SBS Transit Bus Service 139

SBS Transit Bus Service 139 is a trunk route running between Toa Payoh Int and Bukit Merah Int, passing through St. Michael’s Estate, Jalan Besar / Serangoon Road, Dhoby Ghaut, River Valley, Alexandra and Lengkok Bahru. A route variant (Service 139M) is also operated.

Bus Service 139 will be amended to resume plying its original routeing along Bencoolen Street from 11 December 2016. More details here.

Route Information
Route Toa Payoh Bus Interchange  Bukit Merah Bus Interchange  WAB_logo_20px
Passes Through St. Michael’s Estate, Jalan Besar / Serangoon Road, Dhoby Ghaut, River Valley, Alexandra, Lengkok Bahru
Route Length 17.9km (D1) | 17.0km (D2)
Travelling Time 80mins
Operator Information
Current Operator SBS Transit
Current Depot Braddell Bus Park (BRBP)
Current Fleet Volvo B10TL
Volvo B9TL

Scania K230UB
Departure Times from T1 0530 – 0000 (Weekdays)
0540 – 0000 (Saturdays, Sundays/PHs)
Departure Times from T2 0530 – 0000 (Daily)
Frequency Direction 1 Direction 2
0630-0830: 07 – 10 mins
0831-1659: 11 – 16 mins
1700-1930: 08 – 13 mins
After 1930: 12 – 17 mins
0630-0830: 09 – 12 mins
0831-1659: 08 – 16 mins
1700-1930: 11 – 14 mins
After 1930: 12 – 17 mins

Route History

Service 139 is a trunk route connecting the residential areas of Toa Payoh, St. Michael’s, Boon Keng and Bukit Merah with connections to the city areas of River Valley, Dhoby Ghaut, Little India and Farrer Park. Offering various unique route connections, demand is largely moderate throughout the day.

The route receives considerable demand between Whampoa and Toa Payoh, as residents of St. Michael’s commute to nearby Toa Payoh Town Centre. The sector has been enhanced with a supplementary bus service, Service 139M, from 14 Sep 2014.

Route Variants:

  • Service 139M: Toa Payoh Bus Interchange ↺ Jalan Bahagia (Loop)

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

Fleet: Service 139′s fleet operates a majority of Scania K230UB buses with additional Volvo B10TL double-deck buses. Double-deckers were first added to the fleet in 2011.

Route Information:

Direction 1 Direction 2
  • Toa Payoh Int
  • Jln Toa Payoh
  • Balestier Rd
  • Jln Rajah
  • Whampoa Rd
  • Jln Bahagia
  • Kim Keat Rd
  • Balestier Rd
  • Boon Keng Rd
  • Bendemeer Rd
  • Jln Besar
  • Bencoolen St
  • Orchard Rd
  • Clemenceau Ave
  • River Valley Rd
  • Delta Rd
  • Alexandra Rd
  • Leng Kee Rd
  • Lengkok Bahru
  • Jln Bt Merah
  • Bt Merah Central
  • Bt Merah Int
  • Bt Merah Int
  • Bt Merah Central
  • Jln Bt Merah
  • Lengkok Bahru
  • Leng Kee Rd
  • Alexandra Rd
  • River Valley Rd
  • Clemenceau Ave
  • Orchard Rd
  • Prinsep St
  • Selegie Rd
  • Serangoon Rd
  • Balestier Rd
  • Whampoa Dr
  • Jln Bahagia
  • Jln Rajah
  • Ah Hood Rd
  • Balestier Rd
  • Thomson Rd
  • Jln Toa Payoh
  • Toa Payoh Int
Service 139 at a glance
Service 139 at a glance

Operator History:

  • 1970s – 1973: United Bus Company 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 2016. 

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History:

  • 1971: Introduced between Toa Payoh and Lengkok Bahru (Loop), operated by United Bus Company
  • 1979: Amended to Jalan Bukit Merah
  • 1980: Amended to Bukit Merah Interchange
  • 1983: Amended to Toa Payoh Int
  • 1993: Amended to ply River Valley Rd
  • 1997: Amended into St. Michael’s Estate
  • 1998 (31 May): Amended to Toa Payoh Temp Int
  • 2003 (21 Jun): Amended to ply Boon Keng Rd and Bendemeer Rd, under Phase 1 of NEL Rationalisation
  • 2011 (16 Oct): Amended to serve Prinsep Street with the closure of a section along Bencoolen St for the construction of the Downtown Line
  • 2012 (27 Aug): Introduction of shortworking trip 139A during PM Peak hours.
  • 2013: Service improvement under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP)
  • 2013 (03 Dec): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
  • 2014 (14 Sep): Route variant Service 139M introduced
  • 2016 (11 Dec): Resume plying Bencoolen Street with the completion of Downtown Line works

Past Routings:

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