eleven things to keep in mind when Visiting  amsterdam zoo

Duration required

If you visit with kids, exploring Artis Amsterdam Zoo will take four hours. However, if you are a bunch of adults and want to wrap up soon, you can cover most animal exhibits in two hours.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Amsterdam Zoo is when they open at 9 am. We recommend weekdays for a peaceful visit because it gets crowded on weekends and school holidays.


Visitors can drop off their luggage at the service desk next to the Planetarium Cafe entrance at ARTIS. Lockers are provided for visitors in Micropi and the Groote Museum.

Beat the heat

The Amsterdam zoo has many outdoor areas and can be humid, so be sure to bring sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun.

Comfortable shoes

The Amsterdam Zoo is home to over 700 animal species and around 200 tree species. Exploring the large park involves a lot of walking, so wear comfortable clothing and shoes for a better experience.

Take a break

Several restaurants and cafes inside the Amsterdam Zoo offer various hot and cold dishes, snacks, and beverages. With all walking, taking a break to rest and recharge is recommended.

Book in advance

Booking an Amsterdam Zoo ticket online in advance can save a few Euros per person on the ticket cost and save you the hassle of standing in a long queue at the counter.

ARTIS Zoo tickets

With this Artis Zoo ticket, visitors can access all animal exhibits, Amsterdam Aquarium, and Amsterdam Planetarium, attend keeper talks, and see animal shows.