Tower Transit Bus Service 853

Tower Transit Bus Service 853 is a trunk route linking Yishun Bus Interchange and Lorong 1 Geylang Terminal, passing through Lentor, Ang Mo Kio, Serangoon and Geylang Bahru.

During Sundays / Public Holidays, Service 853M will ply an extended route terminating at Upper East Coast Terminal instead, via Geylang, Tanjong Katong and Marine Parade.

Tower Transit operates this bus service from 5 Sep 2021, under the Sembawang-Yishun Bus Package.

853
59009 Yishun Int B4 NS13 Yishun Ave 2
59669 Opp Blk 932 Yishun Ctrl 1
59619 Yishun Community Hosp Yishun Ctrl 2
59059 Blk 608 Yishun Ave 2
59049 Opp Khatib Stn NS14 Yishun Ave 2
59039 Yishun Sports Hall Yishun Ave 2
59029 Aft Yishun Ave 1 Lentor Ave
59019 Aft Sg Seletar Bridge Lentor Ave
55269 Opp Bullion Pk Condo Lentor Ave
55259 Opp Countryside Est Lentor Ave
55249 Bef Yio Chu Kang Rd Lentor Ave
55179 Opp Castle Green Ang Mo Kio Ave 6
55189 Yio Chu Kang Stn NS15 Ang Mo Kio Ave 6
55209 Opp Blk 646 Ang Mo Kio Ave 6
54059 Bef Ang Mo Kio Lib Ang Mo Kio Ave 6
54049 Courts Ang Mo Kio Ang Mo Kio Ave 6
54039 Bef Al-Muttaqin Mque Ang Mo Kio Ave 6
54241 Blk 700B Ang Mo Kio Ave 3
54339 Blk 422 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8
54329 Blk 420 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8
54319 Opp Christ The King Ch Ang Mo Kio Ave 8
54101 Aft Ang Mo Kio Ave 10 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1
66091 Golden Hill Est Ang Mo Kio Ave 1
66031 Cardiff Residence Lor Chuan
66041 Blk 230 Boundary Rd
66051 Opp Blk 257 Boundary Rd
66379 Blk 206 S'goon Ctrl
62139 Serangoon Stn Exit A/Blk 413 NE12CC13 Upp S'goon Rd
62129 Blk 403 Upp S'goon Rd
62119 Aft Sunshine Lodge Upp S'goon Rd
61049 Aft Bartley Rd Upp S'goon Rd
61039 Woodleigh Stn Exit A NE11 Upp S'goon Rd
61029 Opp Woodleigh Pk Upp S'goon Rd
61019 Opp Blk 101 Upp S'goon Rd
60269 Potong Pasir Stn Exit B NE10 Upp S'goon Rd
60209 Sant Ritz Upp S'goon Rd
60179 MOM Svcs Ctr Bendemeer Rd
60221 Blk 73/Geylang Bahru Stn DT24 Geylang Bahru
60039 Opp Blk 66 Kallang Bahru
60029 Blk 16 DT24 Kallang Bahru
60059 Bef Kallang Pl Boon Keng Rd
80109 Opp Kallang Stn/Blk 2C EW10 Lor 1 Geylang
80009 Lor 1 Geylang Ter EW10 Lor 1 Geylang
80009 Lor 1 Geylang Ter EW10 Lor 1 Geylang
80101 Kallang Stn/Opp Blk 2C EW10 Lor 1 Geylang
60051 Opp Kallang Pl Boon Keng Rd
60021 Chubb S'pore Kallang Bahru
60031 Bef Geylang Bahru Stn DT24 Kallang Bahru
60229 Blk 68 Geylang Bahru
60159 Blk 54 Bendemeer Rd
60161 St. Michael's Pl S'goon Rd
60201 18 Woodsville Upp S'goon Rd
60261 Potong Pasir Stn Exit C NE10 Upp S'goon Rd
61011 Blk 103 Upp S'goon Rd
61021 Aft Woodleigh Pk Upp S'goon Rd
61031 Woodleigh Stn Exit B NE11 Upp S'goon Rd
61041 Bef Braddell Rd Upp S'goon Rd
62111 Aft Sommerville Rd Upp S'goon Rd
62121 Aft Wolskel Rd Upp S'goon Rd
62131 Serangoon Stn Exit H NE12CC13 Upp S'goon Rd
66371 Blk 261 S'goon Ctrl
66059 Blk 257A Boundary Rd
66049 Blk 233 Boundary Rd
66039 Blk 307 Lor Chuan
66099 Opp Golden Hill Est Ang Mo Kio Ave 1
54109 Bef Ang Mo Kio Ave 10 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1
54311 Blk 332 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8
54321 Blk 354 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8
54331 Blk 346 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8
54247 Blk 322 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3
54031 Opp Al-Muttaqin Mque Ang Mo Kio Ave 6
54041 Opp Courts Ang Mo Kio Ang Mo Kio Ave 6
54051 Bef Ang Mo Kio Ave 5 Ang Mo Kio Ave 6
55201 Aft Blk 648 Ang Mo Kio Ave 6
55181 Opp Yio Chu Kang Stn NS15 Ang Mo Kio Ave 6
55171 Castle Green Ang Mo Kio Ave 6
55241 Aft Yio Chu Kang Rd Lentor Ave
55251 Countryside Est Lentor Ave
55261 Bullion Pk Condo Lentor Ave
59011 Bef Sg Seletar Bridge Lentor Ave
59021 Bef Yishun Ave 1 Lentor Ave
59031 Opp Yishun Sports Hall Yishun Ave 2
59041 Bef Khatib Stn NS14 Yishun Ave 2
59051 Blk 790 Yishun Ave 2
59611 Opp Yishun Community Hosp Yishun Ctrl 2
59661 Blk 932 Yishun Ctrl 1
59009 Yishun Int NS13 Yishun Ave 2
Route Overview
Route WAB_logo_20px Yishun Bus Interchange ↔ Lorong 1 Geylang Bus Terminal
Passes Through Yishun Ave 2, Lentor Ave, Ang Mo Kio Ave 6, Upp Serangoon Rd, Kallang Bahru
Route Length Towards Lor 1 Geylang: 20.5 km Towards Yishun: 19.8 km
Travelling Time 70 mins
Operator Information
BCM Route Package Sembawang–Yishun Bus Package
Current Operator Tower Transit Singapore Pte Ltd
(Tower Transit Singapore)
Current Depot Mandai Bus Depot
Current Fleet 12-metre Single Deck Bus
– MAN A22
– Mercedes-Benz OC500LE
12-metre Double Deck Bus
– Alexander Dennis Enviro500
– MAN A95

Operating Hours
Departure Times from Yishun
Weekdays & Saturdays (except Public Holidays)
05:40 – 23:30
Departure Times from Lor 1 Geylang
Weekdays & Saturdays (except Public Holidays)
05:40 – 23:30
Operating Frequency
  6:30am–8.30am 8.31am–4.59pm 5.00pm–7.00pm After 7.00pm
From Yishun 9 – 15 mins 11 – 15 mins 12 – 13 mins 13 – 18 mins
From Lor 1 Geylang
13 – 14 mins 15 – 17 mins 12 mins 13 – 15 mins
Fare Information
Fare Charges regular distance fares

 

Service 853 is an inter-town route serving between the housing estates of Yishun, Ang Mo Kio, Serangoon and Geylang Bahru. The route is frequented as a popular connection between various housing estates as an alternative to the MRT network, serving Yishun, Ang Mo Kio and Serangoon Town Centres.

While Service 853 plies between Yishun and Lorong 1 Geyang on regular weekdays and Saturdays, Service 853M plies an extended route between Yishun and Upper East Coast on Sundays and Public Holidays.

The route shares long duplicating sectors with both Services 851 and 852 between Yishun – Ang Mo Kio, but is otherwise non-duplicative from Ang Mo Kio to Lorong 1 Geylang.

MRT Stations Served
Route Variant
  • Service 853M: Yishun Int ↔ Upper East Coast Ter
    Sundays / Public Holidays only

Gallery (Tower Transit):
Gallery (SMRT Buses):
Poster Gallery

Operator History
  • 1987 – 2004: Trans-Island Bus Services Ltd
  • 2004 – 04 Sep 2021: SMRT Buses Ltd
  • 05 Sep 2021 – Present: Tower Transit Singapore Pte Ltd

The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2026 under the Sembawang–Yishun Bus Package.

History
  • 1987 (20 Jan): Introduced between Yishun Central Ter and Lor 1 Geylang Ter
  • 1987 (21 Jun): Revised to operate on weekdays and Saturdays only with the introduction of Service 853#
  • 1987 (23 Aug): Amended to Yishun Int
  • 1989: Serves new pair of bus stops outside Blk 206 and outside Blk 261 along Serangoon Ctrl
  • 1989: Serves new staggered bus stop outside Blk 322 along Ang Mo Kio Ave 3
  • 1989 (19 Nov): Serves new bus stop outside Kallang Stn along Sims Ave
  • 1997 (08 Dec): Skips the bus stop outside Kallang Stn along Sims Ave
  • 2002: Serves new pair of bus stops after Sommerville Rd and after Sunshine Lodge along Upp Serangoon Rd
  • 2003 (04 May): Amended to ply Geylang Bahru, Bendemeer Rd, Whampoa East and Serangoon Rd, skipping Jln Kolam Ayer
  • 2003 (20 Jun): Serves new pair of bus stops outside Potong Pasir Stn along Upp Serangoon Rd
  • 2003: Skips a pair of bus stops near LP 94 and opposite LP 91 along Lentor Ave
  • 2004 (27 Apr): Amended to ply Geylang Rd, Kallang Rd and Sims Ave towards Yishun Int with the temporary conversion of Lor 1 Geylang to one-way traffic
  • 2004 (06 Dec): Amended to ply the reinstated Lor 1 Geylang towards Yishun Int, skipping Geylang Rd, Kallang Rd and Sims Ave
  • 2011 (13 Feb): Amended to ply Yishun Central 2
  • 2013 (29 Sep): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
  • 2014 (10 Aug): Amended to ply Yishun Central 1
  • 2015 (14 Mar): Amended to Yishun Temp Int
  • 2019 (08 Sep): Amended to Yishun Integrated Transport Hub
  • 2020 (12 Jan): Skips a pair of abolished bus stops under and after Lentor Flyover along Lentor Ave
  • 2021 (05 Sep): Operations transferred to Tower Transit under the Sembawang-Yishun Bus Package

Past Routings

 

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2 thoughts on “Tower Transit Bus Service 853

  • 19 October 2020 at 8:37 AM
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    Dear Sir ,Mdm
    Good morning i would like to feedback about your this bus driving who driving too slow waste my time , i was late for half hour to my office , this morning
    19 oct 2020 morning time 7.30am I’m taking this bus 853 bus number SMB153D
    who is a lady since like foreign driver who driving too slow and wait at bus stop at woodleign wait for few minute on road without any car jam , why must wait all passages time on this bus SMB153D . Please try to slove this matter promble thank you .

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  • 4 June 2020 at 8:12 PM
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    853 during weekdays is only 18 duties including split shift,Saturdays is only 15 buses while Sundays/PHs is only 22 duties and where in the world Sgwiki get 20 buses for weekdays and 29 buses on Sundays?The one they see is probably OS trips done by standby BCs

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