Bishan MRT Station

 NS17  CC15 
Station exit C
Languages 碧山 | பீஷான்
Lines   North South Line
  Circle Line
Operator SMRT (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, located at the boundaries of Bishan East and Marymount planning subzones. 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 (碧山亭). In Chinese, Peck San is romanized as bìshān, 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 Sat Sun &
NS1 Jurong East 6:08am 6:22am 6:30am 12:12am
NS7 Kranji 12:28am
NS28 Marina South Pier 5:37am 5:37am 6:02am 11:37pm
NS27 Marina Bay 11:39pm
NS19 Toa Payoh 12:15am
Circle Line – CC15 Bishan
Destination First Train Last Train
& Sat
Sun &
Public Holidays
CC1 Dhoby Ghaut 5:40am 6:07am 11:35pm
CC7 Mountbatten 12:12am
CC12 Bartley 12:36am
CC29 HarbourFront 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
NSL Concourse Faregates, Ticketing machines, Passenger Service Centre, TransitLink Ticket Office
B1 NSL Platform A North South Line towards  NS1  EW24  Jurong East
NSL Platform B North South Line towards  NS28  Marina South Pier
B2 CCL Concourse Faregates, Ticketing machines, Passenger Service Centre
Transfer Linkway Bus stops, Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point
B3 CCL Platform A Circle Line towards  CC29  NE1  HarbourFront
CCL Platform B Circle Line towards  CC1  NS24  NE6  Dhoby Ghaut


North South Line (B1):
MRT_rail (1)
Platform A: North South Line towards  NS1  EW24  Jurong East via  NS16  Ang Mo Kio (→)
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Platform B: North South Line towards  NS28  Marina South Pier via   NS18  Braddell (←)
Circle Line (B3):
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Platform A: Circle Line towards  CC29  NE1  HarbourFront via  CC16  Marymount (→)
Platform B: Circle Line towards  CC1  NS24  NE6  Dhoby Ghaut via  CC14  Lorong Chuan (←)
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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 old 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. The B2 station concourse wraps around the platform, giving the station a spacious interior two storeys high as seen from platform level. Similar to the NSL platforms, Full-height Platform screen doors isolate the air-conditioned station from the tunnel environment, enhancing commuter safety and station comfort. Passenger Information Systems, which are plasma display screens located at each platform, display expected train arrival times and key messages. Tactile flooring helps to guide the visually-handicapped from the platform to the station exits and other platforms on connecting rail lines.


North South Line and Circle Line ticket concourses are located at Level 1 and Basement 2 respectively. They feature faregates for automatic fare collection and provides access between paid and unpaid areas of the station, with at least one bidirectional wide-swinging gate for the benefit of passengers-in-wheelchairs and those carrying bulky items or travelling with prams.

General Ticketing Machines allow commuters to purchase tickets for single or multiple journeys, and along with TransitLink Add Value Machines (NSL) and Top-up Machines (CCL), offer contactless card transactions. The station offices at each concourse function as a Passenger Service Centre, and is staffed during operating hours, where commuters may make travel inquiries or perform card transactions using cash payment. A TransitLink ticket office is also located at this station, operating between 12:00pm and 7:30pm daily, except public holidays.

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.

Toilets are located in the unpaid areas of both concourse levels, situated near the Passenger Service Centres. Retail shops are located at street level, situated around the NSL ticket concourse.

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

‘Move!’ 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’s 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’s 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’s 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.


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.

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

Exit Disabled access Location Nearby
A Yes Junction 8 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 Yes 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 Yes Bishan Road
Raffles Institution ( Secondary and JC), Guangyang Primary / Secondary School, Kwong Wai Siew Peck San Theng
D Yes Bishan Bus Interchange Bishan Bus Interchange, Bishan Community Centre, Bishan-Toa Payoh Town Council (Branch Office), Lion’s Home For The Elders (Bishan)
E Yes Junction 8 Junction 8 Basement

Station Amenities

  • Public toilets at concourse level
  • Bicycle racks at station exits
  • ATMs and Self-service Machines at concourse level
  • TransitLink ticket office
    Operating Hours: 12:00pm to 7:30pm daily, except public holidays.

Safety Features

  • Emergency Train Stop buttons on the station platform, when activated, will prevent approaching trains from entering the station, and any train already stopped at the platform will be prevented from moving off.
  • Emergency telephones at station platforms and the intercom system inside the lifts enable commuters to communicate with station staff in the Passenger Service Centre.
  • Emergency door handles allow the platform doors to be opened manually from the train-side in the event of failure.
  • Fire Extinguishers in various locations
  • All escalators equipped with Emergency Stop buttons

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, 56, 57, 58, 59, 410G, 410W
B/s 1 53231 – Bishan Rd (Bishan Stn) A / B / C 13, 50, 52, 54, 55, 58, 71, 88, 128, 156
B/s 2 53239 – Bishan Rd (Opp Bishan Stn) A / B / C 13, 50, 52, 54, 55, 58, 71, 88, 128, 156, NR1


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

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


Rail Bridging Services

In the event of a MRT service disruption affecting Bishan station, rail bridging services (also called MRT breakdown shuttle 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
 NS1  EW24  Jurong East B/s 2: 53239 – Bishan Rd (Opp Bishan Stn) A / B / C
 NS28  Marina South Pier B/s 1: 53231 – Bishan Rd (Bishan Stn) A / B / C
Circle Line
 CC1  NS24  NE6  Dhoby Ghaut Bishan Bus Interchange (Berth B6) A / D
 CC29  NE1  HarbourFront Bishan Bus Interchange (Berth B6) A / D

In the event of a large-scale rail disruption affecting multiple lines, special shuttle bus services may be activated in addition to the usual bus bridging services. They are:

Route Bus stop Exit
Bishan – Ang Mo Kio – Yishun – Woodlands 53239 – Bishan Rd (Opp Bishan Stn) A / B / C

In addition, passengers can board regular bus services at Bishan Bus Interchange and bus stops officially linked to Bishan station for free rides, depending on the situation on the ground.

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 – Econ – Chew 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.

Future Developments

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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