SBS Transit Premium 553

SBS Transit Premium 553 is a Premium service operated by SBS Transit from Tampines Avenue 9 to Fullerton Road. The route passes through Tampines Avenue 7, 4 and 5, ECP and Robinson Road, operating one trip in the morning.

SBST Volvo B10TL "Super Olympian" (SBS9801Y) - Premium 553

SBST Volvo B10TL “Super Olympian” (SBS9801Y) – Premium 553

Route Information
Route Tampines Avenue 9 (Blk 496F) → Fullerton Road (Fullerton Sq)
Passes Through Tampines Ave 7/4/5, ECP, Robinson Rd
Route Length 28.0km
Travelling Time 57mins
Operator Information
Current Operator SBS Transit
Current Depot Changi Bus Park (CGBP)
Current Fleet Volvo B10TL
Shifts Weekdays: 1AM (1 bus)
Departure Times from T1 0745 – 0745 (Weekdays)
Frequency Unidirectional Service
Premium 553 release poster

Premium 553 release poster


  • 2008 (1 Apr): Introduced as a Premium Service from Tampines Ave 9 → Fullerton Rd, with one trip departing at 0745hrs. Charges a flat fare of $3.60
  • 2009 (01 Apr): Fare temporarily lowered to $3.40
  • 2010 (01 Jul): Fare reinstated to $3.60
  • 2011 (08 Nov): Fare increased to $3.80
  • 2013 (29 Dec): Express sector diverted to Marina Coastal Expressway (MCE) from ECP
  • 2014 (04 Aug): Fare revised to $4.50
  • 2014 (28 Sep): Route Amendments in Marina South Area; Express sector amended to Maxwell Road after MCE instead of Prince Edward Rd.

Premium 553 serves the housing estates of Tampines Neighborhoods 1, 2 4 and 9 with bus connections to the CBD, eliminating the hassle of transferring between different modes of transport. One of three SBS Transit Premium services in Tampines, it provides a more convenient alternative route for residents who would otherwise rely on feeder buses and the MRT to reach the city.

One trip is operated in the mornings, departing Tampines Avenue 9 (Blk 496F) at 7:45am on weekdays.

Operating Days: Weekdays only. Does not operate on Weekends and Public Holidays.

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

Fleet: Premium 553 operates on one Volvo B10TL, running under crossover trips from Service 81.

Route Information:

  1. Tampines Avenue 9 (Bus stop outside Blk 496F)
  2. Tampines Avenue 9 (Bus stop outside Blk 493B)
  3. Tampines Avenue 7 (Bus stop outside Blk 229)
  4. Tampines Avenue 7 (Bus stop outside Blk 230E)
  5. Tampines Avenue 7 (Bus stop outside Blk 233)
  6. Tampines Avenue 4 (Bus stop opposite Tampines MRT Station/Interchange)
  7. Tampines Avenue 4 (Bus stop opposite Century Square)
  8. Tampines Avenue 5 (Bus stop outside Blk 147)
    Simei Avenue (Express)
    Xilin Avenue (Express)
    ECP (Express)
    MCE (Express)
    Maxwell Road (Express)
  9. Robinson Road (Bus stop after Capital Tower)
  10. Robinson Road (Bus stop opposite The Ogilvy Centre)
  11. Robinson Road (Bus stop opposite AIA Tower)
  12. Fullerton Road (Bus stop outside Fullerton Square)
Premium 553 at a glance

Premium 553 at a glance. MCE amendment is not reflected.

Operator History:

  • 2008 – Present: SBS Transit Ltd

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


External Links:

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One thought on “SBS Transit Premium 553

  1. Why is yr bus so late today n also for the padt few weeks. We are going to office late. It shoukd be in my stop at 8.52 but seem to be coming at 8.00am.

    If not I rather take MRT. SBS 553

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