Bus Services – Singapore

Singapore’s public buses are run by four bus operators (SBS Transit, SMRT Buses, Tower Transit, Go-Ahead Singapore), offering affordable and convenient transport all round the island. Private bus operators offer City Direct, Premium and Free Shuttle Buses as an alternate means of travelling around.

Basic Bus Services
Trunk and Feeder bus services operated by Public Transport Operators.
Basic bus services are the main form of bus services being offered in Singapore, providing daily bus connections across the island with a vast network of bus routes. There are over 300 trunk routes in Singapore, with more under planning under the Bus Services Enhancement Programme (BSEP).

Currently, basic bus services are offered by public transport operators (PTOs) SBS Transit, SMRT Buses, Tower TransitΒ as well as Go-Ahead, each with their own areas of responsibility. They usually operate between 5:00am to 1:00am the next day, with selected routes having extended operating hours during eves of Public Holidays.

There are two main forms of basic bus services: Trunk services and Feeder services.

Trunk services are spread all across the island, usually connecting between different towns.

Feeder services operates around a neighborhood. They usually operate out of a bus interchange, providing connections to various parts of housing estates, and are key to the hub-and-spoke transport system of Singapore.

Closely associated with their parent services, Route Variants serve similar catchment areas and are operated either within or outside of their parent service’s operating hours. Some are supplementary routes introduced to ply crowded stretches of their parent trunk routes, operating alongside them either full-day or only during the weekday peak hours. Others operate outside of their parent service’s operating hours (e.g. weekday nights and weekends), plying slightly different routes.Β Short-Trip servicesΒ are short-haul trips that operate only along a segment of their parent route and incorporate the suffix A, B, C and even W.

Terminating Trips

Terminating Trips will display a “T” suffix to their parent route.

Express & City Direct Bus Services

Express bus servicesΒ incorporate express sectors along their route and charge distance-based Express fares, which are more expensive than basic fares.

Three main types of Express services exist.Β Full Day express services offer connections from housing estates to the City, or between housing estates. Limited-stop express services closely mirror their parent route but call at fewer bus stops along the way. SBS Transit branded their limited-stop express routes as Fast-Forward routes, before they were re-branded as Express Routes in August 2018. Finally, CBD express services are the most numerous, connecting housing estates to the Central Business District (CBD) and operating only during the peak hours.

City Direct Services introduced as part of the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP) also fall the CBD Express category.Β Operated by Private Bus Operators, several services are slowly being handed over to Public Transport Operator (PTO) control.

Special Bus Services
Chinatown Direct

Premium Services
including Central Business District, Changi Business Park services & Bus-Pooling Services
Main Article: Premium Services, Changi Business Park Premium Services

Operated by private bus operators, Premium Bus Services (PBS) offers a fully air-conditioned ride and a guaranteed seat on board. These services charge at least 1.5 times the fare of their basic bus/rail equivalents, and cater to a niche market of commuters. Most of these services ply between the Central Business District and outlying housing estates.

Bus-Pooling Subscription-Based Services such as ShareTransport requires commuters to pay & book a seat in advance before riding.

Shuttle Bus Services
Regular Free Shuttle Bus Routes to hospitals, shopping centres, universities, and other places of interest.
Including Sentosa Bus Services.
Usually operated by Private Bus Operators, Shuttle Bus Services are free bus services which either operate on a regular basis or on a ad-hoc basis. A full list of Shuttle Bus Services is under construction.

Regular Shuttle Bus Service networks include:

Changi Airport Shuttle Buses:

Campus Shuttle Buses:

Shopping Centre Shuttle Services:

Tourist Attraction Shuttle Bus Services:

  • Sentosa Bus Services
    Sentosa Bus A: Beach Station – Imbiah Lookout – Siloso Point – Resorts World Sentosa – Beach Station
    Sentosa Bus B: Beach Station – Sentosa Cove / W Hotel – Palawan Beach – Sentosa Golf Club – Sofitel Singapore – Beach Station

Cross Border Services
Bus services operating between Singapore and Malaysia.
Offered by both Public Transport Operators and Private Bus Operators, Cross-Border Bus Services ply between Singapore and Johor Bahru, Malaysia, via two land crossings at Woodlands and Tuas.

Local Public Transport OperatorsΒ 
160 170 170X 950
JB Public Transport OperatorsΒ 
Private Bus Operators
JB Local Bus Services

Check out Bus Transport in Johor Bahru for more information on Bus services operating within Johor Bahru.

Rail Replacement Services

Private Bus Services

This section concerns Bus Services operated by Private Bus Operators which charge a fare. While a majority of these routes are Premium Bus Services, there are several exceptions.

1. Scheme B Bus Services

Also known as Supplementary Public Transport Services, they are operated by private bus operators since their introduction in 1974 to supplement existing SBS bus routes. These services operate on weekdays, running forward trips during the morning peak hours, and return trips during the evening peak hours.

2. Resorts World Sentosa Bus Services

Bus services serving the Resorts World Sentosa Integrated Resort. These include RWS8 and TS8.

3. Jurong Island Bus Services

Bus services serving industries at Jurong Island, operated by ComfortDelGro Bus.

4. Shuttle Bus Services

Shuttle services within an industrial estate / area that charges a nominal fare. These include:

Withdrawn Bus Services
275 405M 408 536 546 555 556 558 561 563
598 589 CT28 256 979M 308 163M NR7 402 BPS1
147e 117B 128 971E 700 700A 167e 135A 75A 67W
66A 66B

Withdrawn Peak Period Short Service (PPSS) Routes:

222P 240P 265P 268P 285P 291P 293P 307P 358P 359P
811P 812P 903P 912P

Withdrawn City Direct Routes:

658 659 662 664 669

Withdrawn On Demand Public Bus Routes:

Joo Koon JK-1, JK-2, JK-3, JK-4, JK-5, JK-6, JK-7, JK-8, JK-9, JK-10, JK-11, JK-12 & JK-13
Marina – Downtown MD-1, MD-2 & MD-3
Night Bus – CBD to Bedok / Tampines NB-1, NB-2, NB-3, NB-4, NB-5 & NB-6

Non-revenue bus operations:

23 thoughts on “Bus Services – Singapore

  • 10 October 2021 at 9:56 AM

    Officers, Firstly Kudos to the Bus Drivers, they have given their best to Singapore tranportation services.
    Just a point to make during this Convid 19 time. I notice them when I was taking a Bus at AMK bus near the MRT last friday 8 October 2021
    Timing about 8.30 am to 9.15am . Few of the drivers had to get off their driver seat to serve the handicapped, placing the platform for the wheel chairs to roll in. Few times they had to roll in as the passenger wheel chair as the passenger travel alone without a helper. The driver then hurriedly return to the steering wheel to start as the buses are already forming a queue.

    Driver helping the wheel chair of handicapped. (Hands exposed to the arms of wheelchair) Platform is naturally dusty .
    Driver goes back to steering wheel perspiring after the assistance.
    Driver use his hand to swipe off his perspiration on his face.
    Driver then holds his steering wheel without any wipes after helping the handicapped.
    Driver is exposed – Infection can come from the wheel chair and platform exposed

    Just a thought
    Hope they can protect themselves with some antiseptic wipes.

  • 8 May 2021 at 11:06 PM

    Can someone add 883A to the Withdrawn Bus Services list? The 883A listing seems to have been removed from MyTransport.sg.

    • 6 June 2021 at 10:54 PM

      883A only operates on New Year’s Eve, when last train operates until 1.15am leaving City Hall. All other days, it does not operate.

  • 4 March 2021 at 4:28 PM

    I don’t understand why some bus services are introduced by another operator when the anchor operator of the bus package is not the operator of the bus service (e.g 110 in Sengkang Hougang bus package but operated by SMRT). Is it a purposeful accident? Is it because they know what is the future operator for the bus service’s package? Please, I don’t want to see this kind of nonsense anymore.

  • 27 December 2019 at 5:02 PM

    Switheroo of operators: 974 & 944. Bus 974 should serve Bukit Panjang Integrated Transport Hub.


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