Korkeasaari is both the name of the island situated right in front of Helsinki and the name of the Zoo situated on the island. Founded in 1889, the Korkeasaari Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the world and one of the most popular sights in Helsinki. The zoo has been divided into sections based on animal geography: Amazonia, Africasia and Boralia. There are about 150 different species of animals and over 1000 different plants.

Suomen Saaristokuljetus Oy operates to the Korkeasaari Zoo from the Market Square. Note! Ferry from Hakaniemi is not available in 2021. Have a look at our timetables below!


From the ship

Adults: 8 € (one way 4 €)

Pensioners and students 4 € (one way 2 €)

Online store

Adults: 7 € (one way 3,50 €)

Pensioners and students 3 € (one way 1,50 €)

Children (under 18 years) travel for free during the season 2021!

NOTE! Please pay by with card (Visa/Mastercard) if possible.

Easy travel by waterbus to Korkeasaari Zoo

There is so much to see for everybody when discovering Helsinki by sea. The easiest way is to hop on one of Suomen Saaristokuljetus’ boats for an unforgettable journey in the Helsinki archipelago. The Korkeasaari Zoo is a must-see attraction and it is easily reachable via a water route from the Market Square.

Suomen Saaristokujetus Oy operates one route to the Korkeasaari Zoo during the summer season, from the Market Square. The Market Square route operates from the beginning of May until the end of September. Note! The route from Hakaniemi is not available from year 2021.

Tickets to the ferry are sold on board and cannot be purchased beforehand. Both return and one way tickets are available. Both cash and most common credit cards are accepted, as well as Finnish debit cards.

Children are allowed on board only under adult supervision. The HSL (Helsinki Regional Traffic) card is not accepted as a means of payment.

Season tickets are sold for the price of 40 €/adult and 24 €/pensioner or student.

Please note, that:

  • groups of 10 people or more need to reserve seats in advance, please contact customer service
  • a student must show a valid student ID card to purchase discounted tickets
  • a pensioner must show a pension card to purchase discounted tickets
  • a child under the age of 18 must be able to provide proof of age if asked by personnel
  • ticket fares might be temporarily raised in case of an event
  • invoicing is possible for groups with an additional invoicing fee of 10 € – reservations and invoicing details must be discussed with customer service before the trip

Eating in Korkeasaari

You can bring you own snacks to the zoo, there are several picnic tables and areas scattered through out the island as well as two grills for customer use. Brought snacks can also be enjoyed inside the Amazonia house lobby and the picnic area in the Reataurant Karhu snack area, which also has a microvawe for warming up food. You can also enjoy delicious meals in one of the island’s restaurants.

Restaurant Karhu

Restaurant Karhu has been through a renovation and offers an á la carte list with options such as hamburgers, burritos, meatballs and sallads. Inside is a window straight into the bear enclosure and on it’s other side there’s a playground for children as well as an ice cream kiosk. The restaurant is open all year round.

Restaurant Pukki

Restaurant pukki operates in a beautiful 19th century villa and offers a versatile buffet. The villa, built in 1884, is designed by architect Theodore Höijer.

Bistro Bron

Bistro Bron is situated next to the Korkeasaari bridge, on the Mustikkamaa side, and offers pizza and sallads in addition to specialty coffees and sweet pastries. Bron is open all year round.

A day in the zoo

The Korkeasaari zoo is a favourite place to visit each summer for many families. The popular zoo carries about 150 different species of animals, making it an unforgettable experience regardless of the visitor’s age.

You will meet animal friends from all over the world! Some of the must see places include the big cats and the Monkey castle. You can also spot many other interesting animals such as reptiles, lively frogs, big birds and many species of mammals from great musk oxes to camels.

The Korkeasaari Zoo

The Korkeasaari Zoo is one of the oldest and most respected zoos in the world. It is known especially for it’s snow leopards and conservatory work with endangered species. The zoo is part of a international network of zoos, collaborating widely to resuscitate endangered populations of animals and to protect the versatility of nature.

The Korkeasaari Zoo has been instrumental in raising the snow leopard population and therefore has the honer to keep books on all snow leopards in the world’s zoos.

The history of Korkeasaari

The first information of Korkeasaari is from 16th century when Johan III, to be king of Sweden, joined Korkeasaari as a part of Helsinki. It was already a popular outdoor recreation spot, and has been used as such for hundreds of years by Helsinki inhabitants.

Before the zoo was established there were a number of activities on the island, a restaurant run by pubkeeper Nikolajeff, a carousel, a shooting range and a dance hall. The island was rented to Helsinki Anniskeluyhtiö in 19th century, and a zoo was founded in 1889.

Animals as gifts

The newly founded zoo received many of it’s attractions as gifts; sailors brought in monkies, parrots and other exotic animals from their travels, the first bears, Misha and Masha, were a gift from St. Petersburg. Falcons were displayed even before the zoo was founded.

Tickets to the zoo

Tickets are either bought when entering the island or through the Korkeasaari website, and are sold year round. Tickets bought from the webshop are valid for three months (90 days) from the purchase date.

Tickets cannot be paid for with culture- or Smartum vouchers. The zoo’s entrance fee does not include the ferry tickets. Ticket sales and entrance is closed an hour before closing each day.

Additional information:

Korkeasaari Zoo customer service (09) 310 37900 (Mon-Fri from 9.00 to 16.00) or email zoo.asy@hel.fi

Suomen Saaristokuljetus/Ferry traffic customer service 0102023780 (Mon-Fri from 9.00 to 15.00) or email info@suomensaaristokuljetus.fi

Direct number to the ferry is +358 45 615 1634