SBS Transit Bus Service 81

SBS Transit Bus Service 81 is a trunk service plying between Tampines Int and looping at Serangoon Central, passing through Tampines East, Pasir Ris and Kovan. It has an express sector along the KPE and TPE between Pasir Ris Drive 12 and Tampines Rd.


Route:

Bus Service 81: Tampines ↺ Serangoon Central (Loop)
From Tampines
Looping at Serangoon Central
  • Tampines Ctrl 1
    – Tampines Int EW2DT32
  • Tampines Ctrl 3 (Express)
  • Tampines Ave 7
    – Opp Tampines Reg Lib
    – Blk 423
    – Blk 449
    – Opp Blk 230
    – Tampines JC/Opp Blk 390
    – Blk 497D
  • Loyang Ave
    – Blk 149A
  • Pasir Ris Dr 1
    – Blk 156
    – Blk 197
    – Blk 104
    – Blk 115
    – Blk 541
    – Aft Pasir Ris Ctrl EW1
    – Opp Blk 571
    – Opp Blk 515
    – Opp Blk 640
    – Meridian JC
    – Blk 740
  • Pasir Ris Dr 12
    – Blk 747A
  • TPE (Express)
  • KPE (Express)
  • Tampines Rd
    – Bef Defu Ave 2
    – Aft Defu Ave 2
    – Aft Defu Ave 1
  • Hougang Ave 3
    – Blk 21
  • Upp S’goon Rd
    – Opp S’goon JC
    – Glad Tidings Ch
    – Kovan Stn Exit C NE13
    – Opp The Helping Hand
    – Aft Upp S’goon Shop Ctr
    – Paya Lebar Camp
  • S’goon Ctrl
    – S’goon Stn Exit B NE12CC13
    – Blk 261
  • Boundary Rd
    – S’goon Stadium
  • Upp S’goon Rd
    – Opp Upp S’goon Shop Ctr
    – The Helping Hand
    – Kovan Stn Exit B NE13
    – Opp Glad Tidings Ch
    – S’goon JC
  • Hougang Ave 3
    – Blk 1
  • Tampines Rd
    – Aft Hougang Ave 3
    – Aft Hougang Ave 7
    – Opp Defu Ave 2
    – Bef KPE
  • KPE (Express)
  • TPE (Express)
  • Pasir Ris Dr 12
    – Aft TPE
  • Pasir Ris Dr 1
    – Blk 738
    – Blk 643
    – Blk 640
    – Blk 612
    – Blk 515
    – Blk 571
    – Bef Pasir Ris Ctrl EW1
    – Pasir Ris Town Pk
    – Blk 425
    – Blk 442
    – Blk 210
    – Blk 269A
  • Loyang Ave
    – Opp Blk 149A
  • Tampines Ave 7
    – Blk 370
    – Blk 390/Opp Tampines JC
    – Blk 229
    – Blk 230E
    – Blk 233
    – Bef Tampines Reg Lib
  • Tampines Ctrl 3 (Express)
  • Tampines Ctrl 1
    – Tampines Int EW2DT32

 

Technical Information
Route WAB_logo_20px
Tampines Bus Interchange ↺ Serangoon Central (Loop)
Passes Through Tampines Ave 7, Pasir Ris Dr 1, Tampines Rd, Upp S’goon Rd
Route Length 34.2 km
Travelling Time 92 – 140 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 0530hrs – 2330hrs (Weekdays)
0545hrs – 2330hrs (Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays)
Departure Times from Serangoon Central (S’goon Stn Exit B) 0545hrs – 0030hrs (Weekdays & Saturdays)
0600hrs – 0030hrs (Sundays & Public Holidays)
Frequency Loop Service
0630 – 0830: 10 – 12 mins
0831 – 1659: 07 – 12 mins
1700 – 1900: 07 – 14 mins
After 1900: 13 – 18 mins

Route History

Service 81 is an inter-town service, connecting the housing estates of Serangoon, Kovan, Pasir Ris and Tampines with an express sector along the Kallang – Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE) and Tampines Expressway (TPE).

Service 53 also plies via Pasir Ris and Serangoon, but takes an alternate route through Hougang Ave 1. Good demand is also present between Tampines and Pasir Ris.

In 2011, this route was converted from a bi-directional trunk service to a loop service owing to lack of space in the new Serangoon Interchange.

Although this service is wheelchair-accessible, passengers in wheelchair will not be able to board Service 81 from Tampines Interchange due to the wheelchair inaccessible end-on berth.

Special Departures:

  • Serangoon Central (S’goon Stn Exit B)  Tampines Int
    Weekdays: 0545hrs, 0554hrs, 0603hrs, 0612hrs, 0621hrs, 0030hrs
    Saturdays: 0545hrs, 0558hrs, 0611hrs, 0623hrs, 0030hrs
    Sundays & Public Holidays: 0600hrs, 0617hrs, 0030hrs

MRT Stations Served:

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

Fleet: See above.


Gallery:


Operator History:

  • 1971 – 1973: Associated Bus Services Pte Ltd
  • 1973 – 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:

  • 1971 (11 Apr): Introduced as a Tampines Rd (near Upp Changi Rd) – New Bridge Rd service. Operated by Associated Bus Services.
  • 1987 (06 Jun): Amended to New Bridge Rd Terminal
  • 1988 (23 Oct): Extended to Tampines Int.
  • 1989: Amended to ply Loyang Ave, Pasir Ris Dr 1 and Elias Rd, skipping TPE.
  • 1996 (03 Sep): Amended to ply Pasir Ris Dr 12 and TPE instead of Elias Rd and (Old) Tampines Rd.
  • 1998: Amended to ply Middle Road, skipping Stamford Rd and Bras Basah Rd
  • 2003 (27 Jul): Shortened to Serangoon Int, under Phase 2 of NEL Rationalisation. Also amended to Hougang Ave 3 between Tampines Rd and Upp Serangoon Rd
  • 2007 (23 Jun): Amended to ply part of KPE (between Defu Flyover at Tampines Rd & Tampines Flyover at TPE) temporarily named as Tampines Service Rd.
  • 2011 (03 Sep): Amended to loop at Serangoon Central and Boundary Road following the opening of the new Serangoon Bus Interchange.
  • 2017 (21 Aug): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)

Past Routings:

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