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) on Sunday, 16 August 2015.

Hougang Ave 1
↺ Serangoon Ctrl (Loop)
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
63141 Blk 209 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


Route Overview
Route WAB_logo_20px Hougang Avenue 1 ↺ Serangoon Central (Loop)
Passes Through Lorong 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 Citaro
– Scania K230UB
Operating Hours
Departure Times from Hougang Ave 1
06:00 – 23:00
Operating Frequency
Loop Service 6:30am–8.30am 8.31am–4.59pm 5.00pm–7.00pm After 7.00pm
Weekdays 6 – 15 mins 7 – 23 mins 7 – 19 mins 7 – 22 mins
Saturdays 7 – 17 mins 7 – 26 mins 5 – 26 mins 4 – 23 mins
Sundays / Public Holidays 5 – 17 mins 4 – 18 mins 3 – 20 mins 5 – 19 mins
Fare Information
Fare Charges regular distance fares


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 route serves 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.

Short Trip Services 53A and 53B, which plied the Serangoon Central bound and Hougang Avenue 1 bound sectors during morning and evening peak hours 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 Variant
  • Service 53: Bishan Bus Interchange ↺ Changi Airport PTB2 (Loop)


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): Serves an additional bus stop (65141) along Boundary Rd

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3 thoughts on “SBS Transit Bus Service 53M

  • 5 May 2019 at 2:56 PM

    just extend 113 by a few stops to loop around serangoon ctrl. This service is redundant.

    • 10 October 2021 at 6:03 PM

      113 cannot extend to Serangoon Central as the end of looping point of Hougang Street 11 to Upper Paya Lebar Road is unfriendly, and can only loop back.

  • 28 May 2016 at 4:30 PM

    Should be under Ang Mo Kio better.


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