SMRT Bus Service 700 / 700A

SMRT Bus Service 700 is a trunk route between Bukit Panjang and Shenton Way Terminal, passing through Petir, Bukit Timah, Orchard, Bras Basah and Fullerton. It incorporates an express sector between and Dairy Farm Road and Whitley Road via BKE and PIE. This service operates along with its route variant, Service 700A which loops at Suntec City, while skipping Shenton Way.

Route Information
Service SMRT Service 700 SMRT Service 700A
Route Bukit Panjang Temporary Bus Park  Shenton Way Bus Terminal  WAB_logo_20px Bukit Panjang Temporary Bus Park ↺ Temasek Avenue (Loop)  WAB_logo_20px
Passes Through Petir, Bukit Timah, Orchard, Bras Basah, Fullerton Petir, Bukit Timah, Orchard, Bras Basah, Suntec City
Route Length 21.8km (D1) | 21.3km (D2) 39.7km
Travelling Time 85mins 135mins
Operator Information
Current Operator SMRT Buses
Current Depot Kranji Bus Depot (KJDEP)
Current Fleet Mercedes-Benz O405G
Mercedes-Benz OC500LE
MAN NL323F
Departure Times from T1 Weekdays: 0555 – 1825
Saturdays: 0555 – 1300
Weekdays: 1840 – 2245
Saturday: 1315 – 2245
Sunday/PHs: 0555 – 2245
Daily: 2245 – 2330 (Terminates at Temasek Blvd (Suntec Convention Ctr))
Departure Times from T2 Weekdays: 0630 – 1930
Saturdays: 0630 – 1400
Frequency Direction 1 Loop Service
0630-0830: 06 – 08 mins
0831-1659: 08 – 13 mins
1700-1930: 10 – 15 mins
After 1930: —
0630-0830: 12 – 15 mins
0831-1659: 12 – 14 mins
1700-1930: 14 – 15 mins
After 1930: 10 – 15 mins
Direction 2
0630-0830: 16 – 17 mins
0831-1659: 09 – 15 mins
1700-1930: 09 – 10 mins
After 1930: 10 – 12 mins

Service 700 is an express link between Bukit Panajng and the city areas of Bukit Timah, Orchard Road, Shenton Way (700) and Marina Center (700A), incorporating an express sector between Dairy Farm Road and Whitley Road along the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) and Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE). Demand is usually concentrated around peak hours and weekends, when more people will be commuting between the housing estates and City.

This route operates either as Service 700 or 700A depending on times of day. Service 700, which serves the Central Business District around Shenton Way and Fullerton, operates on Weekdays from mornings to evenings, and Saturdays from mornings to mid-day. On Weekday nights, Saturday afternoon & nights, and on Sundays/PHs, Service 700A will operate, looping at Suntec City and serving the Marina Centre area while skipping Fullerton and Shenton Way.

For Service 700A, buses leaving Bukit Panjang after 2245 hours daily will terminate at Temasek Boulevard (Suntec Convention Ctr). No boarding & alighting is allowed at Bukit Panjang Temporary Bus Park and Shenton Way Terminal.

Historical bits:

Originally introduced as Rapidbus 700 in 1998, the pioneering service only calls at a limited number of bus stops along high demand corridors. Buses on the route were fitted with special transponders which retain the green light at selected traffic junctions until the bus has cleared the junction. The transponder trial was later discontinued. Buses also displayed the Rapidbus logo on the Electronic Display Signs. Rapidbus was discontinued in 1999, with 700 being shortened to Bukit Panjang (From Woodlands) and converted to a regular trunk service, and at the same time, the 700A variant was introduced.

Double-deck buses were regularly deployed on Service 700 and 700A since 15 September 2014, but have since been reduced to only occasional appearances after the opening of the Downtown Line 2.

Special Departures:
  • Bukit Panjang Temp Bus Pk  Shenton Way (Opp MAS Bldg)
    Weekdays AM Peak, can be considered as a full trip.
    Buses terminating at Shenton Way will display a notice at the front of the bus
  • Petir Road (Opp Blk 201) Bukit Panjang Temp Bus Pk
    0540 – 0700 (Daily), until the first bus arrives from the City
    Operates as 700 (Weekdays & Sat), or as 700A (Sundays & PHs)

During AM Peak hours on Weekdays, several Service 700 departures from Bukit Panjang will terminate at Shenton Way (Opp MAS Bldg), one bus stop before the route’s terminating point at Shenton Way Terminal. This is to facilitate quicker Off Service trips back to Bukit Panjang.

SMRT Mercedes-Benz O405 (TIB738M) - Service 700A
SMRT Mercedes-Benz O405 (TIB738M) – Service 700A
Route Variants:
  • Service 700A: Bukit Panjang ↺ Temasek Avenue
    Selected times of day

FareCharges fares for regular trunk services. See Bus Fares for exact fares.

Fleet: See above.

Route Information:

Service 700
Direction 1 (to Shenton Way) Direction 2 (to Bukit Panjang)
  • Bt Panjang Temp Bus Pk
  • Woodlands Rd (express)
  • Bt Panjang Rd
    – Blk 604
    – Opp Lompang Rd
    – Zhenghua Pr Sch
  • Pending Rd
    – Bef Pending Stn
  • Petir Rd
    – Blk 219
    – Blk 202
    – Aft Chestnut Ave
    – Bef Dairy Farm Rd
  • Dairy Farm Rd (express)
  • BKE (express)
  • PIE (express)
  • Whitley Rd
    – Aft Tanglin CC
  • Dunearn Rd
    – Opp Stevens Stn
    – Chinese Intl Sch
    – Bef Goldhill Ave
    – Anglo-Chinese Sch
    – Chancery Ct
    – Opp Newton Stn
  • Scotts Rd
    – Newton Stn
    – Env Bldg
    – Far East Plaza
  • Orchard Rd
    – Tang Plaza
    – Opp Mandarin Orchard
    – Concorde Hotel S’pore
    – Dhoby Ghaut Stn
  • Bras Basah Rd
    – Rendezvous Hotel S’pore
    – NTUC Income Ctr
    – Raffles Hotel
  • Nicoll Highway
    – One Raffles Link
  • Collyer Quay
    – OUE Bayfront
  • Raffles Quay
    – One Raffles Quay
  • Shenton Way
    – UIC Bldg
    – Opp MAS Bldg
  • Palmer Rd
    – Aft Shenton Way
  • Shenton Way Ter
  • Shenton Way Ter
  • Palmer Rd
    – Bef Shenton Way
  • Anson Rd
    – Intl Plaza
  • Cecil St
    – Opp GB Bldg
    – Prudential Twr
  • Fullerton Rd
    – Fullerton Sq
  • Esplanade Dr
    – Esplanade Bridge
  • Stamford Rd
    – Capitol Bldg
    – SMU
  • Orchard Rd
    – YMCA
  • Penang Rd
    – Dhoby Ghaut Stn
    – Winsland Hse
  • Somerset Rd
    – Somerset Stn
  • Grange Rd (express)
  • Orchard Link (express)
  • Orchard Turn
    – Opp Ngee Ann City
    – Orchard Stn
  • Scotts Rd
    – Royal Plaza On Scotts
    – Opp Env Bldg
    – Newton Stn
  • Bt Timah Rd
    – Newton Stn
    – Balmoral Plaza
    – City Twrs
    – Leng Kwang Baptist Ch
    – Stevens Stn
  • Whitley Rd
    – Raffles Town Club
  • PIE  (express)
  • BKE  (express)
  • Dairy Farm Rd (express)
  • Petir Rd
    – Aft Dairy Farm Rd
    – Bef Chestnut Ave
    – Opp Blk 201
    – Opp Blk 219
  • Pending Rd
    – Opp Pending Stn
  • Bt Panjang Rd
    – Opp Zhenghua Pr Sch
    – Blk 174
    – Blk 183
  • Woodlands Rd (express)
  • Bt Panjang Temp Ter
Service 700A – Loop Service (to Bukit Panjang via Temasek Ave)
  • Bt Panjang Temp Bus Pk
  • Woodlands Rd (express)
  • Bt Panjang Rd
    – Blk 604
    – Opp Lompang Rd
    – Zhenghua Pr Sch
  • Pending Rd
    – Bef Pending Stn
  • Petir Rd
    – Blk 219
    – Blk 202
    – Aft Chestnut Ave
    – Bef Dairy Farm Rd
  • Dairy Farm Rd (express)
  • BKE (express)
  • PIE (express)
  • Whitley Rd
    – Aft Tanglin CC
  • Dunearn Rd
    – Opp Stevens Stn
    – Chinese Intl Sch
    – Bef Goldhill Ave
    – Anglo-Chinese Sch
    – Chancery Ct
    – Opp Newton Stn
  • Scotts Rd
    – Newton Stn
    – Env Bldg
    – Far East Plaza
  • Orchard Rd
    – Tang Plaza
    – Opp Mandarin Orchard
    – Concorde Hotel S’pore
    – Dhoby Ghaut Stn
  • Bras Basah Rd
    – Rendezvous Hotel S’pore
    – NTUC Income Ctr
    – Raffles Hotel
  • Raffles Blvd (express)
  • Temasek Blvd
    – Suntec Convention Ctr
  • Temasek Ave
    – Opp Millenia Twr
    – Opp The Ritz-Carlton
  • Raffles Ave
    – Seating Gallery
    – The Esplanade
  • Stamford Rd
    – Capitol Bldg
    – SMU
  • Orchard Rd
    – YMCA
  • Penang Rd
    – Dhoby Ghaut Stn
    – Winsland Hse
  • Somerset Rd
    – Somerset Stn
  • Grange Rd (express)
  • Orchard Link (express)
  • Orchard Turn
    – Opp Ngee Ann City
    – Orchard Stn
  • Scotts Rd
    – Royal Plaza On Scotts
    – Opp Env Bldg
    – Newton Stn
  • Bt Timah Rd
    – Newton Stn
    – Balmoral Plaza
    – City Twrs
    – Leng Kwang Baptist Ch
    – Stevens Stn
  • Whitley Rd
    – Raffles Town Club
  • PIE  (express)
  • BKE  (express)
  • Dairy Farm Rd (express)
  • Petir Rd
    – Aft Dairy Farm Rd
    – Bef Chestnut Ave
    – Opp Blk 201
    – Opp Blk 219
  • Pending Rd
    – Opp Pending Stn
  • Bt Panjang Rd
    – Opp Zhenghua Pr Sch
    – Blk 174
    – Blk 183
  • Woodlands Rd (express)
  • Bt Panjang Temp Ter

Operator History:

  • 1998 – 2004: Trans-Island Bus Services Ltd
  • 2004 – Present: SMRT Buses Ltd

The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2016.


History:

  • 1998 (31 Aug): Introduced as Rapidbus 700 between Woodlands and Shenton Way Ter
  • 1999 (26 Dec): Shortened to Bukit Panjang Int, reverted to trunk route. 700A introduced to loop at Marina Center during off-peak hours.
  • 2006 (18 Jun): Merged with feeder service 921 to ply Petir Road and Dairy Farm Road
  • 2012 (01 Jul): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
  • 2013: Service improvement under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP)
  • 2014 (15 Sep): Alexander Dennis Enviro500 double-deck buses deployed

Past Routings:


Gallery:

SMRT Mercedes-Benz O405G Hispano MkI (TIB895S) - Rapidbus Service 700. Retrieved from an old SMRT publication.
SMRT Mercedes-Benz O405G Hispano MkI (TIB895S) – Rapidbus Service 700. Retrieved from an old SMRT publication.

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