Singapore-JB Bus VTL Launches On 29 November 2021 With 2 VTL Bus Routes

Singapore-Johor Bus VTL

The Singapore-Johor Bus VTL will consist of 2 routes operated by Causeway Link and Transtar Travel from 29 November 2021 as part of the first phase of the land VTL. Singapore-Johor Bus VTL travellers have to be citizens, permanent residents or long-term pass holders of the country they are entering.

Causeway Link (Handal Indah) will operate Causeway Link VTL1 Bus with 32 daily VTL buses – 16 VTL trips from Malaysia and 16 VTL trips from Singapore – between Singapore Queen Street Bus Terminal and Johor Bahru Larkin Sentral.

Transtar Travel will operate Transtar Travel VTL Bus with 32 daily VTL buses – 16 VTL trips from Malaysia and 16 VTL trips from Singapore – between Singapore Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange and Johor Bahru Larkin Sentral.

Bus tickets will go on sale at 8am on Thursday, 25 November 2021, and tickets will be released for sale 30 days ahead. Travellers are also required to purchase their bus tickets at least three days prior to the date of departure.

Cover photo from Lianhe Zaobao.

❗❗❗ IMPORTANT: Do not rush to book VTL bus ticket online first. MySafeTravel registration for Malaysia is needed.

Click here for Singapore-Malaysia Vaccinated Travel Lane-Land (VTL-Land) information and VTL-Land Bus Travel Guide.

Menteri Besar Johor YAB Dato’ Haji Hasni bin Haji Mohammad had previously announced on 18 November 2021 that the Singapore – Malaysia VTL via land borders will launch on 29 November 2021 only for long term pass (border) holders, Malaysians working in Singapore, and Singaporeans working in Johor Bahru.

In conjunction with the launch of the Singapore – Malaysia VTL via land borders will launch on 29 November 2021, Singapore and Malaysia had a trial run on the morning of 23 November 2021 for the 2 VTL bus routes.

Photo from Lianhe Zaobao

Lianhe Zaobao reported that the Causeway Link bus carried about 30 Malaysian government officials departed from Johor Bahru Larkin Sentral at about 10:30am and arrived at Singapore Queen Street Bus Terminal at 12:30pm. In addition to doing a Polymerase Chain Reaction Test (PCR) in advance, all passengers must also fill out a health declaration form, and staff will check if passengers have completed the vaccination before boarding the bus.

Photo from Lianhe Zaobao

Transtar Travel also had a trial run at about 8am from Singapore Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange.

The 2 bus companies will each carry up to 1,440 people to and from Singapore and Malaysia each day. ​Bus tickets will only be sold online to avoid crowds. At the boarding location, staff will check for your ticket, passport and vaccination status and other information.

In comparison, before COVID-19, about 350,000 passengers and 50,000 vehicles traveled between JB and Singapore every day.

Travellers who arrive in Singapore via other means apart from the designated bus services will be subjected to prevailing border control measures, which include serving a 7-day SHN under Cat II restrictions.

❗❗❗ IMPORTANT: Do not rush to book VTL bus ticket online first. MySafeTravel registration for Malaysia is needed.

Click here for Singapore-Malaysia Vaccinated Travel Lane-Land (VTL-Land) information and VTL-Land Bus Travel Guide.

Singapore Looking At Singapore-Malaysia VTL Train

Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry Gan Kim Yong said on Wednesday, 24 November 2021 that  “Whereas the next step is probably looking at the possibility of allowing the train between Singapore and Malaysia to also tap on this VTL land access, so that Singaporeans and Malaysians can then also make use of (the) train to travel. But both bus and train are more manageable because they have a fixed capacity.”. Source: CNA

He also adds that “The immediate focus is really on bus, the next step maybe on the train between the two places.” Source: CNA

However, the Singapore-JB VTL Train cannot run immediately due to Gemas-Johor Bahru Electrified Double-Tracking Project (EDTP) progress and track closure from 23 November 2021 till at least May 2022.

Click here to understand why the Singapore-Malaysia VTL Train is not possible at this point of time.

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