SBS Transit Bus Service 23

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SBS Transit Bus Service 23 is a loop route running between Tampines and Rochor Canal, serving Tampines Avenue 1, Bedok North Road and Boon Keng. It includes an express sector along Bedok North Road Extension and the Pan-Island Expressway.

Route Information
Route Tampines Bus Interchange ↺ Rochor Canal Road (Loop)
Passes Through Tampines West, PIE, Jalan Besar, Rochor Canal, Serangoon Road
Route Length 32.4km
Travelling Time 105mins
Operator Information
Current Operator SBS Transit
Current Depot Changi Bus Park (CGBP)
Current Fleet Volvo B9TL
Volvo Olympian
Departure Times from T1 0530 – 2350 (Daily)
Frequency Loop Service
0630-0830: 06 – 09 mins
0831-1659: 06 – 11 mins
1700-1930: 07 – 10 mins
After 1930: 10 – 16 mins

Route History

Introduced in 1983, Service 23 connects the housing estate of Tampines and Bedok North with the City areas of Little India and Boon Keng, looping at Rochor Canal Road. Incorporating an express sector along the PIE (between Bedok North Rd and Jln Kolam Ayer), the long express sector offers a quick connection as compared to other bus routes or the MRT network.

The route experiences good demand all day round with many passengers commuting between these two areas, especially on weekday peak hours and weekends. It is also a frequently-used connection between Tampines Avenue 1 and Tampines Interchange, serving residents and students of Temasek Polytechnic. Double-deck buses make up almost all buses operating on Service 23.

Special Departures:

  • Rochor Canal Road (Aft Sim Lim Sq)  Tampines Int
    Weekdays: 0545hrs, 0557hrs, 0623hrs, 0633hrs
    Saturdays: 0600hrs

Fare: Charges fares for regular trunk services. See Bus Fares for exact fares.

Route Information:

Loop Service (via Rochor Canal Rd)
  • Tampines Int
  • Tampines Ave 5
  • Tampines Ave 1
  • Bedok North Rd
    PIE (express)
  • Jln Kolam Ayer
  • Bendemeer Rd
  • Jln Besar
  • Rochor Canal Rd
  • Serangoon Rd
  • Jln Kolam Ayer
  • PIE (express)
  • Bedok North Rd
  • Tampines Ave 1
  • Tampines Ave 5
  • Tampines Int

Operator History:

  • 1983 – 2001: Singapore Bus Services Ltd
  • 2001 – Present: SBS Transit Ltd

The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2016.



  • 1983: Introduced as Tampines Avenue 5 Ter – Tomlinson Road (Loop), via Simei Avenue and PIE.
  • 1987 (29 Nov): Extended to Tampines Int
  • 1991: Shortened to loop at Rochor Canal Road.
  • 1995: Amended to ply between Tampines Ave 5, 1 and Bedok North Rd
  • 2013: Service improvement under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP)

Past Routings:

  • Refer to this article
  • 1995: Amended to present routing. No significant route changes since 1995.




External Links:

  • TransitLink E-Guide



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