Paya Lebar MRT Station

Paya Lebar
巴耶利峇 | பாய லேபார்
Station exit A
Address 30 Paya Lebar Road, Singapore 409006 (EWL)
15 Paya Lebar Road, Singapore 409049 (CCL)
Lines Served   East West Line
  Circle Line
Operator SMRT Trains (EWL & CCL)
Structure Elevated (EWL)
Underground (CCL)
Platform Island (EWL)
Double Island (CCL)
Opened 4 Nov 1989 (EWL)
17 Apr 2010 (CCL)

Paya Lebar MRT Station (EW8/CC9) is an interchange station along the East-West Line (EWL) and Circle Line (CCL) Stage 2, located in the Geylang planning area. It is built along Paya Lebar Road, near the junction with Sims Avenue. Connecting the elevated EWL station with the underground CCL station, it was the first elevated-underground interchange station built.

The station is named after the Paya Lebar estate located where Paya Lebar Air Base is now, whose name in Malay refers to a “broad swampland”, an apt description of the area in its early days. Paya Lebar Station is misleadingly named, located far from the original estate, but its role as a major transport node has influenced the misnaming of nearby buildings such as Paya Lebar Square.

Paya Lebar Station serves the Geylang East area, with a mix of commercial, industrial and residential developments. It is located near Aljunied, Eunos and Geylang East Industrial Estates, and within walking distance of housing estates at Geylang Serai and Haig Road. Nearby shopping malls include Paya Lebar Square, Tanjong Katong Complex, City Plaza and Kinex.

First / Last Train Timings

East West Line – EW8 Paya Lebar
Destination First Train Last Train
& Sat
Sun &
Public Holidays
EW1 Pasir Ris 6:11am 6:39am 12:22am
EW33 Tuas Link 5:46am 6:12am 11:41pm


Circle Line – CC9 Paya Lebar
Destination First Train Last Train
& Sat
Sun &
Public Holidays
CC1 Dhoby Ghaut 5:40am 6:07am 11:49pm
CC7 Mountbatten 12:26am
CC29 HarbourFront 5:40am 6:07am 11:04pm
CC26 Pasir Panjang 11:34pm
CC23 one-north 11:50pm
CC17 Caldecott 12:18am
CC11 Tai Seng 12:26am

Station Layout

L2 Platform A East West Line towards  EW1  Pasir Ris
Platform B East West Line towards  EW33  Tuas Link
L1 Street level Bus stops, Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point
EWL Concourse Faregates, Ticketing machines, Passenger Service Centre
B1 CCL Concourse Faregates, Ticketing machines, Passenger Service Centre
B2 Platform A Circle Line towards  CC29  NE1  HarbourFront
Platform C No Train Service
Platform D No Train Service
Platform B Circle Line towards  CC1  NS24  NE6  Dhoby Ghaut


East West Line (L2):
Platform A: East West Line towards  EW1  Pasir Ris via  EW7  Eunos (→)
Platform B: East West Line towards  EW33  Tuas Link via  EW9  Aljunied (←)

Paya Lebar station’s elevated East West Line platform level has two platforms in an island platform arrangement. Half-height Platform screen doors are installed at the platform edge for the safety of commuters, and retrofitted High Volume, Low Speed (HVLS) fans keep passengers cool. Similar to most platforms along the Eastern side of the East West Line, a barrel vault roof design allows for a spacious interior that is easily navigated.

A set of escalators, stairs and lifts connect to the concourse level below. A new wing at the West end of the station accommodates escalators and stairs that lead directly to the Circle Line concourse.

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 station exits and the Circle Line platforms.

Circle Line (B2):
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Platform A: Circle Line towards  CC29  NE1  HarbourFront via  CC10  DT26  MacPherson (→)
Platform C: Circle Line withdrawal trains
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Platform D: Circle Line withdrawal trains
Platform B: Circle Line towards  CC1  NS24  NE6  Dhoby Ghaut via  CC8  Dakota (←)
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The underground Circle Line platform level has four platforms in a double island platform arrangement, the first time this design was used in an underground station. Platforms A and C are grouped together on one island, while Platforms B and D are grouped on the other island. The middle track is served by both Platforms C and D and is used to facilitate train withdrawals to the nearby Kim Chuan Depot. Nearing the end of the peak hours, withdrawal trains arriving from MacPherson will terminate at Paya Lebar, alighting passengers at the middle platform before deadheading back to Kim Chuan Depot.

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 connects the platform level to the concourse level one floor above, where paid links connect to the East West Line platform.. 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 East West Line platform and station exits.


East West Line and Circle Line station concourses are at Level 1 and Basement 1 respectively. They 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 TransitLink Add Value Machines (EW) and Top-up Machines (CCL), offer contactless card transactions. The station offices at each concourse function 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 CCL concourse level is also equipped with an unpaid corridor which allows pedestrians to commute between CCL station exits without having to enter the rail network. The roof of the middle track also functions as a linkbridge, which connect to the lifts serving both island platforms.

Toilets are located in the unpaid areas of both concourse levels, situated near the Passenger Service Centres. There are retail shops within unpaid areas of both EWL and CCL concourses.

CCL Art in Transit: “The Signs of Times” by Salleh Japar

The artwork traces and reflect the development and the surrounding Paya Lebar precinct; its histories and landmarks through signs, emblems and motifs from its early beginnings to a customizing new city spaces via various images of the advertising logos, shop fronts, traffic lights signs, posters stickers, graffiti writings and road markings. In this artwork, the logo types represent the periods of the district from the rural kampong community to its present status as a satellite town. The pictographic symbol includes packed stacking pigs waiting to be feed, the community tap, the wireless tower, dhoby drying laundry, low flying airplane landing and taking off from nearby airport, cultural icons and the iconic post office complex, The Signs of Times aims to make viewers relax, smile and dream and at the same time share the special bond with history that made this area memorable to those who have lived and to those who visited the area.

Civil Defence shelter

Paya Lebar CCL station is one of eleven stations along the Circle Line designated as Civil Defence (CD) shelters, which will be activated in times of national emergency. Apart from reinforced construction, the stations are designed and equipped with facilities to ensure the shelter environment is tolerable for all shelterees during shelter occupation. These facilities include protective blast doors, decontamination facilities, ventilation systems, power and water supply systems and a dry toilet system.


Paya Lebar MRT station has four exits at ground level (A, B, C and D), all of which provide barrier-free accessibility. Exit E leads to the basement of the Paya Lebar Square mall.

Exit Disabled access Location Nearby
A Yes Paya Lebar Square
(Street level)
Paya Lebar Square, Eunos Road 8, Geylang Serai Market, Joo Chiat Complex, Singapore Post Centre, Tanjong Katong Complex, Geylang United Temple, Eunos Industrial Estate
B Yes Paya Lebar Square
(Street level)
Paya Lebar Square, Paya Lebar Road, Certis Cisco Centre, Paya Lebar Square, Lifelong Learning Institute
C Yes Geylang East Ind Est Geylang East Industrial Estate, Paya Lebar Road, Paya Lebar Residences, Madrasah Wak Tanjong Al Islamiah, Geylang East Central, Sims Ville Condonminium, Foo Hai Ch’an Monastery, Madrasah Wak Tanjong Al-Islamiah, Sri Sivan Temple
D Yes Sims Avenue Sims Avenue, Guillemard Road, City Plaza, Grandlink Square, Lotus at Paya Lebar, Kinex
E Yes Paya Lebar Square
(Basement 1)
Paya Lebar Square

Station Amenities

  • Public toilets at concourse level
  • Bicycle racks at station exits
  • ATMs and Self-service Machines at concourse level

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

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


There are four official bus stops linked to Paya Lebar station.

No. Bus stop Exit Bus Routes
B/s 1 81111 – Paya Lebar Rd (Paya Lebar Stn Exit B) A / B 24, 28, 43, 70, 70M, 76, 134, 135, 137, 154, 155
B/s 2 81119 – Paya Lebar Rd (Paya Lebar Stn Exit C) C 24, 28, 43, 70, 70M, 76, 134, 135, 137, 154, 155
B/s 3 81129 – Paya Lebar Rd (Paya Lebar Stn Exit D) D 24, 28, 43, 70, 70M, 76, 134, 135, 154, 155
B/s 4 82011 – Sims Ave (Aft Tg Katong Cplx) A 2, 7, 13, 21, 24, 26, 28, 30, 51, 67, 76, 154, 155


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

Exit Road Provisions
A Eunos Road 8 (Paya Lebar Square) Taxi stand (I23), pick-up/drop-off point
C Paya Lebar Road (Northbound) Taxi stand (I22), pick-up/drop-off point
D Sims Avenue Pick-up/drop-off point

Rail Bridging Services

In the event of a MRT service disruption affecting Paya Lebar station, rail bridging services (also called MRT breakdown shuttle buses) may be activated to ply affected stretches of the East West Line or Circle Line. In which case, the buses can be boarded from the following bus stops:

Towards Bus stop Exit
East West Line
 EW1  Pasir Ris B/s 1: 81111 – Paya Lebar Rd (Paya Lebar Stn Exit B) A / B
 EW33  Tuas Link B/s 2: 81119 – Paya Lebar Rd (Paya Lebar Stn Exit C) C
Circle Line
 CC1  NS24  NE6  Dhoby Ghaut B/s 1: 81111 – Paya Lebar Rd (Paya Lebar Stn Exit B) A / B
 CC29  NE1  HarbourFront B/s 2: 81119 – Paya Lebar Rd (Paya Lebar Stn Exit C) C

In the event of a large-scale rail disruption affecting multiple lines, special shuttle bus services may be activated in addition to the usual bus bridging services. They are:

Route Bus stop Exit
Paya Lebar – Bedok – Tampines B/s 1: 81111 – Paya Lebar Rd (Paya Lebar Stn Exit B) A / B

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

Passenger Usage Patterns

Paya Lebar is an important interchange station linking the East-West Line with the Circle Line, and as such, encounters large numbers of transfer passengers between the two lines. It also benefits shopping malls, as well as commercial and industrial developments in the vicinity, hence passenger traffic through this station is relatively high.


Circle Line Stage 2 (CCL2) Contract 823 for the construction and completion of Mountbatten, Dakota and Paya Lebar stations and tunnels was awarded to Japanese and local companies Nishimatsu-Lum Chang Joint Venture.

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