Mandai Express

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.

Currently, the Mandai Express 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, aside from regular public bus services (138, 926, 927) and tourist buses.

From 10 – 12 March 2017, visitors can enjoy complimentary rides on the new Khatib Route, which operates at 30 minute intervals. 

Mandai Express (Khatib Route)

Dennis Lance (PA639M) operating on the Mandai Express
Dennis Lance (PA639M) operating on the Mandai Express
Singapore Zoo Coach Bay ↺  NS14  Khatib MRT Station Pick Up Point
Operating Daily
From Singapore Zoo Coach Bay 08:45hrs – 18:45hrs 30 minutes frequency on average
From Khatib MRT Station Pick Up Point 08:30hrs – 19:00hrs
Mandai Express - Khatib MRT Station Pickup Point
Mandai Express – Khatib MRT Station Pickup Point

Launched on 10 March 2017, the Khatib Route operates at 30 minute intervals, shuttling visitors between Mandai and Khatib in approximately 15 minutes.

It is operated using a 12-metre city bus by Strides Transportation, formerly known as Bus-Plus Services. The route charges a fare of $1.00 per passenger, payable by EZ-Link Card only. 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 uses an 18-year-old Dennis Lance bus 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.

To promote the new bus route, all passengers travel free from 10 – 12 March 2017.

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