Johor Bahru is the nearest city from Singapore, getting from one to the other is quick and easy.
There are two structural crossings along the border which are Johor–Singapore Causeway and the Malaysia–Singapore Second Link (officially known as Tuas Second Link in Singapore). More than 450,000 people cross the border everyday by using the two land crossings across the Straits of Johor. This makes it one of the busiest land borders in the world. Other than that, there are also international ferry and bumboat services between Pengerang at the southeastern tip of Johor, Malaysia and Changi at the eastern end of Singapore.
So, how to travel between Singapore and Johor Bahru? Let’s us guide you the modes of transportation options, including highlighting the advantages, disadvantages, and tips for you to consider on each travel methods.
Travelling with hassle-free and the most convenient way. Everything bothers you along the journey are well-taken care by the private car company.
Recommend for: Families with children and elderly people, traveler in group
Price Range: SGD$90-100 per car
• Toyota Innova/Alphard/Vellfire a (6-7 seater MPV)
• Hyundai Starex (10-seater MPV)
What you need is what we offer!
• Airport Transfer
• Family/Business Trip
• Point to point private transfer
• Hotel/Airport Transfer
• Charter service for corporate event/meetings
How to book?
1. Enter website https://www.sgmyviptransport.com/book-now/
2. Select type of trip
3. Fill in your contact and passenger details
4. Select date, times, pick-up and drop-off locations, car type
5. Leave your message if you have special request
6. Recheck all details provided before tapping “Submit”
7. Check your email for booking confirmation
What so special for VIP Transport Sdn Bhd?
• Professional, experienced and friendly drivers
• Comfortable and spacious fleets
• Safety is ensured
• No hidden charges
2. By Bus
With the high frequency and number of buses connecting Johor Bahru to Singapore, traveling by bus has become a popular way to get between these two destinations. The journey requires 40 minutes to 2 hours rides, depends on traffic condition.
Recommend for: Budget travelers, travelers who carry less luggage, families with teenagers or youth
There are several bus operators such as Causeway Link Bus (CW), SBS Transit Bus, Singapore-Johor Express (SJE), and SMRT Bus. Do note that Causeway Link offers greater flexibility in ways that passengers able to board any Causeway Link bus across the causeway after clearing immigration.
Price Range: From SG $2 to SG $4. Cheaper if you use Ezlink card for traveling with SBS and SMRT. For return fare via CW and SJE buses, the fare will be charged in RM.
Bus route, ticket & schedule
3. By Train
KTM, the Malaysian state railway operator, provides an alternative route to Johor Bahru which can avoid traffic jams. It takes just 5 minutes from Woodlands Train Checkpoint to JB Sentral.
From Woodlands, you can travel as early as 7:19 am till the last train at 11:30 pm, and from JB Sentral from 5 am till 10:30 pm – both ways train departs every 1 to 1.5 hour.
There are over a dozen trains from Johor Bahru to Singapore every day, so you have plenty to choose from, but be aware that this has become a very popular way to travel and the trains can get booked up a week or more in advance. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you book your train tickets in advance online.
Recommended For: Traveller with time pressure or urgency
How To Buy Train Tickets?
Ticket counter at Woodlands CIQ (Depart fate SG $5; Return fare RM 5)
Ticket counter at JB Sentral (Depart fare RM 5; Return fare SG $5)
Buy online: Depart fare SG $5 and return fare SG $1.84 plus Admin Fee SG $1.34
Website: www.ktmb.com.my (Register an account and payment can be done by credit card)
Need to clear immigration before and after boarding shuttle train.
Seats and toilets are available at waiting hall.
Children below 4 years old can get a free ride.
Photography is prohibited.
Recommend for: Families or group of friends
Preparing for the trip:
Making the right preparations before embarking on a road trip will lessen the impact of any hiccups that might occur on your trip, so here are some of the tips before driving to Malaysia.
• VEP (Vehicle Entry Permit) – The hot topic on the minds of every Singaporean tourist driving into Malaysia is the implementation of the VEP. If you haven’t registered for the VEP, you should do so HERE before even heading towards the border. Cars that cross the border without any proof of having registered for their VEP can be fined upwards of RM$300. Once you have registered for the VEP, the Malaysian Road Transport Department (JPJ) will contact you via email to head down to one of their collection centres to have your RFID tag installed. Here’s a complete guide on the VEP process. The VEP RFID tag will cost RM$10.
• Touch ‘n Go Card – Basically the Malaysian equivalent of our ERP Cashcard, this is an essential payment mode for tolls and parking in Malaysia. If you don’t already have one, the cards can only be purchased if you enter Malaysia through the Tuas Immigration Checkpoint at a kiosk just before the Malaysian Immigration Building.
• Malaysian SIM Card –The three major telcos in Malaysia are Celcom, Digi and U-mobile and there are numerous kiosks within town centres where you can purchase their SIM cards. Here’s where you can find the stores for U mobile and DIGI. If you already have a Malaysian SIM card that isn’t expired, top-up coupons are available at certain petrol stations along the North-South Highway. Alternatively, there are numerous data roaming plans by local telcos with pretty decent rates. Here’s a detailed guide on Singapore’s data roaming plans.
• Insurance – Having an adequate insurance coverage will do wonders by giving you a peace of mind on your holiday. NTUC Income’s Drivo car insurance provides comprehensive coverage for both driver and passengers in the event of an accident. The policy will also connect you with 24 hour emergency services and road assistance when needed.
• Car maintenance – Before heading out, make sure to do a thorough check on your car’s fluids, tires, tools, etc. Better yet, bring it in to your mechanic and get a professional to look over your car if you haven’t done it in a while.