Paphos Zoo

paphos zoo

Located just 20 km from Paphos, in the tranquil village of Peyia, Paphos Zoo proudly holds the title of being Cyprus’ biggest safari park.

The zoo was founded in 2003 and covers an extensive area of more than 100,000 square meters, surrounded by serene lakes, cascading waterfalls, and lush green gardens.

It’s also home to over 350 species of mammals, reptiles, and birds, including majestic white lions, tigers, elephants, giraffes, zebras, kangaroos, monkeys, snakes, parrots, penguins, and many others.

Before you set off on your visit and buy your tickets, here’s a sneak peek at some important details you should know.

Bird Show

For families visiting the zoo, the highlight is definitely the mesmerizing parrots and owls show!

To preserve the element of surprise, we won’t give away too much here. However, we will tell you that the show lasts approximately one hour, and afterward, you can snap a memorable photo with the show’s stars for a small extra charge, payable in cash only.

Show Schedule

The shows run three times daily, with slight variations in timing:

  • January to March: 12:00, 14:00, 16:00
  • April to July: 12:00, 14:30, 17:00
  • August: 12:00, 15:00, 18:00
  • September to October: 12:00, 14:30, 17:00
  • November to December: 12:00, 14:00, 16:00

Reptile House

For lovers of all things scaly and slithery, the reptile house is a fascinating stop. Inside, you’ll find a jaw-dropping collection of critters, from geckos and iguanas to chameleons, pythons, vipers, and yes, even tarantulas!

paphos zoo reptile house

Did you know that Paphos Zoo boasts the largest collection of venomous snakes in Europe, including a snake with holographic skin?

Animal Interactions

The zoo offers exciting opportunities for visitors to interact with some of the animals.

Throughout the day, guests can engage in feeding sessions with elephants, lemurs, and giraffes, and even take photos with them as a keepsake.

Just keep in mind that there’s an extra fee of a few euros for this activity, and remember it’s cash only.

Zoo Facilities

The zoo also offers a playground for kids, a small souvenir shop, and an ATM for your convenience.

In addition, there are three museums near the exit:

  • A history museum showcasing ancient artifacts found in Cyprus
  • An art museum containing a collection of Cypriot pottery
  • And a costume museum offering a glimpse into traditional Cypriot attire

Food and Beverages

Flamingo Restaurant

A budget-friendly restaurant offering basic breakfasts and local dishes like kleftiko (oven-baked lamb). It also have a selection of vegetarian options and a kids’ menu.

Macaw Snack Bar

A cozy spot offering a variety of snacks, sandwiches, as well as indulgent treats like milkshakes and iced coffees. Situated conveniently across from the playground area and operates from April to October.

Penguin Ice Cream

A Great place to satisfy your sweet tooth with a selection of ice creams, refreshing drinks, and more. Open from April to October.

Ticket Price

Adult TicketChild TicketUp to 2 Years Old
With Transfer22 euros11 eurosFree
Entrance Only17.5 euros9.5 eurosFree

How to Get to Paphos Zoo


Visitors staying in the Paphos region can enjoy the convenience of booking zoo tickets that include hotel transfers.

The zoo’s shuttle bus runs daily from April to October. From November to March, however, the shuttle operates only three times a week.

Pick-up times from your hotel to the zoo range between 9:45-10:30, depending on your hotel’s location (don’t worry, you’ll receive the exact time via email).

The departure time from the zoo back to the hotel is at 14:30.

Free Shuttle

From April to October, the zoo offers a complimentary shuttle service that departs from three designated stations in the Coral Bay area:

  • The bus stop opposite to Ascos Beach Hotel
  • The bus stop opposite to Corallia Beach Hotel
  • And the bus stop next to Crown Resort Hotel

Pick-up times are at 10:30, 11:30, 13:30, and 15:30, with return times at 11:20, 13:20, 15:20, and 17:30.


A taxi ride from Paphos to the zoo ranges from 35 to 50 euros, depending on factors like the number of passengers and the vehicle size.


If you’ve rented a car, you can easily drive yourself to the zoo. There’s plenty of parking space available right outside the entrance.

Other Details


Opening Hours
November to March: 09:00-17:00
April to July: 09:00-18:00
August: 09:00-19:00
September to October: 09:00-18:00



Frequently Asked Questions

Is Paphos Zoo big?

While it’s the largest one in Cyprus, covering approximately 100.000 square meters, Paphos Zoo isn’t particularly big compared to some other zoos around the world.

Can you get a bus to Paphos Zoo?

Unfortunately, there isn’t a direct bus route to Paphos Zoo.

That being said, visitors have the option to arrange a paid transfer service from their hotels or take advantage of the free shuttle service provided from Coral Bay.

Can you feed the elephants at Paphos Zoo?

Sure thing! In fact, you can feed the elephants, lemurs, and giraffes. It’s quite the experience. Just make sure to follow the guidelines and instructions to ensure everyone stays safe and happy!

Who owns Paphos Zoo?

Paphos Zoo is owned by Mr. Christos Christoforou.

He initiated the zoo project driven by his extensive collection of birds, with the intention of sharing it with the public and promoting wildlife conservation awareness.

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