Getting to the zoo and parking

The Oregon Zoo is located at 4001 SW Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221-9704. Get directions on Google.

Nestled atop Washington Park just three miles west of downtown Portland, the zoo is easy to visit by public transit, taxi or rideshare, bicycle, foot or car. Visit Explore Washington Park for complete information on accessing the park.

Train or bus

Public transportation is a convenient way to visit the zoo, and entitles visitors to a discount.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. TriMet Bus Line 63 to Washington Park runs daily and stops at the Washington Park station.


A limited amount of parking is available in the lot adjacent to the zoo and throughout the park. Visitors can pay for parking at pay stations with coin or card, or through the Parking Kitty app. Oversized vehicles and trailers can park in designated areas.

On summer weekends, parking lots fill by 10:30 am. Guests will be directed to off-site parking locations when main lots fill and can take the Washington Park Free Shuttle to the zoo. Check the widget at right for parking availability prior to leaving for the zoo.

Parking is managed by Portland Parks and Recreation. 100% of parking revenue collected is invested in improvements to Washington Park including road repairs, park rangers, safety features such as crosswalks and sidewalks and a free park-wide shuttle serving all of the venues and attractions within the park.


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.

A public bike repair station and bike racks are located just outside the zoo entrance.

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. 


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.