SBS Transit CityBuzz Services

Citybuzz

Introduction:

SBS Transit CityBuzz services (C1, C2 & C3) were introduced on 13 December 2004, with the objective of bring commuters, mainly tourists, around the various tourist destinations in the City. Three routes were operated, namely the Orchard Route (C1), Chinatown Route (C2) and Little India Route (C3). All services start from Esplanade and terminate opposite The Oriental Singapore (currently known as Seating Gallery).

Mr Ong Boon Leong, Chief Operating Officer, SBS Transit said, “CityBuzz will appeal most to tourists as they get to experience the ‘must-see’ areas of Singapore in the most economical way. For the locals, CityBuzz is an alternative mode of transport for travelling within the city besides the existing bus services. The locals can also be buzzed by the sights and sounds of Singapore’s cultural diversity.”

All Citybuzz services are semi-express, which means that they only call at specific stops along the route traveled instead of all bus stops. Commuters not need to press the bus stopping buzzer when they intend to alight at the next stop, for bus captains will play a chime to indicate the various stops along the route, similar to the concept of a monorail.

Operational Details:

Citybuzz services operate between 10:00am and 10:00pm daily, with frequencies of 10 to 15 minutes. Customised bus stop pole plates and plastic destination signs onboard buses featured a drawing of a bee (dubbed ‘friendly bee’) identical to that used on the header of this article, for ease of distinction. The then brand-new Volvo B10TL double-decker buses were deployed on these routes.

The services have a flat fare of $1, payable by cash or EZ-Link card. A $5 Citybuzz Pass (Increased to $6 from 1 May 2006) with unlimited travel on Citybuzz Services for a day could be purchased from all Transitlink Ticket Offices, the Singapore Visitors Centre at Orchard Rd, bus captains onboard CityBuzz Services or authorised Travel Agents.

Due to declining demand, all CityBuzz Services were withdrawn from 1st January 2007. Their last day of service was on 31st December 2006.

SBS Transit CityBuzz Guide Route Map
SBS Transit CityBuzz Guide Route Map. Click for full-definition image.

Route Information

CityBuzz C1: The Orchard Route
S/N Road Name B/S name Citybuzz Stop Name
1 Raffles Ave Opp Marina Sq Esplanade
2 North Bridge Rd Opp Peninsula Plaza St. Andrew’s Cathedral
3 River Valley Rd Clarke Quay Clarke Quay
4 Clemenceau Ave Opp Shell Hse Robertson Quay
5 Havelock Rd Hotel Miramar Hotel Miramar
6 Zion Rd Opp Great World City Great World City
7 Orchard Rd Tang Plaza Tang Plaza
8 Orchard Rd Midpoint Orchard Peranakan Place
9 Orchard Rd MacDonald Hse Dhoby Ghaut
10 Bras Basah Rd NTUC Income Ctr S’pore Art Museum
11 Bras Basah Rd Raffles Hotel Raffles Hotel
12 Raffles Blvd Pan Pacific Hotel Pan Pacific Hotel
13 Raffles Ave Opp The Oriental S’pore The Oriental S’pore

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CityBuzz C2: The Chinatown Route
S/N Road Name B/S name Citybuzz Stop Name
1 Raffles Ave Opp Marina Sq Esplanade
2 Connaught Dr Esplanade Pk The Padang
3 Collyer Quay Clifford Pier Clifford Pier
4 Cross St Opp PWC Building Far East Square
5 South Bridge Rd Opp Sri Mariamman Tp Sri Mariamman Temple
6 Eu Tong Sen St People’s Pk Cplx Chinatown
7 Eu Tong Sen St Apollo Ctr Speaker’s Corner
8 High St Supreme Ct Parliament House
9 Temasek Blvd Suntec Convention Ctr Convention Centre
13 Raffles Ave Opp The Oriental S’pore The Oriental S’pore

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CityBuzz C3: The Little India Route
S/N Road Name B/S name Citybuzz Stop Name
1 Raffles Ave Opp Marina Sq Esplanade
2 Victoria St Cath of the Good Shepherd CHIJMES
3 Victoria St St. Joseph’s Ch St. Joseph’s Church
4 Rochor Rd Fu Lu Shou Cplx Goddess Of Mercy Temple
5 Serangoon Rd Broadway Hotel Little India
6 Kitchener Rd Opp New Pk Ctrl Mustafa
7 Jln Besar Opp Veerasamy Rd Thieves’ Market
8 Ophir Rd Golden Landmark Kampong Glam
9 Beach Rd The Gateway The Gateway
10 Beach Rd Opp Raffles Hotel Raffles Hotel
12 Raffles Blvd Pan Pacific Hotel Pan Pacific Hotel
13 Raffles Ave Opp The Oriental S’pore The Oriental S’pore

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Gallery:

SBS Transit CityBuzz Guide
SBS Transit CityBuzz Guide. Click for larger image.
Citybuzz withdrawal notice
Citybuzz withdrawal notice

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