SBS Transit Express 518



Go-Ahead Singapore has taken over operations of SBS Transit Express 518 from 18 September 2016.

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SBS Transit Express 518 is an Express service running from Pasir Ris Interchange and looping at Bayfront Avenue, passing through Tampines, Moulmein, Orchard, and Marina Bay. A morning peak route variant, Express 518A, is also operated.

Route Information
Route Pasir Ris Bus Interchange ↺ Bayfront Avenue 
Passes Through Tampines, Moulmein, Orchard, Suntec City, Marina Bay
Route Length 63.2km
Travelling Time 160 mins
Operator Information
GCM Route Package
Loyang Bus Package
Current Operator SBS Transit
Current Depot Bedok North Bus Depot (BNDEP)
Current Fleet 12-metre Double Deck bus:
– Volvo B9TL
12-metre Single Deck bus:
– Volvo B10M Mark IV
 Scania K230UB
– Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro
Departure Times from T1 0600 – 2200 (Weekdays, Saturdays)
0700 – 2200 (Sundays/PHs)
Frequency Loop Service
0630-0830: 18 – 25 mins
0831-1659: 12 – 25 mins
1700-1930: 12 – 19 mins
After 1930: 13 – 16 mins

Route History

Express service 518 connects the residential estates of Pasir Ris and Tampines to the City areas of Moulmein, Orchard Road, Marina Centre and Bayfront. It incorporates a express sector from Bedok North Road to Moulmein Road via PIE and CTE, and another express sector via ECP from Bayfront back to Bedok. The route is popular among residents in Pasir Ris and Tampines as a fast bus connection between home and City, and double-deck buses were introduced to the fleet in 2014.

In 1997, the route numbered Express 503 was introduced by SBS as a unidirectional peak-hour Express service between Tampines Int and Temasek Ave/Anson Rd, operating City-bound trips in the morning and return trips in the evening. It was later renumbered Express 505 in 1999, converted to a full day service and extended at both ends to start from Pasir Ris Int and loop at Telok Blangah Rd. Finally, it was renumbered to Express 518 in 2000 and shortened to loop at Marina Centre. The route has not seen any major amendments since, except for the 2012 amendment which extended it to loop at Bayfront.

A peak hour variant, Express 518A, operates during the Weekdays AM Peak with two departures from Pasir Ris Int terminating at Bayfront. These trips skip the Tampines and Bedok North sectors of the route, allowing for faster commute to the City from Pasir Ris.

Buses may ply alternative routes along the Express sector subject to traffic conditions.

Peak Hour Variants:

SBS Transit Express 518A: Pasir Ris Interchange → Bayfront Avenue
Weekdays, 0700hrs and 0735hrs. Express from Loyang Ave to Moulmein Rd, skipping Tampines / Bedok North

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

Fleet: Service 518′s fleet comprises Volvo B10M MkIV, Scania K230UB and Mercedes-Benz Citaro buses. Volvo B9TL buses were added in 2014.

Route Information:

Loop Service (via Bayfront Ave)
Pasir Ris Int

Pasir Ris Dr 3 (Blk 500A)

Pasir Ris Dr 3 (aft Blk 601)

Pasir Ris Dr 3 (Blk 626)

Pasir Ris Dr 3 (Blk 713)

Pasir Ris Dr 12 (Blk 717)

Pasir Ris Dr 12 (aft Pasir Ris St 72)

Pasir Ris Dr 1 (Blk 738)

Pasir Ris Dr 1 (Blk 643)

Pasir Ris Dr 1 (Blk 640)

Pasir Ris Dr 1 (Blk 612)

Pasir Ris Dr 1 (Blk 515)

Pasir Ris Dr 1 (Blk 571)

Pasir Ris Dr 1 (bef Pasir Ris Ctrl)

Pasir Ris Dr 1 (Pasir Ris Town Pk)

Pasir Ris Dr 1 (Blk 425)

Pasir Ris Dr 1 (Blk 442)

Pasir Ris Dr 1 (Blk 210)

Pasir Ris Dr 1 (Blk 269A)

Loyang Ave (opp Blk 149A)

Tampines Ave 7 (Blk 370)

Tampines Ave 7 (opp Tampines JC)

Tampines Ave 2 (Blk 302)

Tampines Ave 2 (Blk 285)

Tampines Ave 2 (The Holy Trinity Ch)

Tampines Ave 2 (Blk 101)

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 1 (Tropica Condo)
Tampines Ave 10
Bedok North Rd Extension

Bedok North Rd (bet Blks 705/706)
PIE (express)
CTE (express)

Moulmein Rd (opp Tan Tock Seng Hosp)

Moulmein Rd (St. Michael’s Sch)

Newton Rd (Hotel Royal)
Newton Rd

Scotts Rd (Newton Stn)

Scotts Rd (Env Bldg)

Scotts Rd (Far East Plaza)

Orchard Rd (Tang Plaza)

Orchard Rd (opp Mandarin Orchard)

Orchard Rd (Concorde Hotel S’pore)

Orchard Rd (Dhoby Ghaut Stn)

Bras Basah Rd (Rendezvous Hotel S’pore)

Bras Basah Rd (Rendezvous Hotel S’pore)

Bras Basah Rd (NTUC Income Ctr)

Bras Basah Rd (Raffles Hotel)

Temasek Blvd (Suntec Convention Ctr)

Temasek Ave (opp Millenia Twr)

Temasek Ave (opp The Ritz-Carlton)

Bayfront Ave (Marina Bay Sands Hotel)

Bayfront Ave (opp Marina Bay Sands MICE)
Marina Blvd (express)
Shears Ave (express)
ECP (express)
Bedok South Ave 1 (express)
Bedok South Rd (express)
Bedok North Ave 1 (express)
Bedok North Rd (express)

Bedok North Rd (opp Blks 705/706)
Bedok North Rd Extension
Tampines Ave 10

Tampines Ave 1 (opp Tropica Condo)

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)

Tampines Ave 2 (Blk 141)

Tampines Ave 2 (opp The Holy Trinity Ch)

Tampines Ave 2 (Blk 206)

Tampines Ave 2 (Tampines East CC)

Tampines Ave 7 (Tampines JC)

Tampines Ave 7 (Blk 497D)

Loyang Ave (Blk 149A)

Pasir Ris Dr 1 (Blk 156)

Pasir Ris Dr 1 (Blk 197)

Pasir Ris Dr 1 (Blk 104)

Pasir Ris Dr 1 (Blk 115)

Pasir Ris Dr 1 (Blk 541)

Pasir Ris Dr 1 (aft Pasir Ris Ctrl)

Pasir Ris Dr 1 (opp Blk 571)

Pasir Ris Dr 1 (opp Blk 515)

Pasir Ris Dr 1 (opp Blk 640)

Pasir Ris Dr 1 (Meridian JC)

Pasir Ris Dr 1 (Blk 740)

Pasir Ris Dr 12 (aft Pasir Ris Dr 1)

Pasir Ris Dr 12 (opp Blk 717)

Pasir Ris Dr 3 (opp Blk 713)

Pasir Ris Dr 3 (opp Blk 626)

Pasir Ris Dr 3 (opp Blk 601)

Pasir Ris Dr 3 (opp Blk 500A)

Pasir Ris Int

Operator History:

1997 – 2001: Singapore Bus Services Ltd

2001 – Present: SBS Transit Ltd

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


^ Scania K230UB (SBS8849S) – Express 518



1997 (05 May): Introduced as Express 503, unidirectional peak-hour service:
Tampines Int – Temasek Ave (AM Peak); Anson Rd – Tampines Int (PM Peak)

1999 (Sep): Renumbered Express 505, Pasir Ris Int – Jln Bukit Merah/Telok Blangah Rd (Loop)

2000 (Sep): Renumbered Express 518, operating as Pasir Ris Int ↺ Marina Ctr via Orchard Rd

2005 (26 Dec): Extended to ply Pasir Ris Drive 12. During peak hours, Service 518 will cease operaing and be replaced with two new route variants 518A and 518B, each serving different parts of Service 518’s estern catchment as such:
– 518A: Pasir Ris Int to Loyang Ave → Marina Centre (Loop)
– 518B: Tampines Ave 7 to Tampines Ave 1 →  Marina Centre (Loop).

2010 (26 Apr): Extended to serve the Bayfront areas. Service 518A amended to AM Peak unidirectional service terminating at Bayfront Ave, Service 518B withdrawn on the same day. Service 518 to operate during peak hours to cover Service 518B.

2012 (29 Apr): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)

2014 (25 Aug) Double-decker Volvo B9TL Wright buses added.

Past Routings:

Refer to this article

2010: Amended to present routing. No significant route changes since 2010.


External Links & References:

TransitLink E-Guide

SGWiki – Buses

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