SBS Transit Bus Service 163

SBS Transit Bus Service 163 is a trunk service plying between Sengkang Interchange and Toa Payoh Interchange, passing through Punggol Road, Sengkang West, Yio Chu Kang Road, Upper Thomson, Braddel Road and Lorong 4 Toa Payoh. A route variant, Service 163M, is also operated.

^ SBST Mercedes-Benz Citaro (SBS6839J) – Service 163

Route Information
Route Sengkang Bus Interchange ↔ Toa Payoh Bus Interchange  WAB_logo_20px
Passes Through Sengkang West, Yio Chu Kang Road, Upper Thomson, Braddel Road, Lor 4 Toa Payoh
Route Length 19.6km (D1) | 19.3km (D2)
Travelling Time 75mins
Operator Information
Current Operator SBS Transit
Current Depot Hougang Bus Depot (HGDEP)
Current Fleet Dennis Trident
Volvo B9TL

Volvo Olympian
Scania K230UB
Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro
Departure Times from Sengkang 0530 – 2330 (Weekdays, Saturdays)
0550 – 2330 (Sundays/PHs)
Departure Times from Toa Payoh 0545 – 2330 (Weekdays, Saturdays)
0600 – 2330 (Sundays/PHs)
Frequency Direction 1 Direction 2
0630-0830: 08 – 12 mins
0831-1659: 09 – 16 mins
1700-1930: 09 – 17 mins
After 1930: 14 – 18 mins
0630-0830: 10 – 15 mins
0831-1659: 07 – 19 mins
1700-1930: 09 – 14 mins
After 1930: 09 – 18 mins

Route History

Service 163 is a residential trunk route between Sengkang and Toa Payoh, connecting the residential housing estates of Sengkang East, Sengkang West and Toa Payoh through the private estates around Yio Chu Kangand Upper Thomson and Toa Payoh. The route serves crucial links between Toa Payoh Town Centre and Upper Thomson, as well as intra-town connections within parts of Sengkang New Town without direct connection to Sengkang Interchange/MRT.

The route has been in existence since the 1970s plying between Jalan Kayu Ter and Shenton Way, one of many bus routes serving between Northern Singapore and the City Centre until subsequent amendments shortened it to its current route today. Due to changes in areas of responsibility between bus operators affecting the Sengkang district, Trans-Island Bus Service operated the route from December 1995 to December 1999 when Sengkang was handed to Singapore Bus Service (SBS).

Currently, the route shares the Sengkang – Toa Payoh route termini with Service 159. The route also operates a variant (Service 163M), which serves within the Sengkang estate and compliments Service 163 for high demand within the area.

Route variants:

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

Fleet: Service 163′s has a diverse fleet with a majority of Scania K230UBs, with Volvo B9TL Wrights, Volvo Olympians and Dennis Tridents. Double-deck buses were introduced to the fleet in 2011.

Route Information:

Direction 1 Direction 2
  • Sengkang Int
  • Compassvale Rd
  • Sengkang East Way
  • Punggol Rd
  • Sengkang East Ave
  • Sengkang West Ave
  • Fernvale Lane
  • Jln Kayu
  • Yio Chu Kang Rd
  • Upp Thomson Rd
  • Braddell Rd
  • Lor 6 Toa Payoh
  • Lor 4 Toa Payoh
  • Lor 6 Toa Payoh
  • Toa Payoh Int
  • Toa Payoh Int
  • Lor 6 Toa Payoh
  • Lor 4 Toa Payoh
  • Lor 6 Toa Payoh
  • Braddell Rd
  • Upp Thomson Rd
  • Yio Chu Kang Rd
  • Jln Kayu
  • Fernvale Lane
  • Sengkang West Ave
  • Sengkang East Ave
  • Punggol Rd
  • Sengkang East Way
  • Sengkang Int
Service 163 at a glance

Service 163 at a glance

Operator History:

  • 1970s – 1973: United Bus Company Pte Ltd
  • 1973 – 1995: Singapore Bus Services Ltd
  • 1995 – 1999: Trans-Island Bus Service Ltd
  • 1999 – 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 as Service 163 between Upp Thomson Rd (Sembawang Hills Circus) and Prince Edward Rd, operated by United Bus Company
  • 1971 (04 Oct): Amended to Jln Kayu
  • 1974 (08 Dec): Diverted via Cecil Street
  • 1985 (13 Jan): Amended to World Trade Ctr Ter, and skips Ang Mo Kio Ave 9, Ave 4,
  • 1989 (28 May): Shortened from World Trade Ctr Ter to Marina Centre Ter
  • 1992 (03 May): Shortened from Jln Kayu Ter to Toa Payoh Int
  • 1995 (17 Dec): Handed to Trans-Island Bus Service (TIBS)
  • 1999 (26 Dec): Handed back to Singapore Bus Services (SBS)
  • 2002 (19 May): Amended to Toa Payoh Integrated Transport Hub (ITH)
  • 2002 (29 Dec): Extended to Sengkang Integrated Transport Hub (ITH), skipping the Jln Kayu sector.
  • 2005 (12 Mar): Amended to ply Fernvale Lane under bus rationalization for Sengkang West LRT. Service 163A introduced between Sengkang and Fernvale Lane (Loop), replacing former Service 371.
  • 2008 (28 Jan): Service 163A was directly renumbered to Service 163M with no route changes.
  • 2012 (30 Sep): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
  • 2013 (13 Oct): Route amendment due to permanent closure of a section of Jalan Kayu, two bus stops relocated. 0.1km added to D1; 0.2km added to D2.
  • 2015 (Jun): Bus Service Reliability Framework (BSRF) implemented for trial till Aug 2016

Past Routings:




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