SBS Transit Bus Service 131

SBS Transit Bus Service 131 is a trunk service plying between St. Michael’s Ter and Bukit Merah Int, passing through Novena, Pek Kio, Rochor, Bras Basah, Fullerton Road, HarbourFront, Telok Blangah Way and Bukit Purmei. Its route variant, Service 131M, plies between Bukit Merah and Bukit Purmei.

131
52499
St. Michael's Ter
Whampoa Rd
52451
Blk 114
Whampoa Rd
52129
Blk 29
Jln Bahagia
52109
Bet Blks 33/34
Jln Bahagia
52099
Opp NKF
Kim Keat Rd
50159
Bef Kim Keat Lane
Kim Keat Rd
50209
Aft Pegu Rd
Balestier Rd
50199
Opp Shaw Plaza
Balestier Rd
50189
Opp Public Man
Balestier Rd
50179
Opp Zhongshan Mall
Balestier Rd
50169
Aft Irrawaddy Rd
Balestier Rd
50059
Opp Thomson Med Ctr
Thomson Rd
50049
Opp Novena Lodge
Thomson Rd
50038
Novena Stn
Thomson Rd
50029
Opp United Sq
Thomson Rd
50079
Opp Carlisle Rd
Norfolk Rd
50089
Blk 51
Owen Rd
50321
Aft Gloucester Rd
Dorset Rd
50351
Farrer Pk Tennis Ctr
Dorset Rd
40109
Opp KK Women & Child Hosp
Kg Java Rd
40019
Little India Stn
Bt Timah Rd
07539
Opp Rochor Stn
Sungei Rd
07518
OPP NAFA CAMPUS 3
Bencoolen St
04019
OPP BENCOOLEN STN EXIT B
Bencoolen St
04179
AFT BRAS BASAH STN EXIT A
Bras Basah Rd
02049
Raffles Hotel
Bras Basah Rd
02029
Opp S'pore Cricket Club
Connaught Dr
03019
OUE Bayfront
Collyer Quay
03059
One Raffles Quay
Raffles Quay
03129
UIC Bldg
Shenton Way
03217
Opp AXA Twr
Shenton Way
05649
Opp Customs Port Br HQ
Keppel Rd
14061
Opp Former Railway Stn
Keppel Rd
14071
Keppel Workshop
Keppel Rd
14081
Tg Pagar DP Blk F5
Keppel Rd
14101
Opp Keppel DP Blk 517
Keppel Rd
14141
VivoCity
Telok Blangah Rd
14121
Harbourfront Stn Exit B
Telok Blangah Rd
14131
Caribbean at Keppel Bay
Telok Blangah Rd
14151
Opp Chr Community Chapel
Telok Blangah Rd
14041
Blk 54
Henderson Rd
14051
Aft Telok Blangah Hts
Henderson Rd
14279
Blk 25
Telok Blangah Way
14299
Opp Blk 27
Telok Blangah Way
14389
Opp Blk 109
Bt Purmei Ave
14381
Blk 109
Bt Purmei Ave
14031
St. Theresa's Convent
Lower Delta Rd
10361
Cendex Ctr
Lower Delta Rd
10081
Opp Blk 120
Jln Bt Merah
10009
Bt Merah Int
Bt Merah Ctrl
10009
Bt Merah Int
Bt Merah Ctrl
10089
Blk 119
Jln Bt Merah
10369
Opp Cendex Ctr
Lower Delta Rd
14039
Opp St. Theresa's Convent
Lower Delta Rd
14389
Opp Blk 109
Bt Purmei Ave
14381
Blk 109
Bt Purmei Ave
14291
Blk 27
Telok Blangah Way
14271
Al-Amin Mque
Telok Blangah Way
14281
Safra Mt Faber
Telok Blangah Way
14059
Bef Telok Blangah Hts
Henderson Rd
14049
Opp Blk 55
Henderson Rd
14159
Bef Chr Community Chapel
Telok Blangah Rd
14139
Bef Seah Im Rd
Telok Blangah Rd
14129
Harbourfront Stn Exit A
Telok Blangah Rd
14119
Opp VivoCity
Telok Blangah Rd
14109
Keppel DP Blk 517
Keppel Rd
14089
Opp Tg Pagar DP Blk F5
Keppel Rd
14069
Former Railway Stn
Keppel Rd
05641
Customs Port Br HQ
Keppel Rd
03223
Intl Plaza
Anson Rd
03151
Opp GB Bldg
Cecil St
03021
Prudential Twr
Cecil St
03011
Fullerton Sq
Fullerton Rd
02111
Esplanade Bridge
Esplanade Dr
04111
Capitol Bldg
Stamford Rd
04121
SMU
Stamford Rd
08079
Sch of the Arts
Prinsep St
07011
Peace Ctr
Selegie Rd
07021
Selegie Ctr
Selegie Rd
07031
Tekka Ctr
S'goon Rd
07111
Broadway Hotel
S'goon Rd
50251
Farrer Pk Stn Exit A
Rangoon Rd
50261
Kentish Lodge
Rangoon Rd
50301
Kentish Green
Kent Rd
50081
Blk 41A
Owen Rd
50071
Bef Carlisle Rd
Norfolk Rd
50021
United Sq
Thomson Rd
50031
Opp Novena Ch
Thomson Rd
50041
Novena Lodge
Thomson Rd
50161
Bef Jln Dusun
Balestier Rd
50171
Zhongshan Mall
Balestier Rd
50191
Bef Balestier Plaza
Balestier Rd
50201
Shaw Plaza
Balestier Rd
50211
Opp Balestier Pt
Balestier Rd
50991
Blk 82
Whampoa Dr
52129
Blk 29
Jln Bahagia
52109
Bet Blks 33/34
Jln Bahagia
52499
St. Michael's Ter
Whampoa Rd
Note:

  • Bus Service 131 towards both Bukit Merah and Saint Michael’s duplicates along Jalan Bahagia & Bukit Purmei Avenue. Check the bus destination before boarding.
    – Buses displaying the Red 131 Plate head towards Bukit Merah
    – Buses displaying the White 131 Plate head towards Saint Michael’s.

 

Technical Information
Route WAB_logo_20px
Saint Michael’s Bus Terminal ↔ Bukit Merah Bus Interchange 
Passes Through Novena, Pek Kio, Rochor, Bras Basah, Fullerton Road, HarbourFront, Telok Blangah Way, Bukit Purmei
Route Length 20.6 km (D1) | 20.2 km (D2)
Travelling Time 85 mins
Operator Information
BCM Route Package Bukit Merah Bus Package
Current Operator SBS Transit Ltd
Current Depot Ulu Pandan Bus Depot (UPDEP)
Current Fleet 12-metre Single Deck Bus:
Scania K230UB
Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro
Departure Times from St. Michael’s
0545 – 2330 (Daily)
Departure Times from Bukit Merah
0545 – 0000 (Daily)
Frequency Direction 1
 Direction 2
0630-0830: 07 – 14 mins
0831-1659: 08 – 14 mins
1700-1900: 08 – 11 mins
After 1900: 11 – 15 mins
0630-0830: 09 – 11 mins
0831-1659: 09 – 14 mins
1700-1900: 09 – 11 mins
After 1900: 11 – 14 mins

 

Service 131 connects residents of St. Michael’s, Pek Kio, Bukit Merah and Bukit Purmei to the City areas of Bras Basah, Shenton Way and HarbourFront, catering to both the weekday office crowds and the weekend demand to leisure venues around HarbourFront and Bras Basah. It also links St. Michael’s and Pek Kio estates to the nearby Novena MRT and United Square mall. Demand for this service is moderate to heavy owing to its inter-town and intra-city routing.

This service calls at several bus stops in St. Michael’s Estate and along Bukit Purmei Road twice in different directions, i.e. towards Bukit Merah and towards St. Michael’s Ter. Red and white service plates are used to distinguish the direction of travel in addition to Electronic Display Signages (EDS) on buses. Red plate indicates buses heading for Bukit Merah; white plate indicates buses heading for St. Michael’s Ter.

Fare: Charges basic distance fares. See Bus Fares. Calculate your bus fare using LTA’s fare calculator on MyTransport.sg here.

MRT Stations Served
Special Departures
  • Thomson Road (Opp United Sq)  Bukit Merah Int
    Weekdays: 0520hrs, 0531hrs, 0542hrs, 0553hrs
    Saturdays: 0520hrs, 0534hrs, 0548hrs
    Sundays/PHs: 0520hrs, 0529hrs
  • Stamford Road (Capitol Bldg)  St. Michael’s Ter
    Weekdays: 0605hrs, 0614hrs
    Saturdays: 0605hrs
Route Variants
  • Service 131MBukit Merah Bus Interchange ↺ Bukit Purmei Avenue (Loop)
    Weekdays: 0640hrs – 0910hrs & 1710hrs – 1940hrs
Short Trip Service
Service 131A - SBS Transit Scania K230UB Euro IV (SBS8474P)
Service 131A – SBS Transit Scania K230UB Euro IV (SBS8474P)
  • Service 131A: St. Michael’s Terminal → Shenton Way (opp AXA Twr)
    Weekdays: 0646hrs, 0707hrs, 0728hrs

Fleet: Service 131′s fleet comprises of a majority of Scania K230UBs, as well as Mercedes-Benz Citaros. Double-deck buses are not deployed possibly due to road limitations at Bukit Purmei or within Pek Kio estate.


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Operator History
  • 1971 – 1973: Associated Bus Services Pte Ltd
  • 1973 – 2001: Singapore Bus Services Ltd
  • 2001 – Present: SBS Transit Ltd

The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2018 under the Bukit Merah Bus Package.

History
  • 1971 (11 Apr): Introduced between Balestier Rd (near Thomson Rd) and Tanjong Pagar Rd/Anson Rd, operated by Associated Bus Services
  • 1974: Amended to Cecil St
  • 1983: Amended to loop at Norfolk Rd/Kent Rd (via Rangoon Rd, Race Course Rd and Rowell Rd)
  • 1985: Amended to Prince Edward Rd Ter
  • 1987: Amended to Shenton Way Ter
  • 1992: Extended to St. Michael’s Ter
  • 1993 (04 Apr): Merged with service 125 and extended to Bukit Merah
  • 2005 (19 Jun): Amended to ply Bukit Purmei Ave in both directions
  • 2007 (28 Apr): Calls at bus stop outside Victoria Concert Hall along Empress Place.
  • 2011 (16 Oct): Amended to serve Bencoolen St & Bras Basah Rd with the closure of a section along Bencoolen St for the construction of the Downtown Line
  • 2011 (03 Dec): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
  • 2013: Service improvement under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP)
  • 2014 (25 Aug): Route variant Service 131M introduced.
  • 2016 (01 May): Amended to Esplanade Dr instead of St. Andrews Rd (Main Article)
  • 2016 (11 Dec): Resume plying Bencoolen Street with the completion of Downtown Line works (Main Article)
Past Routings
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