Singapore Zoo, Night Safari, and River Safari: Easy Directions for Do-It-Yourself Trip

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Unlike the Jurong Bird Park which is the only attraction in its far-off location, the Singapore Zoo has company. There are the Night Safari and the River Safari in its neighbourhood. One can even buy "Park Hopper" tickets to see all the three (Zoo+Night Safari+River Safari) at a combined price of SGD 83 for adults and SGD 53 for kids (3-12 years), and save a few dollars as compared to buying individual entry tickets for the three attractions. Now that does not mean that you should see all three of them. In my humble opinion, the Night Safari is totally avoidable. River Safari, unlike its name, is not a safari but a huge aquarium. Yes there is a short 10-minute boat ride that you may get to enjoy if you get there early enough because it sells out fast. It costs an additional SGD 5 too. River Safari can also be avoided if you do not have the time or the inclination to spend so much money. The only worthwhile attraction here is the Singapore Zoo which is a must see for the whole family. Its "the world's best rainforest zoo". There are free animal shows daily in the zoo that multiply the fun. Keep reading for more...

Singapore Zoo and River Safari

Opening Hours

The Singapore zoo opens daily from 8.30am to 6.00pm. River Safari opens daily from 9.00am to 6.00pm. Night Safari opens daily from 7.30pm to 12.00 midnight (no holidays). Ticket sales stop 30 minutes before closing time in case of the zoo and the river safari. Night Safari Ticket Counter is open from 5.30pm to 11.15pm.

Ticket Prices

Individually, the Zoo entrance costs SGD 28 for adults and SGD 18 for kids (3-12 years). For the tram ride, add another 5 dollars (3 for kids).

Night Safari is the most expensive. Adult ticket costs SGD 39 and Child ticket costs SGD 25. One round of tram ride is included.

River Safari tickets without boat rides cost SGD 25 for adults and SGD 16 for kids (3-12 years). Boat rides cost extra 5 dollars for adults and 3 for kids.

Getting to the Singapore Zoo, River Safari and Night Safari

Ang Mo Kio MRT Station Singapore

The best way to get there is through a combination of an MRT Ride and a bus ride from the MRT stop. Its simple actually. Go to the "Ang Mo Kio" MRT Station which is on the North South (Red) Line. After getting down at Ang Mo Kio, you will see signboards like in the above picture with the words "Zoo and 138". The bus number 138 goes to the zoo/river & night safari. The bus interchange is at Level 1 of Ang Mo Kio Station. Go to Berth Number B1. There is a separate queue for 138.

Free Show Timings in Singapore Zoo

Properly appreciating the Singapore Zoo is a full day's job but if you do not have an entire day, plan your trip so that you are able to catch some of these free shows inside:

Splash Safari Show (Shaw Foundation Amphitheatre)

10.30am and 5.00pm

Animal Friends Show (Rainforest Kidsworld Amphitheatre)

11.00am and 4.00pm

Elephants at Work & Play Show (Elephants of Asia)

11.30am and 3.30pm

Rainforest Fights Back Show (Shaw Foundation Amphitheatre)

12.30pm and 2.30pm

Splash Safari and Elephant shows have designated splash areas so if you do not wish to get wet, sit elsewhere.  

Free Show Timings at Night Safari

Night Safari at Singapore Zoo

Thumbuakar Fire Eating Show

This show is at the entrance and should be watched before queuing up for the trams going into the night safari. Later, when you return there may not be a show. The Fire Show timing are: 6.45pm, 8.00pm, 9.00pm and 10.00pm. The 10.00pm performance happens only on Friday, Saturday and eve of public holidays.

Creatures of the Night Show (Amphitheatre)

Watch the talents of some nocturnal animals at 7.30pm, 8.30pm, 9.30pm, and 10.30pm. The 10.30pm show only on Friday, Saturday and eve of public holidays. Get to the show venue early, like 30 minutes before the show time.

Getting back to Ang Mo Kio or Taking Express Coach to the City

Bus to Ang Mo Kio

138 Bus Stop Outside Singapore Zoo

Look for this bus stop outside from where the last 138 bus leaves for Ang Mo Kio at 00.15am, that is 15 minutes after midnight. Of course at that time, there will be no available train and you will need a taxi to get back. So if you care to take the train back home and at the Night Safari, start back early.

Express Coach to the City
(SGD 6 for adults and SGD 3 for Kids)

Express Coach to City From Singapore Zoo

The Singapore Attractions Express bus can be taken from the bus stops outside the Singapore Zoo and Night Safari. The departure timings are as under:

To Lavender / Beach Road / Suntec / Chinatown

Outside Singapore Zoo: 2.30pm, 3.30pm, and 4.30pm

Outside Night Safari: 9.45pm, and 10.15pm

To Orchard Road / Little India / Balestier

Outside Singapore Zoo: 2.30pm, 3.30pm, 4.30pm, 5.30pm, and 6.30pm

Outside Night Safari: 9.00pm, 9.30pm, 10.00pm, 10.30pm, 11.00pm, 11.30pm

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