SMRT Bus Service 859

SMRT Bus Service 859 is a trunk route linking Sembawang Bus Interchange and Yishun Bus Interchange, passing through Admiralty Link, Sembawang Crescent, Sembawang Road and Yishun Avenue 5.

Sembawang Int ↺ Yishun Int (Loop)
58009 Sembawang Int NS11 Sembawang Vista
58259 Opp Sun Plaza Sembawang Dr
58219 Opp Sembawang Stn NS11 Sembawang Way
58111 Blk 351 CP Canberra Rd
58121 Blk 424A CP Canberra Rd
58401 Opp Blk 491 Admiralty Link
58411 Blk 404A CP Admiralty Link
58341 Blk 405 Sembawang Dr
58321 Bet Blks 357/359 Admiralty Dr
58271 Blk 335 Sembawang Cres
58281 Sembawang Sec Sch Sembawang Cres
58371 Bet Blks 325/326 Sembawang Cres
58299 Blk 328 Sembawang Dr
58241 Sembawang Int/Opp Blk 315 NS11 Sembawang Vista
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
59073 Opp Yishun Stn NS13 Yishun Ave 2
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
58249 Blk 309 Sembawang Vista
58291 Blk 317 Sembawang Dr
58379 Opp Blk 325 Sembawang Cres
58289 Opp Sembawang Sec Sch Sembawang Cres
58279 Opp Blk 336A CP Sembawang Cres
58329 Blk 474 Admiralty Dr
58349 Blk 478 Sembawang Dr
58419 Blk 482A CP Admiralty Link
58409 Blk 491 Admiralty Link
58129 Blk 508 CP Canberra Rd
58119 Blk 502A Canberra Rd
58211 Sembawang Stn NS11 Sembawang Way
58251 Sun Plaza/Sembawang Stn NS11 Sembawang Dr
58009 Sembawang Int NS11 Sembawang Vista
Technical Information
Route WAB_logo_20px
Sembawang Bus Interchange ↺ Yishun Bus Interchange (Loop)
Passes Through Admiralty Link, Sembawang Cres, Sembawang Rd, Yishun Ave 5
Route Length 17.1 km
Travelling Time 80 – 85 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: Woodlands Bus Park (WLBP)
Current Fleet 12-metre Double Deck Bus:
– MAN A95
12-metre Single Deck Bus:
– Mercedes-Benz Citaro
– Volvo B5LH
Departure Times from Sembawang
0545hrs – 0000hrs (Weekdays & Saturdays)
0600hrs – 0000hrs (Sundays / Public Holidays)
After 2314 hours (Daily), buses leaving Sembawang Int will terminate at Yishun Int.
Departure Times from Yishun
0600hrs – 2348hrs (Weekdays)
0600hrs – 2349hrs (Saturdays)
0600hrs – 2352hrs (Sundays / Public Holidays)
Frequency Loop Service
0630-0830: 09 – 11 mins
0831-1659: 09 – 11 mins
1700-1900: 10 – 11 mins
After 1900: 10 – 13 mins

Service 859 is a residential trunk route linking many parts of Sembawang Estate with Yishun and Sembawang MRT stations, as well as various neighbourhood amenities. It is one of few bus routes to serve residents within the small Sembawang estate. By making one round around the Sembawang estate before terminating at Sembawang Int, passengers can board the bus at to appropriate bus stops along Sembawang Drive or Sembawang Vista if they intend to head towards Yishun directly.

On 17 Aug 2014, two new supplementary short trip services, Services 859A and 859B, were introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP) to operate on a full day basis. As a result, early morning downroutes from Sembawang Vista (Blk 309) ceased to operate. The previous Service 859A was a short trip service terminating at Opp Blk 315, Sembawang Vista (outside Sembawang Interchange), which operated from 12:00am to 12:50am, after the last bus of Service 859 towards Yishun has departed.

Double-deck buses were introduced to the route on 23 December 2018.

Fare: Charges basic distance fares. See Bus Fares.

MRT Stations Served
Special Departures
  • Yishun Int → Sembwang Int
    Daily: 0600hrs
Route Variants
  • Service 859A: Sembawang Bus Interchange ↺ Admiralty Link (Loop)
    Counter-clockwise loop via Canberra Rd, Sembawang Dr, Sembawang Cres
  • Service 859B: Sembawang Bus Interchange ↺ Sembawang Cres (Loop)
    Clockwise loop via Sembawang Cres, Sembawang Dr, Canberra Rd


Operator History
  • 1999 – 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.

  • 1999 (04 Apr): Introduced by TIBS as Yishun Int – Sembawang Dr (Loop)
  • 2000 (09 Jan): Amended to serve Sembawang Dr, Admiralty St
  • 2005 (20 Nov): Extended to Sembawang Interchange via Sembawang Vista, Canberra Road, Admiralty Lane, Admiralty Link, Sembawang Drive, Admiralty Drive, Sembawang Crescent.
  • 2006 (03 Dec): Amended to ply along Sembawang Way.
  • 2007 (01 Oct): Shortworking trips 859A introduced from Sembawang Int to Sembawang Vista (Opp Blk 315) between 0015 to 0050 daily.
  • 2012 (15 Nov): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
  • 2014 (17 Aug): Extension of operating hours for service 859A (to full day) and introduction of new supplementary service 859B which operates a counter-clockwise route opposite to 859A.
  • 2015 (14 Mar): Amended to Yishun Temp Int and converted to Loop Service from Sembawang
  • 2018 (23 Dec): Start of regular double-decker bus deployments on Sundays / Public Holidays
  • 2019 (08 Sep): Amended to Yishun Integrated Transport Hub
  • 2020 (11 May): Start of weekday double-decker bus deployments

Past Routings:

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4 thoughts on “SMRT Bus Service 859

  • 26 February 2019 at 6:47 AM

    The 859 bus is sooooooo slow in the morning! I get on from blk 311 and it takes almost 25min to blk 482. I’m always late even I start off at 6:40 from home!

    • 28 February 2019 at 10:55 AM

      This service really needs DDs on weekdays especially during peak hours!

      • 14 November 2020 at 4:43 PM

        WLBP services 858 and 859 uses MAN A22s along with the SG plated citaros, can update fleet


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