Botanic Gardens MRT Station

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Station exit A
Address 100 Cluny Park Road, Singapore 257494 (CCL)

491 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259777 (DTL)
Lines Served   Circle Line
  Downtown Line
Operator SMRT Trains (CCL)
SBS Transit (DTL)
Structure Underground (CCL & DTL)
Platform Island (CCL & DTL)
Opened 8 Apr 2011 (CCL)
27 Dec 2015 (DTL)

Botanic Gardens MRT Station (CC19/DT9) is an underground interchange station, connecting the Circle Line (CCL) and the Downtown Line (DTL).

Located at the junction of Cluny Park Road and Bukit Timah Road, the station is also situated at the North edge of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, hence giving the station its name. It also serves the NUS Bukit Timah Campus and many residential developments in the vicinity.

First / Last Train Timings

Circle Line – (CC19) Botanic Gardens
Destination First Train Last Train
Weekdays & Sat Sun & Public Holidays Daily
CC1 Dhoby Ghaut 5:45am 6:06am 11:25pm
CC7 Mountbatten 12:02am
CC12 Bartley 12:26am
CC29 HarbourFront 5:32am 5:57am 11:27pm
CC26 Pasir Panjang 11:57pm
CC23 one-north 12:13am
Downtown Line – (DT9) Botanic Gardens
Destination First Train Last Train
Weekdays & Sat Sun & Public Holidays Daily
DT1 Bukit Panjang 6:00am 6:21am 12:32am
DT35 Expo 5:46am 6:06am 11:50pm

Station Layout

L2 Overhead Bridge Overhead bridge across Dunearn Road & Bukit Timah Road
L1 Street level Bus stops, Taxi stands, Pick-up/drop-off points
B1 CCL Concourse Faregates, Top Up Kiosks, Passenger Service Centre, Retail Shop
Transfer Linkway Paid Link between CCL and DTL stations
DTL Concourse Faregates, Top Up Kiosks, Passenger Service Centre, Retail Shop
B2 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)
Staff (DTL) Restricted Access
B3 DTL Platform A Downtown Line towards DT1BP6 Bukit Panjang
DTL Platform B Downtown Line towards DT35CG1 Expo


Circle Line (B2):
Platform A: Circle Line towards CC29NE1 HarbourFront via CC20 Farrer Road (→)
Platform B:
Circle¬†Line towards CC1NS24NE6 Dhoby Ghaut via CC17TE9 Caldecott (‚Üź)
Circle Line towards CE2NS27TE20 Marina Bay via CC17TE9 Caldecott (Peak Hour Alternate Trains) (‚Üź)
Downtown Line (B3):
Platform A: Downtown Line towards DT1BP6 Bukit Panjang via DT8 Tan Kah Kee (‚Üí)
Platform B: Downtown Line towards DT35CG1 Expo via DT10TE11 Stevens¬† (‚Üź)

Botanic Gardens station has four platforms utilized by both rail lines for trains travelling in either direction, arranged in an island platform layout for each rail line.

The newer Downtown Line cuts underneath the Circle Line, and the platforms serving both lines are connected with a transfer linkway at concourse level, within paid areas of the station.


Both CCL and DTL station concourses are located at Basement 1.

CCL¬†Art in Transit:¬†“Aquatic Fauna No. 1”¬†by Kai Lam and Chua Chye Teck

Aquatic Fauna No.1 is a symbolic representation of the organic beauty of Mother Nature’s biodiversity. The artwork is based on the aesthetics of traditional Chinese paper cuttings and woodblock print methods and the use of various motifs inspired by the tropical landscape unique to Singapore’s geographical position in the Asian tropical region. Produced in response to the station’s close proximity to the Singapore Botanic Gardens, this site-specific artwork attempts to bridge awareness towards the preservation and conservation of the natural ecological environments that remains amidst fast progression of urban developments.

DTL Art in Transit:¬†“What is a Tree?”¬†by Shirley Soh

It produces oxygen, sustaining life itself.
It provides wood, food, medicine and shade.
It is home to many animals and other living organisms.
It is merely labelled on its functions and form.
What is a tree? And how do we encounter it?

Located in different parts of the station, various vistas of one of Singapore’s best-loved trees, the Tembusu on the front lawn of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, are created to pose the ontological questions.

Civil Defence shelter

Botanic Gardens 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

  • Public Toilets at Circle Line & Downtown Line Concourses
  • Retail Shops at Circle Line & Downtown Line Concourses
  • ATMs and¬†Self-service machines
  • Bicycle Racks at station exits


Botanic Gardens MRT station has two exits at ground level (A and B); Exit A is from the CCL station while Exit B is from the DTL station. Both exits are equipped with stairs and escalators, and lifts provide barrier-free accessibility for the disabled.

Exit Location Nearby
A Cluny Park Road Adam Road Food Centre, Cluny Court, Cluny Park Residences, College Green Hostel, Embassy of France, Gospel Light Christian Church, Masjid Ba’alwie Mosque, MOE Co-Curricular Activities Branch, National University of Singapore (Bukit Timah Campus), Serene Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens
B Bukit Timah Road

Transport Connections

Botanic Gardens station connects to several bus stops in the vicinity, as well as taxi stands and passenger pick-up points at selected exits.


There are two official bus stops linked to Botanic Gardens station.

No. Bus stop Exit Bus Routes
B/s 1 41029 РDunearn Rd (Opp Botanic Gdns Stn) A / B 48, 67, 151, 153, 154, 156, 170, 186
B/s 2 41021 – Bt Timah Rd (Botanic Gdns Stn) A / B 48, 67, 151, 153, 154, 156, 170, 186


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

Exit Road Provisions
A Cluny Park Road Taxi stand (F57), Pick-up/drop-off point
B Bukit Timah Road (Northbound) Taxi stand (F65), Pick-up/drop-off point

MRT Bus Bridging Service

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

Towards Bus stop Exit
Circle Line (CCL Bridging Bus)
CC29NE1 HarbourFront B/s 2: 41021 – Bt Timah Rd (Botanic Gdns Stn) A / B
CC1NS24NE6 Dhoby Ghaut B/s 1: 41029 – Dunearn Rd (Opp Botanic Gdns Stn) A / B
Downtown Line (DTL Bridging Bus)
DT1BP6 Bukit Panjang B/s 2: 41021 – Bt Timah Rd (Botanic Gdns Stn) A / B
DT35CG1 Expo B/s 1: 41029 – Dunearn Rd (Opp Botanic Gdns Stn) A / B

In addition, passengers can board free regular bus services at Bus Stops 1 & 2 when activated.

Passenger Usage Patterns

Serving the popular tourist attraction of Botanic Gardens, as well as residential developments and educational institutions in the vicinity, Botanic Gardens station encounters moderate to high passenger demand throughout the day.

Construction Trivia

Circle Line Stage 4 (CCL4) Contract 854 for the Construction and Completion of Thomson, Adam and Farrer Stations, including Bukit Brown RTS Structure and Tunnels, was awarded to Taisei Corporation. The working name for Botanic Gardens station was Adam Station.

Downtown Line Stage 2 (DTL2) Contract 919 for the Design and Construction of Botanic Gardens and Stevens stations and tunnels was awarded to Sembawang Engineers & Constructors Pte Ltd for approximately S$378.2 million in Jul 2009.

Future Developments

Major Incidents

Casualty incident

On 11 March 2012, a Bangladeshi worker was killed near Botanic Gardens when a concrete slab fell on him. In the first causality incident of Downtown Line construction, 35-year-old Masud Al Mamun was operating an excavator deep in the ground when the slab fell. SCDF rescuers took nearly five hours to reach him, and he was pronounced dead at around 9am.


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