What’s new at the Zoo? It’s us!
Calling all animal lovers! GO Transit is introducing the very first GO bus service directly to the Toronto Zoo. And with the recent unveiling of Weekend Passes on GO Transit to get you there even easier, we’re more excited than a hippo on a holiday!
No car? No problem! Hate doing transit transfers? Not to worry! Getting to the Toronto Zoo is now easier than ever. You can experience a fun family outing without the stress of driving in traffic or the headache of planning route transfers. Just hop on the GO bus and head straight to an around-the-world adventure of animal education! We’re not “lion”!
Bus Trips To The Zoo
Beginning on July 10th, and running on weekends until September 6th, you can take GO bus route 96Z right to the zoo. Route 96Z will serve Oshawa GO, Whitby GO, Ajax GO, the new stop at the Toronto Zoo, Scarborough Centre Bus Terminal and Finch Bus Terminal.
Are you coming from downtown Toronto? It’s still an easy ride! Just take the Lakeshore East GO Train from Union Station to the Ajax GO station, connect to the 96Z bus from there. Simple and direct!
The new direct service to the zoo is part of a service increase on the GO Transit network. Metrolinx President and CEO Phil Verster says: “As we welcome back more customers each day, we are continuing to deliver more transit options to safely get them where they want to go”.
Plan your trip to the Toronto Zoo today!
Ways To Save!
Now that it’s so easy and stress-free to travel to the zoo, you’ll want to go on a regular basis! Here are some tips to help you visit more often while saving cash!
Use Your PRESTO Card
As a special promotion, PRESTO Card holders are entitled to 10% off a new Toronto Zoo Membership. Members enjoy unlimited visits to the zoo throughout the duration of the membership, and the Zoomobile at the zoo is open for members only right now, so you’ll definitely want to take advantage of this offer!
Remember That Kids GO Free!
The zoo is a great place for kids! Kids 12 and under ride the GO for free, which is one more reason that taking the GO bus to the Toronto Zoo is the best way to get there and enjoy a day of family fun and togetherness.
Try Our New Weekend Passes
GO Transit is introducing new unlimited travel weekend passes! For just $10 for a single day pass, or $15 for a weekend pass, you can travel as much as you want between your starting location and your destination, and any stops in between. It’s the perfect way to save if you’re combining a morning at the zoo with an afternoon park visit with friends, or if you’re planning to visit the zoo on a Saturday and another great family attraction on the Sunday! You can find all the details of these new passes here.
Why We Love The Zoo
The Toronto Zoo isn’t just a fun attraction. It’s also a wildlife conservancy program. The zoo is working to protect endangered species and rebuild animal populations through their breeding program.
The Toronto Zoo is a not-for-profit charitable organization and the revenue from zoo admissions supports their programs. During an average year, the zoo welcomes approximately 1.3 million visitors. However, the zoo closed twice in the last year to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
GO Transit is happy to be helping more people return to the zoo for a fun and educational outing that also supports the zoo’s mission to protect endangered animals.
Which Animals Will We See?
Only outdoor exhibits are currently open at the zoo, but there are still plenty of animals to see! A trip to the Toronto Zoo is really like an expedition around the world, discovering the creatures that inhabit every corner of our amazing planet.
In the African Savanna, you’ll see lions, cheetahs, giraffes, penguins, zebras, rhinos, and more! Watch kangaroos and wallabies hop around in the Australasia outdoor area. Check out the tigers, red pandas, chamois, and more in the Eurasia Wilds. Take the Tundra Trek to see polar bears, Arctic wolves, and European reindeer.
Don’t skip the Canadian Domain! Sure, you’ve probably seen a raccoon in real life before, but what about a moose, a cougar, or a grizzly bear? They’re all waiting for you at the zoo!
GO Bear hopes that you’ll pay a special visit to his cousins - the polar bears in the Tundra Trek and the grizzly bears in the Canadian Domain! You can print out a picture of GO Bear for your kids to colour during the bus ride to the zoo. It’s a great way to keep occupied while waiting to see the real animals!
Extra Family Fun!
In addition to all of the regular animal exhibits, be sure to visit the Kids Zoo and Splash Island, which are both currently open and included in your zoo admission. You’ll see some adorable animals, including ferrets, woodchucks, and alpacas.
Splash Island is the much-loved water play area at the Toronto Zoo, and it’s a great way for you and your family to cool off after walking around and visiting all the animals. Splash Island is currently operating with a limited capacity to ensure that everyone can have fun while maintaining safe social distancing. Check the one hour time slots posted on the website and arrive at the Discovery Zone entrance 30 minutes prior to a time slot for an opportunity to receive wristbands for you and your family.
The Conservation Carousel and the TundraAir Ride attractions are also open this summer, and are sure to make your zoo visit extra exciting! Additional fees apply.
Book Your Visit Now!
Timed admission tickets for the zoo must be booked in advance online.
If you’re not a PRESTO card holder, you can purchase single ride e-tickets and passes online.
Whether it’s your first visit ever, or your first visit back in a year, we’re looking forward to making your ride to the zoo a safe and relaxing one. So, the next time you’re planning how to get to the zoo, just remember to say GO!