Clarke Quay MRT Station

Clarke Quay
Station exit B
Languages 克拉码头 | கிளார்க் கீ
Lines   North East Line
Operator SBS Transit
Structure Underground
Platform Island
Opened 20 Jun 2003

Clarke Quay MRT Station (NE5) is an underground station along the North East Line (NEL), located at the boundaries of the Clarke Quay and Boat Quay planning subzones. It is built underneath Eu Tong Sen Street and New Bridge Road, near the junction with Merchant Road and North Canal Road.

Clarke Quay was named after Sir Andrew Clarke, Singapore’s second Governor and Governor of the Straits Settlements from 1873 to 1875. During the colonial era, Boat Quay was the site of the Port of Singapore, and barges would shuttle goods between Boat Quay and warehouses at Clarke Quay. Today, the area is a bustling nightlife district with numerous restaurants and nightclubs.

The station is located in the vicinity of The Central shopping centre, Swissotel Merchant Court Singapore hotel, and the nightlife district of Clarke Quay and Boat Quay.

First / Last Train Timings

North East Line – NE5 Clarke Quay
Destination First Train Last Train
Weekdays Sat Sun &
Weekdays Sat, Sun & PHs
NE1 Harbour-
6:08am 6:09am 6:29am 11:54pm 11:53pm
NE17 Punggol 5:51am 5:51am 6:11am 12:02am 12:02am

Station Layout

L1 Street level Bus stops, Taxi stand, Pick-up/drop-off point
B1 Concourse Faregates, Ticketing machines, Passenger Service Centre
B2 Platform A North East Line towards  NE1  CC29  HarbourFront
Platform B North East Line towards  NE17  PTC  Punggol

Platforms (B2):

Platform B: North East Line towards  NE17  PTC  Punggol via  NE6  NS24  CC1  Dhoby Ghaut (→)
Platform A: North East Line  towards  NE1  CC29  HarbourFront via  NE4  DT19  Chinatown (←)

Clarke Quay station has two platforms in an island platform arrangement, with both platforms utilized for trains travelling in either direction. Full-height Platform screen doors isolate the air-conditioned station from the tunnel environment, enhancing commuter safety and station comfort. With the concourse level wrapping around the platform, the ceiling is two floors high at platform level, conveying a spacious feel. A set of escalators, stairs and lifts connect to the concourse above.

Passenger Information Systems, which are plasma display screens located at each platform, display expected train arrival times and key messages. Tactile flooring helps to guide the visually-handicapped from the platform to the station exits.


The concourse features faregates for automatic fare collection and provides access between paid and unpaid areas of the station, with at least one bidirectional wide-swinging gate for the benefit of passengers-in-wheelchairs and those carrying bulky items or travelling with prams.

General Ticketing Machines allow commuters to purchase tickets for single or multiple journeys, and along with Top-up Machines, offer contactless card transactions. The station office functions as a Passenger Service Centre, and is staffed during operating hours, where commuters may make travel inquiries or perform card transactions using cash payment.

Art in Transit: “The Reflections” by Chua Ek Kay

A multi-faceted portrait of Singapore River today and in years past is presented through artworks in different mediums. On station walls, four Chinese brush paintings depict Singapore River as the city’s lifeline throughout its history while an abstract brass panel in rich, warm colours portrays the river in all it’s moods. Floor tiles of the painted eyes found on tongkangs or Chinese junks help guide commuters through the station.

Civil Defence shelter

Clarke Quay NEL station is one of thirteen stations along the North East Line designated as Civil Defence (CD) shelters, which will be activated in times of national emergency. Apart from reinforced construction, the stations are designed and equipped with facilities to ensure the shelter environment is tolerable for all shelterees during shelter occupation. These facilities include protective blast doors, decontamination facilities, ventilation systems, power and water supply systems and a dry toilet system.


Clarke Quay MRT station has six exits leading to ground level (A, B, C, E, F and G). Exits E, F and G all lead to The Central mall.

Exit Disabled access Location Nearby
A Yes Hong Lim Park Hong Lim Park, Speaker’s Corner, Telok Ayer Hong Lim Green Community Centre, Kreta Ayer Neighbourhood Police Post, One Upper Pickering, Parkroyal on Pickering, Upper Pickering Street, Hong Lim Market and Food Court, One George Street
B No Merchant Road Swissotel Merchant Court Singapore, Read Cres, Riverside Point, Merchant Square, The Riverside Plaza, Central Square, Park Regis Singapore, Masjid Omar Kampong Melaka, Ministry Of Manpower Building, Havelock2, Furama City Centre Singapore
C No Boat Quay Boat Quay, Clarke Quay, Swissotel Merchant Court Singapore, Read Bridge
E, F, G Yes The Central The Central mall, Boat Quay, Clarke Quay, Swissotel Merchant Court Singapore, The Riverwalk, Riverwalk Apartments, Upper Circular Road, Carpenter Street, Hongkong Street, South Bridge Road

Station Amenities

  • Public toilets at NEL concourse

Safety Features

  • Emergency Train Stop buttons on the station platform, when activated, will prevent approaching trains from entering the station, and any train already stopped at the platform will be prevented from moving off.
  • Emergency telephones at station platforms and the intercom system inside the lifts enable commuters to communicate with station staff in the Passenger Service Centre.
  • Emergency door handles allow the platform doors to be opened manually from the train-side in the event of failure.
  • Fire Extinguishers in various locations
  • All escalators equipped with Emergency Stop buttons

Transport Connections

Clarke Quay station connects to several bus stops in the vicinity, as well as taxi stands and passenger pick-up points.


There are three official bus stops linked to Clarke Quay station.

No. Bus stop Exit Bus Routes
B/s 1 05059 – New Bridge Rd (Hong Lim Pk) A 2, 12, 12e, 33, 54, 147, 147e, 190
B/s 2 04222 – Eu Tong Sen St (Clarke Quay Stn Exit E) E, F, G 1N, 2, 2N, 3N, 4N, 5N, 6N, 12, 12e, 33, 51, 54, 61, 63, 80, 124, 145, 147, 147e, 166, 174, 174e, 190, 197, 851, 851e, 961, 961#, NR1, NR2, NR3, NR5, NR6, NR7, NR8
B/s 3 04239 – New Bridge Rd (Clarke Quay Stn) E, F, G 2, 12, 12e, 33, 54, 147, 147e, 190, TS3


Taxi stands and pick-up/drop-off points are located next to North East Line station exits:

Exit Road Provisions
C, E, F, G Tew Chew Street (outside The Central) Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point
E, F, G Carpenter Street Taxi stand

Rail Bridging Services

In the event of a MRT service disruption affecting Clarke Quay station, rail bridging services (also called MRT breakdown shuttle buses) may be activated to ply affected stretches of the North East Line. In which case, the buses can be boarded from the following bus stops:

Towards Bus stop Exit
North East Line
 NE1  CC29  HarbourFront B/s 3: 04239 – New Bridge Rd (Clarke Quay Stn) E, F, G
 NE17  PTC  Punggol B/s 2: 04222 – Eu Tong Sen St (Clarke Quay Stn Exit E) E, F, G

In addition, passengers can board regular bus services at bus stops officially linked to Clarke Quay station for free rides.

Passenger Usage Patterns

As a Central area station serving both commercial and civic districts, Clarke Quay station encounters moderate demand levels from developments in the vicinity.

Construction Trivia

North East Line (NEL) Contract 708 for the Design and Construction of Clarke Quay Station was awarded to Nishimatsu Construction – Lum Chang Building Contractors – Bachy Soletanche Singapore Joint-Venture (JV) on 23 June 1997 for S$171.2 million.

Future Developments

Major Incidents


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