It Turns Out That Many Bus Tickets for Land VTL Are Still Available


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For those still hoping to get a seat (or more) on the Singapore-Malaysia quarantine-free land VTL, I’ve got great news for you.

Despite many platforms (including us) reporting about how tickets were sold out within twenty minutes, there are a great deal more tickets available.

Many Bus Tickets for Land VTL Are Still Available

According to the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI), about 4,400 tickets were quickly bought up yesterday from Transtar Travel.

Now, if you remember back to our previous article, there are 1,440 tickets available per day for travellers going into Malaysia from Singapore, and another 1,440 in the other direction.

This means, in order to sell out the tickets (going into Malaysia) for the next 30 days, 43,200 tickets have to be sold in total.

MTI states that over 90% of Transtar Travel’s tickets to Singapore, and over 70% to Malaysia, are still available.

Technical Difficulties 

Transtar Travel and Handal Indah (Causeway Link) are the two bus operators for the land VTL.

On the first day of sale, both websites met with technical difficulties and had to create virtual waiting rooms to deal with overwhelming demand.

Some users reported not being able to access the booking system while the Causeway Link website was overloaded.

A quick check at the time of writing shows that both websites are now accessible.

In other words, despite what you’ve read yesterday, tickets are still available.

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About The SG-M’sia Quarantine-Free Land VTL

The land VTL will start on 29 November 2021, and it’s a Monday, but not everyone can apply for the land VTL.

To enter Malaysia, you need to be a citizen, permanent resident or long-term pass holder of the country you’re going to. This effectively means that day trips for cheap seafood aren’t the goal here.

Instead, it’s for people who’ve been stuck in either Singapore or Malaysia due to the closure of the borders.

There is a limit of 1,440 travellers from each side, which means the limit is currently 2,880 for both sides every day.

For the land VTL, the only transport you’re allowed to travel on is one of the buses from the two approved service providers.


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The good news is, you no longer have to squeeze like sardines in the bus because there is a maximum capacity of 45 “fully seated” passengers per trip.

Terminals for Singapore are the Woodlands temporary bus interchange and Queen Street Terminal.

The one in Woodlands is by Transtar Travel while the one from Queen Street Terminal is run by Handal Indah (yay, the familiar Causeway Link). Both services will end at the Larkin Sentral bus terminal.

It’ll cost $15 for an adult to travel from Singapore to Malaysia, and RM20 for a trip from Malaysia to Singapore. A child’s ticket will be $8 and RM10 respectively.

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Feature Image: Facebook (Ministry of Trade & Industry & Teckchua Seah)


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