SBS Transit Bus Service 131

SBS Transit Bus Service 131 is a trunk service plying between St. Michael’s Ter and Bukit Merah Int, passing through Novena, Pek Kio, Rochor, Bras Basah, Fullerton Road, HarbourFront, Telok Blangah Way and Bukit Purmei. Its route variant, Service 131M, plies between Bukit Merah and Bukit Purmei.

Bus Service 131: Saint Michael’s ↔ Bukit Merah
Direction 1
Towards Bukit Merah
Red Plate
Direction 2
Towards St. Michael’s
White Plate
  • Whampoa Rd
    – St. Michael’s Ter
    – Blk 114
  • Jln Bahagia
    Blk 29
    Bet Blks 33/34
  • Kim Keat Rd
    Opp NKF
    – Bef Kim Keat Lane
  • Balestier Rd
    Aft Pegu Rd
    HMI Balestier Hosp
    Opp Public Man
    Opp Zhongshan Mall
    Aft Irrawaddy Rd
  • Thomson Rd
    Opp Thomson Med Ctr
    Opp Novena Lodge
    Novena Stn NS20
    Opp United Sq
  • Norfolk Rd
    Opp Carlisle Rd
  • Owen Rd
    Blk 51
  • Dorset Rd
    Aft Gloucester Rd
    Farrer Pk Tennis Ctr
  • Kg Java Rd
    Opp KK Women & Child Hosp
  • Bt Timah Rd
    Little India Stn NE7DT12
  • Sungei Rd
    Opp Rochor Stn DT13
  • Bencoolen St
    Opp NAFA Campus 3
    Opp Bencoolen Stn Exit B DT21
  • Bras Basah Rd
    Aft Bras Basah Stn Exit A CC2
    Raffles Hotel EW13NS25 CC3
  • Connaught Dr
    Opp S’pore Cricket Club
  • Collyer Quay
    OUE Bayfront EW14NS26
  • Raffles Quay
    One Raffles Quay
  • Shenton Way
    UIC Bldg
    Opp AXA Twr EW15
  • Keppel Rd
    Opp Customs Port Br HQ
    Opp Former Railway Stn
    Keppel Workshop
    – Tg Pagar DP Blk F5
    – Opp Keppel DP Blk 517
  • Telok Blangah Rd
    – VivoCity NE1CC29
    HarbourFront Stn Exit B NE1CC29
    Caribbean at Keppel Bay
    Opp Chr Community Chapel
  • Henderson Rd
    Blk 54
    Aft Telok Blangah Hts
  • Telok Blangah Way
    Blk 25
    Opp Blk 27
  • Bt Purmei Ave
    Opp Blk 109
    Blk 109
  • Lower Delta Rd
    St. Theresa’s Convent
    – Cendex Ctr
  • Jln Bt Merah
    Opp Blk 120
  • Bt Merah Ctrl
    – Bt Merah Int
  • Bt Merah Ctrl
    – Bt Merah Int
  • Jln Bt Merah
    Blk 119
  • Lower Delta Rd
    Opp Cendex Ctr
    Opp St. Theresa’s Convent
  • Bt Purmei Ave
    Opp Blk 109
    – Blk 109
  • Telok Blangah Way
    – Blk 27
    – Al-Amin Mque
    Opp Blk 11
  • Henderson Rd
    – Bef Telok Blangah Hts
    Opp Blk 55
  • Telok Blangah Rd
    Bef Chr Community Chapel
    Bef Seah Im Rd
    HarbourFront Stn Exit A NE1CC29
    Opp VivoCity NE1CC29
  • Keppel Rd
    – Keppel DP Blk 517
    Opp Tg Pagar DP Blk F5
    Former Railway Stn
    Customs Port Br HQ
  • Anson Rd
    Intl Plaza EW15
  • Cecil St
    Opp GB Bldg
    – Prudential Twr EW14NS26 DT18
  • Fullerton Rd
    – Fullerton Sq EW14NS26
  • Esplanade Dr
    Esplanade Bridge CC3l
  • Stamford Rd
    Capitol Bldg EW13NS25
    SMU CC2
  • Prinsep St
    Sch of The Arts
  • Selegie Rd
    – Peace Ctr
    Selegie Ctr
  • S’goon Rd
    Tekka Ctr
    – Broadway Hotel
  • Rangoon Rd
    – Farrer Pk Stn Exit A NE8
    Kentish Lodge
  • Kent Rd
    – Kentish Green
  • Owen Rd
    Blk 41A
  • Norfolk Rd
    Bef Carlisle Rd
  • Thomson Rd
    United Sq
    – Opp Novena Ch NS20
    Novena Lodge
  • Balestier Rd
    Bef Jln Dusun
    Zhongshan Mall
    – Bef Balestier Plaza
    – Shaw Plaza
    – Opp Balestier Pt
  • Whampoa Dr
    – Blk 82
  • Jln Bahagia
    – Blk 29
    – Bet Blks 33/34
  • Whampoa Rd
    – St. Michael’s Ter




  • Bus Service 131 towards both Bukit Merah and Saint Michael’s duplicates along Jalan Bahagia & Bukit Purmei Avenue. Check the bus destination before boarding.
    – Buses displaying the Red 131 Plate head towards Bukit Merah
    – Buses displaying the White 131 Plate head towards Saint Michael’s.


Technical Information
Route WAB_logo_20px
Saint Michael’s Bus Terminal ↔ Bukit Merah Bus Interchange 
Passes Through Novena, Pek Kio, Rochor, Bras Basah, Fullerton Road, HarbourFront, Telok Blangah Way, Bukit Purmei
Route Length 20.6 km (D1) | 20.2 km (D2)
Travelling Time 85 mins
Operator Information
BCM Route Package Bukit Merah Bus Package
Current Operator SBS Transit Ltd
Current Depot Braddell Bus Park (BRBP)
Ayer Rajah Bus Park (ARBP)
Current Fleet 12-metre Single Deck Bus:
Scania K230UB
Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro
Departure Times from St. Michael’s
0545 – 2330 (Daily)
Departure Times from Bukit Merah
0545 – 0000 (Daily)
Frequency Direction 1
 Direction 2
0630-0830: 07 – 14 mins
0831-1659: 08 – 14 mins
1700-1900: 08 – 11 mins
After 1900: 11 – 15 mins
0630-0830: 09 – 11 mins
0831-1659: 09 – 14 mins
1700-1900: 09 – 11 mins
After 1900: 11 – 14 mins


Service 131 connects residents of St. Michael’s, Pek Kio, Bukit Merah and Bukit Purmei to the City areas of Bras Basah, Shenton Way and HarbourFront, catering to both the weekday office crowds and the weekend demand to leisure venues around HarbourFront and Bras Basah. It also links St. Michael’s and Pek Kio estates to the nearby Novena MRT and United Square mall. Demand for this service is moderate to heavy owing to its inter-town and intra-city routing.

This service calls at several bus stops in St. Michael’s Estate and along Bukit Purmei Road twice in different directions, i.e. towards Bukit Merah and towards St. Michael’s Ter. Red and white service plates are used to distinguish the direction of travel in addition to Electronic Display Signages (EDS) on buses. Red plate indicates buses heading for Bukit Merah; white plate indicates buses heading for St. Michael’s Ter.

Fare: Charges basic distance fares. See Bus Fares. Calculate your bus fare using LTA’s fare calculator on here.

MRT Stations Served
Special Departures
  • Thomson Road (Opp United Sq)  Bukit Merah Int
    Weekdays: 0520hrs, 0531hrs, 0542hrs, 0553hrs
    Saturdays: 0520hrs, 0534hrs, 0548hrs
    Sundays/PHs: 0520hrs, 0529hrs
  • Stamford Road (Capitol Bldg)  St. Michael’s Ter
    Weekdays: 0605hrs, 0614hrs
    Saturdays: 0605hrs
Route Variants
  • Service 131MBukit Merah Bus Interchange ↺ Bukit Purmei Avenue (Loop)
    Weekdays: 0640hrs – 0910hrs & 1710hrs – 1940hrs
Short Trip Service
Service 131A - SBS Transit Scania K230UB Euro IV (SBS8474P)
Service 131A – SBS Transit Scania K230UB Euro IV (SBS8474P)
  • Service 131A: St. Michael’s Terminal → Shenton Way (opp AXA Twr)
    Operates during Weekdays AM Peak only

Fleet: Service 131′s fleet comprises of a majority of Scania K230UBs, as well as Mercedes-Benz Citaros. Double-deck buses are not deployed possibly due to road limitations at Bukit Purmei or within Pek Kio estate.


Operator History
  • 1971 – 1973: Associated Bus Services Pte Ltd
  • 1973 – 2001: Singapore Bus Services Ltd
  • 2001 – Present: SBS Transit Ltd

The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2018 under the Bukit Merah Bus Package.

  • 1971 (11 Apr): Introduced between Balestier Rd (near Thomson Rd) and Tanjong Pagar Rd/Anson Rd, operated by Associated Bus Services
  • 1974: Amended to Cecil St
  • 1983: Amended to loop at Norfolk Rd/Kent Rd (via Rangoon Rd, Race Course Rd and Rowell Rd)
  • 1985: Amended to Prince Edward Rd Ter
  • 1987: Amended to Shenton Way Ter
  • 1992: Extended to St. Michael’s Ter
  • 1993 (04 Apr): Merged with service 125 and extended to Bukit Merah
  • 2005 (19 Jun): Amended to ply Bukit Purmei Ave in both directions
  • 2007 (28 Apr): Calls at bus stop outside Victoria Concert Hall along Empress Place.
  • 2011 (16 Oct): Amended to serve Bencoolen St & Bras Basah Rd with the closure of a section along Bencoolen St for the construction of the Downtown Line
  • 2011 (03 Dec): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
  • 2013: Service improvement under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP)
  • 2014 (25 Aug): Route variant Service 131M introduced.
  • 2016 (01 May): Amended to Esplanade Dr instead of St. Andrews Rd (Main Article)
  • 2016 (11 Dec): Resume plying Bencoolen Street with the completion of Downtown Line works (Main Article)
Past Routings
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