YoYo Bus from JB Larkin Sentral to KLIA
YoYo Bus is a popular and long-time long-distance bus player serving Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). Heading to KL again, I tried using YoYo Bus to go to KLIA first, before using the new MRT Putrajaya Line possibility to head to KL in the morning.
Johor Bahru Larkin Sentral
YoYo Bus departs from Larkin Sentral in Johor Bahru. On top of the fare, RM2 is charged by Larkin Sentral for boarding pass fee and facilities fee.
My boarding pass for my YoYo Bus ride from JB Larkin Sentral to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). I purchased my YoYo Bus ticket on BusOnlineTicket for RM59 as there is no admin fee there as compared with Easybook. RM2 is added when printing the boarding pass, charged by Larkin Sentral, so this YoYo Bus ride costs a total of RM61.
Heading to the Express Bus Departure Hall 30 minutes before departure.
Scanning my boarding pass on the CTS gate.
The interior of the Larkin Sentral Express Bus Departure Hall.
3-pin power sockets are available at selected pillars in the departure hall.
Checking the departure screen for my YoYo Bus. How nice to be going to KLIA with an impending feeling of flying there instead of an upcoming bus ride.
YoYo Bus from JB Larkin Sentral
My YoYo Bus arrived at Platform B14 in front of the departure hall at 11.35pm, 10 minutes to scheduled departure.
The interior of the YoYo Bus from JB Larkin Sentral. While the online booking screen showed 10 rows with 30 seats in total, I got a 27-seater bus with 9 rows of seats which was a pleasant surprise.
My seat at 7A.
With 9 rows of seats, this means more legroom for everyone.
The generous legroom on board YoYo Bus’ 27-seater bus.
This also means that the last row of seats is Row 9, and there was some problems with those booked in Row 10. Thankfully no one was forced off the bus as there was just enough space available for everyone.
USB power sockets are available from the seat back in front.
The USB power sockets were pleasantly working, and I was able to maintain my phone battery at 100% throughout the trip.
Overhead storage lockers are available for small bags.
Being an airport bus, there were passengers with large size and numbers of luggage, which the bus luggage compartment has no problems with accepting them at no extra charge. One advantage of a long-distance bus over a short domestic flight.
There was an on-board LED screen showing the time which was off by a few minutes along with safety messages and even a number to WhatsApp too if the driver is driving recklessly, which was a nice touch.
The bus departed from Larkin Sentral sharp on time which looked quite empty. However, I wasn’t excited about it as I knew there was going to be another JB stop to pick up more passengers.
“Pushing back” from the gate.
“Taxiing” out of Larkin Sentral.
Heading on the Skudai Highway.
Taman Ungku Tun Aminah (TUTA/T Sentral) Bus Terminal
The next JB stop is Taman Ungku Tun Aminah (TUTA/T Sentral) Bus Terminal. I guess the T is an abbreviation of TUTA which in turn was too short and thus a Sentral needed to be added.
Parking at a bus stand inside Taman Ungku Tun Aminah (TUTA/T Sentral) Bus Terminal just before 12 midnight. The driver asked if anyone needed a toilet break here first, as the bus is only scheduled to depart at 12.30am with more passengers boarding.
I took the opportunity to alight to stretch my legs.
There is a small area of ticket counters and an air-conditioned waiting area.
The departure screen is powered by Easybook, but it doesn’t seem to be updated in time.
There also seems to be a CTS system powered by Easybook, though there are no physical gates installed. Passengers boarding from TUTA/T Sentral need to print a boarding pass from here too.
Toilets are available at TUTA/T Sentral, but alas, it was not free of charge, but costs 50 sen per entry which is almost double that of Larkin Sentral.
YoYo Bus’ office is located in a shop lot just outside TUTA/T Sentral.
Heading back to the bus with other waiting passengers boarding from TUTA/T Sentral.
The YoYo Bus was almost full here.
Departing from TUTA/T Sentral at 12.30am sharp.
Heading back to the Skudai Highway on local roads.
PLUS North-South Expressway
Heading through Skudai Toll Plaza onto the PLUS North-South Expressway.
Caltex Yong Peng
About 1 hour later, the YoYo Bus made a second stop at Caltex Yong Peng for a toilet break and to pick up more passengers.
Just a couple more passengers boarded from Yong Peng, making this bus full.
Toilets are available at Caltex Yong Peng.
KLIA Terminal 2
My YoYo Bus first stopped at KLIA Terminal 2 at 4.05am, making this a journey of 4 hours and 20 minutes from JB Larkin Sentral to KLIA Terminal 2.
KLIA Terminal 1
The next and final stop is KLIA Terminal 1.
My YoYo Bus arrived at KLIA Terminal 1 at 4.16am, making this a journey of 4 hours and 31 minutes from JB Larkin Sentral to KLIA Terminal 2.
There is a mamak inside the KLIA Terminal 1 Bus Station which was opened at 4.16am if you’re feeling peckish after the bus ride.
The escalator to the linkbridge to the Main Terminal Building was switched off at this time.
However, the lifts were still working.
The linkbridge to the Main Terminal Building is on Level 2.
Heading on the travellator to the Main Terminal Building.
At the end of the linkbridge, head up to Level 5 for the Departure Hall
The Departure Hall of KLIA Terminal 1.
Overall, YoYo Bus offered a comfortable and time-efficient overnight bus from JB Larkin Sentral to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), arriving in good time taking just around 4.5 hours. This is useful if catching an early morning flight from KLIA Terminals 1 or 2. As for me, I had breakfast here first before heading to KL via the new MRT Putrajaya Line transfer possibility.