Traveling by Bus from Johor Bahru to Singapore

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It is quite normal for some people to travel from Johor Bahru to Singapore, and back from Singapore to Johor Bahru on a routine basis. Johor Bahru and Singapore are closely situated with one another, and with Johor Bahru is just a causeway away from Singapore, it is possible to travel from one place to another in a matter of few minutes.

Singapore is known all over the world for its greenery, unique attractions, shopping and nightlife. So if you’re in the need of a perfect vacation spot, Singapore is the place you want to be in. Altogether, you can have a perfect weekend or a short vacation and capture memories that will be enough to last a lifetime. It is not unusual for businessmen to travel from Johor Bahru to Singapore on a daily basis or every alternate day.

Bus from Johor Bahru to Singapore

Can’t decide how to get to Singapore from Johar Bahru? Well, there are a wide number of transportation’s you can choose from, and a bus is one of them. The bus from Johor Bahru to Singapore is especially convenient for locals and tourists who are on a tight budget but still wish to make the most out of their trip.

The bus from Johor Bahru to Singapore will take you to the Queen Street in Singapore and you can use the Causeway Express Link Bus (yellow colored bus). Each Causeway Link Bus has a different route, for instance the CW1 will take you from Larkin Bus Terminal to Kranji MRT Station in Singapore. The second Causeway Link Express Bus, CW2 will take you from Larkin Bus Terminal to Queens Station in Singapore.

You need to keep the ticket with you at all times, because you’ll have to stop at the Johor Bahru immigration and catch another bus with the same ticket. While travelling by bus from Johor Bahru to Singapore you will need to pay for the ticket in Ringgit at the Johor Bahru custom.

You can also book your bus ticket online and get an instant confirmation of your trip.

Causeway Link Express Bus (CW1)

The CW1 cross border service will take you to the Kranji MRT station in Singapore by bus from Larkin Bus Terminal in Johor Bahru. The service is provided on a daily basis from 4:15am and goes on till 11:00pm. CW1 has a high frequency as a bus leaves towards the Kranji MRT station in every 15-30 minute interval. The CW1 bus service also makes stops between Woodlands Road, Woodlands CIQ and Sultan Iskandar CIQ.

It is approximately a 6km ride from the Johor Bahru CIQ, and you can reach your desired destination in roughly 45 minutes to 1 hour if you are lucky enough to escape the traffic. One way bus fare from Larkin Bus Terminal in Johor Bahru to Kranji MRT Station in Singapore will cost you maximum RM 1.90 and the payment can made via cash or ManjaLink Card.

Causeway Link Express Bus (CW2)

Through this cross-border bus service you may get to the Queens Station in Singapore from Larkin Bus Terminal in Johor Bahru. The terminating point of this particular bus service is quite similar to the local service provided by 170 and Singapore-Johor Express, and encompasses a non-stop sector between Woodlands CIQ complex and Queen Street. CW2 also crosses through Sultan Iskandar CIQ and Woodlands CIQ, and is approximately a 26km ride from Johor Bahru CIQ.

It will take you longer to reach Singapore if you take this bus, i.e. 50-75 minutes without getting caught in traffic. One way fares will cost you RM 3.40 and you make the payment in the form of cash or through ManjaLink Card.

SBS Transit Bus Service

This is the most recognized bus service, and it is also known as 170 (red plate). This cross-border service mainly takes you from Larkin Terminal in Johor Bahru to Queen Street Terminal, passing through Bukit Timah, Woodlands Road, Woodlands CIQ, Rochor, Sultan Iskandar CIQ, Upper Bukit Timah, Jalan Tun Abdul Razak and altogether 60 stops. This bus service has been given the name 170 (red plate) in order to make a distinction with its alternative route, Service 170X.

SBS Transit Bus Service 170 is the sole route that has bus terminals at both ends, thus making it bidirectional. There is only one local franchised bus route offered by 170 (red plate). A major drawback of SBS is that you’ll stop in between numerous bus stops, whereas other bus services will directly take you to checkpoints.

Book your Bus Ticket Online

The frequency of service is between every 11 to 15 minutes, beginning at 5:20am and ending at 12:30am. The bus ticket in cash and EZ Link card are worth S$2.50 and S$2.01, respectively.

If you want to travel to Singapore at any time before 11:00pm you may hop onto any of the three buses: Causeway Link, SBS Transit and Singapore-Johor Express. The Causeway Link is less crowded compared to SBS, so it would a better decision to take the yellow bus, at a cost of RM 2.50. But if it’s past 11:00pm then the only option you have about travelling by bus from Johor Bahru to Singapore is through the SBS Transit.

If you have traveled by bus from Johor Bahru to Singapore and want to share your experience, please do so by adding comments below. To learn more about Singapore, checkout this cool Singapore travel blog.

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