SBS Transit City Direct Bus Service 652

SBS Transit City Direct Service 652 is a Weekday Peak Hour 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).

56021 Opp Sembawang Hills Fc Upp Thomson Rd
56031 Bef Yio Chu Kang Rd Upp Thomson Rd
56191 Teachers' Housing Est Yio Chu Kang Rd
56201 Aft Munshi Abdullah Ave Yio Chu Kang Rd
55129 Blk 604 Ang Mo Kio Ave 5
55119 Blk 617 Ang Mo Kio Ave 5
54209 Bet Blks 152/155 Ang Mo Kio Ave 4
54199 Bef Mayflower Stn Exit 3 TE6 Ang Mo Kio Ave 4
54189 Mayflower Stn Exit 5 TE6 Ang Mo Kio Ave 4
54221 Opp Ang Mo Kio Pr Sch Ang Mo Kio Ave 3
54231 Blk 129 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3
54271 Blk 586 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3
54281 Blk 570 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3
54389 Blk 465 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10
54379 Blk 475 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10
54609 Opp Townsville Pr Sch Ang Mo Kio Ave 10
08057 Dhoby Ghaut Stn NS24NE6CC1 Orchard Rd
08069 Bencoolen Stn Exit B DT21 Bras Basah Rd
04179 Aft Bras Basah Stn Exit A CC2 Bras Basah Rd
02049 Raffles Hotel Bras Basah Rd
02119 Opp War Memorial Pk CC3 Nicoll Highway
03019 OUE Bayfront EW14NS26 Collyer Quay
03059 One Raffles Quay Raffles Quay
03129 UIC Bldg TE19 Shenton Way
03218 Opp MAS Bldg EW15 Shenton Way
03241 Mapletree Anson Anson Rd
03111 Aft Capital Twr Robinson Rd
03071 80 Robinson Rd Robinson Rd
03031 Raffles Pl Stn Exit F EW14NS26 Robinson Rd
03011 Fullerton Sq EW14NS26 Fullerton Rd
02111 Esplanade Bridge Esplanade Dr
04111 Capitol Bldg EW13NS25 Stamford Rd
04121 SMU CC2 Stamford Rd
08041 YMCA Orchard Rd
08031 Dhoby Ghaut Stn Exit B NS24NE6CC1 Penang Rd
54601 Townsville Pr Sch Ang Mo Kio Ave 10
54371 Blk 409 Mkt/FC Ang Mo Kio Ave 10
54381 Blk 443 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10
54289 Blk 452 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3
54279 Blk 427 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3
54239 Blk 209 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3
54229 Ang Mo Kio Pr Sch Ang Mo Kio Ave 3
54181 Mayflower Stn Exit 6 TE6 Ang Mo Kio Ave 4
54191 Mayflower Stn Exit 2 TE6 Ang Mo Kio Ave 4
54201 Opp Blk 155 Ang Mo Kio Ave 4
55111 Blk 180 Ang Mo Kio Ave 5
55121 Opp Blk 604 Ang Mo Kio Ave 5
56209 Bef Thomson Hills Dr Yio Chu Kang Rd
56199 Aft Thomson Hills Dr Yio Chu Kang Rd
56039 Aft Yio Chu Kang Rd Upp Thomson Rd
56029 Bef Sembawang Hills Fc Upp Thomson Rd


  • – Wheelchair Inaccessible Bus Stop
Route Overview
Route WAB_logo_20px [AM]: Upper Thomson Road (Opp Sembawang Hills FC) โ†’ Shenton Way (Opp MAS Bldg)
[PM]:ย Anson Road (Mapletree Anson) โ†’ Upper Thomson Road (Bef Sembawang Hills FC)
Passes Through Ang Mo Kio Ave 4, Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, Bras Basah Rd / Stamford Rd
Route Length Towards Shenton Way: 18.9 km Towards Upp Thomson Rd: 18.8 km
Travelling Time 57 โ€“ 64 mins
Operator Information
BCM Route Package Seletar Bus Package
Current Operator SBS Transit Ltd
Current Depot Seletar Bus Depot (SEDEP)
Current Fleet Double Deck Bus
โ€“ MAN A95
โ€“ Volvo B9TL
Operating Hours
Departure Times from Upp Thomson Rd
Weekdays, except Public Holidays
07:25 โ€“ 07:50
Departure Times from Anson Rd
Weekdays, except Public Holidays
18:10 โ€“ 18:25
Operating Frequency
From Upp Thomson Rd
8 โ€“ 9 mins
From Anson Rd
15 mins
Fare Information
Fare Charges express distance fares


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.

MRT Stations Served
Departure Timings

Weekdays (except Public Holidays)

  • Morning Peak from Upper Thomson Road (Opp Sembawang Hills FC):
    07:25, 07:33, 07:41 & 07:50
  • Evening Peak from Anson Road (Mapletree Anson):
    18:10 & 18:25

Gallery (SBS Transit):
Gallery (SMRT Buses / Ren Quan Transport)
Poster Gallery

Operator History:
  • 06 Jan 2014 โ€“ 03 Jan 2020: Ren Quan Transport Pte Ltd
  • 06 Jan 2020 โ€“ 03 Sep 2021: SMRT Buses Ltd
  • 06 Sep 2021 โ€“ Present: SBS Transit Ltd

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

Route History:
  • 2014 (06 Jan): Introduced between Upp Thomson Rd (Opp Sembawang Hills FC) and Shenton Way (Opp MAS Bldg) during morning peak hours and between Anson Rd (Hub Synergy Pt) and Upp Thomson Rd (Bef Sembawang Hills FC) during evening peak hours as a peak hour one-directional service on weekdays under the LTA’s Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP). Operated under Contract VT387C.
  • 2015 (23 Mar): Serves new staggered bus stop outside Mapletree Anson along Anson Rd, skipping the bus stop outside Hub Synergy Pt
  • 2020 (06 Jan): Operations transferred to SMRT Buses Ltd under the Sembawang-Yishun Bus Package. Morning trips reduced with the deployment of Double Decker Buses
  • 2020 (08 Apr – 01 Jun): Temporarily suspended due to Singapore COVID-19 Circuit Breaker Measures.
  • 2021 (06 Sep): Operations transferred to SBS Transit from SMRT Buses under the Seletar Bus Package

Past Routings

Changes in Departure Times:
Effective Date Morning Peak Timings Evening Peak Timings
06 Jan 2014 07:35 & 07:45 18:10 & 18:25
17 Mar 2014 07:30, 07:40 & 07:50 18:10 & 18:25
14 Jul 2014 07:30, 07:36, 07:43 & 07:50 18:10 & 18:25
19 Jan 2015 07:25, 07:31, 07:37, 07:43 & 07:50 18:10 & 18:25
25 Jun 2018 07:25, 07:30, 07:35, 07:40, 07:45 & 07:50 18:10 & 18:25
06 Jan 2020 07:25, 07:33, 07:41 & 07:50 18:10 & 18:25


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11 thoughts on “SBS Transit City Direct Bus Service 652

  • 30 August 2021 at 7:00 PM

    Service 652 will be operated by Seletar Depot (SEDEP) from 6 September 2021

  • 11 June 2021 at 8:51 AM

    When will SMRT Buses stop operating 652?

    • 19 June 2021 at 8:00 PM

      And when is the last day for SMRT operating 652?

  • 16 December 2019 at 5:58 PM

    The bus will stop before the bus stop at Mapletree Anson and will stop at the Most Front Of aft capital twr. Pls be aware of where the bus will stop. The bus driver does not stop at SMU and YMCA.

    • 6 July 2022 at 11:37 AM

      Would like to enquire on a lost item in bus 652. Any one i contact directly?

  • 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?

      • 4 February 2020 at 8:12 AM

        I take bus 652 every morning. The commute is almost one hour just like other commuters with me. The aircon in the bus is set at full blast. Even with a full capacity, the bus temperature is way too cold, which causes extreme discomfort throughout the ride. Would appreciate if bus driver can lower the aircon temp. Doubtful of this feedback, please take an hour ride yourself to experience the discomfort. You can see almost all the vents pointing away from the commuters.


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