City Direct Service 654

From 13 Jun 2016, an additional AM Trip will be added to City Direct 654, bringing the total number of AM trips to 6.

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City Direct Service 654 is an AM/PM Peak City Direct service between Sengkang and the CBD, passing through PIE, AYE and Shenton Way. It is the fourth City Direct route introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP).


Ren Quan Transport Golden Dragon XML6103J98 (PZ1309C) – City Direct 654

Route Information
Route [AM]: Anchorvale Street (Blk 336B) → Shenton Way (Opp MAS Bldg)
[PM]: Anson Rd (Mapletree Anson) → Anchorvale Street (Blk 330)
Passes Through KPE, Marina Bay, Shenton Way
Route Length
Travelling Time 65mins
Operator Information
Current Operator Ren Quan Transport Pte Ltd
Current Fleet Private buses
Departure Times from T1 0730 – 0755 (Weekdays | 4 trips)
Departure Times from T2 1820 – 1835 (Weekdays | 2 trips)
Frequency Direction 1 Direction 2
0630-0830: 08 – 09 mins
0831-1659: –
1700-1930: –
After 1930: –
0630-0830: –
0831-1659: –
1700-1930: 15 mins
After 1930: –
LTA News Release

LTA News Release


  • 2014 (20 Jan): Introduced as a bidirectional AM/PM-Peak hour service from Sengkang to the CBD under the BSEP. Operates two trips on weekday mornings at 7:35am and 7:50am, and weekday evenings at 6:20pm and 6:35pm. Charges Distance-based flat fares.
  • 2014 (06 Apr): Revised fares as part of the Public Transport Fare Adjustment 2014
  • 2014 (14 Jul): Third morning trip added, departure times from Anchorvale revised to 7:35am, 7:45am and 7:55am.
  • 2015 (23 Mar): Calls at new bus stop 03241 Anson Rd – Mapletree Anson instead of 03222 Anson Rd – Hub Synergy Point
  • 2015 (02 Nov): Fourth morning trip added, departure times from Anchorvale revised to 7:30am, 7:38am, 7:47am and 7:55am
  • 2016 (18 Jan): Operating contract for City Direct 654 by Ren Quan Transport Pte Ltd extended by one more year.

City Direct service 654 provides residents of Sengkang 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 Rivervale Drive and Marina Bay via KPE, ECP and Shears Avenue.

This is the fourth 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.

Departure Timings:

  • From Anchorvale Street: 0730, 0738, 0747, 0755
  • From Anson Road: 1820, 1835

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

Adult Child Student Senior Citizen
Card Fares per trip: $2.29* Free $0.90 $1.35
Cash Fares per trip: $2.55 $2.55 $2.55 $2.55

*PWD (Persons with Disabilities Transport Concession Scheme) – $1.35
*WTCS (Workfare Transport Concession Scheme) – $1.94

Fleet: Service 654′s fleet comprises of private buses. Common models sighted include Golden Dragon XML6103J98s and Isuzu LT134Ps.

Route Information:

Direction 1 Direction 2
  • Anchorvale St
    Blk 336B
    – Cheng Lim LRT Stn
  • Compassvale St
    – Blk 291A
    – Blk 297A
  • Rivervale Dr
    – Rivervale Pri Sch
    – Blk 153
    – Blk 122F
    – Blk 119D
    – Blk 117A
  • Sengkang East Ave
  • Buangkok East Dr
  • KPE
  • ECP
  • Sheares Ave
  • Central Blvd
    – Marina Bay Stn
    – Downtown Stn
  • Shenton Way
    – UIC Bdlg
    Opp MAS Bdlg
  • Anson Rd
    – Mapletree Anson
  • Robinson Rd
    – Aft Capital Twr
    – Opp The Ogilvy Ctr
  • Marina Blvd
    – The Sail
    – Marina Bay Financial Ctr
  • Sheares Ave
  • ECP
  • KPE
  • Buangkok East Dr
  • Sengkang East Ave
  • Rivervale Dr
    – Blk 112
    – Opp Blk 121
    – Blk 146A
    – Opp Rivervale Pri Sch
  • Compassvale St
    – Blk 253
    – Opp Blk 291A
  • Anchorvale St
    – Opp Cheng Lim LRT Stn
    Blk 330


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36 thoughts on “City Direct Service 654

  1. Kindly increase bus trip and arrange early for bus no. 654. (e.g. office hours from 8.30am to 5.30pm)
    For the first trip it stated at 6.20pm (all the way from second bus stop stand to seng kang) and final will be 6.35pm.
    Appreciate you could look into it. Thank you.

  2. Hi, I support the idea of Seah Bee Poh. Please increase the bus trip for those who work from 8:30am to 5:30pm.
    Please consider it!
    Thank you!

  3. Kindly add 1 more bus to come to together for the 6.20pm bus or shorten the frequency for the next bus as its always full by the time it reach marina boulevard!

  4. Thanks for running city direct buses, very convenient transport to CBD area for Sengkang residents. Its very well appreciated by all. Kindly add one more service which starts at anchorvale at 8.15 and reaches CBD by 9.20 AM. I am sure this timing will help reduce crowd on rails at peak hours 8-9.30 AM.

  5. Wish to commend your third driver for bus 564. He is very informative and understanding! When I left all my ezlinks out of funds, he patiently waited for me to take cash and asked me to have a sit first. As I have no enough shillings, I paid 5 dollars for my one way fare. The next morning when I was about to tap my ezlink card, he stopped me and told me that I had paid 5 dollars the previous day. He is simply very sensible and compassionate towards his passenger. Thank you and I congratulate the management for a well picked service provider and most of all for the service excellence demonstrated.
    I would definitely take this as a lesson to learn too to responsibly check on my ezlinks card balance.
    Thank you!

  6. Please increase the frequency of bus 654. A 7 am time slot would be ideal for kids attending school at anchorvale street. Currently we have to walk from Compassvale street to anchorvale as there is no bus available.

    • Hi Roshana,

      Do note that City Direct services are meant for commuters heading from the heartlands to the CBD and vice versa. It is not meant for intra-town travel.

      PTSG@WP Admin Team

  7. Hi,

    Appreciate you can add more bus services for 654 especially in the evening rush hour. Sengkang is getting more populated now and only 2 timing for evening peak hour is not enough. The bus is always full evening at the first stop at Anson Road.

  8. Please confirm if only 3 bus available in the morning ( 7 35 / 7 45 / 7 55)and 2 for the return trip ( 18 15 / 1835 )

    Just moved to Senkang and see that all bus are full to the last boarding step , please increase bus service along his route please .

  9. Hello..

    May i know if the bus stops anywhere near raffles place mrt or lau pat sat or hong leong building??
    As im starting work at 830am.. I need to take the 735am bus at rivervale drive right?

      • Hi

        Thanks for the reply..
        So can I reach that downtown station before 830am? What’s that name of the downtown station? Is the bus fare using

      • Depends on traffic conditions, should have enough time. Central Blvd – Downtown MRT Station. 2nd stop after the expressway. Yes you tap your ezlink card upon boarding

      • Hi

        Thanks so much for the quick reply!
        I didn’t know the station name is actually called Downtown station.. Pardon me asking that question.

        1 last query, if I’m taking the bus at rivervale drive blk 153, what time will the bus be reaching? The timing 735am is starting at anchorvale right?

      • Hi

        Thanks for the reply

        This morning I took the bus at 740am and it actually reaches the downtown station at 825am(traffic is normal, lots of vehicles but still on the move), which is very rush for people who is starting work at 830am.. coz the station to the office is a far walk and oh…it should be 1 stop after the expressway, not 2 as what you have told me.. 🙂 but still thank you very much for all the info given, really helps a lot.

        Btw will there be more frequency for the buses? or maybe the bus can start earlier so that people can reach the downtown station earlier?

        Thank you!

      • The principle of all City Directs / Premium services are to get commuters to their workplace in CBD before 9am. You can forward your suggestion to LTA for them to take note.
        The first stop after the highway is Marina Bay stn while the second is Downtown stn. The second stop is much nearer to Hong Leong Bank though. Perhaps no one alighted at the marina bay bus stop, leading you to think that the second stop is the first

  10. Hi pls clarify if there is indeed second trip from town, past 2 weeks i missed first trip several times and waited until 7pm but no other bus coming

    • Hi Ferry,
      There is indeed a second and final trip at 1835hrs from Mapletree Anson bus stop, not Hub Synergy Point. We have observed several commuters flagging for City Direct buses at Hub Synergy Point bus stop to no avail. Also do ensure that you are at the bus stop 5mins in advance.

      PTSG@WP Admin Team

  11. Please consider adding more PM return services!

    I’ve been waiting for the first Return bus a few days consecutively around 1825 at MBFC bus stop and the bus is always packed without stopping at the bus stop. With such strong demand, please consider adding an additional service between the first and second bus. Thanks!

  12. I will be working in AXA building and staying at compassvale walk near Sengkang MRT. Where do u suggest to board and drop given that work start at 9pm. Please advise the fare price, Thanks

  13. May I know where exactly the bus stops at Cheng Lim Station? I was there, saw the bus and flagged at it, the bus didnt stop. I got a little mad as I need to travel a few stations from my area to Cheng Lim station and the bus didnt actually stop to pick up passengers. Please advise.

    • Hi Magenta,

      The bus stop is about 200m away from Cheng Lim LRT Station. There should be a regular bus stop pole with bus service 654 reflected on it.

      PTSG @ WP Admin Team

      • Probably you can be more specific by stating a blk number instead. If the blocks there are not ready you can probably have a more specific location like a bus stop AFTER Cheng Lim station. Thanks.

  14. Hi… I am always taking the bus 654..but recently..found out that the driver is changed snd the bus is getting more and more late! I always took the 750am bus at blk 146A river vale drive. What is the trip of this bus? I remembered is the 3 trip, but now it always arrived after 8! Is there a change of timing??

  15. Hi,
    Appreciate if we can extend this bus till Fernvale, we have a lot of commutator from Fernvale to CBD.

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