Traveling from Singapore to Malaysia

By flight: Convenience and speed

From Singapore, many airlines fly to Malaysia's airports, particularly to cities like Kuala Lumpur (the capital of Malaysia) and to the state of Penang. Flights to smaller cities like Ipoh are more restricted and is only served by one airline, Fireflyz. For trips to East Malaysia (Sabah and Sarawak), flying is the only option. For more details, please refer to the airlines' respective websites: Airasia, Jetstar, Tiger Airways, Malaysia Airlines (MAS), Singapore Airlines (SIA).

For the budget airlines, if you wish to obtain a cheap fare, it is wise to book earlier, especially if you know the exact dates which you are traveling. Airasia in particular has great promotions at certain times of the year!

Railway track. Taken by Simon Howden
Railway track. Taken by Simon Howden

Another alternative: Bus

From Singapore, you can take public buses which will bring you across the Malaysian border to the state of Johor. These buses can be taken from bus stops at the Kranji MRT station. More details can be obtained from the Lonely Planet link included below.

For a trip to farther states such as Penang, Ipoh, Kedah, Malacca and so on, it would be a better option to take a direct bus from Singapore. Many companies offer daily trips. Prices vary depending on distance and the level of comfort/service. Some bus companies offer online booking too and their websites have been included in the links section too.

Another choice: Train

For those who do not mind taking a longer time to reach their destination, the train would be another good option. From Singapore, trains used to depart for Malaysia from the railway station at Tanjong Pagar. However, since mid 2011, the train now stops at the Woodlands Train checkpoint instead.

From Singapore, the trains can bring you to various cities and even small towns in Malaysia. Stops include Kuala Lumpur, Butterworth (Penang), Ipoh, Alor Setar (Kedah) and many more. Buying the train tickets in Singapore would be more expensive as you will be forced to pay in Singapore Dollars. If you purchase the tickets in Malaysia, the price you pay is in Ringgit Malaysia. Hence, this serves as about 50% discount. offers comprehensive information on taking the train and the link is included below too.

Expensive alternative: Taxi

If you are bringing with you a lot of items, you may wish to travel more comfortably by taking a taxi across the border to Malaysia. However, this would be quite expensive and will not bring you far. The taxi would most likely bring you only to the city of Johor Bahru.

Once you are in Johor Bahru, you can proceed to the Larkin Bus Terminal to take buses to your next destination. Otherwise, you can also take a train to the place of your choice.

If you decide to explore Johor, the state bordering Singapore, you can also take a Malaysian taxi to explore the state. However, be aware that Malaysian taxi drivers may not use the meter. Always negotiate first. If possible, ask a local (not the taxi driver) for the rough amount which you should pay.

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febriedethan 7 years ago from Indonesia

This is really cool and informative, thank's for sharing !

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lilian_sg 7 years ago from Singapore Author

thanks! glad that it is useful....

Fida 6 years ago

Hi Lilian,

Great info!

I am one that left glitzy Singapore through the backdoor by bus to Malacca and then to KL - there I made a side-trip to Bukit Fraser. Back in KL I enjoyed a train ride all the way to Bangkok - with many stops along the way. I love riding the train - it's my favored mode of transportation :)

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lilian_sg 6 years ago from Singapore Author

Thanks Fida for the comment.I have taken the bus and train from Singapore to Malaysia before. yet to try flying yet =)

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Riviera Rose 6 years ago from South of France

I took the train many years ago and it was fantastic - a very smooth journey. Love this part of the world!

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lilian_sg 6 years ago from Singapore Author

Thanks Rose for the comment. Maybe it's time for you to make another visit!

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tio12 6 years ago from Indonesia

complete and very interesting, thanks for sharing :)

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lilian_sg 6 years ago from Singapore Author

Thanks for commenting. If you liked it, hope you rated it up! =)

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CharterJetService 6 years ago

Very interesting hub, you provided some very good information on such a beautiful part of the world.

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lilian_sg 6 years ago from Singapore Author

Thanks! When I wrote it, I was hoping it would be useful to others....

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KenWu 6 years ago from Malaysia

Cool and informative hub.

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lilian_sg 6 years ago from Singapore Author

Thanks Ken!

Celine 6 years ago

Travel in Malaysia can sometimes be really frustrating due to lack of well-presented options. Thanks for the well researched and detailed info.

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lilian_sg 6 years ago from Singapore Author

Thanks Celine for your comment. I agree that knowing what options you have when traveling are pretty important. A little research always helps =)

Barry 4 years ago

Hi Lilian, thank you for sharing such a useful and comprehensive information. I would say that I use to take buses from Golden Mile Complex, from Singapore to KL, and book ticket via

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lilian_sg 4 years ago from Singapore Author

Golden Mile is definitely the hub for most bus companies in Singapore. But it is possible to depart from other areas such as Boon Lay, Novena etc. as well =) Thanks for stopping by!

JackWitson 2 years ago

I really loved reading your blog. It was very well authored and easy to understand. Unlike was Additional Blogs Which I Have read are really not good.

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lilian_sg 2 years ago from Singapore Author

Thanks Jack for the compliment =)

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