From 30 July, You Can Finally Get to Sentosa Via an SBS Bus from Town

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You know what’s most pek chek about Sentosa?

The cost of everything there. And I mean everything, from the vending machine drinks to the food.

And the next? The journey there.

Getting there usually means you’ll have to take the train or bus to HarbourFront MRT Station, and from there, decide on what mode of transport you’d like to take next: the monorail, the shuttle bus or the cable car.

I can understand why there’s no direct MRT station there, but I don’t know why there’s no direct public bus there daily.

It seems like I wouldn’t need to know anymore, because it’s finally here.

From 30 July 2017 onwards, visitors would be able to take bus service 123, which is operated by SBS Transit, into Sentosa.

Just so you know, the bus service currently terminates at HarbourFront Interchange, so this service is essentially being extended overseas – I mean, over to Sentosa.

And 123 isn’t just a feeder bus; it starts from Bukit Merah, moves along the south of Singapore, and even passes by Orchard before reaching HarbourFront.

What this means is that you can be in ION Orchard now, and if you’re bored of shopping malls, you merely need to hop into a bus and you’ll be in the island of fun without having to change trains or buses a few million times.

Pretty convenient if you’d ask me. And pretty convenient for tourists to visit various attractions in Singapore, if you’d ask me again.

Currently, there are only two public buses that go directly into Sentosa (188R and 963R), but they run only during the weekends.

As for the fees, there’s no additional cost for taking the bus, which will be based on the usual distance-based fare.

Here’s bus service 123’s extension.

Image: Sentosa Development Corporation

Ms Jacqueline Tan, Assistant Chief Executive of Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC), said that it is part of their effort to increase accessibility and convenience. “As we transform Sentosa into a day-to-night destination, connectivity is an important aspect that supports these efforts. Strengthened connectivity in the evenings will make it more convenient for our guests to stay for evening programmes and activities that we plan to introduce across the island to add vibrancy to The State of Fun at night.”


True. But why now?

“These changes are in response to feedback we received as part of our continuous efforts to engage the local community and encourage visits to Sentosa,” she said in a statement to Goody Feed.

I don’t know about you, but here’s my response: better late than never.

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