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Route Variant Peak Period Short Service 291P has been withdrawn since 01 Sep 2016.

Route Information
Route Tampines Bus Interchange ↺ Tampines Street 81 & Street 33 (Loop)  WAB_logo_20px
Passes Through Tampines Street 83, 84 (West Loop), 21, 23 (East Loop)
Route Length 11.0km
Travelling Time 60 – 65 mins
Operator Information
BCM Route Package
Tampines Bus Package
Current Operator SBS Transit
Current Depot Changi Bus Park (CGBP)
Current Fleet 12-metre Double Deck bus:
Volvo B9TL
Volvo B10TL
12-metre Single Deck bus:
Scania K230UB
Departure Times from Tampines (West Loop) 0530 – 0045 (Daily)
Departure Times from Tampines (East Loop) 0530 – 0106 (Weekdays)
0530 – 0104 (Weekends/PHs)
Frequency Loop Service
0630-0830: 03 – 07 mins
0831-1659: 03 – 13 mins
1700-1930: 03 – 10 mins
After 1930: 02 – 16 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 The service was withdrawn from 1 Sep 2016 as part of Changes to PPSS in Sep 2016.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.

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)

Peak Period Short Service Variant (Withdrawn):

  • Peak Period Short Service 291P: 
    Tampines Int ↺ Tampines Street 32 / 33
    Introduced 24 Jun 2014 , duplicates east loop of Service 291. Withdrawn since 01 Sep 2016.

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.

Route Information:

Loop Service (via Tampines Int)
WEST LOOP

  • Tampines Central 1
    – Tampines Int (Berth 9)
    Tampines Central 2
  • 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
  • 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
EAST LOOP

  • Tampines Central 1
    – Tampines Int (Berth 8)
    Tampines Central 3
  • Tampines Ave 7
    – Opp Tampines Reg Library
    Tampines Ave 4
  • 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
  • Tampines Ave 7
    – Tampines Reg Lib
    Tampines Central 3
  • Tampines Central 1
    – Tampines Int
    Non “T” plated bus continues to west loop.

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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