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Benjamin Sheares Bridge
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The most scenic bus routes in Singapore

Hop on one of our public buses and enjoy the ride around Singapore's scenic routes

By Dewi Nurjuwita
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Amidst the shiny Lamborghinis and high COEs, driving can be expensive in Singapore. But the good news is that our public transport system is one of the best in the world. Need to get somewhere ASAP? The MRT has got you covered. Want to while away the hours and listen to your favourite music as you ride past Singapore's stunning city and heartlands? Hop on one of these public buses and enjoy the ride around town. After all, the best way to rediscover your own city is to see all of its nooks and corners. 

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bus routes
bus routes
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10

Route: From Tampines Interchange to Kent Ridge.

Embark on a journey from the east coast to the west coast on bus 10. The bus departs from Tampines interchange and passes through Bedok, East Coast Road and Katong before arriving at Collyer Quay via Nicoll Highway. Your trip doesn't just end there, though. 

Sit tight and watch out for interesting landmarks such as the Art Deco-style former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station, posh condos surrounded by green foliage along Telok Blangah Road, and eclectic Haw Par Villa. 

Check out the full route here.

Singapore cityscape
Singapore cityscape
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518

Route: From Pasir Ris Interchange to Bayfront Avenue.

Starting from Pasir Ris interchange, bus 518 weaves through the heartlands (Pasir Ris, Tampines and Bedok North) before heading on the expressway towards the CBD. Take in the sights of Orchard and Dhoby Ghaut before heading through the historic Raffles Hotel, futuristic Helix Bridge, and the entirety of Bayfront Avenue. 

Check out the full route here

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MCE
MCE
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30

Route: From Bedok Interchange to Boon Lay interchange. 

The Marina Coastal Expressway (MCE) is undoubtedly one of Singapore's most stunning expressways, with views of the city's beautiful port at the end of the tunnel. Bus 30, running from Bedok Interchange to Boon Lay interchange, is one of the bus services that go through the expressway. So get your earbuds on, listen to your favourite track and pretend you're the main character as you watch the city's skyline appearing in the distance. 

Check out the full route here

Jalan Kayu
Jalan Kayu
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117

Route: From Punggol Interchange to Sembawang Interchange.

For a change of scenery, head to Punggol Interchange and hop onto bus 117. It passes through the scenic lookout at Yishun Dam before the Seletar Aerospace Park, where you can get a glimpse of the aircraft and private jets parked at the hangar. If you're feeling peckish, make a pitstop at one of the cafes and restaurants hidden amidst Seletar Aerospace Park such as Wheeler's Estate and Wildseed Cafe & Bar. 

Check out the full route here

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Katong
Katong
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31

Route: From Tampines Interchange to Toa Payoh Interchange.

Take in the peaceful vibe of the Marine Parade neighbourhood and shophouse buildings along Tanjong Katong Road on bus 31 that starts from Tampines Interchange. The route takes you through Old Airport Road, Boon Keng Road and Serangoon Road before arriving at Toa Payoh. 

Check out the full route here

Changi
Changi
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35

Route: A loop from Bedok Interchange to Changi Coast Road 

Think we don't have coastal drives? Think again. For scenic coastal views of Changi, hop onboard bus service 35. The journey will take you from Bedok Interchange to Changi Coast Road and back again to Bedok. Get off the bus to enjoy a view of the coastline while watching airplanes fly overhead. 

Check out the full route here

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Lim Chu Kang Road
Lim Chu Kang Road
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172

Route: Chua Chu Kang Interchange to Boon Lay Interchange.

Early risers and nature lovers will love bus 172's route, which takes you along the scenic Jalan Bahar area and the historical Lim Chu Kang Road. It was built before the 1900s to serve the gambier, pepper and rubber plantations dotting the north-western countryside. Now, the tranquil outback is lined with Angsana, broadleaf mahogany and rubber trees. 

Check out the full route here

Benjamin Sheares Bridge
Benjamin Sheares Bridge
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12

Route: From Pasir Ris Interchange to Kampong Bahru Terrace 

This long-distance bus service will take you from the East to the CBD, snaking through neighbourhoods such as Tampines, Bedok, East Coast Road and Bugis before arriving at the Marina Bay area. Look out for an amazing view of the skyline from the Sheares Bridge. 

Check out the full route here

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