Party 1 Extra Hour On Christmas Eve With Extended Bus & Train Hours

Extended Bus & Train Services On Christmas Eve

Christmas Eves usually run long into the night. But sometimes, the merriment has to be cut short.

A select few in the clique don’t always have cars, and will have to depend on public transport to get home.


SBS and SMRT have heard the calls of party-goers islandwide. They will be extending the service hours on some trains and buses, so you can have a little more time before concluding your special night.

Train services

On Monday (24 Dec), the SBS-operated North-East Line (NEL) and the Downtown Line will have their operation hours extended by 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Image courtesy of SBS

The same goes for other lines operated by SMRT — although the extensions aren’t as long. Here’s a table of the last train timings.

Image courtesy of SMRT

With empty roads and fewer people in the night, the buses will probably be driving straight by a lot of the bus stops.

So you’d better not be dilly-dallying, thinking that the bus won’t be punctual on its way from the terminal to your bus stop.

Bus services

Taking the bus? You won’t be left out either.

SBS has pushed back the last bus timings too. These buses usually run till midnight or slightly past midnight. But just for Christmas Eve, they’ll be running till close to 2am.

Image courtesy of SBS

In addition to the extended hours on the buses above, SBS will be lengthening the service of their 6 Nite Owl buses from 2am to 4am.

If you aren’t familiar with the Nite Owl services, all of them leave from Marina Centre Terminal. They then pass through City Hall, River Valley, Orchard Road and Dhoby Ghaut before splitting ways and going to the different residential estates.

Here’s a brief guide:

  • 1N — Ang Mo Kio / Yishun
  • 2N — Bedok Reservoir / Tampines
  • 3N — Bukit Panjang / Choa Chu Kang / Yew Tee
  • 4N — Marine Parade / Bedok / Pasir Ris
  • 5N — Clementi / Jurong East
  • 6N — Hougang / Sengkang / Punggol

More merry, less worry

With the extended hours on public transport, you may just opt to leave the car at home and take the bus and train. That way, you can drink your fill — but of course, not to the point where you’re too tipsy to even find your way to the bus stop.


Flagging a taxi is also option, but that’s expensive. There’s nothing shameful in wanting to save and make up for your heavy spending on Christmas presents and festive food.

In any case, have a wonderful and merry Christmas!

Featured image from SGTrains.

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