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 - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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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.
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More than 3 hours
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Zugló
How to get there
  • Állatkert • 1 min walk
  • Széchenyi fürdő • 4 min walk
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Caroline S
Colchester, UK28 contributions
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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Attenzione Attrazione
Florence, Italy118 contributions
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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Micheala B
10 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
We really enjoyed our visit to the zoo; lots to see and a variety of animals. It was approx 3000 HUF for entry (which is minimal for the amount of things to see and do and in comparison to British Zoos). Accessible by tram and metro.

There are lots of interactive things for children and numerous indoor sections with animals / exhibits to see. We loved the butterfly tent, the gorillas and the section with the bats :) the animals all looked very well looked after and happy.

There were several places to eat around the Zoo and lots of seating areas if you wanted to take your own packed lunch for the day.

Would highly recommend

I would recommend this
Written June 23, 2022
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Aleš K
3 contributions
Nov 2022 • Family
So yes we went to zoo but we take for look only 3 hours and at winter the zoo closes at 16 and in 3 hours we were only halfway through the zoo. But anyway the zoo is so so beautiful. But if you wanna go go at the summer because when we were looking at the animals a lot of habitats were under renovation.
Written November 4, 2022
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Rok J
Ljubljana, Slovenia20 contributions
Feb 2022
Very interesting and huge ZOO, we easily spent 5 hours, and I believe we didn't see everyting. The animals look well kept, giving the fact they are in the captivity.

Some reviews state that Polar Bear is in poor shape, which I agree, but Polar bears really don't fit in the ZOO, do they ?

Overall it's one of the best ZOO's in that part of Europe, the entry fee is around 30€, which is quite cheap, if you compare with other attractions in Budapestr (Budapest Eye is 30 € and you only get four spins).

I would like to see more bilingual signs, as most is in Hugarian language.
Written February 28, 2022
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Charlotte M
5 contributions
Apr 2022 • Friends
While travelling around Europe we took a break from our fast paced schedule to explore Budapest zoo. The layout was nice and the aviary and reptile enclosures were great, spacious and well designed. However, I was pretty appaled by the larger exhibits. The Sealion enclosure was 98% water, unless I was missing something but I could hardly see any actual land habitat for them, just a small plain platform. Opposite was a polar bear in an equally small and bland enclosure. The brown bears were also in a ridiculously small area and were pacing all the time. The tiger was separated from its friend or mate at the time so was calling to it and was quite sad (I'm sure there was a good reason for it tho) even so again, the enclosure was very barren with little to stimulate the cat or have any variety to its environment.

The only nice thing I enjoyed was the leopard family, they at least could be more happy together and were being adorable playfiighting together. I feel this zoo had done very well in habilitating for smaller animals such as birds, monkeys and reptiles, but were clearly not capable of providing enclosures for their larger species. I don't think zoos should house large animals if they don't have the space or facilities to give them what they need. I've seen other zoos achieve it well, but seeing these large animals here was just depressing. Ik workers at zoos care so much for their animals so I'm sure they are looked after well, I just wish there were stricter rules on what's good enough for an enclosure.
Written July 22, 2022
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MrMrsHappyR
Liverpool, UK1,044 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
Pleasant enough zoo. Animals seem well looked after. Approximately 20% of the enclosures are closed which was slightly annoying, but it is fairly good price to enter here. Nice to spend a few hours here. There is a metro station nearby as the zoo is on the outskirts of Central Budapest.
Written October 15, 2022
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Megan G
Redditch, UK4 contributions
Mar 2022 • Friends
This is not a good zoo.
I travelled from the UK on a city break with some friends. If your used to UK zoo’s, avoid.
The animals are kept in small enclosures which are dirty, and empty.
We saw a polar bear at this zoo, that looked tormented, pacing back and forth repeatedly in its small enclosure, with dirty water and the sun beating down on it.
A group of flamingo’s in what was basically a pen, fighting each other and with no access to water.
The gorillas and apes looked sad, sat inside on hard floors.
And most shockingly, an elephant locked in an enclosure inside, fully accessible for viewing. The enclosure was about the same size as the elephant, I’m not even sure he could turn around.

And that’s not to mention feeding time for the meerkats. The zoo keepers took out hairless baby rats and threw them to each meerkat, while children looked on.. blood dripping down the meerkats mouths.
At one point a bird must have picked one up off the floor, as we walked down one of the paths and there was a dead mouse hanging of a fence.

No hand gel around, despite signs saying to gel your hands.
I only saw 2 zookeepers the whole time, and that was when they were feeding the meerkats. Nobody was around. Whole thing seemed bad.

Honestly, it was tragic. We cut our visit short and didn’t even bother to see the big cats as it was so depressing. We’ve reported our concerns and encourage you to do the same.

Avoid.
Written March 11, 2022
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Florence Craig
Aberdeen, UK3 contributions
Nov 2021 • Friends
This was the saddest place I have ever been. Saw about 4 animals before deciding to leave 10 minutes later feeling absolutely distraught. We walked through and first went into one of the buildings where there was a monkey, who didn’t even have any flooring in its cage. We assumed it was maybe a temporary spot, until we saw the polar bear. It was so skinny, it’s fur was yellow and you could tell it was distressed. We left right after seeing that and felt so much guilt for even paying to get in in the first place. Please don’t go here it doesn’t deserve any recognition and I can’t see how people can come here and feel no remorse when leaving
Written November 13, 2021
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nnz
Dublin, Ireland1 contribution
Jan 2023
I have not been in this zoo for like 10 years. Now we visited it but wish we would not. In Europe I have visited 20+ zoos in multiple countries, small and big cities and I think the Budapest Zoo is one of the worst I have seen. The upkeep of the buildings and habitats just don't exists. Plastering missing from walls all over the place, rust is almost everywhere, spider webs and stuffs just a few things to mention. Dead animal parts like legs are all over the place, I guess these are food for some of the animals but something I have not seen anywhere else. Also the inside areas of the different habitats are just simply terrible. The condition of some of the bigger animals were really bad and a lot of animals looked extremely depressed. I had too much expectations in a country where you can see similar conditions in some hospitals. I would like to personally apologize from all the foreigners visiting this zoo because of the above mentioned conditions. If you are planning to visit just skip it, please.
Written January 9, 2023
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