Adventure is calling! Ride the Pacific Surfliner down to San Diego and enjoy iconic views of the Southern California coast. The zoo is less than 3 miles away from the Santa Fe Depot train station. Then, take a quick connection to the zoo and see wildlife from areas around the world up close. When you take the train, you can unlock exclusive savings on zoo admission.


For a limited time, Amtrak customers can save $7 on general admission for both children and adults. Discounted tickets are available at an exclusive online ticket store accessed through this page.



Use promo code V812 to save 20% on your trip to and from San Diego. Simply use our booking tool to explore options and prices. Make sure “Adult” is selected as the passenger type.



Bus Connections
There are two buses that run every 15 minutes between the Santa Fe Depot and the San Diego Zoo. The buses are operated by the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (SDMTS). Visit the SDMTS website for more information on schedules and fares.

  • Mid-City Rapid 215: After stepping off the train, walk through the station building and board at the stop right outside the station along Kettner Blvd. Ride for five stops (15 minutes) to Park Blvd. and Zoo Place. From there, the zoo is about a four-minute walk. For the return trip, the bus stop is located adjacent to the parking lot on Park Blvd.
  • Route 7: After stepping off the train, walk along W B Street and turn right on Front Street (around an 8-minute walk). The bus stop is right on the corner. Ride for 10 stops (15 minutes) to Park Blvd. and Zoo Place. From there, the zoo is about a four-minute walk. For the return trip, the bus stop is located adjacent to the parking lot on Park Blvd.

By Car
Travel to the zoo by car. The trip takes less than 10 minutes from the downtown area.

  • Rideshare Services: Lyft, Uber and Taxi services are available on demand
  • Car rental: There are two car rental companies (Avis and Budget) located less than a half-mile from the Santa Fe Depot on Kettner Blvd. Parking at the San Diego Zoo is free.





Know Before You Go

With almost perfect weather year-round, world-renowned attractions, and more than 70 miles of beaches, there is something for everyone in sunny San Diego.

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This offer is valid for 20% off the regular (full) adult rail fare. This offer is valid for sale between through Dec. 25, 2023 and valid for travel through Dec. 28, 2023. Blackouts apply on the following dates: Feb. 18, Feb. 21, Apr. 15, Apr. 18, May 27, Jul. 1, Jul. 4, Sep. 2, Sep. 5, Nov. 22-23, Nov. 26-28, Dec. 23-24, Dec. 26-27, and Dec. 30-31, 2022; Jan. 2, Feb. 17, Feb. 20, Apr. 7, Apr. 10, May 26, Sep. 1, Sep. 4, Nov. 21-22, Nov. 25-27, Dec. 22-24, and Dec. 29, 2023. Advance reservations are required a minimum of (3) days prior to travel. Up to one (1) child age (2-12) may accompany each adult at half the regular (full) adult rail fare. Travel is valid to/from San Diego Old Town Transportation Center (OLT) or San Diego Santa Fe Depot (SAN) only. This offer is valid for travel on the Pacific Surfliner and associated Thruways; except not valid on the 7000-8999 Thruways. This offer is valid for coach seats; upgrade to Business Class is available upon full payment of applicable accommodation charges. This offer is not combinable with any other discount offer. In addition to the discount restrictions; this offer is also subject to any restrictions, blackouts, and refund rules that apply to the type of fare purchased. Fares, routes and schedules are subject to change without notice. Once travel has begun; no changes to the itinerary are permitted. Other restrictions may apply. Fees may apply. Please refer to discount code V812. Amtrak, Surfliner, and Pacific Surfliner are registered service marks of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation and used with permission.

No refunds or exchanges. Ticket and hand stamp required for Park re-entry. This ticket is a revocable license. Ticket holder (“Visitor”) voluntarily assumes all risk and danger for personal injury or property damage incidental to visiting the San Diego Zoo or San Diego Safari Park (collectively “Parks”). Visitor agrees not to commercially use any photography or recordings in any form taken at the Parks, and Visitor grants permission to the Parks and their agents to utilize Visitor’s image and/or sound recordings for any purpose whatsoever in perpetuity. Not for unauthorized resale or promotional use. Your visit today is helping to save endangered species and their habitats.

San Diego Zoo 1-Day Pass OR Safari Park 1-Day Pass. Zoo 1-Day Pass includes Guided Bus Tour, Kangaroo Bus and Skyfari Aerial Tram. Safari Park 1-Day Pass includes Africa Tram and regularly scheduled shows. Subject to availability. NOT FOR SALE.

Expires: 12/31/2022