Sentosa is an island resort south of Singapore, connected to the mainland by a road bridge. The leisure destination hosts many attractions and is frequented by locals and tourists alike. The most prominent attraction, Resorts World Sentosa, is served by bus services from the mainland. The statutory board, Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC), oversees the development, management and promotion of the island.
Buses are one of a few main modes of transport within the island, alongside the Sentosa Express monorail, Cable car, Beach tram and other private bus services.
The Sentosa Bus
There are three main bus routes within Sentosa Island, offering free travel. Bus 1 and 2 ply similar routes in opposite directions, while Bus 3 connects to attractions on the eastern side of Sentosa. The last day of operations for all 3 routes is 29 July 2017.
|Sentosa Bus 1||Beach Station – Imbiah Lookout – Siloso Point – Resorts World Sentosa – Beach Station|
|Sentosa Bus 2||Beach Station – Resorts World Sentosa – Siloso Point – Imbiah Lookout – Beach Station|
|Sentosa Bus 3||Beach Station – Sentosa Cove / W Hotel – Palawan Beach – Sentosa Golf Club – Sofitel Singapore – Beach Station|
As part of a reorganisation of Sentosa bus services, from 30 July 2017 onwards, Sentosa Buses 1, 2 and 3 will be reorganized into two routes, Bus A and Bus B. The terminal will also be served by public bus services to the Singapore mainland, with the route amendment of Service 123 to serve the terminal.Sentosa Bus Services from 30 July 2017 (Click to expand)
|Sentosa Bus A||Beach Station – Imbiah Lookout – Siloso Point – Resorts World Sentosa – Beach Station|
|Sentosa Bus B||Beach Station – Sentosa Cove / W Hotel – Palawan Beach – Sentosa Golf Club – Beach Station|
|Sentosa Golf Club Shuttle||Beach Station – Sentosa Golf Club|
|Shuttle to HarbourFront||Beach Station → HarbourFront MRT
One-way shuttle bus service operating every Friday – Sunday and Public Holidays, 6pm to 9pm
Public Bus Services
In recent history (not counting SDC-contracted SBS Leisure services which began in 1992), the first Public Bus Services to Sentosa were rerouted to Resorts World Sentosa in 2010 following the opening of the resort. Service 123 was the first trunk route to serve Sentosa Island following a route amendment in July 2017.
|Service 123||Beach Station – Tiong Bahru MRT – Orchard – Queensway – Bukit Merah [From 30 July 2017]|
|Service 188R||Resorts World Sentosa – HarbourFront – Toh Guan Rd – Bukit Batok – Bukit Gombak – Choa Chu Kang|
|Service 963R||Resorts World Sentosa – HarbourFront – AYE – Bukit Batok – Hillview – Bukit Panjang – Woodlands|
|NightRider NR1||Resorts World Sentosa – HarbourFront – Bayfront/City Hall/River Valley – Newton – Toa Payoh – Bishan – Ang Mo Kio – Yio Chu Kang – Yishun|
|NightRider NR6||Resorts World Sentosa – HarbourFront – Bayfront/City Hall/River Valley – Orchard – Little India – Boon Keng – Serangoon – Hougang – Sengkang|
Services 188R and 963R only operate on Weekends & Public Holidays during the day, and charge Express fares.
NightRider NR1 and NR6 only operate on Fridays, Saturdays and Eves of Public Holidays, running unidirectional trips only at night between 11.30pm to 2.00am the next day.
Resorts World Sentosa
Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) services are contracted bus services providing bus connectivity to Resorts World Sentosa. They terminate at Resorts World Sentosa basement terminal.
|Service RWS8||Resorts World Sentosa – HarbourFront (Loop)|
RWS8 is the primary bus link between HarbourFront and Resorts World Sentosa.
Refer to individual services.
Buses to Sentosa were first introduced on 16 December 1992 with the opening of a newly completed 710-metre causeway built at a cost of S$117 million, spanning the Keppel Harbour and linking Sentosa Island with mainland Singapore for the first time. Previously, all visitors to Sentosa Island commuted by ferry.
Two routes were initially operated, Route A from World Trade Centre Bus Terminal (presently HarbourFront Bus Terminal) to Fort Siloso / Underwater World and Route B from Tiong Bahru MRT Station to Central Beach. The services were operated by SBS Leisure, a subsidiary of Singapore Bus Service (SBS), using new Volvo B10M (Mark III) buses. The buses initially charged a $5 fare for Adults and $3 for children, inclusive of the Sentosa Island admission fee. Free rides were offered within and out of Sentosa.
Later, on 20 January 1993, Route C was launched between Tiong Bahru and Sentosa Ferry Terminal, and Route B downgraded to weekend operation. On 10 June 1993, the Sentosa Escapade was launched between Orchard/Marina Centre and Sentosa, with new Soon Chow bodied Volvo B10M (Mark IV) buses added to the fleet. On 10 June 1996, Service B was withdrawn and replaced by Service M, plying between Tiong Bahru MRT and Sentosa Food Village.
SBS Leisure operated the Sentosa shuttle routes until their contract with SDC terminated in 2004. SDC took over the operation of its own services, while supplementing its trips through contracts with private bus operators such as Woodlands Transport.
In 2010, following the opening of Resorts World Sentosa, around 8 free shuttle services were launched between the heartlands and the Integrated Resort (IR) to bring in guests. However, they were abruptly ceased in September 2010 after a directive from the Casino Regulatory Authority, amid concerns that the Resort was making it too easy for heartlanders to visit the IR to gamble. Shuttle services between the City and RWS ceased shortly after.
Also in 2010, RWS8 was launched between RWS and HarbourFront, and contracted to SMRT. In addition, a short-lived Service RWS88 operated between RWS and City Hall MRT from January to December 2010, withdrawn due to declining demand. Plans for a Service RWS68 between RWS and Outram Park MRT never materialised after declining demand for RWS88.
Service 123 was the first trunk route to serve Sentosa Island following a route amendment in July 2017.
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