SBS Transit Bus Service 56

SBS Transit Bus Service 56 is a trunk route running between Bishan and Marina Centre, via Toa Payoh, Novena, Little India and Bras Basah.


Route
Bus Service 56: Bishan ↔ Marina Centre
Direction 1
From Bishan
Direction 2
From Marina Centre
  • Bishan St 13
    – Bishan Int NS17CC15
    – Kuo Chuan Presby Sch
    – Zion Bible Presby Ch
  • Bishan St 11
    – Blk 125
    – Blk 115
  • Bishan Rd
    – Opp Raffles Inst
  • Braddell Rd
    – Opp Blk 1004
    – Opp Blk 998
  • 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
  • Thomson Rd
    – Opp Thomson Med Ctr
    – Opp Novena Lodge
    – Novena Stn NS20
    – Opp United Sq
  • Keng Lee Rd
    – Parish of Christ Ch
  • Kg Java Rd
    – Opp KK Women & Child Hosp
  • Bt Timah Rd
    – Little India Stn NE7DT12
  • Sungei Rd
    – Opp Rochor Stn DT13
  • Bencoolen St
    – Opp NAFA Campus 3
  • Middle Rd
    – Aft Waterloo St
    – Bef Beach Rd
  • Beach Rd
    – Opp Raffles Hotel CC3
  • Raffles Blvd
    – Pan Pacific Hotel
    – Marina Ctr Ter
  • Raffles Blvd
    – Marina Ctr Ter
  • Raffles Ave
    – Aft S’pore Flyer
    – Seating Gallery
    – The Esplanade
  • Beach Rd
    – Raffles Hotel CC3
  • Middle Rd
    – Aft Beach Rd
    – Bef Waterloo St
    – Sunshine Plaza
  • Selegie Rd
    – Selegie Ctr
  • Bt Timah Rd
    – Little India Stn Exit A NE7DT12
  • Kg Java Rd
    – KK Women & Child Hosp
    – Opp Parish of Christ Ch
  • Thomson Rd
    – United Sq
    – Opp Novena Ch NS20
    – Novena Lodge
    – Thomson Med Ctr
    – Opp Tan Tong Meng Twr
  • 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
    – Aft Muhajirin Mque
  • Bishan Rd
    – Raffles Inst
  • Bishan St 11
    – Blk 501
    – Opp Blk 125
  • Bishan St 13
    – Blk 169
    – Opp Kuo Chuan Presby Sch
    – Bishan Int NS17CC15

Note:

  • No Boarding & Alighting at Marina Centre Terminal

 

Technical Information
Route WAB_logo_20px
Bishan Bus Interchange ↔ Marina Centre Bus Terminal
Passes Through Toa Payoh, Novena, Little India, Selegie Rd, Bencoolen St, Middle Rd
Route Length 12.6 km (D1) | 12.9 km (D2)
Traveling Time 70 mins
Operator Information
BCM Route Package Bishan – Toa Payoh Bus Package
Current Operator SBS Transit Ltd
Current Depot Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot (AMDEP)
Current Fleet 12-metre Double Deck Bus:
Volvo B9TL
12-metre Single Deck Bus:
Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro
Scania K230UB
Departure Times from Bishan
0530hrs – 2330hrs (Daily)
Departure Times from Marina Centre
0600hrs – 2345hrs (Weekdays, Sundays & Public Holidays)
0600hrs – 0015hrs (Saturdays)
Frequency Direction 1 Direction 2
0630-0830: 10 – 11 mins
0831-1659: 10 – 18 mins
1700-1900: 13 – 14 mins
After 1900: 13 – 17 mins
0630-0830: 10 – 16 mins
0831-1659: 10 – 17 mins
1700-1900: 11 – 15 mins
After 1900: 15 – 16 mins

Route History

Service 56 serves as a supplementary route connecting the residential estates of Toa Payoh and Bishan with the city areas of Marina Centre, Middle Road, Little India and Novena. The large area of coverage between Bishan and Toa Payoh makes it a convenient inter-town route.

Service hours on Saturdays are longer to cater to late-night commuters in the city.

MRT Stations Served
Special Departures
  • Bt Timah Road (Little India Stn Exit A)  Bishan Int
    Weekdays: 0550hrs, 0604hrs
  • Lorong 2 Toa Payoh (Toa Payoh Stn)  Marina Centre Ter
    Weekdays: 0530hrs

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


Gallery

Operator History
  • 1985 – 2001: Singapore Bus Services Ltd
  • 2001 – Present: SBS Transit Ltd

The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2026 under the Bishan – Toa Payoh Bus Package. 

History
  • 1985: Introduced from Bishan St 11 to Toa Payoh (Loop)
  • 1986 (28 Dec): Amended to serve Bishan Ter along Bishan St 13, and looping at Toa Payoh
  • 1989 (30 Apr): Terminus relocated to Bishan Int.
  • 1990 (02 Sep): Merged with Service 150 and extended to Marina Centre
  • 2012 (30 Sep): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
Past Routings
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References

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