SMRT NightRider NR5

SMRT NightRider NR5 is an overnight bus route running from Marina Centre Terminal to Jurong West Street 64, passing through City Hall, River Valley, Orchard, Kim Seng, Tiong Bahru, Commonwealth, Clementi, Toh Tuck, Jurong East and Jurong West.

Operating on Fridays, Saturdays & Eves of Public Holidays, it is one of seven NightRider bus routes operated by SMRT Buses.

^ SMRT Mercedes-Benz O405G (SMB1033G) – NightRider NR5

Route Information
Route Marina Centre Bus Terminal → Jurong West Street 64 (Blk 685B)
Passes Through City Hall, Clarke Quay, River Valley, Orchard, Kim Seng, Tiong Bahru, Commonwealth, Clementi, Toh Tuck, Jurong East, Jurong West
Route Length 34.1km
Travelling Time 80mins
Operator Information
Current Operator SMRT Buses
Current Depot Kranji Bus Depot (KJDEP)
Current Fleet Mercedes-Benz O405G
Any rigid/bendy bus
Shifts 6 buses
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 NR5 is a late-night service connecting the city areas of Marina Centre, City Hall, River Valley and Orchard with the residential estates of Tiong Bahru, Commonwealth, Clementi, Toh Tuck, Jurong East and Jurong West. 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 Marina Centre, departing at 2330hrs, 0000hrs, 0030hrs, 0100hrs, 0130hrs and 0200hrs.

Route Specifications

A large portion of the route duplicates the East-West Line, from Tiong Bahru to Jurong East. 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.

NightRider NR5 was introduced on 26th May 2000 by Trans-Island Bus Service (TIBS). Originally a single-directional service from Scotts Road to Jurong West St 75, it was later converted to bi-directional loop operation starting from St. Michael’s Ter. It offered daily unidirectional service in 2003 after merger with SMRT NightBus SN30 (operating Marina Centre to Jurong West St 75), with no change to its Friday, Saturday & Eves of PH bidirectional routing. Weekday night services were cancelled in 2004 owing to low demand, and the weekend route was amended to operating between Marina Centre and Jurong West St 75. Finally, the route was converted to unidirectional operation terminating at Jurong West in 2014.


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 buses from Kranji Bus Depot, usually Mercedes-Benz O405G or MAN NL323F buses. During festive periods, more high-capacity bendy buses will be deployed.

Route Information:

Unidirectional Service

  1. Marina Centre Terminal
  2. Raffles Ave (Bef Temasek Ave)
  3. Raffles Ave (Seating Gallery)
  4. Raffles Ave (The Esplanade)
    Stamford Rd
  5. North Bridge Rd (St. Andrew’s Cathedral)
  6. North Bridge Rd (Opp The Treasury)
  7. South Bridge Rd (Boat Quay)
    North Canal Rd
  8. Eu Tong Sen St (Clarke Quay Stn)
  9. River Valley Rd (Clarke Quay)
  10. River Valley Rd (Liang Ct)
  11. River Valley Rd (UE Sq)
  12. River Valley Rd (Bef AA Ctr)
    Killiney Rd
  13. Somerset Rd (Somerset Stn)
    Grange Rd
    Orchard Link
  14. Orchard Turn (Opp Ngee Ann City)
  15. Orchard Blvd (Opp Orchard Stn)
  16. Paterson Rd (Opp Paterson Lodge)
  17. Irwell Bank Rd (Bef Zion Full Gospel Ch)
  18. Kim Seng Rd (The Trillium)
  19. Kim Seng Rd (Opp Great World City)
  20. Kim Seng Rd (Grand Copthorne Hotel)
  21. Outram Rd (Aft Furama Riverfront)
  22. Tiong Bahru Rd (Blk 55)
  23. Tiong Bahru Rd (Blk 18)
  24. Tiong Bahru Rd (Ctrl Green Condo)
  25. Tiong Bahru Rd (Opp Tiong Bahru Plaza)
  26. Tiong Bahru Rd (Henderson Pk)
  27. Tiong Bahru Rd (Bef Al-Rabitah Mque)
  28. Tiong Bahru Rd (Blk 78)
  29. Tiong Bahru Rd (Opp Redhill Stn)
  30. Alexandra Rd (SIS Bldg)
  31. Alexandra Rd (Aft SM Motors Ctr)
  32. Commonwealth Ave (Queens Condo)
  33. Commonwealth Ave (Queenstown Stn)
  34. Commonwealth Ave (Blk 42)
  35. Commonwealth Ave (C’wealth Stn)
  36. Commonwealth Ave (opp Blk 7B)
  37. Commonwealth Ave (opp Blk 43)
  38. Commonwealth Ave West (Buona Vista Stn)
  39. Commonwealth Ave West (Blk 19A CP)
  40. Commonwealth Ave West (SP SMA)
  1. Commonwealth Ave West (Dover Stn)
  2. Commonwealth Ave West (Opp Sch of Science & Tech)
  3. Commonwealth Ave West (Blk 410)
  4. Commonwealth Ave West (Opp Blk 329)
  5. Commonwealth Ave West (Clementi Stn)
  6. Commonwealth Ave West (Opp Blk 317)
  7. Commonwealth Ave West (Nan Hua Pr Sch)
  8. Commonwealth Ave West (Aft ITE West (Clementi))
  9. Boon Lay Way (Aft Toh Tuck Ave)
  10. Boon Lay Way (Bef The Synergy)
  11. Boon Lay Way (The Synergy)
  12. Toh Guan Rd (IMM Bldg)
  13. Toh Guan Rd (Blk 286A)
  14. Toh Guan Rd (Blk 288E)
  15. Jurong East Ave 1 (Blk 239)
  16. Jurong East Ave 1 (Blk 229)
  17. Jurong East Ave 1 (Parc Oasis)
  18. Jurong East Ave 1 (Blk 347)
  19. Jurong East Ave 1 (Opp Jurong Polyclinic)
  20. Jurong West Ave 1 (Blk 490)
  21. Jurong West Ave 1 (Blk 463)
  22. Jurong West Ave 1 (Blk 457)
  23. Jurong West Ave 1 (Blk 502)
  24. Jurong West Ave 1 (Blk 536)
    Corporation Rd
  25. Boon Lay Ave (Blk 213)
  26. Boon Lay Ave (Blk 185)
  27. Boon Lay Ave (River Valley High Sch)
  28. Jln Boon Lay (Opp Blk 695)
  29. Boon Lay Way (Opp Boon Lay Stn)
  30. Jurong West St 64 (Blk 662D)
  31. Jurong West St 62 (Blk 665A)
  32. Jurong West St 62 (Opp Blk 622)
  33. Jurong West St 61 (Blk 639)
  34. Jurong West St 71 (Blk 701)
  35. Jurong West St 81 (Blk 844A CP)
  36. Jurong West St 81 (Blk 853)
  37. Jurong West St 82 (Blk 859)
  38. Jurong West St 75 (Gek Poh Shop Ctr)
  39. Jurong West St 75 (Blk 755)
  40. Jurong West St 64 (Blk 685B)
NightRider NR5 at a glance.  Click for larger image.

NightRider NR5 at a glance. Click for larger image.

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.



TIB854K – NightRider NR5

TIB1214B – NightRider NR5

TIB965Z – NightRider NR5

SMB3037K – NightRider NR5



  • 2000 (26 May): Introduced as a unidirectional night service from Scotts Road to Jurong West St 75
  • 2000 (18 Dec): Converted into bidirectional service from St. Michael’s Ter and looping at Jurong West St 75
  • 2003 (01 Jul): Merged with Night Service SN30 to provide additional unidirectional weeknight departures from Marina Centre to Jurong West St 75. Services on Fridays/Saturdays/eves of PHs remained bidirectional, but were amended to start from Marina Centre, removing the Whampoa/Balestier sector. During the weeknight services, Bus-Plus buses were used instead of the normal SMRT buses.
  • 2004 (23 May): Weeknight services withdrawn due to low demand
  • 2014 (30 Apr): Converted to unidirectional operation from Marina Centre to Jurong West due to low ridership. Revised departure times from 11:30pm and 2:00am, and City-bound return services will cease to operate.

Past Routings:


External Links & References:

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