Border Crossing Guide: Singapore and Malaysia

Many travelers optimize their trips in Singapore by the neighboring country Malaysia which can be reached using two land crossings via Johor-Singapore Causeway and Malaysia-Singapore Second Link.  A sea crossing between Changi in Singapore and Pengerang in Johor is another option.

Border Crossing Guide: Singapore and Malaysia

To ensure a hassle-free and exciting border crossing between Singapore and Malaysia, check out this border crossing guide:

Choose your mode of transport.

By Plane

It is the fastest way to reach Malaysia, which is 234 kilometers away from Singapore. It takes less than an hour to reach Kuala Lumpur International from Changi Airport.

By Bus

  • Singapore – Malaysia

There are three options to choose from- the Causeway Link CW2, the Singapore-Johore Express (SJE), and the SBS Transit Bus (Route 170).  The schedule of Causeway Link is from 6:00 am-11:45 pm. The fare is S$3.30. SBS’s daily departure is 5:20 am-12:30 pm and the fare cost is S$2.50, while the Singapore-Johore Express starts its operation from 6:30 am.-11:30 pm and the fare is S$2.40. You can book your bus ticket here.

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Upon reaching the border crossing station, get off with your luggage and be ready for the Singaporean immigration inspection. After that, go down the escalator and wait for a bus that will bring you to Malaysia. After another inspection, this time in Malaysian immigration, follow the JB Sentral signs that will take you to Johor Bahru City Square. From there, you can now take a taxi or another bus to your hotel.

  • Malaysia- Singapore

Get an Uber/Grab or taxi to take you to Kuala Lumpur Sentral, then take a train to reach Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS) in Bandar Tasik Selatan. There are two available train options- the KTM Komuter Line and the KL Transit.

The KL Transit will take you all the way to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). It only stops in the KL Sentral and the travel time is about 7 minutes only. The KTM Komuter Line stops about four times in different towns and the fare is 1 Ringgit. At the TBS Station, get a bus ticket that will take you back to Singapore. The bus ride is 4-6 hours, depending on the bus company.

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By Taxi

Renting a taxi is the most convenient way to cross the border, albeit a bit pricey. Only licensed taxis are allowed to bring travelers to the border crossing between Singapore and Malaysia. The taxi will drop you off in Johor Bahru Larkin Bus Terminal, where you need to take another taxi or bus to take you to your destination. Taxis can be found on Ban San Street. The fare is S$12 per person or S$48 if you will rent it exclusively.

By Car

If budget is not an issue, hire a private limousine or car to take you to Johor Bahru, Malaysia from Singapore. The cost is around $100 or more.

By Train

It is not a popular option because it is time-consuming unless you are on a really tight budget.

Keep the following tips in mind when crossing the border.

  • Protect your passport and exit card, you will need them when leaving Singapore.
  • Expect all your luggage to be screened to prevent any “contraband” items.
  • Do not lose your bus tickets.
  • When inside the immigration office, remove your sunglasses and hat.
  • Fill up your immigration paperwork or the arrival card legibly and completely before lining up in the designated lane for foreigners.
  • Do not chew gum while in the immigration queue. Chewing gum is controlled in Singapore.
  • Show courtesy and patience. Your entrance to the country is a given favor as a visiting tourist.
  • Always bring cash (the right currency) with you during the trip.
  • Do not cross the border during a holiday if you want to avoid a throng of travelers.

Prepare yourself in case of interrogation in the immigration.

If there is a random search, your name appears on the blacklist upon checking, or the officer suspects that your purpose is to look for a job, the interrogation happens. To survive this horrifying situation, stay calm and composed. Have a presence of mind and be humble as you answer the questions. Give accurate and consistent information based on your legal documents. Do not overshare and always be on guard.

And lastly, avoid looking meager during border crossing between Singapore and Malaysia, wear appropriate clothes that boost your confidence.

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