Funicular in ZOO

The original proposal for the addition of an overhead chairlift system at the Prague Zoo dates back to the 1960s.  In 1970, the actual construction began but it wasn’t until 1977 that the system was opened to the public. At the time, the owner of the chair-lift was the Prague Zoological Garden and the original operator was the Central Bohemian Park of Culture and Leisure. Due to serious technical deficiencies, operation was halted a year later in 1978. In 1981, the operational difficulties were resolved and the chairlift’s operation resumed with the Prague Public Transit Company (DPP) as operator. 


  • Fares are CZK 40 for a single ride (up or down) for passengers over 6 years of age.
  • Children under the age of 6 ride for free, but only on the lap of a person over the age of 15, each of whom may carry only one child
  • Tickets can be purchased from coin-only ticket vending machines located at the upper and lower stations of the chairlift. The vending machines give change but if coins are needed they can be purchased (exchanged for banknotes) from the lift’s operator. 
  • Tickets can also be purchased from ticket validator machines using contactless payment cards. Note: all tickets for the Zoo’s aerial chairlift are invalid for use on any other means of public transport. 
  • All other types of tickets and passes are invalid for use on the Zoo’s aerial chairlift.


Dogs may not be transported on the Zoo’s aerial chairlift, even if in a carrying case. However, the carrying of folded prams, golf clubs or similar, the size of hand luggage, is permitted.

Getting to the ZOO

Bus line 112 from the C-line metro station at Nádraží Holešovice will take you to the Zoo. There is also a direct connection between Bohnice and Troja on bus line 236. The standard Prague Integrated Transport (PID) fares apply to both lines.

Technical Parameters of the Aerial Chair-Lift (Cable Car) the ZOO

  • Horizontal distance traveled: 105.9 m
  • Inspection speed: 0.167 m/s 
  • Total elevation change between stations: 50.1 m
  • Engine power: 725 ot./13 kW
  • Average gradient: 28°12´
  • Overall capacity: 720 persons per hour
  • Number of supports: 4
  • Year of manufacture: 1970
  • Number of seats: 60
  • Maximum passenger weight: 90 kg
  • First commissioned: 1977
  • Travel speed: 0.85 m/s
  • Operator: Prague Public Transit Company (DPP) – since 1981


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