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.

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Tampines Int ↺ Serangoon Ctrl (Loop)
75009 Tampines Int 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
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 34.0 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
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: 09 – 12 mins
0831 – 1659: 07 – 11 mins
1700 – 1900: 08 – 14 mins
After 1900: 13 – 18 mins

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.

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.

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:

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