"Going to Night Safari / Zoo by MRT & Bus" Singapore Travelogue by DarkRay
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"How do I go to Night Safari by public transport" is quite possibly the question I get asked most, whether from my friends and associates overseas, or from fellow VTers. So, I decided to dedicate a local travelogue solely to this issue. I hope the readers reading this will find it helpful. As the Singapore Zoological Gardens is right next to the Night Safari, this travel guide will apply if you wish to just go to the Zoo as well. :-)
Actually going by public transport is easy. Just get grab a taxi anywhere in Singapore and tell the driver that you want to go to Night Safari. :-P
But for those of you who want a real taste of Singapore's efficient transportation system as enjoyed by Singapore's population, here is a somewhat detailed guide on how to get to the Night Safari by taking a ride on the MRT System, and bus.
Please note that this guide assumes that you already have prior knowledge on how to make your way to Ang Mo Kio MRT Station. There are always MRT Stations at all the popular places in Singapore (like Orchard and Bugis) and one can always travel from one station to another, via MRT Interchanges if necessary. When in doubt, please ask the staff at the Station Control of the MRT Station you are at on how to get to Ang Mo Kio.
Night Safari opens from 7.30pm to Midnight daily, with the ticketing counter closing at 11pm.
There are actually more than one way* to get to Night Safari by MRT and bus. But, I am only focusing on the details of going via Ang Mo Kio MRT Station and then taking Bus Service 138 (S$1.50) here, as it is usually the most convenient way for most visitors, due to its closer proximity to the city and Orchard Road.
After you reach Ang Mo Kio MRT Station, head towards the right after you have passed through the ticket gantries. There is an underground tunnel link (to Ang Mo Kio Bus Interchange / AMK Hub). Enter it via the escalator. If you are travelling on a single trip MRT ticket, do remember to get your S$1 deposit back first from any of the ticketing machines.
* E.g., Going via Choa Chu Kang MRT Station and then taking Bus Service 927 (S$1.40) all the way to Night Safari.
Enter the link via the escalator.
After you exit from the other end, take the escalator up to Ang Mo Kio Bus Interchange.
After you enter Ang Mo Kio Bus Interchange, go to Bus Berth 1, which is all the way to the other end, where bus service 138 is located. There are overhead notices to direct you along.
At Bus Berth 1, you will see that Bus Service 138 is listed among the list of Bus Services served at this bay. Enter the correct queue, which is the green one on the left. Bus Service 138 operates daily from 6am to 11.45pm from Ang Mo Kio Bus Interchange, with a frequency of 15 to 20 minutes between buses.
As Bus Service 138 loops at Night Safari, you can just take the bus all the way until it reaches the place. Trust me, you will definitely know when you reach the correct bus stop. Even if you do not, the bus driver will let you know. ;-)
The bus fare to pay from this bus stop to Night Safari is S$1.50 and the journey will take about 30 minutes.
After alighting at Night Safari, you will actually see this signboard, detailing on your various options on how to get back.
If you are using this guide, just reverse the direction to get back to where you come from. But do note that you will be alighting across the road from Ang Mo Kio MRT Station when getting back.
As the last city-bound MRT Train leaves Ang Mo Kio Station at around 11pm, I suggest leaving Night Safari at 10pm to comfortably ensure that there will be no problems in catching a connecting bus or train later on.
From here, turn left and heads towards Singapore Zoological Gardens to get a ticket if you arrive before 9pm, or turn right and head towards Night Safari to get a ticket if the time is already after 9pm, but before 11pm.
Before 9pm, the entrance tickets to Night Safari are sold only at the ticketing counter of Singapore Zoological Gardens, which is actually located just to the left of Night Safari. The entrance ticket cost S$20 for an adult or S$10 for a child.
To fully enjoy the Night Safari, I do recommend paying a little extra for the Tram Ride (S$8 for an adult or S$4 for a child) within Night Safari. There is nothing really like it, and it serves as a good introduction to the exhibits within Night Safari, which you can see in detail as you explore the place on foot after the ride.
Additionally, it also takes you around the "Jungles of Southeast Asia" portion of the park which is not accessible by foot. The last tram leaves from Station 1 at 11.15pm and Station 2 at 11.30pm.
After 9pm, the entrance tickets are sold within Night Safari itself. But as Night Safari is quite a large place (40 hectares) and will take some time to cover, the ticketing counter will close at 11pm despite the park itself closing only at midnight.
Do note that the showtimes for the free "Creature of the Nights" show are 8pm, 9pm, and 10pm.
Well, this is it! Enjoy your visit in Night Safari and I hope this travelling guide has been useful and please feel free to let me know if you have any comments. :-)
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