Direct to/from Malaysian destinationsThere are buses to/from Kuala Lumpur KL and many other destinations in Malaysia through the Woodlands Checkpoint and the Second Link at Tuas. Unfortunately, there is no central bus terminal and different companies leave from all over the city. Major operators include:
Luxury buses with meal on-board, power sockets, lounge area etc, to Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya. Departures from HarbourFront Centre.
No frills, but the buses have good legroom and use the Second Link. Another selling point is convenient public transport: buses depart from Novena Square Novena MRT in Singapore and arrive right next to Bangsar LRT in Kuala Lumpur.
Over 20 daily departures from Kuala Lumpur's old railway station. Double-decker NiCE 2 buses 27 seats RM80, luxury NiCE++ buses 18 seats RM88. Departures from Copthorne Orchid Hotel on Dunearn Rd.085297589379 berastagi north sumatra
Malaysia's largest bus operator, offers direct buses from Singapore through the peninsula. Departures from Lavender St.
Transtar's sleeper-equipped Solitaire $63 and leather-seated First Class $49 coaches are currently the best around with frills like massaging chairs, onboard attendants, video on demand and even wifi. More plebeian SuperVIP/Executive buses are $25/39, direct service to Malacca and Genting also available. Departures from Golden Mile Complex, Beach Rd near Lavender MRT.
Six bus companies including major budget operator Konsortium.
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Another six companies, including major operator Fivestars Express, Hasry Express and AirAsia-affiliated StarMart.
In general, the more you pay, the faster and more comfortable your trip. More expensive buses leave on time, use the Second Link, and don't stop along the way; while the cheapest buses leave late if at all, use the perpetually jammed Causeway and make more stops. Book early for popular departure times like Friday and Sunday evening, Chinese New Year, etc, and factor in some extra time for congestion at the border.
An alternative to taking a direct "international bus" is to make the short hop to Johor Bahru to catch domestic Malaysian long-distance express buses to various Malaysian destinations from the Larkin Bus Terminal. Besides having more options, fares may also be lower because you will be paying in Malaysian ringgit rather than Singaporean dollars. The downside is the time-consuming hassle of first getting to Johor Bahru and then getting to Larkin terminal on the outskirts of town.
To/from Johor Bahru
|Line||Stops in Singapore||Stops in JB||Price|
|Causeway Link CW-1||Kranji MRT only||Larkin via Kotaraya||$1.30, RM1.30|
|Causeway Link CW-2||Queen St only||Larkin only||$3.20|
|Causeway Link CW-3||Jurong East MRT||Bukit Indah via 2nd Link||$4.00|
|SBS 170 red plate||Queen St via Kranji||Larkin only||$1.70|
|SBS 170 blue plate||Kranji MRT||Kotaraya only||$1.10|
|SBS 160||Jurong East MRT via Kranji||Kotaraya only||$1.60|
|SMRT 950||Woodlands MRT via Marsiling||Kotaraya only||$1.30|
|Singapore-Johor Express||Queen St only||Larkin only||$2.40|
The most popular options to get to/from Johor Bahru are the buses listed in the table. There's a pattern to the madness: Singaporean-operated buses SBS, SMRT, SJE can only stop at one destination in Malaysia, while the Malaysian-operated Causeway Link (http://www.handalindah.com.my/) buses can only stop at one destination in Singapore. Terminals aside, all buses make two stops at Singapore immigration and at Malaysian immigration. At both immigration points, you must disembark with all your luggage and pass through passport control and customs, then board the next bus by showing your ticket. Figure on one hour for the whole rigmarole from end to end, more during rush hour.
Banned in Singapore:
There's more to the list than just porn and drugs:
- Handcuffs, even if pink and fuzzy- Feeding pigeons or monkeys- Chewing gum- Male Homosexual activity
Most nationalities can enter Singapore without a visa. Refer to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (http://www.ica.gov.sg/) for current guidelines, including a list of the 30+ nationalities that are required to obtain a visa in advance. Entry permit duration depends on nationality and entry point: most people get 14 or 30 days, although EU, Norwegian, Swiss and US passport holders get 90 days. Citizens of some CIS countries eg: Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan can transit 4 days without a visa, if they have tickets to a third country.
Singapore has very strict drug laws, and drug trafficking carries a mandatory death penalty — which is applied to everyone, including foreigners. Even if you technically haven't entered Singapore and are merely transiting eg. changing flights without the need to clear passport control and customs while in possession of drugs, you would still be hung by the neck until dead on the next Friday after your sentencing unless sentenced or your appeal against sentence refused on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday or if you are a foreigner when your consulate is given at least 7 days notice . The paranoid might also like to note that in Singapore, it is an offence even to have any drug metabolites in your system, even if they were consumed outside Singapore, and Customs occasionally does spot urine tests at the airport! In addition, bringing in explosives or firearms without a permit is also a capital offence in Singapore.
Bring prescriptions for any medicines you may have with you, and obtain prior permission from the Health Sciences Authority (http://www.hsa.gov.sg/pub...) before bringing in any sedatives eg. Valium/diazepam or strong painkillers eg. codeine. Hippie types may expect a little extra attention from Customs, but getting a shave and a haircut is no longer a condition for entry.
Duty free allowances for alcohol are 1 L each of wine, beer and spirits, though the 1 L of spirits may be substituted with 1 L of wine or beer, unless you are entering from Malaysia. Travellers entering from Malaysia are not entitled to any duty free allowance. Alcohol may not be brought in by persons under the age of 18. There is no duty free allowance for cigarettes: all cigarettes legally sold in Singapore are stamped "SDPC", and smokers caught with unmarked cigarettes may be fined $500 per pack. In practice, though, bringing in one opened pack is usually tolerated. If you declare your cigarettes or excess booze at customs, you can opt to pay the tax or let the customs officers keep the cigarettes until your departure. The import of chewing gum is technically illegal, but in practice customs officers would usually not bother with a few sticks for personal consumption.
Pornography, pirated goods and publications by the Jehovah's Witnesses and the Unification Church may not be imported to Singapore, and baggage is scanned at land and sea entry points. In theory, all entertainment media including movies and video games must be sent to the Board of Censors for approval before they can be brought into Singapore, but that is rarely if ever enforced for original non-pirated goods. Pirated CDs or DVDs, on the other hand, can land you fines of up to $1000 per disc.
Singapore is linked by two land crossings to Peninsular Malaysia:
The Causeway is a very popular and thus terminally congested entry point connecting Woodlands in the north of Singapore directly into the heart of Johor Bahru. While congestion isn't as bad as it once was, the Causeway is still jam-packed on Friday evenings towards Malaysia and Sunday evenings towards Singapore. The Causeway can be crossed by bus, train, taxi or car, but it is no longer feasible to cross on foot after Malaysia shifted their customs and immigration complex 2 km inland.
A second crossing between Malaysia and Singapore, known as the Second Link, has been built between Tuas in western Singapore and Tanjung Kupang in the western part of Johor state. Much faster and less congested than the Causeway, it is used by some of the luxury bus services to Kuala Lumpur and is strongly recommended if you have your own car. There is only one infrequent bus across the Second Link, and only Malaysian "limousine" taxis are allowed to cross it and charge RM150 and up for the privilege. Walking across is also not allowed, not that there would be any practical means to continue the journey from either end if you did.
Driving into Singapore with a foreign-registered car is rather complicated and expensive; see the Land Transport Authority's Driving Into & Out of Singapore (http://www.lta.gov.sg/mot...) guide for the administrative details. Peninsular Malaysia-registered cars need to show that they have valid road tax and Malaysian insurance coverage. Other foreign cars need a Vehicle Registration Certificate, Customs Document Carnet, Vehicle Insurance purchased from a Singapore-based insurance company and an International Circulation Permit. All foreign registered cars and motorcycles can be driven in Singapore for a maximum of 10 days in each calendar year without paying Vehicle Entry Permit VEP fees, but after the 10 free days have been utilised, you will need to pay a VEP fee of up to $20/day.
Go through immigration first and get your passport stamped. Then follow the Red Lane to buy the AutoPass $10 from the LTA office. At the parking area, an LTA officer will verify your car, road tax and insurance cover note and issue you a small chit of paper which you take to the LTA counter to buy your AutoPass and rent an In-vehicle Unit IU for road pricing charges or opt to pay a flat $5/day fee instead. Once that is done, proceed to customs where you will have to open the boot for inspection. After that, you are free to go anywhere in Singapore. Any VEP fees, road pricing charges and tolls will be deducted from your AutoPass when you exit Singapore. This is done by slotting the AutoPass into the reader at the immigration counter while you get your passport stamped.
Driving into Malaysia from Singapore is relatively uncomplicated, although small tolls are charged for both crossing and for the Second Link the adjoining expressway. In addition, Singapore-registered vehicles are required to have their fuel tanks at least 3/4 full before leaving Singapore. Do be sure to change some ringgit before crossing, as Singapore dollars are accepted only at the unfavorable rate of 1:1. Moreover, be prepared for longer queues as Malaysia introduced a biometric system for foreigners wishing to enter that country see Malaysia article.
In both directions, note that rental cars will frequently ban or charge extra for crossing the border.
Singapore is one of the few countries that you can enter or leave by taxi. While normal Singaporean taxis are not allowed to cross into Malaysia and vice versa, specially licensed Singaporean taxis permitted to go to the Kotaraya shopping mall only can be booked from Johor Taxi Service â +65 62967054, $45 one way), while Malaysian taxis, which can go anywhere in Malaysia, can be taken from Rochor Rd $32 to charter, or $8/person if you share with others. In the reverse direction, towards Singapore, you can take taxis from Kotaraya to any point in central Singapore $30 or Changi Airport $40. The main advantage here is that you do not need to lug your stuff or yourself through Customs at both ends; you can just sit in the car.
A combination ride from anywhere in Singapore to anywhere in Malaysia can also be arranged, but you'll need to swap taxis halfway through: this will cost S$50 and up, paid to the Singaporean driver. The most expensive option is to take a limousine taxi specially licensed to take passengers from any point to any destination, but only a few are available and they charge a steep RM150 per trip. Advance booking is highly recommended, â +60 7 5991622.
Singapore is one of Southeast Asia's largest aviation hubs, so unless you're coming from Peninsular Malaysia or Batam/Bintan in Indonesia, the easiest way to enter Singapore is by air. In addition to flag-carrier Singapore Airlines (http://www.singaporeair.com) and its regional subsidiary SilkAir (http://www.silkair.com), Singapore is also home to low-cost carriers Tiger Airways (http://www.tigerairways.com), Jetstar Asia (http://www.jetstar.com) and Scoot (http://www.flyscoot.com).
In addition to the locals, every carrier of any size in Asia offers flights to Singapore, with pan-Asian discount carrier AirAsia (http://www.airasia.com) and Malaysian regional operator Firefly (http://www.fireflyz.com.my) operating dense networks from Singapore. There are also direct services to Europe, the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, North America, and even South Africa. Singapore is particularly popular on the "Kangaroo Route" between Australia and Europe, with airlines like Qantas (http://www.qantas.com.au) and British Airways (http://www.britishairways.com) using Singapore as the main stopover point.
Ferries link Singapore with neighbouring Indonesian province of Riau Islands, and the Malaysian state of Johor. Singapore has four ferry terminals which handle international ferries: HarbourFront formerly World Trade Centre near the southern part of the Central Business District, Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal on the East Coast, as well as Changi Ferry Terminal and Changi Point Ferry Terminal, at the eastern extremity of the island.
Getting to/away from the ferry terminals:
HarbourFront FT: Located next to HarbourFront MRT station.
Tanah Merah FT: Get off at Bedok MRT station and catch bus No. 35 to ferry terminal.
Changi FT: No bus stop nearby, take a taxi from Changi Village or Tanah Merah MRT.
Changi Point FT: Take bus No. 2, 29 or 59 to Changi Village Bus Terminal and walk to the ferry terminal.