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Welcome to the step-by-step guide on how to get to Hougang 1 in Singapore.
By the end of this article, you will know exactly how to access Hougang 1 using the following forms of transportation:
- Public Bus
- Private Vehicle/Taxi
We will share specific information about these modes of transportation so you can access Hougang 1 most efficiently and cost-effectively. Fortunately, Singapore’s extensive public transport system consisting of MRT, LRT and bus services provides you with many different options to get there.
Aside from describing exactly how to get there, we will answer the following questions:
What MRT station(s) should you use to reach Hougang 1?
What are the best ticket options for both locals and foreign tourists in Singapore?
Is there different ticket or card options for getting there?
Are there transfer stations available if you are not staying near the most popular line for getting to Hougang 1?
Can you create an exciting itinerary of the surrounding points of interest relative to Hougang 1?
Before we begin describing the various modes of transportation for getting to Hougang 1, we will share some important visitor information in the section below.
Shopping at Hougang 1 Mall – Visitor Information
As its name suggests, Hougang 1 is a popular shopping centre in Hougang, Singapore.
It is part of a mixed-use development that also consists of serviced residences.
Consequently, it is frequently visited by local residents of Hougang and is a popular place for couples and families to hang out.
Aside from a wide variety of popular food and beverage outlets, Hougang 1 is also known for enrichment and education centres for children. It’s common to see visitors shopping, eating a meal and dropping their children off for lessons during the same visit to Hougang 1.
Hougang 1 consists of 85,915 square feet of rentable retail space spread over two main shopping levels. Parking is available on-site, along with customer service to answer any questions you may have.
Once you visit Hougang 1, there are several other points of interest to check out, such as shopping malls, recreational facilities and food centres. MRT and bus services are present in the direct area around Hougang 1, so developing a day itinerary of the surrounding area is straightforward. Further north, LRT services enhance connectivity for commuters.
Getting to Hougang 1 by MRT
Step 1: Plan your trip – MRT Lines, Stations and Transfers
Before stepping on a train to Hougang 1, you have to make sure you know what specific station is best for accessing the mall and also which line will get you there.
Knowing specific transfer stations along the way will also make your trip more efficient and avoid any unexpected delays.
MRT Station and Line Information
There are actually two stations you can use to access Hougang 1:
Buangkok Station (NE15)
Hougang Station (NE14)
If you are travelling from the south (city centre), then Hougang MRT Station is the best place to get off the train. From the north (Sengkang and Punggol), Buangkok MRT Station is likely a better option.
Both stations are located along the North-East MRT Line.
Look for the purple line on metro maps throughout the city.
Transfer Information to access the North-East Line
There are several MRT lines in Singapore. It’s easy to get around. But if you are not staying along the North-East Line, you won’t be able to get close to Hougang 1.
Refer to the three stations listed below. These are commonly used by commuters to access the North-East Line en route to Hougang 1:
Little India (transfer between the North-East and Downtown Line)
Serangoon (transfer between the North-East and Circle Line)
Dhoby Ghaut (transfer between the North-South, North-East and Downtown Lines)
Metro maps are available at stations throughout the city if you want to double-check your plans along the way.
Step 2: Walk to the most convenient MRT station.
If you live in Singapore, skip down to #3 below.
If you are visiting Singapore, we want to emphasize how important it is to book a room as close as possible to an MRT station.
Not only does this immediately make your entire trip to the city more efficient, you also save money by avoiding unnecessary taxi fees and fees associated with parking your vehicle at different points of interest.
Ideally, you want to be staying within 500 m or less of the station. In other words, you want to be within convenient walking distance so that you don’t have to walk too far in Singapore’s intense heat.
You can refer to the three properties we have researched below to help you get started.
Marina Bay Sands (5-star, 9.0/10 review score, close to Bayfront Station)
Hotel Bencoolen @ Hong Kong Street (4-star, 8.3/10 review score, very close to Clarke Quay Station)
Chic Capsule Otel (2-star, 8.5/10 review score, very close to Chinatown Station)
We strongly recommend referring to multiple hotels before booking a place to stay in Singapore. The extra time that you take will save you lots of time and money later when you are in the city.
Step 3: Purchase a ticket/card to either Buangkok Station or Hougang Station.
Fortunately, several different types of tickets are available for public transport in Singapore.
These are the main categories of tickets and cards available for the MRT:
1) Stored Value Cards
2) Singapore Tourist Passes
3) Single/Multi-Trip Tickets
In most cases, Singaporeans and permanent residents prefer stored value cards. Once purchased, all you need to do is top it up, and you are good to go!
We used one of these while learning how to get to Hougang 1 in Singapore.
On the other hand, Tourist Passes are very popular with foreign visitors to Singapore. This is especially true if you have a busy itinerary and maximize your public transportation options.
You might be the right person for a tourist pass if your answer is yes to the following questions:
Are you visiting from abroad?
How many days are you in the city (1-3 days or more)?
Do you plan on travelling a lot (MRT, LRT and Bus Services)?
Single journey and multiple journey tickets are also available for your trip to Hougang 1.
You can buy these at ticket machines in MRT stations throughout Singapore.
Step 4: Ride the MRT to either Hougang or Buangkok Station. Complete transfers (if needed).
Ride the MRT along the North-East Line to Buangkok Station (NE15) or Hougang Station (NE16).
Since both are on the North-East Line, complete any transfers to get onto this MRT line.
Hougang Station (NE14) is directly south of Buangkok Station (NE15), so you will have another chance to get off the train if you miss your stop!
Step 5: Alight at Hougang Station or Buangkok Station.
Alight at Hougang Station or Buangkok Station and remember to bring everything with you.
Step 6: Exit your preferred station.
Buangkok MRT Station (NE15) sits underneath Sengkang Central, near the junction with Compassvale Bow.
Hougang MRT Station (NE14) is also an underground station built within the Hougang Central planning subzone. It is underneath the Hougang Central Bus Interchange.
Exit Information – Buangkok MRT Station (NE15)
Buangkok MRT station has two exits leading to ground level (A and B).
Expect to arrive at Basement Level 2.
Make your way up to Level 1 (street level) of the station. Refer to signs along the way.
Exit Information – Hougang MRT Station (NE14)
Hougang MRT station has three exits leading to ground level (A, B and C).
Similar to Buangkok Station, you will arrive at Basement Level 2.
Go to Level 1 (street level).
Step 7: Use bus services from Buangkok Station or Hougang Station to Hougang 1 Mall.
Once you arrive at your station, the best option for getting to Hougang 1 Mall is by using a bus service. Walking, technically, is possible, but it would take you at least 20+ minutes from either Buangkok or Hougang Station to Hougang 1.
Instead, refer to the bus information below to find connecting bus services to Hougang 1.
Bus Directions from Buangkok Station to Hougang 1
Take Exit B and walk to the bus stop directly north of the station.
Bus Stop Name: Buangkok Stn Exit B Stop #: 67601
Get on bus 43 or 43M. Alight at bus stop Blk 953. Walk south along Yio Chu Kang Road.
Turn left (east) onto Hougang Avenue 9 and walk to Hougang 1.
How long should the bus ride take from Buangkok Station to Hougang 1 ?
The bus ride from Buangkok Station to Hougang 1 should take you about 14 minutes (including the 6-minute walk after you get dropped off).
Bus Directions from Hougang Station to Hougang 1
Take Exit A and walk to the Hougang Central Bus Interchange.
Get on bus 116 or 117.
Ride on the bus until bus stop Blk 946a (#64489). Alight from the bus.
Walk west along Hougang Avenue 9 and cross the street to access the entrance of Hougang 1.
How long should the bus ride take from Buangkok Station to Hougang 1 ?
The bus ride from Hougang Station to Hougang 1 should take you about 11 minutes (including the 2-minute walk after you alight from the bus).
Getting to Hougang 1 by Public Bus
As you have already read above, you can get to Hougang 1 using public bus services from Hougang and Buangkok Station.
You can also get there using public bus services from other places in Singapore.
In the table below, we have summarized stations within close walking distance of Hougang 1, along with bus services that go to them.
|Bus Stop||Bus Numbers|
|#64491 Hougang 1
(most bus services)
|6N, 72, 72A, 109, 109A, 116, 159, 325, NR6|
|#64081 Hougang 1/Opp Blk 931a||325, 329|
|#64089 Opp Hougang 1||329|
All three of these stations are within 3 minutes or less of Hougang 1 Mall. You can use your stored value card for buses and trains throughout the city.
Driving or Taking a Taxi to Hougang 1
Since Hougang 1 is a bus ride away from the nearest MRT stations, driving there or taking a taxi are good options.
The mall is equipped with 274 parking spaces to choose from.
Taking a taxi to Hougang 1 is a wise decision if you are travelling with other people who can share the meter price. Getting dropped off right near an entrance and not worrying about parking are other clear benefits.
You can get to Hougang 1 using major expressways and then exit off onto secondary roads.
The official address for Buangkok Square in Singapore is:
1 Hougang Street 91, Singapore 538692
Hougang One is located at the corner of Hougang Avenue 9 (south) and Hougang Street 91.
Yio Chu Kang Road, Buangkok Green and Hougang Avenue 2 are popular roads for accessing Hougang 1 and the surrounding points of interest.
Check whether traffic is heavy before going to Hougang 1 via car or taxi. If it’s rush hour, consider leaving at a different time or using MRT and bus services to bypass road congestion.
Should you stay near Hougang One while in Singapore?
Even though there are quite a few shopping malls and recreational areas near Hougang 1, there are very few places to stay in this area of Singapore.
After referring to multiple accommodation websites, these are the three closest places that we could find:
Village Residence Hougang by Far East Hospitality (4-star, 7.4/10 review score, 12+ reviews)
Rest House (8.6/10 review score, 36+ reviews)
Hotel 81 Kovan (2-star, 6.7/10 review score, 300+ reviews)
Most visitors to Singapore prefer to stay further south, closer to popular sightseeing areas such as:
As you might expect, there are tons of hotels and hostels at all price ranges in these areas.
We recommend staying close to Little India Station if you want to have access to Hougang and these southern areas. Little India, conveniently, provides direct access to the North-East Line via Little India Station. Then you can just follow these steps on how to get to Hougang 1 in Singapore.
Staying close to the station makes getting around the city super easy and affordable.
Two properties within walking distance of Little India Station include:
Citadines Rochor (4-star, 8.6/10 review score, 160+ reviews)
Hilton Garden Inn Singapore Serangoon (4-star, 8.2/10, review score, 2400+ reviews).
You might want to learn more about Little India by checking out these related articles:
Itinerary Ideas – What to visit nearby?
Once you have visited Hougang 1, consider checking out other interesting points of interest in the area.
You might want to visit some of the popular shopping malls nearby such as:
Hougang Green Shopping Mall
The Seletar Mall
The Promenade @ Pelikat
Rivervale Plaza, Rivervale Mall, The Seletar Mall and Compass One are north of Hougang 1. Go to Sengkang MRT Station and then take the Sengkang LRT Loop to reach them.
Punggol Park, Hougang Community Club and Hougang ActiveSG Sports Centre are popular recreational areas worth visiting. Residents frequently visit them with their children.
Hopefully, this step-by-step guide on how to get to Hougang 1 in Singapore has been helpful.
Remember, we want you to be able to get there fast, affordably and stress-free.
We are confident that if you follow these directions you shouldn’t have a problem getting to the mall.
Since Hougang 1 is almost equal distance from both Hougang and Buangkok Station, you have a choice of which station to use. Connecting bus services from these stations make it easy to access the mall in under 15 minutes.
For most MRT commuters, the most challenging thing is to remember where to transfer between lines. Once you are on the North-East Line, finding the right stations is relatively easy.
Stored value cards and Tourist Passes are convenient if you plan on taking the MRT and bus to Hougang 1. Simply tap the card to enter and exit both services.
Taking a taxi or driving is super easy. Parking is available at Hougang 1, and getting dropped off is even easier.
Let us know if you have any questions about getting to Hougang 1 in Singapore, and enjoy your time shopping and dining!