SMRT Bus Service 860


Bus Service 860 has started double-decker bus operations since 12 Jan 2017.

Learn more at the updated article on our new site, Land Transport Guru. Click here to continue.


SMRT Bus Service 860 is a trunk route from Yishun Interchange and looping at Yishun Avenue 2, passing through Yishun Avenue 9 and Yishun Ring Road. It was the very first service to be introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme, or BSEP.
^ SMRT MAN A22 (SMB3017T) – Service 860

Route Information
Route Yishun Temporary Bus Interchange ↺ Yishun Avenue 2 (Loop)
Passes Through Yishun Avenue 9, Yishun Ring Road
Route Length 10.3km
Travelling Time 45mins
Operator Information
Current Operator SMRT Buses
Current Depot Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot (AMDEP)
Current Fleet 18-metre Articulated Bus:
12-metre Single Deck Bus:

Departure Times from T1 0530 – 2330 (Weekdays, Saturday)
0545 – 2330 (Sundays/PHs)
Frequency Loop Service
0630-0830: 09 – 10 mins
0831-1659: 09 – 12 mins
1700-1930: 09 – 12 mins
After 1930: 10 – 15 mins

Route History

Service 860 is a residential trunk route serving within the housing estates of Yishun, connecting housing blocks, schools and public amenities along Yishun Ave 9, Yishun Ring Road and Yishun Ave 3 with connections to key transport nodes at Khatib MRT, and Yishun Bus Interchange & MRT. The route serves schools such as Yishun Town Secondary, North View Secondary and Naval Base Secondary, and community amenities such as Nee Soon East Community Center and Yishun Swimming Complex

Introduced on 21 Oct 2012, the route is the very first service to be introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme or BSEP. The route compliments Service 804, which frequently occurs overcrowding and does not provide links to Khatib MRT. Service 860 also enhances connectivity for residents of Yishun Ring Road.

The service benefited from a capacity upgrade in late April 2015, when SMRT arranged for a Mercedes-Benz O405G articulated bus to perform several round trips during the Weekday morning peak, going against LTA’s regulations of deploying non-BSEP buses on BSEP bus services. However, Member of Parliament Dr Lee Bee Wah saw this arrangement as a permanent fixture and commended LTA for the “fleet improvement” for Service 860. Since the bus depot handling Service 860 (Ang Mo Kio Depot) could not accommodate double-decker buses, negotiations between LTA and SMRT Buses allowed for a permanent articulated bus crossover from Service 854 during the morning peak hours. This is the first known exception to the BSEP bus deployment regulation set by LTA.

The service got yet another fleet enhancement with a MAN A24 Bendy being deployed on a daily basis on Service 860 from 15 November 2015. Member of Parliament for Nee Soon GRC Mr Louis Ng joined Minister Ong Ye Kung along with SMRT Staff for “Launch of the bendy bus for Service 860”. However, this is not the debut of regular bendy arrangements (see above) but rather a dedicated bendy for Service 860.

Shortworking Trips:

  • Service 860A: Yishun Temp Int → Yishun Ring Rd (Opp Blk 798)
    Daily, 0600hrs to 0800hrs (needs verification)

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

Fleet: See Above

Route Information:

Loop Service
  • Yishun Temp Int
  • Yishun Ave 9
    – Blk 241
  • Yishun Ring Rd
    – Opp Blk 314
    – Opp Blk 367
    – Evangel Family Ch
    – Blk 413
    – Bet Blks 445/449
    – Blk 456
    – Opp Blk 672C
    – Blk 858
    – Blk 846
    – Opp Blk 798
    – Naval Base Sec Sch
  • Yishun Ave 3
    – Blk 773
  • Yishun Ave 2
    – Blk 608
  • Yishun Ring Rd
    – Blk 624
    – Blk 630
    – Blk 672C
    – Opp Northbrooks Sec Sch
    – Opp Blk 445
    – Blk 356
    – Blk 358
    – Blk 342B
    – Blk 314
  • Yishun Ave 9
    – Blk 309
  • Yishun Temp Int

Operator History:

  • 2012 – Present: SMRT Buses Ltd

The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will  be renewed in 2016.



  • 2012 (21 Oct): introduced from Yishun to Yishun Ring Rd (Loop), via Yishun Ave 9, Yishun Ring Rd, Yishun Ave 3, Yishun Ave 2, Yishun Ring Rd, Yishun Ave 9, Yishun Ctrl & Yishun Ave 2. This bus service is under Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP).
  • 2012 (15 Nov): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
  • 2015 (14 Mar): Amended to Yishun Temp Int
  • 2015 (25 May): Shortworking trip 860A introduced during weekday morning peak hours.
  • 2015 (06 Sep): Calls at a new pair of bus stops along Yishun Ring Rd

Past Routings:

  • Refer to this article
  • 2012: No significant route changes since 2012.



MAN A24 on 860


External Links & References:

  • TransitLink E-Guide
  • SGWiki – Buses

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4 thoughts on “SMRT Bus Service 860

  1. Pingback: Service 860 | Public Buses SG

  2. Bus Service 860 Should Deploy At Least 6 Bendy Buses On AM & PM Fleet Permanently & Make It From 16 Buses To 12 Buses On Service 860 Bus
    Fleet. 6 MAN A22 BSEP Buses + 6 Bendy Articulated Buses. In Total Of 12 Buses On Service 860 Fleet.

  3. Can bus 860A extend it’s route another 2 stops to blk 773 Yishun Ave 3? I noticed there are also some passenger like me aligning at khatib station and board the next 860 or 811 for traveling to blk 773. And I was charge double at 2×$0.79 just to travel another 2 stops further.

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