Toa Payoh Bus Interchange


Toa Payoh Bus Interchange is located at Toa Payoh Central, and serves the town of Toa Payoh and Braddel. It is the first bus interchange in Singapore to be air-conditioned, and connects with Toa Payoh MRT Station and Toa Payoh HDB Hub.

Sawtooth berths near Berth B2


Name: Toa Payoh Bus Interchange | 大巴窑巴士转换站
Service area: Toa Payoh, Braddel, Potong Pasir, Caldecott
Address: 530 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, Singapore 310530
Principal operator: SBS Transit
MRT Station: NS19 Toa Payoh
Berths: 4 sawtooth, 13 end-on, 2-3 alighting
Bus services: 21 (SBST)


  • 1971: Toa Payoh Central Bus Terminal begins operations
  • 1983: Toa Payoh Bus Interchange is built
  • 1999: Interchange demolished, shifted to a temporary site
  • 2002: New Toa Payoh Interchange opens.

During the late 1960s, there were no proper facilities for buses at Toa Payoh, and buses would park at the roadside bus terminal along Toa Payoh Lorong 1. Sometimes, as many as 30 buses lined up the road, causing traffic jams. After much public appeal, the Housing and and Development Board (HDB) constructed a new bus terminal the junction of Lorong 2 Toa Payoh and Lorong 4 Toa Payoh. Opened in August 1971, the Toa Payoh Central Bus Terminal, otherwise also known as Toa Payoh Town Centre Bus Terminal, was able to accommodate 130 buses. The terminal would cease operations in the 1980s.

On 26 December 1983, Toa Payoh Bus Interchange was opened. Constructed over the existing site, it contained many new facilities such as coin-changing machines and information counters. That same day, the Toa Payoh Bus Plan was initiated, which reorganized the bus routes within Toa Payoh and with it, the introduction of six new Feeder bus routes. In 1999, the interchange was demolished to make way for the construction of HDB Hub, which would be the new headquarters of HDB. Bus operator SBS moved their bus operations to a temporary facility opposite Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, where Toa Payoh Town Park currently sits now.

On 19 May 2002, the new Toa Payoh Bus Interchange officially opened by then-Minister for Transport, Yeo Cheow Tong, and took over operations from the temporary terminal. Integrated with HDB Hub, the new interchange offers convenient access to Toa Payoh MRT Station and other public amenities at Toa Payoh Central. It is notably the first air-conditioned bus interchange in Singapore.

Feeder bus services:

Toa Payoh Interchange has housed seven feeder services:

  • Service 230: Looped at Lorong 8 Toa Payoh. Withdrawn.
  • Service 231: Looped at Braddel via Lorong 1, 4 and 6. Green/White plate designations were used for clockwise and anticlockwise loops respectively. Merged into a single Service 231 when it was amended to loop at Toa Payoh Lorong 5 in 2012.
  • Service 232: Looped at Lorong 2 Toa Payoh, using Green/White plate. Amended to Lorong 4 and TPY Central in 1993, and merged with 237 to loop at Lorong 7.
  • Service 235: Looped at Lorong 3 Toa Payoh. Amended to Toa Payoh East in 2010, and extended to Toa Payoh Rise (Caldecott MRT) in 2012 via Lorong 3, 2 and 1.
  • Service 237: Looped at Lorong 7 Toa Payoh, via Lorong 6 and Toa Payoh East. Merged with 232 and withdrawn in 2002.
  • Service 238: Looped at Lorong 8 Toa Payoh, no route change.
  • Service 239: Looped at Kim Keat Avenue, withdrawn in 1985 after road realignment works to accommodate the slip road to PIE.

The Interchange:

Toa Payoh is the first air-conditioned bus interchange in Singapore, and is integrated with Toa Payoh HDB Hub. The facility is built on top of Toa Payoh MRT Station, which adds to the convenience of transferring between bus and train. The interchange design is a unique mix of end-on and sawtooth berths.

Interchange facilities:

  • Interchange offices (SBST)
  • Transitlink Office
  • Drivers lounge
  • NTWU Canteen
  • Boarding and alighting berths
  • Information boards & Bus arrival displays
  • Service guide racks
  • Retail outlets
  • Toilets

Bus Services List:

Service Berth Destination Notes
8 Tampines
26 Bedok
28 Tampines
31 Tampines
73 Ang Mo Kio
88 Pasir Ris
90 ↺ Airport Road
139 Bukit Merah
139M ↺ Jalan Bahagia
141 Lorong 1 Geylang
142 ↺ Potong Pasir Avenue 2
143 Jurong East
145 Buona Vista
155 ↺ Siglap Road
157 Boon Lay
159 Sengkang
163 Sengkang
231 ↺ Toa Payoh Lorong 5
232 ↺ Toa Payoh East
235 ↺ Toa Payoh Rise
238 ↺ Braddel Road

Berth Allocation:

In Toa Payoh Interchange, A-prefixes are used for end-on berths while B-prefixes are used for sawtooth berths. Unused queuing berths are often used as additional parking space for other services.

Berth Services
A1 143
A2 139M
A3 139
A4 145
A5 31
A6 90
A7 8
A8 Unused / Spare berth
A9 88
A10 Unused / Spare berth
A11 Unused / Spare berth
A12 26
A13 28
A14 155
Alighting For alighting only
B1 231, 238
B2 142, 232, 235
B3 73, 141, 163
B4 157, 159



End-on berths with automatic doors leading to the interchange concourse

End-on berths A3 and A4. All end-on queuing berths in TPY Int are designed in similar fashion

Sawtooth berths B3 and B4


Layout of the original Toa Payoh Bus Interchange, Dec 1983.


External Links & References:

Back to Bus Interchanges and Terminals
Back to Bus Articles

6 thoughts on “Toa Payoh Bus Interchange

    • Lol haha you should see the bus stop sign so
      that you know which bus stop there! Just because the bus pass by the street doesnt mean it stops at the bus stop! Hahahah

  1. I left my white transparent umbrella on bus 145 towards toa payoh ..pls contact me.
    Why are ur officers so busy on the phone. Is this the number 63837211?
    Thank you


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