SBS Transit Express Bus Service 851e is a Limited Stop Express route variant of Service 851, plying between Yishun and Outram Park at selected hours daily. It passes through Khatib, Ang Mo Kio, Little India, Bugis and Chinatown, skipping Lentor, Marymount and Thomson. The bus service only calls at selected bus stops along its parent route. It was introduced on Sunday, 27 May 2018.
|Route||[Dir 1]: Yishun Bus Interchange → New Bridge Rd (Aft Duxton Plain Pk)
[Dir 2]: Eu Tong Sen St (Bef Pearl’s Hill Terr) → Yishun Bus Interchange
|Passes Through||Yishun Ave 2, Ang Mo Kio Ave 6, Nth Bridge Rd / Victoria St|
|Route Length||Towards New Bridge Rd: 21.1 km||Towards Yishun: 20.6 km|
|Traveling Time||60 – 64 mins|
|BCM Route Package||Seletar Bus Package|
|Current Operator||SBS Transit Ltd|
|Current Depot||Seletar Bus Depot (SEDEP)|
|Current Fleet||12-metre Single Deck Bus
– MAN A22
|12 metre Double Deck Bus
– MAN A95
|Departure Times from Yishun
|06:00 – 18:30|
|Departure Times from Eu Tong Sen St
|12:30 – 23:30|
|From Marina Centre
|Fare||Charges express distance fares
Bus Service 851e is a Limited-stop Express Bus Service which offers quicker journeys for commuters at Yishun, Khatib and Ang Mo Kio, linking them with the Central areas of Little India, Bugis, Chinatown and Outram Park. Operating during selected hours in the day, it only calls at selected bus stops served by its parent Bus Service 851, and charges Express Fares as a result.
In between Ang Mo Kio and Little India, the bus plies an express sector along the Central Expressway (CTE) in both directions. In addition, it does not call at bus stops along Lentor Avenue. The route operates daily at 30-minute intervals.
Service 851e is the sixth new route to be introduced under the Bus Contracting Model (BCM) after Service 974, as well as the third limited-stop service to operate daily (after 12e and 147e). The use of the lowercase e as the route suffix has its origins from Fast-Forward services introduced by SBS Transit in 2005, which are limited-stop services operating only during the peak hours. However, unlike other limited-stop routes introduced by SBS Transit in the past, this service carries the Express classification.
The scheduled run-time for Service 851e between Yishun and Outram Park is about 15 minutes faster than Service 851.
Bus Service 851e performs layovers at Kampong Bahru Bus Terminal in between City-bound and Yishun-bound trips.
Along with several other express services, operating hours for Express 851e will be revised from 9 February 2020. Trips from Yishun Bus Interchange will operate till 6:30pm, while trips from Eu Tong Sen Street only start operations at 12:30pm.
The service was degraded further from 4 January 2021, with the frequency adjusted to be 30 minutes throughout operating hours daily instead of 20 minutes during weekday peak hours.
MRT Stations Served:
- NS13 Yishun
- NS14 Khatib
- NS15 Yio Chu Kang
- NE7DT12 Little India
- DT13 Rochor
- EW12DT14 Bugis
- EW13NS25 City Hall
- NE5 Clarke Quay
- NE4DT19 Chinatown
- EW16NE3 Outram Park
- Bus Service 851: Yishun Bus Interchange ↔ Bukit Merah Bus Interchange
- 2018 – Present: SBS Transit Ltd
The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2023 under the Seletar Bus Package.
- 2018 (27 May): Introduced between Yishun and New Bridge Road. Wheelchair accessible at launch.
- 2019 (08 Sep): Amended to Yishun Integrated Transport Hub
- 2020 (09 Feb): Reduction of operating hours. Trips from Yishun operate till 1830hrs, while trips from Eu Tong Sen Street start at 1230hrs.
- 2020 (08 Apr – 01 Jun): Temporarily suspended due to Singapore COVID-19 Circuit Breaker Measures.