Busch Gardens Ticket Discounts and Deals – Tampa Bay

LAST UPDATE: 7/22/24

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is a very nice zoo and theme park located about an hour and a half from Orlando. Busch Gardens runs many promotions that can save you money. Check below for the latest Busch Gardens ticket discounts, coupons, and offers.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is actually older than Walt Disney World! It opened in 1959 as a beer garden and Anheuser-Busch brewery tour. Over the years, Anheuser-Busch slowly added animal exhibits and rides, and also built up a portfolio of other theme parks, including SeaWorld. In 2009, Anheuser-Busch sold off their theme park division as a separate company, and that company (now named SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment) still runs Busch Gardens. We visited Busch Gardens Tampa Bay recently and found it to be both an excellent zoological park and an excellent park for roller-coaster fans.

If you need tickets to Busch Gardens and other Orlando area attractions, it’s worth checking out the available multi-attraction ticket discounts to see if they can save you extra money. Be sure to compare the final cost of a multi-park pass to the combined cost of the individual tickets; the best deal varies depending on the specific attractions and the discounts that are currently available.

With a car, it’s only about a 90 minute drive from the Walt Disney World area to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, which makes it a reasonable day trip from Orlando. There is a FREE round-trip shuttle from Orlando to Tampa if you don’t want to drive, but make sure you call 1-800-221-1339 or book online to reserve your spot.

All offers are subject to change without notice. Always call ahead and confirm before driving out of your way to take advantage of a particular offer! 

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Busch Gardens Gate Prices

Please note: Busch Gardens charges a $9.99 + tax processing fee per online order.

Regular one-day admission is $149.79 for guests (ages 3 and up), tax included. Note that all regular paid admissions include FREE transportation between Orlando and Tampa.

General parking costs $30 for cars, motorcycles, trucks, recreation vehicles and campers. It’s free for Silver, Gold and Platinum Annual Pass members.

Preferred parking starts at $35 (50% off for Silver Annual Pass Members; FREE for Gold and Platinum Members).

Busch Gardens Ticket Discounts, Deals and Freebies

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Busch Gardens Website

Busch Gardens 190wBe sure to check the Busch Gardens website for current special offers. Note: If you’re purchasing combo tickets for both Busch Gardens and SeaWorld, purchase your tickets through the SeaWorld site links below— you’ll save a little bit because the tax rate is lower.

There is a $9.99 service fee for online orders.

Busch Gardens and SeaWorld Parks Orlando Annual Passes

If you visit Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, and the SeaWorld Orlando parks more than once a year, you may want to consider purchasing an annual pass. In addition to unlimited admission to Busch Gardens with or without blackout dates, annual passes include access to special events throughout the year as well as discounted or complimentary parking, discounts on food, beverages, merchandise and more.

Busch Gardens has recently changed it’s Annual Pass program, and is currently offering several types of annual passes with varying benefits.  Check out the annual passes here.

(Tax is slightly less if you purchase a 4-park Annual Pass or Platinum pass on the SeaWorld site.)

Discount Tickets from Undercover Tourist

Undercover Tourist, a reliable, authorized ticket broker, sells Busch Gardens tickets at a significant discount.

Discount Tickets from Undercover Tourist

Undercover TouristA great source for Busch Gardens tickets is Undercover Tourist, a highly reliable ticket broker that sells substantially discounted Busch Gardens tickets (and other Florida attraction tickets). Undercover Tourist’s prices include tax, so be sure to account for that when comparing prices. If you’d like to know more, take a look at why we recommend Undercover Tourist.

Have some time before you need your tickets? Undercover Tourist offers its best deals on tickets exclusively for MouseSavers Newsletter subscribers. These special prices are not available to the general public and are not published here on MouseSavers.com. They are provided ONLY through a “secret” link in the monthly newsletter. They also run special sales on a few tickets in a Hot Deals newsletter once per month and they frequently include Busch Gardens tickets. If you want to see those special sales you’ll want to subscribe to the Hot Deals alerts as well.

AAA Ticket Discounts

FREE Tickets for Military

Members of the U.S. military (active duty military, active reservists, National Guard, Coast Guard) and as many as three direct dependents may enter SeaWorld, Busch Gardens or Sesame Place parks with complimentary admission. You must register in advance at here and complete a form, which you take with you to the theme park along with valid ID. Find out more on the Busch Gardens Tampa Bay website.

Florida Resident Ticket Discounts

Florida residents who purchase tickets through the Busch Gardens website sometimes get special discounts. Select the tab ‘Florida Resident Offers’ to view tickets options. Purchases are limited to credit card billing addresses with a Florida zip code. Resident ID is required at point of park entry. Make sure you compare resident pricing with the general public on-line pricing; some general public discounts are better than those offered for residents.

Canadian Resident Ticket Discounts

There is a Canadian website for SeaWorld and Busch Gardens that sometimes includes special offers for Canadian residents only. You can visit the site at seaworld.ca.

Air Miles

Readers report that Canadians can redeem Air Miles for Busch Gardens tickets. Thanks to Dawn N for info.

Discounts on Multi-Attraction Tickets that include Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

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2 Park Tickets

If you plan to visit both Busch Gardens Tampa and SeaWorld Orlando, you can purchase special 2 Park tickets at a discount. Regular price one-day admission at the gate for the two parks would be as much as $251.32 per adult or child (ages 3+), including tax. There is a $9.99 service fee for online orders. Note: sometimes you will save a little on tax if you purchase through the SeaWorld website– for this reason, links below may be to the SeaWorld site.

Adventure Island is a 30-acre seasonal water park located in Tampa. The season runs from mid-March to early September (dates may change slightly annually). If you plan to visit both Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island, you can purchase the 2 Park Ticket on the Busch Gardens website. Regular price one-day admission at the gate for the two parks would be $190.45 per adult or child (ages 3+), including tax. 

3 Park Tickets

If you plan to visit Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica, you can purchase a special 3 Park Ticket at a discount. Regular price one-day admission at the gate for the three parks would be as much as $336.51 per adult or child (ages 3+), including tax. There is a $9.99 service fee for online orders.

4 Park Unlimited Visit Tickets + FREE Parking

Discovery Cove Ticket Deal

Both of the regular Discovery Cove programs (Signature Dolphin Swim Package and Day Resort Admission) give you the option of purchasing 2 or 3 visits to SeaWorld OrlandoAquatica, and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. If you plan to visit multiple SeaWorld parks this is a very good deal!

Tampa Bay CityPASS

If you are staying in Tampa for several days, you may want to consider a Tampa Bay CityPASS® ticket. The Tampa Bay CityPASS ticket includes:

The pass costs $148.73 (ages 10+) and $132.68 (ages 3-9) including tax, and saves up to 55% the cost of admissions purchased separately. The pass is valid for 9 days from first use. There is a mobile voucher option available so you can purchase and use the pass immediately!

The Florida Aquarium, near Busch Gardens, is home to some 20,000 sea creatures, including sharks, otters, penguins, lemurs and alligators. Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, rated No. 1 in the nation by Parents magazine in 2009, is home to another 1,000 animals, ranging from manatees and koalas to elephants, tigers, orangutans and more.