Marina Centre Bus Terminal

Marina Centre Bus Terminal is a bus terminal along Raffles Boulevard and underneath the Benjamin Sheares Bridge. It serves as a starting and terminating point for bus services serving the Marina Centre region and the City, with no boarding and alighting allowed at the terminal. Night bus routes make up the majority of the route count at the terminal.

Operations commenced at the new facility capable of housing all bus services under one roof underneath Benjamin Sheares Bridge on 24 February 2021 with SMRT Buses. SBS Transit & Tower Transit commenced parking at the new facility on 27 February 2021.

Details
Name Marina Centre Bus Terminal  |  滨海中心巴士终站
Address 35A Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039807
BCM Route Package Bukit Merah Bus Package (Anchor Operator)
Anchor Operator SBS Transit Ltd
Bus Routes 8 (SBS Transit), 6 (SMRT Buses), 2 (Tower Transit)
Berths No Boarding and Alighting
Rail Connection CC4DT15 Promenade
The Terminal:

Marina Centre Bus Terminal is a bus terminal located in the City area with no commuter facilities.

On 10 November 2017, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) revealed future changes to Marina Centre Bus Terminal with the release of Contract PT193 (Proposed Design and Construction of Bus Terminal and Associated Works at Marina Centre), which involved relocating the roadside parking to a permanent facility capable of housing all bus services under one roof. The contract was awarded to Tat Hin Builders Pte Ltd for SGD $5,750,000.00 on 7 Aug 2018.

The facility is situated underneath Benjamin Sheares Bridge, in between Raffles Boulevard and Raffles Avenue. With 24 bus parking lots, the new facility has sufficient room to consolidate all bus services under one roof. The terminal building contains offices, staff lounges, toilets, and other ancillary rooms.

The vehicle ingress is located at the south side, facing the Bayfront Bridge. The egress is located at the north side, facing the former Marina Centre Terminal.

Visited the newly constructed Marina Centre Bus Terminal this morning. The terminal is still undergoing some final…

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SMRT Buses commenced operations at the new facility on 24 February 2021. SBS Transit & Tower Transit shifted over operations to the new facility on 27 February 2021.

No boarding and alighting activities are allowed at this terminal. The last stop for terminating buses is 02089 Pan Pacific Hotel and the first stop is 02101 Aft S’pore Flyer.

Overnight bus routes contribute to the bulk of the bus route count at this terminal; many of them start their rounds from Marina Centre before heading to River Valley, Orchard and respective housing estates.

Historical Background

Marina Centre Bus Terminal sits on land that was reclaimed in the 1970s. Construction on the reclaimed land only started in the 1980s, and following the construction of Marina Square and other developments, Marina Centre Bus Terminal was opened on 30 November 1986, taking over a temporary roadside terminal along Raffles Avenue in use since 24 November 1985 when Service 189 was extended to the Marina Centre area.

The roadside Marina Centre Bus Terminal previously occupied the leftmost and rightmost lane of the unidirectional Raffles Boulevard between Temasek Avenue and Republic Boulevard, with SMRT bus lots on the left, and SBS Transit lots on the right. As terminal facilities were only located on the right of the road, SMRT drivers were faced with the added trouble of crossing the road to reach the terminal kiosk. Both SBS Transit and SMRT buses had operator kiosks at Marina Centre Terminal beside each other.

In June 2015, the Marina Centre Terminal expansion opened, along with a public coach park, both located north of Raffles Boulevard (opposite the bus terminal operator offices). The new bus park, located directly opposite the existing terminal offices, had a total of 17 parking lots. As a result, roadside parking on the leftmost lane of Raffles Boulevard was abolished. SBS Transit, which moved all its operations to the new extension, built a container office with a portable toilet at the expanded bus park. SMRT took over the roadside lots along the rightmost lane of Raffles Boulevard comprising a total of 8 parking lots, which it operated till 24 Feb 2021, when they shifted into the new facility.

There were two parts to the terminal from 2015 to 2021, namely a roadside terminal occupying the rightmost lane of Raffles Boulevard (between Temasek Avenue and Republic Boulevard), and a newer extension built on the left side of Raffles Boulevard with a dedicated bus and coach park. Both facilities, opposite each other, are collectively referred to as Marina Centre Bus Terminal.

Previously, SMRT occupied the roadside lots, and SBS Transit occupies the new extension, with both operators operating out of separate terminal kiosks and toilets. Tower Transit, which does not have any facilities at the terminal, parked at the new extension and used SBS Transit’s facilities. Combined, there were 25 bus parking lots at the terminal.

Periods of Closure:

Due to the terminal’s proximity to The Float @ Marina Bay and Marina Bay, major events with road closures happen a few times every year and result in terminal closure. Most services will layover at 02089 Pan Pacific Hotel and loop via Temasek Avenue, calling at 02171 Opp The Ritz-Carlton. In the event of large-scale diversions such as Formula 1, refer to bus operators’ press releases for more information.


Bus Services:

Service Destination Remarks
56 Bishan
75 Gali Batu
77 Bukit Batok
97 Jurong East
97e Jurong East Express Service / Weekdays Evening Peak
195 ↺ Commonwealth Avenue
195A Tiong Bahru Road (Tiong Bahru Stn) Short Trip Service
960 Woodlands
960e Woodlands Express Service
1N Yishun Ring Road (Opp Khatib Stn Exit D) Night Service
2N Tampines Avenue 3 (Blk 888) Night Service
3N Choa Chu Kang North 5 (Blk 708) Night Service
4N Pasir Ris Drive 1 (Blk 210) Night Service
5N Jurong West Street 92 (Blk 924) Night Service
6N Punggol Field (Opp Blk 201A) Night Service
NR2 Sembawang Drive (Blk 317) Night Service
NR5 Jurong West Street 64 (Blk 685B) Night Service
NR8 Bukit Batok West Avenue 5 (Blk 531) Night Service

Gallery:
New Facility (2021)
New Facility Under Construction (2020)
Roadside Terminal & 2015 Expansion

External Links & References:

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15 thoughts on “Marina Centre Bus Terminal

  • 22 March 2021 at 5:34 PM
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    Where to ask if we need the PSO Customer service at Marina Centre when commuters are not allow inside?

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  • 24 February 2021 at 10:48 PM
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    I thot the entrance was from Raffles Boulevard side. Who would think that the entrance is from Raffles Avenue side. Is it because cannot skip the two bus stop along Raffles Avenue?

    Why not absorb the bus stops and make the terminal to allow boarding and alighting facilities? Quite strange nowadays with the bus terminal/interchange require bus drivers to reserve in the lots rather than having to park head in first.

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  • 24 February 2021 at 3:13 PM
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    With the new Marina Centre terminal, perhaps this is also an opportunity for LTA to construct a better and permanent bus interchange or terminal at Kallang and Buona Vista.

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    • 1 March 2021 at 11:55 PM
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      The plot of land next to Kallang MRT is quite suitable for the new bus terminal. However, Lor 1 Geylang will be given to TTS to operate Svc 853, 980…

      Or the plot of greenland patch there. Unless there would be a amendment to some services that terminate at Lor 1 Geylang to terminate elsewhere such as upcoming Bidadari Interchange or extension to Marina Centre Terminal.

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  • 24 February 2021 at 2:58 PM
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    The new terminal must have commuter facilities but close to commuters until no more covid-19 (like Gali Batu ter)

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  • 12 February 2021 at 6:05 PM
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    Potential candidates to terminate and start here
    111 might be MCT looping @ Ghim Moh and will be absord into Bt Merah Bus package.
    502 & 518 option to terminate here although the odd are low.

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    • 25 February 2021 at 8:44 AM
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      u think mct got a lot of space for these routes is it

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