SBS Transit Bus Service 123

Bus Service 123 will be extended to Beach Station Bus Terminal from 30 July 2017.

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SBS Transit Bus Service 123 is a trunk route connecting Bukit Merah Int and Harbourfront Int, passing through Queensway, Napier Road, Orchard, Clemenceau Avenue, Havelock, Tiong Bahru and Lower Delta Road, while also operating a supplementary route variant, Service 123M.

^ SBST Volvo B10M MkIV DM3500 (SBS2805H) – Service 123

Route Information
Route Bukit Merah Bus Interchange  HarbourFront Bus Interchange 
Passes Through Queensway, Napier Rd, Orchard, Clemenceau Ave, Havelock, Tiong Bahru, Lower Delta Road
Route Length 17.9 km (D1) | 17.8 km (D2)
Travelling Time 75 mins
Operator Information
Current Operator SBS Transit
Current Depot Ayer Rajah Bus Park (ARBP)
Current Fleet Volvo B10M Mark IV
Scania K230UB
Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro

Departure Times from T1 0545 – 2345 (Weekdays, Saturdays)
0600 – 2345 (Sundays/PHs)
Departure Times from T2 0545 – 2345 (Weekdays, Saturdays)
0600 – 2345 (Sundays/PHs)
Frequency Direction 1 Direction 2
0630-0830: 10 – 13 mins
0831-1659: 12 – 15 mins
1700-1930: 12 – 15 mins
After 1930: 14 – 16 mins
0630-0830: 11 – 12 mins
0831-1659: 12 – 15 mins
1700-1930: 12 – 15 mins
After 1930: 14 – 15 mins

Route History

Service 123 primarily serves the residents along Bukit Merah, Queensway, Tiong Bahru and Bukit Purmei with connections to the Orchard district, including Tanglin and Dhoby Ghaut. It shared the Bukit Merah  – Bukit Purmei (Loop) start and loop point with the former Service 275, but takes a much longer route via Orchard.

SBST Release PosterFrom Sunday, 24 August 2014, the route of Service 123 was extended to terminate at HarbourFront Bus Interchange and converted to bi-directional operation, calling at eight new bus stops along Lower Delta Road, Kampong Bahru Road and Telok Blangah Road. Apart from benefiting residents with better connectivity to HarbourFront MRT Station and nearby amenities, the bidirectional route will likely reduce instances of bus bunching and improve the overall reliability of the service.

On the same day, the amended Service 123M operates alongside 123 between Tiong Bahru MRT and HarbourFront Interchange via Bukit Purmei estate. Shortworking trip 123A was withdrawn as a result.

This service calls at several bus stops in Bukit Purmei estate twice in different directions, i.e. towards Bukit Merah and towards HarbourFront. Red and white service plates are used to distinguish the direction of travel in addition to Electronic Display Signages (EDS) on buses. Red plate indicates buses heading for Bukit Merah; white plate indicates buses heading for HarbourFront.

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.

Route variants:

  • Service 123M: HarbourFront Bus Interchange ↺ Tiong Bahru Road (Loop)

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

Fleet: Service 123′s fleet comprises of Volvo B10M MkIV, Scania K230UB and Mercedes-Benz Citaro buses

Route Information:

Route Information:

Direction 1 Direction 2
  • Bt Merah Int
  • Bt Merah Central
  • Jln Bt Merah
  • Queensway
  • Holland Rd
  • Napier Rd
  • Tanglin Rd
  • Orchard Rd
  • Clemenceau Ave
  • Havelock Rd
  • Outram Rd
  • Tiong Bahru Rd
  • Lower Delta Rd
  • Bt Purmei Ave
  • Lower Delta Rd
  • Kg Bahru Rd
  • Telok Blangah Rd
  • HarbourFront Int
  • HarbourFront Int
  • Telok Blangah Rd
  • Kg Bahru Rd
  • Lower Delta Rd
  • Bt Purmei Ave
  • Lower Delta Rd
  • Tiong Bahru Rd
  • Zion Rd
  • Havelock Rd
  • Clemenceau Ave
  • Penang Rd
  • Somerset Rd
  • Grange Rd
  • Orchard Blvd
  • Grange Rd
  • Napier Rd
  • Holland Rd
  • Queensway
  • Jln Bt Merah
  • Bt Merah Central
  • Bt Merah Int

Operator History:

  • 1971 – 1973: United Bus Company Pte Ltd
  • 1973 – 2001: Singapore Bus Services Ltd
  • 2001 – Present: SBS Transit Ltd

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

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History:

  • 1971 (11 Apr): Introduced between St. Michael’s and Kampong Bahru Road/Keppel Road, operated by United Bus Company. Later amended to Kg Bahru Rd.
  • 1975: Amended to serve New Bridge Rd
  • 1993 (04 Apr): Shortened to loop at Tomlinson Road when service 124 was amended.
  • 1993 (23 May): Merged with service 14 and amended to ply between Bt Merah Int and Bt Purmei Ave via Queensway, Holland Rd & Orchard Rd.
  • 2008: Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
  • 2008 (28 Jan): Service 123M was introduced to replace Shortworking trip 123B.
  • 2013: Service improvement under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP)
  • 2014 (24 Aug): Extended to HarbourFront Int and converted to bi-directional route.

Past Routings:

  • Refer to this article
  • 1993: Amended to present routing. No significant route changes since 1993.

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External Links & References:

  • TransitLink E-Guide
  • SGWiki – Buses

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4 thoughts on “SBS Transit Bus Service 123

  1. error:
    you typed:
    Passes Through Quuensway, Napier Rd, Orchard, Clemenceau Ave, Havelock, Tiong Barhu, Lower Delta Road
    it is actually:
    Passes Through Queensway, Napier Rd, Orchard, Clemenceau Ave, Havelock, Tiong Barhu, Lower Delta Road

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