SBS Transit Bus Service 153

SBS Transit Bus Service 153 is a trunk service plying between Bukit Merah Int and Hougang Ctrl Int, passing through Upper Serangoon, Toa Payoh, PIE, Bukit Timah, Farrer, Queenstown and Bukit Merah. It shares the Hougang – Bukit Merah start/end points with Service 132.

10009 Bt Merah Int Bt Merah Ctrl
10659 Blk 1003 Bt Merah Ctrl
10101 OPP BT MERAH SEC SCH Jln Bt Merah
10111 Opp Blk 28 Jln Bt Merah
10131 Opp Blk 2 Jln Bt Merah
11021 Aft Queenstown NPC HQ Queensway
11031 Opp Queen's Cl Queensway
11041 Aft C'wealth Dr Queensway
11051 Opp Queenstown Polyclinic Queensway
11061 Opp Queensway Sec Sch Queensway
11071 Blk 97 Queensway
11081 Viz Holland Queensway
11091 Leedon Green Farrer Rd
11101 Farrer Rd Mkt Farrer Rd
11111 Farrer Road Stn Exit B CC20 Farrer Rd
41101 St. Margaret's Sec Sch Farrer Rd
41111 Lutheran Twrs Farrer Rd
41029 Opp Botanic Gdns Stn CC19DT9 Dunearn Rd
41019 Aft Kheam Hock Rd Dunearn Rd
40099 Aft Dunkirk Ave Dunearn Rd
40231 Raffles Town Club Whitley Rd
51091 Opp Catholic JC PIE
51101 Old Police Academy PIE
52071 Trellis Twrs Jln Toa Payoh
52181 Opp Toa Payoh Stn NS19 Lor 2 Toa Payoh
52231 Opp Blk 177 Toa Payoh Ctrl
52271 Jackson Sq Lor 4 Toa Payoh
52369 Blk 237 Lor 6 Toa Payoh
52051 BLK 147 Braddell Rd
52061 BCA Academy Braddell Rd
66061 Aft Lynwood Gr Braddell Rd
66071 Opp PUB Recreation Club Braddell Rd
66081 Opp S'pore Power Trg Inst Braddell Rd
62111 Aft Sommerville Rd Upp S'goon Rd
62121 Aft Wolskel Rd Upp S'goon Rd
62131 Serangoon Stn Exit H NE12CC13 Upp S'goon Rd
62141 Opp Blk 1 Upp S'goon Rd
63011 Opp Upp S'Goon Shop Ctr Upp S'goon Rd
63021 The Helping Hand Upp S'goon Rd
63031 Kovan Stn Exit B NE13 Upp S'goon Rd
63041 Opp Glad Tidings Ch Upp S'goon Rd
63051 Opp Blk 370 Upp S'goon Rd
63061 Opp Blk 25 Upp S'goon Rd
64011 Naung Residence Upp S'goon Rd
64009 Hougang Ctrl Int NE14 Hougang Ctrl
64009 Hougang Ctrl Int NE14 Hougang Ctrl
64019 Blk 302 Upp S'goon Rd
63069 Blk 25 Upp S'goon Rd
63059 Blk 22 Upp S'goon Rd
63049 Glad Tidings Ch Upp S'goon Rd
63039 Kovan Stn Exit C NE13 Upp S'goon Rd
63029 Opp The Helping Hand Upp S'goon Rd
63019 Aft Upp S'Goon Shop Ctr Upp S'goon Rd
62149 Forest Woods Upp S'goon Rd
62139 Serangoon Stn Exit A/Blk 413 NE12CC13 Upp S'goon Rd
62129 Blk 403 Upp S'goon Rd
62119 Aft Sunshine Lodge Upp S'goon Rd
66089 S'pore Power Trg Inst Braddell Rd
66079 PUB Recreation Club Braddell Rd
66069 Bef Braddell Flyover Braddell Rd
52069 Comfortdelgro Corp Ltd Braddell Rd
52059 Blk 219 Braddell Rd
52361 Blk 1 Lor 6 Toa Payoh
52279 Blk 56 Lor 4 Toa Payoh
52239 Blk 177 Toa Payoh Ctrl
52189 Toa Payoh Stn NS19 Lor 2 Toa Payoh
52079 Opp Trellis Twrs Jln Toa Payoh
51099 Catholic JC Whitley Rd
40249 St. Joseph'S Instn Whitley Rd
40239 Aft Tanglin CC Whitley Rd
40091 Bef Lewis Rd Bt Timah Rd
41011 NUS Bt Timah Campus Bt Timah Rd
41021 Botanic Gdns Stn CC19DT9 Bt Timah Rd
41119 Opp Lutheran Twrs Farrer Rd
41109 Opp St. Margaret's Sec Sch Farrer Rd
11119 Farrer Road Stn Exit A CC20 Farrer Rd
11109 Spanish Village Farrer Rd
11099 Opp Leedon Green Farrer Rd
11089 Opp Holland Hill Lodge Queensway
11079 Opp Blk 95 Queensway
11069 Queensway Sec Sch Queensway
11059 Queenstown Polyclinic Queensway
11049 Opp Blessed Sacrament Ch Queensway
11039 Blk 19 Queensway
11029 Blk 166 Queensway
11019 Pk Hotel Alexandra Jln Bt Merah
10139 Blk 1 Jln Bt Merah
10119 Opp Pacific Tech Ctr Jln Bt Merah
10651 Blk 161 Bt Merah Ctrl
10009 Bt Merah Int Bt Merah Ctrl
Technical Information
Route WAB_logo_20px
Bukit Merah Bus Interchange  Hougang Central Bus Interchange
Passes Through Queensway, Farrer, Whitley, Toa Payoh Central, Braddell Rd, Upp Serangoon Rd
Route Length 20.1 km (D1) | 20.4 km (D2)
Travelling Time 75 mins
Operator Information
BCM Route Package Sengkang – Hougang Bus Package
Current Operator SBS Transit Ltd
Current Depot Hougang Bus Depot (HGDEP)
Current Fleet 12-metre Double Deck Buses:
Volvo B9TL
12-metre Single Deck Buses:
Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro
Scania K230UB
Departure Times from Bukit Merah
0600hrs – 0000hrs (Daily)
Departure Times from Hougang Central
0530hrs – 2345hrs (Daily)
Frequency Direction 1
Direction 2
0630hrs – 0830hrs: 09 – 15 mins
0831hrs – 1659hrs: 12 – 16 mins
1700hrs – 1900hrs: 09 – 11 mins
After 1900hrs: 13 – 16 mins
0630hrs – 0830hrs: 10 – 16 mins
0831hrs – 1659hrs: 09 – 17 mins
1700hrs – 1900hrs: 09 – 12 mins
After 1900hrs: 14 – 19 mins


Service 153 serves as a inter-town route connecting the residential estates of Bukit Merah, Queenstown, Farrer, Toa Payoh, Serangoon and Hougang, providing a quick route between these estates. Demand is moderate throughout the day owing to inter-town connections, and increased during the peak hours.

Fare: Charges basic distance fares. See Bus Fares.

MRT Stations Served


Special Departures
  • Lorong 2 Toa Payoh (Opp Toa Payoh Stn) → Hougang Central Int
    Weekdays: 0545hrs, 0603hrs, 0620hrs
    Saturdays: 0545hrs, 0600hrs, 0615hrs
    Sundays/PHs: 0605hrs, 0618hrs
  • Braddell Road (Blk 219) → Bt Merah Int
    Weekdays: 0520hrs, 0532hrs, 0544hrs
    Saturdays: 0520hrs, 0531hrs, 0542hrs
    Sundays/PHs: 0520hrs, 0536hrs


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 2021 under the Sengkang – Hougang Bus Package.

  • 1971 (11 Apr): Introduced between Lor 1 Toa Payoh and Jln Bt Merah Ter (near Henderson Rd), operated by United Bus Company.
  • 1971 (02 Aug): Amended to Toa Payoh Town Ctr.
  • 1973 (01 Nov): Operated by Singapore Bus Service (SBS)
  • 1979 (23 Dec): Amended to Bt Merah Central Ter
  • 1980 (28 Sep): Amended to Bt Merah Int
  • 1983 (26 Dec): Integrated with Service 156 and extended to Upp Serangoon Rd Ter
  • 1992 (29 Mar): Amended to ply Bt Merah Central
  • 1994 (17 Dec): Amended to Hougang Central Int
  • 1998 (24 May): Amended to Hougang Central Temp Int
  • 2001 (20 May): Amended back to Hougang Central Int
  • 2001 (01 Nov): Operated by SBS Transit
  • 2002: Calls at a new pair of bus stops after Sommerville Rd and after Sunshine Lodge along Upp Serangoon Rd
  • 2004: Skips the bus stop outside Nanyang Pr Sch along Farrer Rd
  • 2011 (04 Sep): Calls at a new bus stop outside Botanic Gdns Stn along Bt Timah Rd
  • 2015 (28 Sep): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)

Past Routings:

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