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
Route Length 34.3km (D1) | 33.8km (D2)
Travelling Time 80 – 90 mins (Offpeak)
90 – 105 mins (Peak)
Timings subject to traffic conditions, especially affected 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.

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

SBST Scania K230UB (SBS8406L) – Service 170A

  • Service 170A: Queen Street Terminal → Woodlands Centre Road (Opp Blk 1A)
    Selected times of day, common on Sundays and Public Holidays

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

The shortworking trip had been ‘withdrawn’ in the early 2000s, with no mention of it until its reappearance in 2014. As of October 2014, the service is not indicated on SBS Transit’s website.

Route Variants

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

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 Crossing [Woodlands Checkpt]
  • Johor Bahru [Johor Bahru Checkpt]
    Jln Lingkaran Dalam
    Jln Tun Abdul Razak
    Jln Datin Halimah
    Jln Kenyalang
  • Larkin Ter
  • Larkin Ter
    Jln Garoda 2
    Jln Datin Halimah
    Jln Tun Abdul Razak
    Jln Lingkaran Dalam
  • Johor Bahru [Johor Bahru Checkpt]
  • Woodlands Crossing [Woodlands Checkpt]
  • 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:

  • 1971 – 1973: United Bus Company 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 as Service 170 between Queen Street and Johor Bahru, replacing former Green Bus Company routes between Singapore and Johor.
  • 1996: Amended to Larkin Bus Terminal
  • 2000 (03 Sep): Split into blue plate (Kranji Station – Kota Raya II Terminal) and red plate (Queen Street Terminal – Larkin Terminal), with both variants operating on a daily basis.
  • 2003 (10 Nov): Service 170 amended Jln Lingkaran Dalam (express) towards Larkin Ter, skips bus stops at Komtar Shopping Ctr & KTM Railway Stn.
  • 2011 (Aug): Retiring Volvo B10M Mark IIIs replaced with Volvo B10M Mark IVs (DM3500 and Strider)
  • 2014 (30 Mar): Full fleet of Scania K230UBs to replace Volvo B10M MkIVs
  • 2015 (01 Mar): Reopening and relocation of a pair of bus stops along Upp Bt Timah Rd; Aft Cashew Rd & Bef Cashew Rd respectively

Past Routings:

  • Refer to this article
  • 170: Amended to present routing in 1996; No significant route changes since 1996.
  • 170X: Amended to present routing in 2014; No significant route changes since 2014.

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6 thoughts on “SBS Transit Service 170

  1. Dear Md Firdaus,
    The latest Service 170/170X service guide is dated 16 November 2014. Service guides take some time after they have been printed to be released. Currently, the only 2015 service guide to have been released is Service 99, 23 Jan 2015.

    Regards,
    Public Transport SG @ WordPress Admin Team

  2. This is one of the least reliable services in Singapore, with a regular waiting time of 30 minutes or more. The minimum waiting time is 20 minutes. SBS seems to have difficulty operating this route efficiently.

    • Due to its long route in nature and unpredictable time journey at checkpoint is the reason why its frequency is quite bad. Most ppl board at Kranji so yeah.

      • Why don’t they start from Kranji permanently and discontinue the Queen Street-Woodlands Road sector if they have difficulty keeping to the schedule due to the long route?. After all, they are introducing so many 170As in place of 170; and even then, frequency is very poor so they might as well scrap that segment altogether.

  3. True at Tin Han. But it may serve as an alternative to many routes. Perhaps in the past when MRT wasn’t ready ppl patronage this bus. Nevertheless it is a good service. There are several places of interests.

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