Washington Park and Zoo Railway

Through the years, the Washington Park and Zoo Railway created countless family memories and continues as a cherished part of a zoo visit today.

How long is the train ride?

The train is a six-minute ride through the zoo with views of Elephant Lands and the Family Farm.

How much does it cost?

The train is running at ZooLights starting at 4:45pm nightly. It is $4.50 for members and $5 for general tickets.

What times does the train operate?

The zoo train operates nightly for ZooLights at 4:45 p.m., weather permitting.

Does the train run even while parts of the zoo are under construction?

Yes, the train will continue to run throughout the zoo during construction.

What happened to the longer train route through Washington Park?

The train has not made the run through Washington Park since 2014. That year, the zoo discovered that some of the wooden retaining walls and supporting structures along the route were no longer secure. In 2015, a landslide at the lower end of the route next to the station reinforced the need to address slope stability along the route.

With safety our top priority, the zoo discontinued use of the route. We are continuing to work with the City of Portland on how best to move forward with a range of possible improvements — including repair of the railway.

Carousel rates

  • General $3
  • Members $2.50