SBS Transit Townlink Bus Service 291

SBS Transit Townlink Service 291 is a Townlink service operating from Tampines Interchange and looping at Tampines Street 81 and Street 33, passing through Tampines Street 83, 84, 21 and 23. It operates as a dual-loop service, calling at Tampines Interchange twice in a single trip.

 


Route:

Bus Service 291: Tampines Tampines Street 81 / Tampines Street 33 (Loop)
West Loop
East Loop
  • Tampines Central 1
    – Tampines Int (Berth 9)  EW2  DT32 
  • Tampines Central 2 (Express)
  • Tampines Ave 5
    – Darul Ghufran Mque
    – Blk 863
  • Tampines St 83
    – Blk 855
    – Blk 835
  • Tampines Ave 3
    – Blk 831
  • Tampines St 81
    – Blk 897
    – Blk 889
  • Tampines Ave 3
    – Blk 888
  • Tampines Ave 8 (Express)
  • Tampines St 84
    – Blk 874A
  • Tampines St 83
    – Opp Blk 853
  • Tampines Ave 5
    – Bet Blks 701/702
    – Opp Darul Ghufran Mque
  • Tampines Central 2 (Express)
  • Tampines Central 1
    – Tampines Int (Alighting Berth)  EW2  DT32 

  • Tampines Central 1
    – Tampines Int (Berth 8)  EW2  DT32 
  • Tampines Central 3 (Express)
  • Tampines Ave 7
    – Opp Tampines Reg Lib
  • Tampines Ave 4 (Express)
  • Tampines St 21
    – Blk 237
    – Blk 230B
  • Tampines St 23
    – Blk 216
  • Tampines St 32
    – Ngee Ann Sec Sch
    – Opp Blk 331
  • Tampines St 33
    – Blk 351
    – Blk 343
    – Blk 323
  • Tampines St 32
    – Blk 307A
  • Tampines St 23
    – Opp Blk 216
  • Tampines St 21
    – Blk 259
    – Opp Blk 237
  • Tampines Ave 4 (Express)
  • Tampines Ave 7
    – Tampines Reg Lib
  • Tampines Central 3 (Express)
  • Tampines Central 1
    – Tampines Int (Alighting Berth)  EW2  DT32 

Note:

  • Buses with the “T” Plate displayed on the windscreen will end its journey at Tampines Interchange.
  • Buses will ply the East Loop directly after the West Loop. Passengers do not need to alight to continue their journey to the East Loop at Tampines Interchange. (Except for trips with “T” Plate displayed on windscreen)
  • Buses without the “T” Plate on the East Loop will continue to ply the West Loop afterwards. Passengers do not need to alight to continue their journey to the East Loop at Tampines Interchange.
     
 
 




Technical Information
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Tampines Bus Interchange ↺ Tampines Street 81 & Street 33 (Loop)
Passes Through West Loop: Tampines Ave 3/ Ave 5, Tampines St 83 / St 84
East Loop: Tampines St 21 / St 23 /  St 32
Route Length 10.7 km
Travelling Time 65 mins
Operator Information
BCM Route Package Tampines Bus Package
Current Operator SBS Transit Ltd
Current Depot Bedok North Bus Depot (BNDEP)
Current Fleet 12-metre Double Deck bus:
Volvo B9TL
Volvo B10TL
12-metre Single Deck bus:
Scania K230UB

Departure Times from Tampines Int
(West Loop)
0530hrs – 0045hrs (Daily)
Departure Times from Tampines Int
(East Loop)
0530hrs – 0045hrs (Daily)
Frequency Loop Service
 
0630-0830: 03 – 05 mins
0831-1659: 02 – 09 mins
1700-1900: 02 – 06 mins
After 1900: 04 – 12 mins
 

Route History

Townlink Service 291 serves residents and schools around Tampines Neighbourhoods 7 and 8 on the West Loop, and Neighbourhoods 2 and 3 on the East Loop, connecting both ends of its route to Tampines Regional Centre.

A full trip of Service 291 will first ply the West Loop followed by the East Loop, while calling at Tampines Interchange between loops. Terminating trips will display red “T” sign to indicate that the bus will no longer continue its journey after Tampines Interchange.

From Tampines Interchange, different boarding berths are used for the East and West loop respectively. Passengers should check the service direction before boarding the bus.

In 2014, a PPSS variant of this route, 291P, was introduced. It duplicates 291’s East Loop and operates during weekday peak hours only. The service was withdrawn from 1 Sep 2016 as part of Changes to PPSS in Sep 2016.

During Eves of Public Holidays, last bus timings are extended to 1:05am to complement the extension of train operating hours.

As part of a three-month trial from 31 July 2017 till 31 October 2017, most buses plying the Townlink 291 route are equipped with Wi-Fi.

Special Departures:

  • Tampines Interchange  Tampines Interchange via Tampines St 33 (East Loop)
    Weekdays: 0530hrs, 0538hrs, 0546hrs + AM Peak & PM Peak Hours
    Saturdays: 0530hrs, 0538hrs, 0546hrs
    Sundays/PHs: 0530hrs, 0542hrs
  • Tampines Street 32 (Opp Blk 331)  Tampines Interchange
    0530hrs (Weekdays)

Fare: Fares for Townlink Services are capped at 3.2km. See Bus Fares. Calculate your bus fare using LTA’s fare calculator on MyTransport.sg here.

Fleet: See above.

MRT Stations Served by this bus service:


Gallery:


Operator History:

  • 1994 – 2001: Singapore Bus Services Ltd
  • 2001 – Present: SBS Transit Ltd

The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2024 under the Tampines Bus Package.

History:

  • 1994: Introduced by SBS as feeder Service 291, Tampines Int – Tampines St 32/33 (Loop)
  • 1996 (06 Jul): Combined with Service 295 to form Townlink 291
  • 2003 (30 Nov): Extended coverage to Tampines Ave 3, Avenue 8 (express) and Tampines St 84 before turning back to Tampines St 83.
  • 2009 (03 Dec): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus service (WAB)
  • 2011 (04 Jul): Reintroduction of double decker buses.
  • 2014 (24 Jun): Launch of route variant Peak Period Short Service 291P
  • 2016 (01 Sep): Peak Period Short Service 291P withdrawn

Past Routings:

  • 1996 (West Loop): Tampines Int, Tampines Ave 5, Tampines St 83, Tampines Ave 3, Tampines St 81, Tampines St 83, Tampines Ave 5, Tampines Int
  • 2003: Amended to present routing. No significant route changes since 2003.

External Links & References:

Back to Tampines Townlink and Feeder services
Back to Feeder, Townlink and Intratown routes
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