Skyfari at the San Diego Zoo

The Skyfari at the San Diego Zoo is one of the best cable car rides you'll ever take in a theme park. With magical views of the lush Zoo below and the spectacular downtown skyline, you'll want to ride this one again and again.

Take a look at this video we shot during the Nighttime Zoo summer hours. You'll see why it's especially beautiful in the evening.

You can enjoy the cable cars at night during the summer months. Beginning late June until early September, the Zoo offers extended hours and is open until 9 p.m.

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The aerial tram begins across from the Reptile House, near the Zoo entrance. It ends at the Polar Bear Plunge exhibit. When you get off, the polar bears are to your right and the magnificent Elephant Odyssey area is to your left.

I would suggest walking through the Zoo on foot and then riding the Skyfari back to the entrance, or vice versa. The scenic ride will give you a quick shortcut across the park along with a birdseye view. You'll also get a break from walking the whole zoo which is massive.

Of course, you can also enjoy a round trip ride. Just keep in mind you have to get off and re-board.

You can bring your stroller on the cable car or park it at the Skyfari entrance.

Note: if you are disabled, you may ride it round trip without getting off.
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Regular hours: 10 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. daily
Extended hours in the summer season

Guided Bus Tour

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If you want to maximize your day at the Zoo, you'll want to hop on the bus!

You and your kids will love this 35 minute guided tour on a double-decker bus. It's worth it to wait a few extra minutes in line and sit on the top deck.

The bus ride will cover about 75 percent of the San Diego Zoo, so you'll get a great overview and you can choose what animals you want to see on foot later.

san diego zoo express bus The bus tour ticket also includes use of the Express Bus, which has on and off privileges. You can hop on and off at five different stops throughout the Zoo. They come by every 20 minutes or less.

Guided bus tours in Spanish and French are available for groups of 20 or more with advanced notice. Call 800-407-9534 for more group information.