsterdam Zoo
Amsterdam Zoo has been around for more than a century.
Over the years, it has refined itself as an oasis in an otherwise busy city of Amsterdam.
So much so, most of the locals are known to have Annual Membership at the Amsterdam Zoo.
Home to more than 700 animal species and around 200 tree species, this attraction is must visit item on every tourists itinerary.
Besides the animals and birds at the Amsterdam Zoo, there are six other must-see exhibits which we highly recommend.
1. The Aquarium
2. The Planetarium
3. Micropia Museum
4. Zoological Museum
5. Butterfly Pavilion
6. The Insectarium
We explain them in detail below –
1. Aquarium at Amsterdam Zoo
The ARTIS Royal Zoo has an aquarium, which is quite popular with both kids and adults.
Access to this aquarium is included in the Amsterdam Zoo tickets.
In the Aquarium, you can witness lots of aquatic species and amphibians, including the endangered coral species and sharks.
This Amsterdam Zoo Aquarium is also available outside of its regular opening hours for parties, dinners and other events.
The ARTIS Zoo Aquarium also has a canal.
The Amsterdam Canal is part of the Amsterdam Zoo Aquarium and was last renovated in 2017.
The Amsterdam Canal is a special display built to highlight the global concern of plastics in water.
2. Planetarium at Amsterdam Zoo
Access to the Amsterdam Zoo Planetarium is also part of the Amsterdam Zoo tickets.
Two must-do experiences at the Planetarium are – Space Trip and Earth Habitat.
In the space trip, you will travel faster than the speed of light and will come across a number of planets, moons, stars and the entire galaxies.
You will visit a number of planets in our own solar system before continuing your journey beyond the Milky Way galaxy.
This is a unique never-before experience, where visitors get to experience how all life in the world is connected.
Visitors get to plunge below the ocean’s surface and experience the deep ocean ecosystems, see the symbiotic relationship between Earth’s tallest trees and the tiny fungi etc.
3. Micropia Museum
It is the only museum of its kind, displaying the invisible world of micro-organisms.
This exhibit in the Artis Royal Zoo needs a separate entry ticket.
4. The Zoological Museum
The Zoological Museum at Artis Zoo has some of the most compelling scientific collections of the early 19th century.
You also get to see several exhibitions.
5. Butterfly Pavilion
The Butterfly Pavilion is a great place to spend time if you are visiting the Artis Royal Zoo, for it is perfect for all age groups.
The Pavilion houses more than a thousand butterflies flying freely in the 1,000 m2 tropical enclosure.
Depending on the season, the Pavilion usually contains 20 to 30 types of butterflies.
Tip: Try to spot the massive Blue Morpho butterfly.
6. The Insectarium
More than 70 live species of insects are exhibited in a modern environment, at this Insectarium in the Amsterdam Zoo.
At this small exhibit, both adults and kids see the enormous diversity of the insect world.
At the Insectarium, you can make your cobweb, look into an ant nest with an infra-red camera, and even design your ‘own’ insect.
Don’t miss the audio-visual show at the entrance with magnified images and surround sound.
Amsterdam Zoo map
Amsterdam Zoo is massive and is divided into different zones or sections. Quite frankly, it is very easy to get lost in such a huge space.
If you have a copy of the Amsterdam zoo map, can get directions to different zones.
Many tourists are also known to mark the areas already explored, on the map so as to avoid missing important sections.
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