SBS Transit Bus Service 186

SBS Transit Bus Service 186 is a trunk route running from Shenton Way Terminal to St. Michael’s Terminal, passing through Telok Ayer, Ganges Avenue, Queenstown MRT, Farrer, Whitley, Balestier and St. Michael’s Estate.

SBST Scania K230UB (SBS8922M) – Service 186, with advert wrap for Dulux

Route Information
Route Shenton Way Bus Terminal  Saint Michael’s Bus Terminal  WAB_logo_20px
Passes Through Telok Ayer, Ganges Ave, Queenstown, Farrer, Whitley, Balestier, St. Michael’s Estate
Route Length 18.3km (D1) | 17.6km (D2)
Travelling Time 75mins
Operator Information
Current Operator SBS Transit
Current Depot Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot (AMDEP)
Current Fleet 12-metre Double Deck Bus:
Volvo B9TL
Volvo B10TL
– Volvo Olympian
12-metre Single Deck Bus
Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro
Scania K230UB
Departure Times from T1 0600 – 0000 (Daily)
Departure Times from T2 0600 – 2345 (Daily)
Frequency Direction 1 Direction 2
0630-0830: 15 – 17 mins
0831-1659: 09 – 20 mins
1700-1930: 09 – 14 mins
After 1930: 14 – 16 mins
0630-0830: 07 – 16 mins
0831-1659: 10 – 18 mins
1700-1930: 10 – 18 mins
After 1930: 15 – 18 mins

Route History

Service 186 connects St. Michael’s Estate, Balestier, Farrer and Queenstown with the City areas of Havelock, Telok Ayer and Shenton Way. Demand is moderate to low during offpeak hours, but heavy during the peak hours as residents commute to and from the City.

From St. Michael’s, Service 131 offers a faster route to Shenton Way by not going via Queenstown. No boarding and alighting is allowed at Shenton Way Terminal.

Special Departures:

  • Whitley Road (Aft Tanglin CC)  Shenton Way Ter
    Weekdays: 0555hrs, 0608hrs
    Sat/Sun/PHs: 0555hrs

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

Fleet: Service 186′s fleet comprises a majority of Scania K230UBs, with some Volvo B9TL Wrights and a Volvo Olympian.

Route Information:

Direction 1 Direction 2
  • Shenton Way Ter
  • Palmer Rd
  • Anson Rd
  • Cecil St
  • Cross St
  • Upp Cross St
  • Havelock Rd
  • Ganges Ave
  • Alexandra Rd
  • Commonwealth Ave
  • Queensway
  • Farrer Rd
  • Dunearn Rd
  • Whitley Rd
  • Pan-Island Expressway
  • Thomson Rd
  • Balestier Rd
  • Whampoa Dr
  • Jln Bahagia
  • St. Michael’s Ter
  • St. Michael’s Ter
  • Whampoa Rd
  • Jln Bahagia
  • Kim Keat Rd
  • Balestier Rd
  • Whitley Rd
  • Bt Timah Rd
  • Farrer Rd
  • Queensway
  • Commonwealth Ave
  • Alexandra Rd
  • Ganges Ave
  • Havelock Rd
  • Upp Pickering St
  • Church St
  • Raffles Quay
  • Shenton Way
  • Palmer Rd
  • Shenton Way Ter
Service 186 at a glance

Service 186 at a glance

Operator History:

  • 1992 – 2001: Singapore Bus Services Ltd
  • 2001 – Present: SBS Transit Ltd

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



  • 1992 (03 May): Introduced as a Shenton Way – Farrer Road service when 185 shortened to loop at Jln Anak Bt from Shenton Way.
  • 1993 (05 Dec): Extended to St. Michael’s Terminal
  • 2012 (30 Sep): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)

Past Routings:


External Links & References:

Back to Bus Services
Back to Bus Articles

2 thoughts on “SBS Transit Bus Service 186

  1. Volvo B9TL
    Volvo Olympian
    Double-deckers do not operate during off-peak hours, on weekends and public holidays. They are deployed to other routes.

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