Tower Transit City Direct Bus Service 651

City Direct Service 651 is an AM/PM Peak City Direct service between Jurong West and the CBD, passing through AYE, Shenton Way and Marina Bay. It is the first City Direct route introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP).

City Direct 651 is operated by Tower Transit from Monday, 13 January 2020.

Opp Blk 276B
Jurong West Ave 3
Bet Blks 272D/271A
Jurong West Ave 3
Bet Blks 757/758
Jurong West Ave 5
Blk 749
Jurong West St 75
Blk 857
Jurong West St 82
Blk 821
Jurong West St 81
Blk 827
Jurong West St 81
Blk 711
Jurong West St 71
Blk 624
Jurong West St 61
Jurong West Pr Sch
Jurong West St 61
Mapletree Anson
Anson Rd
Aft Capital Twr
Robinson Rd
Opp SO Sofitel S’pore
Robinson Rd
The Sail
Marina Blvd
Marina Bay Financial Ctr DT17
Marina Blvd
Marina Bay Stn NS27CE2
Central Blvd
Downtown Stn DT17
Central Blvd
UIC Bldg
Shenton Way
Opp MAS Bldg EW15
Shenton Way
Opp Jurong West Pr Sch
Jurong West St 61
Blk 639
Jurong West St 61
Blk 701
Jurong West St 71
Blk 844A CP
Jurong West St 81
Opp Blk 821
Jurong West St 81
Bet Blks 859/860
Jurong West St 82
Gek Poh Shop Ctr
Jurong West St 75
Aft Westwood Ave
Jurong West Ave 5
Blk 273B
Jurong West Ave 3
Blk 276B
Jurong West Ave 3

Technical Information
[AM]: Jurong West Avenue 3 (Opp Blk 276B) → Marina Boulevard (Marina Bay Financial Ctr)
[PM]: Central Boulevard (Marina Bay Stn) → Jurong West Avenue 3 (Blk 276B)
Passes Through Jurong West Ave 5, Jurong West St 81
Route Length 25.1km (D1) | 25.7km (D2)
Traveling Time 66 mins (D1) | 62 mins (D2)
Operator Information
BCM Route Package City Direct Bus Services
Current Operator Tower Transit Singapore Pte Ltd
Current Depot
Bulim Bus Depot
Current Fleet 12-meter Single Deck Buses
Mercedes-Benz Citaro
Departure Times from Jurong West
0730hrs – 0745hrs (Weekdays except Public Holidays), 2 Trips
Departure Times from Central Blvd
1815hrs – 1830hrs (Weekdays except Public Holidays), 2 Trips
Frequency AM Peak
PM Peak
15 mins 15 mins

City Direct Service 651 provides residents of Jurong West with greater connectivity to the CBD. By running parallel to existing rail lines, the service provides a travel alternative for commuters who relied on the rail network and feeder buses to and from work. The route incorporates an express sector between Jurong West Street 61 (near Pioneer MRT) and Anson Road/Shenton Way via Pioneer Road North and Ayer Rajah Expressway

This is the first City Direct service to be introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP), and one of ten proposed City Direct bus routes to be progressively introduced until the 2nd Quarter of 2014. This provides more options for commuters using stretches of the existing rail lines that experience persistently high ridership, while the ongoing rail enhancement measures are being implemented.

Departure Timings:
  • AM Peak from Jurong West Avenue 3 (Opp Blk 276B): 0730hrs, 0745hrs
  • PM Peak from Central Boulevard (Marina Bay Stn): 1815hrs, 1830hrs
MRT Stations Served

Fares: Charges regular distance-based express fares.


Operator History:

  • 02 Sep 2013 – 30 Sep 2016: ComfortDelGro Bus Pte Ltd
  • 03 Oct 2016 – 10 Jan 2020: Rui Feng Chartered Pte Ltd
  • 13 Jan 2020 onward: Tower Transit Singapore Pte Ltd


  • 2013 (02 Sep): Introduced as a bidirectional AM/PM-Peak hour service from Jurong West to the CBD under the BSEP. Operates two trips on weekday mornings at 7:30am and 7:45am, and weekday evenings at 6:15pm and 6:30pm. Charges Distance-based flat fares.
  • 2013 (01 Dec): Calls at a new bus stop (03529 Downtown Stn) along Central Blvd
  • 2014 (06 Apr): Revised fares as part of the Public Transport Fare Adjustment 2014
  • 2015 (23 Mar): Calls at new bus stop 03241 Anson Rd – Mapletree Anson instead of 03222 Anson Rd – Hub Synergy Point
  • 2016 (18 Jan): City Direct 651 operating contract for ComfortDelGro Bus Pte Ltd extended by 1 year.
  • 2016 (01 Aug): Tender for City Direct 651 awarded to Rui Feng Chartered Pte Ltd.
  • 2016 (03 Oct): Operations transferred to Rui Feng Chartered Pte Ltd
  • 2020 (13 Jan): Operations transferred to Tower Transit Singapore Pte Ltd

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16 thoughts on “Tower Transit City Direct Bus Service 651

  • 21 January 2020 at 2:37 PM

    Today I took the City Direct 651 from the first bus stop at 0730hrs. When I arrived at the last bus stop, it was 0840hrs. This is my first time taking since the City Direct 651 was taken over by Tower Transit. I noticed the express sector has been changed. Previously it was via Jalan Boon Lay. Now it is via Pioneer Road North. This is a better route, as it avoids the evening jam at Jalan Boon Lay, which was what haunted City Direct 651. Pioneer Road North is much smoother. I haven’t tried the evening trip yet. Will take it later. But I believe it would be equally smooth, and the trip would also be 1hr 10mins long, same as the morning trip. 😊

  • 2 January 2020 at 6:06 PM

    Actually transferring City Direct 651 to Tower Transit is a capacity upgrade for City Direct 651. Currently, City Direct 651 operates using two private buses which has the capacity for around 50 passengers only. The Tower Transit single decker bus can easily accommodate around 70 passengers, which means 20 more passengers can take City Direct 651, per trip, or 40 more passengers can take City Direct 651 in total. So, whereas the transfer of City Direct 651 to Tower Transit is a cost saving measure for the government, it will benefit the commuters as more people can take City Direct 651 after it is transferred to Tower Transit. 😎

    • 10 January 2020 at 2:29 PM

      Upgrade? Only the total capacity (inclusive of standing passengers)
      Lesser seats as double-decker buses won’t be deployed for the service
      Expect rides to be slower too as TTS likes to drive their buses at turtle speed

      • 14 January 2020 at 9:40 AM

        I took it yesterday and today was a fast and smooth ride took only 40 mins and faster than the previous operator. What rubbish are you saying? Please shut up if you dont know anything

        • 15 January 2020 at 12:35 PM

          On the seating capacity, I am currently on a Mercedes-Benz Citaro, which is the bus model that Tower Transit is using on City Direct 651. There are 34 seats on the Mercedes-Benz Citaro. As compared to the private coaches that were previously used on City Direct 651, the private coaches had about 45 to 50 seats. The Mercedes-Benz Citaro clearly has 11-16 seats less than the private coaches. Nonetheless, it’s not that everyone gets a seat on the MRT during peak hours. In fact, majority of the people are standing on the MRT during peak hours. So, the reduction of seating capacity is a minor issue. What matters is the overall capacity, which the Mercedes-Benz Citaro can carry about 20 more passengers than a private coach.

          • 29 January 2020 at 4:10 PM

            I would like to praise Tower Transit for hiring such polite and patient drivers who greet their passengers “Good morning”, as they enter.
            The previous drivers were rude, arrogant and impatient. I’m also happy that they re-routed 651 to ply Pioneer Road North due to heavy traffic jam along Jalan Boon Lay!

          • 30 January 2020 at 7:48 AM

            Hi, please cater a double decker bus for bus 651 as there are not enough seats to sit as compared to previous private bus.

            At blk 821, there are already 6 person standing, and have to stand all the way to town.

    • 10 January 2020 at 6:18 PM

      Yes. Also, wheelchair-bound passengers may be able to take City Direct 651 in the future as Tower Transit uses wheelchair-accessible buses. We are one step closer to being an inclusive society that leaves nobody behind. 😀

  • 2 January 2020 at 9:12 AM

    Will TTS take in additional new MAN buses since it wil be operating 651? Hope they do or else it will put a strain on their fleet for the other trunk routes

  • 30 December 2019 at 2:41 PM

    No, this would a terrible idea as Service 651 would be a perfect alternative service to the CBD during MRT Breakdown or Closure.


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