Getting to Johor Bahru by bus

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Johor Bahru (commonly abbreviated as JB) is the capital city of the Johor state of Malaysia. Located at the southern tip of Peninsula Malaysia, it is frequently visited by tourists from Singapore, who take advantage of the region’s cheaper goods and services.

Cross-border bus transport between Singapore and Johor Bahru is well-established, with a variety of bus operators providing services. Bus routes cross the Johor Strait either via Woodlands Crossing (Causeway), which leads straight into Johor Bahru city, or via the Tuas Second Link, which largely serves the western Johor region including the Gelang Patah, Nusajaya and Bukit Indah areas.

Bus Operators

Currently, both local public transport operators SBS Transit and SMRT operate bus routes between Singapore and Johor Bahru via the Causeway. Handal Indah Sdn Bhd (branded as Causeway Link) also operates its own routes via both the Causeway and Tuas Second Link. Other scheduled services are operated by smaller operators, including Advance Coach, Singapore-Johore Express and Transtar Travel.

From Singapore:

1. Kranji MRT Station

Located close to Woodlands Checkpoint, Kranji MRT Station is a popular transfer point between Singapore’s Mass Rapid Transit network and cross border bus services. SBS Transit services 160, 170, 170X and Causeway Link service CW1 provide bus connections to JB Sentral and Larkin Terminal across the border.

From Kranji MRT, exit and board either Service 170X or CW1 heading towards Woodlands Checkpoint from the bus stop directly outside the station (45139 Kranji Stn). Both 170X and CW1 will depart at frequent intervals throughout the day. Alternatively, cross the overhead bridge and board Service 160 or 170 towards the Checkpoint, but these two services operate at lower intervals.

2. Queen Street Bus Terminal

Located in the Rochor Canal area, Queen Street Bus Terminal has long been a centralized location for bus (and taxi) services between Singapore and Johor Bahru. Nearby MRT stations are Bugis and Rochor (opening in 2016). SBS Transit service 170, Causeway Link CW2 and Singapore-Johore Express (SJE) operate daily bus services at regular intervals to JB Sentral and Larkin Terminal.

While CW2 and SJE buses proceed from Queen Street straight to Woodlands Checkpoint via the expressways (~20mins), Service 170 will take over an hour as it operates as a local bus service. The fare for CW2 and SJE is $3.30 and $3.00 respectively.

3. Jurong East Bus Interchange

Jurong East is the major hub for cross border services heading via Tuas Second Link. The interchange is located near Jurong East MRT station and makes it a convenient transfer point. While SBS Transit operates Service 160 to JB Sentral, Causeway Link operates services CW3, CW4 and CW4S, which head to Gelang Patah, Pontian and Sutera Mall respectively, via the Tuas Second Link.

From the Johor Checkpoint of the Second Link (officially called Sultan Abu Bakar CIQ Complex, but usually denoted CIQ Second Link in bus documents), bus services are provided to a variety of destinations, such as Legoland, Puteri Harbour Family Theme Park (PHFTP), Perling Mall, Bukit Indah, Taman Ungku Tun Aminah (TUTA), Johor Premium Outlets, Senai Airport and Pontian.

4. Changi Airport

Transtar operates TS1 between Changi Airport and JB Sentral daily. Boarding points at Changi Airport are at the arrival hall coach bays of Terminals 1, 2 and 3. For detailed route information and timetables, visit the Transtar website here and the Changi Airport website here.

5. Other Locations

Bus services are also provided from these locations. This list is not exhaustive:

Boon Lay MRT:  CW6

Newton Circus: CW5

Resorts World Sentosa: TS8

Woodlands Int / Civic Centre, Marsling MRT:  950, TS1

Yishun Int: AC7

Svc Route
160 Jurong East Interchange – JB CIQ / JB Sentral
via Choa Chu Kang · Woodlands Rd · Kranji MRT · Woodlands CIQ · JB CIQ
170 Queen Street Terminal  – Larkin Terminal
via Bukit Timah · Upper Bukit Timah · Woodlands Rd · Kranji MRT · Woodlands CIQ · JB CIQ
170X Kranji MRT – JB CIQ / JB Sentral
via Woodlands CIQ · JB CIQ
950 Woodlands Interchange – JB CIQ / JB Sentral
via Marsling MRT · Woodlands CIQ · JB CIQ · JB Sentral
AC7 Yishun Interchange – JB CIQ
via Sembawang MRT · Woodlands CIQ · JB CIQ
CW1 Kranji MRT – Larkin Terminal
via Woodlands CIQ · JB CIQ
CW2 Queen Street Terminal – Larkin Terminal
via Woodlands CIQ · JB CIQ
CW3 Jurong East – Perling Mall or Gelang Patah or Larkin
via Tuas CIQ · CIQ Second Link · Bukit Indah
CW3L CIQ Second Link – Gelang Patah
CW3S Tuas CIQ – Terminal Taman Ungku Tun Aminah (TUTA)
via CIQ Second Link · Bukit Indah · Sutera Mall
CW4 Jurong East – Pontian 
via Tuas CIQ · CIQ Second Link · Gelang Patah Sentral
CW4G Gelang Patah Sentral – CIQ Second Link
via Taman Nusantara · Nusa Cemerlang
CW4S Jurong East – Sutera Mall
via Tuas CIQ · CIQ Second Link · Gelang Patah
CW5 JB CIQ – Newton Circus via Woodlands CIQ ·
CW6 Boon Lay – Bukit Indah via Tuas CIQ · CIQ Second Link
SJE Queen Street Terminal – Larkin Terminal via Woodlands CIQ · JB CIQ
TS1 Changi Airport – Larkin Terminal
via Airport Terminal 2/3/1 · Changi Business Park · Woodlands MRT · Marsling MRT · Woodlands CIQ · JB CIQ
TS8 Resorts World Sentosa – Larkin Terminal
via Cantonment Link · Outram Park MRT · Great World · Scotts/Stevens/Whitley Road · Woodlands CIQ · JB CIQ

For Woodlands Crossing (Causeway), the checkpoints on both sides are referred to as Woodlands CIQ (Singapore) and JB CIQ (Malaysia). For Tuas Second Link, the checkpoints on both sides are Tuas CIQ (Singapore) and CIQ Second Link (Malaysia).

Usually, the bus journey between checkpoints (i.e. Woodlands CIQ – JB CIQ; Tuas CIQ – CIQ 2nd Link) can be made on any service operated by the bus operator which you have a valid ticket on. For example, if one arrives at Woodlands CIQ on Service 170, one can board any of SBS Transit’s service 160, 170 or 170X bus across the Causeway without counting as a transfer. This also applies to Causeway Link services across the Causeway and Tuas Second Link.

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Checkpoint Bus Transfer Guide

A. Woodlands Crossing – Arriving Malaysia

At the Malaysian side of the border (Sultan Iskandar CIQ Complex), commuters can transfer to Service 160 / 170X / 950 to JB Sentral or Service 170 / CW1 / CW2 to Larkin Terminal, the main bus terminal up north. Alternatively, they can walk to JB Sentral instead where plenty of local bus routes connect to many destinations in JB. Commuters can board their buses from either the JB Sentral terminal (ground floor of the train station) or along Jalan Wong Ah Fook by walking through the City Square mall. For details about the numerous JB local bus routes, visit the Bus Transport in Johor Bahru article.

B. Woodlands Crossing – Arriving Singapore

At the Singapore side of the border (Woodlands CIQ Complex), commuters can transfer to Service 160 / 170 / 170X / CW1 to Kranji MRT Station, Service 950 to Woodlands Interchange & MRT, or Service CW2 / 950 to Queen Street Bus Terminal. Alternatively, commuters can walk along the pedestrian corridor out to Woodlands Centre Road where more buses are available at bus stop 46069 Woodlands Train Checkpt to Woodlands Interchange & MRT.

C. Tuas Second Link Crossing – Arriving Malaysia

At the Malaysian side of the border (Sultan Abu Bakar CIQ Complex), commuters can transfer to various Causeway Link bus services to various destinations in JB, including Gelang Patah, Bukit Indah, Pontian and Taman Ungku Tun Aminah (TUTA). Bus services to places of interest such as Legoland, Puteri Harbour Family Theme Park (PHFTP), Perling Mall, Sutera Mall and Johor Premium Outlets are also avaliable. For a detailed list of bus routes, check out the Bus Transport in Johor Bahru article.

D. Tuas Second Link Crossing – Arriving Singapore

At the Singapore side of the border (Tuas CIQ Complex), commuters can transfer to Service CW3 / CW4 / CW4S to Jurong East Bus Interchange & MRT, or Service CW6 to Boon Lay MRT Station. Alternatively, commuters can walk out to the bus stop at the heavy vehicle entrance of the checkpoint 25269 Tuas Checkpt where Service 182 / 182M connects to Boon Lay Interchange & MRT.

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External Links:

Causeway Link

SBS Transit

SMRT Buses

Transtar

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