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). It serves Terminals 3, 1, & 2 in order at Changi Airport.

 
 






Technical Information
Route WAB_logo_20px
Bishan Bus Interchange  Changi Airport PTB2 Bus Terminal (Loop)
Passes Through Serangoon, Lorong Ah Soo, KPE/TPE, Pasir Ris, TPE
Route Length 53.1 km
Travelling Time 150 mins
Operator Information
BCM Route Package Serangoon – Eunos Bus Package
Current Operator SBS Transit Ltd
Current Depot Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot (AMDEP)
Current Fleet 12-metre Single Deck Bus:
Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro
Departure Times from Bishan
0530 – 2315 (Daily)
Departure Times from Terminal 2
0556 – 0024 (Weekdays)
0620 – 0030 (Saturdays)
0616 – 0024 (Sundays/PHs)
Frequency Loop Service  
0630 – 0830: 07 – 11 mins
0831 – 1659: 05 – 11 mins
1700 – 1900: 06 – 12 mins
After 1900: 09 – 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:

Service 53 serves Changi Airport Terminals 3, 1 & 2 in order.

Changi Airport Passenger Terminal Buildings (PTBs) 1, 2 and 3 have their bus stops integrated into their basement levels, which also serves as a cargo loading and unloading bay. Security checks for any unattended or suspicious articles are carried out before a bus enters Terminals 1, 2 and 3. Bus Captains may take a short toilet break at Terminal 2. Because of height restrictions, double-decker buses are unable to enter Changi Airport basement.

Occasionally when Changi Airport basement is closed, buses will be diverted to to T1/T2/T3 Departure Drive where a temporary bus stop will be set up.

A fleet restriction for Changi Airport appears to be in place, with only Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro buses deployed on airport-plying bus services.

Announcements for passengers to inform the Bus Captain if they see any suspicious person or article are played on board public buses at Changi Airport as well.

MRT Stations served by this route:
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
Shortworking Trips:
  • Service 53A: Pasir Ris Drive 1 (Blk 738) → Changi Airport PTB 2
    Weekdays: 0714hrs – 0817hrs
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.


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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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