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.

Service 163 calls at a new bus stop along Upper Thomson Road from 22 December 2019.

163
67009
Sengkang Int
Sengkang Square
67189
Opp Blk 241
Compassvale Road
67101
Blk 250A
Sengkang East Way
65049
Blk 126A
Punggol Road
65039
Blk 124
Punggol Road
65029
Blk 111
Punggol Road
67219
Ranggung Stn Exit B
Sengkang East Avenue
67269
Opp Blk 203A
Sengkang East Avenue
67339
Opp Blk 200B
Sengkang East Avenue
67299
Opp Blk 303B
Sengkang East Avenue
67309
Opp Blk 305 CP
Sengkang East Avenue
67329
Opp Blk 310B
Sengkang East Avenue
67479
Layar Stn Exit A/Blk 417A
Sengkang West Avenue
67489
Opp Fernvale Stn
Sengkang West Avenue
67499
Fernvale Pr Sch
Sengkang West Avenue
67281
Blk 403A
Fernvale Lane
67651
Bef Sengkang West Rd
Fernvale Lane
67039
Aft Seletar Rd
Yio Chu Kang Road
67029
Aft Dedap Rd
Yio Chu Kang Road
67019
Aft Begonia Rd
Yio Chu Kang Road
55109
Serenity Pk
Yio Chu Kang Road
55089
Aft Sunrise Gdns
Yio Chu Kang Road
55079
Aft KLC Intl Inst
Yio Chu Kang Road
55059
ST Electronics
Yio Chu Kang Road
55049
UE Bizhub Ctrl
Yio Chu Kang Road
55039
NCS Hub
Yio Chu Kang Road
55029
Seasons Pk
Yio Chu Kang Road
55019
The Calrose
Yio Chu Kang Road
56209
Bef Thomson Hills Dr
Yio Chu Kang Road
56199
Aft Thomson Hills Dr
Yio Chu Kang Road
56039
Aft Yio Chu Kang Rd
Upper Thomson Road
56029
Bef Sembawang Hills FC
Upper Thomson Road
56019
Bef Ang Mo Kio Ave 1
Upper Thomson Road
53099
Aft Ang Mo Kio Ave 1
Upper Thomson Road
53089
Faber Gdn
Upper Thomson Road
53079
Flame Tree Pk
Upper Thomson Road
53069
Aft Windsor Pk Rd
Upper Thomson Road
53059
Opp Thomson Plaza
Upper Thomson Road
53049
Bef Jln Todak
Upper Thomson Road
53039
Thomson CC
Upper Thomson Road
53029
Shunfu Est
Upper Thomson Road
53019
Opp St. Theresa’s Hme
Upper Thomson Road
51131
Opp Braddell View
Braddell Road
52011
Bef Bishan Rd
Braddell Road
52021
Opp Blk 1004
Braddell Road
52031
Opp Blk 998
Braddell Road
52361
Blk 1
Lorong 6 Toa Payoh
52279
Blk 56
Lorong 4 Toa Payoh
52269
Blk 73
Lorong 4 Toa Payoh
52501
Toa Payoh Swim Cplx
Lorong 6 Toa Payoh
52009
Toa Payoh Int
Lorong 6 Toa Payoh
52009
Toa Payoh Int
Lorong 6 Toa Payoh
52509
Opp Toa Payoh Swim Cplx
Lorong 6 Toa Payoh
52261
Opp Blk 73
Lorong 4 Toa Payoh
52271
Jackson Sq
Lorong 4 Toa Payoh
52369
Blk 237
Lorong 6 Toa Payoh
52039
Aft Muhajirin Mque
Braddell Road
52029
Blk 1004
Braddell Road
52019
Aft Bishan Rd
Braddell Road
51139
Braddell View
Braddell Road
53011
St. Theresa’s Hme
Upper Thomson Road
53021
Opp Shunfu Est
Upper Thomson Road
53041
Bef Thomson Ridge
Upper Thomson Road
53051
Bef Thomson Plaza
Upper Thomson Road
53061
Bef Windsor Pk Rd
Upper Thomson Road
53071
Opp Flame Tree Pk
Upper Thomson Road
53081
Opp Faber Gdn
Upper Thomson Road
53091
Bef Ang Mo Kio Ave 1
Upper Thomson Road
56011
Bef Adana @ Thomson
Upper Thomson Road
56021
Opp Sembawang Hills FC
Upper Thomson Road
56031
Bef Yio Chu Kang Rd
Upper Thomson Road
56191
Teachers’ Housing Est
Yio Chu Kang Road
56201
Aft Munshi Abdullah Ave
Yio Chu Kang Road
55011
Opp The Calrose
Yio Chu Kang Road
55021
Opp Seasons Pk
Yio Chu Kang Road
55031
Opp NCS Hub
Yio Chu Kang Road
55041
Opp UE Bizhub Ctrl
Yio Chu Kang Road
55051
Opp ST Electronics
Yio Chu Kang Road
55071
Bef KLC Intl Inst
Yio Chu Kang Road
55081
Opp Sunrise Gdns
Yio Chu Kang Road
55101
Opp Serenity Pk
Yio Chu Kang Road
67011
Bef Begonia Rd
Yio Chu Kang Road
67021
Opp Dedap Rd
Yio Chu Kang Road
67659
Aft Sengkang West Rd
Fernvale Lane
67289
Opp Blk 405C
Fernvale Lane
67491
Opp Fernvale Pr Sch
Sengkang West Avenue
67481
Fernvale Stn/Blk 439A
Sengkang West Avenue
67471
Layar Stn Exit B
Sengkang West Avenue
67321
Blk 311A
Sengkang East Avenue
67301
Blk 305D
Sengkang East Avenue
67291
Blk 303B
Sengkang East Avenue
67331
Blk 200B
Sengkang East Avenue
67261
Blk 203B
Sengkang East Avenue
67211
Ranggung Stn Exit A
Sengkang East Avenue
65021
Opp Blk 110
Punggol Road
65031
Blk 227D
Punggol Road
65041
Blk 231
Punggol Road
67109
Blk 235
Sengkang East Way
67009
Sengkang Int
Sengkang Square

Technical Information
Route WAB_logo_20px
Sengkang Bus Interchange ↔ Toa Payoh Bus Interchange
Passes Through Sengkang West, Yio Chu Kang Road, Upper Thomson Road, Braddell Road, Lor 4 Toa Payoh
Route Length 19.6 km (D1) | 19.3 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:
MAN A95 (Euro 6)
– 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
0630 – 0830: 07 – 10 mins
0831 – 1659: 07 – 13 mins
1700 – 1900: 07 – 12 mins
After 1900: 12 – 15 mins
0630 – 0830: 06 – 12 mins
0831 – 1659: 06 – 13 mins
1700 – 1900: 07 – 09 mins
After 1900: 07 – 15 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.

Fare: Charges basic distance fares. See Bus Fares.

MRT/ LRT Stations Served
Special Departures
  • Yio Chu Kang Rd (Opp Dedap Rd) → Sengkang Int
    Weekdays: 0510hrs, 0525hrs, 0540hrs, 0555hrs, 0610hrs
    Saturdays: 0510hrs, 0523hrs, 0536hrs, 0549hrs, 0602hrs
    Sundays / Public Holidays: 0510hrs, 0527hrs, 0544hrs, 0600hrs, 0616hrs
Short Trip Service
  • Service 163A: Sengkang Int → Fernvale Lane (Bef Sengkang West Rd)
    Daily: 2346hrs – 0035hrs

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
  • 2019 (10 Feb): Short Trip Service 163A reintroduced, operating daily during late night hours. Service 163M withdrawn.
  • 2019 (22 Dec): Calls at a new bus stop along Upper Thomson Road
Past Routings

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2 thoughts on “SBS Transit Bus Service 163

  • 9 October 2019 at 8:33 PM
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    Bus departing from toa Payoh Interchange is always at least 5 mins late. If it’s scheduled at 20:24, be expected to see the bus at 20:32. If you’re unlucky, it won’t depart at all.

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

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