The Ultimate Concise Guide on Getting to JB from S’pore Fast & Cheap


Johor Bahru (our wonderful overseas getaway that promises to be cheaper than Sentosa) is a place that Singaporeans love.

Most Singaporeans plan weekend trips to JB to get away from the hustle and bustle of Singapore and also to buy groceries, baby milk powder and diapers.

Despite the stricter checks and fees involved in travelling to JB nowadays, it is still a breeze for Singaporeans to get to JB for a weekend of fun-filled activities and great shopping sprees.

What are the best ways to get to JB? Let’s find out.

There are 5 possible ways to get to JB.

  1. Private-hire car/taxi
  2. Public Bus
  3. The KTM train
  4. Drive on your own
  5. Charter Van/Mini Bus

Depending on your travelling requirements, one of the 5 possible methods is best suited for you.

1. Looking for Comfort, Convenience and the Fastest Way to JB

If you are looking for comfort, convenience and the fastest way to get to JB, the private-hire cars/taxis are best-suited for you.

You can either hire Grab/Uber drivers to take you, or you can go to a car company. These companies have a fleet of cars with experienced drivers who can take care of all the minute details for you during your travel.

This means a no hassle ride, and your safety is also guaranteed. The best part about this is the convenience of not having to get off from the vehicle to clear immigration.

However, it can be expensive if you are travelling alone or with less than 3 persons as it will set you back about $90 – $100/car.

2. Looking for Budget

Budget travellers usually do not want to hire private cars as the cost can be high. Due to the developments of public transport system in both Singapore and JB, travellers can easily use public buses to go to JB.

The journey can take between 40 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the traffic and the crowd at immigrations. You will also have to carry your luggage up and down the bus during the customs clearance.


The advantage, however, is the cheap ride and comfortable seat for the journey.

3. Looking for a balance between budget and travelling time

The KTM Shuttle Tebrau is an alternative to travellers who want a balance between budget and time.

Since its inception in 2015, it has been a popular alternative for people who want to travel to JB as it is the fastest way to JB Sentral. It is also relatively cheap.

While it is not as cheap as the buses, it is still cheaper than most other methods.

However, there are limited tickets to be sold as the train is 4 coaches long and can only carry 320 passengers at another one time.

If you are looking at this option, do take note that the Woodlands Train Checkpoint is not the same one as the Woodlands Checkpoint.

4. Looking for convenience of travel

If you want to go to particular places that are not easily accessible from the public transport system, the best way besides hiring a private car is to self-drive.

The convenience of self-drive is numerous since you will be able to go anywhere you want without the hassle of waiting for multiple public modes of transport.

Nonetheless, there are risks involved when you self-drive. The number 1 risk is, of course, the safety of you and your family. The second is the risk of getting trapped in a traffic jam that can last for hours.

5. Looking for comfort and conveniences for large group of people

If you are organising a trip with many people, usually more than 10, the charter van or mini bus can be an option as well. These companies offer personalised services so your trip will be arranged in any way you like.


Besides, they will also help with luggage and translation when needed. This mode of transport is best when you are going to Legoland Malaysia, Hello Kitty Town or Johor Premium Outlets.

However, travelling this way means sharing the vehicle with strangers and you will also have to get off the vehicle to clear immigrations.

Every mode of transport has its pro and cons, but if you are truly looking for the best way, here are our recommendations.

During Weekdays Peak Hours:

You can either choose the private cars (because they know all the shortcuts to minimise the traffic jams) or the public buses (because there are bus lanes).

During Weekdays Non-Peak Hours:

You can practically choose any mode of transport since the roads will be pretty manageable.

During Weekends:

The best way is to take the private cars OR the KTM Shuttle because they are going to be the fastest way to reach JB.


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