Little India MRT Station

 NE7  DT12 
Little India
Station exit E
Languages 小印度 | லிட்டில் இந்தியா
Lines   North East Line
  Downtown Line
Operators SBS Transit
Structure Underground
Platforms Island (NEL & DTL)
Opened 20 Jun 2003 (NEL)
27 Dec 2015 (DTL)

Little India MRT Station (NE7/DT12) is an interchange station in located in the ethnic district of Little India, connecting the North East Line (NEL) and the Downtown Line (DTL). More specifically, the station straddles the Farrer Park, Kampong Java and Mackenzie planning subzones.

Located at the junction of Bukit Timah Road and Race Course Road, the station brings rail connections to the historic district of Little India, formerly a settlement for Tamils, and now a Tamil ethnic neighbourhood. In the vicinity are plenty of shophouses, Tekka Centre, the Land Transport Authority Headquarters, condominiums and other mixed commercial and residential developments.

First / Last Train Timings

North East Line – NE7 Little India
Destination First Train Last Train
Weekdays Sat Sun &
Weekdays Sat, Sun & PHs
NE1 Harbour-
6:04am 6:04am 6:24am 11:50pm 11:49pm
NE17 Punggol 5:56am 5:56am 6:16am 12:07am 12:06am
Downtown Line – DT12 Little India
Destination First Train Last Train
& Sat
Sun &
Public Holidays
DT1 Bukit Panjang 6:06am 6:30am 12:26am
DT35 Expo 5:53am 6:13am 11:57am

Station Layout

L1 Street level Bus stops, Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point
B1 NEL Concourse Faregates, Ticketing machines, Passenger Service Centre
B2 DTL Concourse, Transfer Linkway Faregates, Ticketing machines, Passenger Service Centre, Transfer Linkway between NEL and DTL concourses
Platform A North East Line towards  NE1  CC29  HarbourFront
Platform B North East Line towards  NE17  PTC  Punggol
B3 Platform B Downtown Line towards DT35CG1 Expo
Platform A Downtown Line towards  DT1  BP6  Bukit Panjang


North East Line (B2):
Platform B: North East Line towards  NE17  PTC  Punggol via  NE8  Farrer Park (→)
Platform A: North East Line towards  NE1  CC29  HarbourFront via  NE6  NS24  CC1  Dhoby Ghaut (←)
Downtown Line (B3):
Platform B: Downtown Line towards DT35CG1 Expo via  DT13  Rochor (→)
Platform A: Downtown Line towards  DT1  BP6  Bukit Panjang via  DT11  NS21  Newton (←)

Little India station has four platforms; both rail lines are served by two each, arranged in a island platform layout for each rail line. The newer Downtown Line cuts underneath the North East Line, and the platforms serving both lines are connected with transfer linkways within paid areas of the station. 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 platform levels 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.

The NEL and DTL platforms are both designed with the upper floor concourse wrapping around the platform, creating a large indoor space typical of many NEL and several other DTL/CCL stations.


Both NEL and DTL concourses 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 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.

Lifts and escalators connect the concourse to street level and the overhead bridge. A public toilet is located in the unpaid area of the concourse, near the Passenger Service Centre.

Retail shops are not present in this station. Finally, both NEL and DTL concourses have public toilets located in the unpaid area of the station.

NEL Art in Transit: “Memoirs of the Past” by S Chandrasekaran

These evocative, sepia-toned works celebrate all that is unique about Indian culture in Singapore. The influence of traditional Indian folk art comes through in the distinctive metal grilles at the station entrances and the elaborate floor works in bronze and granite inside the station. Animal paintings allude to the buffalo stables that used to be in the area in the past

DTL Art in Transit: “Woven Field” by Grace Tan

The soft curves of the architectural features in Little India Station set the backdrop for Woven Field – a landscape of tessellated triangular configurations inspired by the singhaulia woven patterns commonly seen in the traditional sari. The beauty of the sari cloth lies in its intricate and repetitive geometric patterns, shaped by the weaving of the lengthwise warp and widthwise weft yarns.


Little Inida MRT station has six exits at ground level (A, B, C, D, E, F), with only exits E being inaccessible to the disabled.

Exit Disabled access Location Nearby
A Yes Bukit Timah Road Mackenzie Car Mall, Mackenzie Regency, Mackenzie Road, Rex Cinema, Selegie Centre
B Yes Bukit Timah Road Bus Stop 2, Tekka Market
C Yes Tekka Centre Tekka Centre, Tekka Market, The Verge
D Yes Race Course Road Foochow Methodist Church, Grand Imperial Hotel, Kerbau Hotel, Land Transport Authority Headquarters, Shree Lakshminarayan Temple, Tekka Centre, Tekka Market
E No Buffalo Road Gholia’s Village, Grand Imperial Hotel, Shree Lakshmi Narayan Temple, Sri Veerama Kaliamman Temple
F Yes Bukit Timah Road Farrer Park Swimming Complex, Farrer Park Tennis Centre, Kampong Java Park, KK Woman’s & Children’s Hospital, Land Transport Authority Headquarters, Tanglin Police Division Headquarters

Station Amenities

  • Public toilets at NEL, 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

Little India station connects to several bus stops in the vicinity, as well as taxi stands and passenger pick-up points at selected exits.


There are two official bus stops linked to Little India station.

No. Bus stop Exit Bus Routes
B/s 1 40011 Bt Timah Rd (Little India Stn Exit A) A 1N, 3N, 5N, 6N, 48, 56, 57, 66, 67, 166, 170, 170A, 851, 851e, 960, 980
B/s 2 40019 Bt Timah Rd (Little India Stn) B / D 48, 56, 57, 66, 67, 131, 166, 170, 851, 851e, 960, 980


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

Exit Road Provisions
A Bukit Timah Road (Westbound) Taxi stand
C Race Course Road (outside Blk 661) Taxi stand
F Bukit Timah Road (Eastbound) Pick-up/drop-off point

Rail Bridging Services

In the event of a MRT/LRT service disruption, rail bridging services may be activated. In which case, the buses can be boarded from the following bus stops:

Towards Bus stop Exit
North East Line
 NE1  CC29  HarbourFront Race Course Road (Roadside) C
 NE17  PTC  Punggol 07031 – Serangoon Rd (Tekka Ctr) C
Downtown Line
 DT1  BP6  Bukit Panjang B/s 1: 40011 Bt Timah Rd (Little India Stn Exit A) A
DT35CG1 Expo B/s 2: 40019 Bt Timah Rd (Little India Stn) B / D

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

Passenger Usage Patterns

As an interchange station in the heart of the Little India cultural district, the station is well-utilized by many commuters heading in and out of the area, or transferring between the North East Line and Downtown Line. Various amenities in the vicinity include tourist attractions, plenty of retail shops and commercial-residential mixed developments.

Construction Trivia

North East Line Contract 706 for the design and construction of Little India and Farrer Park Stations was awarded to Hyundai Engineering & Construction – Zublin AG Joint-Venture on 26 April 1997 for $311.6 million. The working name for this station was Kandang Kerbau Station.

Downtown Line Stage 2 (DTL2) Contract 921 for the Design and Construction of Rochor and Little India stations and associated tunnels was awarded to South Korean company SsangYong Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd. for approximately S$803.3 million in Jun 2009.

The construction of Little India and Rochor MRT stations presented the greatest engineering challenge of the entire Downtown Line. Construction involved over 30 stages of traffic and canal diversions, including the creation of temporary roads facilitate construction works and minimise traffic disruptions in Rochor. At $803 million, the contract to build these stations was one of the highest ever given out.

The Rochor Canal, formerly visible at ground level between Sungei Road and Rochor Canal Road, was diverted to flow underground. and expanded to increase its capacity. A 180-metre long, 40-metre wide and 8-metre high tunnel box was also built as part of advance works for the North-South Expressway, and underneath that, the concourse and platforms of Rochor station. All this had to be built in marine clay, at times having the consistency of peanut butter, and as such, infrastructure had to be stabilized firmly into the ground.

A Straits Times graphic is attached here.

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