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.
It is popular with both kids and adults alike.
In this article we try and explain everything you need to know before visiting the Amsterdam Zoo.
Amsterdam Zoo location
The location of ARTIS Royal Zoo i.e. Amsterdam Zoo is 38-40 Plantage Kerklaan, 1018 CZ, Amsterdam.
How to reach Amsterdam Zoo?
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 walking distance 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.
Car parking in Amsterdam Zoo
ARTIS Royal Zoo has its own parking facility just 150 metres from the main entrance.
Parking tickets are available at the parking ticket machine or ticket window at the main entrance of the Zoo.
Parking is available from 8:30 a.m. in the morning until 12 midnight.
Registered members of the Zoo get a slight discount on parking fees. Check out the rates
Amsterdam Zoo opening times
Amsterdam ARTIS Royal zoo remains open every day including the holidays also i.e. it remains open 365 days in a year.
However the opening hours of Amsterdam Royal zoo varies with months and seasons.
The opening hours of Amsterdam zoo on different days throughout the year are as follows –
1 Nov to 28 Feb: 9 am to 5 pm
1 Mar to 30 Oct: 9 am to 6 pm
Every Saturdays of June, July and August (Zoomeravonden): 9 am to sunset in the evening
31 Dec: 9 am to 4 pm
1 Jan: 10 am to 5 pm
How long does Amsterdam Zoo take?
The duration of Amsterdam Zoo visit will depend on a lot of factors.
If you are in a rush, you can walk across exploring all parts of the Zoo in two hours.
If you are travelling with kids, 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 have to add another two hours to your visit.
Rushed tour: 2 hours
Relaxed tour: 4 hours
Relaxed tour of both the Zoo and Micropia: 6 hours
Note: We recommend you factor for one whole day while planning your itinerary. After all, Amsterdam Zoo is highly rated on 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
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.
The most important parts of Amsterdam Zoo are –
1. The Aquarium
2. Botanical Garden
3. Micropia Museum
4. The Planetarium
5. Zoological Museum
6. Butterfly Pavilion
If your question is, ‘what to see in Amsterdam Zoo?” our answer will be ‘all of the above.’
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.
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.
Planetarium at Amsterdam Zoo
Access to the Amsterdam Zoo Planetarium is also part of the Amsterdam Zoo tickets we mentioned above.
We highly recommend you try out the ‘Space trip.’
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. The schedule of space trip is different on different days –
Mondays to Fridays: 3 pm
On weekends and holidays: 1 pm