SMRT Bus Service 961 / 961#

SMRT Bus Service 961 is a trunk route between Woodlands Interchange and Lorong 1 Geylang Terminal, passing through Woodlands Road, (Upper) Bukit Timah, Bukit Merah, Chinatown, City Hall, Beach Road and Kallang Bahru. On Sundays and Public Holidays, it plies an alternative route serving Marina Centre in both directions and is denoted as Service 961# or 961C.

Bus Service 961/961# will be affected by the Removal and Relocation of Bus Stops along Woodlands Road from 28 May 2017.

Route Information:
Route Details (Click to expand)
Bus Service 961: Woodlands ↔ Lorong 1 Geylang
Direction 1
Towards Lorong 1 Geylang
Direction 2
Towards Woodlands
  • Woodlands Sq
    – Woodlands Temp Int   NS9 
  • Woodlands Ave 3
    • Blk 347
    • Blk 320
    • Opp Marsiling Stn   NS8 
    • Blk 402
    • Opp Tech
  • Woodlands Rd
    • Kranji Stn   NS7 
    • S’pore Turf Club
    • Kranji War Memorial
    • Bef Jln Bumbong
    • Aft Jln Bumbong
    • Aft Mandai Rd
    • Aft Mandai Est
    • Opp Da Di Glass
    • Opp Yew Tee Ind Est Blk 1
    • Opp Yew Tee Ind Est
    • Opp Heavy Veh Pk
    • Aft Yew Tee Flyover
    • Aft KJE Slip Rd
    • Opp Heavy Veh Pk
    • Opp Ten Mile Junction Stn   BP14 
  • Upp Bt Timah Rd
    • Bt Panjang Stn   DT1  BP6 
    • The Linear
    • Bef Hazel Pk Terr
    • Cashew Stn   DT2 
    • Assumption Pathway Sch
    • Aft Assumption Eng Sch
    • Opp Hillview Stn   DT3 
    • The Rail Mall
    • Opp Hume Pk Condo
    • Opp The Hillside
    • Aft Bt Timah Fire Stn
    • Southaven II
  • Jln Anak Bt
    • Opp Beauty World Ctr   DT5 
    • Opp Bt Timah Plaza
  • Dunearn Rd
    • Opp King Albert Pk Stn   DT6 
    • Hua Guan Gdn
    • Opp The Nexus
    • Aft Swiss Club Rd
    • Opp Sixth Ave Stn   DT7 
    • Aft Jln Naga Sari
    • Natl JC
    • Opp Tan Kah Kee Stn   DT8 
    • Opp Coronation Plaza
  • Farrer Rd
    • Opp Lutheran Twrs
    • Opp St. Margaret’s Sec Sch
    • Opp Farrer Rd Stn   CC20 
    • Spanish Village
    • Opp Tulip Gdn
  • Queensway
    • Opp Holland Hill Lodge
    • Opp Blk 95
    • Queensway Sec Sch
    • Queenstown Polyclinic
    • Opp Blessed Sacrament Ch
    • Blk 19
    • Blk 166
  • Jln Bt Merah
    • Opp OG Fty
    • Blk 1
    • Opp Pacific Tech Ctr
    • Opp SPRING S’pore Bldg
    • Opp Bt Merah Town Ctr
    • Blk 119
    • Blk 201
    • Opp Blk 140
    • Opp Blk 149
  • Kg Bahru Rd
    • Aft Jln Bt Merah
    • Bef Hosp Dr
  • Eu Tong Sen St
    • Bef Outram Rd   NE3  EW16 
    • People’s Pk Cplx   NE4  DT19 
    • Opp Hong Lim Pk
    • Clarke Quay Stn   NE5 
  • Parliament Pl
    • Supreme Ct
  • Raffles Blvd
     • Pan Pacific Hotel   CC4  DT15 
  • Raffles Ave
     • Bef Temasek Ave
     • Seating Gallery
     • The Esplanade
  • Beach Rd
    • Raffles Hotel   CC3 
    • Opp Shaw Twrs
    • Opp The Gateway
    • Opp Plaza Parkroyal
    • Keypoint Bldg
    • Opp Golden Mile Cplx
  • Crawford St
    • Southbank
  • Lavender St
    • Aft Kallang Rd
  • Kallang Bahru
    • S’pore Post   DT23 
  • Boon Keng Rd
    • Bef Kallang Pl
  • Lor 1 Geylang
    • Bet Blks 2B/2C   EW10 
     • Lor 1 Geylang Ter   EW10  
  • Lor 1 Geylang
     • Lor 1 Geylang Ter   EW10  
    • Opp Blk 2C   EW10 
  • Boon Keng Rd
    • Opp Kallang Pl
  • Kallang Bahru
    • Opp S’pore Post   DT23 
  • Lavender St
    • Aft Kallang Bahru
    • Bef Kallang Rd
  • Crawford St
    • Bef Crawford Bridge
  • Nth Bridge Rd
    • Blk 8
  • Jln Sultan
    • Sultan Plaza
  • Beach Rd
    • Plaza Parkroyal
    • The Gateway
    • Shaw Twrs
    • Opp Raffles Hotel   CC3 
  • Raffles Blvd
     • Pan Pacific Hotel   CC4  DT15 
  • Raffles Ave
     • Bef Temasek Ave
     • Seating Gallery
     • The Esplanade
  • Nth Bridge Rd
    • Opp Peninsula Plaza   EW13  NS25

    • Opp The Treasury
  • Sth Bridge Rd
    • Boat Quay   NE5 
  • Upp Cross St
    • Opp Hong Lim Cplx   NE4  DT19 
  • New Bridge Rd
    • New Bridge Ctr
    • Opp Pearl’s Ctr
    • Outram Pk Stn   NE3  EW16 
    • Opp New Bridge Rd Ter
  • Kg Bahru Rd
    • Aft Blair Rd
  • Jln Bt Merah
    • Blk 149
    • Blk 140
    • Blk 111
    • Blk 104
    • Opp Blk 120
    • Bt Merah Town Ctr
    • SPRING S’pore Bldg
    • Opp Blk 28
    • Opp Blk 2
  • Queensway
    • Aft Queenstown NPC HQ
    • Opp Queen’s Cl
    • Aft C’wealth Dr
    • Opp Queenstown Polyclinic
    • Opp Queensway Sec Sch
    • Blk 97
    • Viz Holland
  • Farrer Rd
    • Tulip Gdn
    • Farrer Rd Mkt
    • Farrer Rd Stn   CC20 
    • St. Margaret’s Sec Sch
    • Lutheran Twrs
  • Bt Timah Rd
    • Bef Crown Ctr
    • Coronation Plaza
    • Tan Kah Kee Stn   DT8 
    • Chinese High Sch
    • Opp Natl JC
    • Sixth Ave Stn   DT7 
    • Sixth Ave Ctr
    • Aft Maple Ave
    • The Tessarina
    • The Nexus
    • King Albert Pk Stn   DT6 
    • King Albert Pk
  • Upp Bt Timah Rd
    • Shell Kiosk
    • Opp Bt Timah Shop Ctr   DT5 
    • Aft Ct Bt Timah
    • Bt Regency
    • Aft Old Jurong Rd
    • Hume Pk Condo
    • Opp The Rail Mall
    • Hillview Stn   DT3 
    • Opp Dairy Farm Rd
    • Opp Assumption Eng Sch
    • Bef Cashew Rd   DT2 
    • Min of Defence
    • Opp The Linear
    • Opp Bt Panjang Stn   DT1  BP6 
  • Woodlands Rd
    • Ten Mile Junction Stn   BP14 
    • Aft Heavy Veh Pk
    • Opp Blk 635A
    • Bef Yew Tee Flyover
    • Aft Yew Tee Flyover
    • Heavy Veh Pk
    • Yew Tee Ind Est
    • Thong Huat Bros Pte Ltd
    • Da Di Glass
    • Opp Mandai Est
    • Bef Mandai Rd
    • Opp Mandai Rd
    • Opp Jln Bumbong
    • Aft LP 234
    • Opp Kranji War Memorial
    • Opp S’pore Turf Club
    • Opp Kranji Stn   NS7 
  • Woodlands Ave 3
    • Tech
    • Opp Blk 402
    • Marsiling Stn   NS8 
    • Blk 173
    • Opp Blk 347
  • Woodlands Sq
    – Woodlands Temp Int   NS9 
Roads in ORANGE are served only by Service 961# on Weekends & Public Holidays

Note:

  • Bus Service 961/# will no longer call the bus stop in RED from 28 May 2017
Route Information
Service SMRT Bus Service 961 SMRT Bus Service 961#
Route Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange  Lorong 1 Geylang Bus Terminal  WAB_logo_20px
Passes Through Woodlands Rd, Upper Bukit Timah, Bukit Timah, Farrer, Queensway, Bukit Merah, Chinatown, City Hall, Beach Rd, Kallang Bahru Woodlands Rd, Upper Bukit Timah, Bukit Timah, Farrer, Queensway, Bukit Merah, Chinatown, City Hall, Marina Centre, Beach Rd, Kallang Bahru
Route Length 35.6km (D1) | 35.9km (D2) 38.2km (D1) | 37.7km (D2)
Travelling Time 110 – 115 mins 110 – 115 mins
Operator Information
BCM Route Package Woodlands Bus Package
Current Operator SMRT Buses
Current Depot Woodlands Bus Depot (WLDEP)
Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot (AMDEP)
Current Fleet 12-metre Double Deck Bus:
Volvo B9TL

12-metre Single Deck Bus:

– 
MAN NL323F
Departure Times from Woodlands
0530 – 2330 (Weekdays, Saturdays) 0550 – 2330 (Sundays & PHs)
Departure Times from Lor 1 Geylang
0600 – 2330 (Weekdays, Saturdays) 0600 – 2330 (Sundays & PHs)
Frequency Direction 1 Direction 1
0630-0830: 07 – 12 mins
0831-1659: 08 – 14 mins
1700-1930: 13 – 15 mins
After 1930: 13 – 15 mins
0630-0830: 11 – 14 mins
0831-1659: 09 – 13 mins
1700-1930: 11 – 15 mins
After 1930: 13 – 15 mins
Direction 2 Direction 2
0630-0830: 11 – 12 mins
0831-1659: 10 – 13 mins
1700-1930: 09 – 10 mins
After 1930: 12 – 15 mins
0630-0830: 13 – 15 mins
0831-1659: 08 – 13 mins
1700-1930: 13 – 15 mins
After 1930: 12 – 15 mins

Service 961 is a lenghty inter-town route connecting the housing estates of Woodlands, Bukit Panjang, Farrer and Bukit Merah, with the suburban areas of Upper Bukit Timah, Bukit Timah and Bendemeer, and with the City areas of Chinatown, Clarke Quay, City Hall and Beach Road. Much of its demand comes from shuttling commuters between various points of its long route, and is a notably popular connection between the Bukit Merah and Bukit Timah areas. The route encounters moderate demand throughout the day and high demand during peak hours, and high capacity double-deck buses were added to the fleet since June 2015.

On Sundays and Public Holidays, Service 961 will operate an alternative route serving Marina Centre in both directions. Usually denoted as Service 961C or 961#, the weekend route continues to be numbered 961 but serves Raffles Boulevard and Raffles Avenue. Because buses serve the same bus stops in different directions, passengers should check the destination signage before they board the bus.

Formerly a Singapore Bus Service (SBS) route since the 1970s, it was then known as Service 181. The route was transferred to Trans-Island Bus Service (TIBS) in 1983 and renumbered to Service 961 in 1998. It has been operated by SMRT ever since.

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

MRT/LRT Stations Served:

Gallery:


Operator History:

  • 1970s – 1973: United Bus Company Pte Ltd
  • 1973 – 1983: Singapore Bus Services Ltd
  • 1983 – 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 Woodlands Bus Package.

 

History:

  • 1971 (11 Apr): Introduced as Service 181, from Upper Bukit Timah Road (Bukit Panjang 10 m.s.), to Commonwealth Avenue/North Buona Vista Road, eventually amended to Woodlands Int – Crawford St. Handed over to TIBS on 04 Sep 1983.
  • 1998 (27 Dec): Re-numbered as Service 961, between Woodlands Regional Int and Lor 1 Geylang Ter, after closure of Crawford St Ter. Route variant Service 961# plys into Marina Centre in both directions on Sundays and Public Holidays.
  • 1999: Amended to ply High St instead of Hill St and Bras Basah Rd
  • 1999 (26 Dec): Amended to ply Lavender St, Kallang Bahru and Boon Keng Rd instead of Kallang Rd
  • 2013: Service improvement under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP)
  • 2014 (02 Mar): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
  • 2015 (15 Jun): Double-Decker buses deployed.
  • 2016 (12 Mar): Amended to Woodlands Temp Int
  • 2016 (11 Dec): Serves the new Bus Stop 43991 – Opp Blk 635A, Woodlands Road
  • 2017 (28 May): Calls at relocated bus stop 47071 Bef Mandai Rd and no longer calls at bus stop 45081 Opp Mandai Rd along Woodlands Rd.

Past Routings:


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One thought on “SMRT Bus Service 961 / 961#

  • 23 June 2016 at 8:59 PM
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    Now 961 got 1 perm OC500LE and frequently gets Citaros cameo as well

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