SBS Transit City Direct Bus Service 654

SBS Transit City Direct Service 654 is a Weekday Peak Hour City Direct service between Sengkang and the CBD, passing through Rivervale Drive, KPE and Shenton Way. It is the fourth City Direct route introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP).

67319 Farmway Stn Exit A SW2 Anchorvale St
67429 Cheng Lim Stn Exit A SW1 Anchorvale St
67439 Blk 291A Compassvale St
67259 Compassvale Stn Exit B SE1 Compassvale St
67231 Rivervale Pr Sch Rivervale Dr
67221 Rumbia Stn Exit B/Blk 153 SE2 Rivervale Dr
67131 Bakau Stn/Blk 122F SE3 Rivervale Dr
67141 Blk 119D Rivervale Dr
67151 Kangkar Stn Exit B SE4 Rivervale Dr
03539 Marina Bay Stn NS27TE20CE2 Central Blvd
03529 Downtown Stn Exit E DT17 Central Blvd
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
03381 The Sail Marina Blvd
03391 Marina Bay Financial Ctr NS27TE20CE2 Marina Blvd
67159 Kangkar Stn Exit A SE4 Rivervale Dr
67139 Nth Spring Pr Sch SE3 Rivervale Dr
67229 Rumbia Stn Exit A SE2 Rivervale Dr
67239 Opp Rivervale Pr Sch Rivervale Dr
67251 Compassvale Stn Exit A SE1 Compassvale St
67431 Opp Blk 291A Compassvale St
67421 Cheng Lim Stn Exit B SW1 Anchorvale St
67311 Farmway Stn Exit B SW2 Anchorvale St
Route Overview
Route WAB_logo_20px [AM]: Anchorvale Street (Farmway Stn Exit A) → Shenton Way (Opp MAS Bldg)
[PM]: Anson Road (Mapletree Anson) → Anchorvale Street (Farmway Stn Exit B)
Passes Through Compassvale St, Rivervale Dr, Central Blvd / Marina Blvd
Route Length Towards Shenton Way: 21.1 km Towards Anchorvale St: 20.7 km
Travelling Time 57 mins
Operator Information
BCM Route Package Sengkang–Hougang Bus Package
Current Operator SBS Transit Ltd
Current Depot Hougang Bus Depot (HGDEP)
Current Fleet Single-deck & Double-deck buses
Operating Hours
Departure Times from Anchorvale St
Weekdays, except Public Holidays
07:30 – 07:55
Departure Times from Anson Rd
Weekdays, except Public Holidays
18:20 – 18:35
Operating Frequency
From Anchorvale St
5 mins
From Anson Rd
7 – 8 mins
Fare Information
Fare Charges express distance fares


City Direct service 654 provides residents of Sengkang 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 Rivervale Drive and Marina Bay via KPE, ECP and Sheares Avenue.

This is the fourth City Direct service to be introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP), and one of ten proposed City Direct bus routes 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.

The last morning trip is operated by a Double-Decker Bus from 9 October 2023.

Travel Smart Journeys

This bus service is part of the Travel Smart Journeys – North-East Line Scheme from 20 Mar 2023, where commuters who switch to this service can earn cashback in the form of e-transport vouchers.

MRT/LRT Stations Served
Departure Timings

Weekdays (except Public Holidays)

  • Morning Peak from Anchorvale Street (Farmway Stn Exit A)
    07:30, 07:35, 07:40, 07:45, 07:50 & 07:55
  • Evening Peak from Anson Road (Mapletree Anson):
    18:20, 18:27 & 18:35


Gallery (SBS Transit):
Gallery (BT&Tan / Ren Quan Transport)
Poster Gallery

Operator History:
  • 20 Jan 2014 – 19 Jan 2017: Ren Quan Transport Pte Ltd
  • 20 Jan 2017 – 19 Jul 2019: BT&Tan Transport Service
  • 22 Jul 2019 – Present: SBS Transit Ltd

The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2024 under the Sengkang–Hougang Bus Package.

  • 2014 (20 Jan): Introduced between Anchorvale St (Blk 336B) and Shenton Way (Opp MAS Bldg) during morning peak hours and between Anson Rd (Hub Synergy Pt) and Anchorvale St (Blk 330) during evening peak hours as a peak hour one-directional service on weekdays under the 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
  • 2017 (20 Jan): Operations transferred to BT&Tan Transport Service under Contract PT288
  • 2019 (22 Jul): Operations transferred to SBS Transit Ltd under the Sengkang–Hougang Bus Package
  • 2020 (08 Apr – 01 Jun): Temporarily suspended due to Singapore COVID-19 Circuit Breaker Measures.

Past Routings

Changes in Departure Times:
Effective Date Morning Peak Timings Evening Peak Timings
20 Jan 2014 07:35 & 07:50 18:20 & 18:35
14 Jul 2014 07:35, 07:45 & 07:55 18:20 & 18:35
02 Nov 2015 07:30, 07:38, 07:47 & 07:55 18:20 & 18:35
13 Jun 2016 07:30, 07:36, 07:42, 07:49 & 07:55 18:20 & 18:35
12 Jun 2018 07:30, 07:35, 07:40, 07:45, 07:50 & 07:55 18:20, 18:27 & 18:35

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34 thoughts on “SBS Transit City Direct Bus Service 654

  • 21 January 2020 at 10:00 AM

    Is it possible to change the departure time of 654 earlier to cater those who start work at 8.30 am? 57 mins does not include walking time from alighting bus stop to office and traffic conditions. Or is there any other city direct bus that can cater to those who start work earlier?


  • 26 October 2019 at 7:03 PM


    Can we have double decker buses??? Since the demand is getting higher and more people are getting on the bus! No seats available every time when The bus reaches Our bus stop and we have to stand for 45 mins to our destination!

    Previously the other operator, i still managed to get seats someday, but now? Not at all..

    • 16 October 2022 at 10:11 PM

      i think cant coz height restraints in kpe tunnel?

    • 24 March 2023 at 3:02 PM


      I will be shifting there soon. How long does it take from kangkar to downtown ?
      I see it’s only 2 stops
      Can anyone gimme a estimated travel time

  • 26 August 2019 at 5:40 PM

    Can we please have one more bus at a later timing. 8:15 for the ones who start work at 9.30 am or 8am or 805am since the demand for this bus and route has increased in the last 1 year.

  • 10 August 2019 at 8:47 PM

    The remaining CDS will be transfer over to the 4 operators in future..
    What i like to see is
    651: SBS Transit
    652: SBS Transit
    658: Go-Ahead Singapore
    659: Go-Ahead Singapore
    662: SMRT Buses
    664: SBS Transit
    666: SBS Transit
    667: SBS Transit
    668: SBS Transit
    669: SBS Transit
    670: SBS Transit
    671: SBS Transit
    672: SBS Transit

  • 23 July 2019 at 3:17 PM

    The remaining CDS will be transfer over to the 4 operators in future..
    What i like to see is
    651:Tower Transit
    652:SBS Transit
    654:SBS Transit
    655:SBS Transit
    657:Tower Transit
    660:SBS Transit
    667:SBS Transit
    668:SBS Transit
    671:SBS Transit
    672:SBS Transit


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