Jalan Besar MRT Station

Jalan Besar
惹兰勿刹 | ஜாலான் புசார்
Jalan Besar MRT Station - Exit B
Jalan Besar MRT Station – Exit B
Address 90 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208826
Line Served   Downtown Line
Operator SBS Transit
Structure Underground
Platform Island
Opened on 21 Oct 2017

Jalan Besar MRT Station (DT22) is an underground station along the Downtown Line (DTL) Stage 3. It is built underneath the main road of Jalan Besar, at the junction with Weld Road, and serves the nearby civic districts around the Little India and Sungei Road.

The station is named after Jalan Besar, the main road which literally means “large road” in Malay. Despite being in close proximity to DT13 Rochor station, these stations are eight stations apart along the Downtown Line and not connected by pedestrian links. Here, the deep DTL tunnels run underneath the North-South Corridor and the Rochor-Bugis section of the DTL.

The station is built in close proximity to the HDB estates of Rowell Court and Kelantan Court, Sim Lim Tower, as well as shophouses and schools which spread around the area. The nearby Queen Street Bus terminal offers bus connections to Johor Bahru.

First / Last Train Timings

Downtown Line – (DT22) Jalan Besar
Destination First Train Last Train
Weekdays & Sat Sun & Public Holidays Daily
DT1 Bukit Panjang 6:04am 6:22am 12:08am
DT35 Expo 6:13am 6:33am 12:14am

Station Layout

L1 Street level Bus stops, Taxi stand, Pick-up/drop-off point
B1 Underpass Linkway, Retail Shops, Faregates
B2 Concourse Faregates, Top Up Kiosks, Passenger Service Centre
B3 Intermediate Escalators between Concourse & Platforms, Service Corridor
B4 Platform A Downtown Line towards DT1BP6 Bukit Panjang
Platform B Downtown Line towards DT35CG1 Expo


Downtown Line (B4):
Platform A: Downtown Line towards DT1BP6 Bukit Panjang via DT21 Bencoolen (→)
Platform B: Downtown Line towards DT35CG1 Expo via DT23 Bendemeer (←)

Jalan Besar station has two platforms in an island platform arrangement, with both platforms utilized for trains travelling in either direction.

The lift at the platform serves B4 (Platform), B2 (Ticket Concourse) and B1 (Underpass). Commuters have to tap in via the faregates at B1 to use the lift.


The station concourse is located at Basement 2.


The Underpass at B1 connects both Exit A & B (at street level) with the DTL Ticket Concourse at B2. A lift accessible through faregates at the underpass brings commuters direct to the platform level at B4.


Jalan Besar MRT Station - Art In Transit 'A Kaleidoscopic World'
Jalan Besar MRT Station – Art In Transit ‘A Kaleidoscopic World’

Art in Transit: “A Kaleidoscopic World” by Lydia Wong

The premise of the artwork for Jalan Besar station is to celebrate the culture and diversity of this area through its architectural landmarks and communities. One of the key intentions of the work is to capture the distinct energy of Jalan Besar and how it represents itself as one of Singapore’s unique urban environments in the midst of change and progress. Featuring scenes from the Sungei Road Market, the work is also inspires by its vibrant and eclectic community that has helped shaped the history and unique charm of this location. Like a kaleidoscope, ever changing and evolving, ‘A Kaleidoscopic World‘ humbly hopes to accentuate and preserve the spirit of the people who have left the indelible mark on Jalan Besar.


Station Amenities

  • Public Toilets at DTL concourse
  • Retail Shops at DTL underpass
  • ATMs & Self-Service Machine


Jalan Besar MRT station has two exits at ground level, all of which provide barrier-free accessibility.

Exit Location Nearby
A Jalan Besar / Weld Road Albert Complex, Auston Institute of Management, Madrasah Aljunied Al-Islamiah, Queen Street Bus Terminal, Sim Lim Square, Sim Lim Tower, Stamford Primary School
B Jalan Besar / Upper Weld Road Veerasamy Road, Curch of the True Light, Kg Kapor Methodist Church, Masjid Abdul Gafoor, Singapore Aftercare Association, The Verge


Transport Connections

Jalan Besar station connects to one bus stop in the vicinity, as well as taxi stands and passenger pick-up points.


There is one official bus stop linked to Jalan Besar station.

No. Bus stop Exit Bus Routes
B/s 1 07529 – Jalan Besar (Jln Besar Stn Exit A) A 23, 64, 65, 67, 130, 139, 147, 147A, 857, 857B


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

Exit Road Provisions
A Weld Road Pick-up/drop-off point
B Jalan Besar Taxi stand (F74)

MRT Bus Bridging Service

In the event of a MRT service disruption affecting Jalan Besar station, MRT Bridging 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 (DTL Bridging Bus)
DT1BP6 Bukit Panjang B/s 1: 07529 – Jalan Besar (Jln Besar Stn Exit A) A
DT35CG1 Expo Roadside along Weld Road A

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

Passenger Usage Patterns

As a Central region station serving the civic and cultural district of Little India / Sungei Road, Jalan Besar station encounters moderate to high demand levels owing to its close proximity to Little India.


Downtown Line Stage 3 (DTL3) Contract 936 for the construction and completion of Jalan Besar Station was awarded to Leighton Offshore Pte Ltd – John Holland Pty Ltd (Singapore Branch) Joint Venture for approximately S$171.46 million. For both Australian companies with extensive experience in the construction of railway projects, it was their first MRT contract in Singapore.

The working name for Jalan Besar station was Sungei Road station. During construction, Jalan Besar was diverted around construction site, curving eastwards and almost touching Larut Road.


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2 thoughts on “Jalan Besar MRT Station

  • 8 May 2017 at 9:53 AM

    Dear person uncharge.

    I am wondering if there is a n underground passage pedestrian to walk with ease from rain and sun from Jalan Besar met to Rochor met will be most useful.

    Please let me know will there be such underground pedestrian walkway connecting the two stations?

    Thank you,

    • 8 May 2017 at 3:07 PM

      There will be no underground pedestrian walkway between Rochor and Jalan Besar MRT Station.


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