SBS Transit Bus Service 123

SBS Transit Bus Service 123 is a trunk route connecting Bukit Merah Int and Beach Station Bus Terminal in Sentosa, passing through Queensway, Napier Road, Orchard, Clemenceau Avenue, Havelock, Tiong Bahru and Lower Delta Road, while also operating a supplementary route variant, Service 123M.

Service 123 was amended to terminate at Beach Station Terminal within Sentosa Island, calling at Resorts World Sentosa in the direction of Beach Station only from Sunday, 30 July 2017.

Route:

 
 




Bus Service 123: Bukit Merah ↔ Beach Station (Sentosa)
 Direction 1
Towards Beach Station
White Plate
 Direction 2
Towards Bukit Merah
RED Plate
  • Bt Merah Ctrl
    – Bukit Merah Int
    – Blk 1003
  • Jln Bt Merah
    – SPRING S’pore Bldg
    – Opp Blk 28
    – Opp Blk 2
  • Queensway
    – Aft Queenstown NPC HQ
    – Opp Queen’s Cl
    – Aft C’wealth Dr
    – Opp Queenstown Polyclinic
    – Opp Queensway Sec Sch
    – Blk 97
    – Viz Holland
  • Holland Rd
    – Les Jardins de Holland
    – Great Eastern Mans
    – Opp Peirce Rd
    – Bef Tyersall Ave
  • Napier Rd
    – S’pore Botanic Gdns
    – Opp British Council
  • Tanglin Rd
    – Aft Tomlinson Rd
  • Orchard Rd
    – Delfi Orchard
    – Royal Thai Embassy
    – Orchard Stn/Lucky Plaza NS22
    – Opp Somerset Stn NS23
    – Orchard Plaza
  • Penang Lane (Express)
  • Penang Rd (Express)
  • Clemenceau Ave
    – Aft Haw Par Glass Twr
    – Opp Shell Hse
  • Havelock Rd
    – Blk 2
    – Hotel Miramar
  • Outram Rd
    – Aft Furama RiverFront
  • Tiong Bahru Rd
    – Blk 55
    – Blk 18
    – Ctrl Green Condo
    – Opp Tiong Bahru Plaza EW17
  • Lower Delta Rd
    – Blk 25B
    – Opp Cendex Ctr
    – Opp St. Theresa’s Convent
  • Bt Purmei Ave
    – Opp Blk 109
    – Blk 109
  • Lower Delta Rd
    – Blk 105
  • Kg Bahru Rd
    – Opp Mt Faber Lodge
  • Telok Blangah Rd (Express)
  • Sentosa Gateway
    – Resorts World Sentosa  S2 
  • Artillery Ave
    – Merlion Plaza  S3 
  • Beach View
    – Beach Station Bus Terminal  S4 
  • Beach View
    – Beach Station Bus Terminal  S4 
  • Artillery Ave
    – Opp Merlion Plaza  S3 
  • Sentosa Gateway (Express)
  • Telok Blangah Rd (Express)
  • Kg Bahru Rd
    – Bef Mt Faber Lodge
  • Lower Delta Rd
    – The Pearl @ Mt Faber
    – Blk 40
  • Bt Purmei Ave
    – Opp Blk 109
    – Blk 109
  • Lower Delta Rd
    – St. Theresa’s Convent
    – Cendex Ctr
    – Blk 129
  • Tiong Bahru Rd
    – Tiong Bahru Plaza EW17
    – Blk 1
  • Zion Rd
    – Blk 2B
    – Blk 94
  • Havelock Rd
    – Opp Holiday Inn Atrium
    – Opp Hotel Miramar
    – River Pl Condo
  • Clemenceau Ave
    – Shell Hse
    – Aft River Valley Rd
    – Opp Haw Par Glass Twr
  • Penang Rd
    – Winsland Hse
  • Somerset Rd
    – Somerset Stn NS23
  • Grange Rd
    – Natl Youth Council
  • Orchard Blvd
    – Bef Orchard Stn Exit B NS22
    – Opp Four Seasons Hotel
    – Bef Tomlinson Rd
  • Grange Rd
    – Grange Residences
  • Napier Rd
    – British Council
    – Opp S’pore Botanic Gdns
  • Holland Rd
    – Aft Min of Foreign Affairs
    – CSC Dempsey Clubhse
    – Aft Peirce Rd
    – Lien Twrs
  • Queensway
    – Opp Holland Hill Lodge
    – Opp Blk 95
    – Queensway Sec Sch
    – Queenstown Polyclinic
    – Opp Blessed Sacrament Ch
    – Blk 19
    – Blk 166
  • Jln Bt Merah
    – Opp OG Fty
    – Blk 1
    – Opp Pacific Tech Ctr
  • Bt Merah Ctrl
    – Blk 161
    – Bt Merah Int

Notes:

  • Bus Service 123 towards both Beach Station and Bukit Merah duplicates along Bukit Purmei Ave. Check the bus destination before boarding.
    – Buses displaying the Red 123 Plate head towards Bukit Merah
    – Buses displaying the White 123 Plate head towards Beach Station

 

Technical Information
Route WAB_logo_20px
Bukit Merah Bus Interchange  Beach Station Bus Terminal
Passes Through Queensway, Napier Rd, Orchard, Clemenceau Ave, Havelock, Tiong Bahru, Lower Delta Rd, Resorts World Sentosa, Merlion Plaza
Route Length 21.4 km (D1) | 19.8 km (D2)
Travelling Time 61 mins – 104 mins
Operator Information
BCM Route Package Bukit Merah Bus Package
Current Operator SBS Transit Ltd
Current Depot Ayer Rajah Bus Park
Current Fleet 12-metre Single Deck Bus:
Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro
– Scania K230UB

12-metre Double Deck Bus:
Volvo B9TL

Departure Times from Bukit Merah
0545 – 2345 (Weekdays, Saturdays)
0600 – 2345 (Sundays/PHs)
Departure Times from Beach Station
0600 – 2345 (Weekdays, Saturdays)
0615 – 2345 (Sundays/PHs)
Frequency Direction 1
Direction 2
0630 – 0830: 10 – 13 mins
0831 – 1659: 12 – 15 mins
1700 – 1900: 11 – 16 mins
After 1900: 14 – 16 mins
0630 – 0830: 10 – 12 mins
0831 – 1659: 11 – 15 mins
1700 – 1900: 11 – 15 mins
After 1900: 14 – 15 mins

Service 123 is a trunk route connecting Bukit Merah Int and Beach Station Bus Terminal. It primarily serves the residential estates along Bukit Merah, Queensway, Tiong Bahru and Bukit Purmei, offering connections to activity nodes such as the Orchard Road district, including Tanglin and Dhoby Ghaut, and Sentosa.

This service calls at several bus stops in Bukit Purmei estate twice in different directions, i.e. towards Bukit Merah and towards Beach Station. Red and white service plates are used to distinguish the direction of travel in addition to Electronic Display Signages (EDS) on buses. Red plate indicates buses heading for Bukit Merah; white plate indicates buses heading for Beach Station.

Service 123: Route extension to Sentosa
Service 123: Route extension to Sentosa

2017 Route Amendment

From Sunday, 30 July 2017, Service 123 will be amended to terminate at Beach Station Terminal within Sentosa Island, calling at intermediate stops along Artillery Avenue. It will also call at Resorts World Sentosa in the direction of Beach Station only. The route will enhance connectivity to Sentosa Island, linking it with Tiong Bahru MRT Station and the Orchard Road shopping belt.

The route amendment will make Service 123 the first regular trunk service to terminate at Sentosa. Currently, Express Services 188R and 963R terminate at Sentosa, which operate only on weekends and public holidays and charge express fares.

Service 123M will not be amended, and will continue to offer connections between HarbourFront Bus Interchange and Tiong Bahru.

White plated Service 123 buses will head towards Beach Station instead of Harbourfront.

Special Departures:

  • Kg Bahru Rd (Bef Mt Faber Lodge) → Bukit Merah Int
    Weekdays & Saturdays: 0550hrs
    Sundays & Public Holidays: 0605hrs

Route Variants:

  • Service 123M: HarbourFront Bus Interchange ↺ Tiong Bahru Road (Loop)

MRT / Sentosa Monorail Stations Served:

Fare: Charges basic fares. See Bus Fares. Calculate your bus fare using LTA’s fare calculator on MyTransport.sg here.


Gallery:


Operator History:
  • 1971 (11 Apr) – 1971: Singapore Traction Company
  • 1971 (06 Dec) – 1973: United Bus Company
  • 1973 (01 Nov) – 2001: Singapore Bus Services Ltd
  • 2001 (01 Nov) – Present: SBS Transit Ltd

The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2018 under the Bukit Merah Bus Package

History:
  • 1971 (11 Apr): Introduced between Jln Aman Ter and South Canal Rd Ter as part of the 1971 Bus Reorganisation
  • 1971 (09 May): Amended to Kg Bahru Ter
  • 1974 (24 Feb): Amended to ply Grange Rd and Orchard Blvd with the conversion of Orchard Rd to one-way road, skipping Orchard Rd.
  • 1975 (02 Feb): Amended to ply Zion Rd and Ganges Ave towards Jln Aman Ter with the partial conversion of Outram Rd to one-way road
  • 1976 (08 Aug): Amended to serve New Bridge Rd
  • 1985 (26 May): Amended to Whampoa Rd Ter
  • 1987 (01 Oct): Amended to ply Eu Tong Sen St towards St. Michael’s Ter to facilitate the second stage of road expansion along New Bridge Rd.
  • 1993 (04 Apr): Shortened to loop at Tomlinson Road when service 124 was amended.
  • 1993 (23 May): Merged with service 14 and amended to ply between Bt Merah Int and Bt Purmei Ave via Queensway, Holland Rd & Orchard Rd.
  • 2008 (14 Jul): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
  • 2008 (28 Jan): Service 123M was introduced to replace Shortworking trip 123B.
  • 2013: Service improvement under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP)
  • 2014 (24 Aug): Extended to HarbourFront Int and converted to a bi-directional route.
  • 2017 (30 Jul): Extended to Beach Station Bus Terminal. Start of Double-decker deployments.
Past Routings:

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11 thoughts on “SBS Transit Bus Service 123

  • 30 July 2017 at 3:29 PM
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    Now that service 123 can use double-decker buses to sentosa

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    • 31 July 2017 at 9:26 PM
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      Will SMRT’s 188R and 963R (either one will do) use them too?

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      • 1 August 2017 at 4:16 PM
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        I doubt so
        The demand of 188R and 963R is not high enough to support the use of double decker.

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