Opening hours and admission
Rotterdam Zoo is open daily from 09:00 – 17:00. You can stay in the zoo from the reserved entrance time to closing time.
TIMESLOT AND TICKET
You can only visit Rotterdam Zoo with a timeslot reservation and a valid admission ticket or subscription pass. This is only possible via our website, not by telephone or e-mail. English ticket information will be available shortly. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Can I still visit Blijdorp safely?
We can answer briefly and forcefully: Yes. Rotterdam Zoo has taken various precautions. We allow a limited number of visitors per day, who only have access upon presentation of a valid admission ticket and time slot reservation. This way we spread out visitors upon entry.
In order to deal with the increasing covid19 threat, we have reduced the number of people we admit and physically expanded our entrance with an extra opening.
We point out the 1.5 metre rule and the other precautionary measures that limit the risk of the Covid-19 virus spreading to our visitors in various ways. For example, there are signs and stewards walking around.
It is compulsory to wear a face mask in our indoor locations such as the Oceanium, Amazonica, etc. This advice also applies to toilets. Our employees also wear mouth masks in places where the 1.5 metres cannot be guaranteed. Washable mouthguards are also for sale in the Zoo.
Our findings are evaluated daily and sharpened where necessary. We share and discuss our findings with the Rotterdam-Rijnmond Safety Region.
It goes without saying that our visitors also have a responsibility to really adhere to the national 1.5 metre mark and to follow our instructions on signs and those of our stewards. However, just as in the rest of the country, crowds must be avoided. Blijdorp is a green oasis of 28 hectares in which that is possible.
Frequently asked questions
Be prepared and go through the house rules and answers to the frequently asked questions before you start your visit. With this video you will get a good idea of what we have done and what you can do yourself to make your visit safe and relaxed.
When you enter, you will receive a free map with the house rules and the adapted route. Download the map here in English, in French and Polish (pdf). Please pay attention to the marked signposting. The free Blijdorp app also contains the adapted route and walking directions.
A parking ticket for a day costs € 9.50, subscribers receive € 3.50 discount. Diergaarde Blijdorp has its own parking lot (P1) in front of the main entrance (Blijdorplaan 8). Take exit 13 ‘Blijdorp’ on the ring Rotterdam (north) and follow the signs Diergaarde Blijdorp for the parking lot P1. There are also charging points here for 100% electric cars (no hybrid cars). Parking tickets are available at the ticket machines of Diergaarde Blijdorp (pin only). The cash registers are currently closed.
For a detailed routedescription, click here >>
We request you to follow the guidelines of RIVM. Move as much as possible on foot, bicycle or car. Only use public transport if it is really necessary and you do not have other transport at your disposal. Travel outside rush hour as much as possible. As of 1 June, wearing a non-medical mask in public transport is mandatory for travelers aged 13 and older.
Please note: currently only the main entrance at Blijdorplaan 8 is open to everyone. The entrance on the Rivierahallside is only be accessible to subscribers with a valid subscription and a time slot reservation. Keep this in mind when planning your visit.
Click here to plan your journey by public transport > (choose as destination ‘attraction’ and fill in Diergaarde Blijdorp).
Or a 12 minutes’ walk from Rotterdam Central Train Station.
Are you coming by bike? On the Oceanium side you can place the bicycle in the parking lot in the bicycle racks in the central aisle. Please note that from June 2, the entrance on the Rivièrahal side will only be accessible to subscribers with a valid subscription and a time slot reservation.
Please note that you can only pay with pin in the entire zoo.
- There are 2 adapted ticket machines at the main entrance on the Blijdorplaan, which can be operated from a wheelchair.
- Scattered around the zoo are 6 disabled toilets. There is also a changing room at the main entrance: the key to this changing room can be collected at the card check.
- You can charge the scooter at the outside wall / entrance of restaurant De Lepelaar.
- The disabled parking spaces can be found in the large parking lot on the Blijdorplaan closest to the main entrance. Disabled parking rate: € 6 upon presentation of a disabled person’s card.
- A limited number of wheelchairs are available. You can reserve a wheelchair prior to your visit via +31 10 443 14 95 (option 5). A cash deposit of €50,- is required. Of course we disinfect everything before and after use. Due to limited availability, we can only accept 1 reservation per group. Institutions and care homes are expected to provide wheelchairs for their residents themselves. At both entrances, a limited number of HandyCare wheelchairs can also be borrowed at a deposit of 1 euro (shopping cart system). These cannot be reserved.
Accompaniments of a disabled person
Accompaniments of a disabled person
There are special entrance tickets for escorts (from 13 years) of persons (from 3 years) who cannot visit the zoo independently. These are only for sale at the cash register at € 14.50.
In addition, there is also a cheap companion subscription. A separate regulation applies to professional supervisors via an institution. Ask at Visitor Service. Disabled persons from the age of 3 are allowed to bring an accompanying person on the accompanying daily rate.
Blijdorp has a special tour for the visually impaired. Both individually and in small groups, animal life is made as ‘visible’ as possible by using the sense of touch.
Pets are not allowed to protect the animals in the zoo. The reasons for this are, among other things, that our animals may exhibit startle reactions when observing (domestic) animals and we want to prevent possible spread of diseases to which our animals are not resistant.
Visitors who wish to take an assistance dog into the garden must report this by telephone at least one day in advance. Call +31 10 443 14 95. There are a number of conditions for the safety of the assistance dogs and our animals.
There is no kennel present.
ALWAYS MAKE A TIMESLOT RESERVATION BEFORE VISITING YOUR ZOO.
|Buy tickets with discount|
|Admission rates||At the entrance||Online|
|Adults 12 years and older||€ 24,50||€ 23,50|
|Children 3 to 12 years||€ 20,00||€ 19,00|
|Children under the age of 3||Free|
|Adult’s pass (age 13 or over)||€ 83|
|Adult with children pass
Valid for one adult and max. five fixed children age 3-17* (not necessarily living at home)
|Two adults with children pass
Valid for two adults (not necessarily parents/guardians) and max. five fixed children age 3-17* (not necessarily living at home)
|Extra adult pass
(from the 3rd adult, could also be grown-up children)
|Extra child pass
Valid for 1 child age 3-12
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