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Navigating the Causeway: Real-Time Traffic Insights from Singapore-Malaysia Live Traffic Cameras

In the heart of Southeast Asia, the Causeway bridge connecting Singapore and Malaysia serves as a vital transportation link between two countries bustling with economic activity. Thousands of commuters and travelers traverse this iconic causeway daily, making it essential to have access to real-time traffic information to plan journeys efficiently. Fortunately, live traffic cameras positioned along the Causeway provide valuable insights to help commuters make informed decisions.

The Causeway: A Lifeline Between Nations

The Singapore-Malaysia Causeway is a historic landmark, spanning over 1 kilometer and connecting the city-state of Singapore to the southernmost part of Peninsular Malaysia. This bridge serves as a primary gateway for commuters, tourists, and cargo transport, making it one of the busiest border crossings in the world. The strategic location of the Causeway plays a pivotal role in trade, tourism, and cultural exchange between the two nations.

Real-Time Traffic Camera Network

To ensure the smooth flow of traffic on the Causeway, both Singapore and Malaysia have invested in a comprehensive network of live traffic cameras positioned strategically along the bridge and its approaches. These cameras provide invaluable real-time traffic updates to both authorities and commuters, helping to manage congestion and improve road safety.

Accessing Live Traffic Camera Feeds

Accessing live traffic camera feeds along the Causeway is easier than ever, and you can access our website to bring to you live traffic conditions at both Woodlands and Tuas immigration checkpoint.

Plan your journey to avoid getting stuck for hours in the traffic jam.

Woodlands / JB checkpoint. Source from trafficiti.com
Woodlands checkpoint via BKE. Source from trafficiti.com
Tuas 2nd link. Source from trafficiti.com
Entry / Exit of Tuas checkpoint. Source from trafficiti.com

How-To Guide

  1. Learn how to use KTMB website to book Tebrau Shuttle tickets online, or check out our easy 10-step KTM Tebrau Shuttle online reservation guide. More information on the KTM Tebrau Shuttle boarding procedure and FAQ are also readily available.

2. Learn how to use KTMB mobile application to book Tebrau Shuttle tickets online.

Refer to the Youtube video description to get the download link for the mobile app.


Self driving instructions in Malaysia without Waze

  1. Drive from Singapore to Hiap Joo Bakery via Woodlands causeway

Point of Interest (POI) along the way

  • R&F Mall
  • Restoran Kin Hua
  • Jalan Tan Hiok Nee Cultural Street
  • Hiap Joo Bakery

2. Drive from Singapore to the latest township within Iskandar Puteri – Eco Botanic City via Tuas checkpoint (2nd link).

Point of Interest (POI) along the way

  • Shun Fa Bak Kut Teh
  • Starbucks Coffee
  • Coffee Bean & Tea Leaves
  • Restoran Hua Mui
  • Zus Coffee
  • Southampton University Malaysia
  • Maco Cafe
  • Kuu Tea Garden

3. Drive from Singapore to Educity (University of Reading Malaysia & Newcastle University Malaysia campuses)

Point of Interest (POI) along the way

  • Educity
  • Reading University Malaysia
  • Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia
  • University of Southampton Malaysia

4. Drive from Singapore to Hard Rock Cafe Puteri Harbour

Point of Interest (POI) along the way

  • Hotel Jen Puteri Harbour
  • Musical fountain @ Puteri Harbour
  • Les Bouchons Puteri Harbour
  • The Tribus @ Puteri Harbour
  • Fraser Place Puteri Harbour
  • O’Coffee Club Atelier @ Puteri Cove

5. Drive from Singapore to RUD GoKart Medini

Point of Interest (POI) along the way

  • Sunway Hotel Big Box
  • Sunway Big Box Mall
  • X Park Sunway
  • NSK Trade City
  • KFC
  • Starbucks
  • BookXcess Sunway

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Convenient, cheap & fast taxi service to Malaysia

BOOKMYTAXI.MY acts as a window connecting passengers with taxi drivers in entire Malaysia. Passengers from SingaporeKuala Lumpur, Penang, Johor Bahru, Kuantan and many other towns in Malaysia can book their rides on the website.

To book a private taxi service from Singapore to JB, the passengers have to select their pick-up and drop-off location in Singapore along with the location for disembarkation in JB (e.g., Singapore to JB Senai Airport or Singapore to JB City Centre Terminal). The exemplary pricing will be displayed on screen. All you need to do is make your payment using credit card or cash.

Our private taxi services are available anytime of the day, 24×7. Affordable rates and customer oriented are our selling points, and the drivers are well experienced to provide a safe experience for the clients.

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2022 KTM Shuttle Tebrau Online Booking Guide

From 19th June 2022, the highly anticipated Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) train service – Tebrau Shuttle between Johor Bahru and Singapore, Woodlands will resume since it was suspended temporarily on 24th March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ticket sales are expected to start from 13th June for its maiden trip on 19th June 2022, after a 2 years hiatus, with a total of 31 trips daily to bring the crowds between Woodlands, Singapore and Johor Bahru, Malaysia. Each trip can carry up to a maximum of 320 passengers with an average frequency of 30 minutes. The ride itself will only take up to 5 minutes to traverse between the causeway.

ktm tebrau shuttle

Ticket prices start from as low as RM5.00 for a trip from Johor Bahru to Singapore, and RM10.00 for a 2-way return ticket. For commuting in the opposite direction (i.e Singapore to Johor Bahru), the ticket will set you back SGD5.00 for a one way trip and SGD10.00 for a 2-way return ticket.

For those who are not aware, you can also book the KTMB ticket online one month in advance so it saves you the hassle of having to go and queue at the counter to purchase the tickets. I’ve compiled a step-by-step guide on the online ticketing process, and its a very easy and straightforward process.

We have also created an online video guide for KTM Tebrau Shuttle tickets reservation via mobile application. Visit my YouTube video description for the download link to KTMB mobile app.

We have also created another video of the online ticket reservation with KTMB website.

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How to buy KTM Tebrau Shuttle tickets online ?

Time needed: 10 minutes

10 steps to get your KTM Tebrau Shuttle ticket online

  1. Go to KTMB website

  2. Select “Shuttle Tebrau” to bring you to the next step for online ticketing.

    Select “Shuttle Tebrau” for online ticketing

  3. Step 3 – Select “Login/Sign up” to register a new account

  4. Fill in your personal particulars and sign up for an account

  5. Once you have registered an account and verified it in the email sent by KTMB, you are ready to move on to the actual ticket booking. Choose “Shuttle Tebrau” and select the dates you would like to travel and the number of passengers.

  6. If you are intending to book a one way ticket only, during selection of your departure date click on the button “I AM TRAVELLING ONE WAY“, otherwise you will be required to select the return date.

  7. Once you have entered the dates, you are ready to choose the desired timeslot. After you have selected your timing, click on “PROCEED TO PASSENGER DETAILS” for the next step.

  8. If you are buying the ticket for yourself, select the checkbox “I am travelling” and the system will auto fill up the details you have inserted during your account creation. Next, click on “PROCEED TO PAYMENT” and it will redirect you to the next page.

  9. The following payment methods are accepted for purchase of ticket: Touch ‘n’ Go, Boost, KTM e-wallet, credit cards and debits cards.

  10. Once you have completed the payment process, you will receive an email with the ticketing information. I would suggest to print it out for reference during boarding, although KTMB informed that boarding will be based on the passport id.

Tebrau Shuttle timetable for JB Sentral to Woodlands

Station
JB Sentral050005300600063007000730084510001130124514001515163017451900201521302245
Woodlands050505350605063507050735085010051135125014051520163517501905202021352250
JB Sentral => Woodlands timetable

Tebrau Shuttle timetable for Woodlands to JB Sentral

Station             
Woodlands0830094511001230134515001615173018452000211522302345
JB Sentral0835095011051235135015051620173518502005212022352350
Woodlands => JB Sentral timetable

KTM Tebrau Shuttle boarding process (Johor Bahru to Singapore)

  1. Be at JB Sentral and at the gate at least 10 minutes before departure time.
  2. Scan your passport at the automated gantry.
  3. Proceed downstairs for immigration clearance and luggage check
  4. Remain in the waiting area until the train is ready for boarding.
  5. Once you have boarded the train, get ready for a 5 minute journey along the Causeway to Singapore
  6. Alight at Singapore immigration for clearance and luggage check.
  7. Exit the train terminal and proceed towards Singapore Immigration checkpoint terminal.

KTM Tebrau Shuttle boarding process (Singapore to Johor Bahru)

  1. Be at the gate at least 10 minutes before departure time.
  2. The KTM staff will scan your passport before entry into the train terminal
  3. Take a short walk within the train terminal to Singapore immigration counter.
  4. After you have cleared Singapore immigration, proceed towards Malaysia immigration (in the same building) for clearance and luggage check.
  5. Remain in the waiting area until the train is ready for boarding.
  6. Take a 5 minute train journey towards Malaysia along the Causeway.
  7. Alight the train at the Malaysia train terminal and exit to JB Sentral.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What’s the latest time to purchase the ticket before the train’s departure ?

Counter will stop selling tickets 20 minutes before departure time.

2. What’s the boarding procedure ?

The passport will serve as a boarding pass, and passenger without passport will not be allowed to board the train. Passengers will have to pass through the Automatic Controller Gate by scanning the passport for verification.

3. What time does the gate closes ?

The gate is open 30 minutes and closes 10 minutes before departure time.

4. What’s the passport validity date for the travel from JB Sentral to Woodlands ?

The passport should have minimum 30 days of validity from the date of travel.

5. What’s the seating capacity for Tebrau Shuttle ?

The train has a maximum seating capacity of 320.

6. Do I need to exchange for a physical ticket at Singapore KTMB counter ?

No, it is not required. You may proceed to the boarding gate and KTMB staff will scan your passport.

7. Can I refund my Tebrau Shuttle ticket ?

Yes, and get up to 75% refund if you cancel more than 72 hours before your trip.
Get a 50% refund if you cancel within 72 hours before your trip.

7. What are the alternatives if Tebrau Shuttle is fully booked ?

There are other modes of transportation to take you across the causeway between Singapore and Johor Bahru too.

You may choose to travel in the below methods
1. Travel by bus from Singapore to Johor Bahru, Malaysia
2. Self-drive to Johor Bahru, Malaysia
3. Travel by private taxi from Singapore to Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Introduction to BOOKMYTAXI.SG
Book our taxi services online from Singapore to Johor Bahru (JB)

If you would like to have affordability, convenience, comfort and stress-free travel all in a package, look no further. BOOKMYTAXI.MY acts as a window connecting passengers with taxi drivers in entire Malaysia. Passengers from SingaporeKuala Lumpur, Penang, Johor Bahru, Kuantan and many other towns in Malaysia can book their rides on the website.

Allow us to convince you why booking a private taxi service with BOOKMYTAXI.MY to your destinations in Malaysia is a simple, convenient and hassle free process.

To book a private taxi service from Singapore to JB, the passengers have to select their pick-up and drop-off location in Singapore along with the location for disembarkation in JB (e.g., Singapore to JB Senai Airport or Singapore to JB City Centre Terminal). The final pricing will be displayed on screen. All you need to do is make your payment using credit card or cash.

Our private taxi services are available anytime of the day, 24×7. Affordable rates and customer oriented are our selling points, and the drivers are well experienced to provide a safe experience for the clients.

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Singapore to JB cross border FAQ

Singapore to Johor Bahru (JB) cross border FAQ ? What is cross border travel ? How do I go from Singapore to JB or any other parts of Malaysia ? Is there a direct train service that goes across the border ? Are there certain immigration restrictions ? What other cross border options are available ? Can a local traveler afford the costs of the transfers ? What do you need to take note when you cross the border ?

We have created a list of the top questions about cross border enquiries in Singapore and Johor Bahru (JB). Whether you are going for a vacation or business trip across the border to Malaysia via land transfer, it’s worth having a read over this article for some helpful hints and tips.

What problems do people usually encounter when travelling to Johor Bahru ?

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We know you have a lot on your mind, and there are a lot of FAQs that people like to ask about cross border transfer between Singapore and Johor Bahru, so we’ve put together a list. You see, we just don’t have enough time to answer all these questions. Let’s go ahead and take a quick look at the commonly asked questions by our customers or readers.

1. Can I take taxi from Singapore to Malaysia ?


There are a wide variety of transport options to get you conveniently & safely from Singapore to Malaysia across the land borders on an affordable budget.

You may choose to travel in the below methods
1. Travel by bus from Singapore to Johor Bahru, Malaysia
2. Travel by KTM shuttle (train) from Singapore to Johor Bahru, Malaysia
3. Self-drive to Johor Bahru, Malaysia
4. Travel by private taxi from Singapore to Johor Bahru, Malaysia
5. Travel by ferry to the seaside town of Desaru

2. What are the travel requirements for entry into Malaysia from Singapore (by land) ?


1. A passport with minimum 6 months validity
2. A valid visa (exempted if you are Singaporean). Get more information on the list of visa exempted countries to enter Malaysia.
3. Proof of vaccination (if you are not fully vaccinated, pre-departure ART and quarantine for 5 days will be applicable)
4. Download of MySejahtera application.

3. What are the bus services from Singapore into Johor Bahru (JB) ?

Kranji MRT station
1. Bus service 160
2. Bus service 170
3. Bus service 170X
4. Bus service CW1

Woodlands MRT station
1. Bus service 950

Jurong East MRT station
1. Bus service 160
2. Bus service CW3
3. Bus service CW4
4. Bus service CW6

Newton Circus MRT station
1. Bus service 170 ** travel by foot to the bus stop beside Newton Circus (along Newton flyover)
2. Bus service CW5

Queen Street bus terminal (nearest to Bugis MRT station)
1. Bus service 170
2. Bus service CW2

Changi airport
1. Bus service TS1

Resort World Sentosa
1. Bus service TS8

For more information on the bus services between Singapore and Malaysia

4. Can I take a train service from Singapore to Johor Bahru ?


The KTM shuttle train service that’s operating between Singapore and Johor Bahru during pre-covid period is currently suspended, and will resume service in the near future.
KTM Shuttle Tebrau service will resume on 19th June 2022, after being suspended from 24th March 2020 due to Covid-19 pandemic.

Please refer to our KTM Shuttle Tebrau online reservation guide for more information.

5. What do I need to drive from Singapore into Malaysia ?


With the easing of Covid-19 restrictions between Singapore and Malaysia, more Singaporeans can
look forward to their weekend staycation or shopping trip. There are many things you can do in Malaysia that are cheaper than Singapore.

1. If you are renting a vehicle, check with your rental company if it’s approved for travel into Malaysia. Additional submission of documents and/or additional surcharge may be levied for travelling overseas in the rental vehicle. You may also have to purchase additional vehicle insurance coverage for this.

2. Check that you have your VEP ready. It is mandatory for all foreign registered vehicles to apply for a VEP before entering Malaysia, and you can submit your application at the Road Transport Department of Malaysia.

3. Get overseas vehicle insurance coverage, as it is mandatory for all vehicles entering Malaysia.

4. Prepare your Touch N’ Go (TnG) card, by ensuring there is sufficient credit in the card.

5. Last but not least, make sure your vehicle’s fuel tank is at least 3/4 full before exiting Singapore. A fine may be imposed who those who violate this.

6. Which are the recommended destinations in Malaysia to self-drive ?


1. Johor Bahru
2. Desaru (self driving instructions available)
3. Mersing (self driving instructions available)
4. Melaka
5. Port Dickson
6. Kuala Lumpur
7. Ipoh

7. Is it safe to drive from Singapore to Malaysia ?


Johor Bahru is a wonderful place for a weekend getaway for many Singaporeans, whom may also have relatives staying in Malaysia. The food in Malaysia is great, and it’s a short drive if you are going to the southern most city of Malaysia (Johor Bahru). Even when you are out on a vacation, pampering yourself, be mindful of your personal safety just like you would when you are overseas to any foreign country. It doesn’t take much to exercise the basic precautionary measures.

1. Keep to the safety traffic rules
2. Drive in safe areas
3. Avoid travelling alone late at night
4. Don’t draw attention to yourself by driving a new or flashy car
5. Invest in a GPS navigation system, get a SIM card with data plan to use Waze/Google Map or you can navigate with our YouTube video to show you the directions to popular JB attractions.
6. Get a data enabled prepaid sim card to keep in touch with your family & friends
7. Give way to reckless drivers, safety is of utmost importance. Keep a cool head in times like this.
8. Always keep an eye on your vehicle. If it’s not possible to do so, remember to keep it parked at a brightly lit spot or with frequent human traffic flow.
9. Don’t leave your bag unattended or exposed in the vehicle. Keep it within the car luggage boot.

8. Do I have to alight for immigration clearance if I take the private taxi service ?


Passengers will be allowed to remain in the vehicle for immigration clearance for the following vehicle types.
1. 7-seater mpv
2. 7-seater luxury mpv
3. 10-seater mpv

For passengers using the 13-seater and 16-seater mini-coach, passengers will need to alight together with the luggage for immigration clearances at Singapore and Malaysia checkpoints.

9. How much is the taxi fare from Singapore to Mersing ?


We understand affordability is a concern for everyone, so BOOKMYTAXI.MY has a very competitive package for all traveler groups looking for a trip to Mersing.

1. Seven (7) seater mpv, starting from as low as SGD250 (view seating arrangements)
2. Seven (7) seater luxury mpv, starting from as low as SGD280 (view seating arrangements)
3. Ten (10) seater mpv, starting from as low as SGD290 (view seating arrangements)
4. Thirteen (13) seater minicoach, price available on request (view seating arrangements)
5. Sixteen (16) seater minicoach, price available on request (view seating arrangements)

You can contact us via email, or WhatsApp to make a reservation or for further enquiries.

10. How much is the taxi fare from Singapore to Malacca ?


We understand affordability is a concern for everyone, so BOOKMYTAXI.MY has a very competitive package for all traveler groups looking for a vacation in the heritage city of Malacca.

1. Seven (7) seater mpv, starting from as low as SGD280 (view seating arrangements)
2. Seven (7) seater luxury mpv, starting from as low as SGD300 (view seating arrangements)
3. Ten (10) seater mpv, starting from as low as SGD320 (view seating arrangements)
4. Thirteen (13) seater minicoach, price available on request (view seating arrangements)
5. Sixteen (16) seater minicoach, price available on request (view seating arrangements)

You can contact us via email, or WhatsApp to make a reservation or for further enquiries.

11. How much is the taxi fare from Singapore to Port Dickson ?


We understand affordability is a concern for everyone, so BOOKMYTAXI.MY has a very competitive package for all traveler groups to the seaside town of Port Dickson.

1. Seven (7) seater mpv, starting from as low as SGD320 (view seating arrangements)
2. Seven (7) seater luxury mpv, starting from as low as SGD350 (view seating arrangements)
3. Ten (10) seater mpv, starting from as low as SGD370 (view seating arrangements)
4. Thirteen (13) seater minicoach, price available on request (view seating arrangements)
5. Sixteen (16) seater minicoach, price available on request (view seating arrangements)

You can contact us via email, or WhatsApp to make a reservation or for further enquiries.

12. How much is the taxi fare from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) ?


We understand affordability is a concern for everyone, so BOOKMYTAXI.MY has a very competitive package for all traveler groups to the capital of Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur.

1. Seven (7) seater mpv, starting from as low as SGD350 (view seating arrangements)
2. Seven (7) seater luxury mpv, starting from as low as SGD380 (view seating arrangements)
3. Ten (10) seater mpv, starting from as low as SGD400 (view seating arrangements)
4. Thirteen (13) seater minicoach, price available on request (view seating arrangements)
5. Sixteen (16) seater minicoach, price available on request (view seating arrangements)

You can contact us via email, or WhatsApp to make a reservation or for further enquiries.

13. How much is the taxi fare for a one day reservation in Johor Bahru city ?


Our local Malaysian 5-seater taxi service starts from as low as SGD80 for a one day service of 8 hours, to fulfill your travelling needs anywhere within Johor Bahru city. Whether you are looking to visit the attractions in Johor Bahru, or shopping, massage & seafood;

Do not worry, we have it all covered for you in the day trip.

14. What is the usual period for traffic jam between Singapore and Malaysia ?


Expect the cross border traffic between Singapore and Malaysia immigration to take up to 2 hours for travelling during peak periods, such as Friday evening, Saturday, Sunday and on eve of public holidays.

To check on the real-time traffic conditions before you depart for Singapore or Malaysia, you may wish to check out the traffic jam condition at Woodlands and Tuas checkpoint.

15. How much is the taxi fare from Singapore to Johor Bahru ?


Our private taxi fare (7-seater mpv) starts from as low as SGD40 !

Although not the most affordable option, as compared to taking the public bus transport or even self-drive but we have compiled a list of reasons why it is better to hire a private taxi service when traveling from Singapore to Malaysia.

For the reader’s convenience, BOOKMYTAXI.MY has also provided the private taxi price fare (nett) for the journey between Singapore and Johor Bahru. If there are any other places in Malaysia you would like to visit by using our private taxi services, feel free to WhatsApp our customer service or email us to get more information.

16. How much is the taxi fare from Singapore to Desaru ?


We understand affordability is a concern for everyone, so BOOKMYTAXI.MY has a very competitive package for all traveler groups to the seaside town of Desaru.

1. Seven (7) seater mpv, starting from as low as SGD180 (view seating arrangements)
2. Seven (7) seater luxury mpv, starting from as low as SGD200 (view seating arrangements)
3. Ten (10) seater mpv, starting from as low as SGD200 (view seating arrangements)
4. Thirteen (13) seater minicoach, price available on request (view seating arrangements)
5. Sixteen (16) seater minicoach, price available on request (view seating arrangements)

You can contact us via email, or WhatsApp to make a reservation or for further enquiries.

Destination Singapore Johor Bahru Bukit Indah Skudai Mt Austin Nusajaya Legoland Malaysia JPO Senai Kulai Desaru
Singapore   SGD95 SGD95 SGD95 SGD95 SGD95 SGD95 SGD105 SGD95 SGD105 SGD180
Johor Bahru SGD95   SGD40 SGD40 SGD40 SGD40 SGD40 SGD50 SGD50 SGD50 SGD90
Bukit Indah SGD95 SGD40   SGD40 SGD40 SGD40 SGD40 SGD50 SGD50 SGD50 SGD90
Skudai SGD95 SGD40 SGD40   SGD40 SGD40 SGD40 SGD50 SGD50 SGD50 SGD90
Mt Austin SGD95 SGD40 SGD40 SGD40   SGD40 SGD40 SGD50 SGD50 SGD50 SGD90
Nusajaya SGD95 SGD40 SGD40 SGD40 SGD40   SGD40 SGD50 SGD50 SGD50 SGD90
Legoland Malaysia SGD95 SGD40 SGD40 SGD40 SGD40 SGD40   SGD50 SGD50 SGD50 SGD90
JPO SGD105 SGD50 SGD50 SGD50 SGD50 SGD50 SGD50   SGD50 SGD50 SGD90
Senai SGD95 SGD50 SGD50 SGD50 SGD50 SGD50 SGD50 SGD50   SGD50 SGD90
Kulai SGD105 SGD50 SGD50 SGD50 SGD50 SGD50 SGD50 SGD50 SGD50   SGD90
Desaru SGD180 SGD90 SGD90 SGD90 SGD90 SGD90 SGD90 SGD90 SGD90 SGD90  

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Johor Bahru: The Southern Gateway To Malaysia

Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru, also known as Johor Baharu, is the capital of the state of Johor, Malaysia. It is located at the southern tip of West Malaysia and is only separated from Singapore by the Johor Strait. It is the southernmost city in Eurasia.

All year round, with the best months from May to September. Although the summer is hot during the day, there are showers in the afternoon and the monsoon at night is very cool. Most Malaysian businessmen are on vacation from December to February, so business activities should avoid this period.

Recommended play: 2 days.

Overview

It is located at the southern end of West Malaysia and is only separated from Singapore by the Johor Straits and the southern-most city in Eurasia, and its prosperity is second only to Kuala Lumpur. It is the second largest city in Malaysia. Due to the exchange rate, many Singaporeans come here on weekends for fuel, shopping and leisure.

Culture

Malaysia is a democratic country with a Constituent Monarchy. There are 32 ethnic groups in the country, comprising mainly of Malays (majority), Chinese and Indians. As of the end of 2007, the total population of Malaysia was 27.17 million, of which about 66.1% were Malays, about 25.1% were Chinese, about 7.5% were Indians, and about 1.3% were other races.

Travel

Because Malaysia is located near the equator, it has a tropical rainforest marine climate, and there are no obvious four seasons. The temperature difference in a year is extremely small. The average temperature is between 26 and 34 degrees Celsius with abundant rainfall throughout the year.

Traveling in Malaysia is basically suitable all year round. Although it is hot during the day, there are showers in the afternoon and the monsoon at night is very cool (on average 26 degrees Celsius).


Major Local Festival

Thaipusam Festival

2023 public holiday: 05/02/2023 (following Monday will be a public holiday) *long weekend holiday*

During Thaipusam, you will see penitents pierced with silver needles and wearing huge shackles “Kavadi”, you will see them dancing “in pain and joy” to Indian music on the streets, and you will watch to the most devout faith in the world. Thaipusam is a Hindu festival on which devout believers make atonement, devotion and thanksgiving. There are many ways for worshippers to sacrifice, such as shaving their heads, doing deeds, piercing their whole bodies with silver needles, or carrying huge shackles and parading from one Indian temple to another Indian temple to express their unswerving loyalty to the gods. Faith, pray for the blessing of the gods. 

In order to participate in this festival, they will strictly observe the precepts one month ago, abstain from sex and meat, and on the day of the festival, they will purify the body and soul through the suffering of the flesh, so that the soul can be sublimated.

Chinese Lunar New Year

2023 public holiday: 22/01/2023 – 23/01/2023 (following Tuesday will be a public holiday) *long weekend holiday*

There are more than one-third of the Chinese population in Malaysia, and the Chinese Lunar New Year is an important event in Malaysia. After the baptism of Malay and Indian culture, the local traditional Chinese New Year adds a strong Malay flavor. However, traditional customs are still deeply rooted in the hearts of local Chinese, such as family reunion, New Year’s Eve dinner, New Year’s Eve money given by elders, dragon and lion dance, etc.

Hari Raya Puasa

2023 public holiday: 22/04/2023 (following Monday will be a public holiday) *long weekend holiday*

Devotees must fast from sunrise to sunset throughout the month, refrain from eating or drinking, and gather in prayer as a sign of devotion. When it is time to break the fast after sunset, it can be seen that a large number of Muslims are pouring into restaurants to enjoy their first meal. Various restaurants also cooperate to extend their business hours until the early morning. During this period, tourists can see the special scene of the restaurant’s full popularity after dark!

Vesak Day

2023 public holiday: 03/06/2023 (following Monday will be a public holiday) *long weekend holiday*

Wesak Day is an annual event in the Buddhist world, symbolizing the birth, enlightenment, and nirvana of the Buddha. On this day, devout believers from all over Malaysia will gather in large and small temples across the country to offer flowers and incense, as well as customary activities such as chanting scriptures and prayer ceremonies; after night, there will be a series of grand events in various cities.

Eid al-Fitr

2023 public holiday: 29/06/2023

Strictly speaking, Eid al-Fitr is not a Malay New Year, but an important day in the Hijri calendar. But because they celebrate Eid al-Fitr in much the same way that Chinese celebrate Lunar New Year and Indians celebrate Deepavali, generally Malaysians refer to Eid al-Fitr as “Malay New Year” (although they all know this is incorrect). ). Eid al-Fitr is scheduled on October 1 of the Hijri calendar, but because the Hijri calendar has only 354 or 355 days in a year, the Gregorian date of Eid al-Fitr is earlier every year.

National Day

2023 public holiday: 09/08/2023

National Day (Merdeka Month Celebration) is celebrated by all Malaysians. There will be a grand parade by government officials and royals, and there will be various exhibitions to showcase the country’s history. In addition, there will be fireworks tours and other celebrations. National Day is August 31 (Merdeka Day).

Lantern Mooncake Festival

The Lantern & Mooncake Festival is a festival that symbolizes the peaceful celebration of peace and abundance. In modern times, more and more people will appreciate lanterns and enjoy different styles of mooncakes. In Malaysia, mooncakes can be tasted throughout the month, and there are many lantern festivals around.

Deepavali

2023 public holiday: 12/11/2023 (following Monday will be a public holiday) *long weekend holiday*

On Deepavali, Hindus get up early in the morning to take a bath and put on festive costumes. Some men, women and children hold flowers, some betel nuts and bananas, and they come to the Hindu temple. They use these things to make offerings to the gods. Kneel down and pray, praying for God’s blessing. During the festival, every household is brightly lit and filled with cigarettes, symbolizing the victory of light over darkness, evil over righteousness and wisdom. During the festival, Indian families not only visit relatives and friends to share delicacies, but even open their doors to welcome visitors from different religions and ethnicities to celebrate together.


Arrival & Departure

Changi Airport

Singapore’s main airport and the most important regional hub, large and comfortable, the entire airport has three terminals (T1, T2, T3), between which are transferred by air trains and shuttle buses. Changi Airport is regarded as the most beautiful airport in the world. It not only has leisure places such as gardens, swimming pools, cinemas, but also themed amusement facilities. In addition, Changi Airport is also a good place for shopping. There are many duty-free shops for cosmetics and perfumes, which are cheaper than the urban area.

Address: Singapore Changi Airport, Airport Blvd, Singapore, 918146

Website: http://www.changiairport.com/

How to get there

MRT: MRT Green Line. The MRT station is located in the basement of Terminals 2 and 3 and can be reached from the arrivals and departures hall via handrails or direct lifts, and the one-way fare is less than SGD 3 (including a SGD 1 deposit, which is refundable), to the city center The time is about 30 minutes.

BOOKMYTAXI.MY is the easiest way to book a private taxi or cross border transfer to Changi Airport from Malaysia or vice versa. We offer fixed prices, upfront pricing and the most affordable rates. Book my taxi with us and experience professional service from our highly trained drivers.

Senai International Airport

Senai International Airport (JHB) is located in the north-northwest direction about 35 kilometers away from the Singapore – Johor Causeway. AirAsia, Firefly and Malaysia Airlines are now supported for routes, and only direct purchase or booking of domestic flights to eastern and western Malaysia is supported. The newly refurbished airport is much cleaner, with shops, restaurants, currency exchange, and free WIFI.

How to get there

BOOKMYTAXI.MY is the easiest way to book a private taxi or cross border transfer to Senai Airport from Singapore or vice versa. We offer fixed prices, upfront pricing and the most affordable rates. Book my taxi with us and experience professional service from our highly trained drivers.

You can also read on our public transportation guide from Singapore to Senai airport.

KTM Train

KTM travels between Singapore and western Malaysia across the Singapore – Johor Causeway, passing through the city of Johor Bahru. Trains depart from the Woodlands checkpoint, 700 metres from the Causeway. If you are travelling from Singapore to Malaysia, you will need to be checked at an immigration checkpoint in Singapore, then cross the railway and be checked at an immigration office in Malaysia before you can board the train. Cross border train services between Singapore and Malaysia is currently suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Cross border KTM Tebrau Shuttle train services will resume from 19th June 2022 onwards, and you can read more about KTM Tebrau Shuttle online reservation guide, or get to know more about Tebrau Shuttle timetable.

Self-Driving

There are several major highways in the city of Johor Bahru, including the Pasir Gudang Highway which connects both sides of the city and the Tebrau Highway which connects the Lebuhraya Utara Selatan Expressway with the Malay Peninsula) and Jalan Tun Abdul Razak Highway. In the West of Pasir Gudang Expressway, it is connected with the Malaysia-Singapore Second Link (Linkedua, Second-Link) and Singapore’s Tuas industrial area at Gelang Patah area. At the same time, Tambak Johor, Singapore – Johor Causeway in the city is connected with Woodlands in Singapore.

If you do decide to self-drive in Malaysia, read on about our FAQ for driving in Malaysia and the things to take note during your vacation.

Local Transportation

Johor Taxi

BOOKMYTAXI.MY acts as a window connecting passengers with thousands of taxi drivers in entire Malaysia. Passengers from Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Johor Bahru, Kuantan and many other towns in Malaysia can book their rides on the website. To book a taxi from Singapore to JB, the passengers have to select their pick-up and drop-off location in Singapore along with the location for disembarkation in JB (e.g., Singapore to JB Senai Airport or Singapore to JB City Centre Terminal). The final pricing will be displayed on screen. All you need to do is make your payment using credit card or cash.

Johor Bahru City Taxi

Taking a taxi (called a taxi for Chinese in Singapore and Malaysia) is one of the very cheap options for traveling in Johor Bahru, although drivers often refuse to use the meter, you must insist that they use it. The city of Johor Bahru has stipulated that the meter must be used since 2010. If your driver insists on refusing to use it, in order to avoid disputes over the price of the car at that time, it is better to change a car as soon as possible. The starting fare for a taxi in Johor Bahru is RM3 for two kilometers; then 10 sen (in Malaysian currency) per 115 meters.

Johor Bahru City Bus

You can choose to use the bus to get around the city. But sometimes you have a problem, that is, you can’t find clearly marked bus stops. Don’t panic at this time, you just need to follow the local crowd and wait on the side of the road. The main bus station in Johor Bahru is City Square at Jalan Wong Ah Fook. Here you can take routes to various places in Johor Bahru and some routes to the suburbs of Johor Bahru. The last bus is at 23:00, and the fare depends on the distance. You can also go to Larkin Sentral Bus Terminal if you are preparing to travel to other Malaysian states/cities. Interstate bus services operates from this main terminal.

Johor Bahru local bus guide
Image source from https://businterchange.net

Local Currency & Exchange

The currency of Malaysia is Ringgit RM, the exchange rate is about 1 US Dollar = 4.3 Malaysia Ringgit. It is not recommended to exchange a large amount of ringgit at the airport. Tourists only need to exchange a small amount of change at the airport, enough to pay the travel expenses. Airports, shopping malls and hotels have foreign currency exchange centers (generally only accept banknotes)and every mall has a Money Changer, but the rate of Money Changer in the city center is slightly lower. Most hotels impose an additional fee when they accept currency exchange. Traveler’s checks must be exchanged at the bank.

When traveling to the outskirts, be sure to bring enough cash and change. It is not cost-effective to exchange ringgit at the airport. There are many more cost-effective exchange points in the city.

If you are starting from Kuala Lumpur to other cities, it is best to exchange enough money in Kuala Lumpur before setting off, because the exchange rate of other cities is lower than that of Kuala Lumpur, and old money and damaged money are not charged.

Credit Cards and UnionPay

UnionPay cards can be used in 6 banks under the local network MEPS – Hong Leong Bank, Maybank, Public Bank, RHB Bank, CIMB, People’s Bank (PBC). Bank Rakyat) and three foreign banks, Standard Chartered, HSBC and Citibank, have withdrawn cash from ATMs. UnionPay cards can be swiped in several shopping plazas in the city center. You need to check whether there is a UnionPay logo at the door or at the cashier, or ask the clerk. But its not everywhere you can swipe UnionPay cards, if it is UnionPay Visa or Mastercard, you can swipe it everywhere, and you can use the Visa or Mastercard channel. 

In other cities in Malaysia, there are far fewer places where UnionPay cards can be swiped than in Kuala Lumpur. You need to ask the clerk or pay attention to whether there is a UnionPay logo in the window or at the cashier. If it is UnionPay Visa or Mastercard, you can swipe it anywhere, and you can use the Visa or Mastercard channel.

The use of credit cards is relatively common, and many stores can swipe cards, and most of them do not have a minimum credit card consumption. Except for some small shops, it is best to prepare a little cash.

Tipping

Tipping is not mandatory in Malaysia. In hotels and restaurants, tipping is not necessary because a 10% service charge has been added to the bill. If the bill states that there will be an additional service charge (Service Charge), you can tip about 10%. Passengers may tip hotel staff and luggage porters as appropriate. There is no need to tip hotel doormen and taxi drivers.


Precautions For Entry and Exit

  1. At the time of customs clearance, the immigration at the airport will check whether the amount of cash carried by the passenger is sufficient to cover the expenses during their stay in Malaysia. In this regard, the Malaysian side has no specific limit on the amount, but it is understood that the basic reference standard is at least 1,500 ringgits (about 500 US dollars). This is the “standard” set internally by the Malaysian side in combination with its living consumption level. Special reminder to visitors to Malaysia whose sponsors are Malaysian citizens or enterprises, in order to take precautionary measures, they still need to carry a sufficient amount of cash for future reference. 
  2. The airport authorities have stricter entry checks on Chinese tourists (individual passengers), especially women under the age of 30. If the person is found to come to Malaysia frequently in a short period of time, the person will be refused entry. In addition, a passport is required to travel from West Malaysia to East Malaysia. The Malaysian Immigration Department has the right to refuse entry to foreigners with criminal records, incapacity and false declarations of the purpose of coming to Malaysia.
  3. Daily necessities carried by foreign tourists; goods with a total value of not more than 250 US Dollars per person (the total value of the goods brought by the flight attendants does not exceed 50 US Dollars per person) (including 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 200 grams of tobacco leaves; 1 liter of alcoholic beverages; appropriate amount of perfume) enjoy duty-free treatment. Cameras, video cameras, cassette recorders, binoculars, sports equipment, laptop computers, mobile phones or other similar equipment for foreign tourists’ own use must be declared and brought back when leaving the country.
  4. Tourists who bring US$10,000 or more (RM34,000 or more) into or out of Malaysia must fill in Customs No.22 to declare to the customs. This amount includes cash, coins, bank drafts, checks and traveler’s checks. Visitors can request forms at customs checkpoints at entry and exit. This is an international measure to eliminate overseas money laundering. 
  5. Tourists must also declare the agricultural products they bring. Customs must inspect items to ensure that they do not contain pests and fungi that threaten the local ecology.
  6. Toy guns that look like real guns are prohibited from being brought into the country. Dangerous weapons (eg katana), fireworks (eg firecrackers). Pornographic publications and pirated CDs are also prohibited items.
  7. Drug smuggling is a very serious crime in Malaysia. Possessing or dealing in drugs is punishable by death.

Travel Tips

Cell Phone / Calling Card

There are three major mobile communication service providers in Malaysia, namely Maxis, DIGI and Celcom. The famous AirAsia TuneTalk cooperates with Celcom. At airports, railway stations and roadside, you will see large and small purchase points, but try to buy at the counter, it is more convenient to recharge, and you can recharge in major convenience stores and even small grocery stores in urban areas. These cards are all one-way charges, and there is no domestic long-distance call in Malaysia. Even if the pre-stored call charge is 0, you can answer the call. There is a free call fee when buying a card. When opening the number, you need to ask the staff or clerk to help you change it into English and open the Internet.

Hotlink card Maxis’ Hotlink card signal and Internet access are relatively stable, and the coverage is wide. In addition to the airports, telecommunication agent outlets everywhere in the city, 7-11, 99 Speedmart and other chain supermarkets, there is also the headquarters building of Maxis next to KLCC.

You may also read about the list of recommended prepaid sim cards with data plan to use in Malaysia.

Getting online

Free WIFI service is provided in cafes, hotels, fast food chains, and some inns; you need to get the password from the clerk. There is a WIFI wireless network in the shopping mall, you can connect to it without a password, but the signal is very weak. Or look for Internet cafes to surf the web, mostly near schools or business districts, ranging from 3-10 ringgits per hour, and some can include nights. Some youth hostels or Guest Houses also have internet corners for a fee.

Malaysia uses a British standard three-phase flat plug to connect to a stable power supply (220-240 volts, 50 Hz).


Places Not To Be Missed

Johor Bahru Old Temple

Johor Bahru Old Temple is located in Johor Bahru, Malaysia with a history of more than 100 years and is one of the oldest buildings in Johor Bahru. The ancient temple building is based on the architectural design of southern China and has a strong Chaozhou architectural style. The roof is gradually increased in height. The roof of the gate of the front yard is short and the roof of the hall is high to highlight the importance of the hall. There are five gods enshrined in the ancient temple. On the 21st day of the first lunar month every year, the ancient temple of Johor will hold an annual grand tour of the gods.

The Temple is a place with cultural heritage, historical significance and very good Feng Shui treasure. It’s great! It is very lively, popular and there are many people !

Legoland Malaysia

The first Legoland theme park in Asia and the sixth Legoland theme park in the world opened on September 15, 2012 in Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia. This is a wonderful world full of unlimited fun, both for adults and children. , Legoland Malaysia will be a place with a lot of fun elements in the journey.

Legoland Malaysia covers an area of ​​more than 93,000 square meters. There are more than 40 kinds of amusement facilities, performances and attractions in the park. It is mainly divided into seven themed areas, including the entrance, Legoland, Lilliput, and Adventure Land. , Fantasyland, LEGO Kingdom and LEGO Technic Park.

There are many lovely large-scale dolls in the park, which are made of Lego bricks, and people can’t help but keep pressing the camera shutter, like the grandfather holding the toilet at the toilet door, and the painter holding the palette. , or Malaysian women in headscarves, etc., are very distinctive. There are 15,000 Lego models in the park, which are estimated to be composed of more than 50 million Lego bricks of different sizes.

Jalan Wong Ah Fook

Jalan Wong Ah Fook Street is a major one-way street in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, located in the central business district of Johor Bahru and is also one of the busiest roads in the city. Within the center of Jalan Wong Ah Fook, there are City Square shopping mall, Komtar JBCC, characteristic local shops and famous curry fish head restaurant nearby. On weekends, there is a night bazaar where you can experience all the local cultures and food.

Desaru Coast

Desaru is a coastal resort area in the South-Eastern Johor state – within the small town of Bandar Penawar. The integrated resort concept materialized in 2019 with the opening of The Els Club Champion Golf Resort, Waterpark Adventure, The Westin Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel & Anantara Resort & Villas; the entire Desaru coast line had been transformed and become a favorite weekend destination/staycation for the likes of Singaporean and Malaysians.

You can reach Desaru coastal resorts via self-driving or booking a private taxi service from BOOKMYTAXI.MY. Passengers from Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Kuantan and many other towns in Malaysia can book their rides on the website. To book a taxi service from Singapore to Desaru, the passengers have to select their pick-up and drop-off location in Singapore along with the location for disembarkation in Desaru (e.g., The Westin Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel or The Els Club). The final pricing will be displayed on screen. All you need to do is make your payment using credit card or cash.

You can now also book a ferry ride from Singapore’s Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal to the coastal town of Desaru.

Sibu Island

Sibu Island is located at the southernmost tip of Malaysia and is a small island west of Johor. The island is full of lush tropical plants and long golden sandy beaches. There are many rock holes along the coast, which are formed by the impact of seawater brought by the long-term monsoon, which gives the island a rugged beauty. Offshore, the bottom is a fascinating coral reef, which contains many beautiful underwater creatures. The island is full of lush tropical plants and long golden sandy beaches. There are many rock holes along the coast, which are formed by the impact of seawater brought by the long-term monsoon, which gives the island a rugged beauty. Offshore, the bottom is a fascinating coral reef, which contains many beautiful underwater creatures. You may also find some wrecks of shipwrecks, ancient Chinese merchants…

You will have to take a boat ride from Tanjung Leman Jetty (Mersing district) to the tropical island.

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If you would like to have a leisure drive up for the island vacation, we also offer a self-driving guide from Singapore to Tanjung Leman jetty.

Tioman Island

Tioman Island is located on the east coast of Malaysia and is known as the world’s top leisure island. Legend has it that the island was also the palace of a dragon girl, the picturesque Tioman Island is sunny, and because of its beautiful scenery, the Hollywood musical “South Pacific” has also been filmed here.

Tioman Island is well developed and has various facilities such as water sports, accommodation and dining. The waters around Tioman Island are blue and clear, and there are colorful sea fan corals, stone pines, sea hares and other marine life on the bottom, so there is also the nickname of nature aquarium. Moreover, the visibility of the sea water here is more than ten meters, and the warm and clear seabed makes it the best choice for diving enthusiasts. Swim with hordes of tropical fish for fun. In addition to diving, there are also water sports such as windsurfing, jet skis, banana boats, etc. to choose from.

If you don’t play in the water, you can also go hiking in the virgin jungle. The virgin jungle on the island is full of wild vines, apes and large lizards, and it has a Jurassic Park visual sense. In addition, the granite formations on the island make it an excellent place for rock climbing. Adventurous lovers of thrills can climb the fabled Gunung Nenek Semukut cliff or Longhorn Rock.

You will have to take a boat ride from Mersing Jetty to the tropical island.

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To reach Mersing jetty, another affordable option would be to take a public bus service from Johor Bahru to Mersing. The journey time will definitely take longer but it’s an alternate form of adventure for the backpackers.

Having been to a lot of Southeast Asia island trips, the requirements for islands are getting higher and higher. I have always disliked places with many people. Naturally, Tioman Island is the best choice


And Finally …

We’ve explained a few of the different transportation options that can be found in and around Malaysia and Singapore. We’d like to offer you an opportunity to try our private taxi service. Our top priority is always our customers and we pride ourselves on our professional and knowledgeable drivers. Get started or finish off your adventure in one of our many luxurious private taxi. If you don’t know the area well, our drivers are more than happy to help point out popular locations and entertainment opportunities.

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