SMRT Bus Service 700 is a trunk route between Bukit Panjang Temp Bus Pk and Shenton Way Terminal, passing through Petir, Bukit Timah, Orchard, Bras Basah and Fullerton. It incorporates an express sector between and Dairy Farm Road and Whitley Road via BKE and PIE. This service operates along with its route variant, Service 700A which loops at Suntec City, while skipping Shenton Way.
- No alighting at Shenton Way Bus Terminal
- No boarding and alighting at Bukit Panjang Temp Bus Pk
||Bukit Panjang Temporary Bus Park ↔ Shenton Way Bus Terminal|
|Passes Through||Petir, Bukit Timah, Orchard, Bras Basah, Fullerton|
|Route Length||21.6 km (D1) | 21.3 km (D2)|
|Travelling Time||85 mins|
|BCM Route Package||Choa Chu Kang – Bukit Panjang Bus Package|
|Current Operator||SMRT Buses Ltd|
|Current Depot||Ulu Pandan Bus Depot (UPDEP)|
|Current Fleet||12-metre Single Deck Bus:
– MAN NL323F
– Mercedes-Benz OC500LE
12-metre Double Deck Bus:
– Alexander Dennis Enviro500
– Volvo B9TL
|Departure Times from Bukit Panjang Temp Bus Pk
||0555hrs – 1825hrs (Weekdays)
0555hrs – 1300hrs (Saturdays)
|Departure Times from Shenton Way
||0630hrs – 1930hrs (Weekdays)
0630hrs – 1400hrs (Saturdays)
|Frequency||Direction 1||Direction 2|
|0630 – 0830: 04 – 10 mins
0831 – 1659: 10 – 13 mins
1700 – 1900: 10 – 12 mins
After 1900: NA
|0630 – 0830: 13 mins
0831 – 1659: 09 – 13 mins
1700 – 1900: 10 – 11 mins
After 1900: 11 mins
Service 700 is an express link between Bukit Panjang Temp Bus Pk and the city areas of Bukit Timah, Orchard Road, Shenton Way (700) and Marina Centre (700A), incorporating an express sector between Dairy Farm Road and Whitley Road along the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) and Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE).
This route operates either as Service 700 or 700A depending on times of day. Service 700, which serves the Central Business District around Shenton Way and Fullerton, operates on Weekdays from mornings to evenings, and Saturdays from mornings to mid-day. On Weekday nights, Saturday afternoon & nights, and on Sundays/PHs, Service 700A will operate, looping at Suntec City and serving the Marina Centre area while skipping Fullerton and Shenton Way.
For Service 700A, buses leaving Bukit Panjang after 2245 hours daily will terminate at Temasek Boulevard (Suntec Convention Ctr). No boarding & alighting is allowed at Bukit Panjang Temporary Bus Park. No alighting is allowed at Shenton Way Bus Terminal.
Double-deck buses were regularly deployed on Service 700 and 700A since 15 September 2014.
Originally introduced as Rapidbus 700 in 1998, the pioneering service only calls at a limited number of bus stops along high demand corridors. Buses on the route were fitted with special transponders which retain the green light at selected traffic junctions until the bus has cleared the junction. The transponder trial was later discontinued. Buses also displayed the Rapidbus logo on the Electronic Display Signs. Rapidbus was discontinued in 1999, with 700 being shortened to Bukit Panjang (From Woodlands) and converted to a regular trunk service, and at the same time, the 700A variant was introduced.
MRT Stations Served:
- DT1BP6 Bukit Panjang
- DT10 Stevens
- NS21DT11 Newton
- NS22 Orchard
- NS23 Somerset
- NS24NE6CC1 Dhoby Ghaut
- DT21 Bencoolen
- CC2 Bras Basah
- EW13NS25 City Hall
- CC3 Esplanade
- CC4DT15 Promenade
- EW14NS26 Raffles Place
- EW15 Tanjong Pagar
LRT Stations Served:
- Petir Road (Opp Blk 201) → Bukit Panjang Temp Bus Pk
0540 – 0700 (Daily), until the first bus arrives from the City
Operates as 700 (Weekdays & Sat), or as 700A (Sundays & PHs)
During AM Peak hours on Weekdays, several Service 700 departures from Bukit Panjang Temp Bus Pk terminated at Shenton Way (Opp MAS Bldg), one bus stop before the route’s terminating point at Shenton Way Terminal. This is to facilitate quicker Off Service trips back to Bukit Panjang. This arrangement lasted till 23 Jun 2017, when Service 700 was amended into the relocated Shenton Way Terminal which does not allow alighting activities, making Opp MAS Bldg the last stop for Service 700.
- Service 700A: Bukit Panjang Temp Bus Pk ↺ Temasek Avenue (Loop)
Selected times of day
Fare: Charges basic distance fares. See Bus Fares.
- 1998 – 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.
- 1998 (31 Aug): Introduced as Rapidbus 700 between Woodlands and Shenton Way Ter
- 1999 (26 Dec): Shortened to Bukit Panjang Int, reverted to trunk route. 700A introduced to loop at Marina Center during off-peak hours.
- 2006 (18 Jun): Merged with feeder service 921 to ply Petir Road and Dairy Farm Road
- 2012 (01 Jul): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
- 2013: Service improvement under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP)
- 2014 (15 Sep): Alexander Dennis Enviro500 double-deck buses deployed
- 2017 (25 Jun): Amended to relocated Shenton Way Bus Terminal
- Refer to this article
- 2006: Amended to present routing. No significant route changes since 2006.