The San Diego Zoo is our city’s number one attraction and a great add to nearly every itinerary. It is definitely possible to buy San Diego Zoo discount tickets. Which method you choose depends on how many other San Diego attractions are on your itinerary and perhaps any memberships.
The options chosen here are by far the most reliable to eliminate the need to scour the web for promo codes that simply don’t work.
See also: 13 San Diego Discounts: Experience the City for Less
1. Go San Diego Card
The Go San Diego Card saves up to 50% off of admission to nearly 40 top San Diego attractions in three simple steps:
Choose the pass option that best suits you (you can buy an all-inclusive pass or build your own) and buy your pass in advance.
Get your pass on a mobile device or print it at home.
Show the pass at any eligible attraction and you’re in for free.
The passes are available in 1, 2, 3, 5 and 7 day options, each at different prices. Make sure the attractions you’d like to visit are listed on the option you buy. This by far the most popular discounted, bundled San Diego attractions pass. Tip: Be careful where and how you buy the Go San Diego Card. If you buy through them directly, you will not have to redeem a voucher at a specific attraction in order to activate the card.
See also: 10 Benefits of the Go San Diego Card Discounted Attractions Pass
2. aRes Travel
aRes Travel is a San Diego based, authorized ticket seller to major California attractions. They offer a myriad of ways to buy San Diego Zoo discount tickets in addition to other popular San Diego attractions such as LEGOLAND and SeaWorld San Diego.
If you are looking to buy individual tickets to only the San Diego Zoo, this is by far your best choice. Passes can be printed at home and presented at the gate. You do not need to redeem a voucher at the ticket booth.
The 1-Day Pass includes unlimited use of the Guided Bus tour, Kangaroo Express Bus, Skyfari Aerial tram, all shows and exhibits. Parking at the San Diego Zoo is free. (Prices: $45/adults and $37/kids plus a $2 convenience fee)
The 2-Day Pass includes one visit to the San Diego Zoo and one visit to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park or
two visits to the San Diego Zoo or two visits to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Parking at the Zoo is Free. Parking at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is not included in the price of the ticket. (Prices: $79/adult and $69/kids plus a $2 convenience fee)
San Diego Zoo & Old Town Trolley Combo Deal
This Combo Pass includes 1-Day San Diego Zoo ticket and 1-Day Old Town Trolley “Hop-on Hop-Off” Tour. Explore San Diego by hopping on and off the Trolley and enjoy a full day at the San Diego Zoo. This pass is ideal for people who would like to go carless in San Diego. The Old Town Trolley stops at a myriad of other locations from Coronado to, of course, Old Town. (Price: $77/person which saves $14.95 per adult
Balboa Park Multi-Day Explorer Pass
The Balboa Park Multi-Day Explorer Pass includes admission to the Balboa Park museums for seven consecutive days AND one-day admission to the San Diego Zoo. This is super convenient because the Zoo is right next door to Balboa Park. This San Diego Zoo ticket includes one-day admission, guided bus tour and Skyfari aerial tram. Tip: Some museums are closed Mondays; The San Diego Museum of Art is closed Wednesdays.
Lions, Tigers, and Panda Bears, Oh My! – The San Diego Zoo or Safari Park Package
This package allows you to bundle tickets to the San Diego Zoo or San Diego Zoo Safari Park with the hotel of your choice (at the time of this writing there are over 108 hotels to choose from).
The Best of San Diego! Choose Your Own Adventure Package.
Customize your own San Diego vacation package! Package includes your choice of tickets to 5 popular San Diego theme parks: SeaWorld, San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, LEGOLAND California and SEA LIFE Aquarium and hotel accommodations.
The San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park offer a special 10% discount for AAA members when you show your card.
5. Military Discounts
The San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park offer special military discounts and even free tickets.
U.S. Armed Forces personnel receive a complimentary 1-Day Pass to the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park upon presenting a Common Access Card (CAC) or Uniformed Services ID Card at any ticket window. Complimentary admission is reserved exclusively for active duty service members, however.
Military spouses and eligible dependents receive a 10% discount off the 1-Day Pass at both the Zoo and Safari Park, when showing a valid dependent ID card.
Check with MWR Departments for other applicable San Diego Zoo discount tickets.
6. Trusted Tours & Attractions
Trusted Tours also offers a discount on 1-day passes to the San Diego Zoo. At the time of this writing, aRes Travel’s discount is a bit better but it never hurts to check.
7. Southern California CityPASS
Southern California CityPASS provides admission to the very best attractions in Southern California at a great savings. It is valid for 14 consecutive days starting with the first day of use. In addition to the San Diego Zoo, eligible attractions covered by CityPASS include Disneyland Park and California Adventure, SeaWorld San Diego, and LEGOLAND California with the option to add on the San Diego Zoo or San Diego Zoo Safari Park. This pass is excellent for those on a Southern California road trip itinerary that includes our best theme parks.
8. Kids Free October
If visiting San Diego during the month of October, note that kids will not need to purchase a separate ticket. Terms and conditions may change but in October 2017, a child age 11 and under receives free entry with an adult who holds a valid ticket. Basically, this means a ticket from aRes or purchased directly from the San Diego Zoo (AAA and military discounted tickets are valid).
See also: Kids Go Free in San Diego to Over 100 Attractions, Restaurants & More
9. San Diego Zoo Gift Cards
The holidays are around the corner. Did you know that it’s possible to give San Diego Zoo gift cards? This could provide great value to zoo lovers and enable them to save off of San Diego Zoo tickets, one of their many special experiences or an annual membership. These gift cards can be purchased in denominations of $50 and above.
See also: Book Early Morning with the Pandas at the San Diego Zoo
10. San Diego Zoo Membership
Regular visitors should absolutely consider a San Diego Zoo membership that will allow multiple entries per year for one flat rate. There are multiple membership tiers to consider that come with a variety of perks.
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