SBS Transit Bus Service 186

SBS Transit Bus Service 186 is a trunk route between from Shenton Way Terminal and St. Michael’s Terminal, passing through Telok Ayer, Ganges Avenue, Queenstown MRT, Farrer Road, Whitley, Balestier and St. Michael’s Estate.

Notes:

  • Bus Service 186 towards both Saint Michael’s and Shenton Way duplicates along Jalan Bahagia. Check the bus destination before boarding.
    – Buses displaying the Red 186 Plate head towards Shenton Way
    – Buses displaying the White 186 Plate head towards Saint Michael’s
  • No alighting at Shenton Way Ter
Route Overview
Route WAB_logo_20px Shenton Way Bus Terminal ↔ Saint Michael’s Bus Terminal 
Passes Through Havelock Rd, Alexandra Rd, C’wealth Ave, Queensway, Farrer Rd, Dunearn Rd / Bukit Timah Rd, Balestier Rd, Jln Bahagia
Route Length Towards St. Michael’s: 18.5 km Towards Shenton Way: 17.5 km
Travelling Time 75 mins
Operator Information
BCM Route Package Bishan–Toa Payoh Bus Package
Current Operator SBS Transit Ltd
Current Depot Braddell Bus Park (BRBP)
Current Fleet Single Deck Bus:
Mercedes-Benz Citaro
Scania K230UB
Double Deck Bus:
MAN A95
Volvo B9TL
Operating Hours
Departure Times from Shenton Way
Daily
06:00 – 00:00
Departure Times from Saint Michael’s
Daily
06:00 – 23:45
Operating Frequency
From Shenton Way
6:30am–8.30am 8.31am–4.59pm 5.00pm–7.00pm After 7.00pm
Mondays – Thursdays 15 17 mins 11 18 mins 11 14 mins 12 24 mins
Fridays 15 17 mins 11 18 mins 11 14 mins 12 24 mins
Saturdays 16 20 mins 15 20 mins 20 mins 18 24 mins
Sundays / Public Holidays 14 15 mins 15 18 mins 18 mins 18 22 mins
From Saint Michael’s
6:30am–8.30am 8.31am–4.59pm 5.00pm–7.00pm After 7.00pm
Mondays – Thursdays 9 14 mins 12 18 mins 14 19 mins 17 25 mins
Fridays 9 14 mins 12 18 mins 15 18 mins 17 24 mins
Saturdays 16 17 mins 16 19 mins 17 20 mins 17 23 mins
Sundays / Public Holidays 14 15 mins 17 19 mins 17 18 mins 17 23 mins
Fare Information
Fare Charges regular distance fares

 

Service 186 connects St. Michael’s Estate, Balestier, Farrer and Queenstown with the City areas of Havelock, Telok Ayer and Shenton Way. Demand is moderate to low during offpeak hours, but heavy during the peak hours as residents commute to and from the City.

From St. Michael’s, Service 131 offers a faster route to Shenton Way by not going via Queenstown.

Service 186 serves the same bus stops along Jalan Bahagia in both directions. Commuters should check the bus destination signage before boarding the bus. Shenton Way bound buses will display a red Service 186 plate while Saint Michael’s bound buses will display a white Service 186 plate.

MRT Stations Served
Special Departures
  • Whitley Road (Bef Stevens Stn Exit 4) Shenton Way Ter
    Weekdays: 05:55 & 06:09
    Saturdays & Sundays / Public Holidays: 05:55

Gallery:

Operator History:
  • 1993 – 2001: Singapore Bus Services Ltd
  • 2001 – Present: SBS Transit Ltd

The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2026 under the Bishan – Toa Payoh Route Package.

History:
  • 1993 (03 Jan): Introduced between Shenton Way Ter and Farrer Rd (Loop) under TransitLink Network Integration Exercise Phase 11
  • 1993 (04 Apr): Extended to St. Michael’s Ter under TransitLink Network Integration Exercise Phase 12
  • 2000: Serves new bus stop after Shenton Way along Palmer Rd
  • 2004: Skips abolished bus stop outside Nanyang Pr Sch along Farrer Rd
  • 2011 (04 Sep): Serves new bus stop outside Botanic Gdns Stn along Bt Timah Rd
  • 2012 (30 Sep): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
  • 2014 (27 Apr): Serves new bus stop outside Queens Condo along Commonwealth Ave
  • 2017 (25 Jun): Amended to relocated Shenton Way Ter

Past Routings

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