SBS Transit Bus Service 53M

SBS Transit Bus Service 53M is a trunk service plying between Hougang Avenue 1 and looping at Serangoon Central, passing through Lorong Ah Soo, Upper Paya Lebar Road, Serangoon Central and Upper Serangoon Road. It is a route variant of Service 53, introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP) and was launched on Sunday, 16 August 2015.

Opp Blk 232 ↺ S'goon Ctrl (Loop)
Opp Blk 232
Hougang Ave 1
Blk 239
Hougang Ave 1
Blk 105 Mkt/FC
Hougang Ave 1
Opp Blk 115
Lor Ah Soo
Paya Lebar Girls' Sch
Lor Ah Soo
Opp The Minton
Lor Ah Soo
Aft Jln Chermat
Upp Paya Lebar Rd
Blk 209
Boundary Rd
Blk 206
S'goon Ctrl
S'Goon Stn Exit C/Blk 201
S'goon Ctrl
Opp Blk 1
Upp S'goon Rd
Blk 161
Upp Paya Lebar Rd
The Minton
Lor Ah Soo
Opp Paya Lebar Girls' Sch
Lor Ah Soo
Blk 115
Lor Ah Soo
Aljunied CC
Hougang Ave 1
Opp Yuying Sec Sch
Hougang Ave 1
Blk 232
Hougang Ave 1
Technical Information
Route WAB_logo_20px
Hougang Avenue 1 ↺ Serangoon Central (Loop)
Passes Through Lor Ah Soo, Upp Paya Lebar Rd
Route Length 6.0 km
Traveling Time 25 mins
Operator Information
BCM Route Package Serangoon – Eunos Bus Package
Current Operator SBS Transit Ltd
Current Depot Hougang Bus Depot (HGDEP)
Current Fleet 12-metre Single Deck Bus:
Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro
Scania K230UB
Departure Times from Hougang Ave 1
0600hrs – 2300hrs (Daily)
Frequency Loop Service
0630hrs – 0830hrs: 06 – 15 mins
0831hrs – 1659hrs: 06 – 23 mins
1700hrs – 1900hrs: 07 – 20 mins
After 1900hrs: 07 – 22 mins

Route History

Service 53M is a supplementary route of Service 53, duplicating a short stretch of its parent service between Hougang Avenue 1 and Serangoon Central. It enhances bus connections for commuters along Service 53’s most crowded short stretches of route, and was launched on Sunday, 16 August 2015.

The service operates daily from 6.00am to 11.00pm, serving residential areas along Hougang Avenue 1 and Lorong Ah Soo with better access to the key transport node of Serangoon Central, where commuters can transfer to other bus services or the rail network. It serves amenities such as the market/food centre along Hougang Avenue 1 and the Aljunied Community Club, as well as schools such as Paya Lebar Girls’ School and Yuying Secondary School. The route relieves demand off Service 45 and 53, which encounters very heavy loading along the sectors pied by 53M.

LTA/SBST Joint Poster Release
LTA/SBST Joint Poster Release

Shortworking trip 53A and 53B, which ply the Serangoon Central bound and Hougang Avenue 1 bound sectors during the AM and PM peak periods respectively, were withdrawn after the introduction of 53M due to duplicating sectors.

With no evident terminating point, Service 53M buses turnaround at the Hougang St 21 vehicle park next to Blk 206, the site of the former Hougang South Bus Interchange (and current Service 115 terminating point). However, no boarding and alighting is allowed outside the designated bus stops of this route. Buses officially park at Hougang Central Interchange during their scheduled breaks.

MRT Station Served
Route Variants
  • Service 53: Bishan Bus Interchange ↺ Changi Airport PTB2 (Loop)

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


Operator History
  • 2015 – Present: SBS Transit Ltd

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

  • 2015 (16 Aug): Introduced between Hougang Ave 1 and Serangoon Ctrl under LTA’s Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP). Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB) at launch
  • 2016 (24 Jan): Calls at an additional bus stop along Boundary Rd (BS 65141 Blk 209)
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One thought on “SBS Transit Bus Service 53M

  • 28 May 2016 at 4:30 PM

    Should be under Ang Mo Kio better.


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