SMRT Bus Service 853 / 853#

SMRT Bus Service 853 is a trunk route linking Yishun Temp Interchange and Lorong 1 Geylang Terminal, passing through Lentor, Ang Mo Kio, Serangoon and Geylang Bahru. During Sundays and Public Holidays, Service 853 will ply an extended route terminating at Upper East Coast Terminal instead, via Geylang, Tanjong Katong and Marine Parade, and is denoted as Service 853# or 853C.


^ SMRT Mercedes-Benz OC500LE (SMB113T) – Service 853

Route Information
Service SMRT Service 853  WAB_logo_20px SMRT Service 853#  WAB_logo_20px
Route Yishun Temporary Bus Interchange  Lorong 1 Geylang Bus Terminal Yishun Temporary Bus Interchange  Upper East Coast Bus Terminal
Passes Through Lentor, Ang Mo Kio, Serangoon, Geylang Bahru Lentor, Ang Mo Kio, Serangoon, Geylang Bahru, Tanjong Katong, Marine Parade
Route Length 19.4km (D1) | 19.9km (D2) 30.8km (D1) | 31.6km (D2)
Travelling Time 70mins 95mins
Operator Information
Current Operator SMRT Buses
Current Depot Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot (AMDEP)
Current Fleet 12-metre Single Deck Bus:
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Mercedes-Benz OC500LE
Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro
– 
MAN NL323F
12-metre Single Deck Bus:
– 
Mercedes-Benz OC500LE
Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro
– 
MAN NL323F
Departure Times from T1 0540 – 2330 (Weekdays, Saturday) 0540 – 2330 (Sundays/PHs)
Departure Times from T2 0540 – 2330 (Weekdays, Saturday) 0600 – 2330 (Sundays/PHs)
Frequency Direction 1 Direction 1
0630-0830: 08 – 13 mins
0831-1659: 09 – 15 mins
1700-1930: 10 – 15 mins
After 1930: 14 – 18 mins
0630-0830: 09 – 13 mins
0831-1659: 10 – 14 mins
1700-1930: 13 – 15 mins
After 1930: 13 – 17 mins
Direction 2 Direction 2
0630-0830: 12 – 14 mins
0831-1659: 10 – 16 mins
1700-1930: 10 – 14 mins
After 1930: 15 – 18 mins
0630-0830: 12 – 18 mins
0831-1659: 10 – 14 mins
1700-1930: 11 – 14 mins
After 1930: 13 – 15 mins

Route History

Service 853 is an inter-town route serving between the housing estates of Yishun, Ang Mo Kio, Serangoon and Geylang Bahru. The route is frequented as a popular connection between various housing estates as an alternative to the MRT network, serving Yishun, Ang Mo Kio and Serangoon Town Centres. As such, it benefits from moderate to high demand throughout the day, but high capacity double-deck / articulated buses are not deployed as wheelchair-accessible rigid buses are capable of coping with daily loads.

While plying between Yishun and Lorong 1 Geyang on regular weekdays and Saturdays, Service 853 plies an extended route between Yishun and Upper East Coast on Sundays and Public Holidays, denoted as Service 853# or 853C, but still operating as Service 853. The extended route skips Lorong 1 Geylang Terminal, but serves the housing estates of Marine Parade (and private estates around Tanjong Katong and Upper East Coast), connecting them to the Geylang Road district and further destinations up North. The service is also the only SMRT service at Upper East Coast Bus Terminal.

The route shares long duplicating sectors with both Services 851 and 852 between Yishun – Ang Mo Kio, but is otherwise non-duplicative from Ang Mo Kio to Lorong 1 Geylang. Weekend route 853# compliments existing Services 13 and 43 along Tanjong Katong, Marine Parade and Upper East Coast sectors.

Fare: Charges fares for regular trunk services. See Bus Fares for exact fares.

Fleet: Service 853′s fleet comprises Mercedes-Benz OC500LE, Mercedes-Benz Citaro and MAN A22 buses.

Route Information:

Direction 1 Direction 2
  • Yishun Temp Int
    Services 853, 853# start here
  • Yishun Ctrl 1
  • Yishun Ctrl 2
  • Yishun Ave 2
  • Lentor Ave
  • Ang Mo Kio Ave 6
  • Ang Mo Kio Ave 3
  • Ang Mo Kio Ave 8
  • Ang Mo Kio Ave 1
  • Lor Chuan
  • Boundary Rd
  • Serangoon Central
  • Upp Serangoon Rd
  • Bendemeer Rd
  • Geylang Bahru
  • Kallang Bahru
  • Boon Keng Rd
  • Lor 1 Geylang
  • Lorong 1 Geylang Ter
    Service 853 terminates here.
    Service 853# does not call at this terminal
  • Sims Ave
  • Tg Katong Rd
  • Amber Rd
  • Marine Parade Rd
  • Bedok South Ave 1
  • Upp East Coast Rd
  • Upp East Coast Ter
    Service 853# terminates here
  • Upp East Coast Ter
    Service 853# starts here
  • Upp East Coast Rd
  • Bedok South Ave 1
  • Marine Parade Rd
  • Amber Rd
  • Tg Katong Rd
  • Geylang Rd
  • Lorong 1 Geylang Ter
    Service 853 starts here.
    Service 853# does not call at this terminal
  • Lor 1 Geylang
  • Boon Keng Rd
  • Kallang Bahru
  • Geylang Bahru
  • Bendemeer Rd
  • Serangoon Rd
  • Upp Serangoon Rd
  • Serangoon Central
  • Boundary Rd
  • Lor Chuan
  • Ang Mo Kio Ave 1
  • Ang Mo Kio Ave 8
  • Ang Mo Kio Ave 3
  • Ang Mo Kio Ave 6
  • Lentor Ave
  • Yishun Ave 2
  • Yishun Ctrl 2
  • Yishun Ctrl 1
  • Yishun Temp Int
Service 853 at a glance
Service 853 at a glance
Service 853C at a glance
Service 853C at a glance

Operator History:

  • 1987 – 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.

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History:

  • 1987 (20 Jan): Introduced by TIBS between Yishun Ctrl and Lorong 1 Geylang Ter. Amended to Yishun Int on 23 Aug 1987.
  • 1987 (21 Jun): Alternate routing 853C (or 853#) introduced, to operate on Sundays & Public Holidays between Yishun Int and Marine Parade Ter
  • 2001 (16 Sep): 853# amended to loop at Siglap Link following closure of Marine Parade Terminal
  • 2001 (09 Dec): 853# extended to Upp East Coast Terminal
  • 2003 (04 May): Amended to ply Geylang Bahru, Bendemeer Rd and Whampoa East instead of Jln Kolam Ayer
  • 2011 (13 Feb): 853 & 853# amended to ply Yishun Ctrl 2 in both directions, serving KTPH
  • 2013 (29 Sep): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
  • 2014 (23 Jun): Bus Service Reliability Framework (BSRF) implemented for a two-year trial
  • 2014 (10 Aug): Amended to serve Yishun Temp Polyclinic via Yishun Ctrl and Yishun Ctrl 1
  • 2015 (14 Mar): Amended to Yishun Temp Int
  • 2015 (05 Jun): BSRF trial extended to Aug 2016

Past Routings:

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Gallery:

SMRT Dennis Lance (TIB943L) - Service 853C
[Retired] SMRT Dennis Lance (TIB943L) – Service 853C
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External Links:

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References:

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