SBS Transit Bus Service 36


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SBS Transit Bus Service 36 is a loop service between Changi Airport and Tomlinson Road, passing through Marine Parade, Suntec City and Orchard, with express sectors along the East Coast Parkway (ECP). It is also the only bus route to terminate at Changi Airport.

Route Information
Route Changi Airport PTB2 Bus Terminal ↺ Tomlinson Road (Loop) 
Passes Through ECP, Marine Parade, Suntec City, City Hall, Dhoby Ghaut, Orchard
Route Length 51.9km
Travelling Time 140mins
Operator Information
GCM Route Package
Loyang Bus Package
Current Operator SBS Transit
Current Depot Bedok North Bus Depot (BNDEP)
Current Fleet Scania K230UB
Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro
Departure Times from PTB3
  Weekdays Saturdays# Sundays/PHs
Service 36 0600hrs – 2243hrs 0556hrs – 2241hrs 0557hrs – 2245hrs
Service 36A* 2252hrs – 2350hrs 2253hrs – 2356hrs 2256hrs – 2348hrs
Terminating at PTB2 2359hrs – 0035hrs 0007hrs – 0038hrs 2357hrs – 0030hrs
Departure Times from PTB2
  Weekdays Saturdays# Sundays/PHs
Service 36 0608hrs – 2253hrs 0607hrs – 2252hrs 0606hrs – 2253hrs
Service 36A* 2300hrs – 2358hrs 2304hrs – 0004hrs 2304hrs – 2357hrs
Departure Times from Tomlinson Rd Daily: 0530hrs – 2345hrs
Frequency Loop Service
0630-0830: 05 – 10 mins
0831-1659: 06 – 12 mins
1700-1930: 06 – 10 mins
After 1930: 07 – 15 mins
Notes * Service 36A operates from Changi Airport PTB3 to Tomlinson Road (The Regent S’pore) after the last bus of Service 36 has departed. The last bus leaving Changi Airport PTB2 daily is the final trip of 36A.# On the eves of X’Mas, New Year and Chinese New Year, operating hours are the same as Saturdays

Route History

Service 36 is a trunk route from Changi Airport and looping at Tomlinson Road, passing through Marine Parade, Suntec City / Marina Centre, Bras Basah, Dhoby Ghaut and Orchard Road. The route was introduced in 1997 (renumbered from Service 16E) as a unidirectional peak hour service from Changi Airport to Bukit Merah, and amended into its present form in 1998.

Much of its demand comes from within the city, as well as between Marine Parade and the City. Because of its relatively long route and city sectors, this service is prone to delays and bus bunching. As a direct route between Marine Parade and Suntec/Orchard, this service encounters good demand throughout the day, especially during peak periods and weekends.

Service 36 is currently the only route to terminate at Changi Airport after the other services were converted to loop at Changi Airport. While SBS Transit operates a driver’s office at Terminal 2 Basement, passengers wishing to continue their journey after Terminal 2 can stay onboard the bus while another driver takes over. This is a common practice for Service 36 known as jumpbus, where bus drivers rotate themselves between buses and do not stick to a permanent bus for the day.

From Changi Airport, Service 36 is the only route that connects to the City. As such, it provides an alternative to commuters apart from the East-West Line. At Marine Parade, it provides the fastest connection to Suntec City and Raffles Avenue. An alternative route to Dhoby Ghaut and Orchard Road is Service 16.

This service skips the bus stop outside SATS Inflight Catering Centre along Airport Blvd towards the City due to the lack of space for the bus to immediately filter right after the stop. It also calls at the only bus stop along the ECP (Aft E.C. Sea Sports Club), within Carpark F3 of East Coast Park.

This service will be affected by the Orchard Road Pedestrian Night bus diversions on the first Saturday night of every month from Oct 2014 – Mar 2015.

Changi Airport:

Changi Airport Passenger Terminal Buildings (PTBs) 1, 2 and 3 have their bus stops integrated into their basement levels, which also serves as a cargo loading and unloading bay. Security checks for any unattended or suspicious articles are carried out before a bus enters each Airport PTB. Changi Aiport PTB2 has a small office run by SBST staff, where drivers can take a short toilet break.

For security reasons, all buses entering the basement have to be recorded. As such, SBST and SMRT update Changi Airport on the buses they will be deploying on their airport routes, on a daily basis. Because of height restrictions, double-decker buses are unable to enter Changi Airport basement.

Occasionally when Changi Airport basement is closed, buses will be diverted to to T1/T2/T3 Departure Drive where a temporary bus stop will be set up.

Special Departures:

Tomlinson Road (The Regent S’pore)  Changi Airport PTB2
Weekdays: 0530hrs – 0655hrs
Saturdays: 0530hrs – 0648hrs

Sundays/PHs: 0530hrs – 0645hrs

Service 36 Morning Special Departure timings:
Departing from Tomlinson Road (The Regent S’pore)
Mon-Thurs: 0530hrs, 0538hrs, 0545hrs, 0552hrs, 0559hrs, 0607hrs, 0615hrs, 0623hrs, 0630hrs, 0637hrs, 0644hrs, 0651hrs
Fridays: 0530hrs, 0537hrs, 0544hrs, 0551hrs, 0558hrs, 0605hrs, 0613hrs, 0621hrs, 0628hrs, 0633hrs, 0639hrs, 0647hrs, 0655hrs
Saturdays: 0530hrs, 0540hrs, 0550hrs, 0559hrs, 0608hrs, 0617hrs, 0627hrs, 0637hrs, 0648hrs
Sundays/PHs: 0530hrs, 0539hrs, 0548hrs, 0557hrs, 0607hrs, 0616hrs, 0626hrs, 0636hrs, 0645hrs
During Eve of X’Mas, New Year and Chinese New Year, buses will follow Saturday’s schedule.

Shortworking Trips:

Service 36A: Changi Airport PTB2 → Tomlinson Rd (The Regent S’pore)
Daily, after the last departure of Service 36.
Detailed operating hours are stated below.

Service 36B: Marine Parade Road (Lagoon View) → Tomlinson Road → Siglap Road (Opp Mandarin Gdns)
Weekdays Morning & Evening Peak hours only

Service 36A departure timings:
Weekdays: 2300hrs, 2308hrs, 2314hrs, 2321hrs, 2331hrs, 2343hrs, 2352hrs, 2358hrs  (8 trips)
Saturdays: 2304hrs, 2316hrs, 2328hrs, 2337hrs, 2346hrs, 2355hrs, 0004hrs  (7 trips)
Sundays/PHs: 2304hrs, 2316hrs, 2326hrs, 2336hrs, 2347hrs, 2357hrs  (6 trips)
Timings provided are for buses departing PTB2. Passengers boarding the bus at PTB3 should be waiting for the bus 10 minutes before the aforementioned timings.
SBS8709M – Service 36A  

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

Fleet: Service 36 operates a majority of Scania K230UB buses with a minority of Mercedes-Benz Citaro buses. Additional Citaros were added under the BSEP scheme.

Route Information:

Loop Service (via Tomlinson Rd)
PTB2 Basement

Airport Blvd

East Coast Parkway (express)

Marine Parade Rd

Amber Rd

Mountbatten Rd

Tanjong Katong Rd South

East Coast Parkway (express)

Temasek Blvd

Raffles Blvd

Temasek Ave

Raffles Ave

Stamford Rd

Orchard Rd

Penang Rd

Somerset Rd

Grange Rd

Orchard Blvd

Tomlinson Rd

Tomlinson Rd

Tanglin Rd

Orchard Rd

Bras Basah Rd

Temasek Blvd

Temasek Ave

Republic Blvd (express)

East Coast Parkway (express)

Tanjong Katong Rd South

Mountbatten Rd

Amber Rd

Marine Parade Rd

Siglap Rd

Siglap Link

East Coast Parkway (express)

Airport Blvd

PTB3 Basement

PTB1 Basement

PTB2 Basement

Operator History:

1997 – 2001: Singapore Bus Services Ltd

2001 – Present: SBS Transit Ltd

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



1997 (01 Dec): Re-numbered directly from Service 16E, a unidirectional peak hour service from Changi Airport PTB to Bt Merah Int

1998: Amended as a loop service between Changi Airport PTB and Tomlinson Rd, and serves Suntec City. Service 16 was shortened to Marine Parade Terminal.

2007 (11 Nov): Amended to serve Changi Airport PTB3

2009 (03 Dec): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)

2013 (28 Jul): Calls at a new pair of bus stops along Tanjong Katong Road South

2014: Service improvement under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP)

Past Routings:

Refer to this article

1998: Amended to present routing. No significant route changes since 1998.


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5 thoughts on “SBS Transit Bus Service 36

  1. I will have 12 hours connecting at Changi Airport , at Terminal 2, March 2016, I ‘d like to catch Bus 36 ( Sunday) go to towns . Can i get off at The Stamford RD near corner Queen St ? then i will get on this bus later at the corner of Bencoolen rd and Bras Basah Rd to go back to Changi Airport. Is that correct ?. And each way i have to pay just $SGD2.00 ?

    • Hi Van Tran,

      The correct fare from Terminal 2 to Stamford Rd is SGD$2.40 with no change provided by the bus captain. Do state your fare during payment into the coinbox to facilitate passenger flow. The return fare is the same.

      PTSG @ WP Admin Team

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