[Defunct] SMRT Express Bus Service 167e

SMRT Express Bus Service 167e was a Limited Stop Express route variant of Service 167, plying between Sembawang and Shenton Way at selected hours on Weekdays, except Public Holidays. It passes through Sembawang Road, Newton, Orchard, Bras Basah and Raffles Place, skipping parts of Upper Thomson, Thomson Rd and Connaught Dr. The bus service only calls at selected bus stops along its parent route.

Service 167e was discontinued on 14 December 2020. Commuters can take Service 167 as an alternative, or travel by MRT on the North-South Line. The last day of service was on 11 December 2020.

58009 Sembawang Int NS11 Sembawang Vista
58151 Bef Sembawang Stn NS11 Canberra Rd
58331 Blk 589D Canberra Link
58029 The Nautical Sembawang Rd
58019 Aft Sembawang Shop Ctr Sembawang Rd
57139 Aft Jln Kemuning Sembawang Rd
57129 Blk 114 Sembawang Rd
57119 Blk 101 Sembawang Rd
57089 Blk 713 Sembawang Rd
57079 Khatib Camp Sembawang Rd
57069 Opp Dieppe Barracks Sembawang Rd
57059 Opp Sembawang Air Base Sembawang Rd
57049 Opp Nee Soon HQ 22 SIB Sembawang Rd
57039 Spiritual Grace Presby Ch Sembawang Rd
57029 Aft The Springside Sembawang Rd
57019 Springleaf Nature Pk Upp Thomson Rd
56099 Springleaf Stn Exit 2 TE4 Upp Thomson Rd
50069 Hotel Royal Newton Rd
40129 Newton Life Ch Newton Rd
40189 Newton Stn Exit B NS21-DT11 Scotts Rd
40179 Env Bldg Scotts Rd
09219 Far East Plaza Scotts Rd
09047 Orchard Stn/Tang Plaza NS22TE14 Orchard Rd
09037 Bef Cairnhill Rd NS22TE14 Orchard Rd
08138 Concorde Hotel S'pore Orchard Rd
08057 Dhoby Ghaut Stn NS24NE6CC1 Orchard Rd
08069 Bencoolen Stn Exit B DT21 Bras Basah Rd
04179 Aft Bras Basah Stn Exit A CC2 Bras Basah Rd
02049 Raffles Hotel Bras Basah Rd
03019 OUE Bayfront EW14NS26 Collyer Quay
03059 One Raffles Quay Raffles Quay
03129 UIC Bldg TE19 Shenton Way
03218 Opp MAS Bldg EW15 Shenton Way
03223 Tanjong Pagar Stn Exit C EW15 Anson Rd
03151 Opp GB Bldg Cecil St
03021 Prudential Twr Cecil St
03011 Fullerton Sq EW14NS26 Fullerton Rd
02111 Esplanade Bridge Esplanade Dr
04111 Capitol Bldg EW13NS25 Stamford Rd
04121 SMU CC2 Stamford Rd
08041 YMCA Orchard Rd
08031 Dhoby Ghaut Stn Exit B NS24NE6CC1 Penang Rd
08111 Winsland Hse Penang Rd
08121 Somerset Stn NS23 Somerset Rd
09011 Opp Ngee Ann City Orchard Turn
09023 Opp Orchard Stn/ION NS22TE14 Orchard Turn
09212 Royal Plaza On Scotts Scotts Rd
40171 Opp Env Bldg Scotts Rd
40181 Newton Stn Exit A NS21-DT11 Scotts Rd
40121 Opp Newton Life Ch Newton Rd
50061 Opp Hotel Royal Newton Rd
56091 Springleaf Stn Exit 3 TE4 Upp Thomson Rd
57011 Opp Springleaf Nature Pk Upp Thomson Rd
57021 Forest Hills Condo Sembawang Rd
57031 Nee Soon Driclad Ctr Sembawang Rd
57041 Nee Soon HQ 22 SIB Sembawang Rd
57051 Aft Sembawang Air Base Sembawang Rd
57061 Dieppe Barracks Sembawang Rd
57071 Opp Khatib Camp Sembawang Rd
57081 Opp Blk 713 Sembawang Rd
57111 Opp Blk 101 Sembawang Rd
57121 Opp Blk 115B Sembawang Rd
57131 Opp Jln Kemuning Sembawang Rd
58011 Opp Sembawang Shop Ctr Sembawang Rd
58021 Opp The Nautical Sembawang Rd
58339 Opp Blk 589D Canberra Link
58159 Aft Admiral Hill Canberra Rd
58009 Sembawang Int NS11 Sembawang Vista

  • – Wheelchair Inaccessible Bus Stop
Route Overview
Route WAB_logo_20px [Direction 1]: Sembawang Bus Interchange → Shenton Way (Opp MAS Bldg)
[Direction 2]: Anson Road (Tanjong Pagar Stn Exit C) → Sembawang Bus Interchange
Passes Through Sembawang Rd, Newton, Orchard, Bras Basah, Raffles Place
Route Length Towards Shenton Way: 30.5 km Towards Sembawang: 30.2 km
Traveling Time 50 – 80 mins
Operator Information
Former BCM Route Package Sembawang–Yishun Bus Package
Former Operator SMRT Buses Ltd
Former Depot Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot (AMDEP)
Former Fleet 12-metre Single Deck Bus:
– MAN A22
Operating Hours
Departure Times from Sembawang Weekdays, except Public Holidays
06:00 – 18:30
Departure Times from Anson Road Weekdays, except Public Holidays
12:30 – 23:30
Operating Frequency
From Sembawang 6:00am–6.30am 6:31am–8.30am 8:31am–6.30pm
Weekdays 30 mins 20 mins 30 mins
From Anson Road
12:30pm–5.30pm 5:31pm–7.30pm 7:31pm–11.30pm
Weekdays 30 mins 20 mins 30 mins
Fare Information
Fare Charges express distance fares


Express Bus Service 167e was a Limited-stop Express Bus Service which offered quicker journeys for commuters at Sembawang MRT, Canberra Road and Sembawang Road, linking them with the Central areas of Newton, Orchard, Bras Basah, Raffles Place and Shenton Way. Operating at selected hours on weekdays, except public holidays, it only calls at selected bus stops served by its parent Bus Service 167, and charges Express Fares as a result. Buses layover at Shenton Way Bus Terminal.

In between Sembawang Road and Newton, the bus plies an express sector along the Seletar Expressway (SLE), Central Expressway (CTE) and Moulmein Road in both directions. The route operates at 20-minute intervals during peak hours and at 30-minute intervals off peak.

When introduced on 25 November 2018, Express 167e was the ninth new route to be introduced under the Bus Contracting Model (BCM) after Express 960e, as well as the fifth limited-stop service to operate daily (after 12e, 147e, 851e and 960e).

Service Reduction & Withdrawal

Along with several other express services, operating hours for Express 167e was revised from 9 February 2020, only operating on Weekdays, except Public Holidays. In addition, trips from Sembawang Bus Interchange would operate till 6:30 pm, while trips from Anson Road only start operations at 12:30 pm.

After over 2 years of operations, Express 167e was withdrawn on 14 December 2020 due to low demand. The last trips on 11 December 2020 were performed by SMB1517E (towards Shenton Way, departing 1830hrs) and SMB302P (towards Sembawang, departing 2330hrs).

Departure Timings
Route Preview
Route Preview (Click to expand)

The bus route was first revealed in LTA’s “Hacks to Travel Smart” poster at Sembawang MRT Station in July 2018, which stated “Trunk Bus 167e” as an alternative for a more comfortable commute to the city.

Route Variant
MRT Stations Served

Poster Gallery

Operator History
  • 25 Nov 2018 – 13 Dec 2020: SMRT Buses Ltd
Route History
  • 2018 (25 Nov): Introduced between Sembawang and Shenton Way. Wheelchair accessible at launch.
  • 2020 (09 Feb): Reduction of operating hours; service operates only on Weekdays, except Public Holidays. Trips from Sembawang operate till 1830hrs, while trips from Anson Road start at 1230hrs.
  • 2020 (08 Apr – 01 Jun): Temporarily suspended due to Singapore COVID-19 Circuit Breaker Measures.
  • 2020 (14 Dec): Withdrawn
Past Routing
  • Direction 1: Sembawang Int, Sembawang Vista, Canberra Rd, Canberra Link, Sembawang Rd, Upp Thomson Rd, SLE, CTE, Moulmein Rd, Newton Rd, Scotts Rd, Orchard Rd, Bras Basah Rd, Nicoll Highway, Fullerton Rd, Collyer Quay, Raffles Quay and Shenton Way.
  • Direction 2: Anson Rd, Cecil St, Collyer Quay, Fullerton Rd, Esplanade Dr, Stamford Rd, Orchard Rd, Penang Rd, Somerset Rd, Grange Rd, Orchard Turn, Orchard Blvd, Paterson Rd, Scotts Rd, Newton Rd, Moulmein Rd, CTE, SLE, Upp Thomson Rd, Sembawang Rd, Canberra Link, Canberra Rd, Sembawang Vista and Sembawang Int.

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24 thoughts on “[Defunct] SMRT Express Bus Service 167e

  • 29 April 2019 at 11:39 PM

    167e Express – faster journey, shorter time to destination ?
    Not true ! It take almost same time with normal 167
    Reason : always found bus driver stopping n stay at each / most bus stop for 2 to 5 mins for nothing, dragging & wasting the time before moving the next stop ! Why ?
    Express ? Cost more and wasting time for nothing!

  • 7 February 2019 at 4:07 PM

    Honestly, after taking service 167e for countless times, I realized that this service should skip Newton Road (Newton MRT), Scotts Road (Orchard MRT) and Orchard Road (Somerset MRT). This service should ply Buyong Road once out from the CTE and turn to Dhoby Ghaut station directly. This applies for both directions.

    Trust me, by doing so, it saves a whole lot of time. If you were to take this Express service especially during peak hours, you will realize that it waste a lot of time at Orchard area given the heavy traffic congestions. It makes no difference as compared to the parent service 167. And some bus captains tend to drive slowly along the stretch of Orchard Road all the way leading to Moulmein Road before entering the CTE.

    Also, if this service operates at a 30 minutes interval, by driving at a constant speed, it is impossible to catch up with the front bus. Therefore, there is no need to slow down if the bus is punctual, as per schedule.

  • 26 November 2018 at 6:53 PM

    It takes longer then bus 640 which only cost $1.10 🤦‍♀️

  • 8 November 2018 at 3:56 PM

    If only 167e should go around Sembawang neighborhood more than that will encourage more to take the bus instead of going direct to the station…

    • 18 November 2018 at 9:18 PM

      Useless comment and redundant stops. Once again, let me make clear of the fact that it is supposed to be an Express service, meaning, it SHOULD not go around the neighbourhood and only calls at major landmarks/main roads.
      Crowds = delay the “express” people wanted. What for is the express for if its going to stop at every single stop and in the end save only 5 to 10 minutes?

  • 8 November 2018 at 3:49 PM

    If only 167 would go into sembawang stn (bus stop 58211), blk 357C (bs 58319), bet blks 415/416 (bs 58429) and blk 502A (bs 58119) before heading its usual 167 way. Then at least there more people boarding around sembawang rather than from the bus interchange itself . oh well, let see the crowd then….

    • 6 January 2019 at 8:18 AM

      167e are require to follow their parent route when it starts from sembawang. So if you want them to serve bus stop that is not from their parent route, trust me, 100% not going to happen.

      • 4 February 2020 at 7:52 PM

        Actually, from a foreigner’s view, i’ll say that the rt is a bit inefficient under its ‘express’ name.

        Bus drivers like to drag time for no reason and the speed is so slow on highway as the other plaves in SG. Also, it via Orchard and Newton which i think that there are traffic congestions (which is quite normal for such a intersection of traffic flow coming from and going to different places). So, to lower the journey time, should it really skip the Newton part and dorectly go to CTE at the Chin Swee Part?

      • 3 June 2020 at 7:49 PM

        Shares fleet with 167 operating crossovers, update fleet to have OC500LE and normal MAN A22.


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