SBS Transit Bus Service 53

SBS Transit Bus Service 53 is a trunk route operating between Bishan and Changi Airport, via Serangoon, Lorong Ah Soo and Pasir Ris, with express sectors along the Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE) and Tampines Expressway (TPE).

Alight at Changi Airport Terminal 1 for direct access to Jewel Changi Airport through the arrival hall.

53
Bishan Int ↺ Changi Airport (Loop)
53009 Bishan Int NS17CC15 Bishan St 13
53261 Opp Bishan Stadium Bishan St 14
53249 BLK 210 Bishan Rd
54539 BISHAN PK Bishan Rd
54101 Aft Ang Mo Kio Ave 10 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1
66091 Golden Hill Est Ang Mo Kio Ave 1
66031 Cardiff Residence Lor Chuan
66041 Blk 230 Boundary Rd
66051 Opp Blk 257 Boundary Rd
66379 Blk 206 S'goon Ctrl
66359 Serangoon Stn Exit C/Blk 201 NE12CC13 S'goon Ctrl
62141 Opp Blk 1 Upp S'goon Rd
62059 Blk 161 Upp Paya Lebar Rd
62229 The Minton Lor Ah Soo
63309 Opp Paya Lebar Girls' Sch Lor Ah Soo
63299 Blk 115 Lor Ah Soo
63289 Aljunied CC Hougang Ave 1
63279 Opp Yuying Sec Sch Hougang Ave 1
63269 Blk 232 Hougang Ave 1
63131 THE TEMBUSU Tampines Rd
64201 Aft Hougang Ave 3 Tampines Rd
64211 Aft Hougang Ave 7 Tampines Rd
64221 Opp Defu Ave 2 Tampines Rd
64131 Bef KPE Tampines Rd
77339 Aft TPE Pasir Ris Dr 12
77289 Blk 738 Pasir Ris Dr 1
77239 Blk 643 Pasir Ris Dr 1
77249 Blk 640 Pasir Ris Dr 1
78049 Blk 612 Pasir Ris Dr 1
77019 Blk 515 Pasir Ris Dr 1
77029 Blk 571 Pasir Ris Dr 1
77039 Bef Pasir Ris Stn EW1 Pasir Ris Dr 1
77049 Pasir Ris Town Pk Pasir Ris Dr 1
77059 Blk 425 Pasir Ris Dr 1
78069 Blk 442 Pasir Ris Dr 1
78059 Blk 210 Pasir Ris Dr 1
98099 Blk 269A Pasir Ris Dr 1
98019 Opp Blk 149A Loyang Ave
95151 Airport Police Stn Airport Blvd
95011 Bef Changi Airport PTB3 Airport Blvd
95109 Changi Airport PTB3 CG2 PTB3 Basement
95029 Changi Airport PTB1 PTB1 Basement
95129 Changi Airport PTB2 CG2 PTB2 Basement
95019 Aft Changi Airport PTB2 Airport Blvd
95159 Near SATS Flight Kitchen Airport Blvd
98011 Blk 149A Loyang Ave
98091 Blk 156 Pasir Ris Dr 1
78051 Blk 197 Pasir Ris Dr 1
78061 Blk 104 Pasir Ris Dr 1
77051 Blk 115 Pasir Ris Dr 1
77041 Blk 541 Pasir Ris Dr 1
77031 Blk 528C/Pasir Ris Stn EW1 Pasir Ris Dr 1
77021 Opp Blk 571 Pasir Ris Dr 1
77011 Opp Blk 515 Pasir Ris Dr 1
77241 Opp Blk 640 Pasir Ris Dr 1
77231 Tampines Meridian Jc Pasir Ris Dr 1
77281 Blk 740 Pasir Ris Dr 1
77331 Blk 747A Pasir Ris Dr 12
64229 Bef Defu Ave 2 Tampines Rd
64219 Aft Defu Ave 2 Tampines Rd
64209 Aft Defu Ave 1 Tampines Rd
63139 Aft En-Naeem Mque Tampines Rd
63261 Opp Blk 232 Hougang Ave 1
63271 Blk 239 Hougang Ave 1
63281 Blk 105 Mkt/FC Hougang Ave 1
63291 Opp Blk 115 Lor Ah Soo
63301 Paya Lebar Girls' Sch Lor Ah Soo
62221 Opp The Minton Lor Ah Soo
62051 Aft Jln Chermat Upp Paya Lebar Rd
62149 Forest Woods Upp S'goon Rd
66351 Serangoon Stn Exit B NE12CC13 S'goon Ctrl
66371 Blk 261 S'goon Ctrl
66059 Blk 257A Boundary Rd
66049 Blk 233 Boundary Rd
66039 Blk 307 Lor Chuan
66099 Opp Golden Hill Est Ang Mo Kio Ave 1
54109 Bef Ang Mo Kio Ave 10 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1
54531 OPP BISHAN PK Bishan Rd
53241 OPP BLK 217 Bishan Rd
53269 Bishan Stadium Bishan St 14
53009 Bishan Int NS17CC15 Bishan St 13
Route Overview
Route WAB_logo_20px Bishan Bus Interchange ↺ Changi Airport PTB2 Bus Terminal (Loop)
Passes Through Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Serangoon Ctrl, Lor Ah Soo, Tampines Rd, Pasir Ris Dr 1, Airport Blvd
Route Length 52.9 km
Traveling Time 150 mins
Operator Information
BCM Route Package Serangoon – Eunos Bus Package
Current Operator SBS Transit Ltd
Current Depot Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot (AMDEP)
Current Fleet 12-metre Single Deck Bus:
– Mercedes-Benz Citaro
Operating Hours
Departure Times from Bishan
Daily
05:30 – 23:15
Departure Times from Changi Airport PTB2 Weekdays Saturdays Sundays / Public Holidays
05:55 – 00:31 06:00 – 00:28 05:59 – 00:22
Operating Frequency
Loop Service 6:30am–8.30am 8.31am–4.59pm 5.00pm–7.00pm After 7.00pm
Mondays – Thursdays 7 – 10 mins 5 – 10 mins 5 – 12 mins 9 – 12 mins
Fridays 7 – 10 mins 5 – 10 mins 5 – 12 mins 9 – 12 mins
Saturdays 10 mins 8 – 11 mins 11 – 13 mins 11 – 14 mins
Sundays / Public Holidays 9 – 12 mins 9 – 13 mins 13 mins 11 – 14 mins
Fare Information
Fare Charges regular distance fares

 

Service 53 is an inter-town route connecting the residential towns of Bishan, Serangoon Central, Lorong Ah Soo and Pasir Ris with Changi Airport. It also serves the role of connecting Serangoon MRT to outlying housing estates. This service also compliments Service 81 between Pasir Ris and Serangoon Central, travelling via Tampines Expressway (TPE) and Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE) in both directions, offering a quick bus connection between these areas.

Between Bishan and Pasir Ris, Service 53 plies the shorter route compared to Service 58 and 88, via the Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE). In Bishan, Services 53 and 58 both start their eastbound trips towards Pasir Ris (and Changi Airport, only for service 53) from Bishan Interchange, while services 58 and 88 call at the bus stops outside the Bishan MRT Station (53231 Bishan Stn & 53239 Opp Bishan Stn). In Pasir Ris, service 53 calls at the bus stops in close proximity to Pasir Ris MRT station along Pasir Ris Drive 1 (77031 Blk 528C/Pasir Ris Stn & 77039 Bef Pasir Ris Stn), while services 58 & 88 terminate at Pasir Ris Interchange.

Changi Airport:

Service 53 serves Changi Airport Terminals 3, 1 & 2 in order. It does not serve Terminal 4.

Changi Airport Passenger Terminal Buildings (PTBs) 1, 2 and 3 have their bus stops integrated into their basement levels, which also serves as a cargo loading and unloading bay. Security checks for any unattended or suspicious articles are carried out before a bus enters Terminals 1, 2 and 3. Bus Captains may take a short toilet break at Terminal 2. Because of height restrictions, double-decker buses are unable to enter Changi Airport basement.

Occasionally when Changi Airport basement is closed, buses will be diverted to the departure hall along T1/T2/T3 Departure Drive where a temporary bus stop will be set up.

Announcements for passengers to inform the Bus Captain if they see any suspicious person or article are played on board public buses at Changi Airport as well.

MRT Stations Served:
Special Departures
  • Serangoon Central (Blk 206) → Bishan Int via Changi Airport
    Weekdays: 05:35
    Saturdays: 05:35 & 05:41
    Sundays / Public Holidays: 05:35 & 05:51
  • Tampines Rd (Aft Hougang Ave 3) → Bishan Int via Changi Airport
    Weekdays: 05:20, 05:30 & 05:40
    Saturdays: 05:30 & 05:40
    Sundays / Public Holidays: 05:30 & 05:39
  • Pasir Ris Dr 12 (Aft TPE) → Bishan Int via Changi Airport
    Weekdays: 05:20, 06:23 & 06:51
    Saturdays, Sundays / Public Holidays: 05:25
  • PTB3 Basement (Changi Airport PTB3) → Bishan Int
    Fridays: 21:45, 22:28, 22:57 & 23:24
    Saturdays: 19:14, 19:38, 19:58, 20:11, 20:35, 20:47, 21:00, 21:45, 22:04, 22:15, 22:26, 22:48, 23:11 & 23:25
    Sundays / Public Holidays: 19:23, 19:50, 20:14, 20:25, 20:36, 20:45, 21:06, 21:39, 22:09, 22:22, 22:36, 22:50, 23:16 & 23:28
  • Loyang Ave (Blk 149A) → Bishan Int
    Weekdays: 05:30, 05:40, 05:50, 06:00 & 06:26
    Saturdays: 06:00
    Sundays / Public Holidays: 06:00
  • Tampines Rd (Aft Defu Ave 1) → Bishan Int
    Weekdays: 05:35 & 05:44
    Saturdays: 05:35, 05:51 & 06:07
    Sundays / Public Holidays: 05:55 & 06:08
Short Trip Service
  • Service 53A: Pasir Ris Drive 1 (Blk 738) → Changi Airport PTB 2
    Weekdays: 06:32 – 08:14
Route Variants:
  • Service 53M: Hougang Avenue 1 ↺ Serangoon Central (Loop)
    Daily: 06:00 – 23:00

 


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Operator History:
  • 1994 – 2001: Singapore Bus Services Ltd
  • 2001 – Present: SBS Transit Ltd

The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2025 under the Serangoon – Eunos Bus Package.

History:
  • 1994 (10 Jul): Introduced between Bishan Int and Hougang Ave 3 (Loop)
  • 1995 (23 Apr): Extended to loop at Changi Airport
  • 1996: Converted to bi-directional service between Bishan Int and Changi Airport PTB 1
  • 1996 (03 Sep): Amended to ply Pasir Ris Dr 12 and Pasir Ris Dr 1, skipping Elias Rd
  • 1997: Serves additional bus stop opposite Fish Farm Rd 2 along Tampines Rd
  • 1998: Serves additional bus stop after Fish Farm Rd 2 along Tampines Rd
  • 2000: Serves new pair of bus stops (95151 & 95159) along Airport Blvd
  • 2003 (21 Jun): Amended to ply Serangoon Central and Upp Serangoon Rd under North East MRT Line Rationalisation Phase 1
  • 2003: Serves new bus stop outside S’goon Stn along Serangoon Central
  • 2007 (23 Jun): Amended to ply Tampines Service Rd
  • 2007 (11 Nov): Amended to serve Changi Airport PTB3
  • 2009 (26 Oct): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
  • 2012 (09 Jan): Converted to loop service between Bishan Int and Changi Airport PTB 2
  • 2012 (29 Apr): Serves new bus stop (78049) along Pasir Ris Dr 1

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One thought on “SBS Transit Bus Service 53

  • 18 June 2020 at 10:11 AM
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    Candidate to start from Bidadari Int while 53M loops at Bishan Int.

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