As Singapore’s population grows, our trains get more crowded. But lately, given the increases in taxi fares it seems that the only other public transport alternative for students is the good old bus network. Here in this “survival guide”, we offer a few options for those wishing to embark on an another possible route to or from home.
The usual MRT route: Bugis to Woodlands (via City Hall Interchange)
**PS: this route was specially chosen because of the availability of substitute bus services to the rail lines; and also due to the consistently high passenger demand on this route sector**
Estimated time taken by train (direct route): 50 minutes (including 7 minutes waiting time); estimated fare $1.82 (Adult)
The Alternative Bus Route:
Start point: Bus stop at Victoria Street, opposite Bugis Junction (Code: 53239)
End point: Yishun Bus Interchange (Code: 46009)
Transfer point: Bus stop outside Block 223 Petir Road (Code: 44269); Bus Stop outside Block 270 Bangkit Road (Code: 44261)
Estimated time taken by Bus: 55 minutes (including 15 minutes waiting time); estimated fare $1.75 (adult)
Suggested Bus Route:
1. Take bus 960 from Bus Stop opposite Bugis Junction to Bus Stop outside Blk 223 Petir Road: 30 minutes (estimated waiting time of 7 minutes)
Via: Bukit Timah Road, Pan-Island and Bukit Timah Expressways
2. Cross overhead bridge at Bus Stop outside Block 223 Petir Road to access Bus Stop outside Block 270 Bangkit Road
3. Take bus 187/ 963/ 966 from Bus Stop outside Block 270 Bangkit Road to Woodlands Interchange: 25 minutes (estimated waiting time of 7 minutes)
Via: Bukit Timah Expressway, Woodlands Avenue 3
Based on personal experience, there is a high probability of securing seats on this route. Furthermore, the slightly cheaper fare may well compensate for the slightly increased travelling time by bus.
(Credit: TransitLink H2G Journey Planner for fare and travel time information)
PS: The author cordially invites readers to share their opinions with regard to this route; as well as to provide other (train-for-bus) alternative routes. Just leave a comment below the post!