By now you might be a little bit bored of these bus trip reports, since I’m almost loyal to one bus company only for the overnight ride from Singapore to KL, but I’ll just do it anyway. Starmart has new 12.45am departures from Singapore because, I guess, the super frequent midnight departures are still insufficient to cater to the high demand. I got my ticket on the 12.45am bus, this time to KL Sentral, making this a marathon to cover 3 popular Malaysian cities in a single day.
Heading to the empty Starmart counter at Golden Mile Tower past 12 midnight when most of the buses have already departed to check-in for my trip.
My printed ticket for the 12.45am ride from Golden Mile Tower to KL Sentral. I will be on Bus 75 (!!!) to change to AKR6, a double-deck bus.
The remaining passengers waiting for Starmart buses.
At about 12.30am, the ground staff at the steps called for passengers to KL (TBS and Berjaya Times Square) as per normal, but after everyone had boarded, he called for passengers to KL Sentral to meet him first.
After checking that everyone for KL Sentral he named were present, turns out that there’s going to be a bus swap and KL Sentral people are going to get on this direct bus instead, according to his passenger manifest.
The bus was changed to AKX6 instead. Oh crap, it’s the bus on my disastrous journey with Starmart last year.
My reassigned window seat on the upper deck of the bus according to the manifest that the ground staff was using.
The legroom on the double seat side of the bus.
The view of the Starmart double-decker coach from my seat.
Passing by the midnight Singapore CBD skyline as the bus travels over the Benjamin Sheares Bridge towards the Tuas Second Link.
With this late departure, immigration at Tuas and Tanjung Kupang were totally empty. Hmm, I do foresee myself using this last 12.45am departure instead next time.
The almost empty interior of the upper deck as I was one of the first to clear immigration at Tanjung Kupang since I didn’t have any bags in the luggage compartment to pick out from.
Thankfully, the driver which played the midnight movie last year was not driving this same bus and the journey went on to KL without a hitch.
The bus made a stop at Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS) first, followed by KL Sentral, and lastly, Berjaya Times Square.
The 12.45am bus from Golden Mile Tower arrived at KL Sentral at about 5.50am, making this a journey time of around 5 hours and 5 minutes end to end. Excellent.
As my journey was during the period when ETS train services between KL Sentral and Tanjung Malim were disrupted, the transhipment buses were parked around the ERL departure hall as well.
Overall, yet another pleasant journey on Starmart despite my earlier apprehensiveness regarding another unwanted movie.