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.

170
01109 Queen St Ter Queen St
07551 Fu Lu Shou Cplx Rochor Rd
07531 Rochor Stn DT13 Rochor Canal Rd
40011 Little India Stn Exit A NE7DT12 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 NS21-DT11 Bt Timah Rd
40051 Balmoral Plaza Bt Timah Rd
40111 Ferrell Residences Bt Timah Rd
40071 Leng Kwang Baptist Ch Bt Timah Rd
40081 Stevens Stn Exit 1 DT10TE11 Bt Timah Rd
40091 Bef Lewis Rd Bt Timah Rd
41011 NUS Bt Timah Campus Bt Timah Rd
41021 Botanic Gdns Stn CC19DT9 Bt Timah Rd
41031 Bef Crown Ctr Bt Timah Rd
41041 Coronation Plaza Bt Timah Rd
41051 Tan Kah Kee Stn DT8 Bt Timah Rd
41061 Chinese High Sch Bt Timah Rd
41071 Opp Natl JC Bt Timah Rd
41081 Sixth Ave Stn DT7 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 DT6 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 DT5 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 DT3 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 DT2 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 DT1-BP6 Upp Bt Timah Rd
44041 Junction 10 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 NS7 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 Blk 25 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 Blk 25 Woodlands Ctr Rd
46091 Bef Bke 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 NS7 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 Junction 10 Woodlands Rd
44029 Bt Panjang Stn Exit A/Lrt DT1-BP6 Upp Bt Timah Rd
44019 The Linear Upp Bt Timah Rd
43119 Bef Hazel Pk Terr Upp Bt Timah Rd
43109 Cashew Stn DT2 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 DT3 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 Springdale Condo Upp Bt Timah Rd
42119 Southaven II Upp Bt Timah Rd
42099 Beauty World Stn Exit A DT5 Upp Bt Timah Rd
42079 Opp Pei Hwa Presby Pr Sch Upp Bt Timah Rd
42059 Opp King Albert Pk Stn DT6 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 DT7 Dunearn Rd
41089 Aft Jln Naga Sari Dunearn Rd
41079 Natl JC Dunearn Rd
41069 Opp Tan Kah Kee Stn DT8 Dunearn Rd
41049 Opp Coronation Plaza Dunearn Rd
41029 Opp Botanic Gdns Stn CC19DT9 Dunearn Rd
41019 Aft Kheam Hock Rd Dunearn Rd
40099 Aft Dunkirk Ave Dunearn Rd
40089 Aft Stevens Stn Exit 5 DT10TE11 Dunearn Rd
40079 Bef Swiss Cottage Est 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 NS21-DT11 Dunearn Rd
40039 Opp Newton FC Bt Timah Rd
40029 Aft Makepeace Rd Bt Timah Rd
40279 Kk Women & Children Hosp Bt Timah Rd
40019 Little India Stn NE7DT12 Bt Timah Rd
07539 Opp Rochor Stn DT13 Sungei Rd
01109 Queen St Ter Queen St

Note:

  • 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.
  • Passengers boarding at Larkin Ter must pay an RM1 facilities charge separate from the bus fare
Route Overview
Route WAB_logo_20px Queen Street Bus Terminal ↔ Larkin Bus Terminal
Passes Through Bt Timah Rd, Upp Bt Timah Rd / Dunearn Rd, Woodlands Rd, Woodlands Crossing
Route Length Towards Larkin: 34.2 km Towards Queen St: 34.2 km
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 Ltd
Current Depot Ulu Pandan Bus Depot (UPDEP)
Current Fleet Single Deck Bus:
Mercedes-Benz Citaro
Operating Hours
Departure Times from Queen Street
Daily
05:20 – 00:10
Departure Times from Larkin
Weekdays Saturdays & Sundays / Public Holidays
05:20 – 00:30 05:30 – 00:30
Operating Frequency
From Queen Street
6:30am–8.30am 8.31am–4.59pm 5.00pm–7.00pm After 7.00pm
Mondays – Thursdays 15 – 20 mins 15 – 20 mins 15 – 18 mins 18 – 25 mins
Fridays 15 – 20 mins 15 – 20 mins 15 – 16 mins 20 – 24 mins
Saturdays 20 mins 20 mins 20 mins 20 – 25 mins
Sundays / Public Holidays 20 mins 20 mins 20 mins 20 – 25 mins
From Larkin
6:30am–8.30am 8.31am–4.59pm 5.00pm–7.00pm After 7.00pm
Mondays – Thursdays 15 – 20 mins 15 – 20 mins 15 – 18 mins 20 – 25 mins
Fridays 15 – 20 mins 15 – 20 mins 15 – 20 mins 20 – 25 mins
Saturdays 20 mins 20 mins 20 mins 20 – 25 mins
Sundays / Public Holidays 20 mins 20 mins 20 mins 20 – 25 mins
Fare Information
Fare Charges regular distance fares

 

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.

This route also plies Woodlands Centre Road in both directions. Passengers boarding Service 170 from Bus Stop 46069 – W’lands Train Checkpt or Bus Stop 46088 – Blk 25 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. In 2022, the cross-border fleet was replaced with Mercedes-Benz Citaro buses.

Bus Services 170 & 170X towards Larkin & 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.

Route Limitations:

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

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.

Currently, several SBS Transit Mercedes-Benz Citaro & MAN A22 buses are registered for cross-border operations.

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.

Approximate Operating Hours at Woodlands Checkpoint
46101 – Woodlands Checkpoint (Towards Larkin)
Weekdays Saturdays Sundays / Public Holidays
First Bus 05:43 05:37 05:36
Last Bus 01:19 01:13 01:14
46109 – Woodlands Checkpoint (Towards Queen Street)
Weekdays Saturdays Sundays / Public Holidays
First Bus 05:35 05:07 05:32
Last Bus 01:06 00:57 00:43
MRT/LRT Stations Served:
Special Departures:
  • Woodlands Road (Opp Kranji Stn)  Larkin Ter
    Weekdays (Mon – Thu): 05:30, 05:45 & 06:00
    Weekdays (Fri): 05:30, 05:45 & 05:56
    Saturdays: 05:30, 05:39, 05:48 & 05:57
    Sundays / Public Holidays: 05:30, 05:40 & 05:50
  • Johor Bahru (Johor Bahru Checkpoint)  Queen St Ter
    Weekdays (Mon – Thu): 05:15 & 05:27
    Weekdays (Fri): 05:01, 05:16 & 05:31
    Saturdays: 05:00, 05:15 & 05:30
    Sundays / Public Holidays: 05:23 & 05:35
  • Woodlands Crossing (Woodlands Checkpt) → Queen St Ter
    Weekdays (Mon – Fri): 05:35
  • Woodlands Centre Road (Woodlands Train Checkpt) → Queen St Ter
    Weekdays (Mon – Thu): 05:59, 06:14, 06:29 & 06:44
    Weekdays (Fri) & Saturdays: 05:59, 06:13, 06:27 & 06:41
    Sundays / Public Holidays: 06:04, 06:14 & 06:24
Route Variant:
  • Service 170XKranji MRT Station ↺ JB Sentral Ter (Loop)
    Daily

Gallery:
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 2024 under the Bukit Merah Bus Package.

History:
  • 1971 (11 Apr): Introduced between Queen St Ter and Johore Bahru Ter as a cross border service under 1971 Bus Reorganisation
  • 1979 (28 Oct): Amended to ply Sungei Rd and Ophir Rd (towards Queen St Ter) and amended to ply Rochor Canal Rd and Bt Timah Rd, skipping Bencoolen St, Middle Rd, Selegie Rd and Mackenzie Rd (towards Johore Bahru Ter) with the conversion of Rochor Canal Rd and Rochor Rd to one-way traffic
  • 1979 (30 Dec): Amended to ply Jln Anak Bt towards Queen St Ter with the partial conversion of Upp Bt Timah Rd to one-way traffic
  • 1985 (13 Oct): Amended to relocated Queen St Ter along Ban San St
  • 1996 (01 Jan): Amended to Larkin Ter
  • 1997 (05 May): Serves new pair of bus stops outside KK Women & Child Hosp along Bt Timah Rd
  • 2000: Serves new bus stop before Goldhill Ave along Dunearn Rd
  • 2003 (10 Nov): Amended to ply Jln Lingkaran Dalam towards Larkin Ter, skipping Jln Tun Abdul Razak
  • 2010 (23 May): Skips temporarily abolished bus stop outside Assumption Voc Inst along Upp Bt Timah Rd to facilitate the construction of Cashew MRT station along the Downtown MRT Line
  • 2011 (Aug): Retiring Volvo B10M Mark IIIs replaced with Volvo B10M Mark IVs (DM3500 and Strider)
  • 2011 (04 Sep): Serves new bus stop outside Botanic Gdns Stn along Bt Timah Rd
  • 2014 (30 Mar): Full fleet of Scania K230UBs to replace Volvo B10M MkIVs
  • 2015 (01 Mar): Serves reinstated bus stop outside Assumption Pathway Sch along Upp Bt Timah Rd
  • 2016 (11 Dec): Serves new bus stop opposite Blk 635A along Woodlands Road
  • 2017 (28 May): Skips abolished bus stop opposite Mandai Rd along Woodlands Rd
  • 2017 (21 Aug): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
  • 2018 (10 Jun): Serves new bus stop before Yew Tee Flyover along Woodlands Road
  • 2018 (28 Oct): Calls at temporary co-sharing bus stop 40031 Newton FC along Bukit Timah Rd
  • 2018 (18 Nov): Start of operations under Bukit Merah Bus Package (Tendered Contract)
  • 2019 (24 Feb): Calls at reinstated bus stop 40021 – Bef Winstedt Rd along Bukit Timah Rd
  • 2021 (11 Apr): Amended to ply the extended southbound Upp Bt Timah Rd towards Queen St Ter, skipping Jln Anak Bt
  • 2022 (01 Apr – 30 Apr): Service temporary suspended
  • 2022 (01 May): Service resumed

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28 thoughts on “SBS Transit Bus Service 170

  • 30 April 2022 at 8:12 PM
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    Let’s hope 170 get a few A22.There’s 12 Euro6 A22 & 8 Euro5 A22 cross border buses for SBST.
    Right now SBST has registered 59 SG Citaros,12 Euro6 A22 & 8 Euro5 A22 for 160(17 buses),170x(13 buses) & 170(43 buses).Only 8 will be for spare.

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  • 9 April 2022 at 2:02 AM
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    As of today, all remaining Scania K230UB E4 that werent retired & the E5 K230UB have been swap for a full fleet of Citaros. I guess its end of our k230ubs on cross border services. RIP SPAD/APAD Scania K230UB E4 2014-2022

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  • 4 April 2022 at 6:14 PM
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    160/170/X fleet will be majority Citaro and minority B3 E5 A22 & E6 A22.
    In future 170 might be shortened to Beauty World ITH while 170X might start from Gali Batu Ter instead.

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    • 7 April 2022 at 3:43 PM
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      What you think will happen to those Euro IV KUBS that werent retired & also the Euro V KUBS on 160 & 170? I think these buses will either be reassign to other services or 160A where no need to cross border.

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    • 2 May 2022 at 8:04 AM
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      They will shorten to beauty world, “useyourbrain”

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      • 23 December 2022 at 11:14 PM
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        170x starting from gali batu serves absolutely no purpose except to introduce even more bus traffic along woodlands road. if you start further away, such as bpi (but extremely unlikely considering that bpith is under smrt and there’s barely enough spaces for buses rn), it would make a bit more sense, but that bit is alr served by 160 anyway. many commuters take 170x from kranji anyway since it’s an mrt station thats closest to the checkpoint while avoiding the chaos arnd the train checkpoint. if you shorten 170 to beauty world ITH, fair enough, it takes away the section where barely any people ride, but you have to take into account that some people begin their ride on 170 from Queen St Ter itself, since it’s a hub for cross-border buses and taxis. Taking away that critical link forces commuters travelling into Malaysia to rely only on CW2 and SJE, which are both more crowded during peak hours and also more expensive since they are express services.

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  • 26 March 2022 at 4:55 PM
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    Will busses 160 and 170 resume operations across Woodlands Causeway on 1 Apr 2022?

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    • 7 April 2022 at 3:41 PM
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      No but all will by 1 May. This is due to the operators not being ready, both sbs & smrt need to bcs to drive these routes. Smrt can use back their MAN A22 Euro V from before circuit breaker, the registration have also expired so they just need to re registered again. Sbs on the other hand retired majority of its SPAD/APAD Scania K230UB Euro IV that serves 160 & 170. Since then & currently, the replacements have been revealed to be Citaros, MAN A22 Euro V & VI, a mix in fleet. Currently, sbs & lta are in a mist of registering these for cross border svrs with Malaysia minister. Its also likely the Euro IV Kubs that are on 160/170 that werent retired, would no longer serve the routes and be reassign elsewhere alongside the Euro V KUBS

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  • 12 January 2022 at 3:28 PM
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    Can be shortened to start from Bukit Panjang Int to JB Sentral Ter, deleting two major sectors along its route which are the Queen St – Bukit Panjang sector and the JB-Larkin sector. Can shift 970 to Gali Batu Ter for space in BPITH. Introduce new bus service between queen st and st michael’s ter or extend 66 to the ter. As for jb-larkin, can use the SJE or CW2. For majority of the deleted route can use DTL

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    • 12 January 2022 at 3:29 PM
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      and can also let SMRT take over the rights to operate 170

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    • 23 December 2022 at 11:06 PM
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      from what i understand queen st ter is used only for cross-border services. if you introduce a new service running from queen st it doesnt make sense since it would be like starting in the middle of a busy section and doesnt rlly serve much purpose, altho i understand what you mean by adding a supplmentary route between whampoa and queen st.

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    • 8 January 2023 at 10:55 AM
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      DTL is trash so dont use take 67 or 170 instead

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