SMRT Premium 590

SMRT Premium 590 is a Premium service operated by SMRT Buses from Choa Chu Kang Crescent to Shenton Way. The route passes through Choa Chu Kang North 6/5, PIE, Orchard and Fullerton, operating two trips in the morning.

SMRT Mercedes-Benz O405 (TIB609C) - Premium 590

SMRT Mercedes-Benz O405 (TIB609C) – Premium 590

Route Information
Route Choa Chu Kang Crescent (opp Blk 666) → Shenton Way (opp MAS Building)
Passes Through Choa Chu Kang North 6/5, PIE, Orchard, Fullerton
Route Length 26.2km
Travelling Time 65mins
Operator Information
Current Operator SMRT Buses
Current Depot Kranji Bus Depot (KJDEP)
Current Fleet Mercedes-Benz O405G
Departure Times from T1 0740 – 0750 (Weekdays)
Frequency Unidirectional Service
10 mins

Premium 590 serves the housing estates of Choa Chu Kang Neighbourhoods 6 and 7 with bus connections to Orchard and Shenton Way, eliminating the hassle of transferring between different modes of transport. The steep fares and cheaper alternatives make Premium 590 a more expensive alternative route to the city, but passengers get to enjoy the luxury benefits of Premium travel.

From Yew Tee, passengers can also take the MRT, Premium 556 or Service 190 from Choa Chu Kang Int to the city.

Two trips are operated in the mornings, departing Choa Chu Kang Crescent (Opp Blk 666) at 7:40am and 7:50am on weekdays.

Operating Days: Weekdays only. Does not operate on Weekends and Public Holidays.

Fare: Flat fare of $5.50. Transfer rebates & concessionary travel are not applicable.

Fleet: Premium 590 operates on two Mercedes-Benz O405G from Kranji Depot, running as crossover slots from Service 176 & 188.

Route Information:

Direction 1 (towards Shenton Way) [AM Peak]

  1. Choa Chu Kang Crescent (Bus stop opposite Blk 666)
  2. Choa Chu Kang Crescent (Bus stop opposite Blk 661)
  3. Choa Chu Kang North 6 (Bus stop opposite Yew Mei Green Condominium)
  4. Choa Chu Kang North 5 (Bus stop opposite Blk 765)
  5. Choa Chu Kang North 5 (Bus stop outside Blk 708)
    Choa Chu Kang Drive (Express)
    KJE (Express)
    BKE (Express)
    PIE (Express)
    Whitley Road (Express)
    Stevens Road (Express)
  6. Scotts Road (Bus stop outside Far East Plaza)
  7. Orchard Road (Bus stop opposite Meritus Mandarin)
  8. Orchard Road (Bus stop outside Orchard Plaza)
  9. Orchard Road (Bus stop outside Macdonald House)
  10. Bras Basah Road (Bus stop outside Rendezvous Grand Hotel)
  11. Bras Basah Road (Bus stop outside NTUC Income Centre)
  12. Nicoll Highway (Bus stop outside One Raffles Link)
  13. Collyer Quay (Bus stop outside Clifford Pier)
  14. Shenton Way (Bus stop outside UIC Building)
  15. Shenton Way (Bus stop opposite Temasek Tower)
  16. Shenton Way (Bus stop opposite MAS Building)

Premium 590 at a glance

Premium 590 at a glance

Operator History:

  • 2008 – Present: SMRT Buses Ltd

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


Premium 590 release poster

Premium 590 release poster


  • 2008 (08 Sep): Introduced as a Premium Service from Choa Chu Kang Crescent → Shenton Way. Charges a flat fare of $4.50. One trip departing at 0745hrs.
  • 2009 (01 Apr): Fares brought down to $4.30
  • 2010 (01 Apr): Original fare of $4.50 reinstated
  • Late 2011?: Fares raised to $5.00
  • 2012 (06 Aug): Second departure added, trips re-timed to 0740hrs and 0750hrs
  • 2014 (04 Aug): Fare revision to $5.50


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