Transnasional: Johor Bahru (Larkin Sentral) to Kuala Lumpur (TBS) by Night Bus

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To begin my Cambodia trip, as I was comparing prices for flights to Phnom Penh, I figured that it would have been much cheaper to fly out from KLIA rather than Changi Airport, with a slightly earlier arrival time into Phnom Penh as well. So to complete this budget experience, I decided to get the overnight Transnasional 1am bus from JB’s Larkin Sentral to KL again – a trial run for my potential future situation should the new airport taxes from Changi Airport get too expensive for short-haul trips.

This article was originally published on 9 May 2018 on BusTravel Station.

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From Singapore, I got on SBS Transit Service 170 to get to Larkin Sentral.

Hmm, is this a preview to another upcoming trip?

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Heading to the departure lounge for express buses.

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My boarding pass for the Transnational 1am bus to KL.

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Scan your boarding pass at the gate to enter the departure lounge.

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Guess my bus and plenty others are delayed today.

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Transnational departs from Platform C of Larkin Sentral.

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The bus came at around 1.30am, so that’s about a half hour delay in arrival.

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The interior of the Transnational Business Club bus. Some passengers have already boarded from Pasir Gudang.

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The view from my seat. Unfortunately, the USB charging ports were not available on this bus.

The bus departed around 1.45am, around 45 minutes behind schedule.

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It was a peaceful sleep on board, despite the tight legroom since this bus has 10 rows of seats rather than the usual 9.

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However, the bus arrived in TBS at around 5.30am, which makes it a pretty quick 4-hour journey, just in time for the first LRT train to the city for breakfast.

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And because some of the TBS escalators were out of order as usual, I had to walk across the platforms to get to a working one in order to exit the terminal.

Overall, Transnasional was once again a comfortable way to get from JB to KL overnight, but this trip calls for a lot more travel experiences than this. Stay tuned!

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