JB Sentral Bus Terminal

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JB Sentral Bus Terminal is a bus terminal in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. Located beside the JB Sentral Railway Station, the terminal serves the Johor Bahru Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) Complex, City Square and Komtar JBCC shopping malls.

The terminal is one of two bus termini served by Singapore public bus operators, the other being Larkin Bus Terminal.

JB Sentral Bus Terminal, with JB Sentral KTM station in the background

Details:

Name: JB Sentral Bus Terminal | Terminal Bas JB Sentral
Service area: Johor Bahru City Centre
Address: Jalan Jim Quee, 80300 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia ‎
Principal operator: SBS Transit, SMRT, JB local bus operators
Rail Connections: KTM JB Sentral Railway Station
Berths: 11 end-on
Bus services: 2 (SBST), 1 (SMRT), other bus operators

History:

JB Sentral Bus Terminal is a relatively new bus terminal built in the late 2000s as part of the new JB Sentral Railway Station and accompanying JB Customs Complex. Located as part of the JB Sentral Railway Station building, the terminal serves a number of local bus services to the outer regions of Johor Bahru.

This terminal initially started operations as a bus terminal for Zon Barat (West Zone) public bus services in Johor Bahru, referring to neighbourhoods and towns located at the west side of Johor Bahru City. As a general principle, West Zone bus services ply destinations that are located along Route No. 3 (Tebrau Highway) or west of Route No. 1 (Skudai Highway). When the JB Sentral terminal started operations, it helped to ease congestion along Jalan Wong Ah Fook (referred to ‘Bandaraya’ or ‘City Square’ by most JB commuters), which used to be the starting and terminating point for all buses in downtown JB.

Following the closure of Jalan Wong Ah Fook to all bus services, from 18th May 2015, all East Zone and West Zone public bus services are amended to start and terminate at JB Sentral terminal, which led to severe congestion and overcrowding at the terminal. While West Zone buses used to layover at the 11 bus berths before their next departure, bus operators such as Causeway Link and Maju now no longer layover their buses at the terminal. Buses will disembark passengers at the entrance ramp to the terminal, then proceed to layover on the side of the road along Jalan Jim Quee. Buses will only enter the berth a few minutes before their next departure.

The CWA Airport Shuttle Service provides direct connection to Senai Airport.

The terminal:

Following the closure of Kotaraya II Bus Terminal on 01 Nov 2014, local bus services 160170X and 950 were made to loop at Jln Tun Abdul Razak before their relocation to JB Sentral Bus Terminal. This marked the first time that cross-border bus services were made to serve the terminal.

Owing to the shortage of berths, Service 160, 170X and 950 do not have designated berths at the terminal. They park for short periods at parking lots away from the passenger concourse, and timekeepers keep track of arriving and departing buses. See Gallery for the bus boarding area.

Due to the proximity of the bus terminal with the JB CIQ complex, few passengers would opt to take the bus between JB CIQ and JB Sentral Bus Terminal.

Takeover of Jln Wong Ah Fook services

The severely overcrowded terminal

As of 18th May 2015, all bus services previously calling at Jln Wong Ah Fook (except JB1) were relocated to JB Sentral Bus Terminal. The huge increase in bus and passenger traffic at the terminal has led to frequent jams along Jalan Jum Quee leading to the terminal.

The arrangement is likely to last for months to years as canal upgrading works are taking place at Jln Wong Ah Fook.

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Bus services to Singapore:

Service Destination Description
160 Jurong East Cross-border service
170X Kranji MRT Station Cross-border service
950 Woodlands Cross-border service

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JB Local Bus Services:

A. Larkin & East Zone Services (Zon Timur)

Bus Service Destination via Bus Operator
1B Bandar Selesa Jaya Danga Bay · Tampoi · Skudai · Taman Ungku Tun Aminah Causeway Link
5B Taman Universiti Danga Bay · Tampoi · Skudai Causeway Link
7 Kulai Danga Bay · Tampoi · Skudai · Senai S&S International
7B Kulai Danga Bay · Tampoi · Skudai · Senai Causeway Link
11B Bandar Selesa Jaya Danga Bay · Tampoi · Skudai · Taman Ungku Tun Aminah Causeway Link
112 Kempas Larkin · Taman Tasik · Bandar Baru Uda Causeway Link
221 Taman Tan Sri Ya’akob Danga Bay · Tampoi · Taman Perling · Taman Nusa Bestari / Bukit Indah Maju
229 Kulai Danga Bay · Tampoi · Skudai · Senai Maju
301 Taman Nusa Indah Danga Bay · Tampoi · Skudai · Taman Perling City Bus
331 Taman Universiti Danga Bay · Tampoi · Skudai · Desa Skudai City Bus
502 Bandar Selesa Jaya Danga Bay · Tampoi · Skudai · Taman Ungku Tun Aminah Causeway Link
505 Pulai Indah Danga Bay · Tampoi · Skudai · Sri Pulai · Kangkar Pulai Causeway Link
606 Pulai Indah Danga Bay · Tampoi · Skudai · Sri Pulai · Kangkar Pulai Kembara City
708 Taman Perling Danga Bay · Tampoi · Skudai JB Central Line
747 Selesa Jaya Danga Bay · Tampoi · Taman Jaya Mas · Tun Aminah JB Central Line
777B Taman Puteri Kulai Danga Bay · Tampoi · Skudai · Senai · Kulaijaya Causeway Link
A1 Senai Airport Larkin · Tampoi · Skudai · Senai · Taman Bintang JB Central Line
CWA Senai Airport Express Service Causeway Link
LM1 Gelang Patah Larkin · PHFTP · Legoland Causeway Link
JPO1 Johor Premium Outlets Tampoi · Skudai · Senai · Saleng Causeway Link
SL2 Sutera Mall Danga Bay · Tampoi Causeway Link
BET1 Kulai Danga Bay · Tampoi · Skudai · Senai Causeway Link
BET3 Taman Universiti Danga Bay · Tampoi · Skudai Causeway Link
Senai Airport Danga Bay · Tampoi · Skudai · Senai · Taman Bintang S&S International

B. West Zone Services (Zon Barat)

Bus Service Destination via Bus Operator
2 Permas Jaya Stulang · Taman Pelangi · Bakar Batu S&S International
3 Kota Masai Masai JB Central Line
6B Kota Tinggi Tebrau Highway · Pandan City · Tebrau City · Desa Cemerlang · Ulu Tiram · Taman Sri Saujana Causeway Link
9B Kota Masai Tebrau Highway · Pandan City · Tebrau City · Plentong · Masai Causeway Link
10 Taman Sri Stulang Bukit Cagar · Stulang Laut · Taman Pelangi · Taman Iskandar Maju
23 Permas Jaya Stulang Laut · Taman Pelangi · Sri Stulang Causeway Link
39 Masai Tebrau Highway · Pandan City · Tebrau City · Plentong City Bus
41 Kota Tinggi Tebrau Highway · Pandan City · Tebrau City · Desa Cemerlang · Ulu Tiram · Taman Sri Saujana City Bus
123 Permas Jaya Stulang Laut · Taman Pelangi · Sri Stulang City Bus
133 Kota Masai Tebrau Highway · Pandan City · Tebrau City · Plentong · Masai City Bus
188 Ulu Tiram Tebrau Highway · Pandan City · Tebrau City City Bus
208 Masai Tebrau Highway · Pandan City · Taman Molek · Taman Saujana · Plentong · Seri Alam Maju
224 Pasir Gudang Tebrau Highway · Pandan City · Taman Molek · Taman Saujana · Taman Air Biru Maju
225 Taman Johor Jaya Tebrau Highway · Pandan City · Jalan Ros Merah Maju
227 Kota Tinggi Tebrau Highway · Pandan City · Tebrau City · Desa Cemerlang · Ulu Tiram · Taman Sri Saujana Maju
717 Ulu Tiram Tebrau Highway · Pandan City · Tebrau City JB Central Line
CT1 Bayu Puteri Bukit Cagar · Stulang Laut · Taman Pelangi · Bakar Batu Causeway Link
S1 KSL City Plaza Pelangi, Danga City Mall Causeway Link
IM17 KSL City Taman Pelangi Maju
BET2 Ulu Tiram Tebrau Highway · Majidee · Pandan City · Tebrau City · Taman Gaya · Puteri Wangsa Maju
BET4 Masai Taman Iskandar · Permas Jaya · Jalan Ketapang · Seri Alam Maju
BET5 Kota Masai EDL · Bayu Puteri · Taman Megah Ria · Taman Rinting · Pusat Bandar Pasir Gudang · Taman Cendana Maju
BET6 Taman Setia Indah EDL · Pandan City Mall · AEON Tebrau City · Taman Austin Perdana · Taman Mount Austin Causeway Link
Ulu Tiram Tebrau Highway · Pandan City · Tebrau City S&S International
Kota Tinggi Tebrau Highway · Pandan City · Tebrau City · Ulu Tiram S&S International

More local bus services are available at bus boarding points along Jalan Tun Abdul Razak and Jalan Wong Ah Fook.

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Gallery:

Click for larger images:

SMRT 950 at the terminal

Lots used by SBST/SMRT buses

Terminal concourse: Berths 6 to 11

Terminal concourse: Berths 1 to 4

Terminal Concourse overview

SBS Transit KUB at JB Sentral


Lots intended for Singapore buses

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Route to JB Sentral Ter:

Buses from JB CIQ will follow the only exit out to the Inner Ring Road (Jalan Lingkaran Dalam), making a U-turn at the multi-tier flyover junction with Tebrau Highway (Lebuhraya Tebrau), right turn into Jalan Tanjung Puteri, another right turn into Jalan Jim Quee and entering JB Sentral Terminal on the left.

Buses from JB Sentral Terminal will exit to Jalan Jim Quee and head back to JB CIQ via Jalan Tanjung Puteri and Jalan Lingkaran Dalam, making a U-turn at the multi-tier flyover junction with Lebuhraya Tebrau. This is because public buses can only enter the checkpoint complex from Jalan Lingkaran Dalam (eastbound).

Service 160/170X/950 routing to JB Sentral Ter; Forward routing in green and return routing in blue

Service 160/170X/950 routing to JB Sentral Ter; Forward routing in green and return routing in blue

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30 thoughts on “JB Sentral Bus Terminal

    • Still SBS will be better. Extending to Larkin will worsen the current situation. Compare 70 plus KUBs versus 20 MAN NL323Fs.

  1. I will go to the beautiful hill station (hill beside the beautiful Petronas jusco), that of central JB can ride any kind in that direction

    • Maju BET5 is the fastest but the bus can take very long to appear. Maju 224 also goes there but takes a longer journey. We are not sure about the journey time.

    • You can take Causeway Link 23, City Bus 123 or S&S 2 from Jalan Permas 9/5 (AEON Permas Jaya bus stop) and alight anywhere along Jalan Permas 1. No timings are avaliable, just wait for any bus to appear.

    • Hi Cloud,
      Most express coaches to KL and other parts of Malaysia operate out of Larkin Sentral, which is a short ride away. From JB Sentral Terminal, many services head to Larkin, simply ask the bus timekeepers there to guide you to the bus.

  2. Cloud,u can go to Merlin tower.No need to go to Larkin.they hv 2 different company operate bus to different part of west Malaysia.I bought my bus ticket to genting highland from there last Oct.the bus company agent open morning 8 or 9 am til 10pm.

  3. After I cross over woodland check point, where can I board bus to Bukit indah shopping mall and what bus number should I take. Thanks

    • Take Bus 221 from JB Sentral Bus Terminal. After you clear JB Customs, follow the signs to JB Sentral and you will see the terminal.

  4. Hi, may I know how do I get to saleng, kulai JB the quickest way possible from singapore by bus? Let’s say I depart from novena.

    thanks thanks

    • From Newton Circus carpark, take CW5 to Woodlands Checkpoint, and after clearing immigration, take any Causeway Link bus to the JB Checkpoint. After clearing immigration, follow the signs to JB Sentral and you will reach JB Sentral Railway Station (JB Sentral Bus Terminal can be seen on the way there). Take the lift/escalator to the bus terminal. Board Causeway Link 7B, 777B, BET1 or S&S Route 7 to Saleng / Kulai.

    • There are no direct buses, however you can try taking IM03 to Larkin Terminal amd transferring to other bus services for JB Sentral.

      You can board IM03 from bus stops along Jalan Setia Tropika 1/25.

  5. Hi, i noticed there are 3 buses going to Kota Tinggi, 227, 41 and 6B. Are there differences in taking them besides the bus operators? How do I find out about their time schdule and which days they operate? Thanks.

    • 41 operates seasonally if at all; 6B operates at low frequencies. 227 would be your best bet since it operates the most frequently, daily at around 15-20mins per bus in the daytime. There are no difference in routes travelled between all three services so all of them should be comparable

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