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By Bus

There are express buses travelling to and from Kuala Lumpur and many other destinations in Malaysia, passing through the Woodlands Checkpoint and the Second Link at Tuas into Singapore. Unfortunately, there is no central bus terminal in Singapore and different bus companies arrive all over the city. Many (no means all) use the Golden Mile Complex shopping mall near Bugis as their Singapore terminal.
 
 
 
 
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Golden Mile Complex by Sengkang

Major express bus companies or operators travelling between Malaysia and Singapore include:
  • Aeroline - Luxury buses with meal on-board, power sockets, lounge area, etc. Travels between Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya in Malaysia and the Harbour Front Centre in Singapore.
  • First Coach - No frills but buses have good legroom and use the Second Link. Another selling point is convenient public transport: buses travel between Novena Square (Novena MRT Station) in Singapore and right next to Bangsar LRT Station in Kuala Lumpur.
  • Nice - Comfortable buses with over 20 daily departures between Kuala Lumpur's old railway station Copthorne Orchid Hotel on Dunearn Road in Singapore.
  • Transnasional -Malaysia's largest bus operator, offers direct buses between Singapore, arriving and departing at Lavender Street.
Bus fares from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore range from RM40 to RM90 and SGD30 to SGD40 vice versa. Generally, the more you pay, the faster and more comfortable your trip. Premier buses use the faster Second Link crossing while the cheaper buses use the perpetually jammed Causeway. Book early for popular departure times like Friday and Sunday evenings, Chinese New Year, and factor in extra time for congestion at the border.

Online Bookings
Many bus other operators have banded together to form two shared booking portals.
  • Easibook (www.easibook.sg) - Operators include Konsortium Bas Ekspres, Transnasional, Starmart, Nice, WTS Travel and Sri Maju.
  • Bus Online Ticket (www.busonlineticket.com) - Ooperators include Five Stars, Hasry Express, Delima Express, Lionstar and Transtar Travel.

Express bus to Singapore by Metzelder Siow

From Singapore to Malaysia
An alternative to taking a direct "international bus" is to make the short hop to Johor Bahru at Larkin Bus Terminal to catch Malaysian express buses to various Malaysian destinations. Besides having more options, fares are also be lower because you will be paying in Malaysian ringgit rather than Singaporean dollars. The downside is the time-consuming hassle of first getting through Johor Bahru and then getting to Larkin terminal on the outskirts of town.

Buses between Johor Bahru and Singapore
There are commuter buses travelling between Johor Bahru and Singapore, passing through the Causeway. Singaporean-operated buses (SBS, SMRT, SJE) can only stop at one destination in Malaysia, while the Malaysian-operated Causeway Link buses can only stop at one destination in Singapore. Terminals aside, all buses make two stops at the Singapore and Malaysian checkpoints. At both checkpoints, you must disembark with all your luggage and pass through passport control and customs, then board the next bus by showing your bus ticket. Figure out about one hour from end to end and more during the rush hour.

 
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