Singapore Zoo Guide


HIGHLIGHTS

01 WHEN TO VISIT

02 HOW TO GET THERE

03 WHY YOU SHOULD GO

04 INSIDER TIPS


Singapore Zoo

Singapore is hands down one of my favorite cities to visit whenever I'm in Asia. With so much to see and do within the heart of the city, some people might overlook visiting an equally fun attraction: the Singapore Zoo.

The Singapore Zoo is one of four parks that you can explore at the Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS). In this post I'll be focusing solely on this park and sharing why you should add this zoo to your itinerary as well as some insider tips so that you can make the most out of your visit!

Singapore Zoo

IMPORTANT INFO

Hours: 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM (Last entry is at 5:30 PM)
Days: Open every day of the year.
Address: 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore, 729826


01 WHEN TO VISIT

Singapore gets very hot and humid by the afternoon. To beat the heat (and the crowds), try to get there in the morning since the temperature will be cooler. Since this a popular attraction among tourists and locals, you can bet that this place gets packed on the weekends. Try to visit during a weekday when most people are at work and kids are at school.

Bonus tip: Do some research ahead of time so your visit doesn't collide with school breaks and holidays. 

Singapore Zoo.
Singapore Zoo.
Singapore Zoo.
Singapore Zoo.

02 HOW TO GET THERE

There are a couple ways to get to the Singapore Zoo: by public transportation, shuttle, car, or taxi / rideshare service.

The easiest but most expensive way to get to the zoo is by taxi or a rideshare service like Uber / Lyft. It takes about 25 to 40 minutes (varies because of traffic) to get to the zoo from downtown Singapore. Depending on what time you go, peak hour surcharges might apply.

The second best way to get there directly from downtown is by riding the Singapore Attractions Express BUT, this only applies if you're staying at one of the approved hotels within the city. For a list of hotels that are included in this program check the website here. A one-way ticket is $6 while a round-trip ticket is $11. However, if you buy your zoo admissions ticket through that website then you get a free one-way bus transfer. The total cost for that offer is $36 for one adult. An adult zoo ticket alone is $33.25.

If you aren't staying at one of the selected hotels included in the Singapore Attractions Express deal, then the next best option is to hop on the Safari Gate bus, which will also take you directly to the zoo. To purchase tickets in person, visit Safari Gate Suntec City or Safari Gate Singapore Flyer. You can also purchase tickets online here. A one-way ticket is $7 while a round-trip ticket is $12.

The cheapest but longest way to get to the zoo is by a combination of walking, MRT, and bus. And if you drive, you'll have to pay for parking so I highly advise sticking to one of the three options above.

Singapore Zoo.
Singapore Zoo.

03 WHY YOU SHOULD GO

The Singapore Zoo has so much to offer. One of the biggest highlights is that it is very open and immersive making it easy to get up close to the animals. Within 10 minutes of entering the zoo, I was able to walk up to a tree with a tiny monkey in it!

However it should be noted that even though the park allows you to get close to the animals, touching and feeding the few animals that roam around the park freely are prohibited. If feeding animals is something you want to do, the zoo has something called Feed the Animals sessions where you can purchase some of the food on-site to feed their elephants, giraffes, goats, and white rhinoceros'. All the proceeds from the food will help fund their wildlife conservation efforts in the region. How cool is that? :)

Another highlight about this zoo is that it is HUGE making it the perfect all-day activity to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. With 11 zones and over 300 species of animals, you won't be bored. There are also a ton of shows and tours including one where children can try being a zookeeper.  

Aside from being a fun attraction, the Singapore Zoo also has an incredible mission to preserve wildlife through it's conservation initiatives and breeding programs. 34% of the zoo's animals are threatened animal species. Also, in 2014 the zoo successfully bred over 100 animals with most of them being threatened or endangered. This is a great place for people of all ages to come and learn more about these animals as well as how we as humans can take better care of the world we live in.  

Singapore Zoo.
Singapore Zoo.
Singapore Zoo - White Tiger
Singapore Zoo.

04 INSIDER TIPS

Below is a list of insider tips that will help make your visit to the Singapore Zoo an amazing one:
 

  • Like I mentioned before, the Singapore Zoo is HUGE. In order to see and do everything that you want to do, something that I find helpful is to plan out your route for the day using their zoo map. Taking a look at the different zones will help you decided what you want to see and what you can do without.
     
  • Plan out what shows and tours you want to do beforehand so you know where to be and when.
     
  • By mid-day, Singapore gets extremely hot and humid. The Frozen Tundra zone is a great place to cool off (it's air-conditioned inside) while admiring some cold-weather critters.
     
  • Things to wear / bring: comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat or umbrella to help shield yourself from the sun / rain, water bottle, and insect repellent (mosquitos are no joke).
     
  • To save money on food in the park, plan to bring lunch and some snacks with you. Thankfully the park allows guests to bring in food and drinks (just don't offer anything to the animals). There are picnic areas throughout the park where you can sit and relax.
     
  • If you have little ones or elderly people in your party, it might be a good idea to purchase a guided tram ticket. Not only will you learn more about the park and animals but you'll also get to sneak in a little break from walking.
     
  • It can take at least half a day to a full day to explore this zoo.
     
  • If you have oversized luggage that you don't want to lug around the zoo, you can leave it at the Rental Services counter. It is $10 for 3 hours and then $2 for every additional hour. For smaller items, there are rental lockers available.  
Singapore Zoo.
Singapore Zoo.
Singapore Zoo - White Tigers

Thanks for reading my article on the Singapore Zoo! For those of you who have been here before, what did you think of this place? Let me know in the comment section below!

 

XO,

Tina


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