Climb aboard the Zoo Train for a fun and informative journey around the Zoo!

Train Hours

The Zoo Train is temporarily closed.

The Zoo train will only operate during times that the temperature is above 55 degrees. As always, the train will be closed during inclement weather. The Zoo Train may also close early due to low attendance.

Please call (757) 441-2374 for daily train schedule and departure times.


  • Tickets are $2 per rider.
  • Train tokens may be purchased at the ticket booth, gift shop and at the train station. The Train Station takes credit cards and cash is accepted at the token machine. 
  • Children under 2 years old ride for free and do not need a token.

Zoo Train Facts

  • The Zoo train is a 1/3 scale model of a C.P. Huntington steam engine.
  • Four coaches can accommodate more than 80 passengers – adults and children.
  • The permanent track is 3/4 of a mile long.
  • Riders board the train at the Beazley Foundation Station located near the entry plaza.
  • The train is ADA compliant – and can accommodate wheelchairs.
  • The train does not operate in rain or inclement weather.
  • Funds raised from the sales of train tickets support conservation programs and animal exhibit expansion.
  • The train has a 4-cylinder engine that is gasoline operated.
  • The engine weighs about 6,100 pounds and each coach weighs approximately 2,700 pounds


All aboard and become a Norfolk Southern Express engineer! Get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to be a part of a top Virginia Zoo attraction.

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