Tower Transit Express Bus Service 97e

Tower Transit Express Bus Service 97e is an express route between Jurong East and Marina Centre, passing through AYE, Alexandra, HarbourFront, Shenton Way, Bayfront and Suntec City. This bus service calls at limited stops along the parent route – Service 97.

28009 Jurong East Int B5 EW24NS1 Jurong Gateway Rd
28239 Jurong Town Hall Int Jurong Town Hall Rd
28229 German Ctr Jurong Town Hall Rd
20019 Blk 431 AYE
17149 Blk 426 AYE
17139 Aft Clementi Ave 2 AYE
17129 Aft NUS High Sch AYE
18049 Opp Science Pk AYE
15059 Opp Alexandra Pt Alexandra Rd
15049 Opp Alexandra Retail Ctr Alexandra Rd
14169 Opp Telok Blangah Stn CC28 Telok Blangah Rd
14129 Harbourfront Stn Exit A NE1CC29 Telok Blangah Rd
14119 Opp VivoCity NE1CC29 Telok Blangah Rd
14069 Former Railway Stn Keppel Rd
05641 Bef Cantonment Rd Keppel Rd
03222 Hub Synergy Pt Anson Rd
03111 Aft Capital Twr Robinson Rd
03071 80 Robinson Rd Robinson Rd
03381 The Sail Marina Blvd
03391 Marina Bay Financial Ctr NS27TE20CE2 Marina Blvd
03511 Aft Bayfront Stn Exit E CE1DT16 Bayfront Ave
03501 Marina Bay Sands Theatre Bayfront Ave
02169 Promenade Stn Exit B CC4DT15 Temasek Ave
02159 Opp Suntec Convention Ctr Temasek Blvd
02089 Promenade Stn/Pan Pacific CC4DT15 Raffles Blvd
02099 Marina Centre Ter 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
02151 Suntec Convention Ctr CC3 Temasek Blvd
02161 Aft Promenade Stn Exit C CC4DT15 Temasek Ave
02171 Opp The Ritz-Carlton Temasek Ave
03509 Bayfront Stn Exit B/MBS CE1DT16 Bayfront Ave
03519 Bayfront Stn Exit A CE1DT16 Bayfront Ave
03539 Marina Bay Stn NS27TE20CE2 Central Blvd
03529 Downtown Stn Exit E DT17 Central Blvd
03129 UIC Bldg TE19 Shenton Way
03217 Opp AXA Twr EW15 Shenton Way
05649 Opp Customs Port Br HQ Keppel Rd
14061 Opp Former Railway Stn Keppel Rd
14141 HarbourFront Stn/Vivocity NE1CC29 Telok Blangah Rd
14121 Opp Harbourfront Int NE1CC29 Telok Blangah Rd
14161 Telok Blangah Stn CC28 Telok Blangah Rd
15041 Alexandra Retail Ctr Alexandra Rd
15051 Alexandra Pt Alexandra Rd
18041 Normanton Pk AYE
18131 Science Pk AYE
17121 Blk 610 AYE
17131 Clementi Flyover AYE
17141 Clementi Stadium AYE
20011 Blk 506 AYE
20271 Opp German Ctr Jurong Town Hall Rd
28009 Jurong East Int EW24NS1 Jurong Gateway Rd


  • No Boarding & Alighting at Marina Centre Terminal
Route Overview
Route WAB_logo_20px [AM]: Jurong East Bus Interchange Marina Centre Bus Terminal
[PM]: Marina Centre Bus TerminalJurong East Bus Interchange
Passes Through AYE, Alexandra Rd, Telok Blangah Rd, Keppel Rd, Marina Blvd, Central Blvd, Bayfront Ave, Temasek Blvd
Route Length Towards Marina Centre: 20.9 km Towards Jurong East: 22.3 km
Travelling Time 67 – 74 mins
Operator Information
BCM Route Package Bulim Bus Package
Current Operator Tower Transit Singapore Pte Ltd
(Tower Transit Singapore)
Current Depot Bulim Bus Depot
Current Fleet Single-deck & Double-deck buses
Operating Hours
Departure Times from Jurong East
Weekdays, except Public Holidays
07:36 – 08:24
Departure Times from Marina Centre
Weekdays, except Public Holidays
18:06 – 18:54
Operating Frequency
From Jurong East
16 mins
From Marina Centre
24 mins
Fare Information
Fare Charges express distance fares


Bus Service 97e is a Limited-stop Express Bus Service which offers quicker journeys for commuters living at Jurong East and Clementi, linking them with industries at Alexandra, HarbourFront and the City areas of Shenton Way, Bayfront and Marina Centre. Operating during the peak hours, it plies the exact same route as its parent Bus Service 97, but only calls at selected bus stops along its route.

The service was first introduced by SBS Transit in January 2005, then branded Fast-Forward and the first Fast-Forward service to be introduced, touting shorter journey times for peak hour commuters and the use of the lowercase e as the service suffix. For a three-month period starting in February 2005, passengers on each trip were offered a complimentary copy of The Business Times every morning.

Owing to the success of 97e, SBS Transit subsequently introduced 8 more Fast-Forward services to benefit other trunk routes.

In June 2016, operations for Fast Forward 97e was transferred to Tower Transit under the Bus Contracting Model, and the service was rebranded to an Express Service.

From 31 May 2021, the number of trips was reduced as part of Bulim Bus Package (2nd Term) changes. Previously, 5 trips were operated in each direction during the morning & evening peak hours; this was reduced to 4 & 3 trips respectively during the morning & evening peak hours.

MRT Stations Served
Departure Timings

Weekdays (except Public Holidays)

  • Morning Peak from Jurong East Int:
    07:36, 07:52, 08:08 & 08:24
  • Evening Peak from Marina Centre Ter:
    18:06, 18:30 & 18:54
Route Variant:
  • Service 97: Jurong East Int ↔ Marina Centre Ter

Gallery (F1 Diversion)
Poster Gallery

Operator History
  • 03 Jan 2005 – 10 Jun 2016: SBS Transit Ltd
  • 13 Jun 2016 – Present: Tower Transit Singapore Pte Ltd

The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2026 under the Bulim Bus Package.

  • 2005 (03 Jan): Introduced between Jurong East Int and Fullerton Rd (Fullerton Sq) during morning peak hours and between Collyer Quay (Clifford Pier) and Jurong East Int during evening peak hours as a peak hour one-directional Fast Forward service on weekdays
  • 2005 (12 Jun): Serves new bus stop outside Science Park along AYE
  • 2006 (29 Oct): Serves new bus stop outside VivoCity and additional bus stop opposite VivoCity along Telok Blangah Rd
  • 2009 (23 Feb): Extended to terminate at Raffles Ave (The Esplanade) for morning peak trips and start from Temasek Blvd (Suntec Convention Ctr) for evening peak trips;
    Serves additional pair of bus stops outside Blk 44 and opposite Blk 45 along Telok Blangah Rd
  • 2010 (26 Apr): Amended to Marina Ctr Ter
  • 2011 (17 Dec): Amended to Jurong East Temp Int
  • 2013 (01 Dec): Serves new bus stop outside Downtown Stn along Central Blvd
  • 2015 (28 Sep): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus service (WAB)
  • 2016 (13 Jun): Operations transferred to Tower Transit Singapore Pte Ltd from SBS Transit Ltd
  • 2020 (08 Apr – 01 Jun): Temporarily suspended due to Singapore COVID-19 Circuit Breaker Measures
  • 2020 (06 Dec): Amended to relocated Jurong East Int, skipping Jurong East Ctrl
  • 2021 (27 Feb): Amended to the relocated Marina Ctr Ter
  • 2021 (31 May): Serves additional bus stops opposite Jurong Town Hall, outside and opposite German Ctr along Jurong Town Hall Rd; Reduction of 1 AM Peak Trip & 2 PM Peak Trips

Past Routings

Changes in Departure Timings
Effective Date Morning Peak Timings Evening Peak Timings
07:36, 07:48, 08:00, 08:12 & 08:24 18:06, 18:18, 18:30, 18:42 & 18:54
31 May 2021 07:36, 07:52, 08:08 & 08:24 18:06, 18:30 & 18:54

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One thought on “Tower Transit Express Bus Service 97e

  • 7 May 2024 at 12:38 AM

    It will be much better if 97e skips the Alexandra area and go straight away onto AYE after Cantonment like 502. The harbourfront area can be served by the normal 97.

    I suggest this because I always see that both the normal and express variant always start and arrive at the same time as each other but with a huge different price.

    I’m pretty sure some of us would love to go back home from work with an alternative bus route from the crowded 502. We don’t mind stopping at stops on AYE but once again, skipping the harbourfront area would be nice and worth the “express” price.


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