Go-Ahead Bus Service 36

Go-Ahead Bus Service 36 is a loop service between Changi Airport and Tomlinson Road, passing through Marine Parade, Suntec City and Orchard, with express sectors along the East Coast Parkway (ECP). Passing through Changi Airport Passenger Terminal Buildings (PTBs) 1, 2, 3 and 4, it is also the only bus service to terminate at the Airport.

Bus Service 36 was amended to ply via Changi Airport Terminal 4 from 22 Oct 2017

 
 




Technical Information
Route WAB_logo_20px
Changi Airport PTB2 ↺ Tomlinson Road (Loop)
Passes Through ECP, Marine Parade, Suntec City, City Hall, Dhoby Ghaut, Orchard
Route Length 52.7 km
Traveling Time 145 mins
Operator Information
BCM Route Package Loyang Bus Package
Current Operator Go-Ahead Singapore (Go Ahead Loyang Pte Ltd)
Current Depot Loyang Bus Depot
Current Fleet 12-metre Single Deck Bus:
Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro
Departure Times from
Changi Airport Terminal 3
Continues to City after Changi Airport Terminal 2
0600hrs – 2350hrs (Weekdays)
0556hrs – 2356hrs (Saturdays)
0557hrs – 2350hrs (Sundays & Public Holidays)

Terminating at Changi Airport Terminal 2
0000hrs – 0042hrs (Weekdays)
0000hrs – 0059hrs (Saturdays)
0000hrs – 0039hrs (Sundays & Public Holidays)

Departure Times from
Changi Airport Terminal 1
Continues to City after Changi Airport Terminal 2
0603hrs – 2353hrs (Weekdays)
0559hrs – 2359hrs (Saturdays)
0601hrs – 2353hrs (Sundays & Public Holidays)

Terminating at Changi Airport Terminal 2
0000hrs – 0045hrs (Weekdays)
0000hrs – 0102hrs (Saturdays)
0000hrs – 0041hrs (Sundays & Public Holidays)

Departure Times from
Changi Airport Terminal 2
Service 36 – Full Route
0600hrs – 2250hrs (Weekdays)
0600hrs – 2252hrs (Saturdays)
0600hrs – 2253hrs (Sundays & Public Holidays)

Service 36A – Ends at Tomlinson Road
2300hrs – 2358hrs (Weekdays)
2302hrs – 0004hrs (Saturdays)
2304hrs – 2358hrs (Sundays & Public Holidays)

Departure Times from
Changi Airport Terminal 4
Service 36 – Full Route
0608hrs – 2258hrs (Weekdays)
0608hrs – 2300hrs (Saturdays)
0608hrs – 2301hrs (Sundays & Public Holidays)

Service 36A – Ends at Tomlinson Road
2308hrs – 0006hrs (Weekdays)
2310hrs – 0012hrs (Saturdays)
2312hrs – 0006hrs (Sundays & Public Holidays)

Departure Times from
Tomlinson Road
Daily: 0530hrs – 2345hrs
Frequency Loop Service
0630 – 0830: 08 mins
0831 – 1659: 08 – 11 mins
1700 – 1900: 08 – 10 mins
After 1900: 08 – 12 mins

Route History

Service 36 is a trunk route from Changi Airport and looping at Tomlinson Road, passing through Marine Parade, Suntec City / Marina Centre, Bras Basah, Dhoby Ghaut and Orchard Road. The route was introduced in 1997 (renumbered from Service 16E) as a unidirectional peak hour service from Changi Airport to Bukit Merah, and amended into its present form in 1998.

Much of its demand comes from within the city, as well as between Marine Parade and the City. Because of its relatively long route and city sectors, this service is prone to delays and bus bunching. As a direct route between Marine Parade and Suntec/Orchard, this service encounters good demand throughout the day, especially during peak periods and weekends. Service 36 is occasionally used by tourists as a direct bus option from Changi Airport to the city, as compared to other forms of public transport.

Go-Ahead buses laying over at Changi Airport PTB2 Basement
Go-Ahead buses laying over at Changi Airport PTB2 Basement

Service 36 is currently the only route to terminate at Changi Airport after the other services were converted to loop at Changi Airport. Passengers wishing to continue their journey after Terminal 2 can stay onboard the bus while another driver takes over. This is a common practice for Service 36 known as clowbus, where bus drivers rotate themselves between buses and do not stick to a permanent bus for the day.

From Changi Airport, Service 36 is the only public bus route that connects to the City. As such, it provides an alternative to commuters apart from the East-West Line. At Marine Parade, it provides the fastest connection to Suntec City and Raffles Avenue. An alternative route to Dhoby Ghaut and Orchard Road is Service 16.

This service skips the bus stop outside SATS Inflight Catering Centre along Airport Blvd towards the City due to the lack of space for the bus to immediately filter right after the stop. It also calls at the only bus stop along the ECP (Aft E.C. Sea Sports Club), within Carpark F3 of East Coast Park.

Changi Airport:

Service 36 serves Changi Airport Terminals 3, 1, 2 & 4 in order.

Changi Airport Passenger Terminal Buildings (PTBs) 1, 2 and 3 have their bus stops integrated into their basement levels, which also serves as a cargo loading and unloading bay. Security checks for any unattended or suspicious articles are carried out before a bus enters Terminals 1, 2 and 3. Bus Captains may take a short toilet break at Terminal 2. Because of height restrictions, double-decker buses are unable to enter Changi Airport basement.

Occasionally when Changi Airport basement is closed, buses will be diverted to to T1/T2/T3 Departure Drive where a temporary bus stop will be set up.

A fleet restriction for Changi Airport appears to be in place, with only Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro buses deployed on airport-plying bus services.

Announcements for passengers to inform the Bus Captain if they see any suspicious person or article are played on board public buses at Changi Airport as well.

Special Departures:
  • Tomlinson Road (The Regent S’pore)  Changi Airport PTB2
    Daily: 0530hrs – 0720hrs and Weekdays PM Peak hours
  • Changi Airport PTB3  Changi Airport PTB2
    Weekdays: 0600hrs
    Saturdays: 0556hrs
    Sundays & Public Holidays: 0557hrs 
Short-Trip Services:
  • Service 36A: Changi Airport PTB2 → Tomlinson Rd (The Regent S’pore)
    Service 36A departure timings:
    Weekdays: 2300hrs, 2308hrs, 2314hrs, 2321hrs, 2331hrs, 2343hrs, 2352hrs, 2358hrs  (8 trips)
    Saturdays: 2304hrs, 2316hrs, 2328hrs, 2337hrs, 2346hrs, 2355hrs, 0004hrs  (7 trips)
    Sundays/PHs: 2304hrs, 2316hrs, 2326hrs, 2336hrs, 2347hrs, 2357hrs  (6 trips)
    Timings provided are for buses departing PTB2. Passengers boarding the bus at PTB3 should be waiting for the bus 10 minutes before the aforementioned timings.
  • Service 36B: Marine Parade Road (Lagoon View) → Siglap Road (Opp Mandarin Gdns), via Tomlinson Road
    Weekdays Morning & Evening Peak hours only

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


MRT Stations served by this route:


Gallery:


Operator History:

  • 1997 – 2001: Singapore Bus Services Ltd
  • 2001 – 17 Sep 2016: SBS Transit Ltd
  • 18 Sep 2016 onwards: Go Ahead Loyang Pte Ltd

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

History:

  • 1997 (01 Dec): Re-numbered directly from Service 16E, a unidirectional peak hour service from Changi Airport PTB to Bt Merah Int
  • 1998: Amended as a loop service between Changi Airport PTB and Tomlinson Rd, and serves Suntec City. Service 16 was shortened to Marine Parade Terminal.
  • 2007 (11 Nov): Amended to serve Changi Airport PTB3
  • 2009 (03 Dec): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
  • 2013 (28 Jul): Calls at a new pair of bus stops along Tanjong Katong Road South
  • 2014: Service improvement under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP)
  • 2016 (18 Sep): Operations transferred to Go Ahead Loyang Pte Ltd from SBS Transit Ltd.
  • 2017 (22 Oct): Extended to serve Changi Airport PTB4

Past Routings:


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4 thoughts on “Go-Ahead Bus Service 36

  • 7 March 2017 at 7:56 AM
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    For the fact that 36 waiting time is about 20 mins or Longer, can the bus captain please slow down at bus stop especially at opp Mandarian Orchard bus stop as there is a huge tree blocking the view of the incoming bus and when the bus captain speeds they could not stop in time when we flag! We wasted 20 mins of waiting and are late to work. This is not the first encounter for me. Once, the bus captain refuse to stop when I flag. Please ensure to remind all bus captain to slow down at bus stops.

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  • 24 December 2016 at 6:56 PM
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    Any particular reason why we should board Bus #36 from Terminal 2 instead of Terminal 3 or 1?
    Thanks

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    • 24 December 2016 at 9:57 PM
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      Hi Traveller,

      Some Service 36 buses scheduled to return to depot will change their destination signage to “OFF SERVICE” at Terminals 3 and 1. As such, commuters at Terminals 3 & 1 may experience a prolonged waiting time for Bus Service 36. This has already resulted in several complains on Go-Ahead Singapore’s official Facebook Page. Buses freshly deployed from the bus depot will start their trip at Terminal 2. Hence we strongly advise commuters to board Bus Service 36 at Terminal 2.

      With Regards,
      Land Transport Guru Admin Team

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  • 27 September 2016 at 11:24 PM
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    service standard totally change,waiting for driver to start the bus like more than 10 minutes and there is 2 driver in same place don’t know which is on shift, still have to wait for them to finish chit chating, bus driver stopping at bus stop and talk on the phone for 2 times

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