Premium Bus Service 553

Premium Bus Service 553 is a Premium service operated by APT Travel from Tampines Avenue 9 to Fullerton Road. The route passes through Tampines Avenue 7, 4 and 5, ECP and Robinson Road, operating one trip in the morning.

Operations for Premium Bus Service 553 has been transferred to APT Travel Pte Ltd from 03 Jan 2017.

Route Information
Route Tampines Avenue 9 (Blk 496F) → Fullerton Road (Fullerton Sq)
Passes Through Tampines Ave 7/4/5, ECP, Robinson Rd
Travelling Time 57mins
Operator Information
Current Operator APT Travel Pte Ltd
Departure Times from Tampines Ave 9
0745  (Weekdays)
Frequency Unidirectional Service

Premium 553 serves the housing estates of Tampines Neighborhoods 1, 2 4 and 9 with bus connections to the CBD, eliminating the hassle of transferring between different modes of transport. One of three SBS Transit Premium services in Tampines, it provides a more convenient alternative route for residents who would otherwise rely on feeder buses and the MRT to reach the city.

One trip is operated in the mornings, departing Tampines Avenue 9 (Blk 496F) at 7:45am on weekdays. From 03 Jan 2017, Premium 553 will be operated by APT Travel Pte Ltd.

Operating Days: Weekdays only. Does not operate on Weekends and Public Holidays.

Fare: Flat fare of $4.50. Transfer rebates & concessionary travel are not applicable.

Route Information:

Boarding Stops in Tampines Alighting Stops in CBD
  • Tampines Ave 9
    – Blk 496F

    – Blk 493B
  • Tampines Ave 7
    – Blk 229
    – Blk 230E
    – Blk 233
  • Tampines Ave 4
    – Opp Tampines Stn/Int
    – Opp Century Sq
  • Tampines Ave 5
    – Blk 147
  • Simei Ave (Express)
  • Xilin Ave (Express)
  • ECP (Express)
  • MCE (Express)
  • Maxwell Rd (Express)
  • Robinson Rd
    – Aft Capital Twr
    – Opp The Ogilvy Ctr
    – Opp AIA Twr
  • Fullerton Road
    – Fullerton Sq

Operator History:

  • 1 Apr 2008 – 30 Dec 2016: SBS Transit Ltd
  • 3 Jan 2017 onwards: APT Travel Pte Ltd


  • 2008 (1 Apr): Introduced as a Premium Service from Tampines Ave 9 → Fullerton Rd, with one trip departing at 0745hrs. Charges a flat fare of $3.60
  • 2009 (01 Apr): Fare temporarily lowered to $3.40
  • 2010 (01 Jul): Fare reinstated to $3.60
  • 2011 (08 Nov): Fare increased to $3.80
  • 2013 (29 Dec): Express sector diverted to Marina Coastal Expressway (MCE) from ECP
  • 2014 (04 Aug): Fare revised to $4.50
  • 2014 (28 Sep): Route Amendments in Marina South Area; Express sector amended to Maxwell Road after MCE instead of Prince Edward Rd.
  • 2016 (28 Mar): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
  • 2017 (03 Jan): Operations transferred to APT Travel Pte Ltd. No longer wheelchair accessible.

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One thought on “Premium Bus Service 553

  • 21 March 2017 at 3:05 AM

    Hi, is this service still operational in Tampines particulary the stop opposite Tampines interchange?


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