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Sri Maju: Kuala Lumpur to Johor Bahru and Singapore by Bus

Another long-time player in the bus market in Malaysia, Sri Maju has daily services between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore via Johor Bahru (Larkin) and Woodlands Checkpoint.

The journey starts from Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS) where almost all buses to all destinations from KL depart from. Many screens around the terminal inform you of your bus information just like an airport.

TBS operates with a centralised ticketing system so you can buy any ticket at any counter, removing all touting problems. If you have booked your ticket online such as through 12Go AsiaBusOnlineTicket or Easybook, you need to exchange your A4 printout at these counters.

However, there are special counters near the entrance from the linkbridge from the trains to only exchange your printout for the boarding pass, an express option if the other queues are crowded.

These special counters are marked with a letter rather than a number and are in green.

If the counters in front are crowded, there are actually more counters further behind near the TBS Bazaar. It’s worth to walk the additional 30 seconds to these row of counters should the front counters have people queuing in them as this row is relatively new (formerly used by companies not in the centralised ticketing system) and thus relatively unknown too. This row is also away from the main boarding gates.

Once you’ve got your boarding pass, proceed to the boarding gate 1 floor down. Note the entrances to the gates – there is 1 main departure lobby and 2 smaller ones.

The entrance to my departure lobby for Gate 2.

Scan the QR code on the boarding pass to enter the departure lobby.

Once downstairs, find an available seat (which isn’t hard to do) or shop for last minute expensive drinks and snacks at the push carts around. Toilets are available here too.

Around 5 minutes to 3pm, my bus pulled up to Gate 2 for departure. “Announcements” were made for boarding, albeit manually by the security guard shouting the bus’s destinations.

My 3pm bus back to Singapore, with the driver opening the luggage compartment and another staff for counting off passengers from her list.

I didn’t get a clear interior shot of the bus as I wasn’t the first to board, but I have to say that Sri Maju has one of the largest legroom offered on Singapore – Kuala Lumpur express buses.

This is my feet when sitting in a slightly slouching position – the footrest is almost useless unless you recline your seat and try to lie down.

The bus departed 3 minutes off schedule, which by regular standards it’s considered punctual.

After around 3 hours, we made a rest stop at Yong Peng. Not my favourite rest stop because it isn’t an R&R on the highway and the food here are at Singapore prices.

There’s a minimart at the left side if you wish to do last-minute expensive snack shopping.

Do remember your bus number or at least look out for your destination signs or remember your driver’s or neighbour’s face as both northbound and southbound buses can use this rest stop. Here’s my bus parked beside another Sri Maju bus.

The bus arrived at JB Larkin bus terminal at around 7.30pm to alight some passengers before continuing on to Singapore.

The bus arrived at Woodlands Checkpoint at 8.10pm and thereafter, waiting for slower passengers and consolidating other Sri Maju passengers from other destinations into one bus, continued on to Golden Mile Complex and arrived at 9.20pm.

Sri Maju is one of the cheaper companies on Easybook to travel with between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore although it uses Woodlands Checkpoint instead. Taking Woodlands into account, it may not be my first choice to travel with next time but I won’t rule it out as an option in any case, and is still a recommended company to travel with in my opinion.

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Konsortium Express: Singapore to Kuala Lumpur by Night Bus

Konsortium is one of the well-known companies in Malaysia, operating as Konsortium Express & Tours Pte Ltd in Singapore. They operate out of Golden Mile Tower (similar to Starmart Express), which is closer to Nicoll Highway MRT Station, rather than Golden Mile Complex. They have one night bus daily to Kuala Lumpur (Terminal Bersepadu Selatan) departing at 11.30pm.

If you have booked your ticket through Easybook like me, you have to visit their office to “check-in” before departure ie. get your bus number. No ticket exchange is necessary, they will write your bus number on the A4 printout. They also provide a carton of mineral water beside the check-in desk which you can help yourself to a bottle.

My trip required a bus transfer to the Malaysian checkpoint at Tanjung Kupang, with the counter staff claiming that they were “busy” today. Though it’s just slightly inconvenient, I don’t like this arrangement as you don’t feel at ease till you sit your actual bus despite the compulsory alighting at the two checkpoints for immigration and customs clearance anyway.

On the bright side, instead of a “PZ transfer” where they use a 44-seater Singapore-plate bus, they provided a Super VIP tour bus so at least this transfer is still in comfort and all passengers still get their seat numbers. The bus even departed around 5 minutes ahead of schedule as all passengers on the booking list have arrived.

After clearing Singapore and Malaysia immigration and customs via the Second Link, the actual Konsortium bus is already waiting for us after the Malaysian immigration and customs clearance. It was just a quick headcount of passengers and off we went.

While the interior felt a little older than the previous bus, the seats were slightly wider and the legroom more generous. No power sockets are available though.

I slept through most of the journey except when I woke up for a few seconds due to some bright lights outside which my groggy eyes told me that we were probably at Yong Peng for a rest stop. I didn’t go for a toilet or meal break though.

The bus arrived at Terminal Bersepadu Selatan at 4.45am, and stopped us at the Executive Taxi stand at the KLIA Transit station instead of the actual drop-off berths upstairs. Arriving here means that I would have to take the escalators back to the terminal as it was too early to get anywhere as the LRT only starts at 6am.

Walking across the bridge to the terminal, I realised that stopping us earlier at the KLIA Transit station was a great idea as there was a massive queue of buses at the arrival berths.

Despite being called Terminal Bersepadu Selatan or Southern Integrated Terminal, TBS serves buses from all over Malaysia including the east and the north, and not just limited to southern destinations, which explains the huge jam caused by arrivals from the eastern states.

Will I take this company again? With the cheaper ticket price as compared to Starmart (at the time of my booking) with similar departure timings and location, I don’t see why not.

You can get your Konsortium tickets online through EasybookClick here for a step-by-step guide for Easybook.

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China High Speed Railway Experience Cube at KL Sentral

As part of its bids to be part of the Singapore – Kuala Lumpur High Speed Rail project, China Railway Malaysia has launched their China High Speed Railway Experience Cube at KL Sentral for the public to gain insights into the China Railway High Speed network.

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The exhibition is divided into different sections, named after the stations along the Singapore – Kuala Lumpur High Speed Rail. Do note that it does not necessarily suggest or correspond to the actual future facility to be built at the site.


Jurong East
AR Interactive Station

The expericnce cube starts from outside of it. Walk, jump and wave in front of the screen in front of the AR Interactive Station and watch the China Railway High Speed Rail come alive!

Iskandar Puteri
Creative Station

More for the kids, you can draw on the screen depending on what the background is at that time and watch the High Speed Rail pass by your drawings.

*Note: The touch screen was not working during my visit.

Batu Pahat
Assembly Station

Assemble your consist of coaches for the High Speed Rail by placing them onto the track.

*Note: The touch screen was not working during my visit.

Muar
Technology Station

Watch a video of the latest building and construction technology in China which could be applied to the Singapore – Kuala Lumpur High Speed Rail.

*Note: The touch screen was not working during my visit.

Ayer Keroh
Depot Station

View the main export models of the promoted rolling stock for the Singapore – Kuala Lumpur High Speed Rail – the China Standardized EMU capable of an operational speed of 350km/h and the High Speed Comprehensive Inspection Train for track and wayside equipment inspection at 350km/h. The impressed line between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur using models of China Railway High Speed rolling stock is found above.

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VR Experience Station


Experience a virtual ride on the Business Class Seat (商务座) of the China Railway High Speed Train with virtual reality glasses and a staff to talk you through the ride.


You can also experience the First Class Seat (一等座) (similar to Soft Seat (软座)) and Second Class Seat (二等座) (similar to Hard Seat (硬座)) with the changing scenery from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur by the “window”.

Do note their operating hours for this station:
10.00am – 12.00pm
1.30pm – 3.30pm
5.30pm – 7.45pm

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Navigation Station

Try your hand at driving the China Railway CRH380 for a short 5 minute drive, similar to the one at the China Railway Museum (Zhengyangmen Branch). A staff is at hand to guide you but it’s really easy to drive it even without an instructor beside you as the information on the digital gauges give you enough information to tell you when to start accelerating and braking even before you are supposed to.




Do note their operating hours for this station:
10.00am – 12.00pm
1.30pm – 3.30pm
5.30pm – 7.45pm

Bandar Malaysia
360° Hologram Station

The hologram tells you the completed, current and future international projects of CRRC Corporation.

Nevertheless, it features a little bit of “China English” with the Bongkok (sic) – Nong Khai cooperative railway…

… and the Jacarda (sic) – Bandung High Speed Rail project which they suddenly won 4 weeks after the project was cancelled.


Looking at the current situation, the China High Speed Railway Experience Cube at KL Sentral could possibly offer the most accurate insight into the future of the Malaysian sector of the Singapore – Kuala Lumpur High Speed Rail. Despite this exhibition not being as long as the Korean Train eXpress (KTX) Exhibition at Nu Sentral, some may already favour China Railway Malaysia as a strong contender to the bid for the Singapore – Kuala Lumpur High Speed Rail.

The China High Speed Railway Experience Cube at KL Sentral is open from 16 January to 16 April 2017, 10.00am to 8.00pm daily at KL Sentral Level 2, just at the main entrance of KL Sentral.

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New Platform Assignments at KL Sentral and Kuala Lumpur effective 20 February 2017

Due to the progress of the infrastructure upgrading of the Klang Valley Double Track project to the next stage between Kuala Lumpur and Pelabuhan Klang (?*), the following platform reassignments will take effect from 20 February 2017 till further notice to facilitate the upgrading works.

*RailTravel Station thinks KTM means Simpang Pelabuhan Klang at Bangsar instead.

UPDATE (15 FEB 2017): The change of platforms has been changed. The post below is updated unlike KTM’s website.

UPDATE (20 FEB 2017): The change of the change of platforms has been changed, with KTM claiming that they are being “proactive” by the change of the change of the change of the platforms. (“Walaubagaimanapun, melalui pemerhatian dan tinjauan yang dilakukan pada pagi ini, KTMB telah mengambil langkah proaktif dengan membuka semula Platform 2 di Stesen Kuala Lumpur bagi memastikan operasi perkhidmatan tren KTM Komuter berjalan lancar.” Source here.) The post below is updated unlike KTM’s website.


New Platform Assignments at KL Sentral

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Current Platform Assignments

Platform 1: ETS Services
Platform 2: ETS Services
Platform 3: Batu Caves
Platform 4: Tanjung Malim
Platform 5: Pelabuhan Klang
Platform 6: Pulau Sebang (Tampin)

Effective 20 February 2017

Platform 1: CLOSED
Platform 2: CLOSED
Platform 3: ETS Services
Platform 4: Batu Caves & Tanjung Malim
Platform 5: Pelabuhan Klang
Platform 6: Pulau Sebang (Tampin)

New Platform Assignments at Kuala Lumpur

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Current Platform Assignments

Platform 1: ETS Services
Platform 2: Batu Caves & Tanjung Malim
Platform 3: Pelabuhan Klang & Pulau Sebang (Tampin)
Platform 4: Not in use

Effective 20 February 2017

Platform 1: CLOSED
Platform 2: Batu Caves & Tanjung Malim; All Northbound ETS Services
Platform 3: Pelabuhan Klang & Pulau Sebang (Tampin)
Platform 4: All Southbound ETS Services


For more information, view the official press release here. (Deleted by KTM)

View the Facebook post regarding the change posted on 15 February 2017 here. Information is only available on Facebook for now because KTM’s website is down, as usual.

View the Facebook post regarding the change of the change of the change of the platforms posted on 20 February 2017 here.

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Ekspres Selatan – Last Run to Pulau Sebang (Tampin)

This post is about the defunct Ekspres Selatan service.

From 1 February 2017, the trains serving only the sector between JB Sentral and Gemas are known as Shuttle.


It’s always hard to say goodbye. I rode my last Ekspres Rakyat service from KL Sentral to JB Sentral to depart the electrified double track sector by a locomotive-hauled train for the last time before I embarked on my trip of a lifetime from London to Singapore since the timetable change would take place during my trip, and also supposedly rode my last trip from JB Sentral to Pulau Sebang (Tampin) on the previous post, with me confidently putting the title as “Goodbye Ekspres Selatan“.

Alas, my last goodbye is on the actual last Ekspres Selatan to and from Pulau Sebang (Tampin).

24102 Mat Kilau had the privilege (?) to head the last regular KTM Intercity train in and out of any part of the electrified double track sector main lines.

Since 31 January 2017 was a Malaysian public holiday for Chinese New Year, the crowds at different stations were significantly higher than usual. Yes, this picture taken at Rengam actually shows a crowd, considering there are probably 0 to 2 passengers per train using this station on a usual weekday.

The 40up Ekspres Selatan calls at Kluang Railway Station’s Platform 2 for the last time to await the last crossing with the 27dn Ekspres Rakyat Timuran.

The 27dn Ekspres Rakyat Timuran arriving at Kluang with 4 ASCs attached only, tagged with the coach numbers of T1, T6, T7, and T8, which means 3 coaches of ADNS passengers had been downgraded. However, this was probably a hastily-formed rake to recover the truncated service due to the floods.

Another shot of the 40up Ekspres Selatan at Kluang Platform 2.

Arriving at Chamek, with a different town era to what the former Blue Train coaches are used to.

Passing over the rather full Segamat River, the aftermath of the floods.

Some low-lying lands also remain flooded.

The 40up Ekspres Selatan at Gemas, for the final crew change to take the train to Pulau Sebang (Tampin) and back to JB Sentral.

The 40up Ekspres Selatan crossing over to the up line of the electrified double track sector for the last time. The spur in the middle leads to the East Coast Line and the spur on the right leads to the Gemas yard.

On a right curve after passing by the Gemas bypass.

Looking out to the electrified double track lines from the rear of the train.

Looking back at Batang Melaka, departing from the northbound platform for the last time.

Rock formations on the way to Tampin.

The 40up Ekspres Selatan arriving in Pulau Sebang (Tampin) for the very last time.

The last ever 40up Ekspres Selatan from JB Sentral to Pulau Sebang (Tampin).

The coaches of the last Ekspres Selatan to Pulau Sebang (Tampin).

After the locomotive has run around, the 41dn Ekspres Selatan is now formed.

The final departure of the 41dn Ekspres Selatan from Pulau Sebang (Tampin).

Passing by the godown siding of Tampin.

Approaching the southern crossovers of Pulau Sebang (Tampin).

The 41dn Ekspres Selatan crossing over to the down line of the electrified double track sector for the last time.

A video of the very last 41dn Ekspres Selatan departure from Pulau Sebang (Tampin).

Approaching Batang Melaka for the last time.

Proceeding through a gentle S-curve south of Batang Melaka.

Approaching Gemas from the north for the last time.

The old railway station on the left versus the new station with 8 tracks and 6 platforms.

The crowd of passengers boarding the 41dn Ekspres Selatan at Gemas from the ETS which arrived a few minutes before.

The 41dn Ekspres Selatan after exiting the main line of the electrified double track sector at Gemas in Negeri Sembilan for the last time.

Proceeding on back to JB Sentral at the current end of the electrified double track sector at Gemas in Johor.

Passing by more flooded low lands in Segamat.

Flooded palm plantations in Segamat. With the future Gemas – JB electrified double track sector and the elevated alignment in Segamat, train service disruptions due to floods will hopefully be a thing of the past.

More passengers boarding at Segamat at the end of the Chinese New Year long weekend.

Families sending off their loved ones at Bekok.

The train was full from here on, so not much pictures were shot. Anyway, this section of track will still be served by regular KTM Intercity services.

The final arrival of the 41dn Ekspres Selatan at JB Sentral.

From 1 February 2017, KTM Intercity train services run exclusively on the non-electrified single track sector, with the Shuttle acting as a relay for ETS services plying between JB Sentral and Gemas only. Connections to Woodlands CIQ, Singapore should be ignored as almost all trains do not have a smooth connection to the Shuttle Tebrau.

The only remaining train with an “Express” status is the Ekspres Rakyat Timuran.

Farewell Ekspres Selatan.


This post is about the defunct Ekspres Selatan service.

From 1 February 2017, the trains serving only the sector between JB Sentral and Gemas are known as Shuttle.

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KTM Intercity Service Disruption (Issued 25 January 2017)

All services are restored since 10pm on 1 February 2017.

All KTM Intercity services with the exception of the Shuttle Tebrau are disrupted in one way or another due to floods in Segamat (KM590.25) and Tanjung Sekawin (Kuala Lipis) (KM220.5). Listed below are the disrupted trains (which is all the trains) and the respective arrangements:

26up Ekspres Rakyat Timuran: Train service is available from JB Sentral to Kluang only, thereafter transhipment bus services are available for destinations between Kluang and Tumpat. UPDATE (27 Jan 2017): Train services are restored on the Southern Sector.

27dn Ekspres Rakyat Timuran: Train service is available from Tumpat to Krai, thereafter transhipment bus services are available to Kluang and destinations in between, and thereafter train service is available from Kluang to JB Sentral. UPDATE (27 Jan 2017): Train services are restored on the Southern Sector. 

Ekspres Selatan (all trains): There is no train service between Kluang and Gemas/Pulau Sebang (Tampin) due to floods. Train service is available between JB Sentral and Kluang, thereafter transhipment bus services are provided for destinations between Kluang and Gemas. Passengers to and from Batang Melaka and Pulau Sebang (Tampin) are most likely transhipped by a close-timing ETS service. UPDATE (27 Jan 2017): Train services are restored on the Southern Sector.

Ekspres Rakyat Timuran: Train service is available between JB Sentral and Jerantut, and Krai and Tumpat. Transhipment bus services are available between Jerantut and Krai and destinations in between.

Shuttle Timur (all trains): There is no train service between Kuala Lipis and Krai due to floods. Train service is available between Krai and Tumpat only.

Passengers holding tickets to any of the above trains (which is all KTM Intercity trains with the exception of the Shuttle Tebrau) on disrupted dates are entitled to a full refund before departure of train of transhipment bus.

View the official press release here.

View the official updated press release here (27 Jan 2016).

All services are restored since 10pm on 1 February 2017.

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Goodbye Ekspres Selatan

The Ekspres Selatan was created out of necessity due to the split of ETS services on the newer electrified double track sectors and KTM Intercity services on the older non-electrified single track sectors, forcing commuters to change trains at Gemas to travel between southern destinations and the cities on the electrified double track sectors including Kuala Lumpur, Butterworth and Padang Besar.

The 42up and 43dn Ekspres Selatan commenced service on 9 May 2016, and the 40up, 41dn, 44up and 45dn Ekspres Selatan commenced service on 19 May 2016.

1 pair of Ekspres Selatan trains plied between JB Sentral and Pulau Sebang (Tampin), which uses a part of the electrified double track sectors, instead of terminating at Gemas, offering a less hectic option for those heading to and from Batang Melaka and Pulau Sebang (Tampin), and also somewhat providing a cheaper KTM Komuter alternative to train travel as opposed to paying for an ETS ticket.

The 40up and 41dn Ekspres Selatan were initially made up of the typical ASC coaches of varying types.

From 1 September 2016, however, the 40up and 41dn Ekspres Selatan operated with refurbished BSC coaches which were stranded and damaged during the Kelantan floods in 2014. The train was formed of 7 Japanese-donated Blue Train coaches consisting of 5 BSC coaches and 2 BDNS coaches as a power generator, hauled by Hitachi-made 23 Class locomotive 23109 Ikhlas with much grandeur, forming a full Japanese consist.

The 41dn Ekspres Selatan crossing with another consist of Eastern and Oriental Express coaches at Kluang, also made in Japan.

Less than 2 months later, the consist was shortened possibly due to maintenance issues for both the locomotive and coaches. 2 of the newly-refurbished BSC coaches were taken out of service with 1 BDNS, with 1 BSC coach swapped out with another that was not affected by the floors and operated on the previous Shuttle 61dn and 62up.

23109 Ikhlas was not seen again.

The train was shortened to 3 BSC coaches for a short period of time, but is now relenghtened to 4 BSC coaches again.


Inside the old but very comfortable BSC coaches.


Remnants of the coaches’s past are still visible both on the interior and exterior of the train.



The 40up and 41dn Ekspres Selatan is the last KTM Intercity train to ply on the electrified double-track sectors. Smooth and comfortable, these tracks definitely made the Blue Train coaches feel as if they are back at home.

Even the height of the coach’s door and the platforms on the electrified double-track sectors are a perfect fit.

Though diesel-hauled trains are now being phased out of the electrified double-track sectors, with priority given to the modern electric trains for ETS and KTM Komuter services.

The 40up Ekspres Selatan departing Pulau Sebang (Tampin), returning as the 41dn Ekspres Selatan. On 31 January 2017, less than 9 months since the Ekspres Selatan service commenced, this train will be the last regular KTM Intercity train to ply on the electrified double-track sector, and all current Ekspres Selatan trains plying between JB Sentral and Gemas will be renamed to “Shuttle“, matching the actual service currently provided by the “Ekspres” Selatan, which actually makes stops at all stations in service and has no in-train catering service.

In the last timetable in 2011 before the closure of the Singapore sector, the Ekspres Rakyat departed Tanjong Pagar Railway Station at 8.00am and arrived in KL Sentral at 2.45pm, a single journey of 6 hours and 45 minutes from the heart of Singapore direct to the transport hub of Kuala Lumpur.

The Shuttle Tebrau x Ekspres Selatan x ETS Gold combination today requires you to board the 8.00am Shuttle Tebrau from Woodlands CIQ, which is literally at the Causeway, change to the Ekspres Selatan 40up or 42up to Pulau Sebang (Tampin) or Gemas, and then change to the ETS Gold 9202up to get to KL Sentral, arriving at 5.11pm, a journey time of 9 hours and 11 minutes.

Somehow, in the context of rail transport in Malaysia, with modernisation comes inconvenience and slower journeys.

Goodbye Ekspres Selatan.

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MRT Sungai Buloh – Kajang (SBK) Line Feeder Bus Routes: Sungai Buloh MRT Station

The feeder buses from Sungai Buloh MRT Station links the surrounding residential and industrial areas to the MRT Sungai Buloh – Kajang (SBK) Line. The MRT Sungai Buloh – Kajang (SBK) Line Feeder Bus services will commence service on 16 December 2016.

RailTravel Station offers MRT Sungai Buloh – Kajang (SBK) Line Feeder Bus guides for:


Bus Route Information

Originating Services

RapidKL MRT Feeder Bus Service T100
Sungai Buloh – Hospital Sungai Buloh – Kuarters Integrasi Sungai Buloh

Fares
Cash: RM1.00
Cashless RM0.80

Frequency
Every 10 – 15 minutes

Operating Hours
5.30am – 11.30pm

RapidKL MRT Feeder Bus Service T101
Sungai Buloh – Perumahan BRP 6

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Fares
Cash: RM1.00
Cashless RM0.80

Frequency
Every 10 – 15 minutes

Operating Hours
5.30am – 11.30pm

RapidKL MRT Feeder Bus Service T102
Sungai Buloh – Kampung Kubu Gajah

Fares
Cash: RM1.00
Cashless RM0.80

Frequency
Every 10 – 15 minutes

Operating Hours
5.30am – 11.30pm

RapidKL MRT Feeder Bus Service T103
Sungai Buloh – Apartment Impian

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Fares
Cash: RM1.00
Cashless RM0.80

Frequency
Every 10 – 15 minutes

Operating Hours
5.30am – 11.30pm


RailTravel Station offers MRT Sungai Buloh – Kajang (SBK) Line Feeder Bus guides for:

For more information, visit the links below for the full list of feeder buses from SPAD’s website:

MRT Feeder Bus Routes

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MRT Sungai Buloh – Kajang (SBK) Line Feeder Bus Routes: Kampung Selamat MRT Station

The feeder buses from Kampung Selamat MRT Station links the surrounding industrial areas to the MRT Sungai Buloh – Kajang (SBK) Line. The MRT Sungai Buloh – Kajang (SBK) Line Feeder Bus services will commence service on 16 December 2016.

RailTravel Station offers MRT Sungai Buloh – Kajang (SBK) Line Feeder Bus guides for:


Bus Route Information

Originating Services

RapidKL MRT Feeder Bus Service T104
Kampung Selamat – IPD Sungai Buloh

Fares
Cash: RM1.00
Cashless RM0.80

Frequency
Every 10 – 15 minutes

Operating Hours
5.30am – 11.30pm


RailTravel Station offers MRT Sungai Buloh – Kajang (SBK) Line Feeder Bus guides for:

For more information, visit the links below for the full list of feeder buses from SPAD’s website:

MRT Feeder Bus Routes

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Getting from Johor Bahru to Woodlands, Singapore After Midnight

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Crossing from Johor Bahru to Singapore after the last bus has departed is a last resort, but not an impossible task at hand. And with KTM’s awesome timetabling skills which has the evening train from Gemas arriving into JB Sentral at 1.10am, this may become a new necessity. Below is a guide on the possible options you may have.

Click here for border crossing options during the day (5.30am – 12.30am).


Last Bus Timings departing from Sultan Iskandar CIQ Complex (Johor Bahru):

Bus Service Destination Weekday Weekend
160 Jurong East Int 12.38am 12.35am
170 Queen St Ter (Bugis) 12.30am 12.30am
170X Kranji MRT Stn 12.00am 12.00am
950 Woodlands Int 12.00am 12.00am
AC7 Yishun Int 11.30pm 11.30pm
CW1 Kranji MRT Stn 11.30pm 11.30pm
CW2 Queen St Ter (Bugis) 11.00pm 11.00pm
CW5 Newton Circus 10.30pm 10.30pm
SJE Queen St Ter (Bugis) 11.30pm 11.30pm
TS1 Changi Arport 9.15pm 9.15pm
TS8 Resorts World Sentosa 10.00pm 10.00pm

Option 1: Express Bus

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Hop on a waiting express bus from other long-distance destinations. Express buses departing from cities such as Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh or Penang in the late afternoon or evening may cross the checkpoint past 1am. Express buses usually terminate at Golden Mile near the Bugis and Lavender area if you want a ride to the city, but if you only need to cross the border to Woodlands where you can board a taxi later on, there’s no reason not to take it, considering there’s no more public transport available.

Availability: Depending on the willingness of the driver
Fare: Discuss with driver

Option 2: Bas Kilang

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The humble Bas Kilang ferries Malaysian workers across to Singapore for work daily, and some may depart in the middle of the night in order to match graveyard shifts of the workers. These distinct blue buses, if they decide to fetch you, will only take you to Woodlands Checkpoint as individual buses will head off to their own specific destination. You should also expect all the workers who have paid for this service to board the bus before the driver allows anyone else to hitch a ride.

Board the bus with the desperate shoving crowd and pay RM2 directly to the driver when alighting.

Pro-tip: I know you are thinking that the side of the bus reads as “Bas Pekerja”. No one really calls it that way except the person who painted the words on and probably Singaporeans. Call it “Bas Kilang” when you are hitching a ride to sound like you’re a seasoned traveller.

Availability: Depending on the willingness of the driver
Fare: RM2

Option 3: Walk

It may be technically not allowed to walk across the Causeway with the opening of the Sultan Iskandar CIQ Complex but people do it on a daily basis and you can find a pedestrian on the bridge at any second of the day. The only problem is that there’s no proper pavement to walk on from the viaduct of Sultan Iskandar CIQ Complex to the bridge itself. But no worries, all you have to do is cross the road to the opposing side and walk in the opposing direction of the vehicles heading for Johor Bahru. You will then reach the pavement on the Johor-Singapore Causeway (eastward, away from the railway tracks), which will be easy enough to walk on. There is an entrance to Woodlands Checkpoint from this pavement.

Availability: Always
Fare: Free – or you could buy a hoverboard or e-scooter like the many people who use this method during peak hours

Option 4: Stay overnight in JB

Why not take out the risks and stresses of midnight border crossings and just stay in JB? Hotels are comparatively more affordable than in Singapore and you’ll have the whole day to decide when you wish to cross back to Singapore.

Availability: Search here for Johor Bahru hotels with Agoda

After your hotel stay, click here for border crossing options during the day (5.30am – 12.30am).


This guide should only be used in desperate situations, and does not equate to a travel idea, recommendation, support or endorsement of any kind by RailTravel Station. You should be aware that the bus options listed here are non-ticketed, and therefore if there are any mishaps, you will definitely not be covered by insurance or any other forms of liability as you are not a legal passenger.

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