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.

44009 Choa Chu Kang Int NS4BP1 Choa Chu Kang Loop
44539 Lot 1/Choa Chu Kang Stn NS4BP1 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 BP5 Choa Chu Kang Rd
44251 Bt Panjang Stn/Blk 604 DT1-BP6 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 DT10 Stevens Rd
40219 Bef Met YMCA Stevens Rd
40199 Aft Balmoral Rd Stevens Rd
09219 Far East Plaza Scotts Rd
09047 Orchard Stn/Tang Plaza NS22 Orchard Rd
09037 Opp Mandarin Orchard NS22 Orchard Rd
08138 Concorde Hotel S'pore Orchard Rd
08057 Dhoby Ghaut Stn NS24NE6CC1 Orchard Rd
08069 Bencoolen Stn Exit B DT21 Bras Basah Rd
04159 Aft CHIJMES Victoria St
04149 Grand Pk City Hall Hill St
04229 High St Ctr Hill St
04239 Opp Clarke Quay Stn NE5 New Bridge Rd
05059 Hong Lim Park NE5 New Bridge Rd
05049 Chinatown Pt NE4DT19 New Bridge Rd
05039 New Bridge Ctr New Bridge Rd
05019 Aft Duxton Plain Pk New Bridge Rd
10011 BEF NEIL RD New Bridge Rd
10499 Kampong Bahru Ter Spooner Rd
10499 Kampong Bahru Ter Spooner Rd
10017 Aft Hosp Dr EW16NE3 Eu Tong Sen St
05012 Bef Pearl's Hill Terr Eu Tong Sen St
05022 Aft Chinatown Stn Exit D NE4DT19 Eu Tong Sen St
04222 Clarke Quay Stn Exit E NE5 Eu Tong Sen St
04223 Old Hill St Police Stn Hill St
04143 Stamford Ct Hill St
04121 SMU CC2 Stamford Rd
08041 YMCA Orchard Rd
08031 Dhoby Ghaut Stn Exit B NS24NE6CC1 Penang Rd
08111 Winsland Hse Penang Rd
08121 Somerset Stn NS23 Somerset Rd
09011 Opp Ngee Ann City Orchard Turn
09023 Opp Orchard Stn/ION NS22 Orchard Turn
09213 Thong Teck Bldg Scotts Rd
40191 Aft Draycott Pk Stevens Rd
40201 Chelsea Gdns Condo Stevens Rd
40211 Opp Met YMCA Stevens Rd
40221 Opp Stevens Stn DT10 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 BP5 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 NS4BP1 Choa Chu Kang Loop
Technical Information
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Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange ↔ Kampong Bahru Bus Terminal 
Passes Through Teck Whye Ave, Bukit Panjang, Stevens, Orchard Road, Clarke Quay, Chinatown
Route Length 23.1 km (D1) | 22.4 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:

– Mercedes-Benz OC500LE
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

Service 190 is a major trunk route linking Choa Chu Kang and Bukit Panjang 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 prior to the commencement of Downtown Line Stage 2.

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 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 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/LRT Stations Served:
Special Departures:
  • Bukit Panjang Road (Bt Panjang Stn/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. The 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.

Short Trip Service:
  • Service 190A: Choa 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.

2 thoughts on “SMRT Bus Service 190

  • 11 July 2019 at 3:18 PM

    Service 190 should be operated by SBS Transit.


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