SBS Transit Express 513


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SBS Transit Express 513 is an AM/PM-Peak Express service between Tampines West and Shenton Way, passing through Tampines Avenue 1 and Marina Bay. It is a peak hour route introduced under the Bus Services Enhancement Programme (BSEP).

Route Information 
Route [AM]: Tampines Avenue 5 (Darul Ghufran Mosque) → Shenton Way (opp MAS Building)
[PM]: Anson Road (Hub Synergy Point) → Tampines Avenue 5 (opp Darul Ghufran Mosque)
Passes Through Tampines Ave 1, ECP, Marina Bay
Route Length 25.3km (D1) | 24.5km (D2)
Travelling Time 71mins
Operator Information
Current Operator SBS Transit
Current Depot Changi Bus Park (CGBP)
Current Fleet Volvo B9TL
Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro
Departure Times from T1 0730 – 0745 (Weekdays, 3 trips)
Departure Times from T2 1815 – 1830 (Weekdays, 2 trips)
Frequency Direction 1 Direction 2
0630-0830: 7 – 8 mins
0831-1659: –
1700-1930: –
After 1930: –
0630-0830: –
0831-1659: –
1700-1930: 15 mins
After 1930: –

Route History

Express service 513 plies between the residential estate of Tampines West and the city area of Marina Bay and Shenton Way. Introduced as the fifth new service under the Bus Services Enhancement Programme, it aims to provide direct connections to the city during peak hours, with journey times comparable to taking the MRT and transferring to a feeder bus route. It incorporates an express sector between Tampines Ave 1 and Downtown Marina Bay, via Simei Ave, Xilin Ave and East Coast Parkway (ECP).

This service operates every weekday (except Public Holidays), with three trips (effective 12Jan15) starting from Tampines in the morning and two return trips from Anson Road in the evening. Buses may ply alternative routes along the Express sector subject to traffic conditions. During special occasions such as Christmas Eve and New Years’ Eve, return trip timings may be brought forward to afternoon (1pm).

An additional morning trip to the CBD from Tampines was added from 12 Jan 2015 to cope with the growing demand for this service.

Apart from Express 513, Premium 554 (operated by SBS Transit) and Premium 736 (Scheme B) also offer direct services to Shenton Way, but charges higher fares ($3.00 – $3.80).


“From 17 December 2012, commuters travelling between Tampines West and the Central Business District (CBD) during weekday peak periods (excluding public holidays) will be served by a new Express Service 513. The new service, operated by SBS Transit, will provide an alternative for Tampines West commuters travelling to the CBD. With limited stops and the use of the East Coast Parkway (ECP), the journey time is expected to be comparable to taking a feeder service and transferring to a train into the city.”

Fare: Charges regular distance-based express fares. See Bus Fares for exact fares.

Fleet: Service 513′s fleet comprises Volvo B9TL Wright buses under the BSEP scheme. A third trip utilizing a Mercedes-Benz Citaro was added in Jan 2015.

Route Limitations: None

Route Information:

Direction 1 Direction 2
Tampines Ave 5 (Darul Ghufran Mque)

Tampines Ave 5 (Blk 863)

Tampines St 83 (Blk 855)

Tampines St 83 (Blk 835)

Tampines Ave 3 (Blk 888)

Tampines Ave 8 (Springfield Sec Sch)

Tampines Ave 1 (opp Temasek Poly West G)

Tampines Ave 1 (opp Temasek Poly)

Tampines Ave 1 (opp Temasek Poly East G)

Tampines Ave 1 (opp SAFRA Tampines)
Simei Ave (express)
Xilin Ave (express)
ECP (express)
Sheares Ave (express)

Central Blvd (Marina Bay Stn)

Central Blvd (Downtown Stn)

Shenton Way (UIC Bldg)

Shenton Way (opp MAS Bldg)

Anson Rd (Hub Synergy Pt)

Robinson Rd (aft Capital Twr)

Robinson Rd (opp The Ogilvy Ctr)

Marina Blvd (The Sail)

Marina Blvd (Marina Bay Financial Ctr)
Sheares Ave (express)
ECP (express)
Xilin Ave (express)
Simei Ave (express)

Tampines Ave 1 (SAFRA Tampines)

Tampines Ave 1 (Temasek Poly East G)

Tampines Ave 1 (Temasek Poly)

Tampines Ave 1 (Temasek Poly West G)

Tampines Ave 8 (opp Springfield Sec Sch)

Tampines Ave 3 (Blk 880)

Tampines St 83 (Blk 882A)

Tampines St 83 (opp Blk 853)

Tampines Ave 5 (bet Blks 701/702)

Tampines Ave 5 (opp Darul Ghufran Mque)

Operator History:

2012 – Present: SBS Transit Ltd

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





2012 (17 Dec): Introduced under the BSEP between Tampines Ave 5 and Shenton Way

2013 (31 Mar): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)

2013 (29 Dec): Express sector amended to ECP, Sheares Avenue & Marina St.

2014 (28 Sep): Route Amendments in Marina South Area: Bus stop 03539 along Central Blvd relocated & Express sector route amended to not ply Marina Street and Marina Station Road.

2015 (12 Jan): Additional morning departure at 0738hrs from Tampines Ave 5 added.


External Links:

TransitLink E-Guide



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