SBS Transit Bus Service 39


Bus Service 39 will be extended to Tampines Concourse Bus Interchange from 18 December 2016.

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SBS Transit Bus Service 39 is a trunk service plying between Tampines and Yishun, passing through Pasir Ris, TPE, Jln Kayu, SLE and Khatib. It is one of many services along the TPE / SLE corridor.

Route Information
Route Tampines Bus Interchange  Yishun Temp Int 
Passes Through Pasir Ris, TPE, Jln Kayu, SLE, Khatib
Route Length 26.2km (D1) | 26.4km (D2)
Travelling Time 85mins
Operator Information
Current Operator SBS Transit
Current Depot Changi Bus Park (CGBP)
Current Fleet 12-metre Double Deck bus:
Volvo B9TL
12-metre Single Deck bus:
Scania K230UB
Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro
Departure Times from T1 0530 – 2330 (Weekdays)
0600 – 2330 (Weekends/PHs)
Departure Times from T2 0600 – 2330 (Daily)
Frequency Direction 1 Direction 2
0630-0830: 06 – 14 mins
0831-1659: 06 – 14 mins
1700-1930: 06 – 12 mins
After 1930: 14 – 17 mins
0630-0830: 07 – 12 mins
0831-1659: 06 – 14 mins
1700-1930: 06 – 11 mins
After 1930: 09 – 16 mins

Route History

Service 39 provides direct links between Pasir Ris / Tampines and Yishun, with an express sector along Tampines and Seletar Expressways. Most of the demand comes from Pasir Ris, as the only bus service to Yishun. From Tampines, SMRT Service 969 serves as a faster route to Yishun, skipping Pasir Ris and Jalan Kayu completely.

The route also caters to inter-town demand between Pasir Ris town and Tampines Avenue 2.

Fare: Charges fares for regular trunk services. See Bus Fares for exact fares.

Fleet: Service 39 consists of Scania K230UB and Mercedes-Benz Citaros. Additional Mercedes-Benz Citaro buses were added under the BSEP scheme. Double-deck buses began operating on the route from 02 Jun 2015 onwards.

Route Information:

Direction 1 Direction 2
  • Tampines Int
  • Tampines Ave 5
  • Tampines Ave 2
  • Tampines Ave 7
  • Loyang Ave
  • Pasir Ris Dr 1
  • Pasir Ris Dr 12
  • TPE
  • Jln Kayu
  • Lentor Ave
  • Yishun Ave 2
  • Yishun Temp Int
  • Yishun Temp Int
  • Yishun Ave 2
  • Lentor Ave
  • Jln Kayu
  • TPE
  • Pasir Ris Dr 12
  • Pasir Ris Dr 1
  • Loyang Ave
  • Tampines Ave 7
  • Tampines Ave 2
  • Tampines Ave 5
  • Tampines Int

Operator History:

  • 2003 – Present: SBS Transit Ltd

The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2016.





  • 2003: Introduced by SBS Transit between Tampines and Yishun. The first SBS service in Yishun since 1995.
  • 2004 (25 Jul): Calls at an additional pair of bus stops at Jln Kayu (Outside Seletar Camp Gate)
  • 2011 (21 Jun): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
  • 2013: Service improvement under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP)
  • 2014 (Mar): Bus Service Reliability Framework (BSRF) implemented for a two-year trial
  • 2014 (05 Oct): Calls at Tampines Expressway (Punggol Road) Bus Interchange
  • 2015 (14 Mar): Amended to Yishun Temp Int
  • 2015 (02 Jun): Start of Double-decker buses deployment
  • 2015 (05 Jun): BSRF trial extended to Aug 2016

Past Routings:

  • Refer to this article
  • 2003: Amended to present routing. No significant route changes since 2003.


External Links & References:

  • TransitLink E-Guide

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One thought on “SBS Transit Bus Service 39

  1. Dear Admin,
    This site has been an amazing read for me! Thanks for such an updated and informative site. I have a quick question if you wouldn’t mind – do you have any idea regarding the frequency of the double decker for this service? It appears to me that it only comes ever so often during off-peak which is totally pointless in my opinion

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