It all started with a random text, “hey want to go over to Malacca for a weekend?” To which the reply was, “When!!?” My favourite types of people are those that are always up for impromptu plans and adventures. I am blessed to have such crazy people in my life. Thus, began the planning and discussions.
In the end, we decided to go to Johor Bahru instead. Johor Bahru is the city closest to Singapore in Malaysia. It is part of the region called Iskandar region. A 2D1N with my 2 girls to eat, take pictures and talk a lot. My main point was to chill and relax because school and other things were taking a toll on me.
Bus to Johor Bahru
To get to Johor Bahru, you can drive, book a coach or take the public transport. It is extremely easy after I show you the exact steps to take. I’ve always crossed the borders with a car and taking the bus really thrills me. #littlethingsinlife
There are many ways to get to the checkpoint. There’s also 2 checkpoint to choose from, so depending on where you are, chose the easiest route. Here is the most popular route.
- Take the train to Woodlands Station. (Red line)
- Alight and walk to the bus interchange. Take one of the following buses: 160 or 950
- Get off at the checkpoint (aka when everyone gets off)
- Cross Singapore’s border. (Works like an airport)
- After you finish, leave the immigration and go down to where all the buses are. (aka follow everyone)
- There are a few bus lines. Take the bus number that you took previously. i.e. If you took 160 just now, take 160 again.
- It will bring you to Malaysia checkpoint. It’s about 8-20min ride, depending on the traffic.
- Cross Malaysia’s border. Singaporeans need not fill up the white card.
- Follow the crowd and you will end up at a mall. From there, you can leave the mall, shop there or get a cab to go somewhere.
It is very easy, because when in doubt, everyone you see is heading towards the same direction as you. You can pretty much follow the crowd.
Bonus Estate Areas
There are other buses that go directly to the immigration. Here are the areas and the direct buses.
Bukit Timah: 170
Jurong East: 160
There are other coaches you can consider taking, but these buses are the cheapest.
Summary: Singapore to Malaysia by Bus
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: from SGD$1.43
Pick Up: Bus interchange at the following train stations – Jurong East, Boon Lay, Kranji, Woodlands
Getting Off: Kotaraya 11 Terminal or JB Sentral bus terminal
Express buses: CW1, CW2, CW3, CW4, CW5, CW6 from the bus stop opposite Kranji MRT station/Queen Street Terminal/Jurong bus interchange/Boon Lay MRT station
SBS Public buses: 160 from Jurong East Interchange, 170 from Queen Street Terminal
SMRT Public buses: 950 from Woodlands bus internchange
Words of Caution
No matter how near another country is, it is ultimately still not Singapore. It’s important to keep your belongings close to you and dress decently. We made many friends there and everyone was really nice. And everyone we met was always cautioning us to carry our bags in front and be careful. Thank you all kind souls in the world. Hugs. And now, we are up for some adventures! This trip was truly amazing. It was indeed the getaway I needed so badly.