JB is the starting point of the North-South Highway at the South. This is a toll way and runs through Malaysia right to the border of Thailand. It is easy to get from place to place along the highway and there are many interesting small towns and cities to visit along the way if you have the time.
For more interesting journey and see more of rural Malaysia, take the normal roads from the South to North, though it will be much slower. Journey on the North South Highway is quite expensive.
Note the speed limit is 110km/h. Beware that there are many speed checks along the highway. The fine is hefty RM300 per offence of speeding.
There are public buses around JB, and of course, taxis. Since I always make sure I will have a car to go around while in JB ever since I got my driving license, I am not familiar with the bus services, but I do know most of them will stop at Larkin (JB's main bus station). There are frequent bus services to Pelangi, Holiday Plaza, Daiman, from Jalan Wong Ah Fook, which is about 5 minutes walk from the immigration.
Alternatively, taxi is easy to hail (everywhere, anywhere). However, do look at my warnings tips about taxi.
Bus 160, 170, 950 goes to Woodland Checkpoint and bring you across to Johor Bahru.
CW1and CW2 are yellow buses with a smiley face which will bring you across the causeway.
You may board the buses from Kranji MRT, Marsiling MRT.
Buses running from 0530 to 2400 for RM0.80 to cross over to JB customs.
The Woodlands Checkpoint is one of the gateway from Singapore to Malaysia.
You could either take a bus, walk across the causeway, drive, take a train.
Remember to complete your white card (immigration card) and receive the stamps from the immigration staff from both Woodlands and Johor Bahru checkpoints.
During peak periods, the queue could be as long as 2 hr 30 mins. On a normal weekend there may not even be a queue.
Just across from the causeway, you could find a row of shops selling tickets for coaches to various destinations in Malaysia.
We enquired about the price to Kuala Lumpur (KL) and it cost RM28 w/day and RM35 w/end on their double decker bus to Puduraya in KL.
Konsortium - 07-2233159, 07-2227699, 07-2243419
There are few options to cross the immigration from Singapore to Johor Bahru.
One of the option is to take the train operated by KTM.
You could avoid the long hours of queue and traffic jams.
You can purchase your train ticket from the train station or online.
Do check out the train schedule from their website.
If you are planning to visit Johor Bahru via airplane, you may do so as Johor Bahru has its own International Airport named Senai International Airport. It is situated in Senai town, 30 minutes drives from Johor Bahru. Not many choices of airlines as there are only some. Airliners that I can remember are Malaysian Airlines System, Air Asia and 2 Indonesian based airliners.
This airport is a very well maintain and organize. They had just recently upgrading their facilities especially upgrading their 1st floor with nice beautiful setup. The public toilet here being designed in a very creative ways and it is very clean.
At the Ground Floor, there are many shops and restaurants for guest and passenger to browse while waiting for their flight.
Public transport is also well managed as they do provides direct shuttle service from Senai to Johor Bahru town and as well as taxis.
Do visit their webpage to get more info.
You have MANY options...
* CIQs (checkpoints) At CIQ on all bus services, you must get off with all your belongings, pass through immigration and reboard the same service (not neccessarily same vehicle) If visitng JB city centre, do not reboard hte bus after passing through JB CIQ, as the complex is right in the centre of town.
* S'pore buses (SBS and SMRT) stop at all stops in Singapore, but in JB *ONLY* at the CIQ and terminal, NO OTHER STOPS. Same is true vice versa for M'sian services.
* SJE and CW2 are express services, doesn't stop en route except CIQ, uses the CTE and BKE.
* If you pay cash, KEEP THE TICKET! You will need it to reboard.
SJE: Queen St to Larkin
Cost RM2.40 from JB, $2.40 from S'pore, one way, no return tickets. Runs every 10 mins or so, up until around 10.30pm, from around 6.00am. Journey takes around 45min. No standing allowed. To return purchase a ticket from the SJE ticket office in the base of Merlin Tower, opposite the KTM station and CIQ.
SBS #170 Queen St to Larkin
Journey is around 60 to 75min. You can use EZlink card. Non EZlink card holders pay cash fare, in RM travelling FROM JB, s$ travelling TO JB. Service runs 5:30am to midnight, every 7 to 14 mins.
NOTE: Buses with a BLUE destination plate eun only between Larkin and Kranji MRT. Buses with a RED plate eun to Queen St. When reboarding (S'pore bound) at Woodlands CIQ, make sure you on right bus.
SBS #160 Jurong East - Kota Raya II Terminal (via Woodlands)
Runs every 8 to 15 mins 5:30am to midnight (6:15am from JB). EZlink accepted, cash as for SBS #170. Runs via casueway so passes through JB city centre (can alight at JB CIQ)
SMRT bus #950 Woodlands I'charge - Kotaraya II
Runs every 8-12min 5:30 to midnight (11:30pm from Woodlands). EZlink accepted, cash as for SBS.
Causeway Link services:
Johor bus service, cash ONLY on all services. s$ form S'pore, RM from JB.
CW1: Kranji MRT - Larkin
CW2: Queen St - Larkin
CW3: Jurong East I'change- Kotaraya II via 2nd Link and Bandar Nusajaya (Every 45min)
Getting to JB from Singapore is quite easy. Buses run from the main bus terminal near Bugis MRT station every 15 minutes from 6:30am until 11:45pm. The journey (one-way) costs only S$2.40 and takes just over an hour. It's easy enough just to go for the day if you want.
When you buy your ticket, make sure you keep the stub. When you go through Malaysian immigration, you need to show the stub to reboard the bus. Depending on how long you take at immigration, you'll probably be on a different bus. It's possible to walk across into JB from the immigration checkpoint also if you are not carrying too much luggage.
The Pelangi Group has provide free shuttle bus between their shopping mall.... Pelangi Leisure Mall, Pelangi Mall and City Square...
It is hourly basis, the first bus start at 9.40am from Pelangi Leisure and 10.00am from City Square.
Last bus end 9.40pm at Pelangi Leisure Mall and 10.00pm at City Square.
Those who are parking in Pelangi Leisure Mall have to keep in mind that 10pm bus from City Square is not going to Pelangi Leisure Mall. So, you have to take 9pm bus if you wanna save the transportation cost.
Taxi is one of the few means of transportation available for tourists within Johor Bahru. It is very inexpensive if you can get the driver to run the meter. However, if he does not run the meter, you will get "taken for a ride" both literally and figuratively. Do NOT take a taxi if the driver refuses to run the meter!
You might be able to negotiate a reasonable price prior to the ride, but you are taking a risk.
The bus from Singapore is a cheap, easy, and convenient way to get to Johor Bahru. I took the express bus from the Arab Street area (at Queen Street & Sultan Street). At the station, just wait near the sign for the Johor Bahru Express bus, then pay on the bus. One-way fare is only a few US dollars.
The ride north to the causeway takes only 45 minutes to one hour. When you arrive on the Singapore side of the causeway, you have to go through immigration & customs to exit the country (so bring your passport!). After immigration, you will go back outside and board the next available JB Express Bus. Just follow the signs to the bus area. Buses arrive and depart approx every 10-15 minutes from 6:30 AM to midnight.
The ride across the causeway takes just five minutes. When you arrive at JB, you must go through customs again. After customs, you may walk right into JB!
I don't think they have a website, but the phone number is 6292-8149 from within Singapore, 02-6292 8149 from Malaysia, 65-6292 8149 from anywhere else internationally!
There are at least three different bus companies running from the JB border crossing into Singapore. The bus station is located between the JB Train Station and the border crossing.
If you want to take the express bus to Arab Street, you must purchase a ticket before you go through immigration and customs. I think these tickets are sold in a building across the street from the train station. I did not know this, so when I got to the bus stop I couldn't get on! And of course, you can't go back out of immigration into JB!
Luckily one of the other bus companies allows you to pay when you board the bus. This bus offers local service to Singapore with several stops along the way. I just got off at customs in Singapore and took a taxi to the nearest subway station. This bus driver did not give change, so you need to have exact fare (of about US $0.35!).
Once you decide which bus to take, just line up in the queues outside of immigration. Buses depart approx every 15 minutes during the day.
Despite what taxi drivers and other con-artists might tell you, walking is a good way to a see a lot of Johor Bahru. The problem is good, reliable maps are hard to find.
After getting though the border crossing, walk due north and you will quickly arrive in the city center. On your way, you will pass a money exchange and dozens of taxi drivers. One street to the right takes you to the train station. If you head left and walk towards the water, you will go through the Waterfront area, and approach the State Secretariat Building and the Abu Bakar museum.
Doing a day trip to Johore Bahru (JB) from Singapore is easy. JB is good for sea food, shopping and spending a day may not be difficult. You can either take a taxi (it can seat 4 people and cost S$10 per person) from Taxi stand at Queen Street (near Bugis MRT Station) Their phone number at Singapore is 6293 7054 and 6293 5546. You will get very useful info on JB at this web page http://wikitravel.org/en/Johor_Bahru
You can easily go in the morning and comeback in the evening. Expect some slow movement of traffic at Singapore immigration.