As Singapore’s population grows, our trains get more crowded. But lately, given the increases in taxi fares it seems that the only other public transport alternative for students is the good old bus network. Here in this “survival guide”, we offer a few options for those wishing to embark on an another possible route to or from home.
The usual MRT route: Bishan to Yishun (via Ang Mo Kio, Yio Chu Kang, Khatib)
**PS: this route was specially chosen because of the availability of bus services that run parallel to the rail lines; and also due to the high passenger demand on this route sector- as evidenced by the consistently heavy passenger loads on the trains that ply it.**
Estimated time taken by train (direct route): 21 minutes (including 3 minutes waiting time); estimated fare $1.27 (Adult)
The Alternative Bus Route:
Start point: Bus stop opposite Bishan MRT station (Code: 53239)
End point: Yishun Bus Interchange (Code: 59009)
Transfer point: Bus stop outside Block 207 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6, after junction with Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 and Marymount Road (Code: 54011)
Handy tip: There are vending machines dispensing drinks and snacks at Block 206 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6 — a good place to grab a bite whilst waiting for your bus!
Estimated time taken by Bus: 56 minutes (including 23 minutes waiting time); estimated fare $1.27 (adult)
Suggested Bus Route:
- Take bus 13/ 88 from Bus Stop opposite Bishan MRT station to Bus Stop at Blk 207 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6: 15 minutes (estimated waiting time of 7 minutes)
Via: Bishan Street 22
- Take bus 851/ 852 from Bus Stop at Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6 to Yishun Interchange: 41 minutes (estimated waiting time of 7 minutes)
Via: Lentor Avenue, Yishun Avenue 2
Although the travel time by bus may seem longer compared to taking the train; in reality, taking a bus may at times prove faster than going by train-and-bus transfer. Furthermore, based on personal experience, taking a bus may prove to be more relaxing (in terms of ride scenery, seat comfort, crowding) as opposed to travelling by train — thus reasonably compensating for the added journey time.
(Credit: TransitLink H2G Journey Planner for travel time information)