This is the most comprehensive guide to Singapore Zoo for you.
In this blog, you can know:
- How to go to Singapore Zoo by MRT Train and Bus (Detailed Guide with Pictures)
- Important tips and tricks before going to Singapore Zoo
- How to get your zoo ticket with cheaper price
- What animals you can see at Singapore Zoo
Take a step into the wild and spend a worthwhile adventure with the thousands of animals in Singapore Zoo.
In this 26-hectare park, you will witness these beautiful creatures, roaming around freely within the rainforest environment.
The park is one of the most visited attractions in Singapore; hence be sure to include this in your itinerary!
Getting to Singapore Zoo can be quite challenging since there’s no MRT Station that takes you directly to the area.
But don’t worry because I’ll give a detailed transportation guide for you to reach Singapore Zoo without breaking a sweat! 🙂
So, let’s start to see how to reach Singapore Zoo and significant tips you need to know before going to this animal paradise in Singapore.
How to get to Singapore Zoo by MRT Train and Mandai Shuttle Bus? (The Best Way)
The cheapest and convenient ways to go to Singapore Zoo is taking the North South Line to Khatib MRT Station.
Then, take the Mandai Khatib Shuttle Bus to Singapore Zoo.
It’s a direct bus with loop service between Khatib MRT Station and Singapore Zoo.
Khatib MRT Station to Singapore Zoo via Mandai Khatib Shuttle Bus
8:00 AM to 5:20 PM & 7:40 PM to 10:20 PM (Every 20 minutes)
5:20 PM to 7:40 PM (Every 10 to 20 minutes)
Travel Time: Around 15 minutes
Number of Stops: 0
Bus Fare (One way): SGD $1
*Free ride for children who are below 3 years old
*ONLY accept EZ-Link or NETS FlashPay Card.
Return Trip: Singapore Zoo to Khatib MRT Station via Mandai Khatib Shuttle Bus
Mandai Khatib Shuttle Bus Ticketing Counter
8:20 AM to 10:40 PM (Every 20 minutes)
Travel Time: Around 15 minutes
Bus Fare (One way): SGD $1
*Free ride for children who are below 3 years old
*Accept EZ-Link/ NETS FlashPay Card or buy your bus tickets at ticketing counter.
The bus ticketing counter is very near to the bus stop where you can get on the Mandai Khatib Shuttle Bus from Singapore Zoo to Khatib MRT Station.
Let’s start to see in detailed how to take the Mandai Khatib Shuttle Bus to Singapore Zoo from Khatib MRT Station.
1. Board the North South Line to Khatib MRT Station and then look for the Exit A.
After walked out the exit gate of MRT Station, you need to turn left.
2. Walk straight and then turn left again.
3. You should walk down the stairs and then turn left.
4. The Mandai Khatib Shuttle Bus waiting area just located ahead of you.
Go straight and you’ll spot the signboard of Mandai Khatib Shuttle Bus that showing “Queue Here”.
5. Start to queue up for Mandai Khatib Shuttle Bus.
6. Get ready to get on the Mandai Khatib Shuttle Bus and then tap your EZ-Link or NETS FlashPay Card to the reader near to bus driver.
Don’t worry, the bus driver will show you where to tap your card.
7. The bus will drop you at the Bus Stop 3 near to Singapore Zoo.
8. After you get off the bus, you should turn left and then go straight for Singapore Zoo or River Safari.
*The Night Safari is just opposite the bus stop.
9. Follow the direction boards for Singapore Zoo, it’ll lead you to Singapore Zoo. Soon, you’ll arrive Singapore Zoo in 1 or 2 minutes.
*If you plan to visit the River Safari, just follow the direction boards for River Safari. Actually, the River Safari is just beside the Singapore Zoo.
10. Wow! You already arrived the Singapore Zoo.
For your return trip:
You just need to go back to the Bus Stop 3 where the bus drops you off to Singapore Zoo/ River Safari/ Night Safari.
In short, the pick-up and drop-off points are the same.
Queue up at the Bus Stop 3 for you to get on the Mandai Khatib Shuttle Bus for Khatib MRT Station.
*If you don’t have EZ-Link or NETS FlashPay Card, you can buy your bus ticket at the ticketing counter which is located ahead of Bus Stop 3.
How to go to Singapore Zoo by MRT Train and Bus 138?
Another option to go to Singapore Zoo is taking the North South Line to Ang Mo Kio MRT Station.
Then, hop on the Bus 138 from Ang Mo Kio bus interchange to Singapore Zoo.
The Ang Mo Kio MRT Station (Exit C) is connected to Ang Mo Kio bus interchange.
Other than this, Bus 138 is a loop service between Ang Mo Kio bus interchange and Singapore Zoo.
If you like to know more about Bus 138, you can check Bus 138 Information here.
6:30 AM to 8:30 AM (Every 10 to 11 minutes)
8:31 AM to 7:00 PM (Every 8 to 11 minutes)
7:01 PM to 11:45 PM (Every 8 to 12 minutes)
Travel Time (One way): Around 39 minutes
No. of Stops (One way): 29
Bus Fare (One way): SGD $1.55 [Paid by Card]/ SGD $2.30 [Pay by Cash]
*Free ride for children who are below 7 years old
*Accept Cash/ EZ-Link Card/ NETS FlashPay Card
*The bus fare, travel time and no. of stops are same for return trip.
Let’s start to see in detailed how to take the Bus 138 to Singapore Zoo from Ang Mo Kio MRT Station.
1. Catch the North South Line to Ang Mo Kio MRT Station and then look for the Exit C.
Once you spot the Exit C, take the escalator down.
2. Walk up the stairs, go straight and then turn left to take the escalator up.
3. You should go up the escalator.
4. Now, you already at Bus Interchange area. Continue straight ahead.
5. You should turn right and then go straight. Soon, you’ll discover the waiting area for Bus 138.
6. Queue up for Bus 138.
7. Board the Bus 138. Remember to prepare the exact amount of bus fare SGD $2.30 if you plan to pay by cash.
The bus driver won’t return change to you if you pay more than that.
8. After you walk down the bus, you should turn right and then go straight for Singapore Zoo or River Safari.
*The Night Safari is just opposite the bus stop.
9. Follow the signposts for Singapore Zoo. Soon, you’ll reach Singapore Zoo in 1 or 2 minutes.
*For those who want to go to River Safari, just follow the signposts for River Safari. The River Safari is just beside the Singapore Zoo.
10. Hooray! You already reached the Singapore Zoo.
For your return trip:
You just need to walk back to the Bus Stop 138 where the bus drops you off to Singapore Zoo/ River Safari/ Night Safari.
The pick-up and drop-off points are the same.
Line up at the bus stop for Bus 138.
Then, hop on the bus to Ang Mo Kio MRT Station.
Taxi to Singapore Zoo
For the fastest and most convenient way to go to Singapore Zoo, hop in a taxi and relax.
This convenience, however, means you need to shell out extra money.
To make your transportation easier, here’s my suggestion.
- Take the North South Line to Khatib MRT Station and then walk to Exit A.
- The Taxi Stand is located just outside of Khatib MRT Station, Exit A.
- Hail a taxi to Singapore Zoo.
Estimated Taxi Fare = SGD $13
- Take the North South Line to Ang Mo Kio MRT Station and then walk to Exit B.
- The Taxi Stand is located outside of Ang Mo Kio MRT Station, Exit B.
- Hail a taxi to Singapore Zoo.
Estimated Taxi Fare = SGD $18
How to go back from Singapore Zoo via Taxi?
The taxi stand is just located in front of Singapore Zoo so no need to walk further.
And don’t forget to bring the name card of your hotel before leaving for Singapore Zoo.
Having the hotel name card makes it easier for taxi drivers to identify and locate your hotel.
So, in case the taxi driver does not know your hotel, just hand him your hotel name card.
Helpful Tips and Tricks Before Going to Singapore Zoo
Tip #1: Get Your Singapore Zoo Guide Map
Upon entry, you’ll be given the Singapore Zoo Guide Map that shows everything you need to know about the place.
It features the feeding schedules, show times, and animal photo sessions daily.
This important piece helps you navigate all the attractions smoothly.
So, in case the staff fails to give you, make sure to request because you’ll be needing it all day.
Alternatively, you can go paperless and download the Singapore Zoo Map here.
Tip #2: Visit the Zoo on a Weekday
To have a more intimate encounter with the animals, pop by the zoo during weekdays, where there is lesser crowd.
Plus, this will allow you to spend more time with these captivating species.
Tip #3: Visit the Zoo in the Morning
Leopard at Singapore Zoo
08:30 – 18:00 (Last Admission at 17:30)
Ideally, it’s best to visit the zoo as soon as they open.
Mornings in Singapore Zoo are more fulfilling because animals are more active at this time of the day.
Plus, there are lots of animals to tour around so you need to allocate an entire day here.
Lastly, if you miss to watch the amazing shows in the morning, then you can still watch in the afternoon.
Yep, all shows in Singapore Zoo have two time slots for your convenience!
Tip #4: Prepare Mosquito Repellent Ahead
Since you will be out in the wild the entire day, then better be ready with your mosquito repellent!
Exploring this rainforest kind of setting means you are exposed to mosquitoes.
Protect your skin from bites and stings before you start the adventure.
Tip #5: Bring Your Own Drinking Bottle
Wandering around the zoo the entire day can make you thirsty.
To keep hydrated all throughout your escapade, there are free water dispensers located near the washroom.
So, don’t forget to bring your own drinking bottle and refill it as needed.
Tip# 6: Take Your Lunch either Earlier or Later at Ah Meng Restaurant
Ah Meng Restaurant is one of the most popular dining spots in Singapore Zoo.
Thus, the place can get crowded and seats can be limited during peak hours.
If you want to escape the long order queues and jam-packed crowd, take your lunch earlier or later.
The best times are at 11:00 AM in the morning and at 2:30 PM in the afternoon.
If you plan to take your lunch later, you can prepare and take your snacks before going to Singapore Zoo.
Avoid eating along the Monkey area if you do not want to share your food with the monkeys.
Monkeys are notorious in snatching foods from the visitors!
Choose among the variety of delectable snacks and dishes in Ah Meng Restaurant.
They have ramen, chicken macaroni, chicken rice, and other local specialties that will surely keep you energize throughout the day.
Check the menu above to help you prepare your food choices ahead.
Tip #7: Buy Your Zoo Tickets Online
Buy at Ticketing Counter
Adult: SGD $42
Child (3 to 12): SGD $28
*Included Tram Ride
Be a wise traveller and purchase your ticket online.
Normally, the ticket price at the ticketing counter are SGD $42 for Adult and SGD $28 for Child, including unlimited tram ride.
But if you get it online, you’ll have 9% discount you can use for additional snacks.
Plus, online tickets already include unlimited tram service.
Tram rides are very practical because Singapore Zoo is extremely big and walking all day may tire you out.
Thus, if you want convenience at its finest, book your tickets online and claim it at the Singapore Zoo kiosks!
This will surely save you time from the long queues at the ticketing counter.
Check out the link below to book your Singapore Zoo tickets online to save money and precious time.
What Animals You Can See at Singapore Zoo?
African Female Lion
Start the endless fun in Wild Africa and see the Africa lion or also called as Panthera Leo.
The picture above is one of the female African lions that wander around the zoo.
Female lions are the main hunters who feed on grassland animals like deers, zebras, and antelope.
African Male Lion
African male lions, on the other hand, are more on the defensive side.
With their bushy, long hair, it’s not difficult to spot one in the lion field.
Dubbed as the fastest animals on land, cheetahs can sprint from 60 to 70 miles per hour.
When they run, cheetahs are simply unbeatable as their feet spend more time on air than on land.
Their unrivalled speed is just amazing!
African Painted Dog
Also known as African wild dogs, these painted creatures are constant nomads and swift hunters.
They live in packs and converse through movement and vocalization.
With their unique physique―fur of different colours―these wild wanderers are easy to notice.
If you want to see Timon’s family from the classic Disney movie, Lion King, then you’re lucky!
These cute creatures are called meerkats, who often live underground and take care of their babies.
Meerkats work and hunt together but sometimes get into some gang fights!
A profound definition of strong and fast animals, leopards can climb trees and even dash up to 58km/hr.
These fast, fierce, and furry cats love to doze off on tree branches!
Remarkably robust, leopards still prefer being alone than spending time with other animals.
Meet the gentle giants of the wild.
They may be the tallest living land animals with legs about 6 ft. tall, giraffes still prefer a low-key reputation.
They just love to roam around and eat their favourite food on earth―leaves!
White rhinos are the largest and most popular rhino species in the world.
Despite being tagged as huge and heavy beasts, white rhinos don’t eat meat!
Yup, these mud-loving animals just feed on grass.
Zebras are like horses―they are fast runners too!
They run in a unique zigzag pattern and bark in a high pitch manner.
Sporting black and white stripes, their monochrome streaks are used to camouflage and confuse predators.
If you spot some red-brown-haired apes, then you’re seeing the Bornean Orangutan.
Swinging from branches to branches, these creatures with broader face are highly intelligent.
They act like humans―they smile, cry, drink, eat, and hug!
Just like the previously mentioned creatures, Sumatran Orangutans spend most of their time on trees.
With sturdy arms, they can easily move back and forth up above―like Tarzan.
Most Sumatrans have lighter hair colour and longer beards.
You really can’t miss these monkeys because of their long nose structure.
Proboscis monkeys may be strange-looking but their unique features are very useful in attracting mates and warning their fellow species.
Chimpanzees are the closest creatures to be human―they share 98% human DNA!
Though they normally wander using both arms and feet, they can walk upright too!
And because of their innate intelligence, they can even use tools for their daily activities.
The most colourful of all monkeys, mandrills are often shy and prefer to stay in small groups.
And did you know that their facial colours become brighter when they are excited?
So, if you meet them in their most vibrant state, they might be happy to see you!
These are not your ordinary reddish-orange cats.
White tigers are more attractive because they’ve got majestic blue eyes that stand out from their velvety white fur.
Also tagged as Bengal tigers, their unique colour is a result of rare genetic mutation.
Malayan Tapirs may look like pigs with a hint of elephant features, but they are actually from the horse species.
Native to Asia, these species know how to swim, dive, and walk underwater.
And with their elephant-like nose, they can easily pluck their favourite fruits and plants.
Hailed as the gymnast of the wild, gibbons are in the treetops most of the time.
With their elongated arms, they can swing comfortably―together with their partners.
Unlike other apes, they form a long-term bond and even mate for life.
Pelicans are all over the world, flying, and diving to get food.
They are known for their long bills with a pouch-like feature, though these aren’t used to store their catches.
And if they are not eating, they typically sunbathe or tidy themselves by the beach.
Hamadryas baboons are intelligent creatures with pouch-like cheeks.
Their strong built and multifaceted social behaviours make them high-society monkeys, who feed both on plants and animals.
Rock hyraxes love the sun so much that they go sunbathing for hours!
Even if they appear like rodents, surprisingly, they are part of the elephant and manatees classification.
And from their name, they mostly live in rocky areas.
Don’t get intimidated by their scary appearance and sharp set of tusks because they are good-natured and empathetic animals.
Remember Pumba from Lion King? He’s a desert warthog.
If you see some big, muscular creatures hopping in the zoo, chances are, they are grey kangaroos.
These kangaroos can go as high as 2 metres and weigh up to 66 kilograms!
But, they might not be as active as other animals during the day because they are nocturnal.
Tree kangaroos are not your ordinary type of hopping species.
Instead of constantly leaping on solid ground, they tend to stay and gallop on trees, hence their name.
Their small built makes it easy for them to climb around, like lemurs but with some springing features.
Cassowaries are not chickens but rather birds―birds who can’t fly.
To compensate for their lacking element, they are fast runners, good jumpers, and excellent swimmers!
That’s more than enough to make them highly attractive!
A lover of liquid, a Pygmy hippo needs to stay close to water because their skin easily loses moisture.
They are smaller versions of hippopotamus, with eyes settled on the sides of their head.
Elephants of Asia
Large ears, long nose, and lengthy tusks―elephants are the planet’s largest land animal.
These gigantic animals are also very intelligent species, who love to eat plants and fruits all day long.
When they communicate, you might think you’re hearing a donkey.
But think twice because these are aquatic birds called African penguins.
These penguins are not just great swimmers but also outstanding hunters!
Lesser Mousedeers, or often called as chevrotains, are like small rabbits with slender legs.
Uniquely, they wander around on tiptoes while looking for fruits and soft leaves on the ground.
These hoofed animals don’t love the crowd, so seeing one is a lucky break!
Black-and-white Ruffed Lemur
Be sure to see these black and white creatures because they are considered as endangered species.
Black-and-white ruffed lemurs are hyperactive during daytime―they walk, run, and jump all day long.
After their tiring activities, they seek food with the help of their long tongues.
Malayan Flying Fox
These winged creatures aren’t foxes but rather bats.
See them up-side-down, relishing some fruits, flower, or leaves.
These fruit/plant-eaters are considered the world’s largest bats.
Squirrels are just too adorable to watch.
These small yet active rodents can jump from a 30-metre structure without getting hurt!
During your visit, you might see them doing their favourite activity―looking for acorns.
Common Crowned Pigeons
Beautiful in blue, common crowned pigeons are the largest of all other pigeon species.
These large blue birds with the size of a turkey largely eat fruits, seeds, and figs.
Their striking features are definitely worth seeing.
With their vibrant colours, Eclectus parrots are simply eye-catching.
The picture above is a male Eclectus parrot, while females have red feathers with some blue streaks around their collar.
Corns and pomegranate are their favourite foods.
Get up close with the giant tortoise, who takes pride in having the longest lifespan among all other vertebrates.
Year after year, female giant tortoise lays her eggs on the same place, making them very habitual.
Normally, it would take around 20 years for them to reach the breeding size.
African Spurred Tortoise
Looking for some grumpy-looking turtles?
Say hi to some African spurred tortoises and listen to their unique sounds all day long.
Most African spurred tortoises are highly aggressive and confrontational.
Bearing a unique colour pattern, Radiated tortoises are surely a head-turner.
These endangered species highlight a shield featuring strips of yellow and dark brown.
Even without water, they can last for a long period in the wild.
Because of their distinct shell colour, Ploughshare tortoises have been a target in most exotic animal trades.
It’s easy to spot these tortoises―just look for those with highly-arched shell in spotted brown and yellow colour.
These rare species feed on grass, dried bamboo leaves, and sometimes dried bush pig feces.
Behold the world’s largest lizards―the Komodo dragons.
Living on earth for millions of years, these giant reptiles are carnivorous―they feed on animals and even humans!
So, don’t get too close if you don’t want to be their snacks!
When horned lizards spurt blood from their eyes, beware, they consider you as a threat!
Despite having strange-looking and thorny appearance, these lizards prefer basking under the sun than getting into a fight, unless provoked!
3-Horned Rhino Beetle
They may be small but these 3-horned rhino beetles are the largest and heaviest insects.
Their black, hard covering makes it easy for them to hide from other animals.
Since they are weighty, they couldn’t easily fly and often stay on the ground.
Malayan Horned Frog
Malayan horned frogs can be tricky to find because they master how to camouflage with their surroundings.
Their unique features allow them to easily blend with leaves.
Also called as long-nosed horned frogs, these species live in cool lowland and rainforest.
Ah Meng Memorial
Ah Meng was 48 years old when she died. Her age is equivalent to a 95-year old human.
She was not just an icon in Singapore Zoo but in the entire world―Ah Meng was loved by everybody.
She was charismatic, sweet, loving, and caring.
Because of her popularity, she was the only orangutan who was visited by celebrities and notable personalities.
The list of renowned people includes Prince Philip, Michael Jackson, Bjorn Borg, Bjorn Borg, Elizabeth Taylor, and more.
And to honour her fruitful life, you can see Ah Meng Memorial within the zoo premises.
Animal Shows at Singapore Zoo
1. Splash Safari
Show Times: 10:30 AM and 5:00 PM
Squeeze in this amazing playful session with the sea lions during your visit.
Splash Safari is a delightful water entertainment pioneered by adorable and playful sea creatures.
This incredible animal show will make you fall in love with sea lions even more!
They are masters in amusing the crowd with their fantastic moves and funny antics.
Without a doubt, sea lions are great entertainers that deserve a standing ovation.
So, if you want a hearty laugh, then this one is a must-watch!
2. Elephants of Asia
Show Times: 11:30 AM and 3:30 PM
Before, elephants were part of the entertainment squad.
But now, these gentle giants can now move freely, according to what they want and not to what others say.
Singapore Zoo shelters five elephants―Komali, Jati, Intan, Gambir, and Aprila.
These huge yet adorable animals have been in the place for years.
See how all five animals play around and blow water from their trunks in a funny display.
Feeding on grass, elephants live up to 70 years old and would even last longer with proper care and maintenance.
3. Rainforest Fights Back
Show Times: 12:30 AM and 2:30 PM
Another fun-filled show awaits visitors of Singapore Zoo.
Rainforest Fights Back is a great exhibition that shows how talented animals are.
More than 15 different species parade their natural abilities to the waiting crowd.
Watch as they jump around, fly above, and do more spectacular tricks!
If you want a more personal encounter, volunteer yourself during demos!
And, you might get lucky to share a photo with one of the animals on the show.
Located at the Shaw Foundation Amphitheatre, the show totally brings the importance of natural habitat among these wild creatures.
4. Animal Friends Show
Show Times: 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM
Clearly, Animal Friends Show is an all-time favourite among fur parents and kids.
Here, you will discover the amazing beauty and skills of these four-legged animals in one spectacular performance.
Most of the pets in this show were once abandoned.
But now, they have found a new home in Singapore zoo.
Give them a pat and show love to all these charming, loving animals that can guarantee you a warm and fun-filled performance.
Follow the typical cat adventures and enjoy some show-stopper jumps from the resident dogs!
After the showcase of talents, prepare your cameras to have some photographs of these adorable animals.
A true delight for animal lovers, Singapore Zoo has a lot to offer!
Meet, interact, and feed creatures from the wild.
Unlike other zoos, Singapore Zoo values freedom.
Hence, all animals are free to roam around their beautiful habitat.
Get amazing discounts and skip the long lines by booking your Singapore Zoo tickets online.
Once you confirm your online booking, you can skip the long queues at the ticketing counter.
Easily redeem your tickets from the self-ticketing kiosks and start meeting the zoo animals.
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