Marina Centre Bus Terminal

Marina Centre Bus Terminal is a bus terminal along Raffles Boulevard and underneath the Benjamin Shears Bridge. It serves as a starting and terminating point for bus services serving the Marina Centre region and the City, with no boarding and alighting allowed at the terminal. Currently split into two portions and co-operated by both SBS Transit and SMRT Buses, night bus routes make up the majority of the route count at the terminal.

The terminal will be replaced by a new facility in the near future, capable of housing all bus services under one roof.

Details
Name Marina Centre Bus Terminal  |  滨海中心巴士终站
Address Marina Centre Bus Terminal, Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 884006
BCM Route Package Day operating routes: Bulim, Bukit Merah, Sembawang – Yishun, Choa Chu Kang – Bukit Panjang, Woodlands
Night Routes only:  Sengkang – Hougang, Bedok, Tampines, Clementi, Bishan – Toa Payoh
Anchor Operator SBS Transit & SMRT Buses (Co-operated)
Bus Routes 8 (SBST), 8 (SMRT), 2 (Tower Transit)
Berths No Boarding and Alighting
Rail Connection  CC4  DT15   Promenade

The Terminal:

Marina Centre Bus Terminal is a bus terminal located in the City area with no commuter facilities, but rather, serves as a terminating point for bus routes terminating in the City. There are two parts to the terminal, namely a roadside terminal occupying the rightmost lane of Raffles Boulevard (between Temasek Avenue and Republic Boulevard), and a newer extension built on the left side of Raffles Boulevard with a dedicated bus and coach park. Both facilities, opposite each other, are collectively referred to as Marina Centre Bus Terminal.

Marina Centre Bus Terminal - SMRT Roadside parking
Marina Centre Bus Terminal – SMRT Roadside parking

Currently, SMRT occupies the roadside lots, and SBS Transit occupies the new extension, with both operators operating out of separate terminal kiosks and toilets. Tower Transit, which does not have any facilities at the terminal, park at the new extension and use SBS Transit’s facilities. Combined, there are 25 bus parking lots at the terminal.

No boarding and alighting activities are allowed at this terminal. The last stop for terminating buses is 02089 Pan Pacific Hotel and the first stop is 02101 Bef Temasek Avenue located outside the Singapore Flyer.

Overnight bus routes contribute to the bulk of the bus route count at this terminal; many of them start their rounds from Marina Centre before heading to River Valley, Orchard and respective housing estates.

Historical Background

Marina Centre Bus Terminal sits on reclaimed land completed in the 1970s. Construction on the reclaimed land only started in the 1980s, and following the construction of Marina Square and other developments, Marina Centre Bus Terminal was opened on 30 November 1986, taking over a temporary roadside terminal along Raffles Avenue in use since 24 November 1985 when Service 189 was extended to the Marina Centre area.

The roadside Marina Centre Bus Terminal previously occupied the leftmost and rightmost lane of the unidirectional Raffles Boulevard between Temasek Avenue and Republic Boulevard, with SMRT bus lots on the left, and SBS Transit lots on the right. As terminal facilities are located on the right of the road, SMRT drivers were faced with the added trouble of crossing the road to reach the terminal kiosk. Both SBS Transit and SMRT buses had operator kiosks at Marina Centre Terminal beside each other.

In June 2015, the Marina Centre Terminal expansion opened, along with a public coach park, both located north of Raffles Boulevard (opposite the bus terminal operator offices). The new bus park, located directly opposite the existing terminal offices, had a total of 17 parking lots. As a result, roadside parking on the leftmost lane of Raffles Boulevard was abolished. SBS Transit, which moved all its operations to the new extension, built a container office with a portable toilet at the expanded bus park. SMRT took over the roadside lots along the rightmost lane of Raffles Boulevard comprising a total of 8 parking lots, which it continues to operate from.

Future Terminal:

On 10 November 2017, LTA revealed future changes to Marina Centre Bus Terminal with the release of Contract PT193 (Proposed Design and Construction of Bus Terminal and Associated Works at Marina Centre), which would likely involve relocating the current roadside parking to a permanent facility capable of housing all bus services under one roof.

Periods of Closure:

Due to the terminal’s proximity to the Seating Gallery and Marina Ba, major events with road closures happen a few times every year and result in terminal closure. Most services will layover at 02089 Pan Pacific Hotel and loop via Temasek Avenue, calling at 02171 Opp The Ritz-Carlton. In the event of large-scale diversions such as Formula 1, refer to bus operators’ press releases for more information.


Bus Services:

Bus services at Marina Centre span a large number of route packages owing to its centralized location. They include Bulim (77, 97, 97e), Bukit Merah (195), Sengkang – Hougang (6N), Bedok (4N), Tampines (2N), Clementi (3N, 5N), Bishan – Toa Payoh (56, 1N), Sembawang – Yishun (171, NR1, NR2), Choa Chu Kang – Bukit Panjang (75, NR3, NR8) and Woodlands (960, NR5, NR6, NR7).

Service Destination Notes
56 Bishan  
75 Bukit Panjang  
77 Bukit Batok  
97 Jurong East  
97e Jurong East AM/PM Peak unidirectional
171 Yishun  
195 ↺ Commonwealth Drive Loop Service
960 Woodlands  
1N Yishun Ring Road Unidirectional night service
2N Tampines Avenue 3 Unidirectional night service
3N Choa Chu Kang North 5 Unidirectional night service
4N Pasir Ris Drive 1 Unidirectional night service
5N Jurong West Street 92 Unidirectional night service
6N Punggol Field Unidirectional night service
NR2 Sembawang Drive Unidirectional night service
NR5 Jurong West Street 64 Unidirectional night service
NR7 Loyang Avenue Unidirectional night service
NR8 Bukit Batok West Avenue 5 Unidirectional night service

Gallery:

Marina Centre Bus Terminal - SMRT lots at full capacity
Marina Centre Bus Terminal – SMRT lots at full capacity

For more pictures, refer to the Marina Centre Bus Terminal: Gallery


External Links & References:

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One thought on “Marina Centre Bus Terminal

  • 21 May 2016 at 9:25 AM
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    LTA should just make the terminal to public buses only so SMRT together with TT can utilise it,Roadside parking is dangerous nowadays

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