Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station

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Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station - Exit F
Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station – Exit F
Address 11 Orchard Road, Singapore 238826 (NSL)
13 Orchard Road, Singapore 238893 (CCL)
60 Orchard Road, Singapore 238889 (NEL)
Lines Served   North South Line
  North East Line
  Circle Line
Operator SMRT Trains (NSL & CCL)
SBS Transit (NEL)
Structure Underground
Platform Island (NSL, NEL & CCL)
Opened 12 Dec 1987 (NSL)
20 Jun 2003 (NEL)
17 Apr 2010 (CCL)

Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station (NS24/NE6/CC1) is an underground interchange station in the Central area, at the Eastern end of the Orchard Road shopping belt, connecting the North South Line (NSL), North East Line (NEL) and the Circle Line (CCL).

Located underneath Orchard Road and the The Atrium@Orchard shopping mall, the station brings rail connections to the diverse Dhoby Ghaut commercial area, with shopping centres, museums, educational institutions, residential apartments, the Istana, and places of worship in the vicinity. At ground level, a green space (Dhoby Ghaut Green) adds tropical greenery to the densely-built Orchard Road district.

The¬†station and its surrounding area gets its name from Dhobi Ghat, which means¬†“washerman’s place” in Hindi, in reference to people that used to wash their laundry from a clear stream in the area (now Stamford Canal) until¬†the early 1900s..¬†Dhoby Ghaut station¬†is also Singapore’s first three-line interchange station, and one of three¬†terminus stations of the Circle Line.

First / Last Train Timings


North South Line – (NS24) Dhoby Ghaut
Destination First Train Last Train
Weekdays & Saturdays Sun & Public Holidays Daily
NS28 Marina South Pier 5:52am 6:17am 11:51pm
NS27 Marina Bay 11:54pm
NS1 Jurong East 6:07am 6:32am 11:57pm
NS7 Kranji 12:13am
North East Line – (NE6) Dhoby Ghaut
Destination First Train Last Train
Weekdays Saturdays Sun & Public Holidays Weekdays Sat, Sun & Public Holidays
NE1 HarbourFront 6:06am 6:07am 6:27am 11:52pm 11:53pm
NE17 Punggol 5:54am 5:54am 6:14am 12:05am 12:05am
Circle Line – (CC1) Dhoby Ghaut
Destination First Train Last Train
Weekdays & Saturdays Sun & Public Holidays Daily
CC29 HarbourFront 5:37am 6:05am 10:48pm
CC26 Pasir Panjang 11:18pm
CC23 one-north 11:34pm
CC17 Caldecott 12:02am
CC11 Tai Seng 12:10am

Station Layout

L1 Street level Plaza Singapura, The Atrium @ Orchard, Bus stops, Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point
B1 Dhoby Xchange Retail Shops
Unpaid Linkway Unpaid linkway between NSL and NEL stations, Retail Shops
B2 NSL Concourse Faregates, Ticketing machines, Passenger Service Centre
NSL Transfer Paid Link between NSL Concourse and:
NEL Transfer via Travellators, Escalators & Lift (B3)
CCL Platform via Escalators & Lift (B4)
NEL Concourse Faregates, Ticketing machines, Passenger Service Centre
B3 NSL Platform A North South Line towards NS1EW24 Jurong East
NSL Platform B North South Line towards NS28 Marina South Pier
NEL Transfer Hall Paid Link between NEL Concourse (B2) / Platforms (B5) and:
NSL Transfer via Escalators & Lift (B2)
CCL Platforms via Escalators & Lift (B4)
CCL Concourse Passenger Service Centre
B4 CCL Platform A Circle Line towards CC29NE1 HarbourFront via Bishan
CCL Platform B Circle Line towards CC29NE1 HarbourFront via Bishan
B5 NEL Platform A North East Line towards NE1CC29 HarbourFront
NEL Platform B North East Line towards NE17PTC Punggol

With both the North East Line and Circle Line terminating at HarbourFront, signs are placed to advise commuters that the North East Line offers the faster route to HarbourFront station. Well-integrated with the The Atrium@Orchard and Plaza Singapura shopping mall, various exits lead directly to retail areas of the mall.

North South Line (B3):
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Platform A: North South Line towards NS1EW24 Jurong East via NS23 Somerset (→)
Platform B: North South Line towards NS28¬†Marina South Pier via NS25EW13 City Hall (‚Üź)
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Circle Line (B4):
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Platform A: Circle Line towards CC29NE1 HarbourFront via CC2 Bras Basah (‚Üí)
Platform B: Circle Line towards CC29NE1 HarbourFront via CC2 Bras Basah (‚Üí)
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North East Line (B5):
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Platform A: North East Line towards NE1CC29 HarbourFront via NE5 Clarke Quay (‚Üí)
Platform B: North East Line towards NE17PTC Punggol via NE7DT12 Little India (‚Üź)
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Dhoby Ghaut station has six platforms, with the North South Line (NSL), North East Line and the Circle Line (CCL) occupying two platforms each. All of them are arranged in an island platform arrangement, separated by depth by occupying different floors between Basement 3 and Basement 5. Full-height Platform screen doors isolate the air-conditioned station from the tunnel environment, enhancing commuter safety and station comfort. 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.

All platforms are served by a set of escalators, stairs and lifts which connect to the concourse and transfer linkways above. The NEL platform, being the deepest, contains a very spacious indoor space two floors high.

As the terminus of the Circle Line, both CCL platforms at utilized alternatively for train turnarounds.


While all three rail lines have station concourses, only the North South Line and North East Line concourses feature faregates for automatic fare collection and provides access between paid and unpaid areas of the station. At least one bidirectional wide-swinging gate is installed at each point of entry/exit for the benefit of passengers-in-wheelchairs and those carrying bulky items or travelling with prams. The Circle Line concourse is located entirely within paid areas of the station, and does not have faregates.

General Ticketing Machines allow commuters to purchase tickets for single or multiple journeys, and along with Transitlink Add Value Machines (NSL) and Top-up Machines (NEL), offer contactless card transactions. All NSL, NEL and CCL station offices function as Passenger Service Centres, and are staffed during operating hours, where commuters may make travel inquiries.

View from B3 Transfer Hall
View from B3 Transfer Hall

The transfer areas between the three rail lines span two floors. Starting from the NSL concourse at B2, a transfer linkway connects with the CCL concourse off to the right, where a pair of escalators and stairs lead to the CCL platform at B4. Further on, the transfer linkway emerges at an atrium where a set of four escalators descend to the B3 transfer hall, where passengers can ascend to the NEL concourse or descend to the NEL platform level. The station is fully accessible to the disabled, and a network of lifts and tactile flooring help with movement around the large station.

Retail shops are present in both NSL and NEL parts of the station. One floor above the NSL concourse is the Dhoby Xchange, a large retail space with a selection of retail shops. Small numbers of retail shops are also located within the NEL concourse.

NEL¬†Art in Transit:¬†“Universal Language” by Sun Yu-Li

This artwork is a good example of how art can help guide commuters through a complex interchange station. Floor tiles that employ a universal language of symbols such as the hunter and the fish line the six routes leading towards the trains. At the heart of the station, these symbols come together in a large floor mural and stunning wall panel.

NEL Art in Transit: “Interchange” by Milenko & Delia Prvacki

Located in the linkway of the interchange, the work of this husband and wife team salutes Asia’s rich artistic legacy. Working in mosaic, Milenko created a lush, floor design that fans out at the foot of the escalators and four sets of column rings. A vibrant, tactile wall mural sees Delia’s refined work ceramics fusing seamlessly with Milenko’s earthy mosaics.

CCL¬†Art in Transit:¬†“Man and Environment” by Baet Yoke Kuan

The artwork has been conceived to relieve the pressures of the frenzied atmosphere typical of a journey on the MRT with forms inspired by the balmy textures and sensitive lines textures abundant in nature. The natural, organic forms are inserted in the interior of the station as act as a counterbalance to its architectural scale and hectic activities of the MRT station;¬†fragmented pieces of visual poetry meant to ameliorate even the toughest of life’s migraines, pieces that hope to stay the steps of commuters but allow their imaginations to be vivified.

Station Amenities

  • Retail Shops at Dhoby Xchange (B1) & NEL Concourse (B2)
  • Public toilets at Dhoby Xchange (B1) & NEL Concourse (B2)
  • ATMs and¬†Self-service machines


Dhoby Ghaut MRT station has four exits at ground level (A, B, E, F), and two below ground level (C, D), of which Exits A, B, E & F are accessible to the disabled. Exit C connects to the Istana Park underpass and Basement 2 of Plaza Singapura, Exit D connects directly to Basement 2 of Plaza Singapura, while exits E and F are integrated within The Atrium@Orchard.
At street level, Exits A & B, as well as Exits E & F both share a single lift in between the two exits at Dhoby Ghaut Green and The Atrium@Orchard respectively.

Exit Location Nearby
A Handy Road National Museum of Singapore, Orchard Presbyterian Church, Parklane Shopping Mall, Peace Centre, Plaza by the Park, PoMo, Rendezvous Hotel Singapore, School Of The Arts (SOTA), SMU, The Cathay, Wesley Methodist Church, YMCA
B Penang Road Church of Sacred Heart, Concorde Hotel Singapore, Dhoby Ghaut Green, Fort Canning Arts Centre, Fort Canning Park, Hotel Chancellor@Orchard, Hotel Fort Canning, Hotel Grand Central, Hotel Innotel, Hotel Supreme, House of Tan Yeok Nee, Istana / Istana Park, Istana Heritage Gallery, MacDonald House, Plaza Singapura, Singapore Shopping Centre, The Atrium @ Orchard, Visual Arts Centre, YWCA Fort Canning Lodge
Dhoby Ghaut Green Lift access for Exits A & B
C Istana Park Underpass Istana, Istana Park, Plaza Singapura, House of Tan Yeok Nee, Singapore Shopping Centre, Park Mall (U/C), YWCA, Fort Canning Park
D Plaza Singapura
(Basement 2)
Plaza Singapura
E The Atrium@Orchard Hotel Rendezvous, Macdonald House, Orchard Road, School Of The Arts, SMU, The Cathay
Lift access for Exits E & F

Transport Connections

Dhoby Ghaut station connects to several bus stops in the vicinity, as well as taxi stands and passenger pick-up points at selected exits.


There are three official bus stops linked to Dhoby Ghaut station.

No. Bus stop Exit Bus Routes
B/s 1 08031 ‚Äď Penang Rd (Dhoby Ghaut Stn Exit B) B 7, 7A, 14, 14e, 16, 16M, 36, 65, 77, 106, 111, 124, 162, 162M, 167, 174, 174e, 175, 190, 652, 656, 660, 663, 665, 850E, 951E, 971, 972, 972M
B/s 2 08057 ‚Äď Orchard Rd (Dhoby Ghaut Stn) E / F 1N, 2N, 3N, 4N, 5N, 6N, 7, 7B, 14, 14e, 16, 16M, 36, 77, 106, 111, 124, 162, 162M, 167, 174, 174e, 175, 190, 502, 502A, 518, 518A, 652, 656, 660, 663, 665, 850E, 951E, 971, 972, 972M, NR6
B/s¬†3 08058 ‚Äď Orchard Rd (Aft Dhoby Ghaut Stn) E / F 64, 65, 139, NR6


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

Exit Road Provisions
E / F Handy Road (outside The Atrium @ Orchard / Plaza Singapura) Taxi stand (A16), pick-up/drop-off point

Rail Bridging Services

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

Towards Bus stop Exit
North South Line
NS1EW24 Jurong East B/s 1: 08031 ‚Äď Penang Rd (Dhoby Ghaut Stn Exit B) B
NS28 Marina South Pier B/s 2: 08057 ‚Äď Orchard Rd (Dhoby Ghaut Stn) E / F
North East Line
NE1CC29 HarbourFront B/s 1: 08031 ‚Äď Penang Rd (Dhoby Ghaut Stn Exit B) B
NE17PTC Punggol B/s 2: 08057 ‚Äď Orchard Rd (Dhoby Ghaut Stn) E / F
Circle Line
CC29NE1 HarbourFront B/s 2: 08057 ‚Äď Orchard Rd (Dhoby Ghaut Stn) E / F

In addition, passengers can board free regular bus services at Bus Stops 1, 2 & 3 when activated.

Passenger Usage Patterns

As an interchange station in the heart of the City, the station is well-utilized¬†by many commuters transferring between rail lines heading in and out of the area. With the area’s strong retail environment¬†accompanied by many places of interest, Dhoby Ghaut station encounters high commuter traffic throughout the day.


Future Developments

Major Incidents


External Links & References

2 thoughts on “Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station

  • 20 July 2019 at 11:43 AM

    Can’t you change one of the CCL platforms destination towards Marina Bay?

  • 11 July 2018 at 6:07 PM

    If CCL Platform A Circle Line towards CC29 NE1 HarbourFront is correct then;
    the correct wording & direction for CCL Platform B Circle Line from CC29 NE1 HarbourFront and NOT CCL Platform B – Circle Line towards CC29 NE1 HarbourFront !


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