Plan your visit

With more of you planning to see our ROARsome animals and enjoy our outdoor spaces, it is important to be aware of what to expect on the day, including the benefits of booking your ticket in advance, our limited car parking spaces, queues for entry and more. For the latest visitor information, please watch our 'What to expect' video or visit our FAQ page.

By bus

Lothian flamingo bus - official transport partner of RZSS Edinburgh Zoo

Edinburgh Zoo can be easily accessed via public transport with high frequency bus services from Edinburgh city centre. There are two bus stops outside the front entrance. Lothian 12, 26 and, 31 services all stop outside and can be picked up near both Haymarket and Waverly Station or in the city centre. The 100 Airlink Service also stops regularly outside our front entrance and operates between Edinburgh Airport and the city centre.

The following Lothian services pass the zoo every few minutes:

Service 12: Seafield  Leith  Princes Street Haymarket – Zoo – Gyle Centre

Service 26 : Seton Sands/Tranent  Portobello – City Centre – Zoo – Clerwood

Service 31 : Bonnyrigg – City Centre – Zoo – East Craigs

All Lothian buses are now low-floor and fully accessible for wheelchairs and foldable buggies. For more information, including times and fares, please visit

Lothian is an official transport partner of Edinburgh Zoo. Click here to find our more about our partnership.

Other Services:

900 Citylink  Glasgow-Edinburgh

909 Citylink  Stirling-Edinburgh

904 Citylink  East Kilbride-Edinburgh

For the latest Citylink timetables and fares please visit

By car

We are here!

If you are using a Sat Nav please use postcode: EH12 6TS

Please note, as we are a city zoo, our car parking spaces are limited and only available on a first come, first served basis. Our car park has been very popular, which means it can fill up early in the day, especially during busier periods such as school holidays.

All car park users will need to take a ticket from the barriers on arrival and have this validated to exit the car park without paying full price (£10) at the machine. Zoo visitors can get their discounted price of £3 by validating their ticket and paying for parking at admissions when they arrive. RZSS members can park for free as part of their membership benefits. You will also find two electric car charging points in the zoo’s main car park in dedicated parking bays.

During the day, some parking can also be found within the vicinity of the zoo but please note this space is also limited due to the residential nature of our location.

No dogs or other animals are allowed to be left in vehicles or otherwise unattended.


By train

There are two trains stations in the centre of Edinburgh; Edinburgh Waverley Station and Edinburgh Haymarket Station. Train timetables and ticket information are available from the ScotRail website.

From Waverley and Haymarket stations, take the buses listed above (from Edinburgh city centre) to Edinburgh Zoo.  

If you are coming from further afield, please see the National Rail website for timetables and ticket information. Alternatively, Trainline is available for booking and travel information. 

By bicycle

The zoo is very close to Carrick Knowe cycle route (access from Downie Grove), which in turn connects by minor roads and other cycle routes to most of the city. To work out your best route, see the Spokes Edinburgh Cycle Map (available at most book and bike shops, or online at An online cycle route planner is also available at

Cycle parking (Sheffield racks) is available on the pavement immediately outside the zoo. There is currently no visitor bike parking on the site, but this is something we are looking into.

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