Raffles Place MRT Station

Raffles Place
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Raffles Place MRT Station - Surface Exit B designed in colonial-inspired architecture
Raffles Place MRT Station – Surface Exit B designed in colonial-inspired architecture
Address 5 Raffles Place, Singapore 048618
Lines Served   North South Line
  East West Line
Operator SMRT Trains (NSL & EWL)
Structure Underground (NSL & EWL)
Platform Stacked Island
Opened 12 Dec 1987

Raffles Place MRT Station (NS26/EW14) is an underground cross-platform interchange station along the North South Line (NSL) and East West Line (EWL). It is located within the Downtown Core (Raffles Place planning subzone), near Battery Road and D’Almeida Street.

The station opened along with City Hall in December 1987 and both stations serve as cross-platform interchanges between the North South Line and East West Line, allowing commuters to switch trains at the appropriate station without having to ascend or descend platform levels. Raffles Place station offers Eastbound EWL & Northbound NSL trains on the upper level, and Westbound EWL & Southbound NSL on the lower level.

Raffles Place Station serves the financial district of the same name, at the mouth of the Singapore River. Named after the founder of modern Singapore, Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, the area was at the heart of Singapore’s financial centre, with low-rise buildings housing mercantile offices, banks and trading companies in the past, which have made way for the tallest office buildings in Singapore. At street level, Raffles Place Park just above the station forms a green space nestled within Singapore’s iconic city landscape.

Below ground, a network of pedestrian underpasses connect the station to many nearby developments, hence the large number of exits. It also serves the subterranean Marina Bay Link Mall (Exit J), which extends further via an underground pedestrian mall network and eventually connects to  DT17  Downtown station.

First / Last Train Timings

North South Line – NS26 Raffles Place
Destination First Train Last Train
Weekdays Sat Sun &
NS1 Jurong East 6:03am 6:03am 6:28am 11:53pm
NS7 Kranji 12:09am
NS28 Marina South Pier 5:57am 5:57am 6:22am 11:54pm
NS27 Marina Bay 11:58pm
East West Line – EW14 Raffles Place
Destination First Train Last Train
Weekdays Sat Sun &
EW1 Pasir Ris 5:59am 5:59am 6:27am 12:09am
EW33 Tuas Link 5:59am 5:59am 6:25am 11:58pm


Station Layout

L1 Street level Bus stops, Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point
B1 Raffles Xchange Raffles Xchange, Linkways to other exits
B2 Concourse Faregates, Ticketing machines, Passenger Service Centre, Transitlink Ticket Office
B3 Platform A East West Line towards  EW1  Pasir Ris
Platform B North South Line towards  NS1  EW24  Jurong East
B4 Platform C East West Line towards  EW33  Tuas Link
Platform D North South Line towards  NS28  Marina South Pier


North South Line & East West Line (B3):
MRT_rail (2)
Platform A: East West Line towards  EW1  Pasir Ris via  NS25  EW13  City Hall (→)
Platform B: North South Line towards  NS1  EW24  Jurong East via  NS25  EW13  City Hall (→)
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North South Line & East West Line (B4):
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Platform C: East West Line towards  EW33  Tuas Link via  EW15  Tanjong Pagar (←)
Platform D: North South Line towards  NS28  Marina South Pier via  NS27  CE2  Marina Bay (←)
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Raffles Place station has a total of four platforms, arranged in two stacked island platforms. The North South Line (NSL) and the East West Line (EWL) occupy two tracks each, enabling cross-platform interchange between lines. In particular, passengers arriving on the EWL from the West can conveniently transfer to the NSL towards Orchard and Toa Payoh by walking across the platform, and vice-versa for NSL (Southbound) to EWL (Westbound).

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 connect the two platform levels to the station 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 connecting platforms and the station exits.


The station has a combined ticket concourse located at Basement 2. It features 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, 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. A TransitLink ticket office is also located at this station, operating from 8:00am to 9:00pm on Weekdays and 8:00am to 5:00pm on Saturdays. It is closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.

Escalators, stairs and lifts connect the concourse with the platforms below. There are escalators that lead to Basement 3 and others that lead straight to Basement 4, and commuters are advised to follow the signages to the correct escalator.

Toilets are located in the unpaid areas of the station, near the Passenger Service Centre. Retail shops occupy Basement 1 as part of the Raffles Xchange underground mall.

Civil Defence shelter

Raffles Place station is designated as a Civil Defence (CD) shelter, which will be activated in times of national emergency. Apart from reinforced construction, the station is 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.


Raffles Place MRT station has ten exits, some of which are surface exits and others linking to basement levels of adjacent buildings. Barrier-free accessibility is limited to lifts at Raffles Place Park and within buildings with basement station exits. Out-of-system transfers can be made to Downtown station via Marina Bay Link Mall (Basement Exit J).

Exit Disabled access Location Nearby
A Yes Raffles Place Park (South) Raffles Place Park, Malacca Street, D’Almeida Street, One Raffles Place, Bharat Building, Clifford Centre, Royal Brothers Building, The Arcade
B Yes Raffles Place Park (North) Raffles Place Park, Battery Road, Change Alley, Chevron House, Clifford Pier, Collyer Quay, Custom House, Golden Shoe Carpark, Great Eastern Building, HSBC Building, OCBC Centre, OUE Link, OUE Tower, Singapore Land Tower, Straits Trading Building, The Fullerton Bay Hotel, OUE Bayfront
C Yes Ocean Towers Ocean Towers & Ocean Financial Centre (Basement)
D Yes Republic Plaza Republic Plaza
E No Ocean Financial Centre Ocean Financial Centre, Equity Plaza, D’Almeida Street
F No Cecil Street Robinson Road, Cecil Street, Church Street, Capital Square, China Square, City House, Far East Square, Fook Hai Building, Great Eastern Building, Lau Pa Sat, Prudential Tower, PWC Building, Robinson Tower, Samsung Hub
G No Chulia Street Chulia Street, Battery Road, Boat Quay, Maulana Mohd Ali Mosque, UOB Plaza
H No Bonham Street Asian Civilisation Museum, Bank Of China, Bonham Street, Fullerton Hotel, Maybank Tower, Merlion Park, One Fullerton, Raffles Landing Site, Singapore River Promenade, Six Battery Road, The Art House, Victoria Theatre
I No Finalyson Green Raffles Quay, AIA Tower, Marina Boulevard, Ascott Singapore (Raffles Place), Capitol Building, Hong Leong Building, Lau Pa Sat, One Finalyson Green, SGX Centre
J Yes Marina Bay Link Mall Marina Bay Financial Centre, Marina Bay Link Mall, Marina Bay Residences, Marina Bay Suites, One Marina Boulevard, One Raffles Quay, The Promontory @ Marina Bay, The Sail @ Marina Bay, Out-of-system transfer to  DT17  Downtown

Station Amenities

  • Public toilets at concourse level
  • ATMs and Self-service Machines at concourse level
  • TransitLink ticket office
    Operating Hours: 8:00am to 9:00pm on Weekdays and 8:00am to 5:00pm on Saturdays. Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.

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

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


There are five official bus stops linked to Raffles Place station.

No. Bus stop Exit Bus Routes
B/s 1 03019 – Collyer Quay (OUE Bayfront) A 10, 10e, 57, 70, 75, 100, 107, 128, 130, 131, 162, 167, 167e, 196, 196e, 652, 656, 660, 663, 665, 700, 850E, 951E, 971E
B/s 2 03031 – Robinson Rd (Raffles Pl Stn Exit F) F 10, 10e, 70, 75, 100, 107, 128, 130, 162, 196, 196e, 652, 656, 660, 663, 665, 850E, 868E, 951E
B/s 3 03021 – Cecil St (Prudential Twr) F 57, 131, 167, 167e, 700, 971E
B/s 4 05319 – Church St (OCBC Ctr) A 186, 970
B/s 5 03011 – Fullerton Rd (Fullerton Sq) B / H 10, 10e, 57, 70, 75, 100, 107, 128, 130, 131, 162, 167, 167e, 196, 196e, 652, 656, 660, 663, 665, 700, 850E, 868E, 951E, 971E


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

Exit Road Provisions
B Battery Road (outside Straits Trading Building) Taxi stand (E13), pick-up/drop-off point
D D’almeida Street (outside Bharat Building) Taxi stand (E11), pick-up/drop-off point

Rail Bridging Services

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

Towards Bus stop Exit
North South Line
 NS1  EW24  Jurong East B/s 5: 03011 – Fullerton Rd (Fullerton Sq) B / H
 NS28  Marina South Pier B/s 1: 03019 – Collyer Quay (OUE Bayfront) A
East West Line
 EW1  Pasir Ris B/s 5: 03011 – Fullerton Rd (Fullerton Sq) B / H
 EW33  Tuas Link B/s 1: 03019 – Collyer Quay (OUE Bayfront) A

In addition, passengers can board regular bus services at selected bus stops officially linked to Raffles Place station, depending on the situation on the ground.

Passenger Usage Patterns

Raffles Place is a key interchange station linking the North South Line with the East West Line. Located within the City Centre, the station serves many office buildings and other attractions in the vicinity, in addition to being a key transport node for NSL/EWL transfer passengers. Hence, the station encounters high demand throughout the day, especially during the peak hours, but significantly lower demand on weekends.


Raffles Place and Tanjong Pagar stations and tunnels were built as part of Contract 108.

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