SBS Transit Bus Service 53

SBS Transit Bus Service 53 is a long trunk route running from Bishan and looping at Changi Airport, travelling via Serangoon, Lorong Ah Soo and Pasir Ris, with express sectors along the Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE) and Tampines Expressway (TPE). These express sectors are between Tampines Road and Pasir Ris Drive 12 (KPE/TPE) and between Loyang Avenue and Airport Boulevard (TPE).

New Shortworking Trip 53A will be introduced from Pasir Ris Drive 1 to Changi Airport Terminal 2 on weekday mornings from 01 Sep 2016.

Technical Information
Route Bishan Bus Interchange  Changi Airport PTB2 (Loop)  WAB_logo_20px
Passes Through Serangoon, Lorong Ah Soo, KPE/TPE, Pasir Ris, TPE
Route Length 53.2km
Travelling Time 150mins (Full route)
Operator Information
BCM Route Package
Serangoon – Eunos Bus Package
Current Operator SBS Transit Ltd
Current Depot Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot (AMDEP)
Current Fleet Scania K230UB
Mercedes-Benz Citaro
Departure Times from Bishan
0530 – 2315 (Daily)
Departure Times from Airport PTB2 0556 – 0024 (Weekdays)
0620 – 0030 (Saturdays)
0616 – 0024 (Sundays/PHs)
Frequency Loop Service
0630-0830: 06 – 12 mins
0831-1659: 06 – 11 mins
1700-1930: 08 – 12 mins
After 1930: 10 – 12 mins

Service 53 is an inter-town route connecting the residential towns of Bishan, Serangoon Central, Lorong Ah Soo and Pasir Ris with Changi Airport. It also serves the role of connecting Serangoon MRT to outlying housing estates. This service also compliments Service 81 between Pasir Ris and Serangoon Central, travelling via Tampines Expressway (TPE) and Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE) in both directions, offering a quick bus connection between these areas.

Between Bishan and Pasir Ris, service 53 plies the shorter route compared to service 58 and 88, via the Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE). In Bishan, Services 53 and 58 both start their eastbound trips towards Pasir Ris (and Changi Airport, only for service 53) from Bishan Interchange, while services 58 and 88 call at the bus stops outside the Bishan MRT Station (53231 Bishan Stn & 53239 Opp Bishan Stn). In Pasir Ris, service 53 calls at the bus stops in close proximity to Pasir Ris MRT station along Pasir Ris Drive 1 (77031 Aft Pasir Ris Ctrl & 77039 Bef Pasir Ris Ctrl), while services 58 & 88 terminate at Pasir Ris Interchange.

Changi Airport:

Changi Airport Passenger Terminal Buildings (PTBs) 1, 2 and 3 have their bus stops integrated into their basement levels. Auxiliary police officers board the bus and check for unattended or suspicious articles before entering the basements. Buses may layover at Changi Airport PTB2 for a short while before continuing on its journey, and passengers need not alight or change buses. Because of height restrictions, double-decker buses are unable to enter Changi Airport basement.

Occasionally when the basements of any Changi Airport PTB is closed, buses will be diverted to the departure drop-off point where a temporary bus stop will be set up.

Special Departures:
  • Serangoon Central (Blk 206)  Bishan via Changi Airport
    Weekdays: 0535hrs, 2118hrs
    Saturdays: 0535hrs, 0541hrs
    Sundays/PHs: 0535hrs, 0553hrs
  • Tampines Rd (Aft Hougang Ave 3)  Bishan via Changi Airport
    Weekdays: 0520hrs, 0530hrs, 0539hrs
    Saturdays: 0530hrs, 0540hrs
    Sundays/PHs: 0530hrs, 0539hrs
  • Pasir Ris Dr 12 (Aft TPE)  Bishan via Changi Airport
    Weekdays: 0520hrs
  • Loyang Ave (Blk 149A)  Bishan Int
    Weekdays: 0530hrs, 0540hrs, 0550hrs
    Saturdays: 0600hrs, 0615hrs
    Sundays/PHs: 0600hrs
  • Tampines Rd (Aft Defu Ave 1)  Bishan Int
    Weekdays: 0535hrs, 0544hrs
    Saturdays: 0535hrs, 0551hrs, 0607hrs
    Sundays/PHs: 0555hrs, 0608hrs, 0635hrs

Many early morning mid-route departures (sometimes called ‘downroutes’) are used for this service to serve residential estates before the first bus can arrive from Bishan Int.

Shortworking Trips:
  • Service 53A: Pasir Ris Drive 1 (Blk 738) → Changi Airport PTB 2
    Weekdays: 0714hrs – 0817hrs [From 01 Sep 2016]
Route Variants:
  • Service 53M: Hougang Avenue 1 ↺ Serangoon Central (Loop)
    Daily: 0600hrs – 2300hrs

For more information, click on the service number to visit the dedicated article.

Service 53 previously had two Shortworking Trips, 53A and 53B, introduced in 2012 and operating during the morning and evening peak hours respectively. They were combined into a full-day supplementary Service 53M in 2015.

Fare: Charges fares for regular trunk services. See Bus Fares. Calculate your bus fare using LTA’s fare calculator on MyTransport.sg here.


Route:

Service 53 – Bishan ↺ Changi Airport (Loop)
  • Bishan St 13
    – Bishan Int   NS17  CC15 
  • Bishan St 14
    – Opp Bishan Stadium
  • Bishan Rd
    – Blk 210
    – Bishan Pk
  • Ang Mo Kio Ave 1
    – Aft Ang Mo Kio Ave 10
    – Golden Hill Est
  • Lor Chuan
    – Cardiff Ct
  • Boundary Rd
    – Blk 230
    – Opp Blk 257
  • Serangoon Central
    – Blk 206
    – Opp S’goon Stn   NE12  CC13 
  • Upp Serangoon Rd
    – Opp Blk 1
  • Upp Paya Lebar Rd
    – Blk 161
  • Lor Ah Soo
    – The Minton
    – Opp Paya Lebar Girls’ Sch
    – Blk 115
  • Hougang Ave 1
    – Aljunied CC
    – Opp Yuying Sec Sch
    – Blk 232
  • Tampines Rd
    – Wing Tai Bldg
    – Aft Hougang Ave 3
    – Heavy Veh CP
    – Opp Defu Ave 2
    – Bef KPE
  • KPE (express)
  • TPE (express)
  • Pasir Ris Dr 12
    – Aft TPE
  • Pasir Ris Dr 1
    – Blk 738
    – Blk 643
    – Blk 640
    – Blk 612
    – Blk 515
    – Blk 571
    – Bef Pasir Ris Ctrl   EW1 
    – Pasir Ris Town Pk
    – Blk 425
    – Blk 442
    – Blk 210
    – Blk 269A
  • Loyang Ave
    – Opp Blk 149A
  • TPE (express)
  • PIE (express)
  • Airport Blvd
    – Airport Police Stn
    – Bef Changi Airport PTB3
  • PTB3 Basement
    – Changi Airport PTB3   CG2 
  • PTB1 Basement
    – Changi Airport PTB1
  • PTB2 Basement
    – Changi Airport PTB2   CG2  
  • Airport Blvd
    – Aft Changi Airport PTB2
    – Near SATS Flight Kitchen
  • PIE (express)
  • TPE (express)
  • Loyang Ave
    – Blk 149A
  • Pasir Ris Dr 1
    – Blk 156
    – Blk 197
    – Blk 104
    – Blk 115
    – Blk 541
    – Aft Pasir Ris Ctrl   EW1 
    – Opp Blk 571
    – Opp Blk 515
    – Opp Blk 640
    – Meridian JC
    – Blk 740
  • Pasir Ris Dr 12
    – Blk 747A
  • TPE (express)
  • KPE (express)
  • Tampines Rd
    – Bef Defu Ave 2
    – Opp Heavy Veh CP
    – Aft Defu Ave 1
    – Aft En-Naeem Mque
  • Hougang Ave 1
    – Opp Blk 232
    – Blk 239
    – Blk 105 Mkt/FC
  • Lor Ah Soo
    – Opp Blk 115
    – Paya Lebar Girls’ Sch
    – Opp The Minton
  • Upp Paya Lebar Rd
    – Paya Lebar Camp
  • Upp Serangoon Rd
    – Paya Lebar Camp
  • Serangoon Central
    – S’goon Stn
    – Blk 261
  • Boundary Rd
    – Blk 257A
    – Blk 233
  • Lor Chuan
    – Opp Cardiff Ct
  • Ang Mo Kio Ave 1
    – Opp Golden Hill Est
    – Bef Ang Mo Kio Ave 10
  • Bishan Rd
    – MRT Bishan Depot
    – Opp Blk 217
  • Bishan St 14
    – Bishan Stadium
  • Bishan St 13
    – Bishan Int   NS17  CC15 

MRT Stations served by this route:


Gallery:


Operator History:

  • 1994 – 2001: Singapore Bus Services Ltd
  • 2001 – Present: SBS Transit Ltd

The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2025 under the Serangoon – Eunos Bus Package.

History:

  • 1994: Introduced by SBS from Bishan Int to Hougang St 22 (Loop)
  • 1995: Extended to Changi Airport PTB
  • 1996: Amended to ply Pasir Ris Dr 12
  • 2003 (21 Jun): Amended to ply Serangoon Central and Upp Serangoon Rd, under NEL rationalisation phase 1.
  • 2007 (23 Jun): Amended to ply along KPE between TPE and Tampines Rd (then known as Tampines Service Rd)
  • 2007 (11 Nov): Amended to serve Changi Airport PTB3
  • 2009 (26 Oct): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
  • 2012 (09 Jan): Converted to loop service
  • 2012 (27 Feb): Introduction of shortworking trips 53A and 53B to better cater to AM and PM Peak demand between Serangoon and Lor Ah Soo / Hougang Ave 1.
  • 2013: Service improvement under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP)
  • 2015 (16 Aug): Service 53M introduced to replace Shortworking Trips 53A and 53B.
  • 2016 (01 Sep): Shortworking Trip 53A introduced from Pasir Ris Drive 1 to Changi Airport PTB2.

Past Routings:


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