Fast and Easy Directions to Bukit Timah Plaza using Singapore’s MRT Network
If you are wondering how to get to Bukit Timah Plaza by MRT and that’s exactly what we will explain in this article.
As might expect, there are several ways to get to Bukit Timah Plaza. The form of transportation you choose will depend on your budget and personal preferences. Regardless of your plans, we will describe how to get there using MRT services and your choice of walking or taking a bus from the nearest stations.
Fortunately, getting around Singapore is super convenient if you find a place to stay near a station and then use one of the world’s best public transport systems. MRT and bus rides are affordable and provide a viable alternative to private transportation.
As its name suggests, Bukit Timah Plaza is outside the downtown core, so some planning might be required to get here depending on where you are beginning your trip.
Shopping at Bukit Timah Plaza
Bukit Timah Plaza is a popular shopping mall located northwest of downtown Singapore called Bukit Timah.
Like many shopping centres in Singapore, you can expect a healthy mix of retail outlets, food and beverage options and enrichment centres focusing on lifestyle and education. The second floor of the mall is particularly popular with families because of the training and education centres there.
There is a basement atrium at Bukit Timah Plaza that spans several levels of the mall vertically. It serves as a commonplace for weekly promotions and special events.
You can find the following types of services and stores at Bukit Timah Plaza:
Aesthetician clinics (spas)
Kids learning centre
Parking is available at Bukit Timah Plaza and the grocery store here receives positive reviews for being well stocked with a wide range of products.
Getting to Bukit Timah Plaza by MRT
Step 1: Select the right station, MRT line and transfers for your trip.
If you are taking the MRT to Bukit Timah Plaza, then there are two different MRT stations that you can use to get there efficiently:
Beauty World Station (DT5)
King Albert Park Station (DT6)
Bukit Timah Plaza is actually located between these, so you have a choice of which one to use.
Both of these MRT stations are located along the Downtown Line, shown in dark blue on Singapore’s metro map.
Transferring to the Downtown Line on Singapore’s Metro
When you are making your way to Bukit Timah Plaza via MRT, it’s important to determine if you need to transfer lines. If you are not staying near a station on the Downtown Line, then be prepared to find an interchange station along the way to the mall.
Refer to the list below of popular interchange stations to help you select the right one for you on your way to Bukit Timah Plaza:
Botanic Gardens – transfer between the Circle and Downtown Line
Newton – transfer between the North-South and Downtown Line
Little India – transfer between the North-East and Downtown Line
Bugis – transfer between the East-West and Downtown Line
If you are staying right in the downtown area of Singapore then you can also select front the following stations to access the Downtown Line:
Bayfront Station is frequently used by guests staying at Marina Bay Sands (5-star, 9.0/10 review score). Due to its iconic design and amazing infinity pool, it’s a very popular place to stay in Singapore for both foreigners and locals doing staycations.
Step 2: Get to the nearest MRT station in the city.
Getting to Bukit Timah Plaza efficiently starts with convenient access to the MRT network in Singapore. That means staying at a convenient hotel, hostel or condo.
If you are staying in Singapore long-term, jump down to Step 3.
However, visitors should really spend the time finding a room close to a station. The amount of time and money you save by avoiding taxi fees, and parking will be well worth planning where to stay as a solo traveller or family.
In the section below, we outline three properties that are at different price levels (and all of them are within 3 minutes or less walking distance from their neighbouring stations).
Heritage Collection on Chinatown (4-star, 9.0/10 review score, very close to Chinatown Station)
The Fullerton Hotel (5-star, 9.0/10 review score, close to Raffles Place Station)
Most areas of Singapore are serviced by the MRT, so don’t think that you have to stay downtown to have direct access to stations on your way to Bukit Timah Plaza.
Step 3: Buy a ticket or card to Beauty World (DT5) or King Albert Park Station (DT6).
You can purchase an MRT ticket to either Beauty World (DT5) or King Albert Park Station (DT6) to reach Bukit Timah Plaza.
Now, in terms of ‘when to buy’ tickets, it really depends on your circumstances in the city. For example, if you are staying in Singapore then consider getting a stored-value card. We used one of these when figuring out how to get to Bukit Timah Plaza by MRT.
Singapore Tourist Passes are a popular choice for tourists visiting Singapore from abroad. Unlimited bus and train rides are available when you buy one.
We strongly recommend buying a Multiple Attraction Pass to use alongside the Tourist Pass. With up to a 52% discount on entrance tickets, there have been already 200,000 of these passes sold.
Step 4: Take the MRT and the Downtown Line to reach Beauty World Station (DT5) or King Albert Park Station (DT6).
It’s possible to reach Bukit Timah Plaza by either taking the Downtown Line to Beauty World Station or King Albert Station.
Beauty World Station is slightly closer to the mall, but if you arrive at King Albert Park first via MRT, then you might want to get out there. By the time you reach Beauty World Station, the time will be similar (if not longer).
Step 5: Alight from the MRT at Beauty World or King Albert Park Station.
Get off the train at Beauty World Station (DT5) or King Albert Park Station (DT6).
Step 6: Exit the station, following relevant signs.
Exiting Beauty World Station (DT5)
Beauty World MRT Station (DT5) is an underground station along the Downtown Line under Upper Bukit Timah Road and near the junction of Jalan Jurong Kechil.
You will arrive at Basement Level 2 where the train platforms are located.
Travel up to L1 Street Level.
Beauty World MRT station has a three exits at ground level – A, B and C.
Take Exit C from the station if you want to walk or take Exit A if you want to use the bus.
Exiting King Albert Park Station (DT6)
King Albert Park MRT Station (DT6) is an underground station located underneath Bukit Timah Road at the junction of Blackmore Drive.
You will arrive at Basement Level 3 of the station.
Make your way up to Street Level.
Then, take Exit A.
Step 7: Walk or take public bus services from Beauty World or King Albert Park Station to Bukit Timah Plaza.
Getting from Beauty World Station (DT5) to Bukit Timah Plaza
Once you Exit Beauty World Station, you can either walk or take the bus to Bukit Timah Plaza. Both modes of transportation are quite comparable in terms of time.
Exit C will bring you out onto Jalan Jurong Kechil.
Travel east on Jalan Jurong Kechil until you reach Upper Bukit Timah Road.
Turn right onto Upper Bukit Timah Road.
Walk southeast along Upper Bukit Timah Road until you reach Jalan Anak Bukit.
Turn left onto Jln Anak Bukit and enter Bukit Timah Plaza to your left (West).
Exit A at Beauty World Station will bring you out onto Upper Bukit Timah Road. You should see a bus stop near the MRT exit.
The bus stop is Beauty World Stn Exit A (Stop ID #: 42099).
Wait at the bus stop and get on any of the following bus services:
170, 67, 75, 157, 174, 41, 61, 77, 970
Get off at the nearest bus stop to Bukit Timah Plaza and then walk to the mall entrance. Expect the walk to be 3-4 minutes from the nearest bus stops.
Getting from King Albert Park Station (DT6) to Bukit Timah Plaza
You can either walk or bus from the Station to the Plaza. But keep in mind that connecting buses will still require you to walk to the entrance of the mall.
Exit A will bring you out onto Bukit Timah Road.
Travel west on Bukit Timah Road until you reach Clementi Road.
Turn right (north) onto Clementi Road and then turn left onto Dunearn Rd/Upper Bukit Timah Rd
Turn right onto Jalan Anak Bukit.
Enter Bukit Timah Plaza which should be on your left (west).
Walk from Exit A to the nearest bus stop called King Albert Pk Stn (Stop ID #: 42051).
Wait at the bus stop and get on any of the following bus services:
151, 157, 174, 77, 852, 970
Get off at the nearest bus stop to Bukit Timah Plaza and then walk to the mall entrance. Expect the walk to take over 5 minutes.
Is it more practical to walk or take the bus from the MRT to Bukit Timah Plaza?
According to our research and experience, it makes more sense to walk from Beauty World Station (DT5) and/or King Albert Park Station (DT6) than to take connecting bus services.
The walk from Beauty World Station to the mall is only 600 m, and the walk from King Albert Park Station is about 750 m.
By the time you wait for a bus, ride it, and then walk to the mall from the closest bus stop it will likely take you more time!
Walking is also much healthier and better for the environment!
But, if you have to take the bus (during heavy rain or intense heat, for example), then it will take about 4-5 minutes longer than briskly walking between the stations and Bukit Timah Plaza.
Building an Itinerary around Bukit Timah Plaza
Bukit Timah Plaza is one of several shopping centres in Bukit Timah Singapore.
Consequently, it’s possible to visit 3-4 malls during the same day in this area.
The closest malls to Bukit Timah Plaza include:
Sime Darby Centre
Beauty World Centre (Directions)
Bukit Timah Shopping Centre (Directions)
Beauty World Plaza (Directions)
It’s super convenient to visit Beauty World Plaza, Bukit Timah Shopping Centre and Beauty World Plaza from Beauty World Station. They are all located along Upper Bukit Timah Road within 30 seconds of each other.
KAP Mall and Sime Darby Centre are closer to Bukit Timah Plaza.
Want some fresh air and tasty food?
You might want to explore some of the excellent parks in Bukit Timah, not far from Bukit Timah Plaza.
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is a great place to visit. It is a popular outdoor that is perfect for hiking, bird watching and some outdoor fun with the whole family. It’s a short bus ride north of Bukit Timah Plaza.
You might want to visit Bukit Batok Nature Park (Directions). There is a scenic viewport that is well worth the hike to get there!
Bukit Timah Market & Food Centre is a popular place for affordable hawker dishes. It’s only a few minutes west of Bukit Timah Plaza and accessible by foot.
Should you stay near Bukit Timah Plaza?
There is no denying the fact that Bukit Timah offers affordable shopping opportunities, some great parks and some cheap eats.
But it isn’t well known for hotels and hostels.
It’s more common to see people staying closer to downtown and then using public transportation to get around Singapore.
We recommend staying in these areas of Singapore:
You should look into staying in Chinatown, Little India and Kampong Glam for cheaper rooms and surrounding restaurants.
We hope that this step-by-step guide on how to get to Bukit Timah Plaza by MRT has outlined everything you need to know.
Bukit Timah Plaza is in an interesting location because it’s technically between Beauty World and King Albert Park Station.
Both of these are on the Downtown Line.
You can either walk or take the bus from these stations to the Mall, and your choice comes down to factors such as time of day and your fitness level. Walking is obviously the healthiest option, but it might be raining or too hot to walk. In this case, a short bus ride is a practical alternative.
The most challenging part of getting to Bukit Timah Plaza by MRT is connecting to the Downtown Line. But there are several interchange stations that make this relatively straightforward.