SBS Transit Bus Service 139

SBS Transit Bus Service 139 is a trunk route running between Toa Payoh Int and Bukit Merah Int, passing through St. Michael’s Estate, Jalan Besar / Serangoon Road, Dhoby Ghaut, River Valley, Alexandra and Lengkok Bahru. A route variant (Service 139M) is also operated.

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52009 Toa Payoh Int NS19 Lor 6 Toa Payoh
52079 Opp Trellis Twrs Jln Toa Payoh
50161 Bef Jln Dusun Balestier Rd
50171 Zhongshan Mall Balestier Rd
52401 Blk 102 Jln Rajah
52411 Blk 105 Jln Rajah
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
50211 Opp Balestier Pt Balestier Rd
50221 Bef Blk 104 Balestier Rd
50231 Northlight Sch Balestier Rd
50331 Blk 122 Mcnair Rd
50349 Blk 107 Towner Rd
60199 Boon Keng Stn/Blk 22 NE9 Boon Keng Rd
60099 Bef Lavender St Bendemeer Rd
07329 Hoa Nam Bldg Jln Besar
07319 Aft Allenby Rd Jln Besar
07419 Opp Veerasamy Rd Jln Besar
07529 JLN BESAR STN EXIT A DT22 Jln Besar
07517 IBIS S'PORE ON BENCOOLEN Bencoolen St
04029 Bef Bencoolen Stn Exit A DT21 Bencoolen St
08041 YMCA Orchard Rd
08019 Aft Haw Par Glass Twr Clemenceau Ave
13109 UE Sq/Bef Mohd Sultan Rd River Valley Rd
13099 Bef Kim Yam Rd River Valley Rd
13089 Opp St. Thomas Wk River Valley Rd
13079 The Cosmopolitan River Valley Rd
13069 RV Residences River Valley Rd
13059 Valley Pt River Valley Rd
10519 Blk 4 Delta Rd
10241 Gan Eng Seng Sec Sch Alexandra Rd
10261 Delta Sports Hall Alexandra Rd
10271 Opp Tanglin View Alexandra Rd
10281 SIS Bldg Alexandra Rd
10291 Bef Dawson Rd Alexandra Rd
10219 Opp Motor Image Leng Kee Rd
10421 Blk 63B Lengkok Bahru
10431 ENABLING VILLAGE Lengkok Bahru
10441 Opp Blk 44 Lengkok Bahru
10119 Opp Pacific Tech Ctr Jln Bt Merah
10651 Blk 161 Bt Merah Ctrl
10009 Bt Merah Int Bt Merah Ctrl
10009 Bt Merah Int Bt Merah Ctrl
10659 Blk 1003 Bt Merah Ctrl
10101 OPP BT MERAH SEC SCH Jln Bt Merah
10449 Blk 44 Lengkok Bahru
10439 OPP ENABLING VILLAGE Lengkok Bahru
10429 Blk 54 Lengkok Bahru
10211 Porsche Ctr S'pore Leng Kee Rd
10299 Aft Dawson Rd Alexandra Rd
10289 Opp SIS Bldg Alexandra Rd
10279 Tanglin View Alexandra Rd
10269 Opp Delta Sports Hall Alexandra Rd
10249 Opp Gan Eng Seng Sec Sch Alexandra Rd
13051 Opp Valley Pt River Valley Rd
13062 Stellar RV River Valley Rd
13071 Riva Lodge River Valley Rd
13081 St. Thomas Wk River Valley Rd
13091 Aft Kim Yam Rd River Valley Rd
13101 Opp Mohd Sultan Rd River Valley Rd
04311 Aft River Valley Rd Clemenceau Ave
08011 Opp Haw Par Glass Twr Clemenceau Ave
08058 Aft Dhoby Ghaut Stn NS24NE6CC1 Orchard 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
07211 Aft Farrer Pk Stn Exit G NE8 S'goon Rd
07221 Sri Vadapathira K Tp S'goon Rd
50249 S'pore Khalsa Assn Balestier Rd
50239 S'pore Indian Assn Balestier Rd
50229 Opp Blk 104 Balestier Rd
50991 Blk 82 Whampoa Dr
52129 Blk 29 Jln Bahagia
52109 Bet Blks 33/34 Jln Bahagia
52419 Curtin S'pore Jln Rajah
52409 Opp Blk 102 Jln Rajah
52479 Opp EASB Ah Hood Rd
50169 Aft Irrawaddy Rd Balestier Rd
51011 Opp Tan Tong Meng Twr Thomson Rd
52071 Trellis Twrs Jln Toa Payoh
52009 Toa Payoh Int NS19 Lor 6 Toa Payoh

Note:

  • Bus Service 139 towards both Bukit Merah and Toa Payoh duplicates along Jalan Bahagia. Check the bus destination before boarding.
    – Buses displaying the Red 139 Plate head towards Bukit Merah
    – Buses displaying the White 139 Plate head towards Toa Payoh
Technical Information
Route WAB_logo_20px
Toa Payoh Bus Interchange ↔ Bukit Merah Bus Interchange
Passes Through St. Michael’s Estate, McNair Road, Towner Road, Jalan Besar / Serangoon Road, Dhoby Ghaut, River Valley, Alexandra, Lengkok Bahru
Route Length 17.6 km (D1) | 17.0 km (D2)
Travelling Time 80 mins
Operator Information
BCM Route Package Bishan – Toa Payoh Bus Package
Current Operator SBS Transit Ltd
Current Depot Braddell Bus Park (BRBP)
Current Fleet 12-metre Single Deck Bus
Scania K230UB
12-metre Double Deck Bus
– Volvo B9TL
Departure Times from Toa Payoh 0530 – 0000 (Weekdays)
0540 – 0000 (Saturdays, Sundays/PHs)
Departure Times from Bukit Merah
0530 – 0000 (Daily)
Frequency Direction 1 Direction 2
0630-0830: 08 – 10 mins
0831-1659: 11 – 15 mins
1700-1900: 10 – 13 mins
After 1900: 13 – 17 mins
0630-0830: 10 – 12 mins
0831-1659: 09 – 16 mins
1700-1900: 10 – 13 mins
After 1900: 12 – 17 mins

Service 139 is a trunk route connecting the residential areas of Toa Payoh, St. Michael’s, Boon Keng and Bukit Merah with connections to the city areas of River Valley, Dhoby Ghaut, Little India and Farrer Park. Offering various unique route connections, demand is largely moderate throughout the day. Double-deckers were first added to the fleet in 2011.

The route receives considerable demand between Whampoa and Toa Payoh, as residents of St. Michael’s commute to nearby Toa Payoh Town Centre. The sector has been enhanced with a supplementary bus service, Service 139M, from 14 Sep 2014.

Fare: Charges basic distance fares. See Bus Fares.

MAVIS App Trial

In January 2019, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) launched a six-month Assistive Passenger Information System (APIS) trial for commuters with special needs using an app called MAVIS, short for Mobility Assistance for the Visually Impaired and Special users.

Under the initial trial, 3 buses were equipped with APIS and were deployed on Service 139 serving Enabling Village till end-April 2019, and thereafter redeployed to Service 141 serving Singapore Association Of The Visually Handicapped (SAVH).

During the Committee of Supply Debate 2020, it was announced that the trial would be expanded for 3 years to cover all buses deployed on Services 139 & 141, beginning from Q4 2020.

MRT Stations Served
Special Departures
  • Balestier Rd (S’pore Khalsa Assn) → Toa Payoh Int
    Weekdays: 0555hrs, 0637hrs
Route Variants
  • Service 139M: Toa Payoh Bus Interchange ↺ Jalan Bahagia (Loop)
    Daily Service

Gallery

 


Operator History
  • 1970s – 1973: United Bus Company 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 2026 under the Bishan – Toa Payoh Bus Package.

History
  • 1971: Introduced between Toa Payoh and Lengkok Bahru (Loop), operated by United Bus Company
  • 1979: Amended to Jalan Bukit Merah
  • 1980: Amended to Bukit Merah Interchange
  • 1983: Amended to Toa Payoh Int
  • 1993: Amended to ply River Valley Rd
  • 1997: Amended into St. Michael’s Estate
  • 1998 (31 May): Amended to Toa Payoh Temp Int
  • 2003 (21 Jun): Amended to ply Boon Keng Rd and Bendemeer Rd, under Phase 1 of NEL Rationalisation
  • 2011 (16 Oct): Amended to serve Prinsep Street with the closure of a section along Bencoolen St for the construction of the Downtown Line
  • 2012 (27 Aug): Introduction of shortworking trip 139A during PM Peak hours.
  • 2013: Service improvement under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP)
  • 2013 (03 Dec): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
  • 2014 (14 Sep): Route variant Service 139M introduced
  • 2016 (11 Dec): Resume plying Bencoolen Street with the completion of Downtown Line works
  • 2018 (28 Oct): Amended to serve McNair Rd and Towner Rd towards Bukit Merah.
Past Routings

 

One thought on “SBS Transit Bus Service 139

  • 25 October 2018 at 5:54 PM
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    Can we have some kind of system to control queue cutting for bus no 139 n 139M? I suggest to move them apart. Most of the passengers taking either number will cut to the other number without respecting the system n worst there are old people on the queue. Tks

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