The Shuttle Tebrau is a highly popular mode of transport between Woodlands CIQ and Johor Bahru Sentral, with tickets selling out in 15 seconds, 30 days before departure at 8.30am for the most popular train despite the high fares based on distance travelled. For this occasion, on a super peak weekend, I decided to camp early online to purchase my Shuttle Tebrau 93dn ticket, the second-last train of the day, so I can connect with my Nice++ bus from KL with a little bit of buffer time to enter back to Singapore peacefully.
I arrived from the Maju Bus Service JB City Square slightly before 9.00pm, and the queue at Gate A had already formed.
The queue stretched to the entrance from the linkbridge from City Square. Why though.
The departure screen has a countdown till the gates lock out for entry to immigration.
As usual, I waited for the crowd to dissipate before heading into Gate A.
Heading through the almost-empty gates.
Scanning my passport at the Shuttle Tebrau gates at Gate A.
The welcome screen upon successful scanning of my passport. (Obviously it showed my actual name instead of RailTravel Station.)
Heading down the escalator to passport control.
Heading for Malaysia immigration.
Back in the familiar waiting room.
The crowds trying to funnel in when the gates are open for boarding after the last passengers from the inbound train has gone up.
The Shuttle Tebrau 93dn is at Platform 4.
23111 Maju leads the Shuttle Tebrau 93dn to Woodlands CIQ.
The casted nameplate of 23111 Maju. Time for a wash, KTM.
26106 Tanjung Jara heads the 1059dn MT44 from Kempas Baru, arriving at 9.25pm. This train will form the 44up Ekspres Selatan to Pulau Sebang (Tampin).
Heading back to the coach to board.
Mind the gap.
The Shuttle Tebrau 93dn departed from JB Sentral at 9.34pm – 4 minutes late, due to 26106 Tanjung Jara taking up the line to round engine.
There was no jam on the Causeway itself with no buses, which only means one thing – there are no buses to ferry people across and everyone is stuck in a backlogged jam from JB Sentral. Glad I’m on the Shuttle Tebrau on this super peak Sunday night.
The Shuttle Tebrau 93dn arrived at Woodlands CIQ at 9.40pm – 5 minutes late, with the delay in travel time due to a caution of 15km/h just before entering the station.
Overall, another quick and jiffy trip on the Shuttle Tebrau, escaping the Causeway jams.