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. It is a route variant of service 188 and a weekday express variant 188e is also operated.
Bus Service 188R will remain suspended until further notice, starting from 15 April 2020.
|Route||Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange ↔ Resorts World Sentosa|
|Passes Through||Choa Chu Kang Way, Bt Batok West Ave 2, Toh Guan Rd, Telok Blangah Rd|
|Route Length||Towards Resorts World Sentosa: 23.7 km||Towards Choa Chu Kang: 23.8 km|
|Traveling Time||75 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
||Saturdays & Sundays / Public Holidays
|07:00 – 22:00|
|Departure Times from Resorts World Sentosa
||Saturdays & Sundays / Public Holidays|
|08:30 – 23:30|
|From Choa Chu Kang
||35 mins||30 – 35 mins||30 – 33 mins||27 – 31 mins|
|From Resorts World Sentosa
||N.A.||30 – 33 mins||28 – 33 mins||30 – 33 mins|
|Fare||Charges express distance fares
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. Along with Service 123 and 963R, 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).
MRT / LRT / Sentosa Monorail Stations Served
- NS4BP1 Choa Chu Kang
- BP2 South View
- BP3 Keat Hong
- CC28 Telok Blangah
- NE1CC29 HarbourFront
- Resorts World
- Bus Service 188: Choa Chu Kang Int ↔ HarbourFront Int
- Express Service 188e: Choa Chu Kang Int → HarbourFront Int
Weekdays, except Public Holidays: 07:08 & 07:23
- 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 between Choa Chu Kang Int and Resorts World Sentosa, operating on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays only
- 2015 (22 Mar): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
- 2018 (16 Dec): Amended to 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