Downtown MRT Station

Station exit
Languages 市中心 | டௌன்டவுன்
Lines   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 (Exit B), which extends further via an underground pedestrian mall network and eventually connects to  NS26  EW14  Raffles Place station.

First / Last Train Timings

Downtown Line – DT17 Downtown
Destination First Train Last Train
& Sat
Sun &
Public Holidays
DT1 Bukit Panjang 6.13am 6.31am 12.16am
DT35 Expo 6.04am 6.24am 12.06am

Station Layout

L1 Street level Bus stops, Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point
B2 Concourse Faregates, Ticketing machines, Passenger Service Centre
Exits to Marina Bay Link Mall and Raffles Place MRT
B3 Platform B Downtown Line towards DT35CG1 Expo
Platform A Downtown Line towards  DT1  BP6  Bukit Panjang


Platform A: Downtown Line towards  DT1  BP6  Bukit Panjang via  DT16  CE1  Bayfront (→)
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Platform B: Downtown Line towards DT35CG1 Expo via  DT18  Telok Ayer (←)

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.

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 or perform card transactions using cash payment.

The station houses a small number of retail outlets, while the adjacent Marina Bay Link Mall contains many more retail outlets. Public toilets are available at Concourse level, near Exit F, as well as located within Marina Bay Link Mall.

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.


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 Disabled access Location Nearby
A No 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 Yes Marina Bay Link Mall 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 Yes Straits View
(Street Level)
Marina Bay Financial Centre: Towers 1, 2 and 3, Marina Bay Residences
D Yes Marina Bay Link Mall Marina Bay Link Mall (and future extension to Marina One development)
E Yes 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 Yes Marina Bay Suites Marina Bay Suites, The Sail @ Marina Bay

Station Amenities

  • Public toilets at DTL concourse
  • Retail shops at DTL 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

Downtown station connects to two bus stops in the vicinity.


There are two official bus stop linked to Downtown station.

No. Bus stop Exit Bus Routes
B/s 1 03529 Central Blvd (Downtown Stn) E 97, 97e, 106, 133, 400, 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) B 97, 97e, 106, 133, 400, 513, 651, 653, 654, 655, 657, 661, 666, 667, 668, 670, 671, 672, 982E


Taxi stands and pick-up/drop-off points directly connected to the station are unavailable. The nearby Marina Bay Financial Centre (Both towers 1 and 2) have taxi stands and pick-up/drop-off points which are located a short walk away from this station.

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
 DT1  BP6  Bukit Panjang B/s 2: 03391 Marina Blvd (Marina Bay Financial Ctr)
– walk via Exit B, Marina Bay Link Mall
 DT35CG1 Expo B/s 1: 03529 Central Blvd (Downtown Stn) E

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

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

One thought on “Downtown MRT Station

  • 5 March 2017 at 8:26 PM

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


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