With the recent rationalization of services resulting in the need to take 3 trains from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore, a bus ride may be a cheaper and faster alternative.
The most convenient replacement now is the Nice Executive coach, which serves the old Kuala Lumpur railway station, KL Sentral and Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS) before heading non-stop to Singapore.
The 3 stops in Kuala Lumpur are parallel to major ETS services.
Being early for my bus, I waited in the lounge in the old Kuala Lumpur railway station.
Inside the lounge is also a ticket counter in case you haven’t got a ticket, or if you would like buy one for a future journey.
The lounge was reasonably comfortable, equipped with many power sockets around. The washroom is located upstairs within the lounge.
Coffee or tea is also served to you while you wait for your bus.
The interior of the Nice Executive coach, arranged in a 1+2 configuration
The single seats are located on the right of the bus…
… and the double seats on the left. This is in contrast to the common Super VIP buses which has the single seats on the left and doubles on the right.
My original seat was at 6A, but when boarding, the attendant told me that my personal TV was not working, and gave me seat 1A instead. The personal TV on the front row is attached to a separate bar on the side of the seat.
Remember to bring your own earpiece for the personal TV as none is provided by the coach.
Before launching the system, however, you have to watch their advertisement for the Nice Imperial service. The coach advertised offers individual cocoon massage seats in a 1+1 configuration on the upper deck.
The interface of the BlueICE Tablet Infotainment System. It’s Android-based, so it is easy to use and familiar to most passengers.
The bus making a stop at KL Sentral to pick up passengers.
The final stop at TBS before heading on the expressway to Singapore.
Upon departure from TBS, each passenger is served with a high tea set consisting of 2 quarter sandwiches, a samosa and a slice of banana cake, with a cup of mineral water. I believe you can ask for more mineral water if you require it as I saw the attendant making a few trips down the aisle with them even after the meal service.
The bus made a 20 minute stop at Pagoh R&R, around the midpoint of the journey.
There is a food court with a good selection of local food here. The washrooms are located behind this food court. You can buy food back on to the bus if you wish.
A minimart and fast food is also available to the right of the food court.
The bus uses the Second Link to head back into Singapore, via the Tanjung Kupang and Tuas Checkpoints, with generally a lesser jam as compared to the Johor-Singapore Causeway between Johor Bahru and Woodlands.
The bus arrives at The Plaza @ Beach Road in Singapore, in front of the Nice ticket counter and lounge. It took around 6.5 hours to get here from the old Kuala Lumpur railway station, inclusive the jam at the checkpoints. From TBS, it took around 6 hours. From here, it’s a short walk to the Nicoll Highway Circle Line MRT station.
Fare from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur: s$31
Fare from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore: RM55
The fare from KL to Singapore is RM2 cheaper than the train connection from KL Sentral to Woodlands CIQ, gets you into the Singapore city centre, has personal entertainment TV on demand and provides a snack during the journey.
Timetable of buses from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur:
Timetable of buses from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore:
Follow the path eastward, parallel to Nicoll Highway. You should see this bus stop and link bridge after 2 minutes.
Continue along the shelter.
Head up the stairs to the link bridge.
The Nicoll Highway MRT Station is just across the highway.
Get on the train to your destination from here.
The Nice Imperial service also travels along the same route. Hopefully, this will be my next commute to KL to see how this compares with the Nice Executive service.