Are you currently in Singapore? Wishing for a chance to get another stamp in your passport? There’s no better place to get a new one than to Malaysia – which is just a short bus ride away from Singapore. However, Singapore’s not entirely what you can call budget-friendly. At least, when you compare it to Malaysia. Everything is more expensive in Singapore and when you’re traveling on a budget from the city center to Malaysia, you might end up spending more than you’d hope for.
There are many different places you can go to in Malaysia. If you like history and cheap stuff, you’d enjoy Malacca. If you like the beach, Mersing is your jump off point to Pulau Tioman. And if you want to see the Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur is just some hours away. If you don’t want to go too far, however, you can always stay at Johor Bahru which is a great place to get groceries, according to other locals.
Here are the different ways you can get to Malaysia from Singapore:
Via Coach Bus:
Coach buses are available at Lavender Street in Singapore. These buses usually go straight to Malacca or Kuala Lumpur. The buses are also at top-notch condition, with comfort in mind. Unfortunately, these buses will also cost you a hefty price. At a minimum rate of SGD$20 to Malacca, you’ll get comfortable seats and a non-stop ride (except for Immigration).
These buses also pick up from other locations in the city too.
Although I’ve never tried this route before, there is a train from Woodlands Train Checkpoint all the way to Kuala Lumpur. Even if the experience is pretty rad, with amazing views, it will cost you around $10/per way.
Via train and bus
On the other hand, if you’re in a hurry, you can always take the train to Kranji or Woodlands and then bus 170 to Larkin Station in Johor Bahru. From Larkin Station, you can hop onto another bus to your destination.
But the cheapest way to get to Malaysia is to take the bus from Queen Street in Bugis.
I don’t really know how I found Queen Street, but once you get out of the train station in Bugis, just follow the crowd, they’ll usually lead you to where the bus stop is. According to WikiTravel, the air conditioned bus costs SG$2.40 and the non-air conditioned bus costs SG$1.20. But when I went there, I only paid for SG$1.20 in an air conditioned bus. Doesn’t really matter though, Singapore’s not that hot of a country to worry about non-air conditioned buses.
Ride a bus going to Larkin Station. From there you can take another bus going to other places in Malaysia.
Try to avoid advantageous people in the bus station. Always ask at the cashier and never ask anyone who is not behind the counter. This way, you can avoid being scammed.
Check out how much we spent because we were scammed.