SBS Transit Bus Service 153

SBS Transit Bus Service 153 is a trunk service plying between Bukit Merah Int and Hougang Ctrl Int, passing through Upper Serangoon, Toa Payoh, PIE, Bukit Timah, Farrer, Queenstown and Bukit Merah. It shares the Hougang – Bukit Merah start/end points with Service 132.


Route
Bus Service 153: Bukit Merah ↔ Hougang Central
Direction 1
From Bukit Merah
Direction 2
From Hougang Central
  • Bt Merah Ctrl
    – Bt Merah Int
    – Blk 1003
  • Jln Bt Merah
    – Opp Bt Merah Sec Sch
    – Opp Blk 28
    – Opp Blk 2
  • Queensway
    – Aft Queenstown NPC HQ
    – Opp Queen’s Cl
    – Aft C’wealth Dr
    – Opp Queenstown Polyclinic
    – Opp Queensway Sec Sch
    – Blk 97
    – Viz Holland
  • Farrer Rd
    – Tulip Gdn
    – Farrer Rd Mkt
    – Farrer Rd Stn Exit B CC20
    – St. Margaret’s Sec Sch
    – Lutheran Twrs
  • Dunearn Rd
    – Opp Botanic Gdns Stn CC19DT9
    – Aft Kheam Hock Rd
    – Aft Dunkirk Ave
  • Whitley Rd
    – Raffles Town Club
  • PIE
    – Opp Catholic JC
    – Old Police Acad
  • Jln Toa Payoh
    – Trellis Twrs
  • Lor 2 Toa Payoh
    – Opp Toa Payoh Stn NS19
  • Toa Payoh Ctrl
    – Opp Blk 177
  • Lor 4 Toa Payoh
    – Jackson Sq
  • Lor 6 Toa Payoh
    – Blk 237
  • Braddell Rd
    – Blk 147
    – BCA Acad
    – Aft Lynwood Gr
    – Opp PUB Recreation Club
    – Opp S’pore Power Trg Inst
  • Upp S’goon Rd
    – Aft Sommerville Rd
    – Aft Wolskel Rd
    – S’goon Stn Exit H NE12CC13
    – Opp Blk 1
    – Opp Upp S’goon Shop Ctr
    – The Helping Hand
    – Kovan Stn Exit B NE13
    – Opp Glad Tidings Ch
    – S’goon JC
    – Opp Blk 25
    – Naung Ct
  • Hougang Ctrl
    – Hougang Ctrl Int NE14
  • Hougang Ctrl
    – Hougang Ctrl Int NE14
  • Upp S’goon Rd
    – Blk 302
    – Blk 25
    – Opp S’goon JC
    – Glad Tidings Ch
    – Kovan Stn Exit C NE13
    – Opp The Helping Hand
    – Aft Upp S’goon Shop Ctr
    – Paya Lebar Camp
    – S’goon Stn Exit A/Blk 413 NE12CC13
    – Blk 403
    – Aft Sunshine Lodge
  • Braddell Rd
    – S’pore Power Trg Inst
    – PUB Recreation Club
    – Bef Braddell Flyover
    – ComfortDelGro Corp Ltd
    – Blk 219
  • Lor 6 Toa Payoh
    – Blk 1
  • Lor 4 Toa Payoh
    – Blk 56
  • Toa Payoh Ctrl
    – Blk 177
  • Lor 2 Toa Payoh
    – Toa Payoh Stn NS19
  • Jln Toa Payoh
    – Opp Trellis Twrs
  • Whitley Rd
    – Catholic JC
    – St. Joseph’s Inst
    – Aft Tanglin CC
  • Bt Timah Rd
    – Bef Lewis Rd
    – NUS Bt Timah Campus
    – Botanic Gdns Stn CC19DT9
  • Farrer Rd
    – Opp Lutheran Twrs
    – Opp St. Margaret’s Sec Sch
    – Farrer Rd Stn Exit A CC20
    – Spanish Village
    – Opp Tulip Gdn
  • Queensway
    – Opp Holland Hill Lodge
    – Opp Blk 95
    – Queensway Sec Sch
    – Queenstown Polyclinic
    – Opp Blessed Sacrament Ch
    – Blk 19
    – Blk 166
  • Jln Bt Merah
    – Opp OG Fty
    – Blk 1
    – Opp Pacific Tech Ctr
  • Bt Merah Ctrl
    – Blk 161
    – Bt Merah Int

 

Technical Information
Route WAB_logo_20px
Bukit Merah Bus Interchange  Hougang Central Bus Interchange
Passes Through Queensway, Farrer, Whitley, Toa Payoh Central, Braddell Rd, Upp Serangoon Rd
Route Length 20.1 km (D1) | 20.4 km (D2)
Travelling Time 75 mins
Operator Information
BCM Route Package Sengkang – Hougang Bus Package
Current Operator SBS Transit Ltd
Current Depot Hougang Bus Depot (HGDEP)
Current Fleet 12-metre Double Deck Buses:
Volvo B9TL
12-metre Single Deck Buses:
Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro
Scania K230UB
Departure Times from Bukit Merah
0600hrs – 0000hrs (Daily)
Departure Times from Hougang Central
0530hrs – 2345hrs (Daily)
Frequency Direction 1
Direction 2
0630hrs – 0830hrs: 09 – 15 mins
0831hrs – 1659hrs: 12 – 16 mins
1700hrs – 1900hrs: 09 – 11 mins
After 1900hrs: 13 – 16 mins
0630hrs – 0830hrs: 10 – 16 mins
0831hrs – 1659hrs: 09 – 17 mins
1700hrs – 1900hrs: 09 – 12 mins
After 1900hrs: 14 – 19 mins

 

Service 153 serves as a inter-town route connecting the residential estates of Bukit Merah, Queenstown, Farrer, Toa Payoh, Serangoon and Hougang, providing a quick route between these estates. Demand is moderate throughout the day owing to inter-town connections, and increased during the peak hours.

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

MRT Stations Served

 

Special Departures
  • Lorong 2 Toa Payoh (Opp Toa Payoh Stn) → Hougang Central Int
    Weekdays: 0545hrs, 0603hrs, 0620hrs
    Saturdays: 0545hrs, 0600hrs, 0615hrs
    Sundays/PHs: 0605hrs, 0618hrs
  • Braddell Road (Blk 219) → Bt Merah Int
    Weekdays: 0520hrs, 0532hrs, 0544hrs
    Saturdays: 0520hrs, 0531hrs, 0542hrs
    Sundays/PHs: 0520hrs, 0536hrs

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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 2021 under the Sengkang – Hougang Bus Package.

History
  • 1971 (11 Apr): Introduced between Lor 1 Toa Payoh and Jln Bt Merah Ter (near Henderson Rd), operated by United Bus Company.
  • 1971 (02 Aug): Amended to Toa Payoh Town Ctr.
  • 1973 (01 Nov): Operated by Singapore Bus Service (SBS)
  • 1979 (23 Dec): Amended to Bt Merah Central Ter
  • 1980 (28 Sep): Amended to Bt Merah Int
  • 1983 (26 Dec): Integrated with Service 156 and extended to Upp Serangoon Rd Ter
  • 1992 (29 Mar): Amended to ply Bt Merah Central
  • 1994 (17 Dec): Amended to Hougang Central Int
  • 1998 (24 May): Amended to Hougang Central Temp Int
  • 2001 (20 May): Amended back to Hougang Central Int
  • 2001 (01 Nov): Operated by SBS Transit
  • 2002: Calls at a new pair of bus stops after Sommerville Rd and after Sunshine Lodge along Upp Serangoon Rd
  • 2004: Skips the bus stop outside Nanyang Pr Sch along Farrer Rd
  • 2011 (04 Sep): Calls at a new bus stop outside Botanic Gdns Stn along Bt Timah Rd
  • 2015 (28 Sep): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)

Past Routings:

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