SMRT NightRider NR3


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SMRT NightRider NR3 is a unidirectional night bus route running from South Bridge Road to Choa Chu Kang, passing through Clarke Quay, River Valley, Orchard Road, Stevens, Bukit Panjang, Teck Whye and Yew Tee.

Operating on Fridays, Saturdays & Eves of Public Holidays, it is one of seven NightRider bus routes operated by SMRT Buses, and the only one which does not serve the Marina Centre area.
^ SMRT MAN NL323F (SMB3022C) – Service NR3

Route Information
Route South Bridge Road (Boat Quay)  Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange
Passes Through Clarke Quay, River Valley, Orchard Road, Stevens, Bukit Panjang, Teck Whye, Yew Tee
Route Length 30.7km
Travelling Time 65mins
Operator Information
Current Operator SMRT Buses
Current Depot Woodlands Bus Depot (WLDEP)
Current Fleet MAN NL323F
Any rigid bus
Shifts 6 departures from Boat Quay
Departure Times from T1 Fridays, Saturdays & Eves of Public Holidays
2330hrs – 0200hrs (the following day)
Frequency Unidirectional Service
0630-0830: —
0831-1659: —
1700-1930: —
After 1930: 30 mins

Route History

NightRider NR3 is a late-night service connecting the city areas of Clarke Quay, River Valley and Orchard with the residential estates of Bukit Panjang, Teck Whye, Choa Chu Kang and Yew Tee. 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 30 minutes, six trips are operated from Boat Quay, departing at 2330hrs, 0000hrs, 0030hrs, 0100hrs, 0130hrs and 0200hrs.

Route Specifications

The route has an long express sector between Whitley Road and Bukit Panjang Road, plying around 10km of expressway (along PIE and BKE) in both directions. Other parts of the route follow major trunk roads.

NR3 is also only NightRider that does not serve Marina Centre. Passengers may transfer to NR3 from other NR services at Clarke Quay MRT (see Fares for more information). During festive periods such as Christmas Eve or New Years’ Eve, more departures will be added to cater for late-night dwellers.


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 Woodlands Depot, but most commonly MAN NL323Fs.

Route Information:

Unidirectional Service

  1. South Bridge Rd (Boat Quay)
  2. North Canal Rd (Opp OCBC Ctr)
    South Canal Rd
    North Canal Rd
  3. Eu Tong Sen St (Clarke Quay Stn)
  4. River Valley Rd (Clarke Quay)
  5. River Valley Rd (Liang Ct)
  6. River Valley Rd (UE Sq)
  7. Mohd Sultan Rd (Aft Unity St)
    Martin Rd
    River Valley Cl
    Killiney Rd
  8. Somerset Rd (Somerset Stn)
    Grange Rd
    Orchard Link
  9. Orchard Turn (Opp Ngee Ann City)
  10. Orchard Turn (Orchard Stn)
    Orchard Blvd
    Paterson Rd
  11. Scotts Rd (Royal Plaza on Scotts)
  12. Scotts Rd (Thong Teck Bldg)
  13. Stevens Rd (Raffles Girls’ Sch)
  14. Stevens Rd (Chelsea Gdn Condo)
  15. Stevens Rd (Opp Met YMCA)
  16. Stevens Rd (Opp Stevens Ct)
  17. Whitley Rd (Raffles Town Club)
    Mt Pleasant Rd
    Pan-Island Expressway
    Bukit Timah Expressway
  18. Bt Panjang Rd (Blk 223)
  19. Bt Panjang Rd (Opp Zhenghua Pr Sch)
  20. Bt Panjang Rd (Blk 174)
  21. Bt Panjang Rd (Blk 183)
  22. Choa Chu Kang Rd (Opp Phoenix Stn)
  1. Teck Whye Ave (Bet Blks 13/14)
  2. Teck Whye Ave (Blk 8)
  3. Teck Whye Ave (Opp Choa Chu Kang Polyclinic)
  4. Choa Chu Kang Ave 1 (Opp Blk 203)
  5. Choa Chu Kang Way (Opp Blks 237/239)
  6. Choa Chu Kang Ave 2 (Blk 297D)
  7. Choa Chu Kang Ave 2 (Blk 296)
    Choa Chu Kang Ave 1
  8. Choa Chu Kang Ave 3 (Sunshine Pl)
  9. Choa Chu Kang Ave 4 (Blk 457)
  10. Choa Chu Kang Ave 4 (Blk 442)
  11. Choa Chu Kang Ave 4 (Blk 429A CP)
  12. Choa Chu Kang Way (Blk 432)
  13. Choa Chu Kang Way (Opp Blk 511A)
  14. Choa Chu Kang Way (Opp Kranji Sec Sch)
  15. Choa Chu Kang North 5 (Blk 547)
  16. Choa Chu Kang St 52 (Blk 551)
  17. Choa Chu Kang St 52 (Blk 560)
  18. Choa Chu Kang St 62 (Blk 604A CP)
  19. Choa Chu Kang St 62 (Blk 621 (LP 13))
  20. Choa Chu Kang North 7 (Blk 657 (LP 11))
    Choa Chu Kang Dr
  21. Choa Chu Kang Cres (Blk 661)
  22. Choa Chu Kang Cres (Blk 666)
  23. Choa Chu Kang Cres (Blk 669)
  24. Choa Chu Kang Cres (Blk 675)
  25. Choa Chu Kang North 7 (Blk 673A)
  26. Choa Chu Kang Dr (Opp Yew Tee Stn)
  27. Choa Chu Kang Dr (Kranji Pr Sch (LP 86))
  28. Choa Chu Kang Dr (Blk 702)
  29. Choa Chu Kang Dr (Opp Northvale Condo)
  30. Choa Chu Kang Ave 4 (Opp Choa Chu Kang Stn)
    Choa Chu Kang Loop
  31. Choa Chu Kang Interchange

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.



  • 2000 (26 May): Introduced as a unidirectional night service from Marina Centre to Choa Chu Kang
  • 2000 (18 Dec): Converted into bidirectional service looping at North Canal
  • 2002/03 (???): Amended to serve CCK North 5, St 52 and Cres
  • 2002/03 (???): Amended to serve CCK Ave 2 and Way, skipping a section of CCK Ave 1
  • 2014 (30 Apr): Converted to unidirectional operation from Boat Quay to Choa Chu Kang due to low ridership. Revised departure times from 11:30pm and 2:00am, and City-bound return services will cease to operate.
  • 2015 (Nov): Calls at BS13211 Aft Unity St instead of N1609 LP 11 along Muhd Sultan Rd

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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