Downtown MRT Station

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Station exit
Address 15 Central Boulevard, Singapore 018969
Line Served   Downtown Line
Operator SBS Transit
Structure Underground
Platform Side
Opened 22 Dec 2013

Downtown MRT Station (DT17) is an underground station along the Downtown Line (DTL) Stage 1, located in the Downtown Core (Central subzone). It is built underneath Central Boulevard, near Marina View and Straits View.

Located in the vicinity of high-rise office buildings and residential apartments, Downtown station serves the the new and developing Downtown commercial district, as well as the Marina Reservoir area. It also serves the subterranean Marina Bay Link Mall, which extends further via an underground pedestrian mall network and eventually connects to Raffles Place MRT station.

First / Last Train Timings

Downtown Line – (DT17) Downtown
Destination First Train Last Train
Weekdays & Sat Sun & Public Holidays Daily
DT1 Bukit Panjang 6:13am 6:31am 12:16am
DT35 Expo 6:04am 6:24am 12:06am

Station Layout

L1 Street Level Bus stops, Pick-up/drop-off point
B1 Concourse Faregates, Ticketing machines, Passenger Service Centre
B2 Platform A Downtown Line towards DT1BP6 Bukit Panjang
Platform B Downtown Line towards DT35CG1 Expo
B3 Staff Only Restricted Access


Downtown Line (B2):
Platform A: Downtown Line towards DT1BP6 Bukit Panjang via DT16CE1 Bayfront (→)
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Platform B: Downtown Line¬†towards DT35CG1 Expo via DT18 Telok Ayer¬†(‚Üź)

Downtown MRT station has two platforms in a side platform arrangement, similar to Telok Ayer and Chinatown stations further down the line, 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. A set of escalators, stairs and lifts connect to the concourse above.

The lift at Platform B also connects to Level B3 which is labelled as “Staff Only”.

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.



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Unpaid and paid concourse areas

The concourse is built as a large enclosed space with the tracks in the middle and the platforms on both sides. above the platforms and tracks, giving the platform a tall ceiling and a greater perception of spaciousness. It 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.

Art in Transit:¬†“Leaves” by Jason Lim

The artwork draws inspiration from the biological structure of bamboo leaves. Looking through the microscope, the dense cell networks of leaves are a conceptual metaphor for the intricate networks of businesses around the station. The blending hues of green illustrate the vibrancy of the area above. Encountered up close, the mosaic resembles the microscopic view of the biological structure of the bamboo leaves while revealing blades of leaves directing commuter flows when viewed from afar.

Station Amenities

  • Public Toilets at DTL concourse
  • Retail Shops at DTL concourse
  • ATM & Self Service Machine


Downtown MRT station has a three exits leading to street level (A, C and E), with only Exits C and E offering barrier-free accessibility for disabled access. A further three underground exits (B, D and F) extend from the concourse level to adjacent developments.

Exit Location Nearby
A Marina View
(Street Level)
Hong Leong Building, Marina Boulevard, NTUC Centre, One Raffles Quay, The Lawn @ Marina Bay, The Sail @ Marina Bay, UOE Bayfront
B Marina Bay Link Mall
(Basement 2)
Marina Bay Link Mall, The Promontory
Also connects to: One Raffles Quay, The Sail @ Marina Bay, Marina Bay Financial Centre: Towers 1, 2 and 3, Marina Bay Residences, Raffles Place MRT (Exit J), Raffles Place MRT
C Straits View
(Street Level)
Marina Bay Financial Centre: Towers 1, 2 and 3, Marina Bay Residences
D Marina Bay Link Mall
(Basement 2)
Marina Bay Link Mall (and future extension to Marina One development)
E Central Boulevard
(Street Level)
Central Boulevard, Asia Square Towers 1 and 2, CPF Building, Lau Pa Sat Festival Market, Marina Bay Police Station, SGX Centre, Shenton House, Sofitel SO Singapore, UOE Downtown, Westin Hotel
F Marina Bay Suites
(Basement 2)
Marina Bay Suites, The Sail @ Marina Bay

Transport Connections

Downtown station connects to several bus stops in the vicinity, as well as a pick-up/drop-off point.


There are two official bus stops linked to Downtown station. Additional bus stops in the vicinity are also reflected.

No. Bus stop Exit Bus Routes
B/s 1 03529 – Central Blvd (Downtown Stn) E 97, 97e, 106, 133, 502, 502A, 513, 651, 653, 654, 655, 657, 661, 666, 667, 668, 670, 671, 672, 982E
B/s 2 03391 – Marina Blvd (Marina Bay Financial Ctr) C 97, 97e, 106, 133, 400, 513, 651, 653, 654, 655, 657, 661, 666, 667, 668, 670, 671, 672, 982E
03579 – Straits View (Opp Downtown Stn) D 400


A pick-up/drop-off point is located next to Exit D:

Exit Road Provisions
D Straits View Pick-up/drop-off point

Rail Bridging Services

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

Towards Bus stop Exit
Downtown Line
DT1BP6 Bukit Panjang B/s 2: 03391 Marina Blvd (Marina Bay Financial Ctr) C
DT35CG1 Expo B/s 1: 03529 Central Blvd (Downtown Stn) E

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

Passenger Usage Patterns

As a station serving the Downtown Core and surrounded by dense mixed-use developments, Downtown station encounters moderate to heavy demand levels during the peak hours as office workers commute to and from work and home. For off-peak hours and weekends, commuters continue to use the station to get to Marina Bay Link Mall and the Marina Reservoir.


Downtown Line Stage 1 (DTL1) Contract 907 for the construction and completion of the Downtown Station and tunnels was awarded to Japanese company Taisei Corporation for approximately S$230.3 million in Jan 2008. The working name for Downtown station was Landmark Station.

Future Developments

The rapidly expanding Downtown Core area will be home to many high-rise mixed-use developments in the future and Downtown station will facilitate movement of people in and out of the area. The underground pedestrian mall network will be expanded to new developments currently under construction (as of April 2016), such as the Marina One development and Shenton Way MRT station along the Thomson-East Coast Line by 2021.

Major Incidents


External Links & References

3 thoughts on “Downtown MRT Station

  • 28 December 2021 at 8:27 PM

    Hopefully, there will be a new underpass connecting Downtown and Shenton Way Stations. Can even walk from Raffles Place Station all the way to Shenton Way Station fully underground.

  • 12 November 2021 at 1:30 PM

    what’s the point of B3

  • 5 March 2017 at 8:26 PM

    Many of the station articles have wrong Tamil or Chinese names…


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