Covering 75% of the scheduled bus market share in Singapore with 250 bus services and a fleet of close to 3,000 buses, SBS Transit is Singapore’s major bus service operator. Operating convenient bus services all around Singapore, SBS Transit services also ply destinations that are less accessible. Most of their buses are equipped with air-conditioning and provides trunk, feeder, Express, Townlink and Premium services.
If you’re a night owl and would like to discover Singapore’s bustling nightlife, SBS Transit also provides special bus services called the Nite Owl, which operate on Fridays, Saturdays and the eve of Public Holidays. Fares are S$4.00 for both ez-link and cash payments. If you are travelling within the city area, you only need to pay S$1.50.
Plus, if you have access to iris (Intelligent Route Information System) NextBus service, it’s highly unlikely to lose your way around Singapore. Offering bus arrival time estimation on a real time basis, the iris Journey Planner provides travel solutions by bus based on the cheapest fare, shortest walking distance or shortest travelling time. You can find both of these services at www.sbstransit.com.sg, and via GPRS and SMS on mobile devices.
Besides being Singapore’s mass-rapid transit operator, SMRT also runs bus services primarily in northern parts of Singapore. It shares a duopoly with SBS Transit as part of Singapore’s transport system. Its fleet of almost 1,000 buses serves 98 routes and like SBS Transit, it operates feeder, express and premium services.
SMRT also operates the popular NightRider service, which is a safe and affordable alternative transport option for commuters who spend weekends partying till late. The seven late night routes operate from the city to different housing estates of Singapore between 11:30 pm to 4 am.
Whether you travel with SBS Transit or SMRT, you can either use cash or purchase an ez-link card from any Transitlink Ticket Office in Singapore with a minimum stored value of S$10 and you can be on your way.