SBS Transit Bus Service 123

SBS Transit Bus Service 123 is a trunk route connecting Bukit Merah Int and Beach Station Bus Terminal in Sentosa, passing through Queensway, Napier Road, Orchard, Clemenceau Avenue, Havelock, Tiong Bahru and Lower Delta Road, while also operating a supplementary route variant, Service 123M.

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10009
Bt Merah Int
Bt Merah Ctrl
10659
Blk 1003
Bt Merah Ctrl
10101
OPP BT MERAH SEC SCH
Jln Bt Merah
10111
Opp Blk 28
Jln Bt Merah
10131
Opp Blk 2
Jln Bt Merah
11021
Aft Queenstown NPC HQ
Queensway
11031
Opp Queen's Cl
Queensway
11041
Aft C'wealth Dr
Queensway
11051
Opp Queenstown Polyclinic
Queensway
11061
Opp Queensway Sec Sch
Queensway
11071
Blk 97
Queensway
11081
Viz Holland
Queensway
11229
Les Jardins De Holland
Holland Rd
11219
Great Eastern Mans
Holland Rd
11209
Opp Peirce Rd
Holland Rd
13029
Bef Tyersall Ave
Holland Rd
13019
S'pore Botanic Gdns
Napier Rd
09149
Opp British Council
Napier Rd
09159
Aft Tomlinson Rd
Tanglin Rd
09169
Delfi Orchard
Orchard Rd
09179
Royal Thai Embassy
Orchard Rd
09048
Orchard Stn/Lucky Plaza
Orchard Rd
09038
Opp Somerset Stn
Orchard Rd
08137
Orchard Plaza
Orchard Rd
08019
Aft Haw Par Glass Twr
Clemenceau Ave
04329
Opp Shell HSE
Clemenceau Ave
06161
Blk 2
Havelock Rd
06151
Hotel Miramar
Havelock Rd
06069
Aft Furama RiverFront
Outram Rd
06051
Blk 55
Tiong Bahru Rd
10141
Blk 18
Tiong Bahru Rd
10151
Ctrl Green Condo
Tiong Bahru Rd
10161
Opp Tiong Bahru Stn
Tiong Bahru Rd
10379
Blk 25B
Lower Delta Rd
10369
Opp Cendex Ctr
Lower Delta Rd
14039
Opp St. Theresa's Convent
Lower Delta Rd
14389
Opp Blk 109
Bt Purmei Ave
14381
Blk 109
Bt Purmei Ave
14029
Blk 105
Lower Delta Rd
14019
Opp Mt Faber Lodge
Kg Bahru Rd
14519
Resorts World Sentosa
Sentosa Gateway
14521
Merlion Plaza
Artillery Ave
14539
Beach Station Bus Terminal
Beach View
14539
Beach Station Bus Terminal
Beach View
14529
Opp Merlion Plaza
Artillery Ave
14011
Bef Mt Faber Lodge
Kg Bahru Rd
14021
The Pearl @ Mt Faber
Lower Delta Rd
14379
Blk 40
Lower Delta Rd
14389
Opp Blk 109
Bt Purmei Ave
14381
Blk 109
Bt Purmei Ave
14031
St. Theresa's Convent
Lower Delta Rd
10361
Cendex Ctr
Lower Delta Rd
10371
Blk 129
Lower Delta Rd
10169
Tiong Bahru Stn
Tiong Bahru Rd
10149
Blk 1
Tiong Bahru Rd
06071
Blk 2B
Zion Rd
06081
Blk 94
Zion Rd
06149
Opp Holiday Inn Atrium
Havelock Rd
06159
Opp Hotel Miramar
Havelock Rd
06169
River Pl Condo
Havelock Rd
04321
Shell HSE
Clemenceau Ave
04311
Aft River Valley Rd
Clemenceau Ave
08011
Opp Haw Par Glass Twr
Clemenceau Ave
08111
Winsland Hse
Penang Rd
08121
Somerset Stn
Somerset Rd
09059
Natl Youth Council
Grange Rd
09022
Bef Orchard Stn Exit B
Orchard Blvd
09111
Opp Four Seasons Hotel
Orchard Blvd
09121
Bef Tomlinson Rd
Orchard Blvd
09131
Grange Residences
Grange Rd
09141
British Council
Napier Rd
13011
Opp S'pore Botanic Gdns
Napier Rd
13021
Aft Min Of Foreign Affairs
Holland Rd
11201
CSC Dempsey Clubhse
Holland Rd
11211
Aft Peirce Rd
Holland Rd
11221
Lien Twrs
Holland Rd
11089
Opp Holland Hill Lodge
Queensway
11079
Opp Blk 95
Queensway
11069
Queensway Sec Sch
Queensway
11059
Queenstown Polyclinic
Queensway
11049
Opp Blessed Sacrament Ch
Queensway
11039
Blk 19
Queensway
11029
Blk 166
Queensway
11019
Pk Hotel Alexandra
Jln Bt Merah
10139
Blk 1
Jln Bt Merah
10119
Opp Pacific Tech Ctr
Jln Bt Merah
10651
Blk 161
Bt Merah Ctrl
10009
Bt Merah Int
Bt Merah Ctrl
Notes:

  • Bus Service 123 towards both Beach Station and Bukit Merah duplicates along Bukit Purmei Ave. Check the bus destination before boarding.
    – Buses displaying the Red 123 Plate head towards Bukit Merah
    – Buses displaying the White 123 Plate head towards Beach Station

 

Technical Information
Route WAB_logo_20px
Bukit Merah Bus Interchange  Beach Station Bus Terminal
Passes Through Queensway, Napier Rd, Orchard, Clemenceau Ave, Havelock, Tiong Bahru, Lower Delta Rd, Resorts World Sentosa, Merlion Plaza
Route Length 21.4 km (D1) | 19.8 km (D2)
Travelling Time 61 mins – 104 mins
Operator Information
BCM Route Package Bukit Merah Bus Package
Current Operator SBS Transit Ltd
Current Depot Ulu Pandan Bus Depot (UPDEP)
Current Fleet 12-metre Single Deck Bus:
Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro
– Scania K230UB
12-metre Double Deck Bus:
Volvo B9TL
Departure Times from Bukit Merah
0545 – 2345 (Weekdays, Saturdays)
0600 – 2345 (Sundays/PHs)
Departure Times from Beach Station
0600 – 2345 (Weekdays, Saturdays)
0615 – 2345 (Sundays/PHs)
Frequency Direction 1
Direction 2
0630 – 0830: 10 – 13 mins
0831 – 1659: 12 – 15 mins
1700 – 1900: 11 – 16 mins
After 1900: 14 – 16 mins
0630 – 0830: 10 – 12 mins
0831 – 1659: 11 – 15 mins
1700 – 1900: 11 – 15 mins
After 1900: 14 – 15 mins

Service 123 is a trunk route connecting Bukit Merah Int and Beach Station Bus Terminal. It primarily serves the residential estates along Bukit Merah, Queensway, Tiong Bahru and Bukit Purmei, offering connections to activity nodes such as the Orchard Road district, including Tanglin and Dhoby Ghaut, and Sentosa.

This service calls at several bus stops in Bukit Purmei estate twice in different directions, i.e. towards Bukit Merah and towards Beach Station. Red and white service plates are used to distinguish the direction of travel in addition to Electronic Display Signages (EDS) on buses. Red plate indicates buses heading for Bukit Merah; white plate indicates buses heading for Beach Station.

Service 123: Route extension to Sentosa
Service 123: Route extension to Sentosa

2017 Route Amendment

From Sunday, 30 July 2017, Service 123 will be amended to terminate at Beach Station Terminal within Sentosa Island, calling at intermediate stops along Artillery Avenue. It will also call at Resorts World Sentosa in the direction of Beach Station only. The route will enhance connectivity to Sentosa Island, linking it with Tiong Bahru MRT Station and the Orchard Road shopping belt.

The route amendment will make Service 123 the first regular trunk service to terminate at Sentosa. Currently, Express Services 188R and 963R terminate at Sentosa, which operate only on weekends and public holidays and charge express fares.

Service 123M will not be amended, and will continue to offer connections between HarbourFront Bus Interchange and Tiong Bahru.

White plated Service 123 buses will head towards Beach Station instead of Harbourfront.

Special Departures:

  • Kg Bahru Rd (Bef Mt Faber Lodge) → Bukit Merah Int
    Weekdays & Saturdays: 0550hrs
    Sundays & Public Holidays: 0605hrs

Route Variants:

  • Service 123M: HarbourFront Bus Interchange ↺ Tiong Bahru Road (Loop)

MRT / Sentosa Monorail Stations Served:

Fare: Charges basic distance fares. See Bus Fares.


Gallery:


Operator History:
  • 1971 (11 Apr) – 1971: Singapore Traction Company
  • 1971 (06 Dec) – 1973: United Bus Company
  • 1973 (01 Nov) – 2001: Singapore Bus Services Ltd
  • 2001 (01 Nov) – Present: SBS Transit Ltd

The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2023 under the Bukit Merah Bus Package.

History:
  • 1971 (11 Apr): Introduced between Jln Aman Ter and South Canal Rd Ter as part of the 1971 Bus Reorganisation
  • 1971 (09 May): Amended to Kg Bahru Ter
  • 1974 (24 Feb): Amended to ply Grange Rd and Orchard Blvd with the conversion of Orchard Rd to one-way road, skipping Orchard Rd.
  • 1975 (02 Feb): Amended to ply Zion Rd and Ganges Ave towards Jln Aman Ter with the partial conversion of Outram Rd to one-way road
  • 1976 (08 Aug): Amended to serve New Bridge Rd
  • 1985 (26 May): Amended to Whampoa Rd Ter
  • 1987 (01 Oct): Amended to ply Eu Tong Sen St towards St. Michael’s Ter to facilitate the second stage of road expansion along New Bridge Rd.
  • 1993 (04 Apr): Shortened to loop at Tomlinson Road when service 124 was amended.
  • 1993 (23 May): Merged with service 14 and amended to ply between Bt Merah Int and Bt Purmei Ave via Queensway, Holland Rd & Orchard Rd.
  • 2008 (14 Jul): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
  • 2008 (28 Jan): Service 123M was introduced to replace Shortworking trip 123B.
  • 2013: Service improvement under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP)
  • 2014 (24 Aug): Extended to HarbourFront Int and converted to a bi-directional route.
  • 2017 (30 Jul): Extended to Beach Station Bus Terminal. Start of Double-decker deployments.
  • 2018 (18 Nov): Start of operations under Bukit Merah Bus Package (Tendered Contract)
Past Routings:

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12 thoughts on “SBS Transit Bus Service 123

  • 30 July 2017 at 3:29 PM
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    Now that service 123 can use double-decker buses to sentosa

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    • 31 July 2017 at 9:26 PM
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      Will SMRT’s 188R and 963R (either one will do) use them too?

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      • 1 August 2017 at 4:16 PM
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        I doubt so
        The demand of 188R and 963R is not high enough to support the use of double decker.

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