Dakota MRT Station

Station exit A
Languages 达科达 | டகோட்டா
Lines   Circle Line
Operator SMRT
Structure Underground
Platform Island
Opened 17 Apr 2010

Dakota MRT Station (CC8) is an underground station along the Circle Line (CCL) Stage 2, located in the Geylang planning area. It is built underneath Old Airport Road, at the junction of Jalan Dua and right next to the Geylang River.

Serving the Dakota estate, the area and the station is named after the Douglas DC-3 passenger aircraft, commonly known as the Dakota, which commonly landed at Kallang Airport before it was closed. HDB flats in the vicinity are among the oldest in Singapore.

Apart from residential flats, Dakota station also serves nearby condominiums, schools and the popular Old Airport Road Hawker Centre.

First / Last Train Timings

Circle Line – CC8 Dakota
Destination First Train Last Train
& Sat
Sun &
Public Holidays
CC1 Dhoby Ghaut 5:42am 6:09am 11:51pm
CC7 Mountbatten 12:28am
CC29 HarbourFront 5:37am 6:04am 11:01pm
CC26 Pasir Panjang 11:32pm
CC23 one-north 11:48pm
CC17 Caldecott 12:15am
CC11 Tai Seng 12:23am

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 Circle Line towards  CC29  NE1  HarbourFront
Platform B Circle Line towards  CC1  NS24  NE6  Dhoby Ghaut


Circle Line (B2):
MRT_rail (2)
Platform A: Circle Line towards  CC29  NE1  HarbourFront via  CC9  EW8  Paya Lebar (→)
Platform B: Circle Line towards  CC1  NS24  NE6  Dhoby Ghaut via  CC7  Mountbatten (←)
MRT_rail (2)

Dakota station has two platforms in an island platform arrangement. Full-height Platform screen doors isolate the air-conditioned station from the tunnel environment, enhancing commuter safety and station comfort. A set of escalators, stairs and a lift connects the platform level to the concourse level one floor above. With the concourse wrapping around the platform, a large interior space is created around the platform, giving the impression of spaciousness.

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 station concourses at Basement 1 feature 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.

Toilets are located at concourse level, near the Passenger Service Centre. There are no retail shops within this station.

Art in Transit: “Little things, little stories” by A Dose of Light

Little things tell little stories. This artwork narrates an open-ended story of Dakota Crescent through the objects inside residents’ homes, along the HDB flat corridors and shared outdoor spaces. This curation of objects found in Dakota is an attempt to chronicle a visual history and narrative of the space before the station is built. This artwork is a visible time capsule of the Dakota area. As the new Circle Line station will necessarily change the aesthetic and social landscape of Dakota, the objects documented in this work carries with it a context of age and as an alternative visual archive of the estate.

Civil Defence shelter

Dakota CCL station is one of eleven stations along the Circle 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.


Dakota MRT station has two exits at ground level (A and B), both of which offer barrier-free accessibility for the the disabled.

Exit Disabled access Location Nearby
A Yes Jalan Dua Jalan Satu, Kong Hwa School, Mountbatten Community Club, Cassia View, Block 51 Old Airport Road Market & Food Court, Guillemard Camp, Geylang Park Connector
B Yes Dakota Crescent Broadrick Secondary School, WaterBank at Dakota, Dakota Residence, Mountbatten Neighbourhood Police Post, NorthLight School (Campus 1), Geyalng Park Connector, Geylang Park Connector to Eton House International School & Pre-school, Geylang Park Connector to Chung Cheng High School (Main)

Station Amenities

  • Public toilets at concourse level
  • Bicycle racks at station exits
  • ATMs and Self-service Machines at concourse level

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

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


There are two official bus stops linked to Dakota station.

No. Bus stop Exit Bus Routes
B/s 1 81181 – Old Airport Rd (Dakota Station Exit A/Blk 99) A 10, 16, 30, 30e, 31, 32, 33
B/s 2 81189 – Old Airport Rd (Dakota Station Exit B/Blk 60) B 10, 16, 30, 30e, 31, 32, 33, 401


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

Exit Road Provisions
A Old Airport Road (Eastbound) Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point
B Dakota Crescent (outside Block 60) Pick-up/drop-off point

Rail Bridging Services

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

Towards Bus stop Exit
Circle Line
 CC1  NS24  NE6  Dhoby Ghaut B/s 2: 81189 – Old Airport Rd (Dakota Station Exit B/Blk 60) B
 CC29  NE1  HarbourFront B/s 1: 81181 – Old Airport Rd (Dakota Station Exit A/Blk 99) A

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

Passenger Usage Patterns

Serving largely residential developments in the vicinity, Dakota station encounters low to moderate demand throughout the day.


Circle Line Stage 2 (CCL2) Contract 823 for the construction and completion of Mountbatten, Dakota and Paya Lebar stations and tunnels was awarded to Japanese and local companies Nishimatsu-Lum Chang Joint Venture.

The working name for Dakota station was Tanjong Katong Station.

Future Developments

Major Incidents


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