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 EW12DT14 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.


Route Overview
Route WAB_logo_20px Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange ↔ Marina Centre Bus Terminal
Passes Through Woodlands Ave 3, Dunearn Rd, Bukit Timah Rd, Victoria St
Route Length Towards Marina Ctr: 24.2 km Towards Woodlands: 24.5 km
Traveling 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 Single Deck Bus
– MAN A22
12 metre Double Deck Bus
– MAN A95
Operating Hours
Departure Times from Woodlands
06:00 – 18:30
Departure Times from Marina Centre
12:30 – 23:30
Operating Frequency
From Woodlands
30 mins
From Marina Centre
30 mins
Fare Information
Fare Charges express distance fares


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 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 12e, 147e and 851e).

Along with several other express services, operating hours for Express 960e was reduced from 9 February 2020. Trips from Woodlands Temporary Interchange operates till 6:30pm, while trips from Marina Centre Bus Terminal 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.

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
Route Variant:
  • Bus Service 960: Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange ↔ Marina Centre Bus Terminal
MRT Stations Served

Gallery (Buses):
Poster Gallery:

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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17 thoughts on “SMRT Express Bus Service 960e

  • 28 October 2018 at 7:03 PM

    Where are the bus models for 960e

    • 14 October 2020 at 6:30 PM

      As of 2020, mostly are MAN ND323F, MAN NL323F and sometimes Volvo B9TL

  • 28 October 2018 at 1:17 PM

    I think they should’ve put the express variant on 961 instead of 960. 960 already has a long express sector between Bukit Road and Whitley Road. On the other hand, 961 could do with an express sector between Woodlands Avenue 3 and Farrer Road to reduce commuting time between these 2 important areas.

    • 14 October 2020 at 6:32 PM

      To make it fair to say, 960 demand is much higher than 961. Unlike 961, it shared duplicative sectors along Downtown Line 2 and most of high demand sectors are likely Farrer Road – Kallang sectors. Therefore, Express 960e was invented instead of 961e. And also, most of 961’s sectors are also done by other bus services too, 961 is actually meant to be a lengthy supplementary service.

  • 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.

      • 14 October 2020 at 6:34 PM

        Eventually, 960/960e are a mixture of TIBS 182, 950 and 952 where they only call at selected segments that aren’t duplicated by any MRT Line back then. Bugis Station is not counted as it’s EWL, not NSL.

  • 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

        • 14 October 2020 at 6:35 PM

          However, 960e does not duplicate any segments along TEL except Woodlands itself and Stevens Station. 960e is at most serving Little India, partially Newton, Bugis and Promenade, and majority aren’t affected by TEL. Eventually, 960e demand is somehow high ridership mostly


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