SBS Transit Bus Service 186



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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.

Route Information
Route Shenton Way Bus Terminal ↔ Saint Michael’s Bus Terminal 
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


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


Commonwealth Ave

Alexandra Rd

Ganges Ave

Havelock Rd

Upp Pickering St

Church St

Raffles Quay

Shenton Way

Palmer Rd

Shenton Way Ter

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:

Refer to this article

1993: Amended to present routing. No significant route changes since 1993.


External Links & References:

TransitLink E-Guide

SGWiki – Buses

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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