SBS Transit Bus Service 153

SBS Transit Bus Service 153 is a trunk service plying between Bukit Merah Int and Hougang Ctrl Int, passing through Upper Serangoon, Toa Payoh, PIE, Bukit Timah, Farrer, Queenstown and Bukit Merah. It shares the Hougang – Bukit Merah start/end points with Service 132.

SBST Volvo Olympian 3-axle Batch2 () - Service 153

SBST Volvo Olympian 3-axle Batch2 (SBS9428S) – Service 153

Route Information
Route Bukit Merah Bus Interchange  Hougang Central Bus Interchange WAB_logo_20px
Passes Through Queensway, Farrer, Whitley, Toa Payoh Central, Braddel Rd, Upp Serangoon Rd
Route Length 20.0km (D1) | 20.5km (D2)
Travelling Time 75mins
Operator Information
Current Operator SBS Transit
Current Depot Hougang Bus Depot (HGDEP)
Current Fleet Volvo Olympian
Volvo B10M Mark IV
Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro
Departure Times from T1 0600 – 0000 (Daily)
Departure Times from T2 0530 – 2345 (Daily)
Frequency Direction 1 Direction 2
0630-0830: 09 – 14 mins
0831-1659: 11 – 15 mins
1700-1930: 10 – 12 mins
After 1930: 12 – 17 mins
0630-0830: 10 – 17 mins
0831-1659: 09 – 16 mins
1700-1930: 09 – 19 mins
After 1930: 14 – 19 mins

Route History

Service 153 serves as a inter-town route connecting the residential estates of Bukit Merah, Queenstown, Farrer, Toa Payoh, Serangoon and Hougang, providing a quick route between these estates. Demand is moderate throughout the day owing to inter-town connections, and increased during the peak hours.

Special Departures:

  • Lorong 2 Toa Payoh (Opp Toa Payoh Stn) → Hougang Central Int
    Weekdays: 0545hrs, 0603hrs, 0620hrs
    Saturdays: 0545hrs, 0600hrs, 0615hrs
    Sundays/PHs: 0605hrs, 0618hrs
  • Braddell Road (Blk 219) → Bt Merah Int
    Weekdays: 0520hrs, 0532hrs, 0544hrs
    Saturdays: 0520hrs, 0531hrs, 0542hrs
    Sundays/PHs: 0520hrs, 0536hrs

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

Fleet: See above

Route Information:

Direction 1 Direction 2
  • Bt Merah Int
  • Bt Merah Central
  • Jln Bt Merah
  • Queensway
  • Farrer Rd
  • Dunearn Rd
  • Whitley Rd
  • Pan-Island Expressway
  • Jln Toa Payoh
  • Lor 2 Toa Payoh
  • Toa Payoh Central
  • Lor 4 Toa Payoh
  • Lor 6 Toa Payoh
  • Braddell Rd
  • Upp Serangoon Rd
  • Hougang Central Int
  • Hougang Central Int
  • Upp Serangoon Rd
  • Braddell Rd
  • Lor 6 Toa Payoh
  • Lor 4 Toa Payoh
  • Toa Payoh Central
  • Lor 2 Toa Payoh
  • Jln Toa Payoh
  • Whitley Rd
  • Bt Timah Rd
  • Farrer Rd
  • Queensway
  • Jln Bt Merah
  • Bt Merah Central
  • Bt Merah Int
Service 153 at a glance

Service 153 at a glance

Operator History:

  • 1970s – 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:

  • 1971 (11 Apr): Introduced between Lor 1 Toa Payoh and Jln Bt Merah (near Henderson Rd), operated by United Bus Company. Later amended to Toa Payoh Town Ctr.
  • 1980 (28 Sep): Amended to Bt Merah Int
  • 1983 (26 Dec): Extended to Upp Serangoon Ter, merging with Service 156
  • 1992 (Jun): Amended to ply Bt Merah Central
  • 1994 (17 Dec): Amended to Hougang Central Int
  • 1998 (24 May) to 2001 (19 May): Terminated at Hougang Ctrl Temp Int
  • 2015 (28 Sep): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)

Past Routings:

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