Bishan MRT Station

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Station exit C
Address 200 Bishan Road, Singapore 579827 (NSL)

17 Bishan Place, Singapore 579842 (CCL)
Lines Served   North South Line
  Circle Line
Operator SMRT Trains (NSL & CCL)
Structure Subsurface (NSL)
Underground (CCL)
Platform Side (NSL)
Island (CCL)
Opened 7 Nov 1987 (NSL)
28 May 2009 (CCL)

Bishan MRT Station (NS17/CC15) is an underground interchange station along the North South Line (NSL) and Circle Line (CCL) Stage 3. It is built along alongside Bishan Road.

Named after the housing estate it is located in, Bishan¬†derived its name from the Cantonese term for large burial ground, Peck San Theng (ÁĘߌĪĪšļ≠). In Chinese, Peck San is romanized¬†as¬†b√¨shńĀn, hence reflecting the area’s history¬†as a burial ground established in 1870 by Cantonese and Hakka immigrants.

Bishan Station serves the town centre area, including the Junction 8 shopping mall, nearby community amenities and commercial areas, schools, and large numbers of housing developments. Bus services are offered from the Bishan Bus Interchange connecting to other parts of the estate.

First / Last Train Timings

North South Line – (NS17) Bishan
Destination First Train Last Train
Weekdays Saturdays Sun & Public Holidays Daily
NS28 Marina South Pier 5:37am 5:37am 6:02am 11:34pm
NS19 Toa Payoh 12:16am
NS1 Jurong East 6:08am 6:23am 6:29am 12:14am
NS7 Kranji 12:30am
Circle Line – (CC15) Bishan
Destination First Train Last Train
Weekdays Saturdays Sun & Public Holidays Daily
CC1 Dhoby Ghaut 5:40am 5:40am 6:07am 11:35pm
CC7 Mountbatten 12:12am
CC12 Bartley 12:36am
CC29 HarbourFront 5:23am 5:23am 5:47am 11:18pm
CC26 Pasir Panjang 11:48pm
CC23 one-north 12:04am
CC17 Caldecott 12:32am


Station Layout

L1 Street Level Bus stops, Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point, Retail Shops
NSL Concourse Faregates, Top Up Kiosks, Passenger Service Centre, SimplyGo Ticket Office
B1 NSL Platform A North South Line towards NS1EW24 Jurong East
NSL Platform B North South Line towards NS28 Marina South Pier
Junction 8 Faregates & Top Up Kiosk, Exit E to Junction 8 (B1)
B2 CCL Concourse Faregates, Top Up Kiosks, Passenger Service Centre
Transfer Linkway Paid Link between North South Line & Circle Line
B3 CCL Platform A Circle Line towards CC29NE1 HarbourFront
CCL Platform B Circle Line towards CC1NS24NE6 Dhoby Ghaut
Circle Line towards CE2NS27TE20 Marina Bay (Peak Hours)


North South Line (B1):
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Platform A: North South Line towards NS1EW24 Jurong East via NS16 Ang Mo Kio (→)
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Platform B: North South Line¬†towards NS28 Marina South Pier¬†via NS18 Braddell¬†(‚Üź)


Circle Line (B3):
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Platform A: Circle Line towards CC29NE1 HarbourFront via CC16 Marymount (→)
Platform B:
Circle Line towards CC1NS24NE6 Dhoby Ghaut via CC14 Lorong Chuan (‚Üź)
Circle Line towards CE2NS27TE20 Marina Bay via CC14 Lorong Chuan (Peak Hour Alternate Trains) (‚Üź)
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Bishan station has four platforms, with the North South Line (NSL) and the Circle Line (CCL) occupying two platforms each.

Firstly, the North South Line platform comprises two side platforms for trains traveling in either direction. Formerly a naturally-ventilated, conventional island platform, a new southbound platform (Platform B) was built as part of station enhancement works to accommodate higher passenger demand prior to the opening of the Circle Line, and opened on 27 July 2008.

The North South Line Platform B directly connects to Basement 1 of Junction 8 via Exit E, with faregates and a ticketing machine installed.

The old island platform, now Platform A serving Northbound trains only, had the disused southbound platform edge walled up, renovated with new interior fittings such as Full-height Platform screen doors and air-conditioning, and work was completed by May 2009. Both NSL platforms are connected to the concourse above and the Circle Line transfer linkway below with escalators, staircases and lifts.

The Circle Line platform, on the other hand, uses a conventional island platform layout.


North South Line and Circle Line ticket concourses are located at Level 1 and Basement 2 respectively.

Connecting the NSL platforms and the CCL concourse is the transfer linkway at Basement 2, which provides a paid link between the platforms of both lines for the benefit of transfer commuters.

CCL¬†Art in Transit:¬†“Move!” by Soh Ee Shuan

‚ÄėMove!‚Äô explores notions of travel, speed, progress and change amid a tableau of oversized people, tourists, scientists, flying commuters, gossipmongers and creatures. A large part of Soh‚Äôs artwork involves the creation of non-linear, spontaneous and overcrowded habitats and characters that are interconnected and thriving, often with surreal and humorous imagery. While the drawings are created in response to a city shaped largely by rules, research and systematic planning, both are seemingly cluttered, constructed, and constantly in flux. These different worlds coexisting are at the heart of Soh‚Äôs work. In all three murals, there are familiar themes of family, work-life balance, occupation, and a wanton obsession with materialism, success and happiness. It is through this improvised ecosystem that Soh‚Äôs work transports the commuter out of the ordinary and injects excitement into our daily journeys.

Civil Defence shelter

Bishan CCL station is one of eleven stations along the Circle Line designated as Civil Defence (CD) shelters, which will be activated in times of national emergency. Apart from reinforced construction, the stations are designed and equipped with facilities to ensure the shelter environment is tolerable for all shelterees during shelter occupation. These facilities include protective blast doors, decontamination facilities, ventilation systems, power and water supply systems and a dry toilet system.

Station Amenities

  • Retail Shops at North South Line Station Street Level (L1)
  • Public Toilets at North South Line Station Street Level (L1)
  • Bicycle racks at station exits
  • ATMs and Self-service Machines at North South Line Station Street Level (L1)
  • Top Up Kiosks
  • SimplyGo Ticket Office
    Operating Hours: 12:00pm to 7:30pm daily, except public holidays.
    Closed for meal break from 3:45pm to 4:45pm daily.


Bishan MRT station has four exits leading to ground level (A, B, C and D), all of which offer barrier-free accessibility. Underground Exit E leads from the NSL Southbound Platform B directly to the basement of the Junction 8 shopping centre. Exit E is open between 07:30 to 23:00 daily.

Passengers heading to Bishan Bus Interchange can use any of the ground exits to reach the interchange.

Exit Location Nearby
A Junction 8
(Level 1)
Junction 8 Shopping Centre, Bishan Bus Interchange, Bishan Community Centre, Bishan Neighbourhood Police Post, Bishan Public Library, Bishan-Toa Payoh Town Council (Branch Office), CPF Bishan Building, Lion’s Home For The Elders (Bishan), S’pore Scout Association
B Bishan Road Bishan Stadium & Swimming Complex, Catholic High School, Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Primary / Secondary School, Masjid An-Nahdhah Mosque, MOE Language Centre, SMRT Sports and Recreation Club, SMRT Bishan Train Depot
C Bishan Road Raffles Institution (Secondary and JC), Guangyang Primary / Secondary School, Kwong Wai Siew Peck San Theng
D Bishan Bus Interchange Bishan Bus Interchange, Bishan Swimming Complex, Bishan Sports Hall/Stadium, MOE Language Centre (Bishan), Kuo Chuan Presby Primary School, Kuo Chuan Presby Secondary School,
E Junction 8
(Basement 1)
Junction 8 Shopping Centre

Transport Connections

Bishan station connects to several bus stops in the vicinity, as well as taxi stands and passenger pick-up points.


There is a bus interchange and two official bus stops linked to Bishan station.

No. Bus stop Exit Bus Routes
Bishan Bus Interchange A / D 50, 52, 53, 54, 55, 55B, 56, 57, 58, 59, 410G, 410W
B/s 1 53231 – Bishan Rd (Bishan Stn) A / B / C 13, 13A, 50, 52, 54, 55, 58, 71, 88, 156
B/s 2 53239 РBishan Rd (Opp Bishan Stn) A / B / C 13, 50, 52, 54, 55, 55B, 58, 71, 88, 156


Taxi stands and pick-up/drop-off points are located next to station exits:

Exit Road Provisions
A / B Bishan Road (Southbound) Taxi stand (F05), pick-up/drop-off point
A / B Bishan Road (Northbound) Taxi stand (F04), pick-up/drop-off point
D Bishan Place Pick-up/drop-off point


MRT Bus Bridging Service

In the event of a MRT service disruption affecting Bishan station, MRT Bridging Buses may be activated to ply affected stretches of the North South Line or Circle Line. In which case, the buses can be boarded from the following bus stops:

Towards Bus stop Exit
North South Line (NSL Bridging Bus)
NS1EW24 Jurong East B/s 2: 53239 РBishan Rd (Opp Bishan Stn) A / B / C
NS28 Marina South Pier B/s 1: 53231 РBishan Rd (Bishan Stn) A / B / C
Circle Line (CCL Bridging Bus)
CC1NS24NE6 Dhoby Ghaut Bishan Bus Interchange (Berth B6) A / D
CC29NE1 HarbourFront Bishan Bus Interchange (Berth B5) A / D

In the event of a large-scale rail disruption affecting multiple stations, a special bridging bus service may be activated in addition to the usual bus bridging services.

  • (Service NS2) Bishan – Ang Mo Kio – Yishun – Woodlands

In addition, passengers can board free regular bus services at the following bus stops when activated:

  • North South Line
    Bishan Bus Interchange, Bus Stops 1 & 2
  • Circle Line
    Bishan Bus Interchange

Passenger Usage Patterns

Bishan is an important interchange station linking the North South Line with the Circle Line, and as such, encounters large numbers of transfer passengers between the two lines. It also benefits the Junction 8 shopping mall, as well as residential developments in the vicinity, hence passenger traffic through this station is relatively high.


North South Line Contract 103 for the construction and completion of Bishan stations and associated tunnels was awarded to German and local companies Wayss & Freytag РEcon РChew Eu Hock Joint Venture. The working name for Bishan station was San Teng Station.

Circle Line Stage 3 (CCL3) Contract C853A for the design, construction and completion of Bishan Interchange station was awarded to local companies Econ Corporation / Eng Lim Construction Joint Venture for S$82.2 million.

Major Incidents

Tunnel Flood

Torrential afternoon rain in the afternoon of Saturday, 7 October 2017 caused flooding in the train tunnels in between Braddell and Bishan stations, rendering the stretch of train tracks impassable for 15 revenue service hours (Main Article).


View of CCL platform from concourse
View of CCL platform from concourse

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