Nite Owl services

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Nite Owl bus services are SBS Transit’s overnight bus routes, which operate after midnight on Fridays, Saturdays and eves of Public Holidays. These unidirectional services provide bus connections from the city to major housing estates during the after-hours where normal bus services do not operate.

Nite Owl 1N Marina Centre Ter  → Ang Mo Kio / Yishun
Nite Owl 2N Marina Centre Ter  → Bedok Reservoir / Tampines
Nite Owl 3N Marina Centre Ter  → Jln Jurong Kechil / Bukit Batok / Bukit Gombak / Bukit Panjang / Choa Chu Kang / Yew Tee
Nite Owl 4N Marina Centre Ter  → Marine Parade / Bedok / Simei / Pasir Ris
Nite Owl 5N Marina Centre Ter  → Farrer / Holland / Clementi / Jurong East / Jurong West
Nite Owl 6N Marina Centre Ter  → Hougang / Sengkang / Punggol

All Nite Owl routes all operate starting from Marina Centre Terminal, passing through City Hall, River Valley, Orchard Road and Dhoby Ghaut before branching out to various housing estates.

History:

Singapore Bus Service / SBS Transit introduced ten overnight bus routes between 2000 and 2001. Dubbed “Nite Owl” bus routes, their routes were largely similar to their daytime counterparts and identified by an “M” suffix.

The original Nite Owl routes were introduced between 2000 and 2001. SBS Transit’s ten overnight bus routes were dubbed “Nite Owl” bus routes, and their routes were largely similar to their daytime counterparts and identified by an “M” suffix. They were:

Nite Owl 16M Tanjong Pagar Rd → Bedok North Avenue 1
Introduced 7th Dec 2001, operates only during festive seasons
Nite Owl 36M Changi Airport ↺ Tomlinson Road
Introduced 22nd Nov 2000, withdrawn 7th Dec 2001
Nite Owl 65M Tanjong Pagar Rd → Tampines Avenue 4
Introduced 23rd June 2000
Nite Owl 85M Orchard Rd (Lucky Plaza) → Sengkang Interchange
Introduced 23rd Jan 2000, later renumbered 89M
Nite Owl 89M Renumbered from 85M on 7th Dec 2001
Tanjong Pagar Rd → Pasir Ris Drive 3
Nite Owl 143M Scotts Road (Newton Station) → Teban Gardens
Withdrawn 7th Dec 2001
Nite Owl 174M Bencoolen St (Fortune Ctr) → Clementi Interchange
Introduced 23rd Jun 2000, withdrawn 7th Dec 2001
Nite Owl 162M Marina Centre → Yishun Ring Rd
Introduced 7th Dec 2001, operates only during festive seasons
Nite Owl 174M Marina Centre → Boon Lay Interchange
Introduced 23rd Jun 2000
Nite Owl 181M Marina Centre → Choa Chu Kang Way
Introduced 7th Dec 2001, operates only during festive seasons

Before the Nite Owl reorganization from 22nd December 2006, only six of the original ten routes would remain (16M, 65M, 89M, 162M, 174M and 181M).

From 22nd December 2006, there was a mass reorganisation of all Nite Owl bus routes. The six remaining Nite Owl services (16M, 65M, 89M, 162M, 174M and 181M) were withdrawn and eight new Nite Owl routes were drawn up to replace them, namely 1N to 8N:

Nite Owl 1N Marina Centre Ter  → Ang Mo Kio / Yishun
Replaces Nite Owl 162M
Nite Owl 2N Marina Centre Ter  → Bedok Reservoir / Tampines
Replaces Nite Owl 65M
Nite Owl 3N Marina Centre Ter  → Bukit Panjang / Choa Chu Kang / Yew Tee
Replaces Nite Owl 181M, later enhanced to Bukit Batok
Nite Owl 4N Marina Centre Ter  → Marine Parade / Bedok / Pasir Ris
Replaces Nite Owl 16M, later enhanced to Simei and Pasir Ris
Nite Owl 5N Marina Centre Ter  → Clementi / Jurong East
Replaces Nite Owl 174M, later enhanced to Jurong West
Nite Owl 6N Marina Centre Ter  → Hougang / Sengkang / Punggol
Replaces Nite Owl 89M
Nite Owl 7N Marina Centre Ter  → Simei / Pasir Ris
Withdrawn 31th Oct 2008 and merged with 4N.
Nite Owl 8N Marina Centre Ter  → Bukit Batok / Boon Lay
Withdrawn 31th Oct 2008 and merged with 3N and 5N.

Operating Hours:

All regular Nite Owl services operate between 12:00 am and 2:00 am on Fridays, Saturdays and eves of Public Holidays, with a frequency of 40 minutes each. Hence, departure times are estimated around 0000, 0040, 0120 and 0200hrs departing Marina Centre.

During special occasions like Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve, operating hours of Nite Owl services will be extended to 4:00 am. More trips may be added to supplement high demand during special occasions.

Fares:

Card/Cash Fares for Nite Owl Services:
Between HDB towns
Between City and HDB town
Within HDB Town
Child (card) Free Free
Student $2.10 $0.85
Adult, PWD*, WTCS** $4.40 $1.70
Senior Citizen $3.20 $1.25
*PWD = Persons with Disabilities
** WTCS = WorkFare Transport Concession Scheme cardholders

Bus concession passes are not applicable for Nite Owl services.
This service charges flat fares; distance-based fares not applicable.

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3 thoughts on “Nite Owl services

  • 31 May 2019 at 6:32 PM
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    If there’s 1N to 6N, why not introduce 7N to 9N?

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    • 21 June 2019 at 10:50 PM
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      From T4 airport going to Block 237 Serangoon Drive?

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  • 26 February 2018 at 9:40 AM
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    Fare structure is better than Nightrider flat fare of $4.50

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