City Direct Bus Service 655

City Direct Service 655 is an AM/PM Peak City Direct service between West Coast and the CBD, passing through Teban/Pandan Gardens, West Coast and Shenton Way. It is the fifth City Direct route introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP).

SBS Transit Ltd has taken over operations of City Direct Service 655 on 17 Apr 2017.



City Direct 655:
West Coast Rd → Marina Blvd | Ctrl Blvd → West Coast Rd
AM Peak
Towards CBD
PM Peak
Towards West Coast
  • West Coast Rd
    – Bet Blks 50/51
  • Teban Gdns Rd
    – Aft Hasanah Mque
    – Opp Blk 41
    – Bef Jurong Town Hall Rd
  • Pandan Gdns
    – Ayer Rajah CC
    – Blk 407
  • West Coast Rd
    – Blk 408
    – Opp Angliss Bldg
  • West Coast Highway
    – The Japanese Sec Sch
  • West Coast Rd
    – Opp Tanglin Sec Sch
    – Blk 512
    – Opp Blk 701
    – Blk 601
    – Opp Kent Ridge Sec Sch
    – Opp West Bay Resort Condo
    – Opp Waseda S Snr High Sch
    – Varsity Pk
  • Clementi Rd (Express)
  • West Coast Highway (Express)
  • Keppel Rd (Express)
  • Anson Rd
    – Mapletree Anson
  • Robinson Rd
    – Aft Capital Twr
    – Opp The Ogilvy Ctr
  • Marina Blvd
    – The Sail
    – Marina Bay Financial Ctr
  • Central Blvd
    – Marina Bay Stn
    – Downtown Stn
  • Shenton Way
    – UIC Bldg
    – Opp MAS Bldg
  • Keppel Rd (Express)
  • West Coast Highway (Express)
  • Clementi Rd (Express)
  • West Coast Rd
    – Opp Varsity Pk
    – Waseda S Snr High Sch
    – West Bay Resort Condo
    – Kent Ridge Sec Sch
    – Blk 726 Clementi West Mkt
    – Blk 701
    – Blk 513
    – Tanglin Sec Sch
  • West Coast Highway
    – Opp The Japanese Sec Sch
  • West Coast Rd
    – S’pore Food Industries Bldg
    – Opp Blk 408
  • Pandan Gdns
    – Blk 410
    – Opp Ayer Rajah CC
  • Teban Gdns Rd
    – Teban Gdn PO
    – Blk 41
    – Bef Hasanah Mque
  • West Coast Rd
    – Opp Blk 51


Technical Information
Route WAB_logo_20px
[AM]: West Coast Road (Bet Blk 50/51) → Marina Boulevard (Marina Bay Financial Ctr)
[PM]: Central Boulevard (Marina Bay Stn) → West Coast Road (Opp Blk 51)
Passes Through Teban Gardens, Pandan Gardens, Shenton Way
Route Length 17.3 km (D1) | 17.9 km (D2)
Travelling Time 56 mins (AM) | 48 mins (PM)
Operator Information
BCM Route Package City Direct Bus Services
Current Operator SBS Transit Ltd
Current Depot Bukit Batok Bus Depot (BBDEP)
Current Fleet 12-metre Single Deck Buses
Mercedes-Benz Citaro
Scania K230UB
Departure Times from West Coast Rd
0735 – 0750 (Weekdays except Public Holidays), 2 Trips
Departure Times from Central Blvd
1820 – 1835 (Weekdays except Public Holidays), 2 Trips
Frequency AM Peak
PM Peak
15 mins 15 mins

City Direct Service 655 provides residents of Teban Gardens, Pandan Gardens and West Coast with greater connectivity to the CBD. The service provides a travel alternative for commuters who would otherwise rely on the rail network/feeder buses or alternative trunk services to and from work. The route incorporates an express sector between West Coast Road and Anson Road/Shenton Way via West Coast Highway.

This is the fifth City Direct service to be introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP), providing more options for commuters using stretches of the existing rail lines that experience persistently high ridership, while the ongoing rail enhancement measures are being implemented.

In addition to City Direct 655, Premium Services 533 and 762 also ply between West Coast and the CBD as of April 2017.

Departure Timings:

  • From Bet Blks 50/51, West Coast Rd: 0735hrs, 0750hrs
  • From Marina Bay Stn, Central Blvd: 1820hrs, 1835hrs

Fares: Charges regular distance-based express fares. Calculate your bus fare using LTA’s fare calculator on here.

Fleet: Service 655’s fleet comprises Single-Deck buses from SBS Transit.


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Operator History:

  • 17 Feb 2014 – 14 Apr 2017: Woodlands Transport Service Pte Ltd
  • 17 Apr 2017 onwards: SBS Transit Ltd


  • 2014 (17 Feb): Introduced as a bidirectional AM/PM-Peak hour service from West Coast to the CBD under the BSEP. Operates two trips on weekday mornings at 7:35am and 7:50am, and weekday evenings at 6:20pm and 6:35pm. Charges Distance-based flat fares.
  • 2015 (23 Mar): Calls at new bus stop 03241 Anson Rd – Mapletree Anson instead of 03222 Anson Rd – Hub Synergy Point
  • 2016 (18 Jan): Operating contract for City Direct 655 by Woodlands Transport Service Pte Ltd extended by one more year.
  • 2017 (17 Apr): Operations transferred to SBS Transit Ltd.
  • 2017 (21 Aug): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB).

External Links & References:

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7 thoughts on “City Direct Bus Service 655

  • 18 August 2017 at 4:49 PM

    Don’t complain, you guys voted for it =).

  • 14 June 2017 at 6:42 PM

    The change is bad!!! There are not enough seats now esp for elderly folks and commuters have to stand all the way. They should introduce a double decker service since this route is really popular. Do something about it before it gets too crowded and someone falls!!!

  • 27 April 2017 at 8:31 AM

    I always take bus service 655 to my office. Before the change in operator, sometime I can still find a seat and is not so crowded. However after SBS took over the operation, the bus is so crowded and I have to stand all the way to my work place, I really hope the change never takes place. Can SBS provides double decker buses for these services during the morning peak hour? I really hope the private operator will take back this service from SBS so that the rides will not be so crowded and squeezed.??????

    • 28 April 2017 at 7:49 PM

      If you wished the change never took place, then LTA wouldn’t have introduced City Direct services. It was a change. ?

    • 14 June 2017 at 6:47 PM

      I agree with you. The change is bad.

  • 18 April 2017 at 12:51 PM

    Private bus capacity is 45-59, whereas a Single Decker bus capacity is only 35-55.

    What do you expect? ?

  • 17 April 2017 at 8:26 AM

    Today is my first onboard 655 with sbs being the new provider. However I am hoping the change never came. Previously I was prepared to pay more as the trip is direct to my office, no more squeezing and seats to rest my leg (plus extended shut eye time). But today I have to bear with the standing throughout, do feel squeezed to some extent. Certainly far from my preferred way to travel at higher cost. Well, its the first day. Probably too early still to comment at this point. Well enough of typing, need to focus on standing proper now as I counted the seconds to my destination.


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