SMRT Express Bus Service 188R is a weekend express route between Choa Chu Kang Interchange and Resorts World Sentosa, passing through Choa Chu Kang Way, Bukit Gombak, Bukit Batok, Toh Guan, AYE, Telok Blangah and HarbourFront. Its parent route is 188 and a weekday express variant 188e is also operated.
Bus Service 188R will remain suspended until further notice, starting from 15 April 2020.
||Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange ↔ Resorts World Sentosa|
|Passes Through||Choa Chu Kang Way, Bukit Gombak, Bukit Batok, Toh Guan, AYE, Telok Blangah, HarbourFront|
|Route Length||23.7 km (D1) | 23.8 km (D2)|
|Travelling Time||65 mins|
|BCM Route Package||Choa Chu Kang – Bukit Panjang Bus Package|
|Current Operator||SMRT Buses Ltd|
|Current Depot||Kranji Bus Depot (KJDEP)|
|Current Fleet||12-metre Single Deck Bus:
– MAN A22
|Departure Times from Choa Chu Kang
||0700hrs – 2200hrs (Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays)|
|Departure Times from Resorts World Sentosa
||0830hrs – 2330hrs (Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays)|
|Frequency||Direction 1||Direction 2|
|0630 – 0830: 35 mins
0831 – 1659: 30 – 35 mins
1700 – 1900: 30 – 33 mins
After 1900: 27 – 31 mins
|0630 – 0830: –
0831 – 1659: 30 – 33 mins
1700 – 1900: 28 – 33 mins
After 1900: 30 – 33 mins
Service 188R is an express bus service which operates on Saturdays, Sundays and Public holidays. Duplicating sectors of Service 188, the service connects the residential estates of Choa Chu Kang, Bukit Batok and Jurong East with Telok Blangah, HarbourFront and Resorts World Sentosa.
The route plies a long express sector along the Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE) in both directions, skipping stops along AYE, Clementi Road and Pasir Panjang altogether, making it a very fast connection from the housing estates in the West to the central areas of HarbourFront and Sentosa island.
The route was introduced in May 2010, to compliment the opening of Resorts World Sentosa earlier that year. High capacity articulated / double-deck buses are not deployed due to insufficient demand. Along with Service 123, 963R and NightRider services, passengers are spared from Sentosa admission charges, and they provide an alternative to Service RWS8 for an inbound journey from HarbourFront. Passengers can board from Bus Stop 14129 – Telok Blangah Rd (HarbourFront Stn Exit A).
Fare: Charges express distance fares. See Bus Fares.
MRT / LRT Stations Served
- SMRT Trunk Service 188
Choa Chu Kang Interchange ↔ HarbourFront Interchange
- SMRT Express Service 188e
Choa Chu Kang Interchange → HarbourFront Interchange
- 2010 – Present: SMRT Buses Ltd
The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2023 under the Choa Chu Kang – Bukit Panjang Bus Package.
- 2010 (01 May): Introduced on 1st May 2010, this express service provides a faster link from Choa Chu Kang to Resorts World Sentosa. It operates from 7.00am to 10.00pm from Choa Chu Kang Int and 8.30am to 11.30pm from Resorts World Sentosa and charges express fares.
- 2015 (22 Mar): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
- 2018 (16 Dec): Calls at relocated Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange.
- 2020 (15 Apr – 01 Jun): Temporarily suspended due to Singapore COVID-19 Circuit Breaker Measures.
- 2020 (02 Jun): Suspended until further notice