SBS Transit Service 170

SBS Transit Service 170 is a cross-border service plying between Queen Street Terminal and Larkin Terminal in Johor Bahru, passing through Rochor, Bukit Timah, Upper Bukit Timah, Woodlands Road, Woodlands CIQ, Sultan Iskandar CIQ, and Jalan Tun Abdul Razak. Sometimes referred to as 170 (Red Plate) to distinguish it from its route variant Service 170X, this is the only bidirectional route to have its bus terminals at either end serving only one local franchised bus route.

SBST Scania K230UB EuroIV Batch2 (SBS8406L) – Service 170, alighting passengers at Queen Street Ter

Route Information
Route Queen Street Bus Terminal  Larkin Bus Terminal
Passes Through Rochor, Bukit Timah, Upp Bukit Timah, Woodlands Rd, Woodlands CIQ, Sultan Iskandar CIQ, Jln Lingkaran Dalam, Jln Tun Abdul Razak and Jln Datin Halimah
Route Length 34.3km (D1) | 33.8km (D2)
Travelling Time 80 – 90 mins (Offpeak)
90 – 105 mins (Peak)
Timings subject to traffic conditions, especially at Checkpoints
Operator Information
Current Operator SBS Transit
Current Depot Bukit Batok Bus Depot (BBDEP)
Current Fleet Scania K230UB
Departure Times from T1 0520 – 0010 (Daily)
Departure Times from T2 0520 – 0030 (Weekdays)
0530 – 0030 (Saturdays, Sunday/PHs)
Frequency Direction 1 Direction 2
0630-0830: 11 – 16 mins
0831-1659: 11 – 16 mins
1700-1930: 15 – 15 mins
After 1930: 11 – 13 mins
0630-0830: 13 – 15 mins
0831-1659: 10 – 17 mins
1700-1930: 15 – 15 mins
After 1930: 11 – 15 mins

Route History

Service 170 is a cross-border route connecting Rochor, Bukit Timah, Kranji and Woodlands Centre to Larkin Terminal in Johor Bahru. The route has remained largely unchanged since the 1920s, connecting the Singapore City Centre with the northern regions and on to Johor Bahru.

Due to varying traffic conditions at the Causeway, travel times and frequencies may increase significantly when jams occur. At each checkpoint, rides will be suspended and passengers have to alight and clear customs before boarding the bus again. For re-boarding from Woodlands Checkpoint to Johore Bahru CIQ and vice versa, commuters may board any bus from 160, 170 or 170X. However, commuters must board back buses from Service 170 or 170X after the respective checkpoints if they wish to continue their journey and not pay for a new ride.

Buses are interchangeable between 170 and 170X. Some buses are scheduled on both 170 and 170X, performing the Kranji MRT – Sultan Iskandar CIQ as 170X and Sultan Iskandar CIQ – Larkin Ter as 170. This caters for higher demand between Larkin Ter and Sultan Iskandar CIQ as compared to Kotaraya Ter, which already has 160, 170X, 950 serving the stretch.

Low-entry Scania K230UBs were added to the fleet in March 2014. These are SBS Transit’s first wheelchair-accessible buses to enter cross-border service.

Special Departures:

  • Woodlands Road (Opp Kranji Stn)  Larkin Ter
    Daily: 0530hrs – 0600hrs
  • Johor Bahru (Johor Bahru Checkpoint)  Queen St Ter
    Weekdays: 0500hrs- 0530hrs
    Saturdays: 0500hrs – 0540hrs
    Sundays/PHs: 0523hrs – 0540hrs

Shortworking Trips

  • Service 170A: Queen Street Bus Terminal → Woodlands Centre Rd (Opp Blk 1A)
    Sunday/PH evenings.

Service 170 caters to higher demand between Little India/Rochor Canal and Woodlands Road, mostly from foreign workers commuting from Little India back to their dormitories at Woodlands Road. Although SMRT Service 960 offers the fastest route, frequent overcrowding on the service leads to greater patronage for Service 170.

Route Variants

Fare: See Fare Table.

Fleet: Service 170′s fleet comprises of a full fleet of JB-registered Scania K230UBs.

Route limitations: Only JB-registered single-deck buses are allowed on cross border routes. Currently, only some Scania K230UBs are JB-registered. In accordance with Malaysian regulations, buses must carry relevant documents, fitted with a third brake light at the rear, and attached with Malaysian stickers dictating legal speed limit.

Route Information:

Direction 1 Direction 2
  • Queen St Ter
  • Rochor Rd
  • Rochor Canal Rd
  • Bt Timah Rd
  • Upp Bt Timah Rd
  • Woodlands Rd
  • Woodlands Centre Rd
  • Woodlands Crossing [Woodlands CIQ]
  • Johor Causeway [Sultan Iskandar CIQ]
  • Jln Lingkaran Dalam
  • Jln Tun Abdul Razak
  • Jln Datin Halimah
  • Jln Kenyalang
  • Larkin Ter
  • Larkin Ter
  • Jln Datin Halimah
  • Jln Tun Abdul Razak
  • Jln Lingkaran Dalam
  • Johor Causeway [Sultan Iskandar CIQ]
  • Woodlands Crossing [Woodlands CIQ]
  • Woodlands Centre Rd
  • Woodlands Rd
  • Upp Bt Timah Rd
  • Jln Anak Bt
  • Dunearn Rd
  • Bt Timah Rd
  • Sungei Rd
  • Queen St Ter
Note: Green denotes roads in Singapore, Red denotes roads in Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Service 170 at a glance

Service 170 at a glance. Larkin Terminal is incorrectly placed.

Actual route to Larkin Ter

Actual route to Larkin Ter

Operator History:

  • Pre-1970s: Green Bus Co. Pte Ltd
  • 1971 – 1973: United Bus Company Pte Ltd
  • 1973 – 2001: Singapore Bus Services Ltd
  • 2001 – Present: SBS Transit Ltd

The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2016. 

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History:

  • 1923: Launched as Green Bus Company route 1 from Queen Street to Johor Bahru Terminal
  • 1971: Renumbered Service 170
  • 1996: Amended to Larkin Terminal
  • 2000 (03 Sep): Split into blue plate (Kranji station – Kota Raya II terminal) and red plate (Queen St terminal – Larkin terminal). From then, there will be trips as well from Larkin – Kranji MRT and vice versa from Kranji MRT – Larkin.
  • 2001 (Nov): Became fully air-conditioned with the Volvo B10M Mark IIIs
  • 2011 (Aug): Retiring Volvo B10M Mark IIIs were replaced with Volvo B10M Mark IVs (DM3500 and Strider)
  • 2014 (30 Mar): Full fleet of Scania K230UBs

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