Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden

Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden

Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
One of the oldest zoos in Europe, established in 1866, features the hippopotamus, bred in captivity, and an animal nursery of lion and bear cubs.
Duration: More than 3 hours
Meets animal welfare guidelines
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Neighborhood: Zugló
How to get there
  • Állatkert • 2 min walk
  • Széchenyi fürdő • 4 min walk
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  • Mark B
    Prestwich, United Kingdom87 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great zoo!
    This is a great place to visit when in Budapest. There is a wide range of animals to see, and you could see how much the hard working staff looked after the animals in their care. We loved the Australian animals, such as the wombat and cassowaries! The zoo is having a massive expansion, so it would be interesting to visit here when it is finished.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 27, 2023
  • Maria Ciappara
    Malta14 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Expected better from a WAZA member.
    A nice place to visit. I suggest going early to be able to see everything. There is no mobility assistance option such as scooters, bikes, golf carts ect, so people with mobility issues should take note of this. My only 2 complaint was a lot of enclosures and parts of the zoo where closed for renovations, such as the badger area, and the elephant house to name a few. I was also disappointed with how the polar bear, elephants, hippos and the rhino where kept. Very small enclosures for such large animals. The hippos pool was empty when we where there at around 2pm and their skin looked dry. Elephant area was slightly larger however, definitely not fit for 4 elephants. The rhino was in an enclosure smaller than that of the capybaras, I think it was even smaller than my living room to be honest, not sure if this was due to renovation. I went to the zoo because it is a part of WAZA and I am very conscious of welfare and housing concerns with zoos. I am concerned how WAZA was allowing them to leave these animals in such conditions. However, other animals seem to be adequately housed. - if it is of any relevance I am an ecologist with special interest in ex-situ (zoo) conservation.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 17, 2023
  • Tom
    London, United Kingdom30 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely zoo & great gardens
    I’ve seen some recent reviews and I don’t see where those issues were? The zoo is very well laid out, there’s plenty of shows & feeding talks/animal talks throughout the day. Yes, there is a lot of walking but that adds to the experience of going between different ‘continents’ of where the animals are! The sealion show was hilarious! There was a great variety of animals too! Only issues are… there wasn’t loads of staff around if you needed help… and the rhinos looked claustrophobic in their independent pens, but we may have visited on a day they weren’t outside mingling with each other because it was 35°. I’d definitely return if I come back to Budapest.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 11, 2023
  • Attenzione Attrazione
    Florence, Italy160 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must Visit!!!!
    This Zoo is a must visit for everyone. It is better than the one in Vienna and most capital cities. Ticket is 4500 HUF (11.7 EUR) for adult, and 3200 HUF (8.3 EUR) for children. Parking is paid on the streets in vicinity. You can see a lot of animals that are very playful and you can stay whole day, so plan it ahead. A couple of food courts and vending machines are located around the park. there is also a playful area, botanical garden and Japanese Garden, a lot of shade and benches to rest and enjoy. We recommend!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 14, 2023
  • Simone1991
    Carlisle, United Kingdom58 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great zoo
    I visited as a family of 4 adults and we had a lovely time. Even with the weather being 28oC. There were plenty of places to sit down and in the shade. We enjoyed the variety of animals and being so close to some e.g. the kangaroos and emus. We had food in the restaurant where the food was lovely and portions were huge. Lovely day all round
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 20, 2023
  • Jo H
    Tonbridge, United Kingdom22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    good
    Lovely place and good value. I went for the day with my daughter and we both thought it was good value for money. Some of the enclosures are a bit small but most animals seem to have plenty of room. Food was nice and lots to see.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 3, 2023
  • SOPHIE
    England, United Kingdom84 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good but there's room for improvement
    The zoo was 4500HUF each (approx. £10) which is cheap in comparison to zoos in the UK. The zoo is fairly big and we spent 4.5 hours here. Lots of animals that I have never seen before in the UK. Unfortunately, due to the time of year many animals were either hibernating or the animal enclosures were closed to the public for reconstruction so unable to see many things. The new botanical garden in the biodome is not open to the public until sometime in 2024. Can be considered distressing to some regarding concerns for animal health and welfare as some of the enclosures are really small.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 2, 2023
  • tjaša k
    Ljubljana, Slovenia18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great ZOO
    They have a very large variety of animals that you rarely see in other zoos. The zoo is large and well-kept. They have some rooms where the animals can move freely among the people and you can observe them even closer. Visiting the zoo takes at least three hours, so take plenty of time to visit.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 27, 2023
  • Semaan D. Makary
    Ehden, Lebanon1,182 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Snake collection
    I went there on a rainy December day, just to see their collection of snakes. Though the aformentioned was nice, the place was in a mess. Glass cages are very dirty, and the smell was aweful. Also, some of the snakes weren’t there, so I paid the ticket price, just to see only a few.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written January 6, 2024
  • Alex Bradford
    Morden, United Kingdom23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Vibrant animals, would recommend
    Adored visiting the Zoo and gardens, thriving animals that were all out and about, up and lively in their enclosures. Lots to learn and animals to spot as you. make your way round. Great Day spent here exploring the Zoo
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 15, 2024
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Attenzione Attrazione
Florence, Italy160 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
First parking is a bit tricky to find in streets around the zoo. And when you find it, you must pay in metal coins and plan you stay for at least 5-6 hours. Because the zoo is big with lots of houses and animals. Parking is about 440 HUF (3.3 EUR or 4 USD) for one hour.
You have to be sprint runner if you think you can see all the animals under 6 hours.
Price is 3000 HUF (8.5 EUR or 10 USD) per one person, and for children and groups there is always some discount depending on the month and time of year.
The Zoo is amazing, and the animals are very friendly. You have 4 toilets around the zoo and 5 small shops for food and water. There is souvenir shop at the entrance.
You can bring your own food and water also.
We didn't see wolfs, puma, panda, and penguins, but maybe they will be at the zoo next time when we visit.
We stayed all day and we recommend it! It is worth it!
Written September 8, 2021
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leesim1903
Derby, UK347 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We had no idea there was a zoo in Budapest until we visited Heroes square and the park.
Was about £9 each to enter and after questioning whether two adults should go in as the only time we have visited zoos is with our children we decided to give it a go.
Huge variety of animals, strange as it's in the middle of a built up area but good value for money. Only criticism is the information boards aren't in English but how many English Zoos do you visit and read about the animals in Hungarian !!!! Because of this not sure about their conservation programme..
Good value for money. Well worth a visit. We even found Nemo.
Written February 20, 2020
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Carol A S
Marietta, GA4,155 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden is in the northern section of Városliget city park.
It has over 1000 animals of various species displayed in outdoor pens and indoor displays. It has educated the public since 1866, and is one of the oldest public zoos in Europe. The zoo was almost entirely destroyed in WW II, both by bombing, and after most of the animals were eaten by the starving people of Budapest. The zoo was revived post-war. Older art nouveau buildings are intermingled with more modern exhibits. I found the elephant house (1912) particularly delightful, the Moorish architecture complementing the exotic elephants. The Savannah Zone was also well done, with giraffes, rhinoceros, zebras, hippos, gazelles, and Maribu storks. The zoo is open every day Mon -Fri 9am-5pm, and stays open an extra half hour on Sat and Sun. Ticket prices are 3300 HUF, with a 1/3 discount for children.
Written March 6, 2020
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Annie W
Basingstoke, UK15 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Budapest zoo was very large, taking us approximately 5 hours to get round. There’s a large variety of animals, most of which have suitable habitats. However, the zoo looks run down and could do with some work to several enclosures, in particular the seal and sea lion enclosures.
Due to the time of year, many places to eat were not open and so be mindful when hoping to get some hot food there is very limited choice.
All in all a good day out and would be interested to revisit once their new habitat construction has finished.
Written January 9, 2020
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nikmay19
Dorset, UK42 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
My partner and I went to Budapest Zoo on our third day in the city. We used a Lime electric scooter to get a majority of the way there, from Three Corners Hotel Bristol to Heroes' Square. This was extremely straightforward.

The Zoo itself was amazing. I believe it has over 1000 animals there, many species of which I had not seen before despite going to other city Zoos in Munich and Rome. It is a must visit for animal lovers. Be prepared to get up close and personal to Emus, a green Iguana and some flying foxes (the latter of which gave me a good laugh when my partner had one fly in her direction!).

We spent around 3 hours here and we did have to rush around towards the end because we had booked an igloo at the 360 bar, so allow at least this amount of time. The entry fee is very reasonable. Some parts of the zoo weren't as clean as some zoos I have been to hence 4 stars, but overall a really enjoyable way to spend several hours.

Written March 14, 2020
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Cubittdog
London, UK75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This is one of the great zoos of the Europe with extraordinary historic buildings and a wide selection of animals in every habitat. It has a faded glory especially in winter when the early twentieth century buildings look spectacular.
It needs visitors to come and support it and also initiatives to bring more revenue.
Written January 25, 2020
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Caroline S
Colchester, UK28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Budapest Zoo is well worth a visit. We went on a really hot afternoon and sweltered a bit but still had an enjoyable time. If you can go when slightly cooler, I'd recommend that.
The zoo is zoned by country and habitat and there is so much to see and do. The signs are in English too.
The price for a family was about £20, we can't get to our local zoo for less than £95 as a family of 4.
We enjoyed the exhibition in the Great Rock. Some of the animals were hard to spot as they were looking for shade!
Written August 2, 2022
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Darren694
County Durham, UK207 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
we visited this zoo midweek and it was quiet but absolutely brilliant and probabaly the best zoo I've been too. all the animals are well looked. the polar bears are the only ones who looked a bit distressed but they are beautiful animals. my favourite bit of the day was when we saw the elephant and the zoo keeper was checking him over. absolutely unbelievable how well trained he had the elephant. the elephant knew what to do and where to go with each word it was being told. u have to see it! overall great zoo I'm surprised its not mentioned more in budapest
Written March 5, 2020
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debbieingledew
Maidenhead, UK182 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Zoo is located 8n the city park and easily accessed by metro and opposite the popular large thermal spa.This is a well laid out zoo and enjoyed spending a couple of hours here seeing the smaller animals, meerkats being my favourite and the apes and monkeys, as well as the giraffes and zebra, Nice place to take young children as small farm and lovely playgrounds.
However, disappointed to see elephants here as small enclosure although in process of building larger enclosure. Whilst polar bears should be moved to different zoo with better facilities for them as they were clearly under stimulated and .had little space to move around.
Written March 14, 2020
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0002801
25 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
The zoo was roughly £6 English money which is very cheap compared to our zoo entry fees in the UK.
The zoo is so big, you need to allow plenty of hours to walk round and see all of the animals. We didn’t have a lot of time so we rushed around however it was still a very nice day.
There are loads of animals to see and get up close to. Including a polar bear, elephants, monkeys, lions, tigers, hippos and camels.
There was plenty of things to do for children and lots of food stalls dotted around for a refreshment break.
If you are concerned about animal health and welfare then you may be disappointed and upset with this zoo as some of the animals are kept within small enclosures and don’t look the happiest. I understand this is a zoo however these animals deserve to have more roaming space.
Written February 12, 2023
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