Going to the Singapore Zoo, Night Safari or River Safari? Hop on the Mandai Express, an affordable express bus service which operates between town centers and the popular tourist attractions located in Mandai.
The Mandai Express service operates routes to Khatib, Tampines, Bedok and Sengkang. Arranged by Wildlife Reserves Singapore in cooperation with Beeline, these bus services provide additional connectivity to Mandai on Weekends, as well as School & Public Holidays, aside from regular public bus services (138, 926, 927) and tourist buses. Services to/from Tampines, Bedok & Sengkang remain suspended from 1 April 2020, while the Khatib – Zoo shuttle has resumed service.
These services are currently operated by Woodlands Transport Service Pte Ltd.
Mandai Express (Khatib Route)
|Singapore Zoo Coach Bay ↺ Khatib MRT Station Pick Up Point
|From Singapore Zoo Coach Bay||08:20hrs – 19:20hrs
08:20hrs – 22:00hrs (Extended Hours)
|20 minutes frequency on average|
|From Khatib MRT Station Pick Up Point||08:00hrs – 19:00hrs
08:00hrs – 21:40hrs (Extended Hours)
|Extended Service hours||till 22:00hrs||Thursdays – Sundays, Eve of Public Holiday & on Public Holidays|
Launched on 10 March 2017, the Khatib Route currently operates at 20 minute intervals, shuttling visitors between Mandai and Khatib in approximately 15 minutes.
The route charges a fare of $1.00 per passenger, payable by EZ-Link Card or NETS Flashpay Card. Children below 3 years old travel free.
Visitors can board the bus at at Khatib MRT Station Passenger Pick-up/Drop-off Point along Yishun Avenue 2, just next to Khatib MRT Station Exit A.
At Singapore Zoo, the pick-up point for the route is at the Singapore Zoo Coach Bay.
The Mandai Express formerly uses 18-year-old Dennis Lance buses owned by Strides Transportation, a wholly-owned bus chartering subsidiary of SMRT. These buses were acquired in 1999 and similar to other Dennis Lance buses which entered service with Trans-Island Bus Services (TIBS), later SMRT Buses.
This particular bus, PA639M, was decorated with a black and green livery on the sides and rear, promoting the Mandai Express route. On the inside, the bus was decorated with stuffed toys and artificial vines, matching the wildlife theme promoted by the Mandai attractions.
The Dennis Lance buses retired in 2018.
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