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.

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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 Mansion 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 NS20 Thomson Rd
50029 Opp United Sq Thomson Rd
50079 Opp Carlisle Rd Norfolk Rd
50089 Blk 51/Opp Pek Kio Mkt 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 NE7DT12 Bt Timah Rd
07539 Opp Rochor Stn DT13 Sungei Rd
07518 OPP NAFA CAMPUS 3 Bencoolen St
04019 Opp Bencoolen Stn Exit B DT21 Bencoolen St
04179 Aft Bras Basah Stn Exit A CC2 Bras Basah Rd
02049 Raffles Hotel Bras Basah Rd
02029 Opp S'pore Cricket Club Connaught Dr
03019 OUE Bayfront EW14NS26 Collyer Quay
03059 One Raffles Quay Raffles Quay
03129 UIC Bldg Shenton Way
03217 Opp AXA Twr EW15 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 HarbourFront Stn/Vivocity NE1CC29 Telok Blangah Rd
14121 Aft HarbourFront Stn NE1CC29 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 NE1CC29 Telok Blangah Rd
14119 Opp VivoCity NE1CC29 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 Bef Cantonment Rd Keppel Rd
03223 Tanjong Pagar Stn Exit C EW15 Anson Rd
03151 Opp GB Bldg Cecil St
03021 Prudential Twr Cecil St
03011 Fullerton Sq EW14NS26 Fullerton Rd
02111 Esplanade Bridge Esplanade Dr
04111 Capitol Bldg EW13NS25 Stamford Rd
04121 SMU CC2 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 NE8 Rangoon Rd
50261 Kentish Lodge Rangoon Rd
50301 Kentish Green Kent Rd
50081 Pek Kio Mkt Owen Rd
50071 Bef Carlisle Rd Norfolk Rd
50021 United Sq/Bef Novena Stn NS20 Thomson Rd
50031 Opp Novena Ch NS20 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 Rd, HarbourFront, Telok Blangah Way, Bt Purmei
Route Length 20.6 km (D1) | 20.1 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)
Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot (AMDEP)
Current Fleet 12-metre Single Deck Bus:
– Mercedes-Benz Citaro
– Scania K230UB
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 – 11 mins
0831-1659: 09 – 14 mins
1700-1900: 09 – 10 mins
After 1900: 10 – 14 mins
0630-0830: 09 – 10 mins
0831-1659: 09 – 14 mins
1700-1900: 09 – 10 mins
After 1900: 10 – 13 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.

MRT Stations Served
Special Departures
  • Thomson Road (Opp United Sq) → Bukit Merah Int
    Weekdays: 0515hrs, 0527hrs, 0539hrs, 0551hrs, 0813hrs, 0833hrs
    Saturdays: 0520hrs, 0534hrs, 0548hrs
    Sundays / Public Holidays: 0520hrs, 0539hrs
  • Bukit Purmei Ave (Opp Blk 109) → Bukit Merah Int
    Daily: 0550hrs
  • Stamford Road (Capitol Bldg) → St. Michael’s Ter
    Weekdays: 0605hrs, 0613hrs
    Saturdays: 0605hrs
Route Variants
  • Service 131M: Bukit 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 (except Public Holidays): 0650hrs, 0706hrs, 0721hrs

Gallery

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 2023 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)
  • 2018 (18 Nov): Start of operations under Bukit Merah Bus Package (Tendered Contract)
Past Routings

2 thoughts on “SBS Transit Bus Service 131

  • 29 November 2019 at 9:26 PM
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    Why 131 don’t have double-decker?

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  • 17 March 2019 at 8:20 PM
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    Yesterday when me and my family were in 141 at the bus stop which was opposite pe Kio market , there was a bus 131 which broke down

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