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.
|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
|Current Operator||SBS Transit|
|Current Depot||Bukit Batok Bus Depot (BBDEP)|
|Current Fleet||12-metre Single Deck Bus
– 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
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.
- 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
- 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.
- SBST 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 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.
|Direction 1||Direction 2|
|Note: Green denotes roads in Singapore, Red denotes roads in Johor Bahru, Malaysia|
- 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
- 2015 (01 Mar): Reopening and relocation of a pair of bus stops along Upp Bt Timah Rd; Aft Cashew Rd & Bef Cashew Rd respectively
- 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.