Zoological Park of Paris, the Zoo de Vincennes

Aquatic Ecosystem at the Paris Zoological Park, Parc de Vincennes

Artificially recreating an aquatic ecosystem at the Paris Zoo

Discovering Paris’s Zoological Park: A Guide to Vincennes Zoo

The Paris Zoo is an unmissable attraction! In this guide, we’ll dive into everything you need to know to make the most of your visit.

What you will find in this post:

  1. Practical Information: Location, access, opening hours, prices, and where to purchase tickets in advance
  2. What to expect
  3. Useful tips for preparing before a visit
  4. Curiosities about the Paris Zoo

1- Practical Information

  • 📍Location: Avenue Daumesnil, 75012 Paris, France.
  • 💲Price: 22€ per person.
  • 🎫 Tickets: The best website to safely purchase tickets for the Vincennes Zoo is  Tiqets.com. At Tiqets, there’s an active 5% discount coupon — just visit tiqets.com/bagagemcultural and use the code 5OFFZOO. This promotion is valid until December 2024.
  • 🗺️ How to get there: To reach the Paris Zoo via public transportation from anywhere in the central and tourist regions of Paris, you can take the metro to the “Château de Vincennes” station on Line 1 (yellow). From there, it’s a short walk to the zoo, which is located in Parc de Vincennes. Alternatively, you can use bus lines or the T3 tram, which have stops near the park.
  • ⏰ Opening hours: In the month of April, the operating hours are from 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM during the week and from 9:30 AM to 7:30 PM on weekends and holidays. From May to August, the hours are from 9:30 AM to 8:30 PM every day. During September to October, the hours are from 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM during the week and from 9:30 AM to 7:30 PM on weekends and holidays. Finally, from November to March, the hours are from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM every day, except Tuesdays.
  • ⏱️Duration: The average duration of a visit to the Paris Zoo varies from 2 to 4 hours, depending on the visitor’s interest. However, a quick visit can be done in approximately 1 to 2 hours.
Girafa caminhando no Zoológico de Paris

2- What to expect

With its rich wildlife diversity, the zoo is divided into different themed areas and houses a wide range of species, from African elephants to Asian gibbons.

Be sure to check out the following attractions:

  • The Great Rock: An imposing rock structure that houses leopards, lions, and other impressive felines.
  • The Biozone: A space dedicated to conservation and environmental education, where you can learn about efforts to preserve endangered species.
  • The African Savannah: Here, you’ll find giraffes, zebras, and rhinoceroses in an environment that faithfully reproduces the vast African plains.

3- Helpful tips to prepare for a visit

  • Plan your visit in advance to organize your activities in the city and, of course, to ensure you’ll get into the zoo on your planned day by securing your ticket ahead of time.
  • Bring sunscreen, a hat, and water, especially during the warmer months, as much of the zoo is outdoors.

4- Facts about the Paris Zoo

  • The Paris Zoo was originally opened in 1934 and underwent a major renovation in 2014, aimed at improving the living conditions of the animals and providing a more immersive experience for visitors.
  • The zoo is an integral part of Vincennes Park, one of the city’s largest green spaces, which also houses Vincennes Castle and other points of interest.


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Important tip for those planning to visit attractions in Paris

🌟 The Paris Museum Pass is a pass that provides access to over 60 museums and tourist attractions in Paris. With it, you can skip lines and save time during your visit to the city. With this pass (which is the best-selling in Paris), you save a LOT compared to buying individual tickets. The Paris Zoo is not included in the Museum Pass, but virtually all other attractions are. Click here to learn more about the Paris Museum Pass.


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