City Direct Bus Service 652

City Direct Service 652 is an AM/PM Peak City Direct service between Ang Mo Kio and the CBD, passing through CTE, Orchard Road and Fullerton Road. It is the second City Direct route introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP).

An additional trip in the morning to the CBD commences on 25 June 2018 with timing revisions for City Direct 652.


City Direct 652:
Upper Thomson Road 
→ Shenton Way | Anson Road → Upper Thomson Road
AM Peak
Towards CBD
PM Peak
Towards Upper Thomson
  • Upp Thomson Rd
    – Opp S’wang Hill FC

    – Bef Yio Chu Kang Rd
  • Yio Chu Kang Rd
    – Opp NPB Serangoon Depot
    – Aft Munshi Abdullah Ave
  • Ang Mo Kio Ave 5
    – Blk 604
    – Blk 617
  • Ang Mo Kio Ave 4
    – Bet Blks 152/155
    – Blk 163
    – Blk 110
  • Ang Mo Kio Ave 3
    – Opp Ang Mo Kio Pr Sch
    – Blk 129
    – Blk 586
    – Blk 570
  • Ang Mo Kio Ave 10
    – Blk 465
    – Blk 475
    – Opp Townsville Pr Sch
  • Ang Mo Kio Ave 1 (Express)
  • CTE (Express)
  • Buyong Rd (Express)
  • Orchard Rd
    – Dhoby Ghaut Stn
  • Bras Basah Rd
    – Bencoolen Stn Exit B
    – Aft Bras Basah Stn Exit A
    – Raffles Hotel
  • Nicoll Highway
    – Opp War Memorial Pk
  • Collyer Quay
    – OUE Bayfront
  • Raffles Quay
    – One Raffles Quay
  • Shenton Way
    – UIC Bldg
    – Opp MAS Bldg
  • Anson Rd
    – Mapletree Anson
  • Robinson Rd
    – Aft Capital Twr
    – Opp SO Sofitel S’pore
    – Raffles Place Stn Exit F
  • Fullerton Rd
    – Fullerton Sq
  • Esplanade Dr
    – Esplanade Bridge
  • Stamford Rd
    – Capitol Bldg
    – SMU
  • Orchard Rd
    – YMCA
  • Penang Rd
    – Dhoby Ghaut Stn
  • Buyong Rd (Express)
  • CTE (Express)
  • Ang Mo Kio Ave 1 (Express)
  • Ang Mo Kio Ave 10
    – Townsville Pr Sch
    – Blk 409A
    – Blk 443
  • Ang Mo Kio Ave 3
    – Blk 452
    – Blk 427
    – Blk 209
    – Ang Mo Kio Pr Sch
  • Ang Mo Kio Ave 4
    – Blk 258
    – Blk 170
    – Opp Blk 155
  • Ang Mo Kio Ave 5
    – Blk 180
    – Opp Blk 604
  • Yio Chu Kang Rd
    – Bef Thomson Hills Dr
    – NPB Serangoon Depot
  • Upp Thomson Rd
    – Aft Yio Chu Kang rd
    – Bef Sembawang Hill FC


Technical Information
[AM]: Upper Thomson Road (Opp S’wang Hill FC) → Shenton Way (Opp MAS Bldg)
[PM]: Anson Road (Mapletree Anson) → Upper Thomson Road (Bef Sembawang Hill FC)
Passes Through Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, Dhoby Ghaut
Route Length 19.0km (D1) |18.8km (D2)
Traveling Time 60 mins
Operator Information
BCM Route Package City Direct Bus Services
Current Operator Ren Quan Transport Pte Ltd
Current Fleet Private Buses
Departure Times from Upper Thomson
0725 – 0750 (Weekdays except Public Holidays), 6 Trips
Departure Times from Anson Rd
1810 – 1825 (Weekdays except Public Holidays), 2 Trips
Frequency AM Peak
PM Peak
5 mins 15 mins


LTA News Release
LTA News Release

City Direct Service 652 provides residents of Thomson and Ang Mo Kio with greater connectivity to the CBD. By running parallel to existing rail lines, the service provides a travel alternative for commuters who relied on the rail network and feeder buses to and from work. The route incorporates an express sector between Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10 and Orchard Road via Central Expressway (CTE). Some bus stops along Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 (near Ang Mo Kio MRT) are skipped to avoid duplication of the MRT line.

This is the second City Direct service to be introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP), and one of ten proposed City Direct bus routes to be progressively introduced until the 2nd Quarter of 2014. This provides more options for commuters using stretches of the existing rail lines that experience persistently high ridership, while the ongoing rail enhancement measures are being implemented.

Departure Timings

  • AM Peak from Upper Thomson Rd (Opp S’wang Hill FC): 0725hrs, 0730hrs, 0735hrs, 0740hrs, 0745hrs, 0750hrs
  • PM Peak from Anson Road (Mapletree Anson): 1810hrs, 1825hrs

Fares: Charges regular distance-based express fares. Calculate your bus fare using LTA’s fare calculator on here.

Fleet: Service 652′s fleet comprises of private buses. Common models sighted include Volvo B7Rs and Isuzu LT134Ps.


Operator History:

  • 06 Jan 2014 onwards: Ren Quan Transport Pte Ltd

The operating license of this bus service will be renewed in 2019.


  • 2014 (06 Jan): Introduced as a bidirectional AM/PM-Peak hour service from Upper Thomson to the CBD under the BSEP. Operates two trips on weekday mornings at 7:35am and 7:45am, and weekday evenings at 6:10pm and 6:25pm. Charges Distance-based flat fares.
  • 2014 (17 Mar): Third morning trip added, departure times from Upp Thomson revised to 7:30am, 7:40am and 7:50am.
  • 2014 (06 Apr): Revised fares as part of the Public Transport Fare Adjustment 2014
  • 2014 (14 Jul): Fourth morning trip added, departure times from Upp Thomson revised to 7:30am, 7:36am, 7:43am and 7:50am
  • 2015 (19 Jan): Fifth morning trip added, departure times from Upp Thomson revised to 7.25am, 7.31am, 7.37am, 7.43am and 7.50am.
  • 2015 (23 Mar): Calls at new bus stop 03241 Anson Rd – Mapletree Anson instead of 03222 Anson Rd – Hub Synergy Point
  • 2016 (18 Jan): City Direct 652 operating contract for Ren Quan Transport Pte Ltd extended by 1 year
  • 2018 (25 Jun): Sixth morning trip added, departure times from Upp Thomson revised to 7.25am, 7.30am, 7.35am, 7.40am, 7.45am and 7.50am.


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3 thoughts on “City Direct Bus Service 652

  • 26 February 2018 at 7:26 PM

    I would like to suggest if u could arrange more bus or reschedule your bus. I notices there are getting a huge jump of passenger taking the 1st and 2nd bus for city bus from amk to CBD. Aware there are 5 schedule of bus.. However most of the passenger start work at 8.30am if we miss the1st/2nd bus due to overpack passenger and unable to board the bus. End out we would be late for work. Hope u can put into consideration about my feedback.


  • 6 February 2017 at 6:30 PM

    Is your driver in a rush to go back home? We were waiting from 6pm for ur 1st bus to arrival yet driver stop at the Fullerton bus stop instead of the usual broading location he picked up one passenger and went off. Me n another passenger was running to catch the bus and your driver jus close the door and went off. FYI this is not the first time already. Bus no. 952E

    • 21 September 2017 at 10:15 AM

      Sorry, but is it bus 652 or bus 952E?


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