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.
- Commuters along Woodlands Centre Road should check the bus destination and service number plate displayed on the front of the bus as buses from both directions will call at the same stops.
RED plated Service 170 buses are bound for Johor Bahru / Larkin Terminal, while
WHITE plated Service 170 buses are bound for Queen Street.
||Queen Street Bus Terminal ↔ Larkin Bus Terminal|
|Passes Through||Rochor, Bukit Timah, Upp Bukit Timah, Woodlands Rd, Woodlands CIQ, Sultan Iskandar CIQ|
|Route Length||34.2 km (D1) | 34.0 km (D2)|
|Travelling Time||100 mins (Offpeak)
120 mins (Peak)
Timings subject to traffic conditions, especially affected at Checkpoints
|BCM Route Package||Bukit Merah Bus Package|
|Current Operator||SBS Transit Ltd
|Current Depot||Ulu Pandan Bus Depot (UPDEP)|
|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 – 18 mins
0831-1659: 13 – 20 mins
1700-1900: 18 – 19 mins
After 1900: 12 – 15 mins
|0630-0830: 14 – 15 mins
0831-1659: 13 – 20 mins
1700-1900: 17 – 18 mins
After 1900: 13 – 18 mins
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.
Bus Services 170, 170A & 170X towards Larkin, Woodlands Train Checkpoint & JB Sentral respectively regularly experiences a temporary route diversion along Woodlands Road, skipping Bus Stops 46021 – Bef W’Lands Ind Pk D St 2, 46031 – Kranji Lodge 1, 46041 – Opp Globalfoundries, and 46051 – Bef BKE due to traffic congestion. Refer to SBS Transit’s Twitter account for updates.
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:
- NS7 Kranji
- DT1BP6 Bukit Panjang
- DT2 Cashew
- DT3 Hillview
- DT5 Beauty World
- DT6 King Albert Park
- DT7 Sixth Avenue
- DT8 Tan Kah Kee
- CC19DT9 Botanic Gardens
- DT10 Stevens
- NS21DT11 Newton
- NE7DT12 Little India
- DT13 Rochor
- EW12DT14 Bugis
- 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)
- 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 Crossing (Woodlands Checkpt) → Queen St Ter
Weekdays (Mon – Fri): 0535hrs
- Woodlands Centre Road (Woodlands Train Checkpt) → Queen St Ter
Weekdays (Mon – Thu): 0559hrs, 0614hrs, 0629hrs, 0644hrs
Weekdays (Fri) & Saturdays: 0559hrs, 0613hrs, 0627hrs, 0641hrs
Sundays/PHs: 0604hrs, 0614hrs, 0624hrs
- 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.
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.
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.