Tower Transit Express Bus Service 97e

Tower Transit Express Bus Service 97e is a Express variant of Service 97, which plies between Jurong East and Marina Centre during the weekday peak hours. It passes through AYE,  Alexandra, HarbourFront, Shenton Way, Bayfront and Suntec City. The bus service calls at limited stops along the parent route.

Tower Transit Singapore has taken over operations of this bus service from SBS Transit since 12 June 2016 under the Bulim Bus Package.

Route Information
Route AM Peak: Jurong East Bus Interchange  Marina Centre Bus Terminal WAB_logo_20px
PM Peak: Marina Centre Bus Terminal  Jurong East Bus Interchange WAB_logo_20px
Passes Through AYE,  Alexandra, HarbourFront, Shenton Way, Bayfront, Suntec City
Route Length 22.0km (D1) | 23.2km (D2)
Travelling Time 70mins
Operator Information
GCM Route Package
Bulim Bus Package
Current Operator Tower Transit
Current Depot Bulim Bus Depot
Current Fleet 12-metre Double Deck Bus:
Volvo B9TL

12-metre Single Deck Bus
Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro
Departure Times from Jurong East
0736 – 0824 (Weekdays)
Departure Times from Marina Ctr
1806 – 1854 (Weekdays)
Frequency Direction 1 Direction 2
0630-0830: 12 mins 1700-1930: 12 mins

Route History

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Bus Service 97e is a Limited-stop Express Bus Service which offers quicker journeys for commuters living at Jurong East and Clementi, linking them with industries at Alexandra, HarbourFront and the City areas of Shenton Way, Bayfront and Marina Centre. Operating during the peak hours, it plies the exact same route as its parent Bus Service 97, but only calls at selected bus stops along its route. As a result, it also charges express fares.

The service was first introduced by SBS Transit in 2005, then branded Fast-Forward and the first Fast-Forward service to be introduced, touting shorter journey times for peak hour commuters and the use of the lowercase e as the service suffix. Owing to the success of 97e, SBS Transit subsequently introduced 8 more Fast-Forward services to benefit other trunk routes.

Departure Timings:

  • Weekdays AM Peak from Jurong East:
    0736, 0748, 0800, 0812, 0824
  • Weekdays PM Peak from Marina Ctr:
    1806, 1818, 1830, 1842, 1854

Route Variants: 

Fare: Charges express fares. See Bus Fares.

Route Information:

Direction 1 Direction 2
  • Jurong East Temp Int
  • Jurong Gateway Rd
    – Blk 131
  • Jurong East Central
    – Blk 134
  • Jurong Town Hall Rd
    – Jurong East Lib
  • Ayer Rajah Expressway
    – Blk 431
    – Blk 426
    – Aft Clementi Swim Cplx
    – Aft NUS High Sch
    – Opp Normanton Pk
  • Telok Blangah Rd
    – Opp Alexandra Pt
    – Opp NOL Bldg
  • Telok Blangah Rd
    – Opp Telok Blangah Stn
    – HarbourFront Stn
    – Opp VivoCity
  • Keppel Rd
    – Former Railway Stn
    – Customs Port Br HQ
  • Anson Rd
    – Hub Synergy Pt
  • Robinson Rd
    – Aft Capital Twr
    – Opp The Ogilvy Ctr
  • Marina Blvd
    – The Sail
    – Marina Bay Financial Ctr
  • Bayfront Ave
    – Marina Bay Sands MICE
    – Marina Bay Sands Theatre
  • Temasek Ave
    – Centennial Twr
  • Temasek Blvd
    – Opp Suntec Convention Ctr
  • Raffles Blvd
    – Pan Pacific Hotel
  • Marina Centre Ter
  • Marina Centre Ter
  • Raffles Ave
    – Bef Temasek Ave
    – Seating Gallery
    – The Esplanade
  • Temasek Blvd
    – Suntec Convention Ctr
  • Temasek Ave
    – Opp Millenia Twr
    – Opp The Ritz-Carlton
  • Bayfront Ave
    – Marina Bay Sands Hotel
    – Opp Marina Bay Sands MICE
  • Central Blvd
    – Marina Bay Stn
    – Downtown Stn
  • Shenton Way
    – UIC Bldg
    – Opp AXA Twr
  • Keppel Rd
    – Opp Customs Port Br HQ
    – Opp Former Railway Stn
  • Telok Blangah Rd
    – VivoCity
    – HarbourFront Stn
    – Telok Blangah Stn
  • Alexandra Rd
    – NOL Bldg
    – Alexandra Pt
  • Ayer Rajah Expressway
    – Normanton Pk
    – Science Pk
    – Clementi Flyover
    – Clementi Stadium
    – Blk 506
  • Jurong Town Hall Rd
    – Opp Jurong East Lib
  • Jurong East Central
    – Blk 124
  • Jurong East Temp Int



Operator History:

  • 03 Jan 2005 – 10 Jun 2016: SBS Transit Ltd
  • 13 Jun 2016 onwards: Tower Transit Singapore Pte Ltd

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


  • 2005 (03 Jan): Introduced between Jurong East and Fullerton Road to provide a faster travel between places where there is a high demand by calling at fewer stops.
  • 2009 (23 Feb): Calls at additional bus stop along Telok Blangah Rd (Blk 45), also extended from Fullerton Rd to Marina Centre via Esplanade Dr, Temasek Blvd, Temasek Ave and Raffles Ave. AM Peak trips from Jurong East end at Raffles Ave, while PM Peak trips from Temasek Blvd end at Jurong East.
  • 2010 (26 Apr): Amended to Marina Bay Sands via Robinson Rd, Marina Blvd, Bayfront Ave & terminating at Marina Centre Terminal via Temasek Ave, Temasek Blvd & Raffles Blvd. In its return trip, it uses Raffles Ave, Temasek Blvd, Temasek Ave, Bayfront Ave & Central Blvd towards Shenton Way, skipping 5 bus stops along Robinson Rd, Fullerton Rd, Esplanade Dr, Collyer Quay & Raffles Quay. The bus stop skipped along Robinson Rd (Opp AIA Twr) will be replaced by (Opp The Ogilvy Ctr).
  • 2013 (01 Dec): Calls at a new bus stop (03529 Downtown Stn) along Central Blvd
  • 2014 (28 Sep): Route Amendments in Marina South Area: Bus stop 03539 along Central Blvd relocated
  • 2015 (28 Sep): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
  • 2016 (13 Jun): Operations transferred to Tower Transit Singapore Pte Ltd from SBS Transit Ltd

Past Routings:

  • 2005: No significant route changes since introduction

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