Tampines MRT Station

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Downtown Line Station Interior
Downtown Line Station Interior
Address 20 Tampines Central 1, Singapore 529538 (EWL)
15 Tampines Central 1, Singapore 529544 (DTL)
Lines Served   East West Line
  Downtown Line
Operator SMRT Trains (EWL)
SBS Transit (DTL)
Structure Elevated (EWL)
Underground (DTL)
Platform Island (EWL & DTL)
Opened 16 Dec 1989 (EWL)
21 Oct 2017 (DTL)

Tampines MRT Station (EW2-DT32) is an above-ground station along the East West Line (EWL) and underground station along the Downtown Line (DTL). It is located within the Tampines East planning subzone, and is built at Tampines Town Centre, next to Tampines Avenue 4, Tampines Central 4 and Tampines Central 5.

The station is named after the Tampines estate, in turn named after the Ironwood trees known to the locals as Tempinis (scientific name: Streblus elongatus), that grew abundantly in this area in the old days.

The station is a transport node for residents of Tampines New Town, serving adjacent shopping malls (Tampines Mall, Tampines One, Century Square), community amenities (Our Tampines Hub, etc.), office buildings, schools and housing developments. Bus services are offered from Tampines Bus Interchange and Tampines Concourse Bus Interchange which connect to other parts of the estate.

There is no paid link between the East West Line & Downtown Line Station.

First / Last Train Timings

East West Line – (EW2) Tampines
Destination First Train Last Train
Weekdays & Sat Sun & Public Holidays Daily
EW1 Pasir Ris 5:22am 5:48am 12:39am
EW33 Tuas Link 5:31am 5:57am 11:26pm
Connecting to CG2 Changi Airport 11:26pm
Downtown Line – (DT32) Tampines
Destination First Train Last Train
Weekdays & Sat Sun & Public Holidays Daily
DT1 Bukit Panjang 5:43am 6:01am 11:47pm
DT35 Expo 6:16am 6:36am 12:35am


Station Layout

L2 EWL Platform A East West Line towards EW1 Pasir Ris
EWL Platform B East West Line towards EW33 Tuas Link
L1 EWL Concourse Faregates, Ticketing machines, Passenger Service Centre, TransitLink Ticket Office, Retail Shops
Street Level Tampines Bus Interchange, Tampines Concourse Bus Interchange, Bus stops, Taxi stand, pick-up/drop-off point, Retail Shops,
Public Transfer Area between East West Line & Downtown Line
B1 Subway Underpass, Retail Shops
B2 DTL Concourse Faregates, Ticketing machines, Passenger Service Centre
B3 DTL Platform A Downtown Line towards DT1BP6 Bukit Panjang
DTL Platform B Downtown Line towards DT35CG1 Expo


East-West Line (L2):
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Platform A: East West Line towards EW1 Pasir Ris (→)
Platform B: East West Line¬†towards EW33 Tuas Link¬†via EW3 Simei¬†(‚Üź)
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Downtown Line (B3):
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Platform A: Downtown Line towards DT1BP6 Bukit Panjang via DT31 Tampines West (‚Üí)
Platform B: Downtown Line towards DT35CG1 Expo via DT33 Tampines East (‚Üź)
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Tampines station along the East-West Line and Downtown Line has two elevated platforms (at EWL station) and two underground platforms (at DTL station) in an island platform arrangement, with both platforms utilized for trains travelling in either direction

At the EWL station, half-height Platform screen doors are installed at the platform edge for the safety of commuters, and retrofitted High volume, low speed (HVLS) fans keep passengers cool. Similar to most platforms along the Eastern side of the East West Line, a barrel vault roof design allows for a spacious interior that is easily navigated. Escalators, lifts and stairs connect the Platform level to the Ticket Concourse level below.

At the DTL station, full-height Platform screen doors isolate the air-conditioned station from the tunnel environment, enhancing commuter safety and station comfort. A set of escalators, stairs and lifts connect to the concourse above. The ceiling is two floors high at platform level, conveying a spacious feel.

Passenger Information Systems, which are plasma display screens located at each platform, display expected train arrival times and key messages. Tactile flooring helps to guide the visually-handicapped from the platform to station exits.


East-West Line (L1):
Downtown Line (B2):

The EWL station has a ticket concourse located at ground level, while the DTL ticket concourse is at Basement 2.

Both EWL and DTL ticket concourses features faregates for automatic fare collection and provides access between paid and unpaid areas of the station, with at least least one bidirectional wide-swinging gate for the benefit of passengers-in-wheelchairs and those carrying bulky items or travelling with prams.

General Ticketing Machines allow commuters to purchase tickets for single or multiple journeys, and along with TransitLink Add Value Machines, offer contactless card transactions.

The EWL & DTL station office functions as a Passenger Service Centre, and is staffed during operating hours, where commuters may make travel inquiries.

Art in Transit: “The Big Round & The Tall Long” by Studio Juju: Timothy Wong & Priscilla Lui
Tampines MRT Station - DTL Art In Transit (The Big Round & The Tall Long)
Tampines MRT Station – DTL Art In Transit (The Big Round & The Tall Long)

The Big Round‘ is 7 metres wide and 7 metres tall.
The Tall Long‘ is 9 metres tall.

The Big Round‘, a singular expressive geometry, is stripped away from all extravagance of form and details.
The Tall Long‘ is buoyant and stretches upwards.

Through their sheer size and proportion, ‘The Big Round & The Tall Long‘ engages the commuters by inviting them to either step away in order to view it, or to simply be drawn in to a presence that is larger than the self.

In doing so, one experiences the relationship between oneself and the hyperbolic shapes, and oneself to the vastness of the station.

Civil Defence shelter

The underground Tampines Station (Downtown Line) is designated as a Civil Defence (CD) shelter, which will be activated in times of national emergency. Apart from reinforced construction, the stations are designed and equipped with facilities to ensure the shelter environment is tolerable for all shelterees during shelter occupation. These facilities include protective blast doors, decontamination facilities, ventilation systems, power and water supply systems and a dry toilet system.

Transferring between Train Lines – Public Transfer Area (Unpaid Link)

From the East-West Line, commuters are to tap out via the faregates at the station concourse (L1) and take Exit A. Following which, commuters walk along a Public Transfer Area next to EastLink Mall, enter the Downtown Line station via Exit D to the Subway level (B1) and tap back into the train network at the Downtown Line concourse (B2).

A grace period of 15 minutes is allocated to commuters making the transfer between the East West and Downtown Line Tampines Station. A new journey will be charged after the transfer window expires.

Station Amenities

East West Line Station

  • Retail shops at Concourse level (unpaid areas)
  • Public toilets at Concourse level (unpaid areas), near Exit B
  • ATMs and Self-service machines at Concourse level (unpaid areas)
  • Bicycle racks at station exits
  • TransitLink ticket office
    Operating Hours: 8:00am to 9:00pm daily.

Downtown Line Station

  • Retail shops at Subway level (B1)
  • Public Toilets at Subway level (B1) & Ticket Concourse level (B2)
  • Bicycle racks at station exits


Tampines MRT Station - Exit D connecting to EWL unpaid linkway
Tampines MRT Station – Exit D connecting to EWL unpaid linkway

The East-West Line station has three exits on the ground floor of the station clustered around the unpaid area of the concourse. Exits A & B offers barrier-free accessibility for the disabled.

The Downtown Line station has four exits to street level. Exits D, E & G offers barrier-free accessibility for the disabled.

Exits A, B & C are connected to the East West Line station while Exits D, E, F & G are connected to the Downtown Line station. Exit G is a lift-only exit.

Exit Location Nearby
East West Line
A Bus Interchange Tampines Bus Interchange, AIA Tampines, EastLink Mall, Hitachi Square, OCBC Centre One, OCBC Centre Two, Tampines Grande, Abacus Plaza, OCBC Centre Two, Our Tampines Hub, Tampines Junction, Telepark, UOB Tampines Centre, Darul Ghufran Mosque, Unpaid link to Tampines Downtown Line Station
B Tampines Central 4 / Tampines One Tampines 1, Tampines Avenue 4, Tampines Central 4, Tampines Polyclinic, Tampines North Community Club, Tampines Retail Park Shuttle Bus Pick-up point (Giant/Ikea/Courts), Tampines Community Plaza, Pasir Ris Secondary School, Kheng Chiu Happy Lodge, Tampines Street 21, HDB Tampines Heart, HDB Sun Plaza View, HDB Sun Plaza Gardens
C Tampines Central 5 / Tampines Mall Abacus Plaza, OCBC Centre Two, Tampines Plaza, Tampines Point, Telepark, UOB Tampines Centre, Century Square, CPF Tampines Building, Tampines Mall
Downtown Line
D Tampines Central 1 / Bus Interchange Tampines Bus Interchange, Century Square, Cycling Path & Park Connector, Eastlink Mall, Sun Plaza Park, Tampines Mall, Tampines North Community Centre, Tampines One, Tampines Polyclinic,
Unpaid link to Tampines East West Line Station
E Tampines Concourse
Tampines Concourse Bus Interchange, British Council (Tampines), Hitachi
F Tampines Central 1 / Bus Interchange Abacus Plaza, AIA Tampines, CPF Tampines Building, Income at Tampines Junction, Income at Tampines Point, Masjid Darul Ghufran, OCBC Tampines Centre One, OCBC Tampines Centre Two, Our Tampines Hub, Tampines Bus Interchange, Tampines Plaza, Tampines Primary School, Tampines Secondary School, Telepark, UOB Tampines Centre
G Tampines Central 1 / Bus Interchange


Transport Connections

Tampines station connects to a bus interchange, several bus stops in the vicinity, as well as taxi stands and passenger pick-up points.


There are two bus interchanges and four official bus stops linked to Tampines station.

No. Bus stop Exit Bus Routes
Tampines Bus Interchange A / D / F / G 3, 4, 8, 10, 19, 20, 23, 28, 29, 31, 37, 38, 46, 65, 67, 68, 69, 72, 81, 127, 291, 292, 293, 969
Tampines Concourse Bus Interchange A / E 18, 39, 129, 298
B/s 1 76141 РTampines Ave 4 (Tampines Stn/Int) B 2N, 3, 15, 21, 27, 129, 168, 298
B/s 2 76149 РTampines Ave 4 (Opp Tampines Stn/Int) B 3, 15, 21, 27, 129, 168, 298
B/s 3 76551 – Tampines Ctrl 1 (Tampines Stn Exit D) A / D 18, 129, 298
B/s 4 76559 – Tampines Ctrl 1 (Aft Tampines Stn Exit E) A / E 18, 129, 298


Taxi stands and pick-up/drop-off points are located near station exits:

Exit Road Provisions
A Tampines Avenue 4 (Tampines Mall driveway) Taxi stand (I03), Pick-up/drop-off point
B Tampines Central 4 (Tampines One driveway) Taxi stand
B Tampines Central 4 (outside Tampines Stn) Pick-up/drop-off point
F/G Tampines Central 1 (outside Tampines Stn) Pick-up/drop-off point

Rail Bridging Services

In the event of a MRT service disruption affecting Tampines station along the, rail bridging services (also called MRT breakdown shuttle buses) may be activated to ply affected stretches of the East West Line or Downtown Line. In which case, the buses can be boarded from the following bus stops:

Towards Bus stop Exit
East West Line
EW1 Pasir Ris B/s 1: 76141 РTampines Ave 4 (Tampines Stn/Int) B
EW33 Tuas Link B/s 2: 76149 РTampines Ave 4 (Opp Tampines Stn/Int) B
Downtown Line
DT1BP6 Bukit Panjang B/s 3: 76551 – Tampines Ctrl 1 (Tampines Stn Exit D) D
DT35CG1 Expo B/s 4: 76559 – Tampines Ctrl 1 (Aft Tampines Stn Exit E) E

In the event of a large-scale rail disruption affecting multiple stations, a special bridging bus service may be activated in addition to the usual bus bridging services.

  • Tampines – Bedok – Paya Lebar

In addition, passengers can board free regular bus services at the following bus stops when activated:

  • East West Line
    Tampines Bus Interchange, Bus Stops 1 & 2
  • Downtown Line
    Tampines Bus Interchange, Bus Stops 3 & 4

Passenger Usage Patterns

Serving Tampines Town Centre, Tampines station encounters high demand throughout the day as a transport node for Tampines Town Centre residents.


Contract 925A for the Construction & Completion of Tampines Central Station for DTL3 was awarded to KTC Civil Engineering & Construction Pte Ltd at a contract sum of S$118.5 million in July 2011.

Brief History

Tampines station opened on 16 December 1989 along with Simei and Pasir Ris stations.

The Downtown Line station opened on 21 October 2017, making Tampines station as an interchange station with the Downtown Line.

Major Incidents


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