SBS Transit Bus Service 21

SBS Transit Bus Service 21 is a trunk service plying between Pasir Ris and St. Michael’s, passing through Tampines, Bedok Reservoir, Kaki Bukit, Geylang, Bendemeer, and Balestier.

From 24 April 2016, Bus Service 21 was be amended to ply Jalan Tenteram in both directions, skipping Bus Stop 52109 along Jalan Bahagia.

Route:

Direction 1 – Towards St Michael’s
WHITE PLATE
Direction 2 – Towards Pasir Ris
RED PLATE
  • Pasir Ris Drive 3
    – Pasir Ris Int
    – Downtown East
  • Pasir Ris Dr 6
    – Blk 467
    – Blk 446
  • Pasir Ris Dr 1
    – Blk 442
    – Blk 210
    – Blk 269A
  • Loyang Ave
    – Opp Blk 149A
  • Tampines Ave 7
    – Blk 370
    – Opp Tampines JC
    – Blk 229
    – Blk 230E
    – Blk 233
  • Tampines Ave 4
    – Opp Tampines Stn/Int (76149)
    – Opp Century Sq
  • Tampines Ave 5
    – Blk 147
  • Tampines Ave 1
    – SAFRA Tampines
  • Bedok Reservoir Rd
    – Bedok Reform Trg Ctr
    – The Clearwater Condo
    – Waterfront Key
    – Aft Waterfront Waves
    – Waterfront Isle
    – Blk 716
    – Blk 173
    – Blk 703
    – Opp Kaki Bukit ctr
    – Blk 629
    – Blk 609
    – Blk 121
    – Opp Blk 646
  • Jln Eunos
    – Eunos Mans
    – Opp Blk 16
    – Opp Eunos Stn (83109)
  • Changi Rd
    – Aft GE Life Ctr
    – Joo Chiat Cplx
  • Geylang Rd
    – Blk 14 Mkt/FC
    – City Plaza
    – Opp Lor 39 Geylang
    – Aft Lor 34 Geylang
    – Aft Lor 28 Geylang
    – Bef Lor 18 Geylang
    – Opp Mohd Salleh Mque
    – Aft Sims Way
  • Lor 1 Geylang
    – Opp Blk 2C (80101)
  • Boon Keng Rd
    – Opp Kallang Pl
  • Bendemeer Rd
    – Bef Lavender St
  • Jln Besar
    – Hoa Nam Bdlg
  • Kitchener Rd
    – Bef Tai Hoe Hotel
  • Serangoon Rd
    – Sri Srinivasa Perumal Tp (07211)
    – Sri Vadapathira K Tp
  • Balestier Rd
    – S’pore Khalsa Assn
    – S’pore Indian Assn
  • Moulmein Rd
    – Opp Tan Tock Seng Hosp
    – St. Michael’s Sch
  • Thomson Rd
    – Opp Novena Ch (50031)
    – Novena Lodge
  • Balestier Rd
    – Balestier Ctr
    – Zhongshan Mall
    – Bef Balestier Plaza
    – Shaw Plaza
    – Opp Balestier Pt
  • Whampoa Dr
    – Blk 82
  • Jln Bahagia
    – Blk 29
  • Jln Tenteram
    – Blk 19
    – Opp Blk 65
  • Jln Bahagia (Express)
  • Kim Keat Rd (Express)
  • Whampoa Rd
    – St. Michael’s Ter
  • Whampoa Rd
    – St. Michael’s Ter

    – Blk 114
  • Jln Bahagia
    – Blk 29
  • Jln Tenteram
    – Blk 19
    – Opp Blk 65
  • Jln Bahagia (Express)
  • Kim Keat Rd
    – Opp NKF
    – Opp Jumbo Ind Bdlg
  • Balestier Rd
    – Aft Pegu Rd
    – HMI Balestier Hosp
    – Opp Public Man
    – Opp Zhongshan Mall
    – Aft Irrawaddy Rd
  • Thomson Rd
    – Opp Thomson Med Ctr
    – Opp Novena Lodge
    – Novena Stn (50038)
  • Moulmein Rd
    – Revival Ctr Ch
    – Natl Skin Ctr
  • Balestier Rd
    – ITE Balestier
  • McNair Rd
    – Blk 122
  • Towner Rd
    – Blk 107
  • Boon Keng Rd
    – Blk 22
    – Bef Kallang Pl
  • Lor 1 Geylang
    – Bet Blks 2B/2C (80109)
  • Sims Ave
    – Aft Lor 1 Geylang
    – Yi Xiu Fty Bdlg
    – Bef Lor 23 Geylang
    – Aljunied Stn (81011)
    – Blk 134
    – Sims Ville
    – Aft Tg Katong Cplx (82011)
    – Blk 416
    – Eunos Stn (82061)
  • Jln Eunos
    – Eunos Stn (83101)
    – Blk 17
    – Blk 322
  • Bedok Reservoir Rd
    – Blk 646
    – Blk 122
    – Blk 133
    – Blk 140
    – Aft Kaki Bkt Ctr
    – Opp Blk 701
    – Blk 745
    – Opp Blk 716
    – Opp Waterfront Isle
    – Opp Waterfront Waves
    – Opp Waterfront Key
    – Opp The Clearwater Condo
    – Opp Bedok Reform Trg Ctr
  • Tampines Ave 1
    – Opp SAFRA Tampines
  • Tampines Ave 5
    – Blk 938
  • Tampines Ave 4
    – UOB Tampines Ctr
    – Tampines Stn/Int (76141)
  • Tampines Ave 7
    – Blk 423
    – Blk 449
    – Opp Blk 230
    – Tampines JC
    – Blk 497D
  • Loyang Ave
    – Blk 149A
  • Pasir Ris Dr 1
    – Blk 156
    – Blk 197
    – Blk 104
  • Pasir Ris Dr 6
    – Blk 429
    – Blk 405
  • Pasir Ris Dr 3
    – Opp Downtown East
    – Pasir Ris Int

Note:

  • Commuters along Jalan Bahagia & Jalan Tenteram should check the bus destination and service number plate displayed on the front of the bus as buses from both directions will call at the same stops.
    RED plated Service 21 buses are bound for Pasir Ris, while
    WHITE plated Service 21 buses are bound for St. Michael’s.
Technical Information
Route Pasir Ris Bus Interchange  St. Michael’s Bus Terminal  WAB_logo_20px
Passes Through Tampines, Bedok Reservoir, Kaki Bukit, Geylang, Bendemeer, Moulmein, Balestier
Route Length 27.2km (D1) | 24.9km (D2)
Travelling Time 125 – 135 mins (Offpeak)
Operator Information
Current Operator SBS Transit
Current Depot Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot (AMDEP)
Bedok North Bus Depot (BNDEP)
Current Fleet Volvo B9TL
Volvo Olympian

Scania K230UB
Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro
Departure Times from Pasir Ris
0530 – 0000 (Daily)
Departure Times from St Michael’s
0530 – 0000 (Daily)
Frequency Direction 1 Direction 2
0630-0830: 07 – 12 mins
0831-1659: 08 – 17 mins
1700-1930: 10 – 14 mins
After 1930: 11 – 16 mins
0630-0830: 09 – 12 mins
0831-1659: 08 – 14 mins
1700-1930: 09 – 15 mins
After 1930: 12 – 15 mins

Route History

Service 21 spans from Central to East, serving many residential areas throughout its route, such as Whampoa, Balestier, Boon Keng, Kallang, Paya Lebar, Eunos, Kaki Bukit, Bedok Reservoir, Tampines and Pasir Ris. Its lengthy route and large coverage makes it an important inter-town route, and as a result, journey time is relatively long for its length.

Introduced in 1992, the route originally ran between Pasir Ris Int and Lorong 1 Geylang Ter before being extended to St. Michael’s in 1993 following the merger with then-Service 4. Service 21 made history on 26 June 2006 as the first wheelchair-accessible bus service in Singapore following the debut of Volvo B9TL CDGEs on the route.

The route has several key sectors offering important connections, such as that between St. Michael’s Estate and Novena MRT, Farrer Park and the Geylang district, as well as that between Eunos MRT and Bedok Reservoir Road. As such, in addition to demand from inter-town connections, the route experiences high demand throughout the day, and relies on  fleet comprising mostly of double-decker buses.

Around Farrer Park, the route plies very different stretches in either direction. Commuters are advised to be aware of the bus stops served.

Service 21 is a wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB) since 26 Jun 2006. It received additional buses under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP) progressively from 2013 onwards.

Bus Service 21 Amendment Poster to Jalan Tenteram
Bus Service 21 Amendment Poster to Jalan Tenteram

Route Amendment to Jalan Tenteram

Main article: Route Amendment of Bus 21 to Jalan Tenteram

From 24 April 2016, Bus Service 21 will be amended to ply Jalan Tenteram on both directions, skipping Bus Stop 52109 – Bet Blks 33/34 along Jalan Bahagia. Commuters at Jalan Tenteram should check the colour of the plates displayed on the front of the bus before boarding the bus. Affected commuters who rely on Bus Service 21 to Novena MRT Station from Bus Stop 52109 can take Bus Service 131 instead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special Departures:

  • Changi Road (Aft GE Life Ctr)  St. Michaels’s Ter
    Weekdays: 0555hrs, 0610hrs
    Saturdays: 0555hrs, 0606hrs
    Sundays: 0555hrs
  • Sims Ave (Eunos Stn) Pasir Ris Int
    Weekdays: 0550hrs, 0600hrs
SBST Mercedes-Benz Citaro (SBS6166S) – Service 21A

Shortworking Trips:

  • Service 21A:
    Geylang Road (Bef Lor 18 Geylang) → Kitchener Road (Bef Tai Hoe Hotel)

    Sundays/PHs, 1730hrs – 1830hrs

Service 21A caters to high weekend demand from migrant workers commuting from the Geylang area to Kitchener Road near Little India.

Fare: Charges fares for regular trunk services. See Bus Fares for exact fares.

 

 


Gallery:

 


Operator History:

  • 1992 – 2001: Singapore Bus Services Ltd
  • 2001 – Present: SBS Transit Ltd

The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2016.

History:

  • 1992: Introduced between Pasir Ris Int and Geylang Lor 1 Ter.
  • 1993: Merged with service 4, extended to St Michael’s Terminal.
  • 2003 (21 Jun): Amended to ply Jln Besar, Kitchener Rd and Serangoon Rd as part of NEL rationalisation (Phase 1)
  • 2006 (26 Jun): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB), the first WAB route in Singapore
  • 2013: Service improvement under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP)
  • 2014 (25 May): Shortworking trip 21A introduced
  • 2016 (24 Apr): Amended to ply Jalan Tenteram for both directions of the route.

Past Routings:


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