Premium Bus Service 530

Premium Bus Service 530 is a Premium service operated by EML Transport Service from Redhill to Shenton Way. The route passes through River Valley, Clarke Quay and Church Street, operating two trips in the morning.

Operations of Premium Bus Service 530 has been transferred to a EML Transport Service from 29 August 2016.

Route Information
Route Tiong Bahru Rd (Opp Redhill Stn) → Shenton Way (opp MAS Building)
Passes Through River Valley Rd, Clarke Quay, Church Street
Travelling Time 41mins
Operator Information
Current Operator EML Transport Service Pte Ltd
Departure Times from Redhill 0810hrs – 0825hrs (Weekdays, Except Public Holidays)
Frequency Unidirectional Service
15 mins

Premium 530 serves the private estates and condominiums around River Valley with bus connections to Shenton Way, eliminating the hassle of transferring between different modes of transport. At the same time, SMRT Bus Service 970 also offers connections between some parts of River Valley and Shenton Way, taking a slightly longer route. Demand for the route is in the moderate to high range due to the lack of alternative routes between River Valley and the Shenton Way commercial district.

At 7.1km, Premium 530 is one of the shortest Premium services to serve the Shenton Way corridor. The steep fares as compared to other Premium services indicate that the route is pitching itself against taxis and private modes of transport.

Premium 530 Poster
Premium 530 Poster

With the takeover of operations by EML Transport Service Pte Ltd in August 2016, the route was extended to start from Opp Redhill MRT Station before serving River Valley. The number of trips operated was also reduced to 1 AM trip departing Redhill at 0820hrs from the 2 AM trips that SMRT used to operate with.

The number of trips was increased back to 2 AM and trip timings revised to 0810 & 0825 sometime after the takeover by EML Transport Service.

Departure Times:
  • From Tiong Bahru Rd (Opp Redhill Stn): 0810hrs & 0825hrs
    Weekdays, Except Public Holidays

Fare: Flat fare of $4.50. Transfer rebates & concessionary travel are not applicable.

Route Information:

Unidirectional Service
  • Tiong Bahru Rd
    – Opp Redhill Stn
  • Alexandra Rd (Express)
  • River Valley Rd
    – Opp Valley Point
    – Stellar RV
    – Opp ERC Inst
    – St. Thomas Wk
    – Aft Kim Yam Rd
    – Opp Mohd Sultan Rd
    – Fort Canning Stn Exit B
    – Opp Clarke Quay
  • New Bridge Rd (Express)
  • Upp Pickering St (Express)
  • Pickering St (Express)
  • Church St
    – OCBC Ctr
  • Cecil St (Express)
  • Finlayson Green (Express)
  • Raffles Quay (Express)
  • Shenton Way
    – UIC Bldg
    – Opp AXA Twr
    – Opp MAS Bldg


Operator History:

  • 30 Jul 2007 – 26 Aug 2016: SMRT Buses Ltd
  • 29 Aug 2016 onwards: EML Transport Service Pte Ltd


  • 2007 (30 Jul): Introduced as a Premium Service from River Valley Road → Shenton Way. Charges a flat fare of $3.00, with two morning peak departures at 0820hrs and 0835hrs.
  • ???? – Fare revision to $3.50
  • 2014 (04 Aug): Fare revision to $4.50
  • 2016 (29 Aug): Operations transferred to EML Transport Services, route extended to start from Redhill & trips reduced from 2 to 1.
  • ???? – Additional AM Trip, AM trips revised to 0810 & 0825hrs


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