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  • The fun way to travel to the Zoo
  • Return rocket ferry from Circular Quay (daily) or Darling Harbour (Sat-Sun)
  • Entry to Taronga Zoo
  • Free Keeper Talks daily

The fun way to travel to Taronga Zoo

Convenience and Enjoyment Combined

Visit Australia’s most famous zoo, situated right on Sydney Harbour. The Zoo Express offers a fun and convenient way to travel to the Zoo, making your visit enjoyable from start to finish.

Your express Taronga Zoo Express ticket includes a return rocket ferry ride and Zoo entry. Enjoy direct access via the Lower Zoo Entrance, just a short walk from the wharf. From there, take your time exploring the zoo at your own pace, enjoying the enclosures, café, and seal or bird presentations. When you're ready, re-board your rocket ferry for a relaxing return trip! The perfect way to see Taronga Zoo and Sydney Harbour!

Inclusions & Features

  • Return rocket ferry from Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, Manly or Watsons Bay
  • Entry to Taronga Zoo
  • Free daily keeper presentations from seal shows to koala, dingo, giraffe, elephant, meerkat and bird talks
  • Departing daily throughout the day from 9:00am

Prices from 01Apr24
Adult Retail
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Child 4-15


All ferry services are cashless. Retail rates are valid to 31 March 2025. All prices are per person. Specials subject to change.

Before you visit

Taronga Zoo and cares for over 5,000 animals from over 350 species, including Australian native wildlife, as well as rare and endangered exotic animals. Admission tickets include daily keeper talks and seal and/or bird presentations.

  • Taronga Zoo is open 365 days of the year, between 9:30am and 4:30pm (May-Aug) and 9:30am to 5:00pm (Sep-Apr)*
  • Visit Taronga Zoo for the latest Free Keeper Talks and opening hours
  • Wheelchair access - The entrance level deck of rocket ferries are wheelchair accessible with wheelchair accessible bathroom. Taronga Zoo wharf is also wheelchair accessible
  • Click here for Taronga Zoo accessibility
  • Click here for vessel accessibility
  • Contact the team at Taronga Zoo on (02) 9969 2777 for specific enquiries
  • From time to time, some animal exhibits may close for maintenance works
  • Plan your day before you visit and download the Taronga Zoo map
  • Taronga Zoo entry can also be combined with a Hop On Hop Off Harbour Explorer 1-Day or 2-Day Pass

Note Guests holding zoo entry tickets may access the zoo via the Lower Zoo Entrance just a short walk from the wharf. Guests with ferry only tickets are required to enter via the Main Entrance at the top of the hill. Access is via a public bus (at own expense).

OpalPay FAQ

Please note, the below information is correct at the time of publishing and subject to change. Visit OpalPay for the latest information and services.

What is Opalpay?OpalPay is a convenient way to pay for travel using your Opal card on participating privately operated transport services.
Where can I use OpalPay?You can now tap to pay with your Opal card on selected private ferry services. Look for 'OpalPay accepted here' signs.
Why use OpalPay?With OpalPay, you can use your Opal card on a wider range of transport services, allowing you to travel to more places more easily. There is no need to buy individual trip tickets, you can just tap to pay with your Opal card for a more convenient way of paying your fare.
How much is an OpalPay fare?
  • OpalPay fares are not the same as standard Opal fares.
  • Fares are set by the private transport operators and are non-refundable.
  • Concession fares are only available on selected routes and it's best to check with staff before paying with your Opal card, as you could be charged the full adult fare.
How do I use OpalPay?
  • To pay for your travel using OpalPay, make sure you have sufficient funds on your Opal card to cover the full price of your fare and simply tap to pay on the operator's payment device. The transaction will be declined if you don't not have enough funds to cover the cost of the trip.
  • If you have set auto top up on your Opal card, this will be activated at the payment device if the amount on the card, plus the auto top up value is enough to cover the transaction. If the two values are not enough, the transaction will be declined and the auto top up will not be processed. You can set auto top up, to up online or at an Opal top up and ticket machine. Check for all the options.
  • Do not tap on an Opal card reader. OpalPay fares are deducted from your Opal card when you tap on, so you won't need to tap off at the end of your trip.
Which Opal cards are compatible with OpalPay?
  • Reloadable Opal cards (cards that can be 'topped up') are compatible with OpalPay. These include:
    • Adult Opal cards
    • Child/Youth Opal cards
    • Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal cards
    • Concession Opal cards
  • Concession fares are only available on selected routes and you may be charged the full adult fare, even when Gold Senior/Pensioner or Concession Opal cards are used. Check with staff to fin out if concession fares are available or you can check our ferry fares here.
Will tapping on with OpalPay contribute to my Opal travel benefits?No. Unlike trips made with Opal cards on other public transport services, OpalPay trips do not contribute to Opal travel benefits or discounts.
Can two people travel together using the same Opal card?No, each customer over the age of four must have their own reloadable Opal card with sufficient balance to travel.
What if my Opal card is lost or stolen?If your card is registered and it's lost or stolen you can report on Your existing balance can be protected and you can get it transferred to a new Opal card and sent to you.
Can a tap be reversed?
  • Yes, reversals can be undertaken in two ways:
    • OpalPay reversals can be made directly on the operator's OpalPay payment device. After you have tapped to pay, staff can reverse the transaction. The private ferry fare must be the last recorded action on your Opal card.
    • If you tap on an Opal card reader by mistake, you may be able to reverse it. If possible, you can go back to the Opal reader. To reverse the tap on, you just present your card a second time to the Opal reader within 30 minutes of the original tap on.
  • Alternatively, please use the nearest Sydney Ferries service, if available.
Is there a maximum fare with OpalPay?
  • The maximum limits for SeaLink/Captain Cook Cruises private ferries on Sydney Harbour are:
    • $25 per transaction, $30 per day and $200 per week.

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  • Services operate daily between Taronga Zoo and Circular Quay and on Sat-Sun from Darling Harbour
  • Timetables are issued daily on arrival or onboard
  • Special timetables may operate on selected dates - see the notes shown the bottom of timetable.

Note: Guests holding Taronga Zoo Express tickets may access the zoo via the Lower Zoo Entrance just a short walk from the wharf. Guests with ferry only tickets are required to enter via the Main Entrance at the top of the hill. Access is via a public bus (at own expense).

See Legend below for variations

Darling Harbour - King St Wharf 1Circular Quay - Wharf 6Taronga ZooShark IslandWatsons BayManly - Wharf 3Watsons BayShark Island Taronga Zoo Circular Quay - Wharf 6Darling Harbour - King St Wharf 1
(Cancelled 9:00am#)9:15am9:30am9:35am9:45am10:00am10:15am10:32am
11:55am12:10pm12:25pm12:40pm12:55pm1:10pm1:25pm(Cancelled 1:40pm*)
(Cancelled 2:20pm# )2:35pm2:45pm2:55pm3:10pm3:30pm3:35pm3:50pm
5:05pm5:35pm5:50pm6:10pm(Cancelled 6:25pm*)
(Cancelled 6:25pm▲)6:40pm▲7:00pm▲7:00pm▲7:20pm▲*

Timetable Commencing 16 April 2024 | 25 June 2024

Hop On Hop Off Weekend Leisure & Tourist Services: Saturday to Sunday and public holidays

Legend: #Pick-up only | *Set down only | ▲ Operates Saturday Nov-Feb

Closed: 25-Dec (Christmas Day), 26-Dec (Boxing Day selected services), 26-Jan (Australia Day)

Special Timetables Operate: 26-Dec (Boxing Day Zoo Express services only), 31-Dec (New Year’s Eve), 01-Jan (New Year’s Day) - to be confirmed

Temporary Cancellation of Darling Harbour Services: Due to maintenance upgrades, Hop On Hop Off services to and from Darling Harbour will be temporarily closed from Saturday 29 June 2024. Completion date to be advised.

See Legend below for variations

Circular Quay - Wharf 6Cremorne PointTaronga ZooShark IslandWatsons BayManly - Wharf 3Watsons BayShark Island Taronga Zoo Cremorne PointCircular Quay - Wharf 6



Timetable Commencing 16 April 2024 | Issued 16 April 2024

  • Hop On Hop Off Midweek Leisure & Tourist Services: Monday to Friday
  • Commuter Services: Monday to Friday excluding public holidays

Legend: #Pick-up only | *Set down only | ^ Commuter Services | ^^ Mixed Commuter, Leisure & Tourist service | ▲ Operates Saturday Nov-Feb

Closed: 25-Dec-24 (Christmas Day), 26-Dec-24 (Boxing Day selected services), 26-Jan-25 (Australia Day)

Special Timetables Operate: 26-Dec-24 (Boxing Day Zoo Express services only), 31-Dec-24 (New Year’s Eve), 01-Jan-25 (New Year’s Day) - to be confirmed

Cremorne Point Service @
Does not operate 15-29 Apr 2024, 01-22 Jul 2024 , 30 Sep-11 Oct 2024, 11 Dec 2024 - TBA


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