Do you take public buses to Johor Bahru (JB)? Are you always stuck in the queue for at least an hour at the custom before you are able to get into our neighbouring country?
There was once we are trapped in the traffic just right before the Woodlands Checkpoint. The jam was so bad that we decided to alight with the rest of the passengers and walk to the custom.
Nevertheless, it’s indeed an unforgettable experience. First, we have to walk on top of the covered drain. Then we have to cross the busy road and walk in the middle of the road. As if it is not dramatic enough, there was a sudden downpour just about 10 minutes before our destination. So dramatic that we promise ourselves to take the train next time we visit JB.
So yeah, we managed to book ourselves two-way tickets to JB over the long weekend!
So How Do I Train To Johor Bahru?
You are lucky. Really lucky. There was a period of time when the operators decided to close down the online booking system. Now it’s back in action!
What you can do now is to purchase your ticket from easybook.com. You can purchase it 30 days in advance to secure a space in the train.
The trip to JB Sentral costs S$ 5 while the trip back to Singapore costs MYR $5.
You will be paying about S$ 7 for a round-trip to JB.
Of course if you don’t trust the online system, you can purchase the tickets over the counter at Woodlands Train Checkpoint. We do notice that there are available tickets on sales at other timing (we took the 3.30 p.m timing) when we were exchanging our tickets. There is no difference in price. Thus, it will be better for you to purchase a ticket online as soon as the dates are available.
Where Do I Take The Train To Johor Bahru?
There are several ways you can reach Woodlands Train Checkpoint.
The simplest way, is of course, take a cab to Woodlands Train Checkpoint from wherever you are. We took a train to Marsling Station first before taking Grab to the Train Checkpoint for about S$ 6.
Tip: Do remember that Woodlands Checkpoint and Woodlands Train Checkpoint are different!
You can also take bus 856 (opposite Marsling Station and alight 3 stops later). There are also several public buses you can take from Woodlands Station (903, 911, 913) and Kranji Station (170, 170A, 178).
Upon arrival at the train checkpoint, exchange your e-ticket into a train ticket at Level 1 counter. After that you can join the queue at Level 2 before the gate is opened. We strongly recommend you to reach 30 minutes earlier at the checkpoint so that you can avoid long queues.
You may ask… really so fast meh?
The answer is yes. And I bet you will never go back to buses ever again.
You will be going through both Singapore and Malaysia customs before you board the train. It is really fast because there are less people at the train checkpoint. We were able to clear both customs within 30 minutes.
Don’t bother to find the cabin on your ticket. It’s free seating for everyone!
5 minutes after the train moves, you will find yourself arriving at JB Sentral!
How To Come Back Singapore?
You can try to swim.
Of course not lah.
Take your e-ticket (don’t have to exchange to a train ticket) to the gantry at JB Sentral. Queue to get into the train station. Then, you queue again to get through the customs. Lastly, you go through the security checks and board the train back to Singapore.
Unlike the train to Johor Bahru, this time round you will be going through Singapore customs at Woodlands Train Checkpoint.
Everything takes less than 15 minutes!
How Do We Really Feel About Taking The Train?
Of course lah, don’t expect the train to be like a business class seat from Singapore Airlines. The trains are already running for so many years so you can expect it to be pretty worn out.You may find the seats dirty but you can always choose to stand (5 minutes only) anyway.
Other than that, trust me. For someone who sweats profusely under a slight humid weather, taking a train to Johor Bahru is like discovering a whole new world.