SBS Transit Bus Service 147


SBS Transit Bus Service 147 is a trunk service plying between Hougang Central Int and Clementi Int, passing through Hougang Avenue 8, Yio Chu Kang Road, Serangoon MRT, Little India, Bras Basah, Chinatown, Bukit Merah and Commonwealth Avenue West.

Route Information
Route Hougang Central Bus Interchange  Clementi Bus Interchange 
Passes Through Hougang Ave 8, Yio Chu Kang Rd, Serangoon MRT, Potong Pasir, Little India, Bras Basah, Clarke Quay, Outram Park, Bukit Merah, Queensway, C’wealth Ave West
Route Length 28.1km (D1) | 27.4km (D2)
Travelling Time 115mins
Operator Information
Current Operator SBS Transit
Current Depot Hougang Bus Depot (HGDEP)
Bukit Batok Bus Depot (BBDEP)
Current Fleet Volvo B9TL
Volvo Olympian
Volvo B10M Mark IV

Scania K230UB
Departure Times from T1 0530 – 2330 (Daily)
Departure Times from T2 0545 – 2345 (Daily)
Frequency Direction 1 Direction 2
0630-0830: 06 – 12 mins
0831-1659: 05 – 18 mins
1700-1930: 10 – 14 mins
After 1930: 09 – 12 mins
0630-0830: 07 – 10 mins
0831-1659: 08 – 14 mins
1700-1930: 07 – 10 mins
After 1930: 09 – 13 mins

Route History

Service 147 is an trunk route serving many residential areas along its route such as Clementi, Commonwealth, Bukit Merah, Serangoon and Hougang. Running from West to Northeast of Singapore, the route cuts through the City, also serving Chinatown, Bras Basah and Little India. It also duplicates the North East Line from Outram Park to Serangoon and Hougang.

This service was slated to be amended during the North-East Line Bus Rationalization of 2003 which intended to delete unnecessary sectors of various bus routes to avoid duplication with the new North-East MRT Line (NEL). However, it was later spared from rationalization along with Service 133. Currently, long segments of route which duplicate the NEL still receives generous passenger numbers.

Special Departures:

  • Jalan Bukit Merah (Opp Blk 120) → Clementi Int
    Weekdays: 0615hrs, 0627hrs, 0542hrs, 0639hrs
  • Jalan Bukit Merah (Opp OG Fty)  Hougang Central Int
    Weekdays: 0550hrs, 0559hrs
    Saturdays: 0557hrs
  • Serangoon Road (Kwong Wai Shiu Hosp)  Hougang Central Int
    Weekdays: 0550hrs, 0601hrs, 0612hrs
    Saturdays: 0550hrs, 0600hrs, 0610hrs, 0620hrs
    Sundays/PHs: 0605hrs, 0620hrs, 0635hrs

Shortworking Trips:

  • Service 147A: Hougang Ctrl Int → New Bridge Rd (opp Pearl’s Ctr)
    Weekdays AM Peak only

Service 147A helps to relieve morning peak demand between Hougang and Serangoon to Little India and Chinatown.

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

Fleet: Service 147′s fleet comprises a majority of Volvo B9TL CDGE and Wright buses, with smaller numbers of Volvo Olympian, Scania K230UB and Volvo B10M MkIV buses. Additional Volvo B9TL buses were added under the BSEP scheme.

Route Information:

Direction 1 Direction 2
  • Hougang Central Int
  • Upp Serangoon Rd
  • Hougang Ave 8
  • Hougang Ave 2
  • Yio Chu Kang Rd
  • Yio Chu Kang Link
  • Serangoon Central
  • Upp Serangoon Rd
  • Bendemeer Rd
  • Jln Besar
  • Bencoolen St
  • Middle Rd
  • Bras Basah Rd
  • Victoria St
  • Hill St
  • New Bridge Rd
  • Kg Bahru Rd
  • Jln Bt Merah
  • Queensway
  • Commonwealth Ave
  • Commonwealth Ave West
  • Clementi Ave 3
  • Clementi Int
  • Clementi Int
  • Clementi Ave 3
  • Commonwealth Ave West
  • Commonwealth Ave
  • Queensway
  • Jln Bt Merah
  • Kg Bahru Rd
  • Eu Tong Sen St
  • Hill St
  • Stamford Rd
  • Prinsep St
  • Selegie Rd
  • Serangoon Rd
  • Upp Serangoon Rd
  • Serangoon Central
  • Yio Chu Kang Link
  • Yio Chu Kang Rd
  • Hougang Ave 2
  • Hougang Ave 8
  • Upp Serangoon Rd
  • Hougang Central Int

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 Lor 6 Toa Payoh and Commonwealth Ave/North Buona Vista Rd, operated by Associated Bus Services. On 02 Aug, amended to Toa Payoh Town Centre.
  • 1981: Amended to Buona Vista Ter
  • 1983 (26 Dec): Amended to loop at Potong Pasir Ave 1
  • 1984 (01 Jul): Amended to Potong Pasir Ter
  • 1985 (05 May): Amended to Potong Pasir Ave 2 & 3 before terminating at Potong Pasir Ter
  • 1985 (30 Jun): Extended to Jurong East Int
  • 1992 (29 Mar): Merged with service 83 and extended to Upp Serangoon Ter. At the same time, amended to Serangoon Rd / Jln Besar instead of Bugis and Lavender
  • 1992 (29 Nov): Alternate trips terminated at Clementi MRT Station
  • 1993 (05 Dec): Shortened to Clementi interchange with the extension of service 105. Alternate trips withdrawn.
  • 1994 (17 Dec): Amended to Hougang Central Int
  • 1999: Amended to ply Prinsep Street
  • 2006 (29 Oct): Amended to Clementi Temp Int
  • 2006 (30 Oct): Designated as a wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB), the second WAB service in Singapore.
  • 2011 (16 Oct): With the closure of a section along Bencoolen St for the construction of the Downtown Line, this service was amended to serve Middle Rd & Bencoolen St
  • 2011 (26 Nov): Amended to air-conditioned Clementi Integrated Transport Hub (ITH)
  • 2013: Service improvement under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP)

Past Routings:

  • Refer to this article
  • 1994: Amended to present routing. No significant route changes since 1994.


External Links:

  • TransitLink E-Guide
  • SGWiki – Buses

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3 thoughts on “SBS Transit Bus Service 147

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