Boon Lay—Outram Park Express Shuttle Bus Service (Express 5)

The Boon Lay—Outram Park Express Shuttle Bus Service is a Rail Replacement Service plying between Boon Lay and Outram Park, serving major transport nodes along the East West Line (EWL).

The route will be activated to operate on selected Saturdays and Sundays in December 2017, when shortened operating hours are implemented across sections of the NSL and EWL to facilitate more time for track maintenance and renewal work. The express shuttle bus service, which connects with the first Eastbound and Westbound train at Outram Park will provide commuters faster connectivity between Boon Lay and Outram Park

The bus will only operate 2 trips in each direction in the morning, at 5:00am and 5:15am from Boon Lay, as well as 6:10am and 6:25am from Outram Park.

The Shuttle Bus Service serves the following MRT Stations:


Express Shuttle 5: Boon Lay—Outram Park Express Bus Service
Towards Outram Park
Towards Boon Lay
  • Boon Lay Way
    — Boon Lay Stn EW27
  • Venture Avenue
    — Jurong East Private Bus Pick Up Point EW24NS1
  • Nth Buona Vista Rd
    — Buona Vista Stn Exit C  EW21CC22
  • Outram Rd
    — Outram Pk Stn  EW16NE3
  • Eu Tong Sen St
    Outram Park Stn Exit F/SGH  EW16NE3
  • Nth Buona Vista Rd
    Buona Vista Stn Exit D  EW21CC22
  • Venture Avenue
    Jurong East Private Bus Pick Up Point EW24NS1
  • Boon Lay Way
    Opp Boon Lay Stn EW27
Technical Information
Route WAB_logo_20px
Boon Lay Way (Boon Lay MRT) Outram Rd (Outram Park MRT) 
Passes Through Jurong East, Buona Vista MRT Stations
Route Length 21.5 km (Actual Length) / 17.7km (Fare Payable Distance)
Travelling Time 60 mins
Operator Information
BCM Route Package Not Applicable
Operator SBS Transit Ltd
Depot Soon Lee Bus Park (SLBP)
Current Fleet 12-metre Double Decker Buses
Volvo B9TL
Departure Times from Boon Lay
0500hrs, 0515hrs (Affected Saturdays & Sunday Mornings)
Departure Times from Outram Park
0610hrs, 0625hrs (Affected Saturdays & Sunday Mornings)
Frequency 15 mins

The Express Shuttle Service will only operate on Saturdays and Sundays in December, where the late opening of the NSEWL will take place. These Days are: 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 & 31 December.

Shuttle Bus Departure Timings from Stations

Shuttle Bus Transfer at Jurong East

  • Outram Park—Jurong East Shuttle Service: (Shuttle 1)
    Berth 7, Jurong East Temporary Interchange, Jurong Gateway Rd
  • Jurong East—Joo Koon Shuttle Service: (Shuttle 2)
    Jurong East Private Bus Pick Up Point (Berths 1 & 2)
  • Jurong East—Choa Chu Kang Shuttle Service: (Shuttle 4)
    Bus Stop 28201 – Opp The JTC Summit, Jurong Gateway Rd. (Near Jurong East Temp Int Berth 7)

History of Activation

December 2017:

To speed up implementation of the new CBTC signalling system, shortened operating hours were implemented across sections of the NSL and EWL between Tuas LinkOutram Park (EWL), and Jurong EastChoa Chu Kang (NSL), across various Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays on December 2017.

A total of 19 NSL and EWL stations were affected by the delayed train service start times. Northbound services from Choa Chu Kang and Eastbound services from Outram Park were not affected. Circle Line services from Buona Vista were also not affected.

The route is one of five Rail Replacement Services during the period of closure as well as the only Express shuttle service. The other routes are the Outram Park—Jurong East, Jurong East—Joo Koon, Joo Koon—Tuas Link and Jurong East—Choa Chu Kang routes, which call at all en-route stations. Bus stops served by the Express Shuttle are identical to those served by the regular EWL Bridging Bus.

Bus Fares:

Charges regular distance fare based on the distance between MRT Stations by rail. Train, bus and hybrid concession passes are accepted, and distance fare rules apply.

Category Card Fares Cash Fares Concession Passes
Adult / Workfare Transport Concession Card holders Follows MRT Fare structure $1.00 Train, bus and hybrid concession passes accepted
Senior Citizen / Persons with Disabilities Card holders $0.50
Student Concession Card holders $0.50


  • 2017 (08 Dec): Route announced within handouts issued during the early closure
  • 2017 (09 Dec): Launched as a Shuttle Bus Service between Boon Lay and Outram Park, operating during periods of MRT closure

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