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.
||Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange ↔ Kampong Bahru Bus Terminal|
|Passes Through||Teck Whye Ave, Bukit Panjang, Stevens, Orchard Road, Clarke Quay, Chinatown|
|Route Length||23.2 km (D1) | 22.6 km (D2)|
|Travelling Time||80 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 Double Deck Bus:
– Alexander Dennis Enviro500
– Volvo B9TL
– MAN A95
12-metre Single Deck Bus:
– MAN A22
– 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 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/LRT Stations Served:
- NS4BP1 Choa Chu Kang
- BP5 Phoenix
- Bukit Panjang
- DT10 Stevens
- NS22 Orchard
- NS23 Somerset
- NS24NE6CC1 Dhoby Ghaut
- CC2 Bras Basah
- DT21 Bencoolen
- NE5 Clarke Quay
- NE4DT19 Chinatown
- NE3EW16 Outram Park
- 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.