SMRT Bus Service 857

SMRT Bus Service 857 is a trunk route from Yishun Interchange and looping at Suntec City, passing through Yio Chu Kang Road, CTE, Geylang Bahru, Little India and Bras Basah.

Bus Service 857 will be amended to resume plying its original routing along Bencoolen Street from 11 December 2016. More details here.


SMRT Alexander Dennis Enviro500 (SMB3550U) – Service 857
Route Information
Route Yishun Temporary Bus Interchange ↺ Temasek Avenue (Loop)  WAB_logo_20px
Passes Through Yio Chu Kang Rd, CTE, Geylang Bahru, Little India, Bras Basah
Route Length 43.5km
Travelling Time 120mins
Operator Information
Current Operator SMRT Buses
Current Depot Woodlands Bus Depot (WLDEP)
Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot (AMDEP)
Current Fleet Alexander Dennis Enviro500
Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro

Departure Times from T1 0530 – 2240 (Weekdays, Saturday | Full loop)
0545 – 2240 (Sundays/PHs | Full loop)
2240 – 2330 (Daily | Terminates at Temasek Blvd (Suntec Convention Ctr))
Frequency Loop Service
0630-0830: 08 – 10 mins
0831-1659: 07 – 13 mins
1700-1930: 09 – 10 mins
After 1930: 12 – 17 mins
Notes From 2240hrs onwards, buses leaving Yishun Temp Int will terminate at Temasek Boulevard, 02151 Suntec Convention Ctr.

Route History

Service 857 connects the residential estates of Yishun, Khatib, and private estates around Yio Chu Kang Road, with a fast connection to the City areas of Little India, Bras Basah, Suntec City and Marina Centre. The route incorporates an express sector on the Central Expressway (CTE) between Yio Chu Kang Road and Jalan Toa Payoh in both directions, making it a popular connection between the North and the City.

Demand for the route is moderate during off-peak hours but very high during peak hours, as residents commute to and from the City and various industries along Yio Chu Kang Road. High capacity double-deck buses were deployed from 26th April 2015 onwards.

Introduced in 2001 by Trans-Island, the route has not undergone any amendments since, except for a diversion to Prinsep Street when a portion of Bencoolen Street was closed for Downtown Line construction in 2011. Bus Service 857 will resume plying the section of Bencoolen Street with the completion of Downtown Line works from 11 Dec 2016. Main article: Route Amendments with the Reinstatement of Bencoolen Street

Between 2240hrs and 2330hrs daily, buses leaving Yishun Temp Int will terminate at 02151 Temasek Boulevard (Suntec Convention Ctr). The last bus returning to Yishun leaves Suntec City at 2328hrs.

SMRT Mercedes-Benz OC500LE (SMB120Y) - Service 857A
SMRT Mercedes-Benz OC500LE (SMB120Y) – Service 857A

Shortworking Trips:

  • Service 857A: Yishun Temp Int → Yio Chu Kang Road (Opp Sunrise Gdns)
    Weekdays AM Peak hours

Service 857A caters to the industries along Yio Chu Kang Road, reducing peak hour loading on Service 857 and hence benefitting commuters heading from Yishun towards the city.

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

Fleet: Service 857′s fleet comprises of both rigid buses and double-decker buses. Bendy buses may be use as substitute to the double-deckers, or as capacity boosts during the weekends or periods of high demand, such as festive periods and major events at Suntec City.

Route Information:

Loop Service (via Temasek Ave)
  • Yishun Central 1
    – Yishun Temp Interchange
    – Yishun Polyclinic
    – Opp Blk 935
  • Yishun Ave 2
    – Blk 608
    – Opp Khatib Stn
    – Yishun Sports Hall
  • Lentor Ave
    – Aft Yishun Ave 1
    – Aft Sg Seletar Bridge
    – Lentor Flyover
    – Opp Bullion Pk Condo
    – Opp Countryside Est
    – Bef Yio Chu Kang Rd
  • Yio Chu Kang Rd
    – Opp NCS Hub
    – Opp Motorola
    – Opp ST Electronics
    – Bef KLC Intl Inst
    – Opp Sunrise Gdns
  • CTE (Express)
  • Jln Toa Payoh
    – St. Andrew’s Jnr Sch
  • Bendemeer Rd
    – MOM Svcs Ctr
    – Blk 54
    – Blk 44
    – Opp Blk 28
    – Bef Lavender St
  • Jln Besar
    – Hoa Nam Bldg
    – Aft Allenby Rd
    – Opp Veerasamy Rd
    – Bef Sim Lim Twr
  • Bencoolen St
    – Fortune Ctr
    – Manulife Ctr
  • Bras Basah Rd
    – NTUC Income Ctr
    – Raffles Hotel
  • Temasek Blvd
    – Suntec Convention Ctr
  • Temasek Ave
    – Opp Millenia Twr
    – Opp The Ritz-Carlton
  • Temasek Ave
    – Opp The Ritz-Carlton
  • Raffles Ave
    – Seating Gallery
    – The Esplanade
  • Stamford Rd
    – Capitol Bldg
    – SMU
  • Prinsep St
    – Sch of The Arts
  • Selegie Rd
    – Peace Ctr
    – Selegie Ctr
  • Serangoon Rd
    – Tekka Ctr
    – Broadway Hotel
    – Sri Srinivasa Perumal Tp
    – Sri Vadapathira K Tp
    – Kwong Wai Shiu Hosp
    – Boon Keng Stn
    – Opp Bendemeer Pr Sch
    – St. Michael’s Pl
    – Aft Moonstone Lane)
  • Jln Toa Payoh
    – Opp St. Andrew’s Jnr Sch
  • CTE (Express)
  • Yio Chu Kang Rd
    – Aft Sunrise Gdns
    – Aft KLC Intl Inst
    – ST Electronics
    – Motorola
    – NCS Hub
  • Lentor Ave
    – Aft Yio Chu Kang Rd
    – Countryside Est
    – Bullion Pk Condo
    – Aft Lentor Flyover
    – Bef Sg Seletar Bridge
    – Bef Yishun Ave 1
  • Yishun Ave 2
    – Opp Yishun Sports Hall
    – Bef Khatib Stn
    – Blk 790
  • Yishun Central 1
    – Bef Blk 935
    – Opp Yishun Polyclinic
    – Yishun Temp Int
Service 857 at a glance
Service 857 at a glance

Operator History:

  • 2001 – 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.



  • 2001 (14 Jan): Introduced as a trunk service from Yishun Int to Suntec City (Loop)
  • 2011 (16 Oct): Amended to serve Middle Rd, Selegie Rd & Prinsep St with the closure of a section along Bencoolen St for Downtown Line construction
  • 2012 (29 Apr): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
  • 2013: Service improvement under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP)
  • 2015 (14 Mar): Amended to Yishun Temp Int via Yishun Central 1
  • 2015 (26 Apr): Start of Alexander Dennis Enviro500 double-decker deployments
  • 2015 (Jun): Bus Service Reliability Framework (BSRF) implemented for trial till Aug 2016
  • 2016 (11 Dec): Resume plying Bencoolen Street with the completion of Downtown Line works (Main Article)

Past Routings:



SMRT Mercedes-Benz Citaro (SMB155Y)
SMRT Alexander Dennis Enviro500 (SMB3550U)
SMRT Mercedes-Benz OC500LE (SMB120Y) - Service 857A
SMRT Mercedes-Benz OC500LE (SMB120Y) – Service 857A

SMB5043D on Service 857, with advert wrap for Resorts World Sentosa




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One thought on “SMRT Bus Service 857

  • 2 January 2018 at 11:14 AM

    boarded 857 at Bras Basah to look home to Upper Serangoon/St. George’s Road last night after 7pm (probably 7:15pm).

    why was 857 instructed to be driven at such a slow pace when the bus is filled with commuters from Little India? when bus is filled up, why is bus told “to be at crawling speed” (sorry, i have no other expression however it is ludicrous decision).

    and this was a single-deck … i can understand if 857 happened to be double-deck, in fact for weekends and public holidays, double-deck buses seem to be needed especially when foreign workers are returning home (single-decks simply is insufficient for the mass numbers at Little India).


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