Tower Transit Bus Service 106

Tower Transit Bus Service 106 is a trunk route running between Bukit Batok Bus Interchange and Shenton Way, passing through Toh Tuck, Clementi, Buona Vista, Holland Village, Tanglin, Orchard Road, Bras Basah, Suntec City, Bayfront and Shenton Way.

Allocated to the Government Contracting Model (Bulim Bus Package), Tower Transit Singapore took over operations of this bus service from SMRT Buses since 29 May 2016.

Direction 1 Direction 2
  • Bt Batok Int
  • Bt Batok East Ave 3
  • Toh Tuck Ave
  • Commonwealth Ave West
  • Commonwealth Ave
  • Holland Ave
  • Holland Rd
  • Napier Rd
  • Tanglin Rd
  • Orchard Rd
  • Bras Basah Rd
  • Temasek Blvd
  • Temasek Ave
  • Bayfront Ave
  • Central Blvd
  • Shenton Way
  • Palmer Rd
  • Shenton Way Ter
  • Shenton Way Ter
  • Palmer Rd
  • Keppel Rd
  • Anson Rd
  • Robinson Rd
  • Marina Blvd
  • Bayfront Ave
  • Raffles Ave
  • Stamford Rd
  • Orchard Rd
  • Penang Rd
  • Somerset Rd
  • Grange Rd
  • Orchard Blvd
  • Grange Rd
  • Napier Rd
  • Holland Rd
  • Holland Ave
  • Commonwealth Ave
  • Commonwealth Ave West
  • Toh Tuck Ave
  • Bt Batok East Ave 3
  • Bt Batok Int
Technical Information
Route Bukit Batok Bus Interchange  Shenton Way Bus Terminal  WAB_logo_20px
Passes Through Toh Tuck, Clementi, Buona Vista, Holland Village, Tanglin, Orchard, Dhoby Ghaut, Suntec City, Bayfront, Shenton Way
Route Length 22.1km (D1) | 21.9km (D2)
Travelling Time 95mins
Operator Information
GCM Route Package Bulim Bus Package
Current Operator Tower Transit
Current Depot Bulim Bus Depot (BUDEP)
Current Fleet 12-metre Double Deck Buses:
Volvo B9TL
Alexander Dennis Enviro500
Departure Times from Bukit Batok
0530 – 2330 (Daily)
Departure Times from Shenton Way
0600 – 2330 (Daily)
Frequency Direction 1 Direction 2
0630-0830: 03 – 08 mins
0831-1659: 03 – 11 mins
1700-1930: 10 – 10 mins
After 1930: 10 – 11 mins
0630-0830: 08 – 10 mins
0831-1659: 06 – 11 mins
1700-1930: 07 – 12 mins
After 1930: 10 – 13 mins

Route History

Service 106 serves the residential estates of Bukit Batok, Clementi and Buona Vista, providing a direct bus connection to the Orchard Road and Downtown Core areas. It is a vital connection not just between residential estates, but also many It also offers many links within different parts of the city, such as Orchard Road, Bras Basah, Marina Centre, Marina Bay Sands, Downtown and Shenton Way.

Service 106 offers the fastest bus connection between Bukit Batok and Clementi, and apart from express services, is the only bus route connecting the Orchard shopping belt with Marina Bay Sands and surrounding attractions at Bayfront.

Formerly an SBS route since the 1980s, the route was transferred to TIBS in 2000 and has been operated by SMRT until it was re-allocated to the Government Contracting Model (Bulim Bus Package) in May 2016. SMRT’s Alexander Dennis Enviro500 double-deck buses appeared on the route since Aug 2014, marking a comeback since SBS deployed double-deck buses on Service 106 in 1986. Tower Transit continues to deploy double-deck buses on Service 106.

Special Departures:

  • Raffles Ave (Seating Gallery) → Bukit Batok Int
    AM Peak Daily
  • Holland Rd (Aft Estoril Mans) → Bukit Batok Int
    Weekdays & Saturdays AM Peak
  • Bukit Batok East Ave 3 (Opp Burgundy Hill) → Bukit Batok Int
    Weekdays PM Peak
SMRT Dennis Enviro500 (SMB3518P) – Service 106A

Shortworking Trips:

  • Service 106A: Bukit Batok Interchange → Commonwealth Avenue West (Clementi MRT)
    Weekdays AM Peak only,  0645 – 0715 hours

Formerly operating between Marina Boulevard and Marina Bay Sands during the Formula 1 race period, the 1st Generation 106A was withdrawn after the opening of the Circle Line Extension between Promenade and Marina Bay.

Fare: Charges fares for regular trunk services. See Bus Fares for exact fares.

Operator History:

  • 1974 – 2000: Singapore Bus Services Ltd
  • 2000 – 2004: Trans-Island Bus Service Ltd
  • 2004 – 28 May 2016: SMRT Buses Ltd
  • 29 May 2016 onwards: Tower Transit Singapore Pte Ltd

The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2021.

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History:

  • 1974: Introduced as Serangoon Gardens Est – Commonwealth Ave/North Buona Vista Rd by SBS, replacing former Service 103A
  • 1977: Amended to Orchard Rd
  • 1981: Amended to Buona Vista Ter
  • 1983: Amended to ply Lor Chuan, skipping CTE
  • 1985: Extended from Buona Vista to Bukit Batok Ter
  • 1987 (23 Sep): Amended to Bt Batok Int
  • 1988 (13 Mar): Amended to Serangoon Int following closure of Serangoon Gdns Ter
  • 2000 (24 Dec): Handed to Trans-Island Bus Services (TIBS)
  • 2003 (27 Jul): Shortened from Serangoon to Marina Centre Ter under Phase 2 of NEL Rationalisation
  • 2010 (26 Apr): Extended to Shenton Way Ter via Bayfront and Marina Bay
  • 2013: Service improvement under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP)
  • 2013 (01 Dec): Calls at a new bus stop (03529 Downtown Stn) along Central Blvd
  • 2014 (18 Aug): Alexander Dennis Enviro500 double-deck buses deployed
  • 2014 (28 Sep): Route Amendments in Marina South Area: Amended from Maxwell Rd / Straits View to ply Robinson Rd and Marina Blvd towards Bukit Batok, calling at four additional bus stops. Calls at the relocated Bus stop 03539 Marina Bay Station (Formally 03539 Aft Marina Stn Rd) along Central Blvd towards Shenton Way Terminal.
  • 2015 (14 Jun): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
  • 2016 (29 May): Re-allocated to the Government Contracting Model (Bulim Bus Package), and operations transferred from SMRT Buses to Tower Transit Singapore

Past Routings:

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Gallery:


SMRT Dennis Enviro500 (SMB3509R)

SMRT Mercedes-Benz O405G (Hispano Habit) (TIB1133B)

SMRT Mercedes-Benz O405 (Hispano Carrocera) (TIB783G)

SMRT Dennis Lance (Volgren) (TIB1018B)

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External Links & References:

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One thought on “Tower Transit Bus Service 106

  • 29 June 2016 at 9:55 AM
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    1. This morning Service 106, bus registration number SMB3518P had 4 standing passengers on the upper deck whom they boarded at the Holland Village bus stop. They were standing all the way to bus stop at Gleneagles.
    Please remind the bus captains to constantly view their CCTVs especially when the bus is crowded.

    2. It’s been a month since Tower Transit has taken over this Service 106. But I hae yet to see any positive improvement in the schedules. At worst, I see a 106A arriving at the bus stop and a 106 arriving less than a minute(depending on traffic light signals). Then when I boarded this 106, after some distance along Commonwealth Ave West, there’ll be another 106 overtaking and thereafter these two 106s will be taking turns to trail each other. I board service 106 at bus stop 20109, block 203 daily just before 8am.

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