SMRT Bus Service 190

SMRT Bus Service 190 operates between Choa Chu Kang and Kampong Bahru Terminal, passing through Teck Whye, Bukit Panjang, Stevens, Orchard Road, Clarke Quay and Chinatown. It utilizes the expressway between Bukit Panjang and Whitley Road, making it a popular route between Choa Chu Kang and the City.

190
44009
Choa Chu Kang Int
Choa Chu Kang Loop
44539
Lot 1 Shoppers' Mall
Choa Chu Kang Ave 4
44399
Opp Blk 210
Choa Chu Kang Dr
44299
Cck Polyclinic
Teck Whye Ave
44289
Blk 6
Teck Whye Ave
44279
Blk 157
Teck Whye Ave
44141
Phoenix Stn
Choa Chu Kang Rd
44251
Blk 604
Bt Panjang Rd
44241
Opp Lompang Rd
Bt Panjang Rd
44231
Zhenghua Pr Sch
Bt Panjang Rd
44261
Blk 270
Bt Panjang Rd
40239
Aft Tanglin CC
Whitley Rd
40229
Aft Stevens Stn
Stevens Rd
40219
Bef Met YMCA
Stevens Rd
40209
NOVOTEL MERCURE @ STEVENS
Stevens Rd
40199
Opp Raffles Girls' Sch
Stevens Rd
09219
Far East Plaza
Scotts Rd
09047
Orchard Stn/Tang Plaza
Orchard Rd
09037
Opp Mandarin Orchard
Orchard Rd
08138
Concorde Hotel S'pore
Orchard Rd
08057
Dhoby Ghaut Stn
Orchard Rd
08069
BENCOOLEN STN EXIT B
Bras Basah Rd
04159
Aft Chijmes
Victoria St
04149
Grand Pk City Hall
Hill St
04229
High St Ctr
Hill St
04239
Clarke Quay Stn
New Bridge Rd
05059
Hong Lim Pk
New Bridge Rd
05049
Chinatown Pt
New Bridge Rd
05039
New Bridge Ctr
New Bridge Rd
05019
Opp Pearl's Ctr
New Bridge Rd
10011
BEF NEIL RD
New Bridge Rd
10041
BEF KAMPONG BAHRU TER
Kg Bahru Rd
10499
KAMPONG BAHRU TER
Spooner Rd
10499
KAMPONG BAHRU TER
Spooner Rd
10049
OPP KAMPONG BAHRU TER
Kg Bahru Rd
10017
Aft Hosp Dr
Eu Tong Sen St
05012
Pearl's Ctr
Eu Tong Sen St
05022
People's Pk Ctr
Eu Tong Sen St
04222
Clarke Quay Stn Exit E
Eu Tong Sen St
04223
Old Hill St Police Stn
Hill St
04143
Stamford Ct
Hill St
04121
SMU
Stamford Rd
08041
YMCA
Orchard Rd
08031
Dhoby Ghaut Stn
Penang Rd
08111
Winsland Hse
Penang Rd
08121
Somerset Stn
Somerset Rd
09011
Opp Ngee Ann City
Orchard Turn
09023
Opp Orchard Stn/ION
Orchard Turn
09213
Thong Teck Bldg
Scotts Rd
40191
Raffles Girls' Sch
Stevens Rd
40201
Chelsea Gdns Condo
Stevens Rd
40211
Opp Met YMCA
Stevens Rd
40221
Opp Stevens Stn
Stevens Rd
40231
Raffles Town Club
Whitley Rd
44269
Blk 223
Bt Panjang Rd
44239
Opp Zhenghua Pr Sch
Bt Panjang Rd
44249
Blk 174
Bt Panjang Rd
44259
Blk 183
Bt Panjang Rd
44149
Opp Phoenix Stn
Choa Chu Kang Rd
44271
Bet Blks 13/14
Teck Whye Ave
44281
Blk 8
Teck Whye Ave
44291
Opp Cck Polyclinic
Teck Whye Ave
44391
Aft Blk 202
Choa Chu Kang Dr
44009
Choa Chu Kang Int
Choa Chu Kang Loop
Technical Information
Route WAB_logo_20px
Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange ↔ Kampong Bahru Bus Terminal 
Passes Through Teck Whye Ave, Bukit Panjang, Stevens, Orchard Road, Clarke Quay, Chinatown
Route Length 22.9 km (D1) | 22.8 km (D2)
Travelling Time 80 mins
Operator Information
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 Double Deck Bus:
Alexander Dennis Enviro500
Volvo B9TL
– MAN A95

12-metre Single Deck Bus:

– 
MAN NL323F
Departure Times from Choa Chu Kang
0550 – 2330 (Daily)
Departure Times from Kampong Bahru
0555 – 2330 (Weekdays, Saturdays)
0625 – 2330 (Sundays/PHs)
Frequency Direction 1 Direction 2
0630-0830: 02 – 05 mins
0831-1659: 04 – 07 mins
1700-1900: 06 – 07 mins
After 1900: 07 – 11 mins
0630-0830: 08 – 11 mins
0831-1659: 04 – 07 mins
1700-1900: 04 – 06 mins
After 1900: 05 – 08 mins

Route History

Service 190 is a major trunk route linking Choa Chu Kang and Bukit Panajng with the City areas of Orchard Road, Clarke Quay and Chinatown. The express nature of the route provides a highly convenient connection between housing estates and the City areas, leading to frequent overcrowding along the route.

SMRT Service 190 was among the most patronized bus services in Singapore, experiencing high demand throughout the day, and even more so during the peak hours. This is partially due to the lack of and undercoverage of existing bus routes between CCK / Teck Whye and the City before end-2015. Also, the inconvenience of multiple transfers on the MRT (before the Downtown Line Stage 2 opened) led to more commuters preferring the direct bus route over a train ride. Difficulty boarding Service 190 during weekday and weekend peak hours are commonplace. Commuters may consider alternative bus services to the city, such as 171, 700/A and 972. Bunching of buses is common owing to the short headway between buses. With the opening of the Downtown Line Stage 2 in Dec 2015, demand for this bus service has been reduced.

Formerly a Singapore Bus Service (SBS) route since 1988, the route was transferred to Trans-Island Bus Service (TIBS) in 1999 and has been operated by SMRT ever since. High capacity articulated / double-deck buses are deployed on a regular basis. SMRT’s Alexander Dennis Enviro500 double-deck buses appeared on the route since Aug 2014, marking a comeback since SBS transferred Service 190 to TIBS in 1999 (then operating with double-decks).

MRT Stations Served:
LRT Stations Served:
Special Departures:
  • Bukit Panjang Road (Blk 604) Kampong Bahru Ter
    0545 (Weekdays), 0600 (Sat, Sun) & Weekdays AM Peak
    Majority of morning downroutes start here; buses are usually full with passengers from Teck Whye, and downroutes help with the passenger loads at Bukit Panjang
  • Bukit Panjang Road (Blk 223) Choa Chu Kang Int
    0600 (Daily) onwards, Weekday afternoons
    Morning downroutes from this stop until the first bus arrives from New Bridge Road.
  • Orchard Road (YMCA) Choa Chu Kang Int
    Weekdays PM Peak & Weekend nights
    Majority of weekday evening peak downroutes are from this stop, notably split-shift buses which perform 190A in the morning. Additional downroutes from this stop also operated during weekend nights.
  • Somerset Road (Somerset Stn)  Choa Chu Kang Int
    Weekdays PM Peak & Weekend nights. Minority of downroutes.

Due to the exceptionally high demand of Service 190, many downroutes are used to better cater to demand and ensure that passengers throughout the route have a chance of boarding a bus.

Shortworking Trips:
  • Service 190AChoa Chu Kang Int → Orchard Rd (Dhoby Ghaut Stn)
    Weekdays, Except Public Holidays: 0555hrs – 0746hrs
    04 – 24 mins frequency

Fare: Charges basic distance fares. See Bus Fares. Calculate your bus fare using LTA’s fare calculator on MyTransport.sg here.

Fleet: See table above.

 


Gallery:


Operator History:

  • 1988 – 1999: Singapore Bus Services Ltd
  • 1999 – 2004: Trans-Island Bus Services Ltd
  • 2004 – Present: SMRT Buses Ltd

The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) will be renewed in 2023 under the Choa Chu Kang – Bukit Panjang Bus Package.

History:

  • 1988 (10 Jul): Introduced by Singapore Bus Service (SBS) between Bukit Panjang and New Bridge Road.
  • 1990 (16 Dec): Extended to start from Choa Chu Kang
  • 1993 (03 Jan): Amended to ply express along PIE to Whitley Rd instead of Jln Anak Bukit/Upp Bukit Timah Rd and Dunearn Rd/Bukit Timah Rd
  • 1999 (25 Jul): Handed to Trans-Island Bus Services (TIBS), later rebranded as SMRT.
  • 1999 (Dec): Amended from Choa Chu Kang Way to Choa Chu Kang Dr and Teck Whye Ave, as part of the BPLRT Rationalisation.
  • 2013: Service improvement under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP)
  • 2014 (18 Aug): Alexander Dennis Enviro500 double-deck buses deployed
  • 2015 (14 Jun): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
  • 2018 (10 Mar): Amended to Kampong Bahru Ter

Past Routings:

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