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 co-operated by both SBS Transit and SMRT Buses, night bus routes make up the majority of the route count at the terminal.
|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|
Marina Center 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 Center Bus Terminal.
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.
No boarding and alighting is 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 Center before heading to River Valley, Orchard and respective housing estates.
Marina Center 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 Center Bus Terminal was opened on 30 November 1986, taking over a temporary roadside terminal along Raffles Avenue in use since 24 Nov 1985 when Service 189 was extended to the Marina Centre area.
The roadside Marina Center 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 Center 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, 13 lots for buses and the remaining 4 marked as ‘Reserved’. 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 portable toilet at the expanded bus park. SMRT took over the roadside lots on the rightmost lane of Raffles Boulevard, which it continues to operate from.
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 larger-scale diversions such as Formula 1, refer to SBST/SMRT press releases for more information.
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).
|97e||Jurong East||AM/PM Peak unidirectional|
|195||↺ Commonwealth Drive||Loop Service|
|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|
For more pictures, refer to the Marina Centre Bus Terminal: Gallery
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