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.

153
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
Tulip Gdn
Farrer Rd
11101
Farrer Rd Mkt
Farrer Rd
11111
Farrer Rd Stn Exit B
Farrer Rd
41101
St. Margaret's Sec Sch
Farrer Rd
41111
Lutheran Twrs
Farrer Rd
41029
Opp Botanic Gdns Stn
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
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
S'Goon Stn Exit H
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
Upp S'goon Rd
63041
Opp Glad Tidings Ch
Upp S'goon Rd
63051
Serangoon JC
Upp S'goon Rd
63061
Opp Blk 25
Upp S'goon Rd
64011
Naung Ct
Upp S'goon Rd
64009
Hougang Ctrl Int
Hougang Ctrl
64009
Hougang Ctrl Int
Hougang Ctrl
64019
Blk 302
Upp S'goon Rd
63069
Blk 25
Upp S'goon Rd
63059
Opp Serangoon JC
Upp S'goon Rd
63049
Glad Tidings Ch
Upp S'goon Rd
63039
Kovan Stn Exit C
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
Paya Lebar Camp
Upp S'goon Rd
62139
S'Goon Stn Exit A/Blk 413
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
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
Bt Timah Rd
41119
Opp Lutheran Twrs
Farrer Rd
41109
Opp St. Margaret's Sec Sch
Farrer Rd
11119
Farrer Rd Stn Exit A
Farrer Rd
11109
Spanish Village
Farrer Rd
11099
Opp Tulip Gdn
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. Calculate your bus fare using LTA’s fare calculator on MyTransport.sg here.

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

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 2021 under the Sengkang – Hougang Bus Package.

History
  • 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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