SMRT Express Bus Service 960e

SMRT Express Bus Service 960e is a Limited Stop Express route variant of Service 960, plying between Woodlands and Marina Centre throughout the day. It passes through Marsiling, Dunearn Rd, Bukit Timah Road and Bugis, skipping Woodlands Road and Bukit Panjang. The bus service only calls at selected bus stops along its parent route.

Express Bus 960e will be launched on Sunday, 28 October 2018.

Express Bus Service 960e: Woodlands ↔ Marina Centre
Direction 1
Towards Marina Centre
Direction 2
Towards Woodlands
  • Woodlands Sq
    – Woodlands Temp Int NS9
  • Woodlands Ave 3
    – Blk 347
    – Blk 320
    – Opp Marsiling Stn NS8
    – Blk 402
  • BKE (Express)
  • PIE (Express)
  • Whitley Rd
    – Aft Tanglin CC
  • Dunearn Rd
    – Opp Stevens Stn DT10
    – Chinese Girls’ Pr Sch
    – Bef Goldhill Ave
    – Anglo-Chinese Sch
    – Chancery Ct
    – Opp Newton Stn Exit C NS21DT11
  • Bt Timah Rd
    – Opp Newton FC
    – Aft Makepeace Rd
    – KK Women & Child Hosp
    – Little India Stn NE7DT12
  • Sungei Rd
    – Opp Rochor Stn DT13
  • Ophir Rd
    – Opp Rochor Ctr
  • Victoria St
    – Bugis Stn Exit B EW12DT14
    – Bugis Junction EW12DT14
    – Bras Basah Cplx
  • Bras Basah Rd
    – Raffles Hotel EW13NS25 CC3
  • Raffles Blvd
    – Pan Pacific Hotel CC4DT15
    – Marina Centre Ter
  • Raffles Blvd
    – Marina Centre Ter
  • Raffles Ave
    – Aft S’pore Flyer
    – Seating Gallery
    – The Esplanade
  • Stamford Rd (Express)
  • Victoria St
    – Cath of The Good Shepherd CC2
    – St. Joseph’s Ch
    – Opp Bugis Junction EW12DT14
  • Rochor Rd
    – Fu Lu Shou Cplx EW12DT14
  • Rochor Canal Rd
    – Rochor Stn DT13
  • Bt Timah Rd
    – Little India Stn Exit A NE7DT12
    – Opp KK Women & Child Hosp
    – Bef Winstedt Rd
    – Newton FC
    – Newton Stn Exit C NS21DT11
    – Balmoral Plaza
    – City Twrs
    – Leng Kwang Baptist Ch
    – Stevens Stn DT10
  • Whitley Rd
    – Raffles Town Club
  • PIE (Express)
  • BKE (Express)
  • Woodlands Ave 3
    – Opp Blk 402
    – Marsiling Stn NS8
    – Blk 173
    – Opp Blk 347
  • Woodlands Sq
    – Woodlands Temp Int NS9



  • No boarding and alighting at Marina Centre Terminal.
Technical Information
Route WAB_logo_20px
Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange ↔ Marina Centre Bus Terminal
Passes Through Marsiling, Dunearn Rd, Bukit Timah Rd, Bugis
Route Length TBC
Travelling Time TBC
Operator Information
BCM Route Package Woodlands Bus Package
Current Operator SMRT Buses Ltd
Current Depot Woodlands Bus Depot (WLDEP)
Current Fleet 12 metre Single Deck Bus
12 metre Double Decker Bus
Departure Times from Woodlands
0600hrs – 2200hrs  (Daily)
Departure Times from Marina Centre
0730hrs – 2330hrs (Daily)
Frequency Direction 1 Direction 2
AM Peak: 20 mins
All other hours: 30 mins
PM Peak: 20 mins
All other hours: 30 mins
Express 960e Launch Poster
Express 960e Launch Poster

Express Bus Service 960e is a Limited-stop Express Bus Service which offers quicker journeys for commuters at  Woodlands and Marsiling, linking them with the Central areas of Stevens, Newton, Little India, Bugis and Marina Centre. Operating throughout the day, it only calls at selected bus stops served by its parent Bus Service 960, and charges Express Fares as a result.

In between Marsiling and Stevens, the bus plies an express sector along the Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE) and Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) in both directions. The route operates daily at 20-minute intervals during morning peak towards Marina Centre & evening peak towards Woodlands. At all other times, the express bus service operates on 30-minute intervals.

Express 960e is the eighth new route to be introduced under the Bus Contracting Model (BCM) after Service 991, as well as the fourth limited-stop service to operate daily (after 12e147e and 851e). Express 167e is also slated for launch in the near future.

In the launch poster, 40021 – Bt Timah Rd (Bef Winstedt Rd) is left out from the bus stop list.

Route Preview

The bus route was first revealed in LTA’s “Hacks to Travel Smart” poster at Woodlands MRT Station in July 2018, which stated “Trunk Bus 960e” as an alternative for a more comfortable commute to the city.

Departure Timings
Departure Timings for Express 960e from Woodlands and Marina Centre
Departure Timings for Express 960e from Woodlands and Marina Centre
Route Variants:
MRT Stations Served

Fare: Charges distance-based Express Fares. See Bus Fares.



Operator History:
  • 2018 – Present: SMRT Buses Ltd

The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2023 under the Woodlands Bus Package.

Route History
  • 2018 (28 Oct): Introduced between Woodlands and Marina Centre. Wheelchair accessible at launch.

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7 thoughts on “SMRT Express Bus Service 960e

  • 11 October 2018 at 8:22 PM

    960e reminds me of the old 950 before WDL MRT extension opened.

    • 13 October 2018 at 7:16 AM

      Yup. The former 950 had high ridership back then before woodlands mrt opened. Together with 951 & 952, all were wiped out during rationalisation.

    • 14 October 2018 at 2:09 PM

      Yes. Together with TIBS 951 and 952, all were wiped out during route rationalisation. Given today, some routes would have been retained.

  • 11 October 2018 at 5:51 PM

    This almost reminds me of the old service 952 in the early 90s.

  • 29 July 2018 at 3:14 PM

    Woodlands Int-Rochor Canal Rd?

    • 1 August 2018 at 7:21 PM

      Probably will continue as Woodlands Temp Int – Marina Centre Ter routing. Will duplicate parent Service 960, but suspect might skip Woodlands Rd and Bukit Panjang town entirely, travelling via BKE and PIE all the way to Whitley Rd. Along Dunearn Rd / Bukit Timah Rd sector suspect will call only at selected stops.

      Hope it could be extended to Shenton Way Ter via Bayfront Ave alongside Service 960 on weekdays mornings and afternoon and Saturday mornings (eg. similar to that of 162/M and 700/A, except terminating at Marina Centre Ter). At all other timings can remain at Marina Centre Ter.

      • 9 August 2018 at 9:03 PM

        I fear this route may be redundant after TEL opens


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