City Buzz is the best way to get around the city state. The bus schedule is frequent and largely on-time, thanks to the highly efficient road network in the city which is not prone to severe traffic congestions. As a result, the buses can ply along popular tourist routes at ease, hence making it a great way to travel in Singapore.
The service is actually a spin-off from SBS Transit which is the main local bus operator in Singapore. While SBS Transit generally operates local and regional transit linkage for Singapore residents, CityBuzz specialises on key tourist attractions with plenty of stops for avid travelers. It is literally a hop-on-hop-off bus service that is common around major cities around the world.
For those not holding a CityBuzzPass (SGD5 for 1-day unlimited travel), one can still hop on the buss for SGD1 to get to the desired destination, though the former is much more recommended for its usability and value-for-money. The CityBuzzPass can be purchased at any Transitlink ticketing offices which operate the local SBS Transit. I purchased mine from A Traveller's Rest-Stop, a budget hotel located on Teck Lim Rd (off Keong Saik Rd) which is a stone-throw away from The Royal Peacock. Quoting from CityBuzz's own website, other authorised ticketing agents are Amber Restaurant (195A Serangoon Road, Broadway Hotel), Blue Oasis Café, Cozy Corner Backpacker, Fern Loft, Hangout at Emily, Hive Backpackers' Hostel, Hostel MacKenzie, Hostel One66, Inn-Crowd Backpackers Hostel, Metropole Hotel, Pan Pacific Singapore and Singapore Philatelic Museum.
If you are not sure where to find any of these establishments, you can also purchase the CityBuzzPass on the spot from the bus captain when boarding. To look for any scheduled bus stops, look for the "friendly bee" sign. Wait for a few minutes and the "buzz" will come to you, if you catch my drift.
CityBuzz offers 3 different routes, namely C1, C2 and C3. Some of the routes do intersect each other, making it very easy to switch in between. Generally one could cover all routes within half a day, but it depends on how much do you plan to disembark to get to your desired tourist attractions. Some attractions are also best enjoyed in the comfort of the 2-storey split-level bus if you do not fancy the afternoon humidity. Naturally you would prefer to sit on the 2nd level for a better view of the city. Below are the CityBuzz route listing.
#1 Esplanade - #2 St Andrew's Cathedral - #3 Boat Quay - #4 Clarke Quay -#5 Robertson Quay - #6 Hotel Miramar - #7 Great World City - #8 Paterson - #9 Tang Plaza - #10 Heeren - #11 Peranakan Place - #12 Dhoby Ghaut - #13 Singapore Art Museum - #14 Raffles Hotel - #15 Pan Pacific Hotel - #16 The Oriental Singapore
#1 Esplanade - #2 The Padang - #3 Clifford Pier - #4 Far East Square - #5 Sri Marimman Temple - #6 Kreta Ayer - #7 Chinatown - #8 Speaker's Corner - #9 Parliament House - #10 Convention Centre - #16 The Oriental Singapore
#1 Esplanade - #2 Chijmes - #3 St Joseph's Church - #4 Goddess of Mercy Temple - #5 Tekka - #6 Little India - #7 Mustafa - #8 Thieves' Market - #9 Kampong Glam - #10 The Gateway - #11 Raffles Hotel - #15 Pan Pacific Hotel - #16 The Oriental Singapore
First buses leave from The Esplanade at 1000hrs and end a few minutes after 2000hrs daily.
Probably the best way to see Singapore without worrying about where to park or finding the correct direction.