SMRT Bus Service 856

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

856
59009 Yishun Int 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 Opp Sunshine Bakery 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
47201 Woodlands North Stn TE1 Woodlands North Coast Rd
47029 Opp Khalsa Crescent Drug Rehab Ctr Admiralty Rd West
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 Temp Int NS9TE2 Woodlands Sq
46009 Woodlands Temp Int 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
47021 Khalsa Crescent Drug Rehab Ctr Admiralty Rd West
47201 Woodlands North Stn TE1 Woodlands North Coast Rd
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 Sunshine Bakery 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

Notes:

  • Service 856 towards both Yishun Int & Woodlands Temp Int duplicates at Woodlands North Coast Road. Check the bus destination before boarding.
  • – Wheelchair Inaccessible Bus Stop
Technical Information
Route WAB_logo_20px
Yishun Bus Interchange ↔ Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange
Passes Through Sembawang, Senoko Industrial Estate, Woodlands Centre, Marsiling MRT
Route Length 16.3 km (D1) | 17.2 km (D2)
Travelling Time 60 mins
Operator Information
BCM Route Package Sembawang – Yishun Bus Package
Current Operator SMRT Buses Ltd
Current Depot Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot (AMDEP)
Buses park at: Seletar Bus Depot (SEDEP)
Current Fleet 12-metre Double Deck Bus:
– Alexander Dennis Enviro500
– MAN A95
Departure Times from Yishun 0530hrs – 2345hrs (Daily)
Departure Times from Woodlands
0530hrs – 2350hrs (Daily)
Frequency Direction 1 Direction 2
0630 – 0830: 05 – 06 mins
0831 – 1659: 05 – 10 mins
1700 – 1900: 05 – 07 mins
After 1900: 05 – 11 mins
0630 – 0830: 04 – 06 mins
0831 – 1659: 05 – 11 mins
1700 – 1900: 03 – 07 mins
After 1900: 02 – 11 mins

Service 856 is both a residential and industrial route, linking the industrial areas of Admiralty Road West and Senoko with Yishun, Sembawang, Marsiling and Woodlands estates. The route also provides residential connections between Woodlands Bus Interchange and Woodlands Town Centre, as well as between Sembawang and Yishun. As such, it benefits from moderate to high demand throughout the day, with high demand during the peak hours, and thus high-capacity buses are deployed on a daily basis.

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.

By duplicating Service 950 from Woodlands Bus Interchange to Woodlands Centre Road, the route also encounters exceptionally high demand from cross-border commuters heading from Woodlands/Marsiling to Woodlands Checkpoint, where passengers are often unable to board Service 950 along en-route bus stops as Service 950 is often filled to capacity at Woodlands Bus Interchange.

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 both towards Yishun and Woodlands. Commuters are to check the Bus Electronic Destination Sign before boarding from there.

Special Departures
  • Woodlands Ave 3 (Opp Marsiling Stn) → Yishun Int
    Weekdays: 0525hrs & 0535hrs
  • Woodlands Ctr Rd (W’lands Train Checkpt) → Yishun Int
    Weekdays: 0525hrs
    Saturdays: 0528hrs
MRT Stations Served
Short-Trip Service
  • Service 856A: Woodlands Temp Int → Woodlands Ctr Rd (W’lands Train Checkpt)
    Weekdays except Public Holidays:
    – Mondays – Thursdays: 1801hrs – 2050hrs
    – Fridays: 1745hrs – 2050hrs
    Caters to evening peak cross-border commuters heading to Woodlands Checkpoint

Fare: Charges basic distance fares. See Bus Fares.


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Operator History:

  • 1988 – 2004: Trans-Island Bus Services Ltd
  • 2004 – Present: SMRT Buses Ltd
  • (~September 2021) onwards: Tower Transit Singapore Pte Ltd

Operations for this route would be transferred to Tower Transit in 2021 as part of the Sembawang – Yishun Bus Package.

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

History:

  • 1988 (18 Dec): Introduced between Yishun Int and Woodlands Int
  • 1996 (04 Feb): Extended to Woodlands Regional interchange
  • 1996 (10 Mar): Amended to ply Canberra Rd instead of Sembawang Rd, Admiralty Rd East and West.
  • 2013: Service improvement under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP)
  • 2015 (14 Mar): Amended to Yishun Temp Int
  • 2015 (18 May): Start of Alexander Dennis Enviro500 Double Decker bus deployment
  • 2016 (12 Mar): Amended to Woodlands Temp Int
  • 2017 (08 Sep): Short-Trip Service 856A introduced
  • 2017 (17 Sep): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
  • 2018 (19 Oct): Revision of Short-Trip Service 856A operating hours from 1750hrs – 1930hrs on Fridays to 1740hrs – 1900hrs
  • 2019 (21 Jan): Short Trip Service 856A enhanced to operate from Mondays to Fridays, with an increased number of trips on Fridays
  • 2019 (08 Sep): Amended to Yishun Integrated Transport Hub
  • 2020 (31 Jan): Amended to serve Woodlands North Coast Road

Past Routings:

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