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.

81
Tampines Int ↺ S'goon Ctrl (Loop)
75009
Tampines Int
Tampines Ctrl 1
76191
BLK 401
Tampines Ave 7
76201
Blk 423
Tampines Ave 7
76211
Blk 449
Tampines Ave 7
76221
TAMPINES EAST STN EXIT A
Tampines Ave 7
76231
Tampines JC/Opp Blk 390
Tampines Ave 7
76241
Blk 497D
Tampines Ave 7
98011
Blk 149A
Loyang Ave
98091
Blk 156
Pasir Ris Dr 1
78051
Blk 197
Pasir Ris Dr 1
78061
Blk 104
Pasir Ris Dr 1
77051
Blk 115
Pasir Ris Dr 1
77041
Blk 541
Pasir Ris Dr 1
77031
Aft Pasir Ris Ctrl
Pasir Ris Dr 1
77021
Opp Blk 571
Pasir Ris Dr 1
77011
Opp Blk 515
Pasir Ris Dr 1
77241
Opp Blk 640
Pasir Ris Dr 1
77231
Meridian JC
Pasir Ris Dr 1
77281
Blk 740
Pasir Ris Dr 1
77331
Blk 747A
Pasir Ris Dr 12
64229
Bef Defu Ave 2
Tampines Rd
64219
Aft Defu Ave 2
Tampines Rd
64209
Aft Defu Ave 1
Tampines Rd
63241
Blk 21
Hougang Ave 3
63059
Opp Serangoon JC
Upp S'goon Rd
63049
Glad Tidings Ch
Upp S'goon Rd
63039
Kovan Stn Exit C
Upp S'goon Rd
63029
Opp The Helping Hand
Upp S'goon Rd
63019
Aft Upp S'Goon Shop Ctr
Upp S'goon Rd
62149
Paya Lebar Camp
Upp S'goon Rd
66351
S'Goon Stn Exit B
S'goon Ctrl
66371
Blk 261
S'goon Ctrl
63149
Serangoon Stadium
Boundary Rd
63011
Opp Upp S'Goon Shop Ctr
Upp S'goon Rd
63021
The Helping Hand
Upp S'goon Rd
63031
Kovan Stn Exit B
Upp S'goon Rd
63041
Opp Glad Tidings Ch
Upp S'goon Rd
63051
Serangoon JC
Upp S'goon Rd
63249
Blk 1
Hougang Ave 3
64201
Aft Hougang Ave 3
Tampines Rd
64211
Aft Hougang Ave 7
Tampines Rd
64221
Opp Defu Ave 2
Tampines Rd
64131
Bef KPE
Tampines Rd
77339
Aft TPE
Pasir Ris Dr 12
77289
Blk 738
Pasir Ris Dr 1
77239
Blk 643
Pasir Ris Dr 1
77249
Blk 640
Pasir Ris Dr 1
78049
Blk 612
Pasir Ris Dr 1
77019
Blk 515
Pasir Ris Dr 1
77029
Blk 571
Pasir Ris Dr 1
77039
Bef Pasir Ris Ctrl
Pasir Ris Dr 1
77049
Pasir Ris Town Pk
Pasir Ris Dr 1
77059
Blk 425
Pasir Ris Dr 1
78069
Blk 442
Pasir Ris Dr 1
78059
Blk 210
Pasir Ris Dr 1
98099
Blk 269A
Pasir Ris Dr 1
98019
Opp Blk 149A
Loyang Ave
76249
Blk 370
Tampines Ave 7
76239
Blk 390/Opp Tampines JC
Tampines Ave 7
76229
OPP TAMPINES EAST STN
Tampines Ave 7
76219
Blk 230E
Tampines Ave 7
76209
Blk 233
Tampines Ave 7
76199
BLK 503
Tampines Ave 7
75009
Tampines Int
Tampines Ctrl 1
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:

External Links & References:

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