Paya Lebar MRT Station is a Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) interchange station on the East West Line and the Circle Line in Singapore. It is the first station in Singapore that serves both an above ground line (East West Line) and an underground line (Circle Line). The livery of the East West Line and the Circle Line portions are green and orange respectively.

Paya Lebar station is located near next to the Singapore Post centre. Due to its proximity to the centre, many of the employees there commute by train. It is just south of the urban planning areas in Singapore and the town it serves, Paya Lebar. The station also serves the Geylang Serai district, the popular Geylang Serai hawker centre, and the Malay Village. Therefore, it usually gets crowded during the Hari Raya period, when Muslims and other visitors flock to the festival bazaar.


The station was originally opened on 4 November 1989 on the East West Line.

Circle Line Stage 2 (CCL2) Contract 823 for the construction and completion of Mountbatten, Dakota and Paya Lebar stations and tunnels was awarded to Japanese and local companies Nishimatsu-Lum Chang Joint Venture. In addition, during the construction of Paya Lebar Station, the southbound stretch of Paya Lebar Road have to be diverted from 16 March 2003 until 24 August 2009.

On 4 April 2007, a man died after being hit by a train along the East West Line sector at about 10.20 am. Police said the victim, a 52-year old Chinese, was pronounced dead by paramedics at 10.45 am. East-bound services were disrupted from Aljunied to Eunos for 41 minutes but resumed by 11.02 am.

On 17 April 2010, the Circle Line platforms opened[1] and the travelling time was shortened to around 13 minutes when travelling from Bishan. The platforms were equipped with full-height platform screen doors since the operations started. Even though, it became the first ever underground MRT station with double-island platforms.

As with most of the above-ground stations along the East West Line, it was built without platform screen doors to prevent commuters from falling onto the train tracks. Installation of half-height platform screen doors was started on 28 October 2010 and started operations on 11 January 2011 with Bedok.[2]

SMRT has said an eastbound train at Paya Lebar was unable to depart from the station at 3.15 pm on 8 April 2012. As a result, passengers were asked to alight at the station. SMRT said a second train behind the stalled train was called to push out the train. Some passengers in the second train could have experienced some jerking during the train coupling process. The train operator added that eastbound train service from Eunos to Paya Lebar resumed at around 4 pm. Some 500 passengers at Paya Lebar were affected during the incident.‬

The station was installed with Rite Hite Revolution High Volume, Low Speed (HVLS) fans and have been in operation since 14 July 2012 together with Kembangan.

TITAN faregates were installed since 1 August 2012 in selected portions of Paya Lebar MRT Station.

A track fault at Paya Lebar delayed trains travelling towards HarbourFront on 31 December 2012. SMRT had called in staff to manually drive the trains between Dakota and MacPherson to navigate the fault. Circle Line trains began running normally again more than four hours after the fault took place around 8 am.


This station has an additional middle track to facilitate train withdrawals to the nearby Kim Chuan Depot. The middle track was formerly used for shuttle service between Paya Lebar and Marymount (before CCL 4 & 5)/HarbourFront (before CCL Extension) during the peak hours. This was discontinued on 14 January 2012.

To cater for the additional middle track, the station box width had to be widened and the station requires additional structural supports for the station roof, which is articulated in the sculptural Y-columns. The roof of the middle track also functions as a linkbridge to the lifts.

Station layoutEdit

There are two links between the elevated East West Line station and the underground Circle Line station. The first link consists of a series of escalators to the Circle Line concourse from the western side of the East West platform. The second link, which have barrier-free was made from the former Exit A which has been closed since late 2007 for reconstruction. Paya Lebar is also the only underground station in Singapore to have three rail tracks.

L2 Platform 1 East West Line towards Pasir Ris via Eunos (→)
Island platform, doors will open on the right
Platform 2 East West Line towards Joo Koon via Aljunied (←)
Transfer Area Escalators and stairs to Circle Line Concourse
L1 EWL Concourse Faregates, Ticketing Machines, Station Control
Transfer Linkway Escalators and stair to East West Line Platforms and Circle Line Concourse
B1 CCL Concourse Faregates, Ticketing Machines, Station Control
Transfer Linkway Escalators and stairs to East West Line Platforms
B2 Platform 3 Circle Line towards HarbourFront via MacPherson (→)
Island platform, doors will open on the right
Platform 5/6 No regular service
Island platform, doors will open on the right
Platform 4 Circle Line towards Dhoby Ghaut via Dakota
Circle Line towards Marina Bay via Dakota (Peak Period Only) (←)


  • A: Eunos Road 8, Geylang Serai Market, Joo Chiat Complex, Lifelong Learning Institute, Singapore Post Centre, Tanjong Katong Complex
  • B: Paya Lebar Road (Southbound), Eunos Avenue 5, Certis Cisco Centre, Lifelong Learning Institute, Paya Lebar Square
  • C: Paya Lebar Road (Northbound), Geylang East Central, Foo Hai Ch'an Monastery, Geylang East Industrial Park, Masjid Wak Tanjong, Sims Ville Condonminium, Sri Sivan Temple, Vistaya View Condominium
  • D: Sims Avenue, Geylang Road, Guillemard Road, City Plaza, Geylang Telephone Exchange, Grandlink Square, Madrasah Wak Tanjong Al Islamiah

Passenger Usage PatternsEdit

Paya Lebar is an important interchange station linking the East-West Line with the Circle Line, and as such, encounters large numbers of transfer passengers between the two lines. It also benefits shopping malls, as well as commercial and industrial developments in the vicinity, hence passenger traffic through this station is relatively high.

Platforms Services
East West Line
Platform 1
EWL – Tampines & Bedok
East West Line
Platform 2
EWL – Boon Lay, Lakeside & Queenstown
Circle Line
Platform 3
CCL – Mountbatten
Circle Line
Platform 4 & 5
No regular service
Circle Line
Platform 6
NSL – Yio Chu Kang & Ang Mo Kio (change at Bishan)

Bus ServicesEdit

East West Line
Tampines Take bus service 28 to Tampines Avenue 2 (Blk 141). B/S 1 (Paya Lebar Station)

Transport connectionsEdit


Destination First Train Last Train
Mon – Sat Sunday &
Public Holiday
East West Line
to Pasir Ris 6.11am 6.39am 12.22am
to Tuas Plaza 5.46am 6.12am 11.41pm
Circle Line
to Dhoby Ghaut 5.40am 6.07am 11.49pm
to HarbourFront 5.40am 6.07am 11.04pm
to Pasir Panjang 11.34pm
to one-north 11.50pm
to Caldecott 12.18am
to Tai Seng 12.18am
to Mountbatten 12.26am



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