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Barcelona Zoo | Visitor Information At A Glance

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  • What are Barcelona Zoo's opening hours?
    The Barcelona Zoo operates from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM on weekdays (Monday to Friday) and extends its hours to 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM over the weekend.
  • Where is the Barcelona Zoo located?
    The Barcelona Zoo is situated within Ciutadella Park, centrally located in the heart of the city. Get Directions.
  • How many entrances does Barcelona Zoo have?
    The Barcelona Zoo features two entrances. One is situated within Ciutadella Park, and the other is located at Carrer Wellington, near Passeig de Circumval·lació.
  • How many visitors does the Barcelona Zoo see per year?
    Barcelona Zoo hosts more than 1 million people every year.

What Are Barcelona Zoo's Opening Hours?

Monday to Friday: 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Last Entry: The last entry to Barcelona Zoo is 2 hours before closing time.

Closure: The zoo is open on all days except Christmas.

What’s The Best Time To Visit Barcelona Zoo?

The best time to visit Barcelona Zoo depends on personal preferences. 

During the high season, from May to September, Barcelona experiences peak tourism, making the zoo more crowded. For those seeking a quieter experience, the low season from October to April may be preferable, despite cooler weather, as it offers a more peaceful and less congested environment.

Considering the time of day is also crucial. With the zoo opening at 10:00 AM and closing at 4:30 or 5:30 PM, arriving early in the morning or later in the afternoon is advisable. These times not only allow visitors to avoid the heat but also provide opportunities to observe the animals when they are more active. Visiting during special holidays like Christmas and Halloween can add an extra layer of excitement to your visit.

Where Is Barcelona Zoo Located?

Getting To Barcelona Zoo

Barcelona Zoo by Bus

By Public Transportation

By Bus: Barcelona Zoo is easily accessible by bus, with multiple routes serving the area. Bus lines D20, H14, H16, V21, and V27 all connect to the zoo, and the closest stop is Parc de la Ciutadella.

By Tram: To reach Barcelona Zoo by tram, you can take tram line T4, and the closest stop is Ciutadella - Vila Olímpica. Trams operate throughout the city, providing a convenient and affordable transportation option to access the zoo.

By Metro: To access Barcelona Zoo by metro, take Line 4 towards La Pau and alight at the Ciutadella - Vila Olímpica station, located next to Parc de la Ciutadella where the zoo is situated. Alternatively, if using Line 1, you can disembark at Marina or Arc de Triomf stations.

Barcelona Zoo By Car

By Car

To reach Barcelona Zoo by car, you can use the following directions:

From the city center: Head northeast on Carrer de la Princesa toward Carrer de l'Argenteria. Continue straight to enter Parc de la Ciutadella.

From the north: Take Carrer Gran de Gràcia and Passeig de Sant Joan toward Carrer de Roger de Flor. Continue onto Carrer de Pujades and enter Parc de la Ciutadella.

From the south: Drive north on Carrer de la Marina or Carrer del Parc de la Ciutadella, both of which lead directly to the zoo.

Parking Facilities: Barcelona Zoo provides onsite parking facilities for visitors arriving by car. It's recommended to check availability and any associated fees before your visit.

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Visitor Tips
Ciutadella Park entrance

There are two entrances to Barcelona Zoo.

  • Ciutadella Park: The entrance to Barcelona Zoo is located within Ciutadella Park, a popular urban park in the city.
  • Carrer Wellington: There is a secondary entrance to Barcelona Zoo located at Carrer Wellington, which is close to the Passeig de Circumval·lació.
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  • Restaurants and Cafes: Enjoy diverse food and beverage options at several on-site restaurants and cafes.
  • Gift Shops: Explore numerous gift shops offering souvenirs, toys, and items related to the zoo's exhibits.
  • Picnic Areas: Visitors can bring their own food and drinks, with designated picnic areas available for a relaxing meal.
  • Stroller and Wheelchair Rentals: Strollers and wheelchairs are available for rent to accommodate visitors with varying mobility needs.
  • Toilets and Baby Changing Facilities: Multiple facilities are scattered throughout the zoo, ensuring convenient access to toilets and baby changing stations.
  • Breastfeeding Room: For new mothers, the zoo provides dedicated breastfeeding rooms to comfortably feed their babies.
Wheelchair Access
  • Wheelchair Access: Barcelona Zoo is wheelchair accessible, providing ramps and pathways for easy navigation.
  • Stroller-Friendly: The zoo is designed to accommodate visitors with strollers, ensuring convenience for families with young children.
  • Accessible Restrooms: Multiple accessible restrooms are available throughout the zoo to cater to diverse needs.
  • Assistance Animals: Visitors with assistance animals are welcome, ensuring a comfortable experience for those with disabilities.
  • Visual and Hearing Impairments: The zoo may offer services or accommodations for visitors with visual or hearing impairments. It's advisable to check with the zoo for specific details.
  • Information in Multiple Formats: Essential information about exhibits, services, and facilities is often available in multiple formats, including braille or large print.
  • Staff Assistance: Friendly and knowledgeable staff are typically ready to assist visitors with any special needs, ensuring an inclusive experience for everyone.
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  • Family-Friendly Exhibits: Explore exhibits suitable for all ages, with engaging and educational displays to captivate the entire family.
  • Children's Play Areas: Enjoy designated play areas within the zoo, allowing kids to burn off some energy and have fun.
  • Picnic Spots: Take advantage of picnic areas for a family meal, bringing your own food and snacks to enjoy together.
  • Stroller Rentals: If needed, rent strollers at the zoo for the convenience of navigating with younger children.
  • Interactive Programs: Check for any interactive programs or shows suitable for families, offering an entertaining and educational experience.
  • Gift Shops for Souvenirs: Explore gift shops for mementos, toys, and souvenirs related to the zoo's animals and exhibits.
  • Educational Workshops: Participate in family-friendly workshops or educational activities, providing an enriching experience for children.
  • Family Memberships: Consider family memberships if you plan to visit regularly, often offering cost savings and additional benefits for frequent visitors.
No Smoking
  • Respect for Animals: Observe and respect all rules and guidelines concerning interactions with animals. Do not disturb, feed, or attempt to touch them.
  • Litter Disposal: Dispose of litter in designated bins throughout the zoo to maintain cleanliness and preserve the environment.
  • No Smoking: Adhere to the no-smoking policy within the zoo premises for the well-being of visitors and animals.
  • Follow Pathways: Stay on designated pathways and avoid restricted areas to ensure both visitor safety and the well-being of the animals.
  • Photography Guidelines: Respect photography guidelines, especially regarding the use of flash, to avoid disturbing animals and other visitors.
  • Quiet Zones: Be mindful of designated quiet zones, ensuring a serene environment for both visitors and animals.
  • Compliance with Staff Instructions: Follow instructions given by zoo staff.
  • Prohibited Items: Refrain from bringing prohibited items into the zoo, such as large umbrellas, skateboards, or any objects that may disrupt the zoo experience.
Sun Protection
  • Early Arrival: To avoid crowds, consider visiting in the early hours between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM when the zoo is generally less crowded.
  • Plan Your Visit: Take advantage of online resources to plan your visit, including exhibit schedules, showtimes, and special events.
  • Sun Protection: Bring sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses, especially during warmer months, to protect against the sun.
  • Hydration: Stay hydrated by bringing a water bottle or purchasing drinks available at the zoo's cafes and kiosks.
  • Interactive Programs: Check for any interactive programs, shows, or workshops happening during your visit for added entertainment and education.
  • Souvenir Shopping: Explore gift shops for mementos and souvenirs related to the zoo's animals and exhibits.
  • Accessibility: If needed, inquire about accessibility services, such as wheelchair rentals, to ensure a comfortable experience for all visitors.
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Barcelona Zoo has two restaurants located inside, offering a variety of food and drink options to suit different tastes.

  • Restaurant La Dama: This restaurant is open from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Cafeteria services are available, offering a diverse menu that includes vegan and gluten-free options, as well as special meal choices designed for children and more.
  • The Cabins: This is only open on weekends and holidays from 12:15 PM to 4:00 PM and serves sandwiches, ice cream, drinks and refreshments.
La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia: One of the most iconic landmarks in Barcelona, La Sagrada Familia is a breathtaking church that was designed by the famous architect Antoni Gaudi.

Casa Batlló: Another masterpiece designed by Antoni Gaudi, Casa Batllo is a stunning residential building that is known for its unique architecture and colourful façade.

Picasso Museum: Art enthusiasts can explore the Picasso Museum, housing an extensive collection of works by the renowned artist.

Frequently Asked Questions About Visiting Barcelona Zoo

What are the Barcelona Zoo opening hours?

Barcelona Zoo is open from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM from Monday to Friday and from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM on weekends.

What is the best time to visit Barcelona Zoo?

The best time to visit Barcelona Zoo is in the early opening hours between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM to avoid crowds.

How much time does it take to visit the Barcelona Zoo?

The time it takes to visit Barcelona Zoo varies, but many visitors spend approximately 3 to 4 hours exploring the exhibits and attractions.

Where is the Barcelona Zoo located?

Barcelona Zoo is located within Ciutadella Park at Parc de la Ciutadella, 08003 Barcelona, Spain.

What is the best way to get to the Barcelona Zoo?

The best ways to get to Barcelona Zoo are by bus (using lines D20, H14, H16, V21, V27), tram (line T4, closest stop Ciutadella - Vila Olímpica), or metro (Line 4 to Ciutadella - Vila Olímpica or Line 1 to Marina or Arc de Triomf).

How many entrances are there at the Barcelona Zoo?

There are two entrances to Barcelona Zoo. There is one located in Ciutadella Park, while the other is at Carrer Wellington, near Passeig de Circumval·lació.

Does Barcelona Zoo conduct activities for children?

Yes, Barcelona Zoo conducts various activities for children, such as workshops and interactive programs, to enhance their experience.

Is photography permitted inside the Barcelona Zoo?

Yes, photography is generally permitted inside Barcelona Zoo, but visitors are usually asked to refrain from using flash to avoid disturbing the animals.

Are strollers/wheelchairs available at the Barcelona Zoo?

Yes, strollers and wheelchairs are available for rent at Barcelona Zoo to accommodate the needs of visitors.