SBS Transit Bus Service 131


SBS Transit Bus Service 131 is a trunk service plying between St. Michael’s Ter and Bukit Merah Int, passing through Novena, Pek Kio, Rochor, Bras Basah, Fullerton Road, HarbourFront, Telok Blangah Way and Bukit Purmei. Its route variant, Service 131M, plies between Bukit Merah and Bukit Purmei.

Route Information
Route Saint Michael’s Bus Terminal ↔ Bukit Merah Bus Interchange  
Passes Through Novena, Pek Kio, Rochor, Bras Basah, Fullerton Road, HarbourFront, Telok Blangah Way, Bukit Purmei
Route Length 20.7km (D1) | 20.4km (D2)
Travelling Time 80mins
Operator Information
Current Operator SBS Transit
Current Depot Braddell Bus Park (BRBP)
Current Fleet Scania K230UB
Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro
Departure Times from T1 0545 – 2330 (Daily)
Departure Times from T2 0545 – 0000 (Daily)
Frequency Direction 1 Direction 2
0630-0830: 07 – 15 mins
0831-1659: 08 – 14 mins
1700-1930: 08 – 11 mins
After 1930: 12 – 14 mins
0630-0830: 08 – 11 mins
0831-1659: 08 – 14 mins
1700-1930: 08 – 12 mins
After 1930: 10 – 14 mins

Route History

Service 131 connects residents of St. Michael’s, Pek Kio, Bukit Merah and Bukit Purmei to the City areas of Bras Basah, Shenton Way and HarbourFront, catering to both the weekday office crowds and the weekend demand to leisure venues around HarbourFront and Bras Basah. It also links St. Michael’s and Pek Kio estates to the nearby Novena MRT and United Square mall. Demand for this service is moderate to heavy owing to its inter-town and intra-city routing.

This service calls at several bus stops in St. Michael’s Estate and along Bukit Purmei Road twice in different directions, i.e. towards Bukit Merah and towards St. Michael’s Ter. Red and white service plates are used to distinguish the direction of travel in addition to Electronic Display Signages (EDS) on buses. Red plate indicates buses heading for Bukit Merah; white plate indicates buses heading for St. Michael’s Ter.

Special Departures:

  • Thomson Road (Opp United Sq)  Bukit Merah Int
    Weekdays: 0520hrs, 0531hrs, 0542hrs, 0553hrs
    Saturdays: 0520hrs, 0534hrs, 0548hrs
    Sundays/PHs: 0520hrs, 0529hrs
  • Stamford Road (Capitol Bldg)  St. Michael’s Ter
    Weekdays: 0605hrs, 0614hrs
    Saturdays: 0605hrs

Route Variants:

  • Service 131M: Bukit Merah Bus Interchange ↺ Bukit Purmei Avenue (Loop)
    Operates during weekday peak hours only

Shortworking Trips:

  • Service 131A: St. Michael’s Terminal → Shenton Way (opp Temasek Tower)
    Operates during Weekdays AM Peak only

Fare: Charges fares for regular trunk services. See Bus Fares for exact fares.

Fleet: Service 131′s fleet comprises of a majority of Scania K230UBs, as well as Mercedes-Benz Citaros. Double-deck buses are not deployed possibly due to road limitations at Bukit Purmei or within Pek Kio estate.

Route Information:

Direction 1 Direction 2
  • St. Michael’s Ter
  • Whampoa Rd
  • Jln Bahagia
  • Kim Keat Rd
  • Balestier Rd
  • Thomson Rd
  • Norfolk Rd
  • Owen Rd
  • Dorset Rd
  • Kg Java Rd
  • Bt Timah Rd
  • Sungei Rd
  • Bencoolen St
  • Middle Rd
  • Bras Basah Rd
  • Nicoll Highway
  • Connaught Dr
  • Fullerton Rd
  • Collyer Quay
  • Raffles Quay
  • Shenton Way
  • Keppel Rd
  • Telok Blangah Rd
  • Henderson Rd
  • Telok Blangah Way
  • Bt Purmei Ave
  • Lower Delta Rd
  • Jln Bt Merah
  • Bt Merah Int
  • Bt Merah Int
  • Jln Bt Merah
  • Lower Delta Rd
  • Bt Purmei Ave
  • Telok Blangah Way
  • Henderson Rd
  • Telok Blangah Rd
  • Keppel Rd
  • Anson Rd
  • Cecil St
  • Fullerton Rd
  • St. Andrew’s Rd
  • Stamford Rd
  • Prinsep St
  • Selegie Rd
  • Serangoon Rd
  • Rangoon Rd
  • Kent Rd
  • Owen Rd
  • Norfolk Rd
  • Thomson Rd
  • Balestier Rd
  • Whampoa Dr
  • Jln Bahagia
  • St. Michael’s Ter

Operator History:

  • 1971 – 1973: Associated Bus Services 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. 



  • 1971 (11 Apr): Introduced between Balestier Rd (near Thomson Rd) and Tanjong Pagar Rd/Anson Rd, operated by Associated Bus Services
  • 1974: Amended to Cecil St
  • 1983: Amended to loop at Norfolk Rd/Kent Rd (via Rangoon Rd, Race Course Rd and Rowell Rd)
  • 1985: Amended to Prince Edward Rd Ter
  • 1987: Amended to Shenton Way Ter
  • 1992: Extended to St. Michael’s Ter
  • 1993 (04 Apr): Merged with service 125 and extended to Bukit Merah
  • 2005 (19 Jun): Amended to ply Bukit Purmei Ave in both directions
  • 2007 (28 Apr): Calls at bus stop outside Victoria Concert Hall along Empress Place.
  • 2011 (16 Oct): Amended to serve Bencoolen St & Bras Basah Rd with the closure of a section along Bencoolen St for the construction of the Downtown Line
  • 2011 (03 Dec): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
  • 2013: Service improvement under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP)
  • 2014 (25 Aug): Route variant Service 131M introduced.

Past Routings:

  • Refer to this article
  • 2005: Amended to present routing. No significant route changes since 2005.


External Links:

  • TransitLink E-Guide
  • SGWiki – Buses

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