SBS Transit Bus Service 170

SBS Transit Bus Service 170 is a cross-border service plying between Queen Street Terminal and Larkin Terminal in Johor Bahru, passing through Rochor, Bukit Timah, Upper Bukit Timah, Woodlands Road, Woodlands CIQ, Sultan Iskandar CIQ, and Jalan Tun Abdul Razak. Sometimes referred to as 170 (Red Plate) to distinguish it from its route variant Service 170X, this is the only bidirectional route to have its bus terminals at either end serving only one local franchised bus route.

A route variant Service 170A is also operated, duplicating the local sectors of this route.


Route Details (Click to expand)
Bus Service 170: Queen Street ↔ Larkin
From Jurong East
From Larkin
  • Queen St
    – Queen St Ter EW12DT14
  • Rochor Rd
    – Fu Lu Shou Cplx EW12DT14
  • Rochor Canal Rd
    – Rochor Stn DT13
  • Bt Timah Rd
    – Little India Stn Exit A NE7DT12
    – Opp KK Women & Child Hosp
    – Bef Winstedt Rd
    – Newton FC
    – Newton Stn Exit C NS21DT11
    – Balmoral Plaza
    – City Twrs
    – Leng Kwang Baptist Ch
    – Stevens Stn DT10
    – Bef Lewis Rd
    – NUS Bt Timah Campus
    – Botanic Gdns Stn CC19DT9
    – Bef Crown Ctr
    – Coronation Plaza
    – Tan Kah Kee Stn DT8
    – Chinese High Sch
    – Opp Natl JC
    – Sixth Ave Stn DT7
    – Sixth Ave Ctr
    – Aft Maple Ave
    – The Tessarina
    – The Nexus
    – King Albert Pk Stn DT6
    – King Albert Pk
  • Upp Bt Timah Rd
    – Pei Hwa Presby Pr Sch
    – Beauty World Stn Exit B DT5
    – Woh Hup Bldg
    – Bt Regency
    – Aft Old Jurong Rd
    – Hume Pk Condo
    – Opp The Rail Mall
    – Hillview Stn DT3
    – Opp Dairy Farm Rd
    – Opp Assumption Eng Sch
    – Bef Cashew Stn DT2
    – Min of Defence
    – Opp The Linear
    – Bt Panjang Stn Exit B DT1BP6
  • W’lands Rd
    – Ten Mile Junction Stn BP14
    – Opp Blk 632 CP
    – Opp Blk 635A
    – Bef Yew Tee Flyover
    – Aft Yew Tee Flyover
    – Heavy Veh Pk
    – Yew Tee Ind Est
    – Thong Huat Bros Pte Ltd
    – Da Di Glass
    – Opp Mandai Est
    – Bef Mandai Rd
    – Opp Jln Bumbong
    – Aft LP 234
    – Opp Kranji War Memorial
    – Opp S’pore Turf Club
    – Opp Kranji Stn NS7
    – Bef W’lands Ind Pk D St 2
    – Kranji Lodge 1
    – Bef BKE
  • W’lands Ctr Rd
    – W’lands Train Checkpt
    – Opp Blk 1A
  • W’lands Crossing
    – W’lands Checkpt
  • Causeway
  • Johor Bahru
    – Johor Bahru Checkpt
  • Jln Lingkaran Dalam (Express)
  • Jln Tun Abdul Razak (Express)
  • Jln Tanjung Puteri (Express)
  • Jln Kenlayang
    – Larkin Ter
  • Jln Kenlayang
    – Larkin Ter
  • Jln Tanjung Puteri (Express)
  • Jln Tun Abdul Razak (Express)
  • Jln Lingkaran Dalam (Express)
  • Johor Bahru
    – Johor Bahru Checkpt
  • Causeway
  • W’lands Ctr Rd
    – W’lands Train Checkpt
    – Opp Blk 1A
    – W’lands Town Gdn
  • W’lands Rd
    – Opp Kranji Lodge 1
    – Aft W’lands Ind Pk D St 2
    – Kranji Stn NS7
    – S’pore Turf Club
    – Kranji War Memorial
    – Bef Jln Bumbong
    – Aft Jln Bumbong
    – Aft Mandai Rd
    – Aft Mandai Est
    – Opp Da Di Glass
    – Opp Yew Tee Ind Est Blk 1
    – Opp Yew Tee Ind Est
    – Opp Heavy Veh Pk
    – Aft Yew Tee Flyover
    – Aft KJE Slip Rd
    – Blk 632 CP
    – Opp Ten Mile Junction Stn BP14
  • Upp Bt Timah Rd
    – Bt Panjang Stn Exit A/LRT DT1BP6
    – The Linear
    – Bef Hazel Pk Terr
    – Cashew Stn DT2
    – Assumption Pathway Sch
    – Aft Assumption Eng Sch
    – Hillview Stn Exit A DT3
    – The Rail Mall
    – Opp Hume Pk Condo
    – Opp The Hillside
    – Aft Bt Timah Fire Stn
    – Southaven II
  • Jln Anak Bt
    – Opp Beauty World Ctr DT5
    – Opp Bt Timah Plaza
  • Dunearn Rd
    – Opp King Albert Pk Stn DT6
    – Hua Guan Gdn
    – Opp The Nexus
    – Aft Swiss Club Rd
    – Opp Sixth Ave Stn DT7
    – Aft Jln Naga Sari
    – Natl JC
    – Opp Tan Kah Kee Stn DT8
    – Opp Coronation Plaza
    – Opp Botanic Gdns Stn CC19DT9
    – Aft Kheam Hock Rd
    – Aft Dunkirk Ave
    – Opp Stevens Stn DT10
    – Chinese Intl Sch
    – Bef Goldhill Ave
    – Anglo-Chinese Sch
    – Chancery Ct
    – Opp Newton Stn Exit C NS21DT11
  • Bt Timah Rd
    – Opp Newton FC
    – Aft Makepeace Rd
    – KK Women & Child Hosp
    – Little India Stn NE7DT12
  • Sungei Rd
    – Opp Rochor Stn DT13
  • Queen St
     – Queen St Ter EW12DT14


  • ORANGE denotes roads in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
Technical Information
Route WAB_logo_20px
Queen Street Bus Terminal ↔ Larkin Bus Terminal
Passes Through Rochor, Bukit Timah, Upp Bukit Timah, Woodlands Rd, Woodlands CIQ, Sultan Iskandar CIQ
Route Length 34.3km (D1) | 33.8km (D2)
Travelling Time 100 mins (Offpeak)
120 mins (Peak)
Timings subject to traffic conditions, especially affected at Checkpoints
Operator Information
BCM Route Package Bukit Merah Bus Package
Current Operator SBS Transit
Current Depot Bukit Batok Bus Depot (BBDEP)
Current Fleet 12-metre Single Deck Bus
– Scania K230UB
Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro (from 170A)
Departure Times from Queen Street
0520 – 0010 (Daily)
Departure Times from Larkin
0520 – 0030 (Weekdays)
0530 – 0030 (Saturdays, Sunday/PHs)
Frequency Direction 1 Direction 2
0630-0830: 12 – 17 mins
0831-1659: 12 – 19 mins
1700-1900: 14 – 20 mins
After 1900: 12 – 14 mins
0630-0830: 15 – 16 mins
0831-1659: 13 – 20 mins
1700-1900: 16 – 20 mins
After 1900: 13 – 16 mins

Route History

Service 170 is a cross-border route connecting Rochor, Bukit Timah, Kranji and Woodlands Centre to Larkin Terminal in Johor Bahru. The route has remained largely unchanged since the 1920s, connecting the Singapore City Centre with the Bukit Timah regions and on to Johor Bahru. A parallel bus service 170A plies between Queen St and Woodlands Centre Rd, enhancing Service 170’s local sectors.

Due to varying traffic conditions at the Causeway, travel times and waiting times may increase significantly when jams occur. This bus service occasionally diverts via Woodlands Ave 3 / Woodlands Centre Road towards Johor Bahru when Woodlands Road is severely congested.

This route also plies Woodlands Centre Road in both directions. Passengers boarding Service 170 from 46069 W’lands Train Checkpt or 46088 Opp Blk 1A should check the destination clearly before boarding.

Low-entry Scania K230UBs were added to the fleet in March 2014. These are SBS Transit’s first wheelchair-accessible buses to enter cross-border service.

SBS Transit Cross Border Services
SBS Transit Cross Border Services

Cross-Border Procedures

At each checkpoint, passengers have to alight and clear customs before boarding the bus again. When crossing the causeway between Woodlands Checkpoint and Johore Bahru Checkpoint in either direction, commuters may board any SBS Transit bus (either 160, 170 or 170X). However, when leaving from a checkpoint, commuters must re-board Service 170 after clearing customs if they wish to continue their journey and not constitute a transfer.

Tapping out from the bus at a checkpoint will suspend a journey and allow the resumption of a journey afterwards. Cash paying passengers should retain their ticket as proof or payment, and produce it when re-boarding buses at checkpoints.

MRT/LRT Stations served:

SBS Transit Mercedes-Benz Citaro (SBS6218B) - Service 170A
SBS Transit Mercedes-Benz Citaro (SBS6218B) – Service 170A

Route Variant:

  • Service 170A: Queen Street Terminal → Woodlands Centre Road (Woodlands Train Checkpoint)
    Operates as a Short Trip Service | 0600hrs – 0000hrs Daily
  • Service 170X: Kranji MRT Station ↺ JB Sentral Ter (Loop)

Special Departures:

  • Woodlands Road (Opp Kranji Stn)  Larkin Ter
    Weekdays (Mon – Thu): 0530hrs, 0545hrs, 0600hrs
    Weekdays (Fri): 0530hrs, 0545hrs, 0556hrs
    Saturdays: 0530hrs, 0539hrs, 0548hrs, 0557hrs
    Sundays/PHs: 0530hrs, 0540hrs, 0550hrs
  • Johor Bahru (Johor Bahru Checkpoint)  Queen St Ter
    Weekdays (Mon – Thu): 0515hrs, 0527hrs
    Weekdays (Fri): 0501hrs, 0516hrs, 0531hrs
    Saturdays: 0500hrs, 0515hrs, 0530hrs
    Sundays/PHs: 0523hrs, 0535hrs
  • Woodlands Centre Road (Opp Blk 1A) → Queen St Ter
    All day, operated by return trips of Service 170A

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

Fleet: Service 170′s fleet comprises a full fleet of JB-registered Scania K230UBs. Mercedes-Benz Citaro buses are crossovers from Service 170A and perform the return trip from Woodlands Centre Road to Queen Street Terminal as Service 170, and do not cross the border.

Route limitations:

Buses deployed on cross-border routes must be registered with the Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat (SPAD), also known as the Land Public Transport Commission (Malaysia).

Currently, only some Scania K230UBs are SPAD-registered. In accordance with Malaysian regulations, buses must carry relevant documents, be fitted with a third brake light at the rear, and attached with Malaysian stickers dictating the legal speed limit.

Mercedes-Benz Citaros are commonly deployed on Service 170A and subsequently perform special departures back down to Queen Street Terminal from Woodlands Centre Rd. These buses do not require registration with the Malaysian authorities as they do not cross the border into Malaysia.


Maps & Posters:

Operator History:

  • 1971 – 1973: United Bus Company 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 as Service 170 between Queen Street and Johor Bahru, operated United Bus Company, replacing former Green Bus Company routes between Singapore and Johor.
  • 1985 (13 Oct): Amended to relocated Queen St Ter along Ban San St.
  • 1996 (01 Jan): Amended to Larkin Bus Terminal
  • 2000 (03 Sep): Split into blue plate (Kranji Station – Kota Raya II Terminal) and red plate (Queen Street Terminal – Larkin Terminal), with both variants operating on a daily basis.
  • 2003 (10 Nov): Service 170 amended Jln Lingkaran Dalam (express) towards Larkin Ter, skips bus stops at Komtar Shopping Ctr & KTM Railway Stn.
  • 2011 (Aug): Retiring Volvo B10M Mark IIIs replaced with Volvo B10M Mark IVs (DM3500 and Strider)
  • 2014 (30 Mar): Full fleet of Scania K230UBs to replace Volvo B10M MkIVs
  • 2014 (Oct): Reappearance of Shortworking Trip 170A, operating from Queen Street Ter to Woodlands Centre Rd (Opp Block 1) at selected times of day (common on Sundays and Public Holidays). No mention of this shortworking trip on any Public Transport Operator website.
  • 2014 (01 Nov): Service 170X Amended to loop at Jalan Tun Abdul Razak due to the permanent closure of Kotaraya II Terminal
  • 2015 (01 Mar): Reopening and relocation of a pair of bus stops along Upp Bt Timah Rd; Aft Cashew Rd & Bef Cashew Rd respectively. Service 170X Amended to loop at JB Sentral Terminal, skipping the bus stop along Jln Tun Abdul Razak
  • 2015 (27 Dec): Official introduction of Shortworking Trip 170A with enhanced operating hours and terminating at Woodlands Train Checkpoint
  • 2016 (11 Dec): Serves new Bus Stop 43991, Opp Blk 635A, along Woodlands Road
  • 2017 (28 May): Calls at relocated bus stop 47071 Bef Mandai Rd and no longer calls at bus stop 45081 Opp Mandai Rd along Woodlands Rd.
  • 2017 (21 Aug): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)

Past Routings:

  • Refer to this article
  • 170: Amended to present routing in 1996; No significant route changes since 1996.
  • 170X: Amended to present routing in 2014; No significant route changes since 2014.

External Links & References:

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4 thoughts on “SBS Transit Bus Service 170

  • 12 January 2018 at 11:58 AM

    Waited for one hour for 170 but none appear at NUS bus stop.
    It is wrong to state the frequency is 19 minutes during 0830 to 5pm

  • 11 January 2018 at 11:35 PM

    The Larkin Terminal has shifted Bus Service 170 to Platform B06, back to its original place after the upgrading.

  • 10 February 2017 at 8:27 PM

    Now got SPAD Citaros doing 170 also,Next will be 160 & 950.

    • 2 December 2017 at 9:17 AM

      950 is not at the same line we queue. Saturday morning is a peak hours. Terrible service.


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