SBS Transit Bus Service 18

SBS Transit Bus Service 18 is a residential route between Tampines Concourse and Bedok, serving Tampines Streets 34 / 33 / 32, Bedok Reservoir and Bedok North Road. It loops within Bedok Bus Interchange.

Bus Service 18 was extended to ply via Tampines Streets 32, 33 & 34 from 21 Oct 2017 in tandem with the opening of Downtown Line 3.


 
 




Route:

Route Details (Click to expand)
Bus Service 18: Tampines Concourse ↺ Bedok (Loop)
From Tampines Concourse Looping at Bedok
  • Tampines Concourse
    – Tampines Concourse Int EW2DT32
  • Tampines Ctrl 1
    – Aft Tampines Stn Exit E EW2DT32
  • Tampines Central 3 (Express)
  • Tampines Ave 7
    – Opp Tampines Reg Lib
    – Blk 423
    – Blk 449
    – Tampines East Stn Exit A DT33
    – Tampines JC/Opp Blk 390
  • Tampines St 34
    – East Spring Sec Sch
  • Tampines St 33
    – Blk 351
    – Blk 343
    – Blk 323
  • Tampines St 32
    – Blk 307A
  • Tampines Ave 2
    – Blk 302
    – Blk 285
    – The Holy Trinity Ch
    – Blk 101
  • Tampines Ave 1
    – Bef Tampines West Stn DT31
  • Bedok Reservoir Rd
    – Bedok Reform Trg Ctr
    – The Clearwater Condo
  • Bedok North Ave 3
    – Bedok Resvr Stn Exit B DT30
  • Bedok North Rd
    – Fengshan Pr Sch
  • Bedok North Ave 2
    – Opp Blk 416
  • Bedok North St 1 (Express)
  • Bedok North Dr
    – Bedok Int
    EW5
  • Bedok North St 1 (Express)
  • Bedok North Ave 2
    – Blk 416
  • Bedok North Rd
    – Opp Fengshan Pr Sch
  • Bedok North Ave 3
    – Blk 506
    – Bedok Resvr Stn Exit A DT30
  • Bedok Reservoir Rd
    – Opp The Clearwater Condo
    – Opp Bedok Reform Trg Ctr
  • Tampines Ave 1
    – Tampines West Stn Exit B DT31
  • Tampines Ave 2
    – Blk 141
    – Opp The Holy Trinity Ch
    – Blk 206
    – Tampines East CC
  • Tampines St 32
    – Ngee Ann Sec Sch
  • Tampines St 33
    – Blk 324
    – Opp Blk 345
    – Blk 333
  • Tampines St 34
    – Eden Condo
  • Tampines Ave 7
    – Blk 390/Opp Tampines JC
    – Opp Tampines East Stn DT33
    – Blk 230E
    – Blk 233
    – Bef Tampines Reg Lib
  • Tampines Ctrl 3 (Express)
  • Tampines Ctrl 1
    – Tampines Stn Exit D EW2DT32
  • Tampines Concourse
    – Tampines Concourse Int EW2DT32

 

Technical Information
Route WAB_logo_20px
Tampines Concourse Bus Interchange ↺ Bedok Bus Interchange (Loop)
Passes Through Tampines Ave 7, Tampines Street 34/33/32, Tampines Ave 2, Bedok North Ave 3, Bedok North Avenue 2
Route Length 19.0 km
Travelling Time 71 – 113 mins
Operator Information
BCM Route Package Tampines Bus Package
Current Operator SBS Transit Ltd
Current Depot Bedok North Bus Depot (BNDEP)
Current Fleet 12-metre Single Deck Bus:
Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro
Scania K230UB
Departure Times from Tampines Concourse
0505hrs – 0000hrs (Weekdays & Saturdays)
0535hrs – 0000hrs (Sundays & Public Holidays)
Departure Times from Bedok
0525hrs – 0034hrs (Weekdays)
0525hrs – 0033hrs (Saturdays)
0555hrs – 0033hrs (Sun/PHs)
Frequency Loop Service  
0630 – 0830: 11 – 14 mins
0831 – 1659: 12 – 17 mins
1700 – 1900: 15 – 17 mins
After 1900: 12 – 15 mins
 

Originally introduced as Bedok – Tampines St 22 (Loop) in 1984 before being extended to Tampines Interchange in 1988, Service 18 is a supplementary residential route connecting Tampines and Bedok. It was amended to Bedok North Street 2 with the opening of Bedok Temporary Interchange to increase bus connectivity for residents in the area.

This route has limited demand due to duplication with many other services along the Bedok-Tampines stretch, e.g. 28, 67, 168. However, it serves as a direct route for residents along Tampines Ave 2 to Bedok without bus transfers. The route formerly operated with high-capacity articulated buses before they were sold off in 2003.

Extension to Tampines Concourse Bus Interchange

Service 18 & 39 Relocation Poster
Service 18 & 39 Relocation Poster

As part of the Bus Service Enhancements with the opening of Tampines Concourse Bus Interchange, Bus Service 18 was extended to Tampines Concourse Bus Interchange from 18 December 2016.

As a result, Bus Service 18 calls at a pair of new bus stops along Tampines Central 1 (BS 76559 Bef Tampines Central 3, Tampines Central 1 & BS 76551 Aft Tampines Central 3, Tampines Central 1) for commuters at Tampines Bus Interchange to board and alight.

Route Amendment to Tampines East

Service 18 Amendment Poster (DTL3)
Service 18 Amendment Poster (DTL3)

Service 18 was amended to serve Tampines Streets 32, 33, 34 as part of the Downtown Line 3 – Bus Service Enhancements from 21 Oct 2017. The route amendment provides a direction connection for Tampines Street 32, 33 & 34 residents to Tampines East MRT Station as well as provide alternative travel options to Tampines & Bedok apart from Service 291 and Service 28.

The first bus timing from Tampines Concourse Int was also brought forward by 10 minutes daily. At Bedok, the first bus timing was brought forward by 5 minutes daily and the last bus timing pushed back to 8-9 minutes later.

Special Departures:

  • Bedok North Drive (Bedok Int)  Tampines Concourse Interchange
    Weekdays: 0525hrs, 1804hrs
    Saturdays: 0525hrs
    Sundays & Public Holidays: 0555hrs

MRT Stations Served:

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

Fleet: See Above


Gallery:


Operator History:

  • 1984 – 2001: Singapore Bus Services Ltd
  • 2001 – Present: SBS Transit Ltd

The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2024 under the Tampines Bus Package.

History:

  • 1984: Introduced as Bedok – Tampines St 22 (Loop)
  • 1988: Extended to Tampines Int and made to loop at Bedok. Deleted sectors (Tampines Street 22) covered by Service 292.
  • 2011 (07 Mar): Designated Wheelchair Accessible Bus Service (WAB)
  • 2011 (19 Nov): Amended to Bedok North Rd / Bedok North Ave 2 with the opening of Bedok Temporary Int
  • 2014 (30 Nov): Amended to the new Bedok Int, skips bus stop along Bedok North Interchange (Blk 204)
  • 2016 (18 Nov): Extended to Tampines Concourse Bus Interchange.
  • 2017 (21 Oct): Amended to Tampines Street 34 / 33 / 32 with the opening of Downtown Line 3. Operating hours revised.

Past Routings:


External Links:

References:

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3 thoughts on “SBS Transit Bus Service 18

  • 5 October 2017 at 12:20 AM
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    Why not extended to eunos(via chai chee and changi road) or loop at marine parade (via chai chee, siglap road and marine parade road). Less duplication.

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  • 15 June 2016 at 11:33 AM
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    This service not so crowded as compare to the old route of 18 in the past. Suggest to extend to Sengkang Interchange as the Tampines Interchange buses too pack. Also can assist the bus route 27 which very crowded. Perfer double decker bus after extend route.

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    • 13 November 2016 at 10:10 AM
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      Isn’t Sengkang Interchange to far?

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