Telok Ayer MRT Station

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Station exit
Address 7 Cross Street, Singapore 048416
Line Served   Downtown Line
Operator SBS Transit
Structure Underground
Platform Side
Opened 22 Dec 2013

Telok Ayer MRT Station (DT18) is an underground station along the Downtown Line (DTL). It is built at the junction of Cross Street and Telok Ayer Street, sitting between the Robinson Road commercial district and Chinatown civic district.

Historically, Telok Ayer, meaning ‘bay water’ in Malay, is a coastal street along the bay and the main landing site and focal point of settlement for Chinese immigrants.¬†Land reclamation has since extended the coastline, where the current Central Business District now stands.

The station is located in the¬†vicinity of high-rise office buildings¬†and preserved shophouses hosting many food and beverage¬†outlets; the contrast in architecture highlighting the diversity of the area. The area is also home to places of worship dating back to Singapore’s early days.

First / Last Train Timings

Downtown Line – (DT18) Telok Ayer
Destination First Train Last Train
Weekdays & Sat Sun & Public Holidays Daily
DT1 Bukit Panjang 6:11am 6:29am 12:15am
DT35 Expo 6:06am 6:26am 12:07am

Station Layout

L1 Street level Bus stops, Taxi stand, Pick-up/drop-off point
B1 Concourse Faregates, Top Up Kiosks, Passenger Service Centre
B2 Platform A Downtown Line towards DT1BP6 Bukit Panjang
Platform B Downtown Line towards DT35CG1 Expo


Downtown Line (B2):
Platform A: Downtown Line towards DT1BP6 Bukit Panjang via DT17 Downtown (→)
MRT_rail (2)
MRT_rail (2)
Platform B: Downtown Line¬†towards DT35CG1 Expo via DT19NE4 Chinatown (‚Üź)

Telok Ayer station has two platforms in a side platform arrangement, similar to its preceding and following stations Downtown and Chinatown, with both platforms utilized for trains travelling in either direction.


The station concourse is located at Basement 1.

Art in Transit:¬†“Charm of Bay” by Lim Shing Yee

Historically, Telok Ayer, meaning ‘bay water’ in Malay, is a coastal street along the bay and the main landing site and focal point of settlement for Chinese immigrants. “Charm of Bay”¬†celebrates the history of the area using abstract forms inspired by plantations and elements of water, each pointing or relating to the next as if passing on a tale about the past. The three large bulbous structures are like primitive monuments, signifing the settling of Chinese immigrants while simultaneously, together with their shadows cast on the floor, mapping the everchanging traffic over time as the past converges with the present. Perceived as whole, the artwork transforms the concourse into a whimsical landscape, greeting commuters.

Station Amenities

  • Public Toilets at DTL concourse


Telok Ayer MRT station has a three exits leading to ground level (A, B and C).
Exit A is the main exit with a lift providing barrier-free accessibility; Exit B accommodates a pair of escalators and Exit C is simply a flight of stairs leading to street level.

Exit Location Nearby
A Cross Street Amoy Street Food Court, BEA Building, City House, Cecil Court, Eagles Centre, Far Eastern Bank Building, Finexis Building, Keck Seng Tower, LKN Building, MND Building, Lau Pa Sat Festival Market, Masjid Al-Abrar, Nagore Dargah Indian Muslim Heritage Centre, Parakou Building, PIL Building, RHB Building, Robinson, SICCI Building, SGX Centre, SIF Building, The Globe, The Octagon, The URA Centre, Thian Hock Keng Temple, Tong Eng Building, Tokio Marine Centre, Tung Ann Association Building, Xian Zu Gong Temple, Wing On Building, Sofitel So Singapore
B Telok Ayer Street AIA Tower, Amoy Hotel, Ascott Raffles Place Singapore, ASO Building, Bank of Singapore Centre, Bharat Building, CapitaGreen, Capital Square, China Court, China Square Central, China Square Food Centre, Far East Finance Building, Fook Hai Building, Fuk Tak Chi Museum, Grace Global Raffles, Grand Building, Great Eastern Centre, Hong Leong Building, Hong Lim Complex, IOB Building, ISCA House, Malacca Centre, Market Street Food Centre, Nankin Row, OCBC Centre, Ocean Financial Centre, PLUS, One Finlayson Green, One George Street, One Raffles Place, One Raffles Quay, Pickering Operations Complex, Prudential Tower, Manulife Tower, RB Capital Building, Republic Plaza, 18 Robinson, Royal One People, Royal Group Building, Samsung Hub, Sinsov Building, Tan Ean Kiam Building, The House of Eden, The Quadrant at Cecil, TPI Building, Yueh Hai Ching Temple, Ying Fo Fui Kun
C PWC Building

Transport Connections

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


There are three official bus stops linked to Telok Ayer station.

No. Bus stop Exit Bus Routes
B/s 1 03041 – Cross Street (Telok Ayer Stn Exit A) A 186, 970
B/s 2 05319 – Church Street (OCBC Ctr) B 186, 970
B/s 3 03021 РCecil Street (Prudential Twr) B 57, 131, 167


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

Exit Road Provisions
A Cross Street Taxi Stand (E39), Pick-up/drop-off point
B Telok Ayer Street Taxi Stand (E07)

MRT Bus Bridging Service

In the event of a MRT service disruption affecting Telok Ayer 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 2: 05319 РChurch St (OCBC Ctr) B
DT35CG1 Expo B/s 1: 03041 – Cross Street (Telok Ayer Stn Exit A) A

In addition, passengers can board free regular bus services at Bus Stops 1 & 2 when activated.

Passenger Usage Patterns

As a Central region station serving both commercial and civic districts, Telok Ayer station encounters moderate demand levels owing to close proximity to Raffles Place interchange station which is the main station serving the commercial district. Complementing relatively weak bus connections in the area, the station brings about better accessibility to this unique corner of Singapore.


Downtown Line Stage 1 (DTL1) Contract 908 for the construction and completion of the Telok Ayer Station and tunnels was awarded to Korean and French companies Samsung Corporation РSoletanche Bachy Joint Venture for approximately S$224.9 million. The working name for Telok Ayer station was Cross Street Station.


Platform view
Platform view

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