Get to Bukit Timah Shopping Centre fast and super cheap by following these detailed steps.
Here is the step-by-step guide on how to get to Bukit Timah Shopping Centre by MRT.
This article will outline every step you need to take to reach this popular shopping centre in Bukit Timah. Fortunately, it is well serviced by MRT, making this trip an efficient and convenient one.
Getting around using Singapore’s MRT is a very practical option for commuters, and that’s the reason why they keep making more lines throughout the city.
Bukit Timah Shopping Centre is one of many malls in this area of Singapore. So, the benefit of shopping here is that you can walk to other malls without arranging additional transportation after shopping.
Aside from providing information about lines, stations and transfers, we will also discuss other points of interest in Bukit Timah. Several parks, malls and food centres are near Bukit Timah Shopping Centre.
Bukit Timah Shopping Centre – Visitor Information
Bukit Timah Shopping Centre is a mix-use shopping centre built way back in 1981. Since its development, it has influenced the construction of many other integrated shopping centres that consist of a mall, residential and rental spaces.
As you might expect, you can find small retail shops here and service centres. Shops are known to be affordable with solid prices. It consists of several storeys of outlets connected by a series of escalators. Due to its proximity to other shopping centres around Beauty World Station, you almost get the feeling that Bukit Timah Shopping Centre is connected to them.
There are several recreational areas, schools and food centres close to the mall. Many residents of Bukit Timah shop at Bukit Timah Shopping Centre every week.
Getting to Bukit Timah Shopping Centre by MRT
Step 1: Select the right station, MRT line and transfers for your trip.
Plan on travelling to Beauty World Station (DT5), when you are heading to Bukit Timah Shopping Centre by MRT. It is by far the most convenient station for accessing this mall.
Beauty World Station (DT5) is located along the Downtown Line, shown in dark blue on Singapore’s metro map.
Transfer Information to the Downtown Line
Getting to Bukit Timah Shopping Centre using MRT services is easy, but the most challenging part is transferring lines.
Transferring between lines is only relevant if you are not staying near a station on the Downtown Line.
Refer to the list below to help plan your transfers:
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
You can also transfer to the Downtown Line at Promenade, Bayfront, and Chinatown Station if you are staying near the city centre.
Step 2: Access the MRT by walking to the nearest station.
One of the best ways to save money while in Singapore is to stay as close as you can to an MRT station.
Not only will this save you cash getting to Bukit Timah Shopping Centre, but everywhere else you need to go, too. You immediately avoid taxi fees, parking fees and the headaches associated with parking and getting caught in traffic jams.
Try to stay 500 m or less from a station when possible.
The hotel recommendations below are within 3 minutes walking distance or less from their neighbouring stations.
Wink Capsule Hostel (2-star, 8.4/10 review score, 1 minute from Chinatown Station)
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)
You can save a lot of money by staying in areas such as Chinatown, Kampong Glam and Little India in Singapore if you are on a tight budget.
Step 3: Purchase your MRT ticket to Beauty World Station (DT5).
Singapore has several MRT ticket options to choose from.
If you stay in the city, you will likely use a stored-value card. There are different types of these, but they all work the same way. Buy the card, top it up with cash and use it on trains and buses throughout the city.
We used one while figuring out how to get to Bukit Timah Shopping Centre by MRT.
The other two main types of metro tickets are:
- Singapore Tourist Passes
- Single/Multiple Trip Tickets
Tourist Passes are popular with tourists visiting from abroad. Once purchased, you can use these on trains and buses. They are best for people with busy itineraries.
Single and multiple trip tickets are available all over the city at stations. Simply use the ticketing machines to buy one before heading to Bukit Timah Shopping Centre.
Step 4: Complete transfers (if needed) and ride the MRT along the Downtown Line to Beauty World Station (DT5).
Beauty World Station (DT5) has two neighbouring stations that you should be familiar with:
Hillview Station (north of Beauty World Station)
King Albert Park Station (south of Beauty World Station)
These are both on the Downtown Line.
Ride the MRT to Beauty World Station.
Step 5: Get off the metro at Beauty World Station (DT5).
Once you hear the verbal announcement on the train, move close to an exit.
Alight, and bring all of your personal belongings with you.
Step 6: Exit Beauty World Station (DT5) using Exit A.
Exiting Information for Beauty World Station
Beauty World MRT Station (DT5) is an underground station near Jalan Jurong Kechil.
You will arrive at Level B2 of the station.
Travel up to L1 Street Level of the station by following relevant signs.
You can choose from three exits, A, B and C.
Take Exit A if you want to get to Beauty World Centre to walk to Bukit Timah Shopping Centre.
Step 7: Walk from the station to Bukit Timah Shopping Centre.
When you use Exit A, you will end up on Upper Bukit Timah Rd (Northbound).
Head north on Upper Bukit Timah Rd toward Chun Tin Rd.
You will first pass Beauty World Centre, and then you should see Bukit Timah Shopping Centre on your right (west).
There is an entrance to the mall behind the taxi pick-up/drop-off area.
Walk up the small staircase to enter the mall.
How long does it take to walk from Beauty World Station (DT5) to Bukit Timah Shopping Centre?
It should only take you about 3-4 minutes to walk from Beauty World Station to Bukit Timah Shopping Centre.
The distance from the station (Exit A) to the shopping centre is less than 300 m.
Several shopping malls, parks, and food centres can explore during the same day as Bukit Timah Shopping Centre.
By far, the two most convenient malls nearby are:
Beauty World Plaza
Beauty World Centre
The Plaza is directly east of the station.
Beauty World Centre is located directly south of Bukit Timah Shopping Centre along Upper Bukit Timah Road.
Once you are out of the station, walking between these three malls is super east (taking less than 3 minutes in any direction).
Bukit Timah Plaza and KAP Mall are two other shopping centres a few minutes southeast. You can also access these from King Albert Park MRT station.
Dining and Outdoor Recreation
A visit to Bukit Timah wouldn’t be complete without a delicious meal and some fun outdoors. Although not loaded with tourist attractions, nature lovers and exercise enthusiasts love this area of Singapore.
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is a massive outdoor space ideal for hiking, bird watching and some outdoor fun with the whole family. It’s northeast of Bukit Timah Shopping Centre.
Another popular place to visit is Bukit Batok Nature Park. There is a scenic lookout point that you can hike to and a playground for children.
Bukit Timah Market & Food Centre is a great place to enjoy local hawker foods at great prices. Traditional dishes and beverages are affordable here. You can learn more about developing a budget itinerary of Singapore with this popular guide.
Should you stay near Bukit Timah Shopping Centre?
A lot of visitors to Singapore ask us – where is the best location to stay?
Several areas are popular with visitors. The area around Bukit Timah Shopping Centre is convenient for accessing parks and malls, but there isn’t much here in terms of hotels and hostels.
Singapore’s well-connected MRT network makes it easy for getting around, and getting to Bukit Timah is no exception. Consequently, staying downtown and using these directions to reach Bukit Timah is practical.
You might want to stay in popular areas such as:
We also recommend staying around Boat Quay. It is a lovely area within walking distance of Marina Bay and Clarke Quay.
The Fullerton Hotel (5-star, 9.0/10 review score) is prominently located in Boat Quay and is within walking distance of Raffles Place MRT Station (NS26/EW14).
Hopefully, you now know how to get to Bukit Timah Shopping Centre using MRT!
It is straightforward to reach this popular mall once you get onto the Downtown MRT Line.
After taking Exit A from Beauty World Station, all you need to do is walk a few minutes north along Upper Bukit Timah Road. Bukit Timah Shopping Centre is directly beside the eastern side of the road and directly north of Beauty World Centre.
The most challenging part of this trip is transferring from another line to the Downtown Line, but this will only be relevant if you are not staying along the Downtown Line in the first place!