SBS Transit Bus Service 163

SBS Transit Bus Service 163 is a trunk service plying between Sengkang Interchange and Toa Payoh Interchange, passing through Punggol Road, Sengkang West, Yio Chu Kang Road, Upper Thomson, Braddell Road and Lorong 4 Toa Payoh. A route variant, Service 163M, is also operated.


Route
Bus Service 163: Sengkang ↔ Toa Payoh
Direction 1
From Sengkang
Direction 2
From Toa Payoh
  • Sengkang Sq
    – Sengkang Int NE16STC
  • Compassvale Rd
    – Opp Blk 241
  • Sengkang East Way
    – Blk 250A
  • Punggol Rd
    – Blk 126A
    – Blk 124
    – Blk 111
  • Sengkang East Ave
    – Ranggung Stn Exit B SE5
    – Opp Blk 203A
    – Opp Blk 200B
    – Opp Blk 303B SW8
    – Opp Blk 305 CP SW7
    – Opp Blk 310B
  • Sengkang West Ave
    – Layar Stn Exit A/Blk 417A SW6
    – Opp Fernvale Stn SW5
    – Fernvale Pr Sch
  • Fernvale Lane
    – Blk 403A
    – Bef Sengkang West Rd
  • Yio Chu Kang Rd
    – Aft Seletar Rd
    – Aft Dedap Rd
    – Aft Begonia Rd
    – Serenity Pk
    – Aft Sunrise Gdns
    – Aft KLC Intl Inst
    – ST Electronics
    – UE Bizhub Ctrl
    – NCS Hub
    – Seasons Pk
    – The Calrose
    – Bef Thomson Hills Dr
    – NPB S’goon Depot
  • Upp Thomson Rd
    – Aft Yio Chu Kang Rd
    – Bef Sembawang Hill FC
    – Bef Ang Mo Kio Ave 1
    – Aft Ang Mo Kio Ave 1
    – Faber Gdn
    – Flame Tree Pk
    – Aft Windsor Pk Rd
    – Opp Thomson Plaza
    – Bef Jln Todak
    – Thomson CC
    – Shunfu Est
    – Opp St. Theresa’s Hme
  • Braddell Rd
    – Opp Braddell View
    – Bef Bishan Rd
    – Opp Blk 1004
    – Opp Blk 998
  • Lor 6 Toa Payoh
    – Blk 1
  • Lor 4 Toa Payoh
    – Blk 56
    – Blk 73
  • Lor 6 Toa Payoh
    – Toa Payoh Swim Cplx
    – Toa Payoh Int NS19
  • Lor 6 Toa Payoh
    – Toa Payoh Int NS19
    – Opp Toa Payoh Swim Cplx
  • Lor 4 Toa Payoh
    – Opp Blk 73
    – Jackson Sq
  • Lor 6 Toa Payoh
    – Blk 237
  • Braddell Rd
    – Aft Muhajirin Mque
    – Blk 1004
    – Aft Bishan Rd
    – Braddell View
  • Upp Thomson Rd
    – St. Theresa’s Hme
    – Opp Shunfu Est
    – Bef Thomson Ridge
    – Bef Thomson Plaza
    – Bef Windsor Pk Rd
    – Opp Flame Tree Pk
    – Opp Faber Gdn
    – Bef Ang Mo Kio Ave 1
    – Opp Sembawang Hill FC
    – Bef Yio Chu Kang Rd
  • Yio Chu Kang Rd
    – Opp NPB S’goon Depot
    – Aft Munshi Abdullah Ave
    – Opp The Calrose
    – Opp Seasons Pk
    – Opp NCS Hub
    – Opp UE Bizhub Ctrl
    – Opp ST Electronics
    – Bef KLC Intl Inst
    – Opp Sunrise Gdns
    – Opp Serenity Pk
    – Bef Begonia Rd
    – Opp Dedap Rd
  • Fernvale Lane
    – Aft Sengkang West Rd
    – Opp Blk 405C
  • Sengkang West Ave
    – Opp Fernvale Pr Sch
    – Fernvale Stn/Blk 439A SW5
    – Layar Stn Exit B SW6
  • Sengkang East Ave
    – Blk 311A
    – Blk 305D SW7
    – Blk 303B SW8
    – Blk 200B
    – Blk 203B
    – Ranggung Stn Exit A SE5
  • Punggol Rd
    – Opp Blk 110
    – Blk 227D
    – Blk 231
  • Sengkang East Way
    – Blk 235
  • Sengkang Sq
    – Sengkang Int NE16STC

 

Technical Information
Route WAB_logo_20px
Sengkang Bus Interchange ↔ Toa Payoh Bus Interchange
Passes Through Sengkang West, Yio Chu Kang Road, Upper Thomson, Braddell Road, Lor 4 Toa Payoh
Route Length 19.6 km (D1) | 19.5 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 Decker Buses:
– Volvo B9TL
12-metre Single Deck Buses:
Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro
Scania K230UB
Departure Times from Sengkang
0530hrs – 2330hrs (Weekdays & Saturdays)
0550hrs – 2330hrs (Sundays & Public Holidays)
Departure Times from Toa Payoh
0545hrs – 2330hrs (Weekdays & Saturdays)
0600hrs – 2330hrs (Sundays & Public Holidays)
Frequency Direction 1
Direction 2
0630hrs – 0830hrs: 08 – 11 mins
0831hrs – 1659hrs: 08 – 14 mins
1700hrs – 1900hrs: 09 – 15 mins
After 1900hrs: 13 – 16 mins
0630hrs – 0830hrs: 09 – 13 mins
0831hrs – 1659hrs: 07 – 16 mins
1700hrs – 1900hrs: 09 – 12 mins
After 1900hrs: 09 – 16 mins

Service 163 is a residential trunk route between Sengkang and Toa Payoh, connecting the residential housing estates of Sengkang East, Sengkang West and Toa Payoh through the private estates around Yio Chu Kang and Upper Thomson and Toa Payoh. The route serves crucial links between Toa Payoh Town Centre and Upper Thomson, as well as intra-town connections within parts of Sengkang New Town without direct connection to Sengkang Interchange/MRT.

The route has been in existence since the 1970s plying between Jalan Kayu Ter and Shenton Way, one of many bus routes serving between Northern Singapore and the City Centre until subsequent amendments shortened it to its current route today. Due to changes in areas of responsibility between bus operators affecting the Sengkang district, Trans-Island Bus Service operated the route from December 1995 to December 1999 when Sengkang was handed to Singapore Bus Service (SBS).

Currently, the route shares the Sengkang – Toa Payoh route termini with Service 159. The route also operates a variant (Service 163M), which serves within the Sengkang estate and compliments Service 163 for high demand within the area.

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

MRT/ LRT Stations Served
Special Departures
  • Yio Chu Kang Rd (Opp Dedap Rd) → Sengkang Int
    Weekdays: 0525hrs, 0545hrs, 0605hrs
Route Variants

Gallery

Operator History
  • 1971 – 1973: United Bus Company Pte Ltd
  • 1973 – 1995: Singapore Bus Services Ltd
  • 1995 – 1999: Trans-Island Bus Service Ltd
  • 1999 – 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 as Service 163 between between Yio Chu Kang Rd Ter and Prince Edward Rd Ter under 1971 Bus Reorganisation
  • 1971 (04 Oct): Extended to Jln Kayu Ter
  • 1973 (01 Nov): Operated by Singapore Bus Service (SBS)
  • 1974 (08 Dec): Amended to ply Cecil St, skipping Robinson Rd
  • 1976 (14 Mar): Calls at a staggered bus stop outside The Cenotaph along Connaught Dr, skipping the bus stop opposite Singapore Cricket Club
  • 1978 (03 Dec): Amended to ply Mayne Rd and Bt Timah Rd with the partial conversion of Mackenzie Rd to two-way road
  • 1979 (28 Oct): Amended to ply Sungei Rd (towards Prince Edward Rd Ter) and Bt Timah Rd (towards Jln Kayu Ter) with the partial conversion of Bt Timah Rd to two-way road and Rochor Canal Rd to one-way road, skipping Mackenzie Rd and Mayne Rd
  • 1981 (05 Jun): Amended to ply the diverted Yio Chu Kang Rd, skipping Ang Mo Kio Ave 9
  • 1985 (13 Jan): Extended to World Trade Ctr Ter
  • 1988 (03 Jan): Calls at a staggered bus stop opposite Treasury Bldg along Shenton Way, skipping the bus stop opposite Marina House
  • 1989 (28 May): Shortened to Marina Ctr Ter
  • 1990 (21 Feb): Skips the bus stop opposite Jasmine Rd along Upp Thomson Rd
  • 1992 (03 May): Shortened to Toa Payoh Int under TransitLink Network Integration Exercise Phase 7
  • 1995 (17 Dec): Handed to Trans-Island Bus Service (TIBS)
  • 1998 (31 May): Amended to Toa Payoh Temp Int
  • 1998: Skips a pair of bus stops before and after Seletar West Farmway 1 along Jln Kayu
  • 1999: Calls at a new pair of bus stops outside and opposite Toa Payoh Swim Cplx along Lor 6 Toa Payoh
  • 1999 (26 Dec): Handed back to Singapore Bus Services (SBS)
  • 2001 (01 Nov): Operated by SBS Transit
  • 2002 (19 May): Amended to Toa Payoh Integrated Transport Hub (ITH)
  • 2002: Calls at a reinstated pair of bus stops before and after Sengkang West Ave along Jln Kayu
  • 2002 (29 Dec): Extended to Sengkang Temp Int
  • 2003 (18 Jan): Amended to Sengkang Integrated Transport Hub
  • 2005 (12 Mar): Amended to ply Fernvale Lane under bus rationalization for Sengkang West LRT. Service 163A introduced between Sengkang and Fernvale Lane (Loop), replacing former Service 371.
  • 2008 (28 Jan): Service 163A was directly renumbered to Service 163M with no route changes.
  • 2009 (22 Nov):Calls at an additional bus stop outside Braddell View along Braddell Rd
  • 2012 (30 Sep): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
  • 2013 (13 Oct): Amended to ply the extended Fernvale Lane with the partial closure of Jln Kayu
  • 2015 (Jun): Bus Service Reliability Framework (BSRF) implemented for trial till Aug 2016
Past Routings

 

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One thought on “SBS Transit Bus Service 163

  • 17 May 2017 at 5:32 AM
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    Morning the first bus drive very slow.

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