Expressway Acronym in Singapore explained!

In between amaze and confuse, mix them together, that’s what I feel when first time (and subsequently) seeing Singapore road directional signs. Don’t get me wrong, they are all good in shape, consistent in color, plate size and text size, and they are clearly placed so that no driver is going to miss them during traveling.
Expressway Abbreviation Explained Directional Sign
Directional Sign found on TPE (Found on YouTube, Courtesy of LTA)
But Singapore does use a lot of acronyms or abbreviations (in fact all of them) – like what you see on the image above – when it comes to show direction for their expressway. As a tourist or new comer, when you first touch down at Singapore Changi Airport then go out traveling to city via taxi, bus or any other land transportation, except train, you’ll see something like PIE, ECP, CTE on your way from airport to city.

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Singapore Expressway acronyms/abbreviations, sort alphabetically

For those who curious what are the acronyms/abbreviations for all the 3-character expressway wording on Singapore directional signs, here they are:
Expressway Acronym
AYE Ayer Rajah Expressway
BKE Bukit Timah Expressway
ECP East Coast Parkway
CTE Central Expressway
KJE Kranji Expressway
KPE Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway
MCE Marina Coastal Expressway
NSE North South Expressway – Currently under construction and to be completed by 2020
PIE Pan Island Expressway
SLE Seletar Expressway
TPE Tampines Expressway

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Fun Facts

Number of Expressway in Singapore

Just in case you didn’t count them, there are 11 expressway in Singapore up to 2017 where 10 is fully operational and 1, which is NSE, is still under construction and plan to be opened only in 2020.

Undersea Expressway in Singapore

Singapore has it’s undersea expressway. It’s the MCE along the Marina Bay area. Unfortunately, you won’t see any fish or any underwater sightings as the expressway was fully built on concrete and not glass.

Tunnel Expressway in Singapore

Singapore also has it’s tunnel expressway, it’s called KPE – Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway. In fact KPE holds the longest below ground road tunnel in Southeast Asia.

If you are tourist and traveling to Singapore, make sure to ask the uncle taxi driver to drive you to KPE to see how big and long KPE is!


  1. Wikipedia. Retrieved 4th Jan 2017

6 thoughts on “Expressway Acronym in Singapore explained!

  • February 3, 2017 at 7:52 am

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  • July 16, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    what is the benefit of it?

    • July 19, 2018 at 6:55 am

      Hi Rani,

      No real benefits. It’s just Singaporean likes to say it in the short form – effective, doesn’t require much energy and short 🙂
      You can try yourself, saying TPE vs Tampines Expressway. Easier and less energy used to say TPE right?

  • July 24, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    can’t wait to visit there soon


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