SBS Transit Bus Service 33

SBS Transit Bus Service 33 is a trunk service plying between Bedok and Kent Ridge, passing through Joo Chiat, Old Airport, Bugis, Chinatown,  Tiong Bahru, AYE and Dover Road.

SBST Mercedes-Benz Citaro (SBS6780T) – Service 33
Route Information
Route Bedok Bus Interchange  Kent Ridge Bus Terminal  WAB_logo_20px
Passes Through Joo Chiat, Old Airport, Bugis, Chinatown, Tiong Bahru, Dover
Route Length 25.1km (D1) | 26.0km (D2)
Travelling Time 90mins
Operator Information
Current Operator SBS Transit
Current Depot Bedok North Bus Depot (BNDEP)
Bukit Batok Bus Depot (BBDEP)
Current Fleet Volvo B10M Mark IV
Scania K230UB
Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro
Departure Times from T1 0545 – 2345 (Weekdays)
0550 – 2345 (Saturday)
0600 – 2345 (Sundays/PH)
Departure Times from T2 0600 – 2345 (Daily)
Frequency Direction 1 Direction 2
0630-0830: 10 – 17 mins
0831-1659: 08 – 17 mins
1700-1930: 15 – 16 mins
After 1930: 11 – 18 mins
0630-0830: 09 – 16 mins
0831-1659: 08 – 17 mins
1700-1930: 09 – 20 mins
After 1930: 13 – 16 mins

Route History

Like its sister Service 32, Service 33 spans East to West, linking Bedok with Buona Vista and surrounding areas. From Bedok, the route passes through Telok Kurau, Joo Chiat, Old Airport, Kallang, Bugis, Clarke Quay and Chinatown, continuing west to Tiong Bahru, Redhill, AYE, Dover and Kent Ridge. As an inter-town route, demand is good and spread out through the route.

During peak hours, demand is high between AYE, Alexandra and Tiong Bahru, hence the need for Shortworking trip 33A. Residents of Joo Chiat and Telok Kurau frequently rely on this route for connections to nearby Kembangan and Dakota MRT stations. Within the central areas, Service 33’s direct routing between Outram Park and Lavender makes it a popular route between the two areas, while serving Clarke Quay, Bras Basah and Bugis. As such, the route encounters moderate to high demand throughout the day.

Due to road constraints, double-decker buses are not deployed on this route.

Special Departures:

  • Dunman Road (Maranatha Hall)  Kent Ridge Ter
    Weekdays: 0540hrs, 0555hrs
    Saturdays: 0540hrs, 0554hrs
  • Alexandra Road (Alexandra Hospital)  Bedok Int
    Weekdays: 0540hrs, 0607hrs
    Saturdays: 0605hrs
  • Dunman Road (Opp Maranatha Hall)  Bedok Int
    Weekdays: 0620hrs
SBST Mercedes-Benz Citaro (SBS6151J) – Service 33

Shortworking Trips

  • Service 33A: Kent Ridge Terminal → Tiong Bahru Road (Blk 1)
    Weekdays Evening Peak only
  • Service 33B: Bedok Interchange → Joo Chiat Place (Opp Tembeling Rd)
    Operates only on Sundys which fall on the 1st & 15th day on the Lunar Calender

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

Fleet: Service 33′s fleet comprises of single-deck Volvo B10M MkIV, Scania K230UB and Mercedes-Benz Citaro buses. Double-deck buses are not deployed likely due to route constraints around Joo Chiat.

Route Information:

Direction 1 Direction 2
  • Bedok Temp Int
  • New Upp Changi Rd
  • Changi Rd
  • Telok Kurau Rd
  • Joo Chiat Pl
  • Joo Chiat Rd
  • Dunman Rd
  • Old Airport Rd
  • Mountbatten Rd
  • Sims Way
  • Geylang Rd
  • Kallang Rd
  • Victoria St
  • Hill St
  • New Bridge Rd
  • Outram Rd
  • Tiong Bahru Rd
  • Alexandra Rd
  • Ayer Rajah Expressway
  • Buona Vista Flyover
  • Dover Rd
  • Clementi Rd
  • Kent Ridge Ter
  • Kent Ridge Ter
  • Clementi Rd
  • Dover Rd
  • Buona Vista Flyover
  • Ayer Rajah Expressway
  • Alexandra Rd
  • Tiong Bahru Rd
  • Outram Rd
  • Eu Tong Sen St
  • Hill St
  • Victoria St
  • Kallang Rd
  • Sims Ave
  • Sims Way
  • Mountbatten Rd
  • Old Airport Rd
  • Dunman Rd
  • Tembeling Rd
  • Joo Chiat Pl
  • Telok Kurau Rd
  • Sims Ave East
  • New Upp Changi Rd
  • Bedok Temp Int
Service 33 at a glance
Service 33 at a glance

Operator History:

  • 1971 – 1973: Amalgamated Bus Company Ltd
  • 1973 – 2001: Singapore Bus Services Ltd
  • 2001 – Present: SBS Transit Ltd

The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2016. 

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History:

  • 1971 (11 Apr): Introduced as part of the 1971 Bus Reorganization, ran from Changi Rd (near Siglap Rd) and Clementi Rd (opposite Jln Bendera) under Amalgamated Bus Company Ltd
  • 1973: Operated by Singapore Bus Services (SBS)
  • 1978: Extended to Chai Chee Ter
  • 1979: Amended to serve Telok Kurau and Pasir Panjang
  • 1981: Amended to Kent Ridge Ter
  • 1985: Amended to Bedok Int
  • 1988: Skipped Portsdown Rd with the opening of the Buona Vista Flyover
  • 2005 (26 Jun): Amended to Sims Way between Kallang and Guillemard Rd, skipping Mountbatten Rd due to road realignment works in the area
  • 2011 (19 Nov): Amended to Bedok Temp Int
  • 2012 (25 Jun): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
  • 2014 (30 Nov): Amended to air-conditioned Bedok Integrated Transport Hub (ITH)

Past Routings:

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