SBS Transit Bus Service 170

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SBS Transit Bus 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.

A route variant Service 170A is also operated, duplicating the local sectors of this route.

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 12-metre Single Deck Bus
– Scania K230UB
Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro (from 170A)

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 Bukit Timah regions and on to Johor Bahru. A parallel bus service 170A plies between Queen St and Woodlands Centre Rd, enhancing Service 170’s local sectors.

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 Trip 170A

  • Service 170A: Queen Street Terminal → Woodlands Centre Road (Woodlands Train Checkpoint)
    Daily, 0600hrs – 000hrs from Queen Street Terminal

Shortworking trip 170A had been ‘withdrawn’ in the early 2000s, with no mention of it until its reappearance in 2014. Even so, there was no indication on SBS Transit’s website although the Electronic Display Signage board for buses containing the data for Service 170A.

From 27 December 2015, Service 170A will be officially “introduced” from Queen Street Terminal to Woodlands Train Checkpoint. Its terminating stop will be shifted one stop back from the original 170A, which terminated at Opp Block 1A along Woodlands Centre Rd.









Route Variants

  • SBS Transit Service 170X (Kranji MRT ↺ JB Sentral Ter (Loop) )

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

Fleet: Service 170′s fleet comprises 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.

Mercedes-Benz Citaros are commonly deployed on Service 170A and subsequently perform special departures back down to Queen Street Ter from Woodlands Centre Rd. These buses do not require JB Registration as they do not cross the border into Malaysia.

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


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.



  • 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
  • 2014 (Oct): Reappearance of Shortworking Trip 170A, operating from Queen Street Ter to Woodlands Centre Rd (Opp Block 1). Selected times of day, common on Sundays and Public Holidays. No mention of this shortworking trip on any Public Transport Operator website
  • 2014 (01 Nov): Service 170X Amended to loop at Jalan Tun Abdul Razak due to the permanent closure of Kotaraya II Terminal
  • 2015 (01 Mar): Reopening and relocation of a pair of bus stops along Upp Bt Timah Rd; Aft Cashew Rd & Bef Cashew Rd respectively. Service 170X Amended to loop at JB Sentral Terminal, skipping the bus stop along Jln Tun Abdul Razak
  • 2015 (27 Dec): Official introduction of Shortworking Trip 170A with enhanced operating hours and terminating at Woodlands Train Checkpoint

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.


External Links:

  • TransitLink E-Guide
  • SGWiki – Buses

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8 thoughts on “SBS Transit Bus 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.

    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.

    • This service together with service 160 , have such low reliability and inaccurate timings on GPS and tonnes of complaints from passengers that sbs will probably either shorten it to start from woodlands rd when DTL is up and running or assign them to other operators like smrt. After all it is not logistically viable for it to continue doing so. Passengers are inconvenienced and drivers are deprived of their rest

  4. The passengers Queue below the Johor immigration for bus 170,160 returning to Singapore is always jammed on weekend n public holiday.

    The Queue is always very long till near the staircase below there where passengers queue in messy lines,n lots of people jump queue since awaiting passengers exceeded the Q line provided.

    can the person in charge look into this n made some improvement for passengers to queue in a proper way to prevent people to jump Q which is very unfair to those who have Q for hours?

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