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 at selected hours daily. It passes through Marsiling, Dunearn Rd, Bukit Timah Road and Bugis, skipping Woodlands Road and Bukit Panjang. This bus service only calls at selected bus stops along its parent route and was launched on Sunday, 28 October 2018.

46009 Woodlands Temp Int NS9TE2 Woodlands Sq
46549 Blk 347 Woodlands Ave 3
46539 Blk 320 Woodlands Ave 3
46529 Opp Marsiling Stn NS8 Woodlands Ave 3
46491 Blk 402 Woodlands Ave 3
40239 Aft Tanglin CC Whitley Rd
40089 Opp Stevens Stn DT10 Dunearn Rd
40079 Bef Swiss Cottage Est Dunearn Rd
40119 Bef Goldhill Ave Dunearn Rd
40069 Anglo-Chinese Sch Dunearn Rd
40059 Chancery Ct Dunearn Rd
40049 Opp Newton Stn Exit C NS21-DT11 Dunearn Rd
40039 Opp Newton FC Bt Timah Rd
40029 Aft Makepeace Rd Bt Timah Rd
40279 Kk Women & Children Hosp Bt Timah Rd
40019 Little India Stn NE7DT12 Bt Timah Rd
07539 Opp Rochor Stn DT13 Sungei Rd
07589 Ch of Our Lady of Lourdes Ophir Rd
01059 Bugis Stn Exit B EW12DT14 Victoria St
01119 Bugis Junction EW12DT14 Victoria St
01019 Bras Basah Cplx Victoria St
02049 Raffles Hotel Bras Basah Rd
02089 Pan Pacific Hotel Raffles Blvd
02099 Marina Centre Ter Raffles Blvd
02101 Aft Singapore Flyer Raffles Ave
02051 The Float @ Marina Bay Raffles Ave
02061 The Esplanade Raffles Ave
04151 Cath Of The Good Shepherd EW13NS25 Victoria St
01013 St. Joseph's Church Victoria St
01112 Opp Bugis Junction Victoria St
07551 Fu Lu Shou Cplx Rochor Rd
07531 Rochor Stn DT13 Rochor Canal Rd
40271 Opp KK Women & Child Hosp Bt Timah Rd
40021 BEF WINSTEDT RD Bt Timah Rd
40031 Newton FC Bt Timah Rd
40041 Newton Stn Exit C NS21-DT11 Bt Timah Rd
40051 Balmoral Plaza Bt Timah Rd
40111 Ferrell Residences Bt Timah Rd
40071 Leng Kwang Baptist Ch Bt Timah Rd
40081 Stevens Stn DT10 Bt Timah Rd
40231 Raffles Town Club Whitley Rd
46499 Opp Blk 402 Woodlands Ave 3
46521 Marsiling Stn NS8 Woodlands Ave 3
46531 Blk 173 Woodlands Ave 3
46541 Marsiling Mall Woodlands Ave 3
46009 Woodlands Temp Int NS9TE2 Woodlands Sq


  • 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 24.2 km (D1) | 24.5 km (D2)
Travelling Time 50 – 75 mins
Operator Information
BCM Route Package Woodlands Bus Package
Current Operator SMRT Buses Ltd
Current Depot Woodlands Bus Depot (WLDEP)
Current Fleet 12 metre Double Decker Bus
MAN A95 (Euro 6)
Departure Times from Woodlands
0600hrs — 1830hrs (Daily)
Departure Times from Marina Centre
1230hrs — 2330hrs (Daily)
Frequency Direction 1 Direction 2
0600 – 0630: 30 mins
0631 – 0830: 20 mins
0831 – 1830: 30 mins
Weekends / Public Holidays:
0600 – 1830: 30 mins
1230 – 1730: 30 mins
1731 – 1930: 20 mins
1931 – 2330: 30 mins
Weekends / Public Holidays:
1230 – 2330: 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 during selected hours in 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 peak hours. 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).

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.

Reduction in Operating Hours:

Along with several other express services, operating hours for Express 960e was from 9 February 2020. Trips from Woodlands Temporary Interchange will operate till 6:30pm, while trips from Marina Centre Bus Terminal only start operations at 12:30pm.

Departure Timings
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

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16 thoughts on “SMRT Express Bus Service 960e

  • 11 March 2019 at 7:04 AM

    Honestly, I felt that service 960e should skip whitely road and Dunearn road to save more time for commuters travelling to city.

    • 14 October 2020 at 6:29 PM

      Hello, Express 960e is meant to skip entire Bukit Panjang and Woodlands Road. If Express 960e removed Dunearn/Bukit Timah and Whitley Road sector, how will you benefit the commuters going back Woodlands from there? Don’t forget, 960 is also meant for Woodlands residents too, you cannot expect Woodlands residents to squeeze onto normal 960 as it’s meant to be Bukit Panjang residents too.

      Let me remind you, 960 is popular for Bukit Panjang residents, BUT it’s meant for Woodlands residents at the same time. Do you know Service 960 was actually MEANT to relieve partial lost sectors of withdrawn TIBS 182, 950 and 952 during Woodlands MRT Rationalisation on 12 July 1996? You need to understand Woodlands benefits too.

  • 29 October 2018 at 4:30 PM

    Boarded 960E for the first time this morning. Pleasant ride. A little slower journer than Woodlands to Bukit Panjang by bus / Bukit Panjang to Marina by Downtown line. But it is alright to me. Just be a little earlier and enjoy the ride 🙂


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