Tower Transit Bus Service 856

Tower Transit Bus Service 856 is a trunk route linking Yishun Bus Interchange and Woodlands Bus Interchange, passing through Chong Pang, Sembawang, Senoko Industrial Estate, Woodlands North MRT, Woodlands Train Checkpoint and Marsiling MRT.

59009 Yishun Int B4 NS13 Yishun Ave 2
59141 Blk 741 Yishun Ave 5
59111 Blk 701 Yishun Ave 5
57111 Opp Blk 101 Sembawang Rd
57121 Opp Blk 115B Sembawang Rd
57131 Opp Jln Kemuning Sembawang Rd
58011 Opp Sembawang Shop Ctr Sembawang Rd
58021 Opp The Nautical Sembawang Rd
58101 Blk 311 Canberra Rd
58151 Bef Sembawang Stn NS11 Canberra Rd
58111 Blk 351 CP Canberra Rd
58121 Blk 424A CP Canberra Rd
58131 Aft Assyafaah Mque Canberra Rd
58169 Aft HomeTeamNS Sembawang Resort Admiralty Rd West
58149 Opp Sembawang Shipyard G 8 Admiralty Rd West
47809 North Link Bldg Admiralty Rd West
47119 Aft Senoko Way Senoko Ave
47109 Maxsteel Enterprise Senoko Dr
47099 Masterdon Senoko Dr
47089 Aft Senoko Dr Senoko Rd
47079 Opp British American Tobacco Admiralty Rd West
47069 Nth Tech Admiralty Rd West
47059 Bef W'Lands Ind Pk E4 Admiralty Rd West
47049 W'Lands Auto Hub Admiralty Rd West
47039 Aft View Rd Admiralty Rd West
47029 Opp Khalsa Crescent Drug Rehab Ctr Admiralty Rd West
47201 Woodlands North Stn TE1 Woodlands North Coast Rd
47019 Aft W'Lands Waterfront Pk Admiralty Rd
46139 Aft Riverside Rd Admiralty Rd
46129 Marsiling Lane Mkt/Fc Admiralty Rd
46119 Marsiling CC Admiralty Rd
46501 Opp Marsiling Pk Woodlands Ctr Rd
46511 Marsiling Pr Sch Woodlands Ctr Rd
46521 Marsiling Stn NS8 Woodlands Ave 3
46531 Blk 173 Woodlands Ave 3
46541 Marsiling Mall Woodlands Ave 3
46009 Woodlands Int NS9TE2 Woodlands Sq
46009 Woodlands Int B11 NS9TE2 Woodlands Sq
46549 Blk 347 Woodlands Ave 3
46539 Blk 320 Woodlands Ave 3
46529 Opp Marsiling Stn NS8 Woodlands Ave 3
46519 Opp Blk 144 Woodlands Ctr Rd
46509 Marsiling Pk Woodlands Ctr Rd
46069 W'Lands Train Checkpt Woodlands Ctr Rd
46088 Blk 25 Woodlands Ctr Rd
46111 Blk 23 Admiralty Rd
46121 Opp Marsiling Lane Mkt/Fc Admiralty Rd
46131 Aft Marsiling Lane Admiralty Rd
47011 Bef W'Lands Waterfront Pk Admiralty Rd
47201 Woodlands North Stn TE1 Woodlands North Coast Rd
47021 Khalsa Crescent Drug Rehab Ctr Admiralty Rd West
47031 Bef Keramat Rd Admiralty Rd West
47041 Opp W'Lands Auto Hub Admiralty Rd West
47051 Aft W'Lands Ind Pk E4 Admiralty Rd West
47061 Aft Attap Valley Rd Admiralty Rd West
47071 Bef British American Tobacco Admiralty Rd West
47081 Aft Senoko Cres Senoko Rd
47091 Bef Senoko Cres Senoko Dr
47101 Aft Senoko Ave Senoko Dr
47111 Bef Senoko Way Senoko Ave
47801 Opp North Link Bldg Admiralty Rd West
58141 Sembawang Camp Admiralty Rd West
58161 Bef Sembawang Shipyard G 3 Admiralty Rd West
58139 Bef Assyafaah Mque Canberra Rd
58129 Blk 508 CP Canberra Rd
58119 Blk 502A Canberra Rd
58159 Aft Admiral Hill Canberra Rd
58109 Opp Blk 311 Canberra Rd
58029 The Nautical Sembawang Rd
58019 Aft Sembawang Shop Ctr Sembawang Rd
57139 Aft Jln Kemuning Sembawang Rd
57129 Blk 114 Sembawang Rd
57119 Blk 101 Sembawang Rd
59119 Opp Blk 701A Yishun Ave 5
59149 Blk 145 Yishun Ave 5
59009 Yishun Int NS13 Yishun Ave 2


  • Service 856 towards both Yishun Int & Woodlands Int duplicates at Woodlands North Coast Road. Check the bus destination before boarding.
  • – Wheelchair Inaccessible Bus Stop
Route Overview
Route WAB_logo_20px Yishun Bus Interchange ↔ Woodlands Integrated Transport Hub
Passes Through Sembawang Rd, Canberra Rd, Admiralty Rd West, Senoko Dr, Admiralty Rd, Woodlands Ctr Rd
Route Length Towards Woodlands: 16.3 km
Towards Yishun: 17.2 km
Travelling Time 60 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 Double-deck buses
Operating Hours
Departure Times from Yishun
05:30 – 23:45
Departure Times from Woodlands
05:30 – 23:50
Operating Frequency
6:30am–8.30am 8.31am–4.59pm 5.00pm–7.00pm After 7.00pm
From Yishun
5 – 6 mins 5 – 11 mins 5 – 7 mins 5 – 12 mins
From Woodlands
4 – 6 mins 6 – 10 mins 6 – 8 mins 5 – 12 mins
Fare Information
Fare Charges regular distance fares


Service 856 is a trunk service linking both residential and industrial areas around Marsiling, Admiralty Road West, Senoko and Sembawang Rd to various MRT stations and transport nodes. It is also the sole public bus service serving sections of Admiralty Rd, Admiralty Rd West, and Woodlands North MRT.

With high demand from both residential and industrial sectors, nearly all buses deployed on the route are high-capacity double-deck buses.

During peak hours, Service 981 compliments the service by strengthening bus connections between Sembawang MRT/Int and industrial areas around Admiralty Road West and Senoko.

Service 856 also encounters high demand from cross-border commuters heading from Woodlands Int/Marsiling MRT to Woodlands Checkpoint. Although duplicated by Service 950 along this sector, Service 950 is often filled to capacity when departing Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange, especially during peak hours.

With the opening of Thomson-East Coast Line 1 on 31 January 2020, Service 856 was amended to serve Woodlands North MRT Station along Woodlands North Coast Road in both directions (towards Yishun and towards Woodlands). Commuters should check the destination displayed on the bus Electronic Display Sign when boarding at Woodlands North.

MRT Stations Served
Special Departures
  • Canberra Rd (Bef Sembawang Stn) → Woodlands Int
    Sundays / Public Holidays: 20:54, 21:34, 21:49, 22:04 & 22:32
  • Admiralty Rd West (Opp British American Tobacco) → Woodlands Int
    Weekdays Evening Peak Hours
  • Woodlands Ave 3 (Opp Marsiling Stn) → Yishun Int
    Weekdays: 05:25
  • Woodlands Ctr Rd (W’lands Train Checkpt) → Yishun Int
    Weekdays: 05:25
    Saturdays: 05:30 & 05:36
Short Trip Services
  • Service 856A: Woodlands Int → Woodlands Centre Rd (W’lands Train Checkpt)
    Weekdays, except Public Holidays: 17:08 19:53
  • Service 856B: Woodlands North Coast Rd (Woodlands Nth Stn) → Canberra Rd (Aft Admiral Hill)
    Weekdays, except Public Holidays: 06:44 08:34

Gallery (Tower Transit):

Gallery (SMRT Buses) at Page 2.

Poster Gallery

Operator History:
  • 1988 – 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.

  • 1988 (25 Dec): Introduced between Yishun Int and Woodlands Int
  • 1996 (04 Feb): Extended to Woodlands Regional interchange
  • 1996 (10 Mar): Amended to ply Canberra Rd under Woodlands MRT Rationalisation, skipping Admiralty Rd East
  • 1999: Serves new pair of bus stops before Sembawang Stn and after Admiralty Country Club along Canberra Rd
  • 1999 (19 Jul): Serves new bus stop outside Woodlands CIQ along Woodlands Rd
  • 2002 (07 Jul): Serves the bus stop outside Blk 923 along Yishun Ave 2, skipping the bus stop outside Northpoint Shop Ctr
  • 2015 (14 Mar): Amended to Yishun Temp Int
  • 2016 (12 Mar): Amended to Woodlands Temp Int
  • 2017 (17 Sep): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus service (WAB)
  • 2019 (08 Sep): Amended to Yishun Integrated Transport Hub
  • 2020 (31 Jan): Amended to serve Woodlands North Coast Road
  • 2021 (13 Jun): Amended to Woodlands Integrated Transport Hub
  • 2021 (05 Sep): Operations transferred to Tower Transit under the Sembawang–Yishun Bus Package
  • 2022 (24 Apr): Amended to ply the realigned Woodlands Nth Coast Rd

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6 thoughts on “Tower Transit Bus Service 856

  • 27 May 2022 at 3:21 PM

    When will 856 go back to its original route?

  • 18 February 2022 at 8:19 AM

    Hi got 3 door still serve on 856?

    • 18 February 2022 at 2:26 PM

      No. They are deployed on 801, 854 or 857.

        • 3 January 2023 at 10:19 PM

          Now got, but only on weekday peak hours

  • 8 September 2021 at 9:16 PM

    I sugest that 856 should have single decks during off peak hours


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