SBS Transit Bus Service 170

SBS Transit Bus Service 170 is a cross-border service plying between Queen Street Terminal and Larkin Terminal in Johor Bahru, passing through Rochor, Bukit Timah, Upper Bukit Timah, Woodlands Road, Woodlands CIQ, Sultan Iskandar CIQ, and Jalan Tun Abdul Razak. Sometimes referred to as 170 (Red Plate) to distinguish it from its route variant Service 170X, this is the only bidirectional route to have its bus terminals at either end serving only one local franchised bus route.

A route variant Service 170A is also operated, duplicating the local sectors of this route.

170
01109
Queen St Ter
Queen St
07551
Fu Lu Shou Cplx
Rochor Rd
07531
Rochor Stn
Rochor Canal Rd
40011
LITTLE INDIA STN EXIT A
Bt Timah Rd
40271
Opp KK Women & Child Hosp
Bt Timah Rd
40021
BEF WINSTEDT RD
Bt Timah Rd
40031
Newton FC
Bt Timah Rd
40041
Newton Stn Exit C
Bt Timah Rd
40051
Balmoral Plaza
Bt Timah Rd
40111
City Twrs
Bt Timah Rd
40071
Leng Kwang Baptist Ch
Bt Timah Rd
40081
Stevens Stn
Bt Timah Rd
40091
Bef Lewis Rd
Bt Timah Rd
41011
NUS Bt Timah Campus
Bt Timah Rd
41021
Botanic Gdns Stn
Bt Timah Rd
41031
Bef Crown Ctr
Bt Timah Rd
41041
Coronation Plaza
Bt Timah Rd
41051
Tan Kah Kee Stn
Bt Timah Rd
41061
Chinese High Sch
Bt Timah Rd
41071
Opp Natl JC
Bt Timah Rd
41081
Sixth Ave Stn
Bt Timah Rd
42011
Sixth Ave Ctr
Bt Timah Rd
42021
Aft Maple Ave
Bt Timah Rd
42031
The Tessarina
Bt Timah Rd
42041
The Nexus
Bt Timah Rd
42051
King Albert Pk Stn
Bt Timah Rd
42061
King Albert Pk
Bt Timah Rd
42071
Pei Hwa Presby Pr Sch
Upp Bt Timah Rd
42091
Beauty World Stn Exit B
Upp Bt Timah Rd
42111
WOH HUP BLDG
Upp Bt Timah Rd
43011
Bt Regency
Upp Bt Timah Rd
43021
Aft Old Jurong Rd
Upp Bt Timah Rd
43041
Hume Pk Condo
Upp Bt Timah Rd
43051
Opp The Rail Mall
Upp Bt Timah Rd
43061
Hillview Stn
Upp Bt Timah Rd
43071
Opp Dairy Farm Rd
Upp Bt Timah Rd
43081
Opp Assumption Eng Sch
Upp Bt Timah Rd
43091
Bef Cashew Stn
Upp Bt Timah Rd
43111
Min Of Defence
Upp Bt Timah Rd
44011
Opp The Linear
Upp Bt Timah Rd
44021
Bt Panjang Stn Exit B
Upp Bt Timah Rd
44041
Ten Mile Junction Stn
Woodlands Rd
44051
Opp Blk 632 CP
Woodlands Rd
43991
OPP BLK 635A
Woodlands Rd
44061
Bef Yew Tee Flyover
Woodlands Rd
45011
Aft Yew Tee Flyover
Woodlands Rd
45021
Heavy Veh Pk
Woodlands Rd
45031
Yew Tee Ind Est
Woodlands Rd
45041
Thong Huat Bros Pte Ltd
Woodlands Rd
45051
Da Di Glass
Woodlands Rd
45061
Opp Mandai Est
Woodlands Rd
45071
Bef Mandai Rd
Woodlands Rd
45091
Opp Jln Bumbong
Woodlands Rd
45101
Aft LP 234
Woodlands Rd
45111
Opp Kranji War Memorial
Woodlands Rd
45121
Opp S'pore Turf Club
Woodlands Rd
45131
Opp Kranji Stn
Woodlands Rd
46021
Bef W'Lands Ind Pk D St 2
Woodlands Rd
46031
Kranji Lodge 1
Woodlands Rd
46041
Opp Globalfoundries
Woodlands Rd
46051
Bef BKE
Woodlands Rd
46069
W'Lands Train Checkpt
Woodlands Ctr Rd
46088
Opp Blk 1A
Woodlands Ctr Rd
46101
W'Lands Checkpt
Woodlands Crossing
46211
Johor Bahru Checkpt
Johor Bahru
46239
Larkin Ter
Jln Datin Halimah
46239
Larkin Ter
Jln Datin Halimah
46219
Johor Bahru Checkpt
Johor Bahru
46109
W'Lands Checkpt
Woodlands Crossing
46069
W'Lands Train Checkpt
Woodlands Ctr Rd
46088
Opp Blk 1A
Woodlands Ctr Rd
46091
W'Lands Town Gdn
Woodlands Ctr Rd
46059
Globalfoundries/Aft Bke
Woodlands Rd
46049
Globalfoundries
Woodlands Rd
46039
Opp Kranji Lodge 1
Woodlands Rd
46029
Aft W'Lands Ind Pk D St 2
Woodlands Rd
45139
Kranji Stn
Woodlands Rd
45129
S'pore Turf Club
Woodlands Rd
45119
Kranji War Memorial
Woodlands Rd
45109
Bef Jln Bumbong
Woodlands Rd
45099
Aft Jln Bumbong
Woodlands Rd
45079
Aft Mandai Rd
Woodlands Rd
45069
Aft Mandai Est
Woodlands Rd
45059
Opp Da Di Glass
Woodlands Rd
45049
Opp Yew Tee Ind Est Blk 1
Woodlands Rd
45039
Opp Yew Tee Ind Est
Woodlands Rd
45029
Opp Heavy Veh Pk
Woodlands Rd
44999
Bef Yew Tee Flyover
Woodlands Rd
45019
Aft Yew Tee Flyover
Woodlands Rd
44069
Aft KJE Slip Rd
Woodlands Rd
44059
Blk 632 CP
Woodlands Rd
44049
Opp Ten Mile Junction Stn
Woodlands Rd
44029
Bt Panjang Stn Exit A/Lrt
Upp Bt Timah Rd
44019
The Linear
Upp Bt Timah Rd
43119
Bef Hazel Pk Terr
Upp Bt Timah Rd
43109
Cashew Stn
Upp Bt Timah Rd
43099
Assumption Pathway Sch
Upp Bt Timah Rd
43089
Aft Assumption Eng Sch
Upp Bt Timah Rd
43069
HILLVIEW STN EXIT A
Upp Bt Timah Rd
43059
The Rail Mall
Upp Bt Timah Rd
43049
Opp Hume Pk Condo
Upp Bt Timah Rd
43029
Opp The Hillside
Upp Bt Timah Rd
43019
Aft Bt Timah Fire Stn
Upp Bt Timah Rd
42119
Southaven II
Upp Bt Timah Rd
42109
Opp Beauty World Ctr
Jln Anak Bt
42089
Opp Bt Timah Plaza
Jln Anak Bt
42059
Opp King Albert Pk Stn
Dunearn Rd
42049
Hua Guan Gdns
Dunearn Rd
42039
Opp The Nexus
Dunearn Rd
42029
Aft Swiss Club Rd
Dunearn Rd
42019
Opp Sixth Ave Stn
Dunearn Rd
41089
Aft Jln Naga Sari
Dunearn Rd
41079
Natl JC
Dunearn Rd
41069
Opp Tan Kah Kee Stn
Dunearn Rd
41049
Opp Coronation Plaza
Dunearn Rd
41029
Opp Botanic Gdns Stn
Dunearn Rd
41019
Aft Kheam Hock Rd
Dunearn Rd
40099
Aft Dunkirk Ave
Dunearn Rd
40089
Opp Stevens Stn
Dunearn Rd
40079
Chinese Girls' Pr Sch
Dunearn Rd
40119
Bef Goldhill Ave
Dunearn Rd
40069
Anglo-Chinese Sch
Dunearn Rd
40059
Chancery Ct
Dunearn Rd
40049
Opp Newton Stn Exit C
Dunearn Rd
40039
Opp Newton FC
Bt Timah Rd
40029
Aft Makepeace Rd
Bt Timah Rd
40279
KK Women & Child Hosp
Bt Timah Rd
40019
Little India Stn
Bt Timah Rd
07539
Opp Rochor Stn
Sungei Rd
01109
Queen St Ter
Queen St
Technical Information
Route WAB_logo_20px
Queen Street Bus Terminal ↔ Larkin Bus Terminal
Passes Through Rochor, Bukit Timah, Upp Bukit Timah, Woodlands Rd, Woodlands CIQ, Sultan Iskandar CIQ
Route Length 34.3km (D1) | 33.8km (D2)
Travelling Time 100 mins (Offpeak)
120 mins (Peak)
Timings subject to traffic conditions, especially affected at Checkpoints
Operator Information
BCM Route Package Bukit Merah Bus Package
Current Operator SBS Transit
Current Depot Bukit Batok Bus Depot (BBDEP)
Current Fleet 12-metre Single Deck Bus
– Scania K230UB
Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro (from 170A)
Departure Times from Queen Street
0520 – 0010 (Daily)
Departure Times from Larkin
0520 – 0030 (Weekdays)
0530 – 0030 (Saturdays, Sunday/PHs)
Frequency Direction 1 Direction 2
0630-0830: 12 – 17 mins
0831-1659: 12 – 19 mins
1700-1900: 14 – 20 mins
After 1900: 12 – 14 mins
0630-0830: 15 – 16 mins
0831-1659: 13 – 20 mins
1700-1900: 16 – 20 mins
After 1900: 13 – 16 mins

Route History

Service 170 is a cross-border route connecting Rochor, Bukit Timah, Kranji and Woodlands Centre to Larkin Terminal in Johor Bahru. The route has remained largely unchanged since the 1920s, connecting the Singapore City Centre with the Bukit Timah regions and on to Johor Bahru. A parallel bus service 170A plies between Queen St and Woodlands Centre Rd, enhancing Service 170’s local sectors.

Due to varying traffic conditions at the Causeway, travel times and waiting times may increase significantly when jams occur. This bus service occasionally diverts via Woodlands Ave 3 / Woodlands Centre Road towards Johor Bahru when Woodlands Road is severely congested.

This route also plies Woodlands Centre Road in both directions. Passengers boarding Service 170 from 46069 W’lands Train Checkpt or 46088 Opp Blk 1A should check the destination clearly before boarding.

Low-entry Scania K230UBs were added to the fleet in March 2014. These are SBS Transit’s first wheelchair-accessible buses to enter cross-border service.

SBS Transit Cross Border Services
SBS Transit Cross Border Services

Cross-Border Procedures

At each checkpoint, passengers have to alight and clear customs before boarding the bus again. When crossing the causeway between Woodlands Checkpoint and Johore Bahru Checkpoint in either direction, commuters may board any SBS Transit bus (either 160, 170 or 170X). However, when leaving from a checkpoint, commuters must re-board Service 170 after clearing customs if they wish to continue their journey and not constitute a transfer.

Tapping out from the bus at a checkpoint will suspend a journey and allow the resumption of a journey afterwards. Cash paying passengers should retain their ticket as proof or payment, and produce it when re-boarding buses at checkpoints.

MRT/LRT Stations served:


SBS Transit Mercedes-Benz Citaro (SBS6218B) - Service 170A
SBS Transit Mercedes-Benz Citaro (SBS6218B) – Service 170A

Route Variant:

  • Service 170A: Queen Street Terminal → Woodlands Centre Road (Woodlands Train Checkpoint)
    Operates as a Short Trip Service | 0600hrs – 0000hrs Daily
  • Service 170X: Kranji MRT Station ↺ JB Sentral Ter (Loop)

Special Departures:

  • Woodlands Road (Opp Kranji Stn)  Larkin Ter
    Weekdays (Mon – Thu): 0530hrs, 0545hrs, 0600hrs
    Weekdays (Fri): 0530hrs, 0545hrs, 0556hrs
    Saturdays: 0530hrs, 0539hrs, 0548hrs, 0557hrs
    Sundays/PHs: 0530hrs, 0540hrs, 0550hrs
  • Johor Bahru (Johor Bahru Checkpoint)  Queen St Ter
    Weekdays (Mon – Thu): 0515hrs, 0527hrs
    Weekdays (Fri): 0501hrs, 0516hrs, 0531hrs
    Saturdays: 0500hrs, 0515hrs, 0530hrs
    Sundays/PHs: 0523hrs, 0535hrs
  • Woodlands Centre Road (Opp Blk 1A) → Queen St Ter
    All day, operated by return trips of Service 170A

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

Fleet: Service 170′s fleet comprises a full fleet of JB-registered Scania K230UBs. Mercedes-Benz Citaro buses are crossovers from Service 170A and perform the return trip from Woodlands Centre Road to Queen Street Terminal as Service 170, and do not cross the border.

Route limitations:

Buses deployed on cross-border routes must be registered with the Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat (SPAD), also known as the Land Public Transport Commission (Malaysia).

Currently, only some Scania K230UBs are SPAD-registered. In accordance with Malaysian regulations, buses must carry relevant documents, be fitted with a third brake light at the rear, and attached with Malaysian stickers dictating the legal speed limit.

Mercedes-Benz Citaros are commonly deployed on Service 170A and subsequently perform special departures back down to Queen Street Terminal from Woodlands Centre Rd. These buses do not require registration with the Malaysian authorities as they do not cross the border into Malaysia.


Gallery:

Maps & Posters:

Operator History:

  • 1971 – 1973: United Bus Company 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 2018 under the Bukit Merah Bus Package.

History:

  • 1971 (11 Apr): Introduced as Service 170 between Queen Street and Johor Bahru, operated United Bus Company, replacing former Green Bus Company routes between Singapore and Johor.
  • 1985 (13 Oct): Amended to relocated Queen St Ter along Ban San St.
  • 1996 (01 Jan): Amended to Larkin Bus Terminal
  • 2000 (03 Sep): Split into blue plate (Kranji Station – Kota Raya II Terminal) and red plate (Queen Street Terminal – Larkin Terminal), with both variants operating on a daily basis.
  • 2003 (10 Nov): Service 170 amended Jln Lingkaran Dalam (express) towards Larkin Ter, skips bus stops at Komtar Shopping Ctr & KTM Railway Stn.
  • 2011 (Aug): Retiring Volvo B10M Mark IIIs replaced with Volvo B10M Mark IVs (DM3500 and Strider)
  • 2014 (30 Mar): Full fleet of Scania K230UBs to replace Volvo B10M MkIVs
  • 2014 (Oct): Reappearance of Shortworking Trip 170A, operating from Queen Street Ter to Woodlands Centre Rd (Opp Block 1) at selected times of day (common on Sundays and Public Holidays). No mention of this shortworking trip on any Public Transport Operator website.
  • 2014 (01 Nov): Service 170X Amended to loop at Jalan Tun Abdul Razak due to the permanent closure of Kotaraya II Terminal
  • 2015 (01 Mar): Reopening and relocation of a pair of bus stops along Upp Bt Timah Rd; Aft Cashew Rd & Bef Cashew Rd respectively. Service 170X Amended to loop at JB Sentral Terminal, skipping the bus stop along Jln Tun Abdul Razak
  • 2015 (27 Dec): Official introduction of Shortworking Trip 170A with enhanced operating hours and terminating at Woodlands Train Checkpoint
  • 2016 (11 Dec): Serves new Bus Stop 43991, Opp Blk 635A, along Woodlands Road
  • 2017 (28 May): Calls at relocated bus stop 47071 Bef Mandai Rd and no longer calls at bus stop 45081 Opp Mandai Rd along Woodlands Rd.
  • 2017 (21 Aug): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
  • 2018 (10 Jun): Calls at a new bus stop along Woodlands Road (44999 Bef Yew Tee Flyover)

Past Routings:

  • Refer to this article
  • 170: Amended to present routing in 1996; No significant route changes since 1996.
  • 170X: Amended to present routing in 2014; No significant route changes since 2014.

External Links & References:

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4 thoughts on “SBS Transit Bus Service 170

  • 12 January 2018 at 11:58 AM
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    Waited for one hour for 170 but none appear at NUS bus stop.
    It is wrong to state the frequency is 19 minutes during 0830 to 5pm

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  • 11 January 2018 at 11:35 PM
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    The Larkin Terminal has shifted Bus Service 170 to Platform B06, back to its original place after the upgrading.

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  • 10 February 2017 at 8:27 PM
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    Now got SPAD Citaros doing 170 also,Next will be 160 & 950.

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    • 2 December 2017 at 9:17 AM
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      950 is not at the same line we queue. Saturday morning is a peak hours. Terrible service.

      Reply

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