Tower Transit Bus Service 143

Tower Transit Bus Service 143 is a trunk service plying between Toa Payoh Int and Jurong East Int, passing through Thomson Road, Orchard, Clemenceau, Chinatown, HarbourFront, Pasir Panjang, West Coast Road, Pandan Gardens and Teban Gardens. It is also the only service to serve both Teban and Pandan Gardens.

Tower Transit Singapore Pte Ltd has taken over operations of this bus service from SBS Transit since 12 June 2016 under the Bulim Bus Package. In addition, LTA’s 3-door concept bus was trialed on Bus Service 143 in 2017.

Bus Service 143 will be affected by a removal of bus stop along Kampong Bahru Road from 26 Nov 2017.


Bus Service 143: Toa Payoh ↔ Jurong East
Direction 1
From Toa Payoh
Direction 2
From Jurong East
  • Lor 6 Toa Payoh
    – Toa Payoh Int
  • Jln Toa Payoh
    –  Opp Trellis Twrs
  • Thomson Rd
    – Opp Thomson Med Ctr
    – Opp Novena Lodge
    – Novena Stn Exit B NS20
  • Newton Rd
    – Hotel Royal
    – Newton Life Ch
  • Scotts Rd
    – Newton Stn Exit B NS21DT11
    – Env Bldg
    – Far East Plaza
  • Orchard Rd
    – Orchard Stn/Tang Plaza NS22
    – Opp Mandarin Orchard NS23
    – Orchard Plaza
  • Clemenceau Ave
    – Aft Haw Par Glass Twr
    – Opp Shell Hse
  • Havelock Rd
    – Ctrl Sq
  • New Bridge Rd
    – Chinatown Pt NE4DT19
    – New Bridge Ctr
    – Opp Pearl’s Ctr
    – Outram Pk Stn Exit H EW16NE3
    – Bef Neil Rd
  • Kg Bahru Rd
    – Bef Kampong Bahru Ter
    – Melati Blk 2
    – Opp St. Teresa’s Ch
    – Keppel DP Blk 519
    – Opp Mt Faber Lodge
  • Telok Blangah Rd
    – VivoCity NE1CC29
    – HarbourFront Stn Exit B NE1CC29
    – Caribbean at Keppel Bay
    – Opp Chr Community Chapel
    – Telok Blangah Stn CC28
    – Opp Yeo’s Bldg
  • Pasir Panjang Rd
    – Labrador Pk Stn CC27
    – Bayanihan Ctr
    – Pasir Panjang Ctr
    – Pasir Panjang Stn/FC CC26
    – Aft Pasir Panjang Stn
    – Aft Sth Buona Vista Rd
    – Barossa Gdns
    – Opp Haw Par Villa Stn CC25
    – Opp Gloria Man
    – Opp S’pore Science Pk II
    – Opp Luxe Ville
    – The Crystal Tabernacle Ch
    – Opp Heng Mui Keng Terr
    – Opp Pasir Panjang PO
    – Aft Palm Green Condo
  • West Coast Rd
    – Opp Varsity Pk
    – Waseda S Snr High Sch
    – West Bay Resort Condo
    – Kent Ridge Sec Sch
    – Blk 726 Clementi West Mkt
    – Blk 701
    – Blk 513
    – Tanglin Sec Sch
  • West Coast Highway
    – Opp The Japanese Sec Sch
  • West Coast Rd
    – S’pore Food Ind Bldg
    – Opp Blk 408
  • Pandan Gardens
    – Blk 410
    – Opp Ayer Rajah CC
  • Jurong Town Hall Rd
    – C’wealth Sec Sch
  • West Coast Rd
    – Opp Blks 34/35
    – Opp Blk 47
  • Teban Gardens Rd
    – Aft Hasanah Mque
    – Opp Blk 41
    – Bef Jurong Town Hall Rd
  • Jurong Town Hall Rd
    – Aft Pandan Gdns
    – Opp German Ctr
    – Opp Intl Business Pk
    – Jurong Town Hall
    – Opp Jurong East Lib
  • Jurong East Central
    – Blk 124
  • Jurong Gateway Rd
    – Jurong East Temp Int
  • Jurong Gateway Rd
    – Jurong East Temp Int
    – Blk 131
  • Jurong East Central
    – Blk 134
  • Jurong Town Hall Rd
    – Jurong East Lib
    – Opp Jurong Town Hall
    – German Ctr
    – Bef Pandan Gdns
  • Teban Gardens Rd
    – Teban Gdn PO
    – Blk 41
    – Bef Hasanah Mque
  • West Coast Rd
    – Aft Teban Gdns Rd
    – Blk 35
  • Jurong Town Hall Rd (Express)
  • Pandan Gardens
    – Ayer Rajah CC
    – Blk 407
  • West Coast Rd
    – Blk 408
    – Opp Angliss Bldg
  • West Coast Highway
    – The Japanese Sec Sch
  • West Coast Rd
    – Opp Tanglin Sec Sch
    – Blk 512
    – Opp Blk 701
    – Blk 601
    – Opp Kent Ridge Sec Sch
    – Opp West Bay Resort Condo
    – Opp Waseda S Snr High Sch
    – Varsity Pk
  • Pasir Panjang Rd
    – Aft Clementi Rd
    – Bef Pasir Panjang PO
    – Heng Mui Keng Terr
    – Jamiyah Halfway Hse
    – Whitehaven
    – S’pore Science Pk II
    – Gloria Man
    – Haw Par Villa Stn CC25
    – Horizon Residences
    – Bef Sth Buona Vista Rd
    – Pasir View Pk
    – Bef Pasir Panjang Stn CC26
    – Opp Currency Hse CC26
    – Harbourside Ind Bldg 2
    – Mapletree Business City
    – Labrador Pk Stn/PSA Bldg CC27
  • Telok Blangah Rd
    – Aft Alexandra Rd
    – Yeo’s Bldg
    – Opp Telok Blangah Stn CC28
    – Bef Chr Community Chapel
    – Bef Seah Im Rd
    – HarbourFront Stn Exit A NE1CC29
    – Opp VivoCity NE1CC29
  • Kg Bahru Rd
    – Bef Mt Faber Lodge
    – Opp Keppel DP Blk 519
    – St. Teresa’s Ch
    – Opp Melati Blk 2
    – Opp Kampong Bahru Ter
  • Eu Tong Sen St
    – Aft Hosp Dr EW16NE3
    – Outram Pk Stn Exit F/SGH EW16NE3
    – Pearl’s Ctr EW16NE3
    – People’s Pk Cplx NE4DT19
  • Upp Cross St
    – Opp State Ct
  • Clemenceau Ave
    – Shell Hse
    – Aft River Valley Rd
    – Opp Haw Par Glass Twr
  • Penang Rd
    – Winsland Hse
  • Somerset Rd
    – Somerset Stn NS23
  • Orchard Turn
    – Opp Ngee Ann City
    – Opp Orchard Stn/ION NS22
  • Scotts Rd
    – Royal Plaza On Scotts
    – Opp Env Bldg
    – Newton Stn Exit A NS21DT11
  • Newton Rd
    – Opp Newton Life Ch
    – Opp Hotel Royal
  • Thomson Rd
    – Opp Novena Ch NS20
    – Novena Lodge
    – Thomson Med Ctr
    – Opp Tan Tong Meng Twr
  • Jln Toa Payoh
    – Trellis Twrs
  • Toa Payoh Lor 6
    – Toa Payoh Int


Technical Information
Route WAB_logo_20px
Toa Payoh Bus Interchange ↔ Jurong East Temporary Bus Interchange
Passes Through Thomson Rd, Orchard, Clemenceau, Chinatown, HarbourFront, Pasir Panjang, West Coast, Pandan Gdns, Teban Gdns
Route Length 29.2 km (D1) | 28.8 km (D2)
Travelling Time 105 mins
Operator Information
BCM Route Package Bulim Bus Package
Current Operator Tower Transit Singapore
(Tower Transit Singapore Pte Ltd)
Current Depot Bulim Bus Depot (BUDEP)
Current Fleet 12-metre Double Deck Bus:
Alexander Dennis Enviro500
Volvo B9TL
Departure Times from Toa Payoh
0530hrs – 2330hrs (Weekdays & Saturdays)
0545hrs – 2330hrs (Sundays & Public Holidays)
Departure Times from Jurong East
0525hrs – 2330hrs (Weekdays)
0525hrs – 0000hrs (Saturdays)
0545hrs – 2330hrs (Sundays & Public Holidays)
Frequency Direction 1 Direction 2
0630-0830: 08 – 09 mins
0831-1659: 08 – 13 mins
1700-1900: 10 – 14 mins
After 1900: 13 – 14 mins
0630-0830: 08 – 10 mins
0831-1659: 08 – 13 mins
1700-1900: 12 – 13 mins
After 1900: 12 – 13 mins

Route History

Service 143 is a major inter-town & city route connecting Jurong East, West Coast, Pasir Panjang and Toa Payoh to the Central areas of HarbourFront, Chinatown and Orchard. Providing important links between Toa Payoh, Chinatown and HarbourFront, the route is also the only to serve both Teban Gardens and Pandan Gardens, making it a less favorable option between Jurong East and West Coast.

The route experiences generally high demand during many parts of day owing to the multiple connections it provides. Bus bunching on this route is common during both peak and off-peak hours. On Saturday nights, operating hours are extended for the benefit of late-night city dwellers.

In 2014, a route variant 143M was introduced to ease demand and improve consistency of service between Teban Gardens, Pandan Gardens and Jurong East Interchange/MRT.

MRT Stations Served:

Special Departures:

  • Pasir Panjang Rd (Aft Clementi Rd)  Toa Payoh Int
    Weekdays: 0530hrs, 0545hrs, 0542hrs, 0553hrs
    Saturdays: 0530hrs, 0543hrs
    Sundays/PHs: 0520hrs, 0529hrs
  • Jurong Town Hall Road (C’wealth Sec Sch)  Jurong East Int
    Weekdays: 0600hrs, 0609hrs
    Saturdays: 0600hrs, 0610hrs
    Sundays/PHs: 0619hrs

Route Variants:

Fare: Charges basic distance fares. See Bus Fares. Calculate your bus fare using LTA’s fare calculator on here.


Operator History:

  • 1971: Singapore Traction Company Ltd
  • 1971 – 1973: Associated Bus Services Pte Ltd
  • 1973 – 2001: Singapore Bus Services Ltd
  • 2001 – 11 Jun 2016: SBS Transit Ltd
  • 12 Jun 2016 onwards: Tower Transit Singapore Pte Ltd

The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2021 under the Bulim Bus Package.


  • 1971 (11 Apr): Introduced between Lor 6 Toa Payoh and Jurong Rd 16.2km (10 m.s.) Market under 1971 Bus Reroganisation
  • 1971 (02 Aug): Amended to Toa Payoh Town Ctr Ter
  • 1971 (06 Dec): Operated by Associated Bus Service (ABS)
  • 1972 (11 Jun): Amended to ply the extended Upp Cross St with the partial conversion of Havelock Rd to one-way road, skipping New Bridge Rd
  • 1973 (01 Nov): Operated by Singapore Bus Service (SBS)
  • 1974 (24 Feb): Amended to ply Grange Rd and Orchard Blvd with the conversion of Orchard Rd to one-way road, skipping Orchard Rd
  • 1981 (01 Feb): Amended to Jurong Depot
  • 1981 (19 Apr): Amended to ply Pandan Gardens and Teban Gardens Rd
  • 1982 (24 May): Amended to ply West Coast Highway
  • 1983 (26 Dec): Amended to Toa Payoh Int
  • 1987 (01 Nov): Amended to ply Eu Tong Sen St towards Toa Payoh Int to facilitate the second stage of road expansion along New Bridge Rd
  • 1987 (13 Dec): Calls at a staggered bus stop outside Orchard Stn along Orchard Blvd, skipping the bus stop opposite Orchard Stn; Calls at a new bus stop outside Newton Stn along Scotts Rd
  • 1988 (20 Mar): Amended to ply New Bridge Rd, skipping Upp Pickering St, South Bridge Rd and Neil Rd
  • 1992: Amended to ply Orchard Link, skipping Grange Rd
  • 1992: Amended to ply Clemenceau Ave towards Toa Payoh Int, skipping Tank Rd
  • 1994: Amended to ply Orchard Turn
  • 1997 (07 Dec): Amended to ply South Bridge Rd and Neil Rd with the partial closure of New Bridge Rd to facilitate the construction of Chinatown MRT station on the North East MRT Line
  • 1998 (31 May): Amended to Toa Payoh Temp Int
  • 1999: Calls at a new pair of bus stops outside and opposite West Bay Resort Condo along West Coast Rd
  • 2001: Amended to ply West Coast Rd and Penjuru Rd with the partial closure of Teban Gardens Rd
  • 2001 (01 Nov): Operated by SBS Transit
  • 2002 (20 Apr): Amended to ply the reinstated New Bridge Rd, skipping South Bridge Rd and Neil Rd
  • 2002 (12 May): Integrated with Service 331 and extended to Jurong East Int
  • 2002 (19 May): Amended to Toa Payoh Integrated Transport Hub
  • 2002 (07 Jul): Skips the bus stop outside Orchard Emerald along Orchard Rd
  • 2002 (17 Nov): Amended to ply Pandan Gardens
  • 2005 (03 Apr): Calls at 2 new bus stops opposite Blks 34/35 and opposite Blk 47 along West Coast Rd
  • 2005 (02 Jul): Amended to ply Grange Rd and Orchard Link with the partial closure of Somerset Rd
  • 2006 (29 Oct): Calls at a new bus stop outside VivoCity along Telok Blangah Rd and a relocated bus stop outside Orchard Stn along Orchard Turn
  • 2007 (17 Dec): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
  • 2008 (07 Dec): Skips the bus stop opposite Temenggong D Mosque along Telok Blangah Rd
  • 2011 (17 Dec): Amended to Jurong East Temp Int, calls at bus stop (Blk 131) along Jurong Gateway Rd
  • 2013 (29 Dec): Calls at a new bus stop outside Outram Pk Stn along New Bridge Rd
  • 2014 (18 May): Route variant Service 143M introduced under the BSEP scheme.
  • 2016 (12 Jun): Operations transferred to Tower Transit Singapore Pte Ltd from SBS Transit Ltd
  • 2017 (26 Nov): Calls at the bus stop after Hospital Dr along Eu Tong Sen St, skipping the bus stop before Hospital Dr along Kg Bahru Rd

Past Routings:

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4 thoughts on “Tower Transit Bus Service 143

  • 31 July 2017 at 2:55 PM

    On 30 July 2017 21:21 I board bus 143 no 5035 from Jurong East Interchange. I was sitting near to the exit entrance. I was shocked to see few small cockroaches moving around. I managed to kill two during my 30 minutes trip. I was a very uncomfortable. I hope the company will take serious action on this issue.

  • 14 July 2017 at 9:31 AM

    I am Mr Sim, I reach the bus stop about 0918hrs according to my handphone timing at C K Tang bus stop. I was the bus 143 stop picking up the passenger and I was about 50 meter away only . I ran and raise up my hand , the bus driver saw me running towards his bus. He quickly closed the door and just drive away. Is it that is the service attitude today of the bus driver. I hope that there is a impoverishment on this . That is very bad !!!! Get the bus driver to be responsible okay. I want him to be punishonest for his baddress attitude. If not I will be putting up some photos and videos record on the Facebook.

  • 15 June 2016 at 10:46 PM

    143 have SMB3512E on Sunday, but its on other je svcs too


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