Taking the bus from KL to Singapore is the most cost effective and convenient way of moving between the two cities. While you can still find some bargains for the quick flight between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, buses are far cheaper and eliminate the need to deal with airport hassle.
Buses between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore aren't the typical slow, rattling affairs found in other parts of Southeast Asia. A multitude of companies offer double-decker buses with lots of leg room to cater to business travelers who frequently move between the two cities. Some buses offer movies, work desks, and even have on-board Wi-Fi!
- Learn a little about what to expect on buses in Asia.
The Bus from KL to Singapore
Rather than booking a bus through your accommodation or from a travel agent, you can avoid paying a commission by booking a ticket directly from the bus company. Many companies offer online booking, or you can purchase a ticket in person.
The bus from KL to Singapore typically takes between five to six hours, depending on traffic in the causeway and processing time at the border.
The price for getting from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore varies widely, based on the company and quality of bus. Double-decker coaches and VIP or "executive" buses tend to cost more. You'll find bus tickets ranging from RM35 to RM250. For exchange rates, read about the currency in Kuala Lumpur.
http://www.busonlineticket.com/ is an online portal for several bus companies that run between KL and Singapore.
Bus Departures in KL
Companies offering the bus between KL and Singapore operate from various points around Kuala Lumpur. You'll find buses to Singapore leaving from the following places:
- Pudu Sentral Bus Terminal: Formerly called Puduraya, this bus station received a major overhaul and reopened in 2011. Find the station on Jalan Pudu, just around the corner from Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur.
- Terminal Bersepadu Selatan: Also called “TBS,” this ultra-modern bus terminal opened in 2011 and services destinations south of Kuala Lumpur. You can reach the new terminal via the LRT, KTM, and KLIA Transit train systems. Read more about using the trains in KL.
- Other Departure Points: Some bus companies actually operate from satellite offices and the parking lots of large hotels and shopping centers such as Berjaya Times Square. If you book online, you'll need to arrange transportation from your own accommodation to their departure points around KL. Read more about Kuala Lumpur transportation.
Arriving in Singapore
Buses from KL to Singapore arrive in a hodgepodge of locations, however, many routes terminate in the Golden Mile Complex on Beach Road in Singapore. The Golden Mile Complex is located just south of Little India and within walking distance of Arab Street.
You'll find plenty of taxis waiting, or you can take the MRT (Singapore's subway system) at the nearby Nicoll Highway station on the orange CCS line.
Tips for Crossing into Singapore
- Remember, being allowed to enter a country is a favor extended to you as a visitor. Although 99.9% of people have no trouble, be courteous and patient.
- Chewing gum in Singapore is actually banned. Do not chew gum while you wait in the immigration queue.
- Remove your hat and sunglasses while inside.
- Have your immigration paperwork completely filled out and legible before you get into the immigration queue.
- Don't lose the exit card you are given; you will definitely need it when you leave Singapore. Expect all of your luggage to be screened for "contraband" items.
Bringing Tobacco and Alcohol into Singapore
Customs laws in Singapore are notoriously strict, earning the city the sarcastic nickname "The Fine City." Singapore does not allow the usual 200 cigarettes and specified amount of alcohol to enter duty-free through customs as other countries in Southeast Asia.
Machines at the border scan bags not just for the usual threats, but for alcohol and tobacco -- both of which are taxed heavily in Singapore. “Forgetting” about either one in your bag when coming from Malaysia will result in heavy fines which you must pay on the spot at the border. You can be fined up to S$200 per pack of cigarettes and/or detained -- don't try to sneak something through!
- See more about what travelers shouldn't bring to Singapore.
Tips for Clearing Customs
- By law, all tobacco coming into Singapore is subject to taxation. Although some friendly customs agents will allow you to carry one opened pack of cigarettes -- with a few missing -- in your pocket for personal consumption, this is based on their whim rather than the law.
- No alcohol is allowed to be carried from Malaysia into Singapore without being declared and taxed.
- Believe it or not, but chewing gum is illegal in Singapore!
See the official Singapore customs site for details.
Getting from Singapore to KL
Many of the bus companies are the same for going in the opposite direction, however, departure points differ. Read more about the bus from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur.