If you are on the lookout for a great place to take a one or two day trip, why not visit Johor Bahru, Malaysia?
It guaranteed to make your holiday a thrilling and engaging one.
As the second biggest city in Malaysia, Johor Bahru is fast becoming one of the most popular tourist hotspots in the country.
In 2012, it welcomed two brand new, state of the art theme parks.
So, start your journey at JB Sentral; the intercity railway centre located between Jalan Jim Quee and Jalan Tun Abdul Razak.
And, don’t forget to have a great time!
But you’re probably wondering how many transport options to get you to JB Sentral from Singapore.
Well today I’m going to guide you.
Check it out.
How To Go To JB Sentral From Singapore
There are several transport options to choose to get to JB Sentral from Singapore. Travellers or visitors can reach there by public bus, self-drive, train (shuttle tebrau), public taxi or private car.
1. Bus From Singapore To JB Sentral
A bus trip from Kranji to JB Sentral might take from 40 minutes to 2 hours – it depends on traffic conditions.
If you take a bus, you will need to get off all your belongings at Singapore checkpoint for immigration clearance and then take another bus for crossing the bridge.
The following buses ply between Singapore and JB Sentral:
1.1 SBS Transit Bus
Bus No.: 170X (blue plate)
Bus Route: Kranji MRT Singapore <–> JB Sentral Bus Terminal
SBS Transit Bus Ticket Price: SGD $1.39
SBS Transit Bus Schedule: Daily from 5:36 to 23:30 (on Saturdays until 00:00), every 5-13 minutes
Bus No.: 160 (blue plate)
Bus Route: Jurong East Interchange (beside the Jurong East MRT) <–> JB Sentral Bus Terminal
SBS Transit Bus Ticket Price: SGD $1.81
SBS Transit Bus Schedule: Daily from 5:30 to 00:00, every 8-17 minutes
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1.2 Causeway Link Bus
Bus No.: CW1
Bus Route: Kranji MRT Station Singapore <–> Larkin Bus Terminal JB
From Kranji MRT Station
Causeway Link Bus Ticket Price: SGD $1.50
Causeway Link Bus Schedule: Daily from 4:30 to 23:30, every 15-30 minutes
From Johor Bahru Custom
Causeway Link Bus Ticket Price: RM1.90
Causeway Link Bus Schedule: Daily from 4:15 to 23:00, every 15-30 minutes
Bus No.: CW2
Bus Route: Queen Street Bus Terminal, Singapore <–> Larkin Bus Terminal JB
From Queen Street Bus Terminal, Singapore
Causeway Link Bus Ticket Price: SGD $3.30
Causeway Link Bus Schedule: Daily from 6:00 to 23:45, every 15-30 minutes
From Johor Bahru Custom
Causeway Link Bus Ticket Price: RM3.40
Causeway Link Bus Schedule: Daily from 4:15 to 23:00, every 15-30 minutes
Bus No.: CW5
Bus Route: Newton Circus <–> Johor Bahru Custom
Newton Circus, Singapore to Johor Bahru Custom
Causeway Link Bus Ticket Price: SGD$ 3.30
Causeway Link Bus Schedule: Daily from 6:00 to 23:30, every 15-30 minutes
Johor Bahru Custom to Newton Circus, Singapore
Causeway Link Bus Ticket Price: RM3.40
Causeway Link Bus Schedule: Daily from 5:00 to 22:30, every 15-30 minutes
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1.3 Transtar Bus
Bus No.: TS1
Bus Route: Singapore Changi Airport <–> Johor Bahru Custom
Singapore Changi Airport to Johor Bahru Custom
Transtar Bus Ticket Price: SGD $9.00
Transtar Bus Schedule: Daily from 8:15 to 23:15, every 1 hour
Johor Bahru Custom to Singapore Changi Airport
Transtar Bus Ticket Price: RM10.00
Transtar Bus Schedule: Daily from 5:15 to 21:15, every 1- 2 hour
Bus No.: TS8
Bus Route: Resort World Sentosa <–> Johor Bahru Custom
Resort World Sentosa to Johor Bahru Custom
Transtar Bus Ticket Price: SG $6.00
Transtar Bus Schedule: Daily from 9:00 to 00:15, every 1 hour
Johor Bahru Custom to Resort World Sentosa
Transtar Bus Ticket Price: RM7.00
Transtar Bus Schedule: Daily from 8:00 to 22:00, every 1 hour
1.4 SMRT Bus
Bus No.: 950
Bus Route: Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange <–> JB Sentral Bus Terminal
SMRT Bus Ticket Price: SGD $1.43
SMRT Bus Schedule: Daily from 5:30 to 23:30, every 9-14 minutes
1.) EZ link card is accepted on buses 170X, 160, TS1 and TS8. You can refer to transport companies’ websites for more accurate bus schedules and other details: SBS Transit (bus 160 & 170X), Causeway Link (bus CW1-CW2, CW5), Transtar (bus TS1 & TS8) & SMRT (bus 950)
2.) For Causeway Link Bus (CW1,CW2 & CW5) & Transtar Bus (TS1 & TS8), the buses will stop at JB CIQ (Johor Bahru Customs) for you to clear the immigration. Then, you can walk out of the CIQ building and followed the crowd. After that, you just follow the link bridge to get to next building, JB Sentral. So, you no need to go down to the street level to reach JB Sentral. Both CIQ building & JB Sentral is connected via link bridge.
3.) CIQ Building is a place for you to clear the immigration whereas JB Sentral is a place you buy train ticket, bus ticket to/from other parts of Johor and Malaysia.
2. Private Car From Singapore To JB Sentral
Private car service is the most popular transport option to get to Johor Bahru (JB) from Singapore among the tourists due to:
- Passengers do not need to disembark from vehicle for immigration clearance.
- Direct pick up from any location in Singapore and drop-off at any location in Johor.
- Best suited for family with elderly and children or in big group.
- It is hassle free and much more comfortable compare to buses and trains.
- It is more spacious and comfortable ride for the long journey to Johor Bahru. The MPV private car can accommodate up to 10 persons.
More benefits of private car service, click here: Why Choose Private Car Service
Private hired car services such as Economy MPV and Luxury MPV are arranged with private companies on the basis of per transfer or per trip.
Singapore-Malaysia cross-border private car service such as SGMYTAXI can pick-up and drop-off passengers from anywhere within Singapore and Malaysia.
3. Self-Drive From Singapore To JB Sentral
A trip from Singapore to Johor Bahru (JB) by car takes around 15-30 minutes off peak. But in peak time you might spend 1-2 hours stuck in heavy traffic jam.
There are two links to get to JB :
- Causeway (Woodlands checkpoint)
- Second Link (Tuas checkpoint)
Basically traffic conditions are better on Second Link, but road toll is more expensive (currently road toll for passenger cars on Woodlands Checkpoint (departure) and Tuas Checkpoint (deaparture) are SGD$3.80 and SGD$3.20 accordingly). More info, click here: Causeway & 2nd Link Toll Fees
Note that if you drive a Singapore car, you must at least three- quarter tank of petrol inside of your car. Otherwise you risk being fined SGD $500.
4. Train From Singapore To JB Sentral
A shuttle train service is run by KTM and called Shuttle Tebrau train service. The train runs 12 trips per day from JB Sentral and 10 trips per day from Woodlands CIQ. Here’s a full list of the updated timings:
- Woodlands CIQ to JB Sentral: 8:00am, 10:00am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm, 6:00pm, 6:45pm, 8:00pm, 8:45pm, 10:00pm and 11:15 pm.
- JB Sentral to Woodlands CIQ: 5:30am, 6:00am, 6:30am, 7:00am, 8:30am, 9:00am, 12:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:00pm, 7:00pm, 9:00pm and 10:15pm.
The journey from Woodlands Checkpoint to JB Sentral and JB Sentral to Woodlands Checkpoint by Shuttle Tebrau takes about 5 minutes respectively.
If you coming from Singapore, the train ticket cost for Woodlands Checkpoint to JB Sentral (one way) is SGD $5. Return tickets are doubled, SGD$10.
If you coming from Johor, the train ticket cost for JB Sentral to Woodlands Checkpoint (one way) is RM5. Return tickets are doubled, RM10.
4.1 Buying Shuttle Tebrau Tickets Online (Update)
You can buy the train tickets via online for Woodlands Checkpoint to/from JB Sentral at https://intranet.ktmb.com.my/e-ticket/ until 30 November 2016. Start from 1 December 2016, you’re unable to buy train ticket via online anymore.
You can use Singapore credit card to make payment. Payment is in Malaysia Ringgit (RM). After purchased, remember to print it out and present it to KTM staff at Woodlands Train Checkpoint.
Before you buy the train ticket online, make sure you have register an account at KTM train website.
4.2 Buying Shuttle Tebrau Tickets At The Counter (Update)
You can buy the train ticket at KTM office on level 1 when enter the Woodlands Train Checkpoint building.
The train ticket can be purchased at the counter one day in advance up to 20 minutes before the train is scheduled to depart with maximum 4 tickets per person. The counter open at 8:30am daily.
After purchased the tickets, you can go to level 2 to wait your train.
Pros: The faster way cross border transportation option to get to school and work between Singapore and Johor Bahru. Skip the horrible traffic jam on the causeway especially during peak hours.
1.) The train time is only 5 minutes but waiting time for train and delay may occur could add up to 1 hour time waste. The causeway and trains are usually packed during peak period, both ways.
2.) You CANNOT buy the ticket a few days in advance.
Using Train From Singapore To JB Sentral Tips:
1.) The earlier and later trains might depart on time, make sure you check the road conditions for the causeway traffic before making a decision whether to choose bus or train. To check live road conditions webcam, click here: Live Traffic Cameras at Woodlands & Tuas Checkpoint.
2.) The train (Shuttle Tebrau) service is very popular to cross border between Singapore and Johor. Therefore, the tickets are selling fast during peak periods or good departure timings.
3.) The train ticket is valid only for 30 days before the date of departure.
4.) Train tickets of Shuttle Tebrau for 5:30am, 6:00am, 6:30am and 7:00am on weekdays from JB Sentral to Singapore Woodlands CIQ are usually sold out 28 days before departure.
5. Taxi From Singapore To JB Sentral
If you want to take public taxi from Singapore to JB Sentral, you need to travel to Ban San Street Taxi Terminal (next to Queen Street Bus Terminal). Only licensed Yellow Taxi is allowed to pick up passengers from Ban San Street Taxi Terminal to JB Sentral in Johor Bahru.
The fare charges by Yellow Taxi is from SGD$70 onwards for 4 persons. The taxi only can accommodate up to 4 adults with 2 to 3 luggage. The rate mentioned is per taxi per trip. Additional charges are imposed for additional stop. The journey duration up to 2 hours depend on traffic conditions.
Hotel Near JB Sentral
1. Citrus Hotel Johor Bahru
The Citrus Hotel, in Johor Bahru, can be found right in the middle of the dynamic Central Business District. It has recently been renovated and refurbished, so it is a great option for tourists and visitors.
It is located very close to Johor City Square Shopping Centre and one of the most illustrious pedestrian areas in the region, Meldrum Walk. If that weren’t enough, the Customs Immigration Quarantine Complex is minutes away, as are many of the taxi cabs that can take passengers to Singapore.
The Citrus Hotel is in close proximity to the Galleria@Kotaraya retail centre, which is the perfect place to shop for both western and traditional Malay garments.
You’ll find a wealth of great stores here selling everything from shoes to handbags, scarfs, clothes, jewellery, and accessories.
The Citrus Hotel is not just cosy and appealing, it is also highly practical. It offers visitors the use of internet booths, Wi-Fi services, an onsite eatery, and a function space. This makes it a suitable choice of accommodation for both businessmen and regular tourists.
2. Puteri Pacific Hotel Johor Bahru
The Puteri Pacific Hotel Johor Bahru, is currently the only Convention Accommodation in the whole of Johor. This is why it is situated, very conveniently, at the heart of the Central Business District. It can be reached in just minutes from the Singapore Causeway and the Changi Airport and Senai Airport.
The Puteri Pacific is also close to a number of exciting places, such as City Square, KOMTAR JBCC, Galleria@Kotaraya, and the Angry Bird Activity Park, to name a few.
There are scores of other retail, culinary, and entertainment attractions in the area. It takes just minutes, on foot, to arrive at the Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine Complex (CIQ) and the entry to Singapore.
This hotel is actually the largest Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions (MICE) space in the whole of the city. It contains a wealth of exciting facilities, from an outdoor pool to tennis courts, a steam room, a sauna, a gym, and a squash space.
Plus, guests can choose from a broad selection of culinary choices; including Malay, Chinese, and even Mediterranean food. The hotel provides impeccable room service facilities, twenty four hours a day.
3. Grand Bluewave Hotel JB
The Grand Bluewave Hotel can be found right at the centre of the city. It is located close to the major retail and corporate hubs. It is a luxury accommodation, so it offers large and lavish suites, cutting edge facilities, and world class service.
It is the perfect option for anybody who wants to enjoy their trip in premium conditions; whether they are in Johor for work or a fun, action packed holiday. This is a suitable hotel for families as well, because all kinds of people are welcomed at the Grand Bluewave Hotel.
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The rooms here are decorated to resemble ornate stately homes. They are sleek, elegant, and sophisticated. The corporate facilities at the hotel are just as impressive. It has a fully kitted out ‘business suite,’ with all of the latest software and technologies.
You may wish to enjoy a meal or a drink in one of its eateries, bars, or pubs. Here, you can choose from a varied selection of meals, including Malay, Asian, and Western foods. There are scores of tasty cocktails on offer too. The hotel provides guests with a twenty four hour dining service, so you don’t even have to leave your room to grab some dinner.
Kick back and relax in a large, lavish suite with all of the creature comforts that you could ever need. And, if you’re keen to really indulge, you can always upgrade to a recently renovated Executive Deluxe room or suite. This will ensure that you have the most luxurious stay possible and give you access to the Pacific Sky Lounge. It is the highest building in the city, so the views are spectacular.
4. Bello Hotel JB
The word ‘bello’ is Italian. It is used to refer to lots of different feelings and sensations, but most associate it with beauty and aesthetic grandeur. The Hotel Bello JB embodies this meaning, because it combines impressive décor with the warmest welcome in the city.
The hotel is situated right in the middle of Johor Bahru. It is within walking distance of the CIQ and the entry point to Singapore, so it is a convenient choice for travellers.
For corporate trips, the Bello Hotel JB represents a pleasant and cost effective option. It is close to many of the biggest banks and administrative and government services. Yet, it is not just corporate guests who love this hotel.
It is also a wonderful option for regular tourists, because it is situated in a region of rich historical and cultural activity.
You can reach both Little India and Chinatown by simply turning the corner. Plus, City Square and KOMTAR are just a couple of minutes away too. Guests are encouraged to explore the thrilling night market in Johor Bahru that springs up around 7pm every evening. It offers a huge variety of local treats and culinary discoveries. For enthusiastic foodies, it is an experience to remember.
5. Swiss Inn Johor Bahru
The Swiss Inn, in Johor Bahru, is situated right in the centre of the city. It is represents the newest, most cutting edge HIP version of cityscape accommodation.
It is just minutes away from the Persada International Convention Centre and within walking distance of City Square, Little India, the Bazaar JB (Bazar Karat), and the entry point to Singapore.
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In fact, its location is one of its biggest advantages, because it puts in the busiest and most culturally diverse part of the city. If that weren’t enough, it is also close to many of the most important government sites, such as TJB, Wisma Persekutuan Johor Bahru, KWSP, and the main Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) building.
The Swiss Inn is not the largest of hotels, but it is wonderfully cosy and comfortable. The interior is sleek, stylish, and contemporary. It contains a selection of remarkable Johor Bahru cityscapes, landscapes, and views.
Each section of the hotel is colour coded, so it is very easy for guests to find their way around. The rooms are designed to cater for both single travellers and groups as large as six. It has lots of leisure facilities and a variety of corporate resources.
6. Double Tree Hotel JB
The Double Tree Hotel JB is perfectly situated at the heart of the Central Business District, in Johor Bahru. It is just minutes away from the Persada Convention Centre and it offers great views of the city and the Straits of Johor.
It provides a fast route to KOMTAR JBCC, the Angry Birds Activity Park, the Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque, and a range of different retail and leisure attractions. The Senai International Airport and Singapore Changi International Airport are also easy to find from this hotel.
The Double Tree Hotel contains a highly regarded all day eatery, called the Makan Kitchen. It serves Malaysian dishes throughout the day and evening. However, guests can also indulge in Italian treats at Tosco or purchase their own takeaway snacks from the Food Store.
The hotel is an ideal choice for anybody searching for centralised accommodation. It is in close proximity to the entry point to Singapore and not far from a wealth of leisure attractions like the popular Johor city zoo.
The sprawling retail hub of the City Square is close by and it contains a large and varied selection of clothing stores, restaurants, and other stores. It even has its own cinema complex, so if you fancy checking out a movie, this is the place to go.
Visitors with younger children might want to check out LEGOLAND® Malaysia or The Little Big Club. The former contains more than forty interactive rides, attractions, and features, so it is a thrilling place to take the family.
Or, if you want to get close to nature, jump in the car and head to the stunning Kota Tinggi Waterfalls. It can reach by car, in approximately 60 minutes. If there is any golf obsessives in your party, sneak a round into your travel schedule at the lavish Daiman 18 Golf Club.
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7. Hotel Sentral Johor Bahru
The Hotel Sentral, in Johor Bahru, is situated right in the middle of the city. It sits very close to the picturesque cape of Tanjung Puteri. The accommodation skilfully caters to both leisure and corporate trips, by offering a complete and varied selection of facilities.
The suites at this hotel are all kitted out with sleek wooden floors and contemporary lighting schemes. They each have a flat screen television set, tea and coffee making facilities, and a phone. Each provides a charming view of either the sea or the cityscape.
The eatery at the Hotel Sentral serves a diverse international menu, but there are many local dishes to be enjoyed as well. Plus, guests can also take advantage of free internet services (in public spaces) and laundry facilities.
Top Attractions Near JB Sentral
1. Jalan Wong Ah Fook
Jalan Wong Ah Fook is the name of one of the busiest roads in the city of Johor Bahru. It can be found right in the centre of the corporate district. It is often a hectic environment, but it provides easy and fast access to many of the best attractions in the region.
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It takes its title from Wong Ah Fook, a Chinese entrepreneur who arrived in Singapore, in 1854. He was a highly skilled business figure and he quickly made a name for himself within the construction industry and several other sectors. In 1855, he created the town of Johor Bahru, with the help and support of Temenggung Daeng Ibrahim.
The area around Jalan Wong Ah Fook is an exciting and vibrant place. It is particularly lively during the evening, when the back streets become filled with food stands.
Visitors can browse a broad variety of snacks and treats, from Malaysia, Indian, China, and more. If you do get a chance to experience the area at night, don’t miss the Curry Fish Head.
Also, there are lots of evening tea shops and smaller eateries where you can mingle with the locals and grab a tasty bite to eat. The night market is easy to find from the main road.
Jalan Wong Ah Fook is in close proximity to the entry point to Singapore. In fact, it is so close that you can simply cross into the country. It is also within walking distance of the City Square, KOMTAR, the Johor Bahru City Centre, Meldrum Walk, and Legaran Segget.
2. Johor Bahru City Square Mall
City Square is the name of the biggest and busiest retail centre in the city. It opens at 10am and visitors can head down to pick up some breakfast. Then, it is off for a full day of retail therapy.
You can browse everything from shoes to clothing, jewellery, bags, accessories, gifts, electronics, cosmetics, and more. Anything that you could ever want, you will find it at City Square.
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Inside City Square there is a quirky section called the ‘Inner City.’ This is a sub department that is filled with smaller boutiques and stores. They are a little different to the bigger, more high profile shops, because most are independent or part of very limited chains. The Inner City is always filled with young shoppers who are looking for the next big trend.
After all of that browsing, you’ll need a place to kick back and rest your tired limbs. You’ll find it at one of the many eateries that are spread out around City Square.
They include Dontaku, Season’s, Seoul Garden, Kindo BBQ, Kenny Roger Roasters, Soul Thai, Dragon-I, Canton-I, Ayam Penyet Ori, Seasons Bakery, Sizzling Stonegrill, Penang Road Teochew Chendul, Secret Recipe, Starbucks, Crepa 2 U, and more. If food isn’t enough to recharge you, head over to a salon for a relaxing foot massage or pedicure.
If you still aren’t ready for home, enjoy a meal at a fancy restaurant, show the world your singing skills at a karaoke bar, or settle in for a movie at the cinema.
3. Angry Birds Activity Park, Johor Bahru
In Johor Bahru, you’ll find something rather special – the Angry Birds Activity Park Johor Bahru. It is the first and only one of its kind to be found in Southeast Asia. It is situated on the third floor of the recently refurbished KOMTAR Johor Bahru City Centre (JBCC).
The park stretches across a staggering 26,000 feet of indoor frolics and fun. It is suitable for families of all kinds and sizes.
There is the Captain Black Bird Ship, an exciting playground for very small children, the Cinemine (where you can watch Angry Birds cartoons), the Birds Nest Climbing Track, Red Bird Goal, Giant Leap from Pit, Space Drop Airbag, Balance Bike Lagoon, the Spinning Time Machine, the Laser Maze Spaceship, and so much more. Your little ones will be itching to have a go on the Anti-Gravity Trampolines, that’s for sure.
If you want to buy toys and gifts, stop off at the Angry Birds Souvenir store. It can be found at the entry point to the park. There is also an Angry Birds themed eatery if the kids need to rest and recharge after a hard day at play.
You can buy tickets for the Angry Birds Activity Park from its official website. Visit angrybirdsactivitypark.my for more information or speak to the advisors at the ticket desk inside the park. One family ticket, for two adults and two kids, costs RM230 if you do not live in the city.
4. Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple
The Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple is revered not just by Malaysians, but the whole world. It is considered to be one of the most remarkable and valuable architectural sites on the planet. It is the first complete glass temple and one of the oldest Hindu sites of worship in the city.
This temple is a sight that you will never forget. The glass features are spectacular and, if the sun is shining, the light reflects off its surface in the most beautiful and colourful ways.
While this is a place of Hindu worship, there are more than just Hindi figures depicted here. In fact, the temple contains a number of visual features that allude to figures Jesus Christ, Mother Teresa, SaiBaba, Guru Govind, Shiv Ji, Bala Ji, to name a few.
The Arulmighu Rajakaliamman Glass Temple is really too beautiful for words, so don’t hesitate to visit and see it for yourself. You are sure to leave with a big smile on your face.
You are permitted to take photographers inside the glass structure, but there is a small fee of RM3.00. This must be paid if you want to take pictures. It is a worthwhile fee, because the temple looks wonderful, especially after dark.
5. Johor Old Chinese Temple
This attraction is one of the oldest temples in the whole of Johor Bohru. However, it is extremely well preserved and still looks spectacular. While it is only a small site (tours take just ten minutes), there is a lot of rich Chinese history and culture on display here.
Also, if you wish, you can spend some time in prayer here. Or, you can head to the gallery, at the back of the building, for a tranquil and quiet space in which to meditate and unwind.
There are all kinds of traditional Chinese artefacts on display at the Old Chinese Temple. Some of the most visually striking are the deity palanquins (travel carriers for important figures).
They were brought our during the yearly deity parades. However, there are many more interesting and fascinating items to explore here as well.
The temple throws its own yearly event called the Chingay. The main deity statue housed there is taken out of the building and paraded down the busiest street in Johor Bahru. The celebration is designed to bring luck and good fortune to the residents of the city.