SMRT NightRider NR1


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SMRT NightRider NR1 is a late-night bus route running from Resorts World Sentosa to Yishun Ring Road, passing through Bayfront, City Hall, River Valley, Orchard, Thomson, Toa Payoh, Bishan and Ang Mo Kio.

Operating on Fridays, Saturdays & Eves of Public Holidays, it is one of seven NightRider bus routes operated by SMRT Buses.
^ SMRT Mercedes-Benz Citaro (SMB151H) – NightRider NR1

Route Information
Route Resorts World Sentosa → Yishun Ring Road (Blk 798)
Passes Through Bayfront, City Hall, River Valley, Orchard, Thomson, Toa Payoh, Bishan, Ang Mo Kio
Route Length 41.9km
Travelling Time 95mins
Operator Information
Current Operator SMRT Buses
Current Depot Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot (AMDEP)
Current Fleet Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro

Any rigid bus
Shifts 7 departures from RWS
Departure Times from T1 Fridays, Saturdays & Eves of Public Holidays
2330hrs – 0200hrs (the following day)
Frequency Uni-directional Service
0630-0830: —
0831-1659: —
1700-1930: —
After 1930: 25 – 25 mins

Route History

NightRider NR1 is a late-night service connecting the city areas of Resorts World, HarbourFront, Bayfront, City Hall, River Valley and Orchard with the residential estates of Thomson, Toa Payoh, Bishan, Ang Mo Kio and Yishun. Operating only on Fridays, Saturdays & Eves of Public Holidays (and special occasions if announced), the route shuttles late-night dwellers from the City to the residential estates outside the City.

Operating at a frequency of 25 minutes, seven trips are operated from Resorts World Sentosa, departing at 2330hrs, 2355hrs, 0020hrs, 0045hrs, 0110hrs, 0135hrs and 0200hrs.

Route specifications

The long route follows mostly major trunk roads from the City area to the housing estates. It also has an short express sector along the AYE/MCE between Keppel Road and Bayfront.

During festive periods such as Christmas Eve or New Years’ Eve, more departures and downroute buses will be added to cater for late-night dwellers. From the City to Ang Mo Kio and Yishun, Nite Owl 1N offers faster journeys by plying the Central Expressway (CTE).

NightRider NR1 has a rich history as the first NightRider service introduced by Trans-Island Bus Service (TIBS). Introduced on 10th March 2000, it plied single-directional from Marina Centre to Yishun, and later converted to bi-directional loop operation. It offered daily service in 2003 after merger with SMRT NightBus SN20, which were subsequently cancelled owing to low demand. The route was extended to HarbourFront in 2007, and subsequently to Resorts World Sentosa in 2010 to serve new integrated resorts. In 2014, the route was reverted back to a single-directional night service terminating in Yishun.


Flat Fare: $4.50 (Cash / Ez-link card)
NightRider commuters who pay by ez-link card will enjoy a free transfer to another NightRider service within a stipulated time of 45mins. This is not applicable when transferring from an ordinary service to a NightRider service. Concessionary travel is not applicable.


This service uses any random rigid bus from Ang Mo Kio Depot, but most commonly MAN NL323Fs.

Route Information:

See also: NightRider & Nite Owl travel guide

Unidirectional Service

  1. Resorts World Sentosa (Basement)
    Sentosa Gateway
  2. Telok Blangah Rd (VivoCity)
    U-turn at Seam Im Rd Junction
  3. Telok Blangah Rd (HarbourFront Stn)
  4. Telok Blangah Rd (Opp VivoCity)
  5. Keppel Rd (Keppel DP Blk 517)
  6. Keppel Rd (opp Tg Pagar DP Blk F5)
    AYE (express)
    MCE (express)
    Ctrl Blvd (express)
  7. Bayfront Ave (Marina Bay Sands MICE)
  8. Bayfront Ave (Marina Bay Sands Theatre)
  9. Raffles Ave (Seating Gallery)
  10. Raffles Ave (The Esplanade)
    Stamford Rd
  11. North Bridge Rd (St. Andrew’s Cath)
  12. North Bridge Rd (Opp The Treasury)
  13. South Bridge Rd (Boat Quay)
  14. North Canal Rd (Opp OCBC Ctr)
    South Canal Rd
    North Canal Rd
  15. Eu Tong Sen St (Clarke Quay Stn)
  16. River Valley Rd (Clarke Quay)
  17. River Valley Rd (Liang Ct)
  18. River Valley Rd (UE Sq)
  19. River Valley Rd (Bef AA Ctr)
    Killney Rd
  20. Somerset Rd (Somerset Stn)
    Grange Rd
    Orchard Link
  21. Orchard Turn (Opp Ngee Ann City)
  22. Orchard Turn (Orchard Stn)
    Paterson Rd
  23. Scotts Rd (Royal Plaza on Scotts)
  24. Scotts Rd (Opp Env Bldg)
  25. Scotts Rd (Newton Stn)
  26. Newton Rd (Opp Newton Life Ch)
  27. Newton Rd (Opp Hotel Royal)
  28. Thomson Rd (Opp Novena Ch)
  29. Thomson Rd (Novena Lodge)
  30. Thomson Rd (Thomson Med Ctr)
  31. Thomson Rd (opp Tan Tong Meng Twr)
  32. Jln Toa Payoh (Trellis Twrs)
  33. Lor 2 Toa Payoh (opp Toa Payoh Stn)
  34. Toa Payoh Ctrl (Opp Blk 177)
  35. Lor 4 Toa Payoh (Jackson Sq)
    Lor 1 Toa Payoh
  1. Lor 6 Toa Payoh (Blk 237)
  2. Braddell Rd (Blk 147)
  3. Bishan St 11 (Blk 125)
  4. Bishan St 11 (Blk 115)
  5. Bishan Rd (Opp Bishan Stn)
  6. Bishan St 22 (Opp Blk 203)
  7. Bishan St 22 (Bishan Nth Shop Mall)
  8. Bishan St 22 (Blk 257)
  9. Marymount Rd (opp Blk 254)
  10. Ang Mo Kio Ave 6 (Blk 207)
  11. Ang Mo Kio Ave 6 (Opp Al-Muttaqin Mque)
  12. Ang Mo Kio Ave 6 (Opp Courts Ang Mo Kio)
  13. Ang Mo Kio Ave 6 (Bef Ang Mo Kio Ave 5)
  14. Ang Mo Kio Ave 6 (Opp Anderson JC)
  15. Ang Mo Kio Ave 6 (Opp Yio Chu Kang Stn)
  16. Ang Mo Kio Ave 6 (Castle Green)
  17. Lentor Ave (aft Yio Chu Kang Rd)
  18. Lentor Ave (Countryside Est)
  19. Lentor Ave (Bullion Pk Condo)
  20. Lentor Ave (Aft Lentor Flyover)
  21. Lentor Ave (Aft SLE)
  22. Lentor Ave (Bef Sg Seletar Bridge)
  23. Lentor Ave (Bef Yishun Ave 1)
  24. Yishun Ave 2 (Opp Yishun Sports Hall)
  25. Yishun Ave 2 (bef Khatib Stn)
  26. Yishun Ring Rd (Blk 624)
  27. Yishun Ring Rd (Blk 630)
  28. Yishun St 61 (Chung Cheng High Sch)
  29. Yishun St 61 (Blk 602)
  30. Yishun Ctrl (Khoo Teck Puat Hosp)
    Yishun Ave 11
  31. Yishun Ave 11 (Bet Blks 349/350)
  32. Yishun Ring Rd (Blk 356)
  33. Yishun Ring Rd (Blk 358)
  34. Yishun Ring Rd (Blk 367)
  35. Yishun Ring Rd (Blk 314)
  36. Yishun Ring Rd (Blk 236)
  37. Yishun Ring Rd (Blk 227)
  38. Yishun Ring Rd (Yishun Pr Sch)
  39. Yishun Ring Rd (Blk 121)
  40. Yishun Ring Rd (Blk 137)
  41. Yishun Ring Rd (Blk 731)
  42. Yishun Ring Rd (Blk 760)
  43. Yishun Ring Rd (Blk 774)
  44. Yishun Ring Rd (Blk 794)
  45. Yishun Ring Rd (Blk 798)

Operator History:

  • 2000 – 2004: Trans-Island Bus Services Ltd
  • 2004 – Present: SMRT Buses Ltd

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



TIB802K – NightRider NR1 SMB1326P – NightRider NR1



  • 2000 (10 Mar): Introduced as a unidirectional night service from Marina Centre to Yishun
  • 2000 (18 Dec): Converted into bidirectional service as Yishun Interchange – Marina Centre (Loop)
  • 2003 (01 Jul): Merged with Night Service SN20 to provide additional unidirectional weeknight services which terminated at Woodlands, via Sembawang and Marsiling. Uses BusPlus minibuses on weeknights. No change to Friday, Saturday & Eve of PHs routing.
  • 2004 (23 May): Weeknight services withdrawn due to low demand
  • 2007 (21 Sep): Extended to HarbourFront Interchange, amended to loop at Yishun via Yishun St 61 & Yishun Ring Rd
  • 2010 (29 Jan): Extended to Resorts World Sentosa
  • 2010 (07 May): Amended to ply Bayfront Ave, serving Marina Bay Sands
  • 2013 (29 Dec): City-bound trips amended to Anson Rd, Robinson Rd and Marina Blvd due to change in road alignment after opening of MCE. with no change in bus stops
  • 2014 (30 Apr): Convert to unidirectional operations from Resorts World Sentosa to Yishun due to low ridership. Revised departure times from 11:30pm and 2:00am, and City-bound return services will cease to operate.

Past Routings:

  • Refer to this article
  • 2014: Amended to present routing. No significant route changes since 2014.


External Links & References:

  • TransitLink E-Guide

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