Barcelona Zoo has 319 species of animals or more than 2200 animals. In addition, there are more than 400 species of plants. Here, the turkeys are walking along the paths and you can greet the kangaroos and orangutans as they are very close to the park's walkways. Do you want to see how they live, what they eat or even feed some of them? Then, you have to visit the Barcelona Zoo.
There are two different routes for those who have come for a couple of hours or a little longer and for those who plan to spend all day there. The two-hour program will allow you to see only the main animals and facilities. If you don’t want to miss anything, it's better to take a long, five-hour route. In this case, you will discover all the variety and richness of the Zoo's flora and fauna.
You will also like the design of the zoo, as well as animal enclosures you will find sculptures (for example, Lady of the umbrella - symbol of Barcelona) and created especially to ennoble the territory: eagles, antelopes, etc. There is also a statue of Saint Francis of Assisi who is the patron saint of animals.
Tickets to Barcelona Zoo
Barcelona Zoo has 2 types of tickets: General Rates and Zoo Club Rates. In addition, the Zoo offers quite attractive offers for animal lovers. The entrance fees to the Barcelona Zoo are quite low:
Adults: € 21.40
From 3 to 12 years old: € 12.95
Under 3 years old: FREE
Disabled: € 5.65
Over 65 years old: € 10.50
Pink card with reduced fare: € 4.60
Pink card: FREE
The Pink Card (La Tarjeta Rosa) is a social service promoted by the Barcelona City Council within the reach of all those over 60 years of age or with a disability equal to or greater than 33% accredited and with few financial resources. The advantages of Tarjeta Rosa can be found here.
Zoo Club Rates
Annual family member: € 94.05
Annual single-parent family member: € 65
Annual individual partner: € 43.90
Duplicate card issuance: € 2.25
Initial registration fee (only new members): € 0
If you want to read more about the Zoo Club, click here.
Discounts at Barcelona Zoo
Zoo Club Season
If you are from Barcelona and you love the zoo, you can save with the Zoo Club pass. With this subscription you can visit the zoo for a year without any limit and, in addition, you will contribute to the centre of scientific research and the dissemination of wildlife and contribute to the programs in which Barcelona Zoo participates.
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In the specialised pages you can find a very advantageous offer: buy one ticket and get a second one free. You can check to see if this offer is available here.
You can find other Barcelona Zoo offers on Atrapalo.com, they sell tickets at a discount and offer special prices for shows at the Zoo.
Other discounts for Barcelona Zoo
The city council of Barcelona offers entrance to Barcelona Zoo with a discount of 10% and some additional activities included. You can buy this type of ticket here.
In addition to this, if you are a student, take your student's card and get a 15% discount for adult tickets with general rates.
Zoo Barcelona Opening Hours
The Zoo is open 365 days a year but it is better to check the calendar and schedules before visiting the Barcelona Zoo. You can find the opening hours here. This is a regular opening hours: from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Attention! The box office closes at 7:00 p.m.
How to get to the zoo in Barcelona?
The zoo is in the centre of the city in the Parc de la Ciutadella near two metro stations:
L1 (Red): train drops at the Arc de Triomf station. Then you have to go straight through the Parc de la Ciutadella to the Zoo gates.
L4 (Yellow): the station is Ciutadella | Vila Olímpica It is closer to the park than the Arc de Triomf station.
Access for the Disabled: in front of the park entrance there is parking for people with motor disabilities.
Parking near Barcelona Zoo
Thanks to the location of Barcelona Zoo, which is located in Ciutadella Park, you have several alternatives to parking in the centre of Barcelona, but they are paid parking. For example, check out Wellington Parking near Barcelona Zoo.
Parking for free near the Zoo is quite complicated. The natives usually take a walk around the back of the park, through the Passeig de Circumval·lació, where you can find a space. Also, read our article and discover how to park for free in Barcelona:
- Where to park for free in Barcelona? Useful tips and places to park for free in Barcelona.
Telephone for Barcelona Zoo
The phone number for the zoo in Barcelona is +34 937 06 56 56. If you have any questions, you can phone this number.
Barcelona Zoo Map
You should bear in mind that the Barcelona Zoo is huge (13.5 hectares), so the best solution is to travel in the park by tram or on a four-wheel bicycle, especially if you go with small children. Here, I have enclosed a map of Barcelona Zoo so you can plan your tour of the Zoo beforehand.
Animals in Barcelona Zoo
Spaces and Animals
Barcelona Zoo is divided into different spaces according to the needs of the animals that inhabit it. The sections are:
- Land of Dragons
- Marmosets Gallery
- Gorilla Spaces
- Primates Gallery
All the animals at Barcelona Zoo are divided into 4 types: amphibians, birds, mammals and reptiles. You can find here an incredible diversity of animals: bears, elephants, orangutans, raccoons, etc.
Barcelona Zoo specialises in the fauna of Mediterranean ecosystems and animals in danger of extinction, guaranteeing good welfare conditions in both cases, and in the coming decades it will dispense with a hundred non-native species, some of them as showy as tigers, dolphins and camels. In addition, the administration of the Zoo want to consolidate the transformation of the zoo as a reference in the field of geographically close wildlife.
One of the last objectives of the development of the zoo is that the building of the Hivernacle de la Ciutadella, outside the zoo, houses a butterfly garden. It would be in collaboration with the Museum of Natural Sciences and the municipal department of Verde Urbano.
The complete list of animals at Barcelona Zoo can be seen here.
It is strictly forbidden to touch animals and feed them.
Dolphins: Barcelona Zoo
In 2015 a new dolphinarium was built with a large pool 5 meters high. According architects’ idea, the public will be able to see the artists of the dolphinarium through the transparent walls made of glass. The increase in the size of the dolphinarium improved the conditions of 6 dolphins living in a space suitable for 8 dolphins.
The zoo organises different activities throughout the year. Among them we find educational sessions, workshops, contests and various weekly or seasonal activities for children, families and young people. It is also attached to animal research programs.
The zoo proposes 2 types of activities: free and paid. All weekends, holidays and school holiday days at Barcelona Zoo do open activities for visitors included in the ticket price.
As for the payment, the park offers visits with exciting and educational experiences. Each program is focused on teaching you from the zoo and letting you know about the different types of animals, for example, the program ‘The oceans, seas and rivers’ or ‘SOS: Native Fauna in danger’. All the activities can be found here.
For those who love nature and animals, Barcelona Zoo offers something exclusive: the Zoo CLUB.
By becoming a member you will contribute to different programs in which the Zoo participates and, therefore, you will help to protect many endangered species, preserve biodiversity and you will be able to participate in many educational activities with special discounts. Participation in the Zoo Club will give exclusive benefits for your entire family, discover them here.
History of the Barcelona Zoo
It was inaugurated the day of the Mercè, patron saint of Barcelona, in 1892. At first, the animals were imported from a private collection called "La Granja Vieja", which belonged to Lluís Martí i Codolar and was originally located in Horta.
Later the city council placed the animals in the Parque de la Ciudadela, which was empty after the World Exposition of 1888. The creators of the Zoo refused to use lattices and standard cells and the ditches with water were used as barriers. This allows "direct contact" with the animals and a more emotional perception.
The director of the zoo was the famous naturalist Francesc Darder. The renowned animal lover saw the role of the Zoo not only in the demonstration of the great variety of animals: first, he considered it as a place for the preservation of wild nature, in the breeding of new species of animals and fish in Catalonia. Therefore, in 1893 he set up a scientific program, which is dedicated to research and environmental activities. These objectives have been placed at the base of the Barcelona Zoo and so the park develops to this day allowing thousands of people to visit and enjoy the wonderful zoo.