City Direct Service 652


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City Direct Service 652 is an AM/PM Peak City Direct service between Ang Mo Kio and the CBD, passing through CTE, Orchard Road and Fullerton Road. It is the second City Direct route introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP).

Route Information
Route [AM]: Upper Thomson Road (opp Sembawang Hill FC) → Shenton Way (opp MAS Bldg)
[PM]: Anson Road (Mapletree Anson) → Upper Thomson Road (JCU S’pore)
Passes Through CTE, Orchard Rd, Fullerton Rd
Route Length 18.8km (D1) | 18.5km (D2)
Travelling Time 60mins
Operator Information
Current Operator Ren Quan Transport Pte Ltd
Current Fleet Private buses
Departure Times from T1 Weekdays:
0725hrs – 0750hrs (5 trips)
Departure Times from T2 Weekdays:
1810 – 1825 (2 trips)
Frequency Direction 1 Direction 2
0630-0830: 06 – 07 mins
0831-1659: –
1700-1930: –
After 1930: –
0630-0830: –
0831-1659: –
1700-1930: 15 mins
After 1930: –


2014 (06 Jan): Introduced as a bidirectional AM/PM-Peak hour service from Upper Thomson to the CBD under the BSEP. Operates two trips on weekday mornings at 7:35am and 7:45am, and weekday evenings at 6:10pm and 6:25pm. Charges Distance-based flat fares.

2014 (17 Mar): Third morning trip added, departure times from Upp Thomson revised to 7:30am, 7:40am and 7:50am.

2014 (06 Apr): Revised fares as part of the Public Transport Fare Adjustment 2014

2014 (14 Jul): Fourth morning trip added, departure times from Upp Thomson revised to 7:30am, 7:36am, 7:43am and 7:50am

2015 (19 Jan): Fifth morning trip added, departure times from Upp Thomson revised to 7.25am, 7.31am, 7.37am, 7.43am and 7.50am.

2015 (23 Mar): Calls at new bus stop 03241 Anson Rd – Mapletree Anson instead of 03222 Anson Rd – Hub Synergy Point

2016 (18 Jan): City Direct 652 operating contract for Ren Quan Transport Pte Ltd extended by 1 year

City Direct service 652 provides residents of Thomson and Ang Mo Kio with greater connectivity to the CBD. By running parallel to existing rail lines, the service provides a travel alternative for commuters who relied on the rail network and feeder buses to and from work. The route incorporates an express sector between Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10 and Orchard Road via Central Expressway (CTE). Some bus stops along Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 (near Ang Mo Kio MRT) are skipped to avoid duplication of the MRT line.

This is the second City Direct service to be introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP), and one of ten proposed City Direct bus routes to be progressively introduced until the 2nd Quarter of 2014. This provides more options for commuters using stretches of the existing rail lines that experience persistently high ridership, while the ongoing rail enhancement measures are being implemented.

Currently, other Premium services like 548 and 549 also serve parts of Ang Mo Kio to the city, but only during AM Peak.

Fares: Charges Flat fares based on the distance fare scheme for express services.

  Adult Child Student Senior Citizen
Card Fares per trip: $2.09* Free $0.90 $1.35
Cash Fares per trip: $2.40 $2.40 $2.40 $2.40

*PWD (Persons with Disabilities Transport Concession Scheme) – $1.35
*WTCS (Workfare Transport Concession Scheme) – $1.77

Fleet: Service 652′s fleet comprises of private buses. Common models sighted include Volvo B7Rs and Isuzu LT134Ps.

Route Information:

Direction 1 Direction 2
Upp Thomson Rd

Yio Chu Kang Rd

Ang Mo Kio Ave 5

Ang Mo Kio Ave 4

Ang Mo Kio Ave 3

Ang Mo Kio Ave 10


Orchard Rd

Bras Basah Rd

Nicoll Highway

Collyer Quay

Raffles Quay

Shenton Way

Anson Rd

Robinson Rd

Fullerton Rd

Esplanade Dr

Stamford Rd

Orchard Rd

Penang Rd

Ang Mo Kio Ave 10

Ang Mo Kio Ave 3

Ang Mo Kio Ave 4

Ang Mo Kio Ave 5

Yio Chu Kang Rd

Upp Thomson Rd


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26 thoughts on “City Direct Service 652

  1. I’ve just waited at bus stop 04121 from 6pm. At 6.22pm. There were 4 buses in front of bus 652, it stopped behind the 4 buses for 10 seconds and left. I didn’t even have the chance to flag the bus.

    If the bus stop is crowded, why can’t bus 652 stopped at the front of the bus stop?!

  2. Should have more buses for the Direction 2. Two buses are nto enough. Because the bus is always crowded and no more seats when it reaches Capitol Building-SMU-DhobyGaut there.

  3. Hi two suggestions:

    1. Please label your bus with Bus A, B,C etc so we know whether we have missed the bus and need to seek out alternatives.

    2. Please have more frequent buses in the evening. Two is not enough.

    Many thanks.

  4. I waited for the bus at the first bus stop , opposite sembawang hill food centre, the bus was due to arrive at 7:50, it didn’t show up, i was there at 7:45am.

  5. Hello Happy CNY !
    Is this bus service still running and first stop being opposite Sembawang FC ? Can I confirm the first bus in the morning is 7:40am and that its opposite SPC petrol station ?

    • Hi Alice,

      Yes, the bus service is still running and the bus stop you described is correct. The bus departure timings are 7.25am, 7.31am, 7.37am, 7.43am and 7.50am.

      PTSG @ WP Admin Team

  6. Hi Admin Team,

    Thanks for your prompt reply!

    (1) Given the long weekend ahead due to CNY, when will the service commence ?
    (2) Can we pay the $4.20 fare by farecard/EZ link ?
    (3) How long is the journey from Sembawang FC to UIC Building ? If I am not mistaken, there is no bus stop there due to the construction, only one temporary bus stop in front of SHenton House.

    Million thanks!

    • Service will resume on Wednesday.
      The fare only costs $2.09, payable by EZ-Link or $2.40 cash.
      Journey time depends on traffic conditions. Yes it will call at the temporary bus stop along Shenton Way infront of Shenton House.

  7. Hi Admin Team,
    Don’t scold me for my last question for you !
    (1) How do I identify the bus ?
    (2) Sometimes I stay at my own residence at AMK Avenue 10 at Block 564. Would you know the estimated bus timing if I were to take the bus at Block 570 AMK ?
    (3) If I cannot get a seat on the bus at AMK, does that mean we have to wait for the next bus ?
    Promise no more questions after this post (I am excited to learn that this bus service is still existing!

    • We have a photo example of a Service 652 bus above. It will be a private bus with a City Direct 652 sign at the windscreen.
      Around 10 – 20 mins from the first stop.
      Standing is allowed on the bus. If you did not manage to board you can choose to wait for the next bus, bearing in mind that there is only a certain number of trips in the morning peak.

      • Hi can i ask whIch bus stop will the 652 bus stop at Anson Road for the evening trips at 610pm and 625pm ? Also after Capital Tower does it mean the bus stop in frt of Amoy facing CapiTal Tower ?

      • Hi Admin

        I was waiting at the bus stop opposITE Capital Tower from 615pm to 640pm.

        The 6:25pm bus did not show up.

        Has this service for this timing being removed ?
        or I am at the wrong bus stop ?

        It should be the same color bus that I took in the morning, opp Sembawang FC ?

      • Hi Admin,
        Just 2 feedback (not complaint).
        (1) I was waiting for the 636am bus at the bus stop opposite Sembawang FC. The bus was not driving on the left lane (near to the bus stop). I recog the bus colour (bus number too far for me to see) and so I waved frantically luckily it changed lane and let me board. but its a risky experience. the drivers for the 2 earlier timings at least will drive slower along the bus stop so that anyone who is waiting can spot and wave for it to stop and let us board.

        (2) I still cannot figure out the bus stop for the capital tower for the evening route. any buildings I can look out for ?

      • Hi Admin,
        (1) I found the bus stop at Mapletree Anson and boarded the bus successfully yesterday evening at 610pm. I also found out the bus stop along Robinson road (near capital tower).
        (2) Hope the driver is not upset that I commented he did not stop to look out for passengers at Sembawang FC

      • Hi Admin,

        Two of us at the bus stop opposite Sembawang Hill FC did not see the 7:37 bus. (first bus 7:25 thereafter every 6 min). This is the 2nd time for her and for myself not to see this bus.

        Is there a bus at this timing ?

        So far, we have taken the 1st , 2nd & 4th (because missed the 3rd).

        Hope to hear from you soon. Thank you,

      • Hi
        Is this mailbox still being monitored and managed ?
        Have sent in a few queries last two weeks, but nobody has replied to me.
        Hope to hear from the admin soon. Thank you.

  8. Hi Admin,
    Boarded the bus last Friday and managed to find the bus stop at the Capital Tower. Apology for the confusion caused.
    Also, the bus driver do stop at the 1st stop opposite Sembawang Hills.
    Thank you for the good service !
    Cheers !

  9. Very good initiative of the govt. To increase morning trips. We live in ang mo kio avenue 5 block 603 and this makes our trips very convenient and quick.

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