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13 Most Scenic Bus Routes In Singapore Including Double-Decker Options & Best Pit Stops

Scenic bus routes in Singapore


Amidst our busy lives, something as simple as a ride to nowhere can be an opportunity to press pause and appreciate our surroundings. If you enjoy bus rides spent staring outta the window with your earphones plugged in, we’ve picked out the most scenic bus routes in Singapore that you can enjoy and rediscover our Little Red Dot.


What are the payment methods for Singapore buses?


Singapore buses accept several modes of payment, including contactless bank cards, concession cards, and cash. Stored value cards such as NETS FlashPay and EZ-Link are also allowed.

All adults and children above 0.9m will need to pay for the bus fare. In the event where you forget to tap out, you will have to foot the maximum bus fee. Additionally, it is important to use the same mode of payment when you tap in and tap out of the bus.

Basic bus fare for adults is $1.09 if using stored value cards, and $1.90 if paying by cash. Fare prices increase by distance and the maximum you’ll have to pay is $2.37 (card) or $2.97 (cash) if travelling above 40.2km in a single journey.

Use the Fare Calculator by LTA to see how much you’ll have to pay if you’re transferring between buses and trains.


1. Bus 518


Crosses to Bayfront via Benjamin Sheares Bridge


Buckle up and prep your butts because the entire ride on Bus 518 is a long one. Your journey will begin at Pasir Ris Interchange, before visiting the East regions like Tampines and Bedok.

From there, the bus will drive over the Benjamin Sheares Bridge to the Bayfront area. Here’s where you’ll want to get your cameras ready as you’ll catch sight of the Singapore Flyer, Marina Bay Sands, and Helix Bridge.

Route: From Pasir Ris Interchange to Bayfront Avenue (Loop service)
Total stops: 90
Total duration: 120 minutes


1. Bus 35


Drops by a ferry terminal & Changi Bay Point



Catch the first bus at 6am to view the sunrise from the double-decker bus.
Image credit: @mybelovedrebel via Instagram

Bus 35 is what you need if you’re looking to enjoy a relaxing sunrise ride along the wide-open roads. Departing from both Bedok and Tanah Merah MRT stations, this bus cruises alongside trucks and lorries, turning into the ulu corner of Tanah Merah Coastal Road that’s part of the Round Island Route.

You’ll pass Laguna National Country Club, Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, and Changi Naval Base. Next to the fact that you’ll catch glimpses of the sea along the way, this bus also drops you off near the serene Changi Bay Point where you can have a seaside picnic or stroll.

The service only runs till 7.30pm on weekdays and 3pm on Saturdays. The bus also doesn’t operate on Sundays.

Route: From Bedok Interchange to ALPS Avenue (Loop service)
Total stops: 34
Total duration: 95-105 minutes


2. Bus 925


Passes Kranji Reservoir & attractions in North SG


950 may be Woodland’s most well-loved bus, but we’re not talking about the popular SBS that takes us to JB today. Bus 925 is in the spotlight instead, for all those ready to explore some of Northern Singapore’s most obscure gems.


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@photobyjx via Instagram

Hop on at Woodlands Temporary Interchange and you’re in for visual treats along your ride. About halfway through the route, the bus drives along Kranji Dam. It doesn’t matter whether you sit on the right or left side as you’ll get great views of Kranji Reservoir Park on one side, and the Johor Straits on the other.

Image credit: @michelle_htlll via Instagram

Nature lovers and adrenaline seekers can also alight along the way to explore Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve or try go-karting at KF1 Karting Circuit.


Image credit:
KF1 Karting

Route: Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange to Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange
Total stops: 38
Total duration: 50 minutes


3. Bus 117 or 103


“Spirited Away” ride through Yishun Dam



There are water views on both sides, so it doesn’t matter where you’re sitting.
Image credit: u/czsyc7 via Reddit

Buses 117 and 103 recently made waves on the Internet after netizens pointed out that its route through Yishun Dam looks almost exactly like the scene in Spirited Away where the character Chihiro takes a train ride with No Face.

Head straight up to the upper deck seat to feel as if you’re on water – well, at least in your photos. For an extra stunning view, take it at around 6.30pm to catch the sun setting behind the dam.


Said scene from Spirited Away.
Image credit: Fong Kah Chun via Facebook

Bus 117 passes through other unique stops like Seletar Aerospace Park where you can check out displays of parked aircrafts and hangars. There are also waterfront cafes like Wheeler’s Estate and Wildseed Cafe and Bar where you can have a lazy weekend brunch at.

If you’re taking bus 103, alight at Japanese Cemetery Park, which has a garden with pink flowers that resemble cherry blossoms. You can also get off at Church of St. Vincent De Paul and cross the road to check out Kampong Lorong Buangkok – the last kampong in Singapore.

Bus 117
Route: From Punggol Interchange to Sembawang Interchange
Total stops: 37
Total duration: 55 minutes

Bus 103
Route: Serangoon Interchange to Yishun Interchange
Total stops: 43
Total duration: 60 minutes


4. Bus 200


Ride through the infamous “99 turns”



Bus 200 is the only bus service that serves the full stretch of South Buona Vista Road.
Image credit: @tangkeatlim via Instagram

Those who studied at NUS or live around the Kent Ridge area would be familiar with Bus 200, which brings you through twisty hillside roads amidst a foliage of trees that shield you from the glaring afternoon sun. This exciting road is also popular with car enthusiasts for offering an “Initial D” experience with its steepness and roadside ditches.

But for the license-less amongst us, let the trusty bus drivers brave the winding roads instead, which have been given the nickname “99 turns”. Once you’re done with your adventure, get down at Kent Ridge Terminal, where there’s a stretch of food places that are open till late, such as Al Ameen for mamak Indian grub and Fong Seng Nasi Lemak.

Image adapted from: @legozai, @glynissng & @rameshkabraexplorer via Instagram

Alternatively, get down at Kent Ridge Park for a relaxing stroll through tree-top walks and relaxing ponds – you’ll get to soak in views of the harbour too. It’s also a popular spot for paw-rents to bring their doggos for a walk.

Route: Buona Vista Bus Terminal to Kent Ridge Bus Terminal (Loop service)
Total stops: 45
Total duration: 60 minutes


5. Bus 65


Colourful shophouses & murals



For colourful murals that make IG-worthy backdrops for your #OOTDs, stop at Tekka Centre to explore the shophouses along Serangoon Road.
Image credit: UweBKK

Bus 65 takes you on a heritage trail through the colourful shophouses along Little India all the way to the iconic landmarks at Orchard Road.  The best times to embark on this journey are festive seasons like Deepavali or Christmas, as that’s when the roads will be lit with decorations.


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@ramishkad via Instagram

It also passes by Bedok Reservoir Park, where adrenaline junkies and fishing enthusiasts alike can alight to indulge in their hobbies. Apart from being a legal fishing ground, the 88-hectare large water body also offers a slew of water sports like dragon boating, kayaking and wakeboarding.

Route: Tampines Interchange to Harbourfront Interchange
Total stops: 62
Total duration: 120 minutes


6. Bus 70


Iconic MBS building & Singapore flyer



Image credits:
@lyqian via Instagram

It’s always refreshing to play tourist in our own backyard once in a while. For a ride akin to taking a touristy Big Bus Tour, take bus 70, which has double-decker options that offer splendid views of Singapore’s most iconic landmarks Marina Bay Sands, ArtScience Museum and the Singapore Flyer.

There are plenty of other bus options that take you through this highway, such as bus 10, 100, 97 and 970. Alternatively, just hop on any bus from Fullerton Square.

Route: Yio Chu Kang Interchange to Shenton Way Terminal
Total stops: 55
Total duration: 85 minutes


7. Bus 36


Familiar road that welcomes us home from the airport



Image credit:
Singapore Changi Airport

Travelling is an activity that almost every Singaporean loves, which makes the route along Changi Airport one that’s close to our hearts. Each time we return home from an overseas trip, we’d be greeted by the familiar stretch of rain trees along Changi Airport road, which bus 36 goes through.

Here’s a fun fact about bus 36: it cuts through all four terminals in the sequence of T3, T1, T2 followed by T4 – showing a different side of Changi airport compared to when you walk directly to the MRT.

Route: Changi Airport Passenger Terminal Building 2 to Tomlinson Road (Loop)
Total stops: 61
Total duration: 145 minutes


8. Bus 29


Old houses along Changi Village for nostalgic vibes


Image credit: Google Maps

Another bus around the Changi vicinity is Bus 29, which will take you down memory lane as it drives through old houses along Changi Village. Most of the buildings you’d see are low-rise HDBs – once popular sights in the 80s – and landmarks like Old Changi Hospital, remnants of a bygone era

Image credit: Kezia Tan

Get off at Changi Village Hotel and take a quick walk to Changi Boardwalk for unobstructed views of the sea. You’ll see boats and ferries jetting off to Singapore’s offshore islands like Kusu Island and St. John’s Island. Get here before 7pm to see the coast washed in pink, purple and red hues as the sun sets.

Route: Tampines to Changi Village
Total stops: 29
Total duration: 80 minutes


9. Bus 5


Bali vibes along Flora Drive



Image credit:
@danielleluciani via Instagram

Palm trees always remind us of a tropical beach getaway, and Bus 5 will transport you straight to Bali as it whisks through Flora Drive, a residential area populated by landed property and condominiums. Continue on the journey if you’d like to go to town for some retail therapy. Alternatively, you can alight at Tiong Bahru MRT station for a cafe hopping adventure. 

Route: Pasir Ris Interchange to Bukit Merah Interchange
Total stops: 59
Total duration: 77-139 minutes


10. Bus 980


Tree-lined route to the Sembawang hinterlands



Image credit:
Google Maps

Living in Singapore means you’re probably surrounded by HDBs and skyscrapers on the daily. For a ride that takes you from the cityscapes to greener pastures, get onboard bus 980. It’s a tree-lined route to the hinterlands of Sembawang, where several military bases like Sembawang Air Base and Dieppe Barracks are stationed.  


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@tansc2012 via Instagram

Alight at Springleaf Nature Park, a relatively under the radar spot, to enjoy picturesque views of the canal and chances to spot wildlife such as the White-throated Kingfisher and Long-tailed Parakeet. If you continue on the entire bus journey, you’ll end up at Beach Road or Geylang, where delicious foodie haunts like Scissor Cut Curry Rice and prawn mee await.

Route: Sembawang Interchange to Lor 1 Geylang Terminal
Total stops: 62
Total duration: 80 minutes


11. Bus 191


Towering trees & rustic nature views


Image credit: Chyan Pang via Google Maps

Bus 191 takes you on a pretty short and sweet journey compared to the others on the list, as it only loops around the vicinity of Buona Vista. The highlight of this ride lies at Wessex Estate along Portsdown Road; a place that most Singaporeans might not have seen before. This hidden gem is lined with colonial houses built in the 1940s, transporting you back in time with some old-school European vibes. 

Image credit: Yinn Tan via Google Maps

You’ll also find spacious hills and fields where you can have a picnic on the weekends. Most of the colonial houses have become restaurants now, such as Cafe Colbar and Jimmy Monkey Cafe and Bar where you can stop by for Western grub and ice cold beers. 


Alight before Whitechurch Road and walk up to find this unique water tank photo spot.
Image credit: @whywendywrites via Instagram

Route: Buona Vista Terminal to Media Circle (Loop service)
Total stops: 20
Total duration: 30 minutes


12. Bus 975 


Passes by cemeteries, farms & the sea


Image credit: Jnzl

Highly ranked on Reddit as one of the most scenic bus routes in Singapore, bus 975 offers unique sights to behold. From green fields in the Lim Chu Kang area to ulu army camps, it finally ends with a sea view that overlooks Malaysia. This journey will definitely give you a well-needed breather to escape the city life for a bit. 

Alight at Brickland Road that’s along the outskirts of Choa Chu Kang to explore the zen Hai Inn Temple and Zu-lin Temple. Follow the trail and you’ll be greeted with the peaceful waters at Little Guilin Park.

Route: Bukit Panjang Interchange to Petir Road
Total stops: 92
Total duration: 100 minutes


Scenic bus routes in Singapore

Driving in Singapore is expensive – but we’re blessed with a great public transport system that we can depend on for our daily commute. If you ever feel like you’ve run out of things to do in Singapore, hop aboard one of these buses, which may just surprise you with new sights you’ve never come across before. 


How to make the most of your scenic bus route


It’s pretty obvious, but buses are a form of public transport so everyone is encouraged to be considerate to fellow passengers. Just like how you may be averse to the pungent smell of durians, others may not enjoy the smell of your opened dried shredded squid snack. So eating and drinking is highly discouraged, especially with the risk of spillage too.

Mothers are allowed to breastfeed onboard and at bus interchanges – it’s 2024, after all. Open strollers and Personal Mobility Aids are also permitted onboard, as long as they are placed neatly in the wheelchair bay.

If you want to avoid yapping passengers, plan your long bus ride during the wee hours where there aren’t as many passengers. You’ll be able to enjoy some 1-on-1 quality time with the bus driver, and if he or she is up for a chat, you might even discover some BTS secrets of the SBS Transit bus depots.

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Cover image adapted from: Fong Kah Chun & Jonathan JY via Facebook
Originally published on 19th February 2021. Last updated by Joycelyn Yeow on 21st March 2024.

Shi Nan Liang

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