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!
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.
Links with more information
- Bus Malaysia Singapore Coach Singapore Malaysia Easibook.com
- Bus Malaysia Singapore : Aeroline : Coach Malaysia Singapore
Aeroline provide business class coach services for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Singapore trips. Online booking is available
- How to travel by train Singapore - Kuala Lumpur - Penang - Bangkok
Train times, fares, photos and practical information for train travel between Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Bangkok. Also for "Jungle line" trains from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore to Wakaf Bahru and the Perhentian Islands, also for ferry con
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. Seat61.com 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.
Links on Malaysia
- Visiting Penang, Malaysia: Itinerary Ideas (Part 2)
- Visiting Penang, Malaysia: Itinerary Ideas
- Off The Beaten Path: Eating in Ipoh, Malaysia
- Off The Beaten Path: My Food Adventure in Ipoh, Mala...
- Off The Beaten Path: Kuala Sepetang, Malaysia
- Shopping in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Cameron Highlands: Top Tourist Destination in Malaysia
- Travelling to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
- Travelling to Kedah
- Genting Highlands: Hub of Entertainment
Links on Singapore
- Eating in Singapore: Chinese Cuisine
- Day Out in Singapore: Bugis Area
- Day Out At Orchard Road, Singapore
- Day Out at Resorts World Sentosa
- Top Five Things To Do In Singapore
- Sentosa Island: Singapore's Top Tourist Destination
- Visiting Singapore: Mustafa Center
- Shopping in Singapore: Marina Bay Area
- Shopping in Singapore: Orchard Road
- Top 5 Favourite Cities I've Travelled To
- Attractions in Singapore
- Parco Fashion Show
- Pulau Ubin: A different Singapore