To get the train to Whipsnade Zoo, you'll need to head for Luton or Hemel Hempstead, both about 10 miles from the zoo. Luton is on the Midland Main Line, with regular services from London St Pancras International, Brighton, Gatwick Airport and Bedford. Hemel Hempstead is on the West Coast Main Line with routes to London Euston, South Croydon, Milton Keynes Central and Northampton. The Centrebus X31 service links both stations with the zoo and runs from Monday to Saturday.

A day at Whipsnade Zoo is a great day out for all the family. Learn all about the animal kingdom and get up close to hundreds of animals from around the world. There are plenty of fun activities, talks and events that everyone will enjoy.

Visit the Whipsnade Zoo official website for opening information.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays05:45 - 21:45
Saturday 05:45 - 22:00
Sunday 06:45 - 21:45
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelFull time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
ShopsUnavailable
PostboxAvailable
TelephonesAvailable
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetAvailable
ATMAvailable
ATM notes
ATM located in station entrance
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Information Systems
  • Announcements
  • Arrival screens
  • Departure screens
ToiletsAvailable
ShowersUnavailable
Baby changeUnavailable
WiFiUnavailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Staff Help notes
Please phone the Helpline to ensure arrangements are in place on 0800 058 2844
Customer help pointsUnavailable
CCTVAvailable
Carpark opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
EverydayOpen 24 hours
Carpark nameStation Road
Carpark operatorNational Car Parks Ltd
Car parking spaces562
Carpark charges
Annual£750.00
Daily£4.80
Monthly£85.00
Three Monthly£230.00
Weekly£22.00
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces62
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes
front Platform 5, rear Platform 1
Step-free accessPart of station
Step-free access notes

Lifts from street level (near bus station) to public overbridge allowing step free access to ticket hall. Level access from Hightown area. Footbridge with stairs to all platforms.

Ramps for train accessAvailable
WheelchairsAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterUnavailable
Accessible taxisunknown
Accessible taxis notes

Accessible taxis are available

About Whipsnade Zoo

Whipsnade, or ZSL Whipsnade Zoo to give it its proper title, is the UK's biggest zoo. The ZSL stands for Zoological Society of London, a conservation charity established in 1826 - it runs Whipsnade, along with London Zoo in Regent's Park. Set in 600 acres of parkland in the Chiltern Hills in Bedfordshire, Whipsnade first opened in 1931. Its iconic White Lion figure, which is marked out on the hill below the white rhino enclosure and can be seen from miles around, was created in 1933. Now the zoo is home to over 2,500 animals, many of which are endangered in their native wild habitats.

On a visit to Whipsnade you can get up close and personal with a mind-boggling array of creatures, from big stars such as lions, tigers, rhinos and elephants to the smaller species such as penguins, lemurs and red pandas. Meet tropical insects and reptiles in the Discovery Centre and Butterfly House, or take a trip to spot some of your favourite mammals on the Jumbo Express steam train. And for a totally unique sleepover experience you can book to stay overnight at the zoo in a Lookout Lodge.

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