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 ‚Äď 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
Weekdays & Sat Sun & Public Holidays Daily
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
B Raffles Link Exit D to One Raffles Link / CityLink Mall
B1M South Beach Link Exit F to South Beach
B1 Transfer Link Shopping Level, Esplanade Xchange, Underpass to Suntec City, Marina Square
B2 Concourses Faregates, Top Up Kiosks, Passenger Service Centre
B3 Platform A Circle Line towards CC29NE1 HarbourFront 
Platform B Circle Line towards CC1NS24NE6 Dhoby Ghaut


Circle Line (B3):
MRT_rail (2)
Platform A: Circle Line towards CC29NE1 HarbourFront via CC4DT15 Promenade (‚Üí)
Platform B: Circle Line‚Äč towards CC1NS24NE6 Dhoby Ghaut via CC2 Bras Basah¬†(‚Üź)
MRT_rail (2)

Esplanade station has two platforms in an island platform arrangement.


There are two separate ticket concourses at Basement 2, each at either end of the station. 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.

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.

Station Amenities

  • Retail Shops at Esplanade Xchange (B1)
  • Public Toilets within Esplanade Xchange (B1)
  • ATMs & Self-Service Machines


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 Location Nearby
A Suntec City Suntec City, Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, Centennial Tower, Conrad Centennial Singapore, Millenia Walk, Millenia Tower, The Pan Pacific Hotel Singapore
B Marina Square (Basement) Raffles Boulevard, Marina Mandarin Singapore, Marina Square, Mandarin Oriental Singapore
C Nicoll Highway Marina Mandarin Singapore, Marina Square, Mandarin Oriental Singapore, One Raffles Link, Singapore Flyer
D CityLink Mall One Raffles Link, Citylink Mall, Esplanade РTheatres 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 War Memorial Park Civilian War Memorial, Padang
F South Beach Bras Basah Complex, Carlton Hotel, CHIJMES, Raffles Hotel, South Beach, War Memorial Park
G Raffles City (Basement) Raffles City & Convention Centre, Fairmont Singapore, Swissotel The Stamford Singapore, St Andrew’s Cathedral, CHIJMES, ¬†NS25¬†¬†EW13¬† City Hall¬†station (via Raffles City basement)

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. Other bus stops in the vicinity are also reflected here.

No. Bus stop Exit Bus Routes
B/s 1 02119 – Nicoll Highway (Opp War Memorial Pk) C / D 10, 10e, 57, 70, 196, 196A, 196e, 652, 656, 660, 663, 665, 850E, 951E
B/s 2 01619 РBeach Rd (Esplanade Stn Exit F) F 56, 57, 100, 107, 107M, 961, 961M
B/s 3 01611 РBeach Rd (Aft Raffles Hotel) F 56, 57, 100, 107, 961, 961M
B/s 4 02111 РEsplanade Dr (Esplanade Bridge) C / D 10, 57, 70, 100, 107, 130, 131, 167, 196, 652, 656, 660, 663, 665, 850E, 868E, 951E
B/s 5 02049 РBras Basah Rd (Raffles Hotel) F 14, 14e, 16, 16M, 36, 36B, 77, 106, 111, 130, 131, 131A, 133, 167, 502, 502A, 518, 518A, 652, 656, 660, 663, 665, 850E, 857, 857B, 951E, 960, 960e
B/s 6 02151 РTemasek Blvd (Suntec Convention Ctr) A 36, 36B, 70A, 70M, 97, 97e, 106, 111, 133, 502, 502A, 518, 518A, 857, 857B, 868E
02029 – Esplanade Dr (Aft Esplanade Stn Exit D) D 100, 107, 130, 131, 131A, 167


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 (C25), pick-up/drop-off point
D Raffles Link (One Raffles Link) Pick-up/drop-off point
G Bras Basah Road (driveway outside The Fairmont) Taxi stand (C16), pick-up/drop-off point
G Stamford Road (driveway outside Swissotel The Stamford) Taxi stand (C17), pick-up/drop-off point

MRT Bus Bridging Service

In the event of a MRT service disruption affecting Esplanade station, MRT Bridging 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 (CCL Bridging Bus)
CC1NS24NE6 Dhoby Ghaut B/s 6: 02151 – Temasek Blvd (Suntec Convention Ctr) A
CC29NE1 HarbourFront B/s 6: 02151 – Temasek Blvd (Suntec Convention Ctr) A

In addition, passengers can board free regular bus services at Bus Stop 6 when activated.

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 РNCC Joint Venture.

The working name for Esplanade station was Convention Centre Station.


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