Bras Basah MRT Station

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Station exit A
Address 65 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189561
Line Served   Circle Line
Operator SMRT Trains
Structure Underground
Platform Island
Opened 17 Apr 2010

Bras Basah MRT Station (CC2) is an underground station along the Circle Line (CCL) Stage 1, located in the Central area. It is built underneath Bras Basah Road, bordering Waterloo Street and Queen Street, and serves the surrounding civic district within the Museum planning area. Nearby buildings include the Singapore Art Museum, SMU campus, NTUC Income Centre and Manulife Centre.

Bras Basah is¬†Malay for¬†“wet rice”. When rice carried as boat cargo got wet, they were laid out to dry¬†at the banks of what became known as Sungei Bras Basah (now Stamford Canal).

The station is 35 metres underground, and houses the longest escalators throughout the Singapore rail network at 41.3 metres in length, which connects the station concourse (B1) to the transfer level (B4) and takes approximately one minute to travel. The station design by renowned local architectural firm WOHA was selected through the Marina Line Architectural Design Competition, organised jointly by the Land Transport Authority of Singapore and the Singapore Institute of Architects.

A prominent design feature of the station is the station roof, which appears to be a reflection pool from the surface, but doubles up as a skylight, allowing abundant natural light to reach the lower levels of the deep station. This design has won the station multiple international design awards.

Built in close proximity to Bencoolen station along the Downtown Line, the stations are connected by an underground public (unpaid) link which is part of SMU.

First / Last Train Timings

Circle Line – (CC2) Bras Basah
Destination First Train Last Train
Weekdays & Sat Sun & Public Holidays Daily
CC1 Dhoby Ghaut 5:54am 6:21am 12:03am
CC29 HarbourFront 5:39am 6:06am 10:50pm
CC26 Pasir Panjang 11:20pm
CC23 one-north 11:36pm
CC17 Caldecott 12:03am
CC11 Tai Seng 12:11am


Station Layout

L1 Street level Bus stops, Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point
B1 Concourse Faregates, Ticketing machines, Passenger Service Centre
B4 Transfer Hall Escalators to Concourse and Platforms
B5 Platform A Circle Line towards CC29NE1 HarbourFront
Platform B Circle Line towards CC1NS24NE6 Dhoby Ghaut

Levels B2 and B3 are service floors and not for public access.


Circle Line (B5):
MRT_rail (2)
Platform A: Circle Line towards CC29NE1 HarbourFront via CC3 Esplanade (→)
Platform B: Circle Line towards CC1NS24NE6 Dhoby Ghaut¬†(‚Üź)
MRT_rail (2)
Platform level
Platform level

Bras Basah station has two platforms in an island platform arrangement. Full-height Platform screen doors isolate the air-conditioned station from the tunnel environment, enhancing commuter safety and station comfort. A set of escalators and stairs connect to the Transfer Hall above (B4), where another escalator ascends to the Concourse level (B1). On the other hand, a set of lifts connect the platform directly to the Concourse level.

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.


The concourse at Basement 1 features 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.

Transfer hall escalators (B4)
Transfer hall escalators (B4)

General Ticketing Machines allow commuters to purchase tickets for single or multiple journeys, and along with Top-up Machines, offer contactless card transactions. The station office functions as a Passenger Service Centre, and is staffed during operating hours, where commuters may make travel inquiries.

Entering the paid areas, the¬†station roof functions as a skylight, bringing natural light into the lower depths into the station. 41.3-metre long escalators – the longest throughout Singapore’s rail network – link the Concourse level (B1) with the Transfer Hall (B4), and a final set of escalators connect that to the Platform level (B5). To¬†conserve energy in the face of low-moderate passenger demand, only one set of escalators are switched¬†on at one time.

Art in Transit:¬†“The Amazing Neverending Underwater Adventures! ” by Tan Kai Syng

A 29-minute video cycle titled ‚ÄėThe Amazing Neverending Underwater Adventures!‚Äô by Tan Kai Syng is the only video artwork commissioned by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) for the Art in Transit programme. It is¬†screened every evening¬†from 1929hrs,¬†at the concourse level of the station (underneath the skylight). Centered around¬†action heroine Desyphus, it comprises 29 chapters and 29 riddles,¬†questioning our ‚Äėrealities‚Äô of the here and now.

Station Amenities

  • Retail Shop at CCL Concourse (B1)
  • Public Toilets at CCL Concourse (B1)
  • ATMs & Self-Service Machines


Bras Basah¬†MRT station has three exits leading to¬†ground level (A, D¬†and E).¬†Exit A and E are equipped with¬†escalators, while Exit D is a flight of steps. Exits B and C connect to the Singapore Management University (SMU)’s Li Ka Shing Library, where public lifts within the building provide the only form of disabled access to street level in the vicinity. SMU’s publicly-accessible Basement Concourse seamlessly connects to¬†other parts of the campus.

Exit Location Nearby
A Queen Street Bras Basah Complex, Carlton Hotel, Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, CHIJMES, Church of Sts. Peter & Paul, National Library, NTUC Income Centre, NTUC Trade Union House, Peranakan Museum, SMU (Admin Building), St. Joseph’s Church, The National Design Centre, The Substation
B SMU Campus SMU Campus, National Museum of Singapore via SMU, Peranakan Museum via SMU, The Substation via SMU, Vanguard Building via SMU, Stamford Centre via SMU, Fort Canning Park via SMU, Bencoolen MRT Station via SMU
C SMU Campus
D Waterloo Street Fort Canning Park, Fort Canning Art Centre, Manulife Centre, NAFA Campus, National Archives of Singapore, National Museum of Singapore, PoMo, Rendezvous Hotel Singapore, School of The Arts (SOTA), Singapore Philatelic Museum, The Cathay, YMCA
E Bras Basah Road

Transport Connections

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


There are five official bus stops linked to Bras Basah station.

No. Bus stop Exit Bus Routes
B/s 1 04179 – Bras Basah Rd (Aft Bras Basah Stn Exit A) A 7, 14, 14e, 16, 16M, 36, 77, 106, 111, 131, 162, 162M, 167, 175, 502, 502A, 518, 518A, 652, 656, 660, 663, 665, 850E, 857, 951E
B/s 2 04019 РBencoolen St (Opp Bencoolen Stn Exit B) D 131, 147, 166, 857
B/s 3 04121 РStamford Rd (SMU) B 7, 7A, 14, 14e, 16, 16M, 36, 77, 106, 111, 124, 131, 147, 162, 162M, 166, 167, 174, 174e, 175, 190, 652, 656, 660, 663, 665, 850E, 857, 951E
B/s 4 04151 РVictoria St (Cath of The Good Shepherd) B 130, 133, 145, 197, 851, 851e, 960, 960e
B/s 5 01012 РVictoria St (Hotel Grand Pacific) A 2, 7, 12, 12e, 32, 33, 51, 61, 63, 80, 175


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

Exit Road Provisions
B Queen Street (SMU Li Ka Shing Library dropoff) Taxi stand (B08), pick-up/drop-off point
E Waterloo Street (Manulife Centre) Pick-up/drop-off point

Rail Bridging Services

In the event of a MRT service disruption affecting Bras Basah station, rail bridging services (also called MRT breakdown shuttle buses) may be activated to ply affected stretches of the Circle Line. In which case, the buses can be boarded from the following bus stops:

Towards Bus stop Exit
Circle Line
CC1NS24NE6 Dhoby Ghaut B/s 3: 04121 РStamford Rd (SMU) B
CC29NE1 HarbourFront B/s 1: 04179 – Bras Basah Rd (Aft Bras Basah Stn Exit A) A

In addition, passengers can board free regular bus services at Bus Stops 1 & 3 when activated.

Passenger Usage Patterns

As a Central region station serving the civic districts, Bras Basah station encounters moderate demand levels from visitors to various attractions in the vicinity, as well as students from the Singapore Management University.


Circle Line Stage 1 (CCL1) Contract 825 for the construction and completion of Dhoby Ghaut, Bras Basah, Esplanade and Promenade Stations (then known as Museum, Convention Centre and Millenia stations) and tunnels was awarded to local, Chinese and Sweedish companies Woh Hup-Shanghai Tunnel Engineering РNCC Joint Venture.

The working name for Bras Basah station was Museum Station.

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