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     Getting Around - buses



An SBS Transit bus

Interior of an SBS Transit bus

     An efficient public transportation network offers taxis, buses, and the modern Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) rail system.

     You can easily get from one place to another by bus with a Transit-Link farecard, which can also be used on the MRT.


     S$0.80 to S$1.50* -    non-air conditioned buses

     S$0.90 to S$1.80*  -    air conditioned buses

     *prices updated in May 2008

     Free Travel for children up to 0.9 m in height and accompanied by a fare-paying passenger.

     Concessionary travel without Concession Card for children between 0.9 and 1.2m in height.

     Concessionary travel with Student Identification Pass for students who are 1.2m and above in height.

     Tertiary students have to pay the full adult fare if their concession cards are not affixed with valid stamps.

     Exact fare is required since there is no bus conductor. Check with the Bus Captain (driver) on the appropriate fare for your destination.

     Operating hours:

     From 6.00 am to midnight.

     SBS Transit Bus Guide - by road name

     SBS Transit Bus Guide - by landmark


     Tourist Day Ticket

     Priced at S$10, the Tourist Day Ticket allows you to take up to 12 rides a day regardless of distance travelled, on the MRT and on all basic fare bus services.

     You will need to inform the ticketing officer of the exact date you use the card as it is printed on the card and valid for that day only.  Tickets can be bought at any TransitLink Ticket Sales Office located in most Mass Rapid Transit Stations and bus interchanges up to seven days in advance.

     Lost & Found





1 to 2 cents increase in bus fares and no increase in rail fares

The PTC approved a 1 to 2 cent increase in adult EZ-Link fares for buses. Senior citizen concessionary EZ-Link bus fares, which are flat fares pegged to the lowest adult EZ-Link fare band will also increase by 2 cents...
There will be no increase to all rail fares, some EZLink adult bus fares, as well as cash fares for buses, child/student fares and the prices of monthly student/NS men concession passes...



Changes to Bus Lane Scheme from 1 April 2007



Existing Operation Hours

New Operation Hours

Mondays to Fridays

7.30am to 9.30am

7.30am to 9.30am
(No Change)  

4.30pm to 7.00pm

5.00pm to 8.00pm



7.30am to 9.30am

No Longer Applicable

11.30am to 2.00pm

Indicated by a continuous yellow line



Expanding our MRT Network


"Beyond this, the LTA is completing its feasibility studies for a new 33-station Downtown Line that will link the eastern and north western corridors to the Marina Bay.
"When the Downtown Line is up, residents in Bukit Panjang, Bukit Timah, Bedok Reservoir and Macpherson can take the train to see the bright lights of the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort...
"As part of our long-term planning for a future Singapore of 6.5 million population, we expect that we will need to at least double our current rail network of 138 km for a 50% increase in population. That means putting in the equivalent of at least 7 North-east Lines..."


     - PTC revises premium bus service scheme


Public transport operators to handle lost & found properties

"With effect from 1 January 2007, the public bus and taxi companies, namely, SBS Transit Ltd, SMRT Buses Ltd, Comfort Transportation Pte Ltd, Yellow-Top Cab Pte Ltd, CityCab Pte Ltd, SMRT Taxis Pte Ltd, Trans-Cab Services Pte Ltd, Smart Automobile Pte Ltd and Premier Taxis Pte Ltd, will handle all properties found in their vehicles and handle all reports on lost and found properties made by their customers and drivers..."




IBM to build smartcard e-payment infrastructure for MRT network

"The high-performance and high-speed backend infrastructure is expected to double the present capacity and will be capable of handling about 10 million financial transactions per day...

"The e-Symphony incorporates the Contactless E-Purse Application Standard (CEPAS) and will therefore allow multiple suppliers to issue the contactless smart cards, which are currently issued only by EZ-link. This could bring about competition among the suppliers and in turn reduce the cost of smart cards to benefit users..."


     - Bus and train fares to increase by between 1 and 3 cents

     - Singapore's first wheelchair-accessible buses launched


Singapore carries out first large-scale anti-terror drill

"Ever since September 11 and the arrest of the Jemaah Islamiyah members in Singapore, we have stepped up our security measures...

"Exercise Northstar V is the largest scale exercise we have conducted so far. We simulated a scenario with multiple bomb explosions and a chemical agent release in 4 MRT stations and 1 bus interchange, to stretch ourselves and test our capabilities..."



2nd reading of Public Transport Council (Amendment) Bill 2005

"The 2 PTOs estimate that fare evasion on buses occurs on about 1.8% of passenger trips. Even though this figure may appear to be low, we should not condone fare evasion. Otherwise, the majority of commuters who pay the correct fares will be subsidizing the small minority who abuse concession passes, avoid paying or intentionally underpay fares.

"Hence, to provide greater deterrence against fare evasion, the PTC will be introducing a penalty fee of $20 for the underpayment and non-payment of fares; and $50 for the abuse of fare concessions..."


     - PTC approves tiered increase in bus & train fares

     - Smoking ban to cover more public places from 1 Oct 2005






     Tourists who need help can visit the Singapore Tourism Board's website at or contact them at the following address:

     Tourism Court, 1 Orchard Spring Lane. Singapore 247729 Tel: (65) 6736 6622.