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
Currently, basic bus services are offered by public transport operators (PTOs) SBS Transit, SMRT Buses, Tower Transit 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. Short-Trip services 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 will display a “T” suffix to their parent route.
Express & City Direct Bus Services
Express bus services 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. 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. Operated by Private Bus Operators, several services are slowly being handed over to Public Transport Operator (PTO) control.
Special Bus 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 GrabShuttle requires commuters to pay & book a seat in advance before riding.
Check out over 175 routes operated by GrabShuttle across the island here!
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Shuttle Bus Services
Including Sentosa Bus Services.
Regular Shuttle Bus Service networks include:
Changi Airport Shuttle Buses:
Campus Shuttle Buses:
Shopping Centre Shuttle Services:
- Great World City Shuttle Bus
- Tampines Retail Park (IKEA, Giant and Courts)
- IKEA Alexandra
- Parkway Parade Shuttle Bus Services
- The Grandstand Shuttle Bus
- Sembawang Shopping Centre Shuttle Bus Service
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
|Local Public Transport Operators|
|JB Public Transport Operators|
|Private Bus Operators|
JB Local Bus Services
Check out Bus Transport in Johor Bahru for more information on Bus services operating within Johor Bahru.
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.
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
- Main article: Resorts World Sentosa
3. Jurong Island Bus Services
Bus services serving industries at Jurong Island, operated by Woodlands Transport.
4. Shuttle Bus Services
Shuttle services within an industrial estate / area that charges a nominal fare. These include:
- one-north Rider
- International Business Park Shuttle
Withdrawn Bus Services
- SBS Transit Parks Services (Withdrawn)
- SBS Transit Midnight F1 Bus Services (Withdrawn): EW1, EW5, EW27 & NS16
- Sentosa Bus 1, Sentosa Bus 2, Sentosa Bus 3
Withdrawn Peak Period Short Service (PPSS) Routes:
Withdrawn City Direct Routes:
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|