Getting to the zoo and parking

The zoo is part of 400-plus-acre Washington Park in hilly Southwest Portland, about 3 miles west of downtown. It's easy to get to the zoo by combining biking, walking or driving with public transit. Save money, conserve gas and enjoy the ride!

The Oregon Zoo is located at 4001 SW Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221-9704

Train or bus

Show your transit ticket and get $1.50 off the price of admission to the zoo.

TriMet operates light rail trains (MAX) and buses throughout the Portland metropolitan area. Use its Trip Planner to get you to the zoo. MAX Red Line or Blue Line trains stop next to the zoo at the Washington Park station.

Bus 63, to Washington Park, runs weekdays only and stops at the Washington Park station. During the summer months, the 83-Washington Park Loop is in service daily.

Bike

Portland is one of the bike-friendliest cities in the United States. If you bike all the way to the zoo, you'll find challenging and scenic hills along the way. You can avoid the hills: bike to a MAX station or a bus stop, load your bike on, and hop off at the zoo. If you're heading back to downtown Portland or points east, you'll have a great downhill ride home, passing Washington Park's beautiful Portland Japanese Garden and world-famous International Rose Test Garden.

No matter which direction you're coming from, Metro's Bike There! map can help you craft a route to the zoo on low-traffic streets and multi-use paths. Bike racks are located outside the zoo entrance.

Drive

Get directions to the zoo from wherever you are on Google.

  • From Highway 26 East or West, take exit 72 for Zoo/Forestry Center.
  • Turn left onto Southwest Zoo Road.
  • Turn right onto Southwest Zoo Parking Road

A new Pay to Park system begins January 10, 2014. 100% of the funds from pay stations will be invested in improvements to Washington Park including road repairs, an expanded park ranger presence, safer crosswalks, better access for people with disabilities, a free park-wide shuttle and a park-wide master plan. Find more information about Washington Park and the new system here.

Walk

The zoo is adjacent to the 30-mile-long Wildwood Trail and the 7-mile-long Marquam Trail, with connections to other urban nature trails and multi-use paths. Metro's Walk There! book and online guide takes you on a spectacular route that combines forested trails, beautiful neighborhood streets and a train ride with a day at the zoo. The walk and a zoo visit make for a perfect all-day Portland excursion.

Doing our part for a better Washington Park

Over three million people visit Portland's Washington Park every year. It is one of one of the oldest and grandest parks in the city. It's also in need of several important improvements, particularly better management of traffic and parking. To improve accessibility for all visitors, Portland Parks and Recreation - the owner of the lot- will install parking pay stations in the parking lots on the south side of Washington Park in late spring 2013. These lots serve the Oregon Zoo, Portland Children's Museum, World Forestry Center, and Hoyt Arboretum. Learn more here.