Singapore to KL by bus or train
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Oct 15, 2012 1:27 PM Last Post By: neilm
Apr 22, 2012 3:28 AM
Singapore to KL by bus or trainHi we are a party of 3 adults that will be travelling to Singapore and Malaysia in June. Which is the best way to travel from singapore to KL? Bus/train? We are South Africans and would also like to know where we can book these services (on-line or in South Africa). Also what the average prices are. Thank you.
Apr 22, 2012 9:04 PM
1A very good place to find out about trains is www.seat61.com. Trains in Malaysia are very cheap but the train starting in Singapore is charged in the same number of Singapore dollars as the train from KL is in Malaysian ringgit, ie nearly three times as expensive. To avoid this you can catch a local 170 bus over the causeway to Johore central station and buy your train ticket there. Or else catch the train in the southerly direction, buying your ticket in KL.
Many people will say that buses are quicker, more convenient, and that you can see more. All of these things are true, there are many companies doing the route. Go to mypublictransport.co.my for details. However they are only one hour quicker and you can't move around like you can on a train. In all honesty there's not a lot to see from the motorway that you can't see from the train either.
Personally I'd catch the bus from Singapore to Malacca and stop for a while, then catch another from Malacca to KL and catch the train back.
seat61.com will tell you how to book the train. You can book some buses on journeymalaysia.com.
Apr 22, 2012 10:27 PM
2The train is a lot slower than the bus. I have not taken the train for years but from memory I think it takes about 8 hours or so while the bus will take 5-6 hours. The train station in Singapore has been moved to Woodlands which is close to the causeway to Malaysia so it is no longer in the town area while most of the buses leave from Golden Mile which is in the town area.
If you want to book online, check out this website: http://www.easibook.com/onlinebooking.aspx. You can get all the information on buses from Singapore to Malaysia. The type of buses range from normal aircon buses (about $30) to luxury VIP buses (about $65-$75) with wide business class seats, TVs and meals. I have to admit that I have never used this website so do not know about its reliability but then again I have not heard anything negative about them.
In case you do not feel comfortable about booking through easibook, here are some websites of the more luxurious VIP buses to KL where you can do a direct booking:
Buses generally depart every half hour and unless its a weekend, chances are that you will be able to get a seat even if you book like a few hours earlier. However for best choice of seats, of course it is better to book earlier.
If you want to do it cheaper (but more hassle) then take a bus (either Singapore Bus 170 or Singapore-Johor Express or Causeway Link) to Larkin Terminal in Johor. Plenty of buses (think it is at least 1 every half hour) to KL. For normal aircon bus, it is about RM30...so that makes it 50% cheaper than Singapore.
Apr 23, 2012 3:54 AM
3Thanks @2. Good info.
My favourite is First Coach, pick up at Novena SIN (actually next to TanTockSeng Specialist Centre) and drop off at Bangsar KUL. Several buses per day. Theres also drop off at Bandar Utama KUL for certain schedule.
Getting to the pick up joint in SIN is easy using the efficient and cheap MRT system. The drop off in KUL is underneath the Bangsar LRT station, another easy and cheap way of travel in KUL.
But since theres 3 of you, maybe using taxis wont be much dearer.
Apr 23, 2012 4:36 AM
4Considered flying? Price depends on exactly when, but Air Asia flies for between RM92 and RM110 from Johor Bahru this week. Just catch one bus over border and another from bus station on Johor side to Senai Airport ... Depends whether looking for the experience, or just to get to KL.
Edited by: kilbar
Apr 23, 2012 5:07 AM
I've taken by public transport Kranji-Larkin-Senai, then AirAsia-LCCTKL-Sentral.
All in all about 4.5-5 hours. Did this twice only.
Direct SIN (Beach Rd Complex/ Harbourfront/ Novena) via Tuas-KUL (Pudu/ Corus Hotel/ Bangsar) just over 5 hours by express bus. Tried this more than 15 times.
Direct taxi Queen St- Senai, then AA etc, just under 4 hours. Did this once with 2 other friends.
So you can see why the express bus SIN- KUL is very popular, about 40? services daily, if not more.
Apr 23, 2012 9:41 AM
6Always best to take bus 170 from Singapore queen street to Johore bahru.
then get a train or bus from there. it will cost a lot less.
the train now starts/ends at the Singapore border at (woodlands) not in down town Singapore.
so better to but the tickets Just over the border at the Johore bahru train station cost 3 times less than
at woodlands. you can walk from woodlands to the Johore bahru station in 20 mins.
Apr 23, 2012 1:07 PM
When was the last time you did it? How long did the train actually takes from JB Sentral to KL Sentral? Which of the 3 daily services did you use, the overnighter Senandung Sutera?
Were you able to walk SIN Woodlands Checkpoint - JB this year or even last year, maybe 2010 ? LOL !
You cant walk it anymore for quite sometimes now. :-)
Apr 23, 2012 2:39 PM
Apr 23, 2012 9:15 PM
9The Johor Immigration has moved to the new building, which is a bit further back, quite a while ago. While it was possible to walk from the Singapore Immigration to the old Johor Immigration building, from what I have seen so far, I do not think it is possible (or advisable if it is possible) to walk to the new Johor Immigration building. There are no pedestrian pathways and you have to basically walk along the side of the road; seems a little dangerous to me.
Apr 23, 2012 9:43 PM
Jun 7, 2012 8:09 PM
11There's some good information here on Singapore to Kuala Lumpur Train The bus is about S$20 cheaper if you take really local public buses but a pain to keep transferring.
More costly fast buses include
Grasslands Express: www.grassland.com.sg / +65 6393-1166.
StarMart Express: www.busonlineticket.com / +65 6396-5681.
Five Stars Express: +65 6294 7011.
Konsortium Express: www.konsortium.com.sg / +65 6392 3911.
Jun 8, 2012 5:34 AM
12Great answers here!
I was wondering where can you catch the 170 bus from Singapore to JB? We're thinking of taking the train after, so is it far to walk from the JB bus stop to the train station? Where can you purchase the train ticket online? in case it gets booked out on the weekend
Jul 11, 2012 2:43 AM
Jul 12, 2012 2:02 AM
14I last took the KTM >10 years ago - as with most train journeys, very charming ... nasi lemak at 2am in the morning...mmmm...but takes a heck of a long time compared to the other modes...
Air - my least preferred way cos of the amount of time required. Arrive at airport 1.5 hrs b4 departure, 1 hr in flight, 30min via KLIA Ekspres to KL Sentral (fastest way, taxi will take about 1 hr), then another 15-30min to accommodation, depending on where it is.
Express bus is probably the most efficient way, my personal favourites are Grassland and Aeroline. Both are punctual and the buses are clean and good, drivers are safe. Aeroline drops you off at the Corus Hotel (near the Petronas Towers), Grassland at Times Square (I think). These are the 2 more central locations where you can connect to the monorail easily - I'm not so keen on the Bangsar area unless your accommodation is near there.
Fyi, return tickets on Aeroline cost about SGD93 in May this year.
Btw, Five Stars is supposed to be quite alright too. Friends have told me stay away from Konsortium.
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