Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station

 NS24  NE6  CC1 
Dhoby Ghaut
Station exit F
Languages 多美歌 | டோபி காட்
Lines   North South Line
  North East Line
  Circle Line
Operators SMRT (NSL & CCL)
SBS Transit (NEL)
Structure Underground
(Whole station)
Platforms Island (NSL, NEL & CCL)
Opened 12 Dec 1987 (NSL)
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 Sat Sun &
NS1 Jurong East 6:07am 6:07am 6:32am 11:57pm
NS7 Kranji 12:13am
NS28 Marina South Pier 5:52am 5:52am 6:17am 11:50pm
NS27 Marina Bay 11:54pm
North East Line – NE6 Dhoby Ghaut
Destination First Train Last Train
Weekdays Sat Sun &
Weekdays Sat, Sun & PHs
NE1 Harbour-
6:06am 6:07am 6:27am 11:52pm 11:51pm
NE17 Punggol 5:53am 5:54am 6:14am 12:05am 12:04am
Circle Line – CC1 Dhoby Ghaut
Destination First Train Last Train
& Sat
Sun &
Public Holidays
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, Bus stops, Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point
B1 Dhoby Xchange Dhoby Xchange, Plaza Singapura basement
B1M Underpass Unpaid linkway between NSL and NEL stations
B2 NSL Concourse Faregates, Ticketing machines, Passenger Service Centre
Transfer linkway Linkway from NSL Concourse and CCL Concourse to B3 Transfer Hall
NEL Concourse Faregates, Ticketing machines, Passenger Service Centre
B3 NSL Platform A North South Line towards  NS1  EW24  Jurong East
NSL Platform B North South Line towards  NS28  Marina South Pier
NEL Transfer Hall Located between NEL concourse and platform levels; escalator network to B2 transfer linkway for NSL and CCL transfer
CCL Concourse Escalators to both North South Line platforms, lift to North South Line southbound platform and ticket concourse
B4 CCL Platform A Circle Line towards  CC29  NE1  HarbourFront
CCL Platform B Circle Line towards  CC29  NE1  HarbourFront
B5 NEL Platform A North East Line towards  NE1  CC29  HarbourFront
NEL Platform B North East Line towards  NE17  PTC  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  NS1  EW24  Jurong East via  NS23  Somerset (←)
Platform B: North South Line towards  NS28  Marina South Pier via  NS25  EW13  City Hall (→)
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North East Line (B5):
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Platform A: North East Line  towards  NE1  CC29  HarbourFront via  NE5  Clarke Quay (→)
Platform B: North East Line towards  NE17  PTC  Punggol via  NE7  DT12  Little India (←)
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Circle Line (B4):
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Platform A: Circle Line towards  CC29  NE1  HarbourFront via  CC2  Bras Basah (→)
Platform B: Circle Line towards  CC29  NE1  HarbourFront via  CC2  Bras Basah (→)
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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 or perform card transactions using cash payment.

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.


Dhoby Ghaut MRT station has four exits at ground level (A, B, E, F), and two below ground level (C, D), all of which are accessible to the disabled. Exits C and D connect to the basement of Plaza Singapura, while exits E and F are integrated within The Atrium@Orchard. Exits A and B share a single lift in between the two exits.

Exit Disabled access Location Nearby
A Yes Handy Road MacDonald House, National Museum of Singapore, Orchard Presbytarian Church, Parklane Shopping Mall, Peace Centre, Plaza by the Park, PoMo, Registry of Marriage, Rendezvous Hotel, School Of The Arts , SMU, The Cathay, Wesley Methodist Church, Wilkie Edge, YMCA
B Yes Penang Road Church of Sacred Heart, Concorde Hotel, Dhandayutha Pani Murugan Temple, Fort Canning Centre, Hotel Grand Central, Hotel Innotel, Istana , Macdonald House, Orchard Road, Plaza Singapura, Red Cross House, Supreme Hotel, Teochew Chew Building, The Atrium @ Orchard, The Glass House, University of Chicago, Singapore Shopping Centre, Park Mall
C Yes Plaza Singapura (Basement) Plaza Singapura, Concorde Hotel, Istana
D Yes
E Yes The Atrium@Orchard Hotel Rendezvous, Macdonald House, Orchard Road, School Of The Arts, SMU, The Cathay
F Yes

Station Amenities

  • Public toilets at NSL, NEL concourse
  • ATMs and Self-service machines

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

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 – Penang Rd (Dhoby Ghaut Stn) B 7, 7A, 14, 14e, 16, 36, 65, 77, 106, 111, 124, 128, 162, 162M, 167, 167e, 171, 174, 174e, 175, 190, 652, 656, 660, 663, 665, 700, 700A, 850E, 951E, 971E, 972
B/s 2 08057 – Orchard Rd (Dhoby Ghaut Stn) E / F 1N, 2N, 3N, 4N, 5N, 6N, 7, 7B, 14, 14e, 16, 36, 77, 106, 111, 124, 128, 162, 162M, 167, 167e, 171, 174, 174e, 175, 190, 502, 502A, 518, 518A, 652, 656, 660, 663, 665, 700, 700A, 850E, 951E, 971E, 972, NR6, NR7
B/s 3 08058 – Orchard Rd (Aft Dhoby Ghaut Stn) E / F 64, 65, 139, NR6, NR7


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

Exit Road / Landmark Provisions
B Penang Road (outside Park Mall) Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point
E / F Handy Road (outside The Atrium @ Orchard) Taxi stand, 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
 NS1  EW24  Jurong East B/s 1: 08031 – Penang Rd (Dhoby Ghaut Stn) B
 NS28  Marina South Pier B/s 2: 08057 – Orchard Rd (Dhoby Ghaut Stn) E / F
North East Line
 NE1  CC29  HarbourFront B/s 1: 08031 – Penang Rd (Dhoby Ghaut Stn) B
 NE17  PTC  Punggol B/s 2: 08057 – Orchard Rd (Dhoby Ghaut Stn) E / F
Circle Line
 CC29  NE1  HarbourFront B/s 2: 08057 – Orchard Rd (Dhoby Ghaut Stn) E / F

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

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

One thought on “Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station

  • 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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