SMRT Bus Service 61

SMRT Bus Service 61 is a trunk route linking Bukit Batok with Eunos via Ulu Pandan, Queenstown, HarbourFront, Chinatown, Bugis, Bendemeer, MacPherson and Ubi. At 38.8km in its longest direction, it is the among the longest bidirectional trunk routes in Singapore.

Bus Service 61 will call at a new pair of bus stops along Ubi Ave 2 from 12 Feb 2017.


Route:

Route Details (Click to expand)
Bus Service 61: Bukit Batok ↔ Eunos
Direction 1
Towards Eunos
Direction 2
Towards Bukit Batok
  • Bt Batok Central
    – Bukit Batok Int  NS2 
  • Bt Batok East Ave 3
    – Blk 231
    – Blk 283
  • Bt Batok East Ave 6
    – Ch of St. Mary
    – Autobacs
  • Jln Jurong Kechil
    – Aft Bt Batok East Ave 6
    – Opp Grand Chateau
    – Opp Rainbow Gdns
    – Opp Blk 19
    – Bef Upp Bt Timah Rd  DT5 
    – Goh & Goh Bldg
  • Jln Anak Bt
    – Opp Bt Timah Plaza
  • Clementi Rd
    – Aft Bt Timah Rd
    – Opp Ngee Ann Poly
    – Opp SIM HQ
    – Opp Maju Camp
    – Opp Blk 116
    – Opp Blk 109A
  • Ulu Pandan Rd
    – Police KINS Trg Camp
    – Opp Pine Gr Condo
    – Opp Pandan Valley
    – Opp Pandan Valley Condo
  • Holland Rd
    – Opp Moonbeam Wk
    – Opp Cold Storage Jelita
    – Opp Tan Boon Chong Ave
    – Aft Coronation Rd West
    – Opp Holland Village  CC21 
  • Holland Ave
    – Holland Village Stn  CC21 
    – Blk 9
  • Tanglin Halt Rd (Express)
  • Commonwealth Dr
    – Blk 50
    – Blk 37B
  • Queensway
    – Queenstown Polyclinic
    – Opp Blessed Sacrament Ch
    – Blk 19
    – Blk 166
  • Alexandra Rd
    – Opp Queensway Shop Ctr
    – Opp SP Jain
    – Opp Alexandra Pt
    – Opp NOL Bldg
  • Telok Blangah Rd
    – Aft Alexandra Rd  CC27 
    – Yeo’s Bldg
    – Opp Telok Blangah Stn  CC28 
    – Bef Chr Community Chapel
    – Bef Seah Im Rd
    – HarbourFront Stn  NE1  CC29 
    – Opp VivoCity  NE1  CC29 
  • Kg Bahru Rd
    – Bef Mt Faber Lodge
    – Opp Keppel DP Blk 519
    – St. Teresa’s Ch
    – Opp Melati Blk 2
    – Aft Jln Bt Merah
    – Bef Hosp Dr
  • Eu Tong Sen St
    – Bef Outram Rd  EW16  NE3 
    – People’s Pk Cplx  NE4  DT19 
    – Opp Hong Lim Pk
    – Clarke Quay Stn  NE5 
  • Hill St
    – Armenian Ch
  • Victoria St
    – Hotel Grand Pacific
    – Bugis Stn  EW12  DT14

    – Stamford Pr Sch
    – Opp Blk 461
  • Kallang Rd
    – Lavender Stn  EW11 
  • Lavender St
    – Aft Kallang Rd
  • Kallang Bahru
    – S’pore Post  DT23 
    – Chubb S’pore
    – Blk 66  DT24 
  • Geylang Bahru
    – Blk 68
  • Bendemeer Rd
    – Blk 54
  • Whampoa East (Express)
  • Serangoon Rd
    – St. Michael’s Pl
  • MacPherson Rd
    – Aft Tai Thong Cres
    – Opp Gulab Bldg
    – Opp Cencon Bldg
  • Aljunied Rd
    – Aljunied Pk
  • Merpati Rd
    – Aft Jln Anggerek
    – Blk 14  DT25 
  • Circuit Rd
    – Blk 77
    – Blk 36
    – MacPherson Sec Sch
  • Circuit Link
    – MacPherson Stn  CC10  DT26 
  • Ubi Ave 2
    – Blk 3019
    – Blk 3021
    – Blk 3023
    – Aft Ubi Rd 3  DT27 
    – Automobile Megamart  DT27 
  • Eunos Link
    – Blk 637
  • Jln Eunos
    – Eunos Mans
    – Opp Blk 16
    – Opp Eunos Stn  EW7 
  • Changi Rd
    – Aft GE Life Ctr  EW7 
  • Jln Turi
    – Blk 3A
  • Sims Ave (Express)
  • Eunos Rd 2
    – Eunos Int  EW7 
  • Eunos Rd 2
    – Eunos Int  EW7 
  • Sims Ave
    – Eunos Stn  EW7 
  • Jln Eunos
    – Eunos Stn  EW7 
    – Blk 17
    – Blk 322
  • Eunos Link
    – Blk 311
  • Ubi Ave 2
    – Blk 302  DT27 
    – Bef Ubi Rd 3  DT27 
    – Blk 3024
    – Blk 3026
    – Aztech Bldg
  • Circuit Link
    – Opp MacPherson Stn  CC10  DT26 
  • Circuit Rd
    – ITE MacPherson Campus 1
  • Pipit Rd
    – Blk 90
  • Circuit Rd
    – Blk 79 FC
  • Mepati Rd (Express)
  • Mattar Rd
    – Aft Merpati Rd  DT25 
    – MacPherson Pr Sch
  • Aljunied Rd
    – Opp Canossa Convent Pr
    – Opp Aljunied Pk
  • MacPherson Rd
    – Cencon Bldg
    – Gulab Bldg
    – Bef Siemens Ctr
  • Bendemeer Rd
    – MOM Svcs Ctr
  • Geylang Bahru
    – Blk 73  DT24 
  • Kallang Bahru
    – Opp Blk 66
    – Blk 16
    – Opp S’pore Post  DT23 
  • Lavender St
    – Aft Kallang Bahru
    – Bef Kallang Rd
  • Crawford St
    – Bef Crawford Bridge
  • North Bridge Rd
    – Blk 8
    – Bef Sultan Mque
    – Parkview Sq  EW12  DT14 
    – Nth Bridge Commercial Cplx
    – Cosmic Insurance Bldg
    – St. Andrew’s Cath  EW13  NS25
    – Opp The Treasury
  • South Bridge Rd
    – Boat Quay  NE5 
    – Opp Hong Lim Cplx  NE4  DT19 
    – Opp Sri Mariamman Tp
  • Neil Rd
    – Aft Kreta Ayer Rd
    – Bef The Pinnacle@Duxton
    – Blk 3  EW16  NE3 
  • Kg Bahru Rd
    – Aft Blair Rd
    – Melati Blk 2
    – Opp St. Teresa’s Ch
    – Keppel DP Blk 519
    – Opp Mt Faber Lodge
  • Telok Blangah Rd
    – VivoCity  NE1  CC29 
    – HarbourFront Stn  NE1  CC29 
    – Caribbean at Keppel Bay
    – Opp Chr Community Chapel
    – Telok Blangah Stn  CC28 
    – Opp Yeo’s Bldg
  • Alexandra Rd
    – NOL Bldg  CC27 
    – Alexandra Pt
    – SP Jain
    – Alexandra Hosp
  • Queensway
    – Aft Queenstown NPC HQ
    – Opp Queen’s Cl
  • Commonwealth Dr
    – Blk 58
    – Blk 72
  • Commonwealth Ave
    – Opp Blk 7B
  • Holland Ave
    – Blk 12
  • Holland Rd
    – Holland Village  CC21 
    – Aft East Sussex Lane
    – Aft Tan Boon Chong Ave
    – Cold Storage Jelita
    – Bef Moonbeam Wk
  • Ulu Pandan Rd
    – Pandan Valley Condo
    – Aft Pandan Valley
    – Pine Gr Condo
    – Bef Clementi Rd
  • Clementi Rd
    – Blk 109
    – Blk 116
    – Maju Camp
    – SIM HQ
    – Ngee Ann Poly
    – Bef Dunearn Rd
  • Upp Bt Timah Rd
    – Shell Kiosk
  • Jln Jurong Kechil
    – Aft Upp Bt Timah Rd  DT5 
    – Blk 18
    – Signature Pk Condo
    – Grand Chateau
    – Bef Bt Batok East Ave 6
  • Bt Batok East Ave 6
    – Opp Autobacs
    – Blk 288C
  • Bt Batok East Ave 3
    – Keming Pr Sch
    – Blk 229
  • Bt Batok Central
    – Bukit Batok Int  NS2 
Technical Information
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Bukit Batok Bus Interchange ↔ Eunos Bus Interchange
Passes Through Ulu Pandan, Queenstown, HarbourFront, Chinatown, Bugis, Bendemeer, MacPherson, Ubi
Route Length 38.8km (D1) | 35.4km (D2)
Travelling Time 130 mins
Operator Information
GCM Route Package Choa Chu Kang – Bukit Panjang Bus Package
Current Operator SMRT Buses Ltd
Current Depot Loyang Bus Depot (LYDEP)
Bulim Bus Depot (BUDEP)
Current Fleet 12-metre Double Deck Bus:
Alexander Dennis Enviro500
– MAN A95
12-metre Single Deck Bus:
Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro
– Mercedes-Benz OC500LE
– MAN NL323F
Departure Times from Bukit Batok
0530 – 2330 (Daily)
Departure Times from Eunos
0530 – 2330 (Weekdays, Saturdays)
0545 – 2330 (Sundays/PH)
Frequency Direction 1 Direction 2
0630-0830: 07 – 09 mins
0831-1659: 11 – 14 mins
1700-1900: 10 – 13 mins
After 1900: 10 – 15 mins
0630-0830: 09 – 13 mins
0831-1659: 09 – 15 mins
1700-1900: 09 – 13 mins
After 1900: 11 – 15 mins

Route History

Service 61 is a lengthy inter-town route serving residential, suburban and central areas of Bukit Batok, Ulu Pandan, Holland, Tanglin Halt, HarbourFront, Chinatown, Clarke Quay, Bugis, Kallang/Geylang Bahru, MacPherson Estate, Ubi and Eunos. It does not ply any expressways, unusual for trunk services of such length. At 38.8km in its longest direction (towards Eunos), it is the longest distance covered per direction for any bi-directional route in Singapore.

The lenghty nature of its route is a remnant of its long history where bus routes in the past were usually very long to serve more residential areas with connections to the City Centre, maximizing their catchment areas and hence profitability. The presence of many more alternative routes today has diminished the role of Service 61 as a crucial connection between the City and outlying housing estates.

Demand is spread evenly throughout, and this route mainly shuttles commuters over shorter distances throughout various points of the route.

Formerly operating with a large fleet of articulated buses, Service 61 has experienced declining demand with the opening of the MRT Circle Line. By 2012, most of the articulated buses have been withdrawn in favor of wheelchair-accessible rigid buses.

This service is also the sole route serving Commonwealth Drive and surrounding estates.

Buses heading towards Eunos will perform a U-Turn at the junction of Queensway and Commonwealth Ave.

Special Departures:

  • Victoria Street (Opp Blk 461)  Eunos Int
    Weekdays & Saturdays: 0600 + additional trips
    Sundays & Public Holidays: 0610 + additional trips
  • Neil Rd (Blk 3)  Bukit Batok Int
    Weekdays & Saturdays: 0600 + additional trips
    Sundays & Public Holidays: 0610 + additional trips

MRT Stations Served:

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

Fleet: See above.


Gallery:

Route Video:


Operator History:

  • 1971 – 1973: Associated Bus Services Pte Ltd
  • 1973 – 2000: Singapore Bus Services Ltd
  • 2000 – 2004: Trans-Island Bus Services Ltd
  • 2004 – Present: SMRT Buses Ltd

The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2023 under the Choa Chu Kang – Bukit Panjang Bus Package.

History:

  • 1971 (11 Apr): Introduced between MacPherson Est and Alexandra Rd/Pasir Panjang Rd, operated by Associated Bus Services
  • 1971 (???): Extended to Ulu Pandan Ter
  • 1987 (27 Sep): Extended to Bukit Batok Int
  • 1991: Extended to Eunos Int
  • 2000 (03 Sep): Handed to Trans-Island Bus Service (TIBS)
  • 2003 (04 May): Amended to ply Geylang Bahru, Bendemeer Rd and Whampoa East instead of Jln Kolam Ayer.
  • 2011 (26 Jun): Amended to ply along Lor Bengkok instead of Circuit Link due to the DTL construction works.
  • 2011 (03 Dec): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
  • Sep 2012: Service improvement under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP)
  • 2014 (17 Nov): Alexander Dennis Enviro500 double-deck buses deployed
  • 2016 (16 Oct): Reinstated to ply Circuit Link instead of Lor Bengkok.
  • 2017 (12 Feb): Calls at a new pair of bus stops along Ubi Ave 2.

Past Routings:


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