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The Ultimate Travel To Malaysia Guide for A Hassle-Free Travel Experience: Singapore to Johor Bahru

Getting to Johor Bahru from Singapore 



If you've been itching to hop over to JB for some budget-friendly shopping, relaxing massages, and delicious food, this guide is tailor-made for you. Learn about various transportation options, their anticipated costs, and some handy tips for your journey. Let’s get you on your way to JB!


Before departing to Johor Bahru


  • Register for Malaysia JB Autogate

(Source: The Straits Times


For those of you looking for a hassle-free travel solution - you can now bypass the winding queues at JB customs by opting for automated clearance through E-Gates.


This swift process is exclusively available for Singaporeans, Malaysian Permanent Residents, and Malaysia Automated Clearance System pass holders arriving by bus and train.


If you qualify and hold a biometric passport with at least 3 months’ validity, simply submit a Malaysia Digital Arrival Card up to 3 days before your trip for expedited entry. Once you arrive in JB, visit the manual counter to register your passport for the first time, ensuring smooth electronic customs clearance on all your future visits.



Once you arrive JB 


  • Purchase a data plan for you to use in Malaysia


Once you’ve arrived at JB Sentral, you might want to purchase a SIM card with a data plan so you can shoot a quick message to your folks in SG, letting them know you've made it here safe and sound! 


The stalls selling SIM cards mostly have options from three major Malaysian telcos which are Maxis, Celcom, Digi, U Mobile, and the recently merged CelcomDigi. However, be sure to verify the prices since there are specific rates for Malaysians and different ones for non-Malaysians.


For Singaporeans opting for e-sim options, you can purchase them online before arriving in Malaysia for your convenience and to avoid high roaming charges. These are 3 trusted e-sim card providers that have been proven to be reliable: 



Now, you’re all good to kick off your JB journey! 



Singapore to Johor Bahru - transportation options 


By taxi or car


Consider the convenience and comfort of a taxi for your journey to JB, granting you the autonomy to tailor your route and travel timetable according to your preferences. While this option may incur slightly higher expenses due to fuel costs or service fees, the flexibility it affords is well worth it. Travel times can vary between 30 minutes to an hour, depending on your chosen route.


One of the significant advantages of this choice is the direct transfer between Singapore and Johor Bahru, ensuring a seamless and uninterrupted ride throughout. Furthermore, you have full control over scheduling, enabling you to pick the most suitable pick-up time.


What's more – crossing the Singapore-Malaysia border is a breeze, eliminating the need for immigration clearance stops. With well-planned routes, you can optimize your travel time for a swift and smooth journey.


However, it's important to be aware of the legal regulations. All vehicles without a Public Service Vehicle Licence, including privately-owned Malaysia-registered cars, are prohibited from providing taxi or chauffeur private-hire car services in Singapore.


Additionally, good news if you are entering Johor by Woodlands or Tuas Checkpoint via car or taxi - you may create a profile and generate either an Individual or Group QR code in the MyICA mobile app to scan upon entry to speed up your journey instead of going through the 


Best for: 

  • Families traveling with kids or elderly 

  • Group of friends with 5-10 people 

Estimated cost: 

  • From SGD$60 - SGD$120 depending on the taxi operator and pick-up and drop-off points

Going to Johor Bahru:

TransCab 

SGD$80 from the preferred pick-up point to Larkin Sentral

SGD$60 from Queen Street Terminal to Larkin Sentral

SGD$120 from Singapore airport to Larkin Sentral

Comfort Del Gro (Johor Bahru Taxi Service)

SGD$80 from the preferred pick-up point to Larkin Sentral

SGD$15 per head, shared ride if pick-up from Queen Street Terminal

Coming back to Singapore:

TransCab

SGD$70 booked directly from TransCab from Larkin Sentral back to the preferred drop-off point

SGD$60 hailed on the spot from Larkin Sentral to the preferred drop-off point

Comfort Del Gro (Johor Bahru Taxi Service)

SGD$60 booked directly from Comfort Del Gro to the preferred drop-off point

Note: Taxi services are recommended for weekdays due to the potential high traffic on weekends and eve of public holidays.


By bus


Now, accessing Johor Bahru has become a breeze with the well-established coach services, offering a reliable and efficient mode of transportation. Journey durations typically vary from 40 minutes to 2 hours, contingent on prevailing traffic conditions.

A significant advantage lies in the cost-effectiveness of public buses, emerging as the most economical choice and a pocket-friendly travel alternative!

Best for: 

  • Travelers on a budget 

  • Families with teenagers or youth

  • Travelers with less luggage 

Estimated cost: 

  • From SGD$1.39 via SBS Transit Bus (Bus Service No. 170X) 


Bus Route and Service

Bus Operator

Bus Service No.

Schedule

From Yishun - CIQ Johor Bahru (JB)

Ridewell Travel

AC7

Daily: 05:40 - 23:30 (Sundays: 06:00 - 23:30) 

From Jurong East to Johor Bahru (JB)

Causeway Link Bus

CW3

Daily: 7:10 - 23:45 (Weekends: 7:30 - 23:45), every 10-30 mins


Causeway Link Bus

CW4

Daily: 7:30 - 19:20, every 30 mins


Causeway Link Bus

CW4S

Varies - see schedule


SBS Transit

160

Daily: 5:30 - 00:00, every 8-17 mins

From Kranji to Johor Bahru (JB)

Causeway Link Bus

CW1

Daily: 4:30 - 23:30, every 15-30 mins


SBS Transit

170X

Daily: 5:36 - 23:30 (Sat until 00:00), every 5-13 mins

From Queen Street to Johor Bahru (JB)

Causeway Link Bus

CW2

Daily: 6:00 - 23:45, every 15-30 mins


SBS Transit

170 (170A)

Daily: 170 - 5:20 - 00:10, every 11-16 mins. 170A - 6:00 - 00:00, every 14-22 mins


Singapore-Johor Express

SJE

Daily: 6:30 - 22:30, every 15-30 mins

From CIQ 2nd Link to Johor Bahru (JB)

Causeway Link Bus

CW3S (SL1, CW4G)

Varies - see schedule

From Newton Circus to Johor Bahru (JB)

Causeway Link Bus

CW5

Daily: 6:00 - 23:30, every 15-30 mins

From Boon Lay to Johor Bahru (JB)

Causeway Link Bus

CW6

Daily: 7:30 - 22:40, every 15-25 mins

From Woodlands to Johor Bahru (JB)

SMRT Bus

950

Daily: 5:30 - 23:30, every 9-14 mins

From Changi Airport to Johor Bahru (JB)

Transtar Bus

TS1

Daily: 8:15 - 23:15, every 1 hour

From Marina Square to Johor Bahru (JB)

Transtar Bus

TS3

Mon-Fri: 8:00 - 00:00, every 1 hour. Sat, Sun & PH: 9:00 - 00:00, every 1 hour

From Resort World Sentosa to Johor Bahru (JB)

Transtar Bus

TS8

Daily: 8:00 - 00:15, every 1 hour

From Buona Vista to Johor Bahru (JB)

Transtar Bus

TS6

Mon-Sat: 7:00 - 23:00, every 30-60 mins. Sun & PH: 8:00 - 00:00, every 30-60 mins

Please note: 

  • Retain your bus tickets as they are necessary to continue your journey after passing through immigration at Singapore Checkpoints.

  • You'll need to disembark from the buses twice to complete the immigration process.

  • You don't have to board the same bus, but you should use buses from the same service.

  • Buses don't go directly to the checkpoints; they make stops at all bus stops along the route to pick up passengers. 

  • Expect long queues most of the time.

  • Evenings, especially Fridays, are peak hours, and clearing immigration may take several hours. Refer to this link for the best time to travel to JB.

  • EZ Link card payment is accepted on buses 170, 160, 950, TS1, and TS8. For more accurate bus schedules and additional details, please visit the websites of the transport companies: SBS Transit (bus 160, 170, 170A, & 170X), SMRT (bus 950), Causeway Link (bus CW1-CW6), Transtar (bus TS1 & TS8)


Please indicate the service number too.

Besides this, please check the services provided by AC7 from Yishun to JB https://businterchange.net/johorbus/routes/routeinfo.php?service=AC7, please ask Lawrence to confirm if Railway is still providing this service;

Transtar Cross-Border Services TS1, TS6 and TS8,https://www.transtar.travel/cross-border-services/

Please check if there are any more Cross-border services


Only a sentence route has online booking, the rest are paid upon boarding.


By train


(Source: CNA

Since its launch on July 1, 2015, the Shuttle Tebrau by KTM has provided a practical solution for traveling to Johor Bahru from Singapore, alleviating traffic congestion. With four coaches accommodating up to 320 passengers, this high-speed train offers a swift 5-minute journey from the Woodlands Train Checkpoint to JB Sentral. 

Notably, it's a cost-effective option and ensures a comfortable ride. However, tickets sell out fast, so early booking or online purchase is advised.

In other transit news, the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link, a light rail stretching 4km, is set to revolutionize connectivity between the two countries by the end of 2026. This RM10 billion (S$2.9 billion) project, first announced in 2010, aims to alleviate traffic congestion on the Causeway, a long-standing concern for commuters and day-trippers.

Best for: 

  • Travelers who need to reach JB urgently 

  • Business travelers 

Estimated cost: 

  • From SGD$5 per person 


Arriving in Malaysia 

Singaporean citizens traveling to Malaysia are exempt from completing the Malaysia Digital Arrival Card (MDAC). However, all other foreign citizens must complete the MDAC. Starting January 1, 2024, MDAC completion will be mandatory for all travelers except Singaporeans. For more information and to complete the MDAC, please visit the Malaysia Digital Arrival Card website


Getting back to Singapore 

Returning to Singapore, and back to reality, after an enjoyable time in JB is a straightforward process. If traveling by land, follow the same steps as when you arrived: clear customs, complete passport and luggage checks, and head to the nearest bus or train station. For those traveling by sea, the ferry from Tanjung Pengelih port to Tanah Merah in Singapore is the closest route.  

Upon arrival in Singapore, Singaporeans and other nationalities are not required to submit an 

SG Arrival Card if arriving by land. However, for other modes of transportation, please verify the SG Arrival Card requirements.

Ferry schedule from Singapore to Desaru Coast 

Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal – Desaru Coast Ferry Terminal Schedule (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday)

Days Of Operation

Tanah Merah to Desaru

Desaru to Tanah Merah

Thursday

8:30am

5:30pm

Friday

8:30am

5:30pm

Saturday

8:30am

5:30pm

Sunday

8:30am

5:30pm

Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal – Tanjung Pengelih Ferry Terminal Schedule (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)

Days Of Operation

Tanah Merah to Tanjung Pengelih

Tanjung Pengelih to Tanah Merah

Friday

8:50am

5:40pm

Saturday

8:50am

5:40pm

Sunday

8:50am

5:40pm

Monday

7:30am

4:00pm


Got some travel wisdom for the journey to JB from Singapore? 

Whether you're a frequent traveler for business or leisure, share your experiences and tips with us! Shoot us an email at gomalaysia@uee.com.sg and join our thriving travel community. Your insights could make the next journey even more epic! 

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