SMRT Bus Service 965

SMRT Bus Service 965 is a trunk route from Woodlands Regional Interchange and looping at Sengkang Interchange, passing through Admiralty, Gambas Avenue, Yishun, Khatib, SLE, TPE and Compassvale. It is one of several routes plying express along the TPE/SLE corridor.

^ SMRT Dennis Enviro500 (SMB3530C) – Service 965

Route Information
Route Woodlands Regional Bus Interchange  Sengkang Bus Interchange (Loop)  WAB_logo_20px
Passes Through Admiralty, Gambas Ave, Yishun, Khatib, SLE, TPE, Compassvale
Route Length 42.7km
Travelling Time 100 mins
Operator Information
Current Operator SMRT Buses
Current Depot Woodlands Bus Depot (WLDEP)
Current Fleet 12-metre Double Deck bus
Alexander Dennis Enviro 500
12-metre Single Deck bus

– MAN NL323F
Departure Times from Woodlands Int Weekdays & Sat: 0530 – 2245 (Full Route)
Sundays/PHs: 0545 – 2245 (Full Route)
Daily: 2300 – 2330 (Terminates at Sengkang Int)
Departure Times from Sengkang Int Weekdays & Sat: 0530 – 2230
Sundays/PHs: 0545 – 2230
Frequency Loop Service
0630-0830: 04 – 12 mins
0831-1659: 08 – 14 mins
1700-1930: 09 – 10 mins
After 1930: 10 – 17 mins
Notes From 2243hrs onwards, buses leaving Woodlands Regional Int will terminate at Sengkang Int.

Route History

Service 965 is an inter-town route serving between the housing estates of Woodlands, Yishun and Sengkang. The route is frequented as a fast connection between Yishun and Sengkang due to its express sector along the Seletar Expressway (SLE) and Tampines Expressway (TPE). As such, it benefits from moderate to high demand throughout the day.

High capacity double-deck buses buses are deployed on a regular basis. SMRT’s Alexander Dennis Enviro500 double-deck buses appeared on the route since Nov 2014.

Service 85 also plies between Sengkang and Yishun, but serves bus stops along Sengkang West and Jalan Kayu before travelling to Yishun. Between Woodlands and Sengkang, Service 161 offers the faster route by skipping Yishun town entirely. From 2243hrs onwards (daily), buses leaving Woodlands Regional Int will terminate at Sengkang Int but continue to operate as Service 965 (without other indications of its half-trip nature).

Special Departures:

  • Sengkang Int  Woodlands Regional Int
    Weekdays & Sat: 0530hrs – 0615hrs
    Sundays/PHs: 0545hrs – 0630hrs

SMRT MAN NL323F (SMB229T) – Service 965A

Shortworking Trips:

  • Service 965A: Woodlands Regional Interchange → Yishun Avenue 2 (Aft NorthPoint Shop Ctr)
    Weekdays AM/PM Peak only, excluding school holidays

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

Fleet: Service 965′s fleet comprises Alexander Dennis Enviro500 and MAN NL323F buses.

Route Information:

Loop Service (via Sengkang Int)
  1. Woodlands Regional Interchange
  2. Woodlands Ave 7 (Blk 825)
  3. Woodlands Ave 7 (Blk 853)
  4. Woodlands Ave 7 (Blk 706)
  5. Woodlands Ave 7 (opp Admiralty Stn)
  6. Woodlands Ave 7 (Blk 793)
  7. Woodlands Ave 7 (Woodsvale Condo)
  8. Gambas Ave (3M Bldg)
  9. Yishun Ave 7 (opp Ahmad Ibrahim Sec Sch)
  10. Yishun Ave 7 (opp Blk 174)
  11. Yishun Ave 2 (Darul Makmur Mque)
  12. Yishun Ave 2 (Blk 220)
  13. Yishun Ave 2 (aft Northpoint Shop Ctr)
  14. Yishun Ave 2 (opp Blk 757)
  15. Yishun Ave 2 (Blk 608)
  16. Yishun Ave 2 (opp Khatib Stn)
  17. Yishun Ave 2 (Yishun Sports Hall)
  18. Lentor Ave (aft Yishun Ave 1)
  19. Lentor Ave (aft Sg Seletar Bridge)
  20. Lentor Ave (LP 94)
    SLE (express)
    TPE (express)
  21. Punggol Rd (Blk 190C)
  22. Compassvale St (Blk 253)
  23. Compassvale Rd (Blk 248A)
  24. Compassvale Rd (Blk 240)
  25. Sengkang Square (Sengkang Int)
  1. Sengkang Square (Sengkang Int)
  2. Compassvale Rd (opp Blk 241)
  3. Compassvale Rd (Blk 259C)
  4. Compassvale St (Blk 297A)
  5. Punggol Rd (Blk 298A)
    TPE (express)
    SLE (express)
  6. Lentor Ave (aft SLE)
  7. Lentor Ave (bef Sg Seletar Bridge)
  8. Lentor Ave (bef Yishun Ave 1)
  9. Yishun Ave 2 (opp Yishun Sports Hall)
  10. Yishun Ave 2 (bef Khatib Stn)
  11. Yishun Ave 2 (Blk 790)
  12. Yishun Ave 2 (Blk 763)
  13. Yishun Ave 2 (Yishun Stn)
  14. Yishun Ave 2 (Blk 154)
  15. Yishun Ave 2 (opp Darul Makmur Mque)
  16. Yishun Ave 7 (Blk 174)
  17. Yishun Ave 7 (Blk 118)
  18. Gambas Ave (opp 3M Bldg)
  19. Woodlands Ave 7 (opp Woodsvale Condo)
  20. Woodlands Ave 7 (opp Blk 793)
  21. Woodlands Ave 7 (Admiralty Stn)
  22. Woodlands Ave 7 (Blk 666)
  23. Woodlands Ave 7 (aft 888 Plaza)
  24. Woodlands Ave 7 (Blk 891C CP)
  25. Woodlands Regional Interchange
Service 965 at a glance. Click for larger image.

Service 965 at a glance. Click for larger image.

Operator History:

  • 2002 – 2004: Trans-Island Bus Services Ltd
  • 2004 – Present: SMRT Buses Ltd

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



  • 2002 (07 Jul): Introduced from Woodlands Regional interchange and looping at Sengkang
  • 2003 (18 Jan): Amended to loop at air-conditioned Sengkang Integrated Transport Hub (ITH)
  • 2013 (Feb): Service improvement under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP)
  • 2013 (07 Jul): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
  • 2014 (17 Nov): Alexander Dennis Enviro500 double-deck buses deployed
  • 2015 (Dec): Bus Service Reliability Framework (BSRF) implemented for trial till Aug 2016

Past Routings:


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2 thoughts on “SMRT Bus Service 965

  1. On 26th jul, i waited for bus 965 at the busstop infront of Yishun mrt towards woodlands.I have waited from 1545hrs to 1615hrs for the busstop to turn up.what the hell is going on?It is unacceptable for the commuter to have waited for
    30mins for the bus.Transport minister only know how to support bus fare hike,but the bus service is still lacking behind.What a world class bus service we have.This is not the first time that bus 965 are very inconsistent on the frequency.look into the bloody matter and see what can be done to ensure such thing will not happen again .bloody sucks service😠

  2. This bus service Super cannot make it.waited for 25 minutes for bus to come.already you know got more users you should raise the frequency.
    Going to bring up with meet the people session..
    Already lots of people wrote in but they boh chap!

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