Esplanade MRT Station

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Station exit C
Address 90 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189562
Line Served   Circle Line
Operator SMRT Trains
Structure Underground
Platform Island
Opened 17 Apr 2010

Esplanade MRT Station (CC3) is an underground station along the Circle Line (CCL) Stage 1, located in the Central area. It is built underneath the junction of Bras Basah Road, Raffles Boulevard and Nicoll Highway, and serves the surrounding district within the Downtown Core planning area.

The station gets its name from the nearby iconic performing arts centre, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, while serving nearby landmarks such as Raffles City, Raffles Hotel, Civilian War Memorial, South Beach, Suntec Convention Centre and One Raffles Link.

Below ground, a network of pedestrian underpasses connect the station to nearby developments. Commuters can walk to  NS25  EW13  City Hall station via the subterranean Citylink Mall (Exit D) or Basement 2 of Raffles City (Exit G).

First / Last Train Timings

Circle Line – CC3 Esplanade
Destination First Train Last Train
& Sat
Sun &
Public Holidays
CC1 Dhoby Ghaut 5:52am 6:19am 12:01am
CC29 HarbourFront 5:41am 6:08am 10:51pm
CC26 Pasir Panjang 11:22pm
CC23 one-north 11:38pm
CC17 Caldecott 12:05am
CC11 Tai Seng 12:13am

Station Layout

L1 Street level Bus stops, Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point
M CityLink Mall Exit D to CityLink Mall, City Hall Station
B1 Transfer Level Esplanade Xchange, Underpasses to Suntec City, Marina Square, South Beach, Raffles City, City Hall Station
B2 Concourses Faregates, Ticketing machines, Passenger Service Centre
B3 Platform A Circle Line towards  CC29  NE1  HarbourFront
Platform B Circle Line towards  CC1  NS24  NE6  Dhoby Ghaut


Circle Line (B3):
MRT_rail (2)
Platform A: Towards  CC29  NE1  HarbourFront via  CC4  DT15  Promenade (→)
Platform B: Towards  CC1  NS24  NE6  Dhoby Ghaut via  CC2  Bras Basah (←)
MRT_rail (2)
Platform level
Platform level

Esplanade 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 connect to two separate Concourses (B2) at each end of the station.

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.


There are two separate ticket concourses at Basement 2, each at either end of the station. Both 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 (located at the East concourse) 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 West concourse also has station office provisions, but is not occupied.

One floor above the concourse, the Transfer Level (B1) is occupied by Esplanade Xchange, which contains retail shops spanning the length of the station. All exits span out from this floor, and underground exits connect this floor with surrounding developments, such as Raffles City, Marina Square and South Beach. Public toilets are located within Esplanade Xchange.

Art in Transit: “A Piece of Ice-Clear Heart” by Lim Mu Hue

The large black and white artwork by the late Lim Mu Hue features scenes of shadow puppetry and other performances enjoyed by the early settlers in Singapore. Consisting of a set of seven pieces of wood block prints depicting various aspects of theatre, the artwork is a collage of early and later works by the renowned artist who passed away soon after the completion of this commission. The artwork resonates with modern theatre and is a celebration of the essential role that the visual and performing arts plays in today’s hectic environment.


Esplanade MRT station has four exits leading to ground level (A, C, E and F), and except for Exit E, all of which have lifts offering barrier-free accessibility for the the disabled. Underground exits B, D and G lead to surrounding developments.

Exit Disabled access Location Nearby
A Yes Suntec City Suntec City, Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, Centennial Tower, Conrad Centennial Singapore, Millenia Walk, Millenia Tower, The Pan Pacific Hotel Singapore
B Yes Marina Square
Raffles Boulevard, Marina Mandarin Singapore, Marina Square, Mandarin Oriental Singapore
C Yes Nicoll Highway Marina Mandarin Singapore, Marina Square, Mandarin Oriental Singapore, One Raffles Link, Singapore Flyer
D Yes CityLink Mall One Raffles Link, Citylink Mall, Esplanade – Theatres On The Bay, Esplanade Park, Singapore Recreation Club, The Float@Marina Bay, Merlion Park, Gluttons Bay/ Makansutra,  NS25  EW13  City Hall station (via CityLink Mall)
E No War Memorial Park Civilian War Memorial, Padang
F Yes South Beach Bras Basah Complex, Carlton Hotel, CHIJMES, Raffles Hotel, South Beach, War Memorial Park
G Yes Bras Basah Road Raffles City & Convention Centre, Fairmont Singapore, Swissotel The Stamford Singapore, St Andrew’s Cathedral, CHIJMES,  NS25  EW13  City Hall station (via Raffles City basement)

Station Amenities

  • Public toilets at CCL transfer level, within Esplanade Xchange

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

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


There are six official bus stops linked to Esplanade station.

No. Bus stop Exit Bus Routes
B/s 1 02119 – Nicoll Highway (Opp War Memorial Pk) C / D 10, 10e, 57, 70, 128, 162, 196, 196e, 652, 656, 660, 663, 665, 700, 850E, 951E, 971E
B/s 2 01619 – Beach Rd (Esplanade Stn Exit F) F 56, 57, 100, 107, 107M, 961, 961M
B/s 3 01611 – Beach Rd (Raffles Hotel) F 56, 57, 100, 107, 961, 961M
B/s 4 02111 – Esplanade Dr (Esplanade Bridge) C / D 10, 57, 70, 75, 100, 107, 128, 130, 131, 162, 167, 167e, 196, 652, 656, 660, 663, 665, 700, 850E, 868E, 951E, 971E
B/s 5 02049 – Bras Basah Rd (Raffles Hotel) F 14, 14e, 16, 36, 77, 106, 111, 128, 130, 131, 133, 162, 162M, 167, 167e, 171, 502, 502A, 518, 518A, 652, 656, 660, 663, 665, 700, 700A, 850E, 857, 951E, 960, 960e
B/s 6 02151 – Temasek Blvd (Suntec Convention Ctr) A 36, 70M, 97, 97e, 106, 111, 133, 162M, 502, 502A, 518, 518A, 700A, 857, 868E


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

Exit Road Provisions
A Raffles Boulevard (Suntec City drop off) Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point
G Bras Basah Road (The Fairmont)
Stamford Road (Swissotel The Stamford driveway)
Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point
Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point

Rail Bridging Services

In the event of a MRT service disruption affecting Esplanade 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 6: 02151 – Temasek Blvd (Suntec Convention Ctr) A
 CC29  NE1  HarbourFront B/s 6: 02151 – Temasek Blvd (Suntec Convention Ctr) A

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

Passenger Usage Patterns

As a Central region station serving commercial and civic districts, Esplanade station encounters moderate demand levels from visitors to various attractions in the vicinity. The station complements strong bus connectivity in the area.


Circle Line Stage 1 (CCL1) Contract 825 for the construction and completion of Dhoby Ghaut, Bras Basah, Esplanade and Promenade Stations (then known as Museum, Convention Centre and Millenia stations) and tunnels was awarded to local, Chinese and Sweedish companies Woh Hup-Shanghai Tunnel Engineering – NCC Joint Venture.

The working name for Esplanade station was Convention Centre Station.


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