SMRT Bus Service 61

SMRT Bus Service 61 is a trunk route linking Bukit Batok with Eunos via Ulu Pandan, Queenstown, HarbourFront, Chinatown, Bugis, Bendemeer, MacPherson and Ubi. At 38.8km in its longest direction, it is the among the longest bidirectional trunk routes in Singapore.

61
43009
Bt Batok Int
Bt Batok Ctrl
43179
Blk 231
Bt Batok East Ave 3
43189
Blk 283
Bt Batok East Ave 3
43199
Ch Of St. Mary
Bt Batok East Ave 6
43209
Autobacs
Bt Batok East Ave 6
42199
Aft Bt Batok East Ave 6
Jln Jurong Kechil
42189
The Hillford
Jln Jurong Kechil
42179
Aft Chun Tin Rd
Jln Jurong Kechil
42169
Opp Blk 19
Jln Jurong Kechil
42159
Opp Beauty World Stn
Jln Jurong Kechil
42259
Goh & Goh Bldg
Jln Jurong Kechil
42089
Opp Bt Timah Plaza
Jln Anak Bt
42149
Aft Bt Timah Rd
Clementi Rd
12109
Opp Ngee Ann Poly
Clementi Rd
12099
Opp SIM HQ
Clementi Rd
12089
Opp Maju Camp
Clementi Rd
12079
Opp Blk 116
Clementi Rd
12069
Opp Blk 109A
Clementi Rd
12119
Police KINS Trg Camp
Ulu Pandan Rd
12059
Opp Pine Gr Condo
Ulu Pandan Rd
12049
Opp Pandan Valley
Ulu Pandan Rd
12039
Opp Pandan Valley Condo
Ulu Pandan Rd
12029
Opp Moonbeam Wk
Holland Rd
11299
Opp Cold Storage Jelita
Holland Rd
11289
Opp Tan Boon Chong Ave
Holland Rd
11279
Aft Coronation Rd West
Holland Rd
11269
Opp Holland Village
Holland Rd
11419
Holland V Stn Exit A
Holland Ave
11409
Blk 9
Holland Ave
11179
Blk 8
C'wealth Ave
11169
C'Wealth Stn Exit B/C
C'wealth Ave
11161
C'Wealth Stn Exit A/D
C'wealth Ave
11459
Blk 50
C'wealth Dr
11449
Blk 37B
C'wealth Dr
11059
Queenstown Polyclinic
Queensway
11049
Opp Blessed Sacrament Ch
Queensway
11039
Blk 19
Queensway
11029
Blk 166
Queensway
11519
Opp Queensway Shop Ctr
Alexandra Rd
18019
Opp SP Jain
Alexandra Rd
15059
Opp Alexandra Pt
Alexandra Rd
15049
Bef PSA Bldg
Alexandra Rd
14189
Aft Alexandra Rd
Telok Blangah Rd
14179
Yeo's Bldg
Telok Blangah Rd
14169
Opp Telok Blangah Stn
Telok Blangah Rd
14159
Bef Chr Community Chapel
Telok Blangah Rd
14139
Bef Seah Im Rd
Telok Blangah Rd
14129
Harbourfront Stn Exit A
Telok Blangah Rd
14119
Opp VivoCity
Telok Blangah Rd
14011
Bef Mt Faber Lodge
Kg Bahru Rd
14239
Opp Keppel DP Blk 519
Kg Bahru Rd
14229
St. Teresa's Ch
Kg Bahru Rd
10391
Opp Melati Blk 2
Kg Bahru Rd
10049
OPP KAMPONG BAHRU TER
Kg Bahru Rd
10017
Aft Hosp Dr
Eu Tong Sen St
10018
Outram Pk Stn Exit F/SGH
Eu Tong Sen St
05013
People's Pk Cplx
Eu Tong Sen St
05023
Opp Hong Lim Pk
Eu Tong Sen St
04222
Clarke Quay Stn Exit E
Eu Tong Sen St
04142
Armenian Ch
Hill St
01012
Hotel Grand Pacific
Victoria St
01113
Bugis Stn Exit A
Victoria St
01121
Stamford Pr Sch
Victoria St
01211
Opp Blk 461
Victoria St
01311
Lavender Stn Exit B
Kallang Rd
07371
Aft Kallang Rd
Lavender St
60011
BENDEMEER STN EXIT A
Kallang Bahru
60021
Chubb S'pore
Kallang Bahru
60031
BEF GEYLANG BAHRU STN
Kallang Bahru
60229
Blk 68
Geylang Bahru
60159
Blk 54
Bendemeer Rd
60161
St. Michael's Pl
S'goon Rd
60211
Aft Tai Thong Cres
MacPherson Rd
70101
Opp Gulab Bldg
MacPherson Rd
70111
Opp Cencon Bldg
MacPherson Rd
70039
Aljunied Pk
Aljunied Rd
70151
Aft Jln Anggerek
Merpati Rd
70161
OPP MATTAR STN EXIT A
Merpati Rd
70171
Blk 77
Circuit Rd
70181
Blk 36
Circuit Rd
70191
OPP BLK 66
Circuit Rd
70371
Macpherson Stn Exit A
Circuit Link
71161
Blk 3019
Ubi Ave 2
71151
Blk 3021
Ubi Ave 2
71141
Blk 3023
Ubi Ave 2
71121
UBI STN EXIT B
Ubi Ave 2
71131
Automobile Megamart
Ubi Ave 2
71091
Blk 637
Eunos Link
72019
Eunos Mans
Jln Eunos
83119
Opp Blk 16
Jln Eunos
83109
Opp Eunos Stn
Jln Eunos
82069
Aft Lor 106 Changi
Changi Rd
82221
Blk 3A
Jln Turi
82009
Eunos Int
Eunos Rd 2
82009
Eunos Int
Eunos Rd 2
82061
Eunos Stn/ Int
Sims Ave
83101
Eunos Stn
Jln Eunos
83111
Blk 17
Jln Eunos
72011
Blk 322
Jln Eunos
71099
Blk 311
Eunos Link
71139
Blk 302
Ubi Ave 2
71129
UBI STN EXIT A
Ubi Ave 2
71149
Blk 3024
Ubi Ave 2
71159
Blk 3026
Ubi Ave 2
71169
Aztech Bldg
Ubi Ave 2
70379
Opp Macpherson Stn Exit A
Circuit Link
70201
OPP MACPHERSON STN EXIT D
Circuit Rd
70211
Blk 90
Pipit Rd
70221
Blk 79 FC
Circuit Rd
70231
OPP MATTAR STN EXIT B
Mattar Rd
70241
MacPherson Pr Sch
Mattar Rd
70021
Opp Canossa Convent Pr
Aljunied Rd
70031
Opp Aljunied Pk
Aljunied Rd
70119
Cencon Bldg
MacPherson Rd
70109
Gulab Bldg
MacPherson Rd
60219
Bef Siemens Ctr
MacPherson Rd
60179
MOM Svcs Ctr
Bendemeer Rd
60221
BLK 73/GEYLANG BAHRU STN
Geylang Bahru
60039
Opp Blk 66
Kallang Bahru
60029
Blk 16
Kallang Bahru
60019
BENDEMEER STN EXIT B
Kallang Bahru
07369
Aft Kallang Bahru
Lavender St
07379
Bef Kallang Rd
Lavender St
01339
Bef Crawford Bridge
Crawford St
01329
Blk 8
Nth Bridge Rd
01229
Bef Sultan Mque
Nth Bridge Rd
01139
Parkview Sq
Nth Bridge Rd
01039
Nth Bridge Commercial Cplx
Nth Bridge Rd
01029
Cosmic Insurance Bldg
Nth Bridge Rd
04167
City Hall Stn Exit B
Nth Bridge Rd
04249
Opp The Treasury
Nth Bridge Rd
05029
Boat Quay
Sth Bridge Rd
05199
Opp Hong Lim Cplx
Sth Bridge Rd
05189
Opp Sri Mariamman Tp
Sth Bridge Rd
05259
Aft Kreta Ayer Rd
Neil Rd
05239
Bef The Pinnacle@Duxton
Neil Rd
10021
Blk 3
Neil Rd
10041
BEF KAMPONG BAHRU TER
Kg Bahru Rd
10399
Melati Blk 2
Kg Bahru Rd
14221
Opp St. Teresa's Ch
Kg Bahru Rd
14231
Keppel DP Blk 519
Kg Bahru Rd
14019
Opp Mt Faber Lodge
Kg Bahru Rd
14141
VivoCity
Telok Blangah Rd
14121
Harbourfront Stn Exit B
Telok Blangah Rd
14131
Caribbean at Keppel Bay
Telok Blangah Rd
14151
Opp Chr Community Chapel
Telok Blangah Rd
14161
Telok Blangah Stn
Telok Blangah Rd
14171
Opp Yeo's Bldg
Telok Blangah Rd
15041
Aft PSA Bldg
Alexandra Rd
15051
Alexandra Pt
Alexandra Rd
18011
SP Jain
Alexandra Rd
11511
Alexandra Hosp
Alexandra Rd
11021
Aft Queenstown NPC HQ
Queensway
11031
Opp Queen's Cl
Queensway
11441
Blk 58
C'wealth Dr
11451
Blk 72
C'wealth Dr
11171
Opp Blk 7B
C'wealth Ave
11401
Holland V Stn Exit C
Holland Ave
11261
Holland Village
Holland Rd
11271
Aft East Sussex Lane
Holland Rd
11281
Aft Tan Boon Chong Ave
Holland Rd
11291
Cold Storage Jelita
Holland Rd
12021
Bef Moonbeam Wk
Holland Rd
12031
Pandan Valley Condo
Ulu Pandan Rd
12041
Aft Pandan Valley
Ulu Pandan Rd
12051
Pine Gr Condo
Ulu Pandan Rd
12111
Bef Clementi Rd
Ulu Pandan Rd
12061
Blk 109
Clementi Rd
12071
Blk 116
Clementi Rd
12081
Maju Camp
Clementi Rd
12091
SIM HQ
Clementi Rd
12101
Ngee Ann Poly
Clementi Rd
42141
Bef Dunearn Rd
Clementi Rd
42071
Pei Hwa Presby Pr Sch
Upp Bt Timah Rd
42151
Beauty World Stn Exit C
Jln Jurong Kechil
42161
Blk 18
Jln Jurong Kechil
42171
Signature Pk Condo
Jln Jurong Kechil
42181
Opp The Hillford
Jln Jurong Kechil
42191
Bef Bt Batok East Ave 6
Jln Jurong Kechil
43201
Opp Autobacs
Bt Batok East Ave 6
43191
Blk 288C
Bt Batok East Ave 6
43181
Keming Pr Sch
Bt Batok East Ave 3
43171
Blk 229
Bt Batok East Ave 3
43009
Bt Batok Int
Bt Batok Ctrl
Technical Information
Route WAB_logo_20px
Bukit Batok Bus Interchange ↔ Eunos Bus Interchange
Passes Through Ulu Pandan, Queenstown, HarbourFront, Chinatown, Bugis, Bendemeer, MacPherson, Ubi
Route Length 39.6km (D1) | 35.6km (D2)
Travelling Time 130 mins
Operator Information
BCM Route Package Choa Chu Kang – Bukit Panjang Bus Package
Current Operator SMRT Buses Ltd
Current Depot Bulim Bus Depot (BUDEP)
Current Fleet 12-metre Double Deck Bus:
Alexander Dennis Enviro500
– MAN A95
12-metre Single Deck Bus:
– MAN A22
Departure Times from Bukit Batok
0520 – 2330 (Daily)
Departure Times from Eunos
0530 – 2330 (Weekdays, Saturdays)
0545 – 2330 (Sundays/PH)
Frequency Direction 1 Direction 2
0630-0830: 07 – 09 mins
0831-1659: 11 – 14 mins
1700-1900: 10 – 13 mins
After 1900: 10 – 15 mins
0630-0830: 09 – 13 mins
0831-1659: 09 – 15 mins
1700-1900: 09 – 13 mins
After 1900: 11 – 15 mins

Route History

Service 61 is a lengthy inter-town route serving residential, suburban and central areas of Bukit Batok, Ulu Pandan, Holland, Tanglin Halt, HarbourFront, Chinatown, Clarke Quay, Bugis, Kallang/Geylang Bahru, MacPherson Estate, Ubi and Eunos. It does not ply any expressways, unusual for trunk services of such length. At 38.8km in its longest direction (towards Eunos), it is the longest distance covered per direction for any bi-directional route in Singapore.

The lenghty nature of its route is a remnant of its long history where bus routes in the past were usually very long to serve more residential areas with connections to the City Centre, maximizing their catchment areas and hence profitability. The presence of many more alternative routes today has diminished the role of Service 61 as a crucial connection between the City and outlying housing estates.

Demand is spread evenly throughout, and this route mainly shuttles commuters over shorter distances throughout various points of the route.

Formerly operating with a large fleet of articulated buses, Service 61 has experienced declining demand with the opening of the MRT Circle Line. By 2012, most of the articulated buses have been withdrawn in favor of wheelchair-accessible rigid buses.

This service is also the sole route serving Commonwealth Drive and surrounding estates.

At Commonwealth MRT Station, Service 61 buses heading towards Eunos calls at both sides of Commonwealth Avenue.

Buses heading towards Eunos will perform a U-Turn near Commonwealth MRT Station along Commonwealth Avenue and at the junction of Queensway and Commonwealth Ave.

Special Departures:

  • Victoria Street (Opp Blk 461)  Eunos Int
    Weekdays & Saturdays: 0600 + additional trips
    Sundays & Public Holidays: 0610 + additional trips
  • Neil Rd (Blk 3)  Bukit Batok Int
    Weekdays & Saturdays: 0600 + additional trips
    Sundays & Public Holidays: 0610 + additional trips

MRT Stations Served:

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

Fleet: See above.


Gallery:

Route Video:


Operator History:

  • 1971 – 1973: Associated Bus Services Pte Ltd
  • 1973 – 2000: Singapore Bus Services Ltd
  • 2000 – 2004: Trans-Island Bus Services Ltd
  • 2004 – Present: SMRT Buses Ltd

The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2023 under the Choa Chu Kang – Bukit Panjang Bus Package.

History:

  • 1971 (11 Apr): Introduced between MacPherson Est and Alexandra Rd/Pasir Panjang Rd, operated by Associated Bus Services
  • 1971 (???): Extended to Ulu Pandan Ter
  • 1987 (27 Sep): Extended to Bukit Batok Int
  • 1991: Extended to Eunos Int
  • 2000 (03 Sep): Handed to Trans-Island Bus Service (TIBS)
  • 2003 (04 May): Amended to ply Geylang Bahru, Bendemeer Rd and Whampoa East instead of Jln Kolam Ayer.
  • 2011 (26 Jun): Amended to ply along Lor Bengkok instead of Circuit Link due to the DTL construction works.
  • 2011 (03 Dec): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
  • Sep 2012: Service improvement under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP)
  • 2014 (17 Nov): Alexander Dennis Enviro500 double-deck buses deployed
  • 2016 (16 Oct): Reinstated to ply Circuit Link instead of Lor Bengkok.
  • 2017 (12 Feb): Calls at a new pair of bus stops along Ubi Ave 2.
  • 2017 (26 Nov): Calls at B/S 10018 Aft Hosp Dr, Eu Tong Sen St instead of B/S 10039 Bef Hosp Dr, Kg Bahru Rd due to B/S Removal
  • 2018 (10 Mar): Amended to Commonwealth MRT Station towards Eunos due to permanent closure of a section of Tanglin Halt Road. First bus from Bukit Batok brought forward 10 minutes from 0530hrs daily.

Past Routings:


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