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
↺ Serangoon Ctrl (Loop)
75009 Tampines Int A2 EW2-DT32 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 DT33 Tampines Ave 7
76231 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 Blk 528C/Pasir Ris Stn EW1 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 Tampines 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 Blk 22 Upp S'goon Rd
63049 Glad Tidings Ch Upp S'goon Rd
63039 Kovan Stn Exit C NE13 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 Forest Woods Upp S'goon Rd
66351 Serangoon Stn Exit B NE12CC13 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 NE13 Upp S'goon Rd
63041 Opp Glad Tidings Ch Upp S'goon Rd
63051 Opp Blk 370 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 Stn EW1 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 Tampines Ave 7
76229 Opp Tampines East Stn DT33 Tampines Ave 7
76219 Blk 230E Tampines Ave 7
76209 Blk 233 Tampines Ave 7
76199 Blk 503 Tampines Ave 7
75009 Tampines Int EW2-DT32 Tampines Ctrl 1
Route Overview
Route WAB_logo_20px Tampines Bus Interchange ↺ Serangoon Central (Loop)
Passes Through Tampines Ave 7, Pasir Ris Dr 1, Tampines Rd, Upp Serangoon Rd
Route Length 34.0 km
Traveling 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 Single Deck Bus
– Scania K230UB
12-metre Double Deck Bus
– Volvo B9TL
Operating Hours
Departure Times from Tampines
Weekdays Saturdays & Sundays / Public Holidays
05:30 – 23:30 05:45 – 23:30
Departure Times from Serangoon Central (S’goon Stn Exit B)
Weekdays & Saturdays
Sundays / Public Holidays
05:45 – 00:30 06:00 – 00:30
Operating Frequency
Loop Service 6:30am–8.30am 8.31am–4.59pm 5.00pm–7.00pm After 7.00pm
Weekdays 9 – 11 mins 7 – 12 mins 8 – 14 mins 13 – 17 mins
Saturdays 10 – 12 mins 9 – 12 mins 10 – 15 mins 13 – 17 mins
Sundays / Public Holidays 11 – 13 mins 9 – 13 mins 11 – 17 mins 14 – 16 mins
Fare Information
Fare Charges regular distance fares

 

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.

MRT Stations Served
Special Departures
  • Serangoon Central (S’goon Stn Exit B) → Tampines Int
    Weekdays: 05:45, 05:54, 06:03, 06:12, 06:21 & 00:30
    Saturdays: 05:45, 05:58, 06:11, 06:23 & 00:30
    Sundays & Public Holidays: 06:00, 06:17 & 00:30

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 between Upp Changi Ter and New Bridge Rd Ter under 1971 Bus Reorganisation
  • 1972 (18 Jun): Amended to ply Bendemeer Rd towards New Bridge Rd Ter with the conversion of Serangoon Rd to one-way traffic
  • 1974 (01 Oct): Serves merged bus stop outside Sri Srinivasa Perumal Tp along Serangoon Rd
  • 1986 (11 May): Amended to skip Kuala Loyang Rd
  • 1986 (01 Sep): Skips a pair of abolished bus stops along Tampines Rd to facilitate the construction of TPE
  • 1986 (23 Dec): Serves merged bus stop along the new carriageway of Tampines Rd
  • 1987 (06 Jun): Amended to the relocated New Bridge Rd Ter
  • 1987 (20 Sep): Skips 6 pairs of abolished bus stops along Tampines Rd with the opening of TPE
  • 1987 (27 Sep): Amended to ply the extended Eu Tong Sen St towards Upp Changi Rd Ter to facilitate the first stage of road expansion along New Bridge Rd
  • 1987 (01 Nov): Amended to ply Eu Tong Sen St towards Upp Changi Rd Ter to facilitate the second stage of road expansion along New Bridge Rd
  • 1987 (13 Dec): Serves new staggered bus stop opposite Peninsula Plaza along North Bridge Rd, skipping the bus stop outside St Andrew’s Cathedral
  • 1988 (23 Oct): Extended to Tampines Int
  • 1989 (29 Jan): Serves relocated bus stop opposite Sri Mariamman Tp along South Bridge Rd, skipping abolished bus stop opposite Jamae Mosque
  • 1989 (30 Jul): Amended to ply Loyang Ave, Pasir Ris Dr 1 and Elias Rd, skipping Tampines Expressway (TPE)
  • 1989 (28 Aug): Serves new pair of bus stops outside and opposite Pasir Ris Gardens along Elias Rd
  • 1993 (11 Apr): Amended to ply Victoria St, Hill St and New Bridge Rd, skipping North Bridge Rd, South Bridge Rd and Neil Rd
  • 1996 (03 Sep): Amended to ply Pasir Ris Dr 12 and Pasir Ris Dr 1, skipping Elias Rd
  • 1997 (07 Dec): Amended to ply Upp Pickering St, South Bridge Rd and Kreta Ayer Rd with the partial closure of New Bridge Rd to facilitate the construction of Chinatown MRT station on the North East MRT Line
  • 1999 (10 Jul): Amended to ply Middle Rd and Victoria St, skipping Waterloo St, Stamford Rd and Bras Basah Rd
  • 2002 (20 Apr): Amended back to ply the reinstated New Bridge Rd, skipping Upp Pickering St, South Bridge Rd and Kreta Ayer Rd
  • 2002: Serves new pair of bus stops after Sommerville Rd and after Sunshine Lodge along Upp Serangoon Rd
  • 2003 (20 Jun): Serves new pair of bus stops outside Potong Pasir Stn along Upp Serangoon Rd
  • 2003 (27 Jul): Shortened to Serangoon Int and amended to ply Hougang Ave 3 and Upp Serangoon Rd under North East MRT Line Rationalisation Phase 2
  • 2007 (23 Jun): Amended to ply Tampines Service Rd
  • 2011 (03 Sep): Amended to loop at Serangoon Central with the opening of Serangoon Integrated Transport Hub
  • 2012 (29 Apr): Serves new bus stop outside Blk 612 along Pasir Ris Dr 1
  • 2017 (21 Aug): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)

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