SBS Transit Bus Service 163

SBS Transit Bus Service 163 is a trunk service plying between Sengkang Interchange and Toa Payoh Interchange, passing through Punggol Road, Sengkang West, Yio Chu Kang Road, Upper Thomson, Braddell Road and Lorong 4 Toa Payoh. A route variant, Service 163M, is also operated.

163
67009
Sengkang Int
Sengkang Sq
67189
Opp Blk 241
Compassvale Rd
67101
Blk 250A
Sengkang East Way
65049
Blk 126A
Punggol Rd
65039
Blk 124
Punggol Rd
65029
Blk 111
Punggol Rd
67219
Ranggung Stn Exit B
Sengkang East Ave
67269
Opp Blk 203A
Sengkang East Ave
67339
Opp Blk 200B
Sengkang East Ave
67299
Opp Blk 303B
Sengkang East Ave
67309
Opp Blk 305 CP
Sengkang East Ave
67329
Opp Blk 310B
Sengkang East Ave
67479
Layar Stn Exit B/Blk 417A
Sengkang West Ave
67489
Opp Fernvale Stn
Sengkang West Ave
67499
Fernvale Pr Sch
Sengkang West Ave
67281
Blk 403A
Fernvale Lane
67651
Bef Sengkang West Rd
Fernvale Lane
67039
Aft Seletar Rd
Yio Chu Kang Rd
67029
Aft Dedap Rd
Yio Chu Kang Rd
67019
Aft Begonia Rd
Yio Chu Kang Rd
55109
Serenity Pk
Yio Chu Kang Rd
55089
Aft Sunrise Gdns
Yio Chu Kang Rd
55079
Aft KLC Intl Inst
Yio Chu Kang Rd
55059
ST Electronics
Yio Chu Kang Rd
55049
Ue Bizhub Ctrl
Yio Chu Kang Rd
55039
NCS Hub
Yio Chu Kang Rd
55029
SEASONS PK
Yio Chu Kang Rd
55019
The Calrose
Yio Chu Kang Rd
56209
Bef Thomson Hills Dr
Yio Chu Kang Rd
56199
NPB Serangoon Depot
Yio Chu Kang Rd
56039
Aft Yio Chu Kang Rd
Upp Thomson Rd
56029
Bef Sembawang Hill FC
Upp Thomson Rd
56019
Bef Ang Mo Kio Ave 1
Upp Thomson Rd
53099
Aft Ang Mo Kio Ave 1
Upp Thomson Rd
53089
Faber Gdn
Upp Thomson Rd
53079
Flame Tree Pk
Upp Thomson Rd
53069
Aft Windsor Pk Rd
Upp Thomson Rd
53059
Opp Thomson Plaza
Upp Thomson Rd
53049
Bef Jln Todak
Upp Thomson Rd
53039
Thomson CC
Upp Thomson Rd
53029
Shunfu Est
Upp Thomson Rd
53019
OPP ST. THERESA'S HME
Upp Thomson Rd
51131
Opp Braddell View
Braddell Rd
52011
Bef Bishan Rd
Braddell Rd
52021
OPP BLK 1004
Braddell Rd
52031
OPP BLK 998
Braddell Rd
52361
Blk 1
Lor 6 Toa Payoh
52279
Blk 56
Lor 4 Toa Payoh
52269
Blk 73
Lor 4 Toa Payoh
52501
Toa Payoh Swim Cplx
Lor 6 Toa Payoh
52009
Toa Payoh Int
Lor 6 Toa Payoh
52009
Toa Payoh Int
Lor 6 Toa Payoh
52509
Opp Toa Payoh Swim Cplx
Lor 6 Toa Payoh
52261
Opp Blk 73
Lor 4 Toa Payoh
52271
Jackson Sq
Lor 4 Toa Payoh
52369
Blk 237
Lor 6 Toa Payoh
52039
Aft Muhajirin Mque
Braddell Rd
52029
Blk 1004
Braddell Rd
52019
Aft Bishan Rd
Braddell Rd
51139
Braddell View
Braddell Rd
53011
ST. THERESA'S HME
Upp Thomson Rd
53021
Opp Shunfu Est
Upp Thomson Rd
53041
Bef Thomson Ridge
Upp Thomson Rd
53051
Bef Thomson Plaza
Upp Thomson Rd
53061
Bef Windsor Pk Rd
Upp Thomson Rd
53071
Opp Flame Tree Pk
Upp Thomson Rd
53081
Opp Faber Gdn
Upp Thomson Rd
53091
Bef Ang Mo Kio Ave 1
Upp Thomson Rd
56021
Opp S'wang Hill FC
Upp Thomson Rd
56031
Bef Yio Chu Kang Rd
Upp Thomson Rd
56191
Opp NPB Serangoon Depot
Yio Chu Kang Rd
56201
Aft Munshi Abdullah Ave
Yio Chu Kang Rd
55011
Opp The Calrose
Yio Chu Kang Rd
55021
OPP SEASONS PK
Yio Chu Kang Rd
55031
Opp NCS Hub
Yio Chu Kang Rd
55041
Opp Ue Bizhub Ctrl
Yio Chu Kang Rd
55051
Opp ST Electronics
Yio Chu Kang Rd
55071
Bef KLC Intl Inst
Yio Chu Kang Rd
55081
Opp Sunrise Gdns
Yio Chu Kang Rd
55101
Opp Serenity Pk
Yio Chu Kang Rd
67011
Bef Begonia Rd
Yio Chu Kang Rd
67021
Opp Dedap Rd
Yio Chu Kang Rd
67659
Aft Sengkang West Rd
Fernvale Lane
67289
Opp Blk 405C
Fernvale Lane
67491
Opp Fernvale Pr Sch
Sengkang West Ave
67481
Fernvale Stn/Blk 439A
Sengkang West Ave
67471
Layar Stn Exit B
Sengkang West Ave
67321
Blk 311A
Sengkang East Ave
67301
Blk 305D
Sengkang East Ave
67291
Blk 303B
Sengkang East Ave
67331
Blk 200B
Sengkang East Ave
67261
Blk 203B
Sengkang East Ave
67211
Ranggung Stn Exit A
Sengkang East Ave
65021
Opp Blk 110
Punggol Rd
65031
Blk 227D
Punggol Rd
65041
Blk 231
Punggol Rd
67109
Blk 235
Sengkang East Way
67009
Sengkang Int
Sengkang Sq
Technical Information
Route WAB_logo_20px
Sengkang Bus Interchange ↔ Toa Payoh Bus Interchange
Passes Through Sengkang West, Yio Chu Kang Road, Upper Thomson, Braddell Road, Lor 4 Toa Payoh
Route Length 19.6 km (D1) | 19.5 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 Decker Buses:
– Volvo B9TL
12-metre Single Deck Buses:
Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro
Scania K230UB
Departure Times from Sengkang
0530hrs – 2330hrs (Weekdays & Saturdays)
0550hrs – 2330hrs (Sundays & Public Holidays)
Departure Times from Toa Payoh
0545hrs – 2330hrs (Weekdays & Saturdays)
0600hrs – 2330hrs (Sundays & Public Holidays)
Frequency Direction 1
Direction 2
0630hrs – 0830hrs: 08 – 11 mins
0831hrs – 1659hrs: 08 – 14 mins
1700hrs – 1900hrs: 09 – 15 mins
After 1900hrs: 13 – 16 mins
0630hrs – 0830hrs: 09 – 13 mins
0831hrs – 1659hrs: 07 – 16 mins
1700hrs – 1900hrs: 09 – 12 mins
After 1900hrs: 09 – 16 mins

Service 163 is a residential trunk route between Sengkang and Toa Payoh, connecting the residential housing estates of Sengkang East, Sengkang West and Toa Payoh through the private estates around Yio Chu Kang and Upper Thomson and Toa Payoh. The route serves crucial links between Toa Payoh Town Centre and Upper Thomson, as well as intra-town connections within parts of Sengkang New Town without direct connection to Sengkang Interchange/MRT.

The route has been in existence since the 1970s plying between Jalan Kayu Ter and Shenton Way, one of many bus routes serving between Northern Singapore and the City Centre until subsequent amendments shortened it to its current route today. Due to changes in areas of responsibility between bus operators affecting the Sengkang district, Trans-Island Bus Service operated the route from December 1995 to December 1999 when Sengkang was handed to Singapore Bus Service (SBS).

Currently, the route shares the Sengkang – Toa Payoh route termini with Service 159. The route also operates a variant (Service 163M), which serves within the Sengkang estate and compliments Service 163 for high demand within the area.

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

MRT/ LRT Stations Served
Special Departures
  • Yio Chu Kang Rd (Opp Dedap Rd) → Sengkang Int
    Weekdays: 0525hrs, 0545hrs, 0605hrs
Route Variants

Gallery

Operator History
  • 1971 – 1973: United Bus Company Pte Ltd
  • 1973 – 1995: Singapore Bus Services Ltd
  • 1995 – 1999: Trans-Island Bus Service Ltd
  • 1999 – 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 as Service 163 between between Yio Chu Kang Rd Ter and Prince Edward Rd Ter under 1971 Bus Reorganisation
  • 1971 (04 Oct): Extended to Jln Kayu Ter
  • 1973 (01 Nov): Operated by Singapore Bus Service (SBS)
  • 1974 (08 Dec): Amended to ply Cecil St, skipping Robinson Rd
  • 1976 (14 Mar): Calls at a staggered bus stop outside The Cenotaph along Connaught Dr, skipping the bus stop opposite Singapore Cricket Club
  • 1978 (03 Dec): Amended to ply Mayne Rd and Bt Timah Rd with the partial conversion of Mackenzie Rd to two-way road
  • 1979 (28 Oct): Amended to ply Sungei Rd (towards Prince Edward Rd Ter) and Bt Timah Rd (towards Jln Kayu Ter) with the partial conversion of Bt Timah Rd to two-way road and Rochor Canal Rd to one-way road, skipping Mackenzie Rd and Mayne Rd
  • 1981 (05 Jun): Amended to ply the diverted Yio Chu Kang Rd, skipping Ang Mo Kio Ave 9
  • 1985 (13 Jan): Extended to World Trade Ctr Ter
  • 1988 (03 Jan): Calls at a staggered bus stop opposite Treasury Bldg along Shenton Way, skipping the bus stop opposite Marina House
  • 1989 (28 May): Shortened to Marina Ctr Ter
  • 1990 (21 Feb): Skips the bus stop opposite Jasmine Rd along Upp Thomson Rd
  • 1992 (03 May): Shortened to Toa Payoh Int under TransitLink Network Integration Exercise Phase 7
  • 1995 (17 Dec): Handed to Trans-Island Bus Service (TIBS)
  • 1998 (31 May): Amended to Toa Payoh Temp Int
  • 1998: Skips a pair of bus stops before and after Seletar West Farmway 1 along Jln Kayu
  • 1999: Calls at a new pair of bus stops outside and opposite Toa Payoh Swim Cplx along Lor 6 Toa Payoh
  • 1999 (26 Dec): Handed back to Singapore Bus Services (SBS)
  • 2001 (01 Nov): Operated by SBS Transit
  • 2002 (19 May): Amended to Toa Payoh Integrated Transport Hub (ITH)
  • 2002: Calls at a reinstated pair of bus stops before and after Sengkang West Ave along Jln Kayu
  • 2002 (29 Dec): Extended to Sengkang Temp Int
  • 2003 (18 Jan): Amended to Sengkang Integrated Transport Hub
  • 2005 (12 Mar): Amended to ply Fernvale Lane under bus rationalization for Sengkang West LRT. Service 163A introduced between Sengkang and Fernvale Lane (Loop), replacing former Service 371.
  • 2008 (28 Jan): Service 163A was directly renumbered to Service 163M with no route changes.
  • 2009 (22 Nov):Calls at an additional bus stop outside Braddell View along Braddell Rd
  • 2012 (30 Sep): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
  • 2013 (13 Oct): Amended to ply the extended Fernvale Lane with the partial closure of Jln Kayu
  • 2015 (Jun): Bus Service Reliability Framework (BSRF) implemented for trial till Aug 2016
Past Routings

 

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One thought on “SBS Transit Bus Service 163

  • 17 May 2017 at 5:32 AM
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    Morning the first bus drive very slow.

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