Bugis MRT Station

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Bugis MRT Station - Exit D
Bugis MRT Station – Exit D
Address 220 Victoria Street, Singapore 188022 (EWL)
191 Rochor Road, Singapore 188476 (DTL)
Lines Served   East West Line
  Downtown Line
Operator SMRT Trains (EWL)
SBS Transit (DTL)
Structure Underground (EWL & DTL)
Platform Island (EWL & DTL)
Opened 4 Nov 1989 (EWL)
22 Dec 2013 (DTL)

Bugis MRT Station (EW12/DT14) is an underground interchange station bordering the Bugis and Victoria planning subzones, connecting the East West Line (EWL) and the Downtown Line (DTL). Built underneath the junction of Victoria Street, Rochor Road and North Bridge Road, the station brings rail connections to the diverse Bugis and Rochor area, with offices, shopping centres, commercial and residential developments, preserved shophouses and places and worship.

The station, and surrounding area, was named after the Bugis people who began settling in the area since 1819. A conventional interchange station, both lines built in different eras share different platforms and concourse levels, and are connected by both paid and unpaid links. The DTL platform, at Basement 5, cuts underneath the older EWL tunnel, at Basement 3.

While not officially linked to a bus terminal, the station is within walking distance of Queen Street Bus Terminal, where cross-border bus and taxi services are offered.

First / Last Train Timings

East West Line – EW12 Bugis
Destination First Train Last Train
& Sat
Sun &
Public Holidays
EW1 Pasir Ris 6:03am 6:31am 12:14am
EW33 Tuas Link 5:54am 6:20am 11:49pm


Downtown Line – DT14 Bugis
Destination First Train Last Train
& Sat
Sun &
Public Holidays
DT1 Bukit Panjang 6:03am 6:32am 12:22am
DT35 Expo 5:57am 6:17am 12:00am

Station Layout

L1 Street level Bus stops, Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point
B2 EWL Concourse Faregates, Ticketing machines, Passenger Service Centre, Shops, Unpaid transfer link
DTL Concourse Faregates, Ticketing machines, Passenger Service Centre, Shops
B3 EWL Platform A East West Line towards  EW1  Pasir Ris
EWL Platform B East West Line towards  EW33  Tuas Link
Paid link Transfer linkway between EWL and DTL within paid areas
B5 DTL Platform B Downtown Line towards DT35CG1 Expo
DTL Platform A Downtown Line towards  DT1  BP6  Bukit Panjang

Levels B1 and B4 are service floors and not for public access.


East-West Line (B3):
Platform A: East West Line towards  EW1  Pasir Ris via  EW11  Lavender (→)
Platform B: East West Line towards  EW33  Tuas Link via  EW13  NS25  City Hall (←)
Downtown Line (B5):
Platform B: Downtown Line towards  DT35CG1 Expo via  DT15  CC4  Promenade (→)
Platform A: Downtown Line towards  DT1  BP6  Bukit Panjang via  DT13  Rochor (←)

Bugis station has four platforms utilized by both rail lines for trains travelling in either direction, arranged in a island platform layout for each rail line. Full-height Platform screen doors isolate the air-conditioned station from the tunnel environment, enhancing commuter safety and station comfort. A set of escalators, stairs and lifts connect to the concourse above.

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.


Both EWL and DTL concourses 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 (EWL concourse) and Top-up Machines (DTL concourse), offer contactless card transactions. Station offices at both EWL and DTL concourses are staffed during operating hours, where commuters may make travel inquiries or perform card transactions using cash payment. Additionally, a Transitlink ticket office is present at the EWL concourse to serve commuters.

The stations are also connected by both paid and unpaid links that allow seamless connection between both rail lines, and pedestrians can get around using the station’s network of underground walkways without having to enter the paid areas. The unpaid link connects both EWL and DTL concourses at Basement 2 level and is lined with retail shops. The paid link at Basement 3 is located underneath the unpaid link, with travelators to speed up commuter flow. It connects to the EWL concourse paid area (Basement 2) with a set of escalators, so commuters pass over the EWL westbound tunnel.

 Art in Transit: “Ephemeral” by Patrick Chia

Spanning two floors and the length of the B3 transfer linkway, the artwork is intended to engage each commuter at his or her own moment, over the many times they might commute across. Some commuters might notice it immediately, invoking different feelings at different encounters, or simply take it in only at a subconscious level.


Bugis MRT station has four exits at ground level (A, B, C and D), but Exits A and C are inaccessible to the disabled. Exit C leads to both street level (via a pair of escalators) and a direct link to basement of Bugis Junction Towers.

Exit E is located at B1, while Exit F is located at B2. Both exits link to the DUO development.

Exit Disabled access Location Nearby
A No Victoria Street
Albert Complex, Bugis Village, Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Fortune Center, Fu Lu Shou Complex, Kwan Im Temple, OG Albert Complex, Queen Street Bus Terminal, Rochor Centre, Sri Krishnan Temple, Summer View Hotel
B Yes Victoria Street
Arab Street, Golden Landmark, Haji Lane, Kampong Glam, Parkview Square, Raffles Hospital, Sultan Mosque, The Golden Landmark
C No Bugis Junction Bras Basah Complex, Bugis+, Bugis Junction, Bugis Junction Towers, InterContinental Singapore, National Library, St Joseph Church
D Yes Tan Quee Lan Street Golden Mile, Liang Seah Street, Marrison Hotel, Park Royal @ Beach Road, Park View Hotel, Shaw Towers, The Concourse, The Plaza
E No Duo Duo Residences, Duo Tower, Duo Galleria, Andaz Singapore
F Yes Duo Duo Residences, Duo Tower, Duo Galleria, Andaz Singapore

Station Amenities

  • Public toilets at EWL, DTL concourse level
  • Convenience store at EWL concourse level and unpaid transfer linkway
  • Transitlink Ticket Office at EWL concourse
    Operating Hours: 1000hrs – 2100hrs daily

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

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


There are seven official bus stops linked to Bugis station.

No. Bus stop Exit Bus Routes
B/s 1 07551 – Rochor Road (Fu Lu Shou Cplx) A 48, 57, 170, 170A, 851, 851e, 960, 960e, 980
B/s 2 01112 – Victoria Street (Opp Bugis Junction) C 7, 12, 12e, 63, 80, 175, 197, 851, 851e, 960, 960e, 980
B/s 3 01119 – Victoria Street (Bugis Junction) C 2, 12, 12e, 33, 130, 133, 960, 960e
B/s 4 01113 – Victoria Street (Bugis Stn Exit A) A 2, 32, 33, 51, 61, 130, 133, 145
B/s 5 01059 – Victoria Street (Bugis Stn Exit B) B 2, 12, 33, 130, 133, 960, 960e
B/s 6 01541 – Rochor Road (Bugis Stn Exit D) D 48, 57
B/s 7 01139 – North Bridge Road (Parkview Sq) D 7, 7A, 32, 51, 61, 63, 80, 145, 175, 197, 851, 851e


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

Exit Road Provisions
A Queen Street open-air carpark Pick-up/drop-off point
C Victoria Street
(Bugis Junction Towers)
Taxi stand
D Tan Quee Lan Street Taxi stand (B12), pick-up/drop-off point
E/F Fraser Street
(Duo Residences / Towers)
Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point

Rail Bridging Services

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

Towards Bus stop Exit
East West Line
 EW1  Pasir Ris B/s 4: 01113 Victoria St (Bugis Stn Exit A) A
 EW33  Tuas Link B/s 3: 01119 Victoria St (Bugis Junction) B
Downtown Line
 DT1  BP6  Bukit Panjang B/s 6: 01541 Rochor Rd (Bugis Stn Exit D) D
DT35CG1 Expo B/s 3: 01119 Victoria St (Bugis Junction) B

In addition, passengers can board regular bus services at bus stops officially linked to Bugis station for free rides.

Passenger Usage Patterns

Located in the diverse Bugis and Rochor area, the station serves offices, shopping centres, mixed commercial and residential developments, preserved shophouses, places and worship and other places of interest in the vicinity. As such, Bugis station sees high commuter traffic throughout the day. While not officially linked to a bus terminal, the station is within walking distance of Queen Street Bus Terminal, where cross-border bus and taxi services are offered.

As an interchange station between the East West Line and Downtown Line, the station is also utilized frequently by transfer passengers between both rail lines.


Downtown Line Stage 1 (DTL1) Contract 903 for the Construction and completion of Bugis Station and its associated tunnels was awarded to Soletanche Bachy – Koh Brothers Joint Venture for approximately S$582 million in Nov 2008. To facilitate the construction of the station and tunnels, Rochor Road was diverted in stages in accordance with the sequence of construction.

Future Developments

Major Incidents

Scaffolding collapse incident

On 18 July 2012 at around 6:50am, two workers were killed and another eight injured when a temporary scaffolding collapsed at the Downtown Line worksite. The scaffolding structure was about four metres high and was being used to construct a roof slab above the transfer linkway. Chinese nationals Dou Chunjie and Meng Huaiyou were plugging gaps in the formwork, from which concrete was leaking, when the scaffolding collapsed. They were pinned under planks of wood and scaffolding, buried in concrete and died. A complex seven-hour operation by SCDF personnel recovered the two bodies, which left nine SCDF personnel with chemical burns.

The main contractor in charge of building the Bugis Downtown Line station, Soletanche Bachy-Koh Brothers joint venture, was fined $70,000 for breaching workplace safety and health regulations. A sub-contractor, Sin Herh Construction, was fined $100,000.


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