SBS Transit Bus Service 128

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SBS Transit Bus Service 128 is a peak-hour, limited-express trunk route between Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot (in Yio Chu Kang) and Shenton Way Ter, passing through Ang Mo Kio, Bishan, Thomson, Newton, Orchard, Dhoby Ghaut, and Shenton Way. A large portion of the route duplicates the North-South MRT Line.

SBST Mercedes-Benz Citaro (SBS6361U) – Service 128

Route Information
Route AM Peak: Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot → Shenton Way Bus Terminal 
PM Peak: Shenton Way Bus Terminal → Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot
Passes Through Ang Mo Kio, Bishan, Thomson, Newton, Orchard, Dhoby Ghaut, Shenton Way
Route Length 18.6km (D1) | 19.4km (D2)
Travelling Time 65mins
Operator Information
Current Operator SBS Transit
Current Depot Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot (AMDEP)
Current Fleet Scania K230UB
Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro
Departure Times from T1 0715 – 0745 (Weekdays)
Departure Times from T2 1815 – 1845 (Weekdays)
Frequency Direction 1 Direction 2
0630-0830: 10 – 10 mins
0831-1659: –
1700-1930: –
After 1930: –
0630-0830: –
0831-1659: –
1700-1930: 10 – 10 mins
After 1930: –

Route History

Service 128 is a supplementary peak hour route and MRT parallel service for commuters who seek alternative travel routes during peak hours. The route links Ang Mo Kio and Bishan with Orchard, Dhoby Ghaut and Shenton Way, operating four City-bound trips in the morning and four return trips in the evenings. This service does not operate on Weekends and Public Holidays.

Because boarding and alighting is not allowed within Ang Mo Kio Depot, the first and last stop of the route is at Yio Chu Kang Station along Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6.

This service is unique in being a basic bus service that only operates only during weekday peak hours and serves the CBD. Most other peak-hour routes in the CBD are non-basic, such as Express, Fast-Forward and Premium services. On the eves of selected public holidays (such as Christmas eve and New Years’ eve), operating hours for return trips are brought forward to 1:00pm – 2:00pm.

No boarding and alighting is allowed at Ang Mo Kio Depot and Shenton Way Terminal.

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

Fleet: Service 128′s fleet comprises Mercedes-Benz Citaros and Scania K230UB buses.

Route Information:

Direction 1 Direction 2
  • Ang Mo Kio Depot
  • Ang Mo Kio St 63
  • Ang Mo Kio Ave 9
  • Ang Mo Kio Ave 6
  • Ang Mo Kio Ave 8
  • Bishan Rd
  • Braddell Rd
  • Thomson Rd
  • Newton Rd
  • Scotts Rd
  • Orchard Rd
  • Bras Basah Rd
  • Nicoll Highway
  • Collyer Quay
  • Raffles Quay
  • Shenton Way
  • Anson Rd
  • Robinson Rd
  • Fullerton Rd
  • Esplanade Dr
  • Stamford Rd
  • Orchard Rd
  • Penang Rd
  • Somerset Rd
  • Orchard Turn
  • Scotts Rd
  • Newton Rd
  • Thomson Rd
  • Braddell Rd
  • Bishan Rd
  • Ang Mo Kio Ave 8
  • Ang Mo Kio Ave 6
  • Ang Mo Kio Ave 9
  • Ang Mo Kio St 63
  • Ang Mo Kio Depot

Operator History:

  • 2008 – Present: SBS Transit Ltd

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


SBS Transit Release PosterHistory:

  • 2008 (07 Jul): Introduced as a 6-month trial service. Peak hour service plying from Ang Mo Kio Depot to Shenton Way during morning peak hours and Shenton Way to Ang Mo Kio Depot during evening peak hours.
  • 2009 (02 Feb): Amended to skip Lor 1, 2 and 6 Toa Payoh and skip bus stops along Braddell Road, Thomson Road and Newton Road, thus skipping Novena, Toa Payoh and Braddell MRT Stations.
  • 2012 (25 Jun): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
  • 2013 (29 Jul): Revision of operating hours, frequency reduced from 12mins to 10mins.

Past Routings:

  • Refer to this article
  • 2009: Amended to present routing. No significant route changes since 2009.


External Links:

  • TransitLink E-Guide
  • SGWiki – Buses

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