Bus Transport in Johor Bahru

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This article deals with the basics of bus transport in Johor Bahru. Click here to view Johor Bahru Bus Terminals.
Last updated: 08 Nov 2015

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Introduction:

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.

Most of JB’s bus routes serve the city’s Central district, formally referred to as the Daerah Sentral (but more commonly, JB Sentral or Bandaraya JB). This area is also where the Malaysian customs complex is located; a gateway for all road traffic entering and leaving Malaysia via the Causeway. The main arterial road, Jalan Wong Ah Fook, is served by many bus routes which stretch far into the greater Iskandar Malaysia region (but is currently closed for canal renovation works, and bus services have been diverted to the nearby JB Sentral Bus Terminal).

Further from the Central district, Larkin Bus Terminal is the main (and largest) bus terminal in JB, serving a mix of local bus routes and long-distance coaches to and from other cities in Malaysia. Regular coach services to Malacca, Kuala Lumpur and other major cities are operated by a variety of operators.

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Coming from Singapore

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.

Svc Route
160 Jurong East Interchange ↺ JB Sentral Terminal
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 Sentral Terminal
via Woodlands CIQ · JB CIQ
950 Woodlands Interchange ↺ JB Sentral Terminal
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 / Gelang Patah
via Tuas CIQ · CIQ Second Link · Bukit Indah
(Short Trip CW3L) Perling Mall / Gelang Patah – CIQ Second Link
(CW3S) CIQ Second Link – Terminal Taman Ungku Tun Aminah (TUTA)
via Bukit Indah · Sutera Mall
(Larkin Branch) CIQ Second Link – Larkin Terminal via Bukit Indah
CW4 Jurong East – Pontian 
via Tuas CIQ · CIQ Second Link · Gelang Patah Sentral · Pekan Nanas
(CW4G) Gelang Patah Sentral – CIQ Second Link
via Taman Nusantara · Nusa Perintis
CW4S Jurong East – Sutera Mall
via Tuas CIQ · CIQ Second Link · Gelang Patah · Lima Kedai · Taman Ungku Tun Aminah
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 – JB CIQ
via Airport Terminal 2/3/1 · Woodlands MRT · Marsling MRT · Woodlands CIQ
TS8 Resorts World Sentosa – JB CIQ
via Cantonment Link · Outram Park MRT · Great World · Scotts/Stevens/Whitley Road · Woodlands 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.

Operator Guide:

  • Yellow – Causeway Link (Handal Indah)
  • Purple – SBS Transit
  • Red – SMRT Buses

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Local Bus Services

Johor Bahru is served by several public bus operators, the major operators in being Handal Indah Sdn Bhd (branded as Causeway Link), Maju Bus, and Transit Link JB (City Bus). These bus services within Johor Bahru and connect to outlying towns, such as Pontian, Kulai, Senai, Ulu Tiram, Kota Tinggi, Masai and Pasir Gudang.

As of 18th May 2015, all bus services previously calling at Jln Wong Ah Fook will be relocated to JB Sentral Bus Terminal at Jln Jim Quee due to upgrading works. Passengers intending to board Service JB1 to Larkin Bus Terminal should head to the bus stop along Jln Wong Ah Fook (opposite Komtar JBCC) as JB1 no longer calls at Jalan Tun Abdul Razak from 25th May 2015.

Here is a list of local bus services, sorted in numerical order, accurate as of 2014. The list has been compiled based on available information and may not be exhaustive or entirely accurate. Ctrl+F will come in handy here:

Svc Route
1 JB Sentral · Tebrau Highway · Pandan City · Tebrau City · Ulu Tiram
1B Wong Ah Fook  JB Sentral · Danga Bay · Skudai · Taman Ungku Tun Aminah · Bandar Selesa Jaya
2 JB Sentral · Stulang · Taman Pelangi · Bakar Batu · Permas Jaya
2 Larkin · Taman Tasik · Tampoi ·  Skudai · Senai · Kulai · Kelapa Sawit · Bukit Batu · Simpang Renggam · Ayer Hitam
3 Larkin · Tampoi · Skudai · Pekan Nanas · Pontian
3 Wong Ah Fook  JB Sentral · Masai · Kota Masai
5 Wong Ah Fook  JB Sentral · Danga Bay · Tampoi · Skudai · Kangkar Pulai · Pulai Indah
5B Wong Ah Fook  JB Sentral · Danga Bay · Tampoi · Skudai · Taman Universiti
6B JB Sentral · Tebrau Highway · Pandan City · Tebrau City · Desa Cemerlang · Ulu Tiram · Taman Sri Saujana · Kota Tinggi
7 Wong Ah Fook  JB Sentral · Danga Bay · Tampoi · Skudai · Senai · Kulai
7B Wong Ah Fook  JB Sentral · Danga Bay · Tampoi ·  Skudai · Senai · Kulai
9B Wong Ah Fook  JB Sentral · Tebrau Highway · Pandan City · Tebrau City · Plentong · Masai · Kota Masai
10 JB Sentral · Bukit Cagar · Stulang Laut · Taman Pelangi · Taman Iskandar · Taman Sri Stulang
10B JB Sentral · Tebrau Highway · Pandan City · Kangkar Tebrau · Taman Daya · Taman Setia Indah
13 Larkin · Taman Tasik · Tampoi ·  Skudai · Senai · Kulai
15 Wong Ah Fook  JB Sentral · Danga Bay · Tampoi · Skudai · Taman Ungku Tun Aminah · Bandar Selesa Jaya
23 JB Sentral · Stulang Laut · Taman Pelangi · Sri Stulang · Permas Jaya
39 Larkin · Danga City Mall · JB Sentral · Tebrau Highway · Pandan City · Tebrau City · Plentong · Masai
41 Larkin · JB Sentral · Tebrau Highway · Pandan City · Tebrau City · Desa Cemerlang · Ulu Tiram · Taman Sri Saujana · Kota Tinggi
51B Wong Ah Fook  JB Sentral · Danga Bay · Tampoi · Skudai · Taman Universiti · Taman Pulai Indah. Operated together with 505.
52T Pontian · Pekan Nanas · Ulu Choh · GP Sentral · Gelang Patah
66 Larkin · Pandan · Tebrau City · Desa Cemerlang · Ulu Tiram · Taman Sri Saujana · Kota Tinggi
96 Larkin · Tampoi · Skudai · Pekan Nanas · Pontian
112 Wong Ah Fook  JB Sentral · Larkin · Taman Tasik · Bandar Baru Uda · Kempas
123 JB Sentral · Stulang Laut · Taman Pelangi · Sri Stulang · Permas Jaya
133 Larkin · JB Sentral · Tebrau Highway · Pandan City · Tebrau City · Plentong · Masai · Kota Masai
188 JB Sentral · Tebrau Highway · Pandan City · Tebrau City · Ulu Tiram
205 JB Sentral · Tebrau Highway · Pandan City · Tebrau City · Ulu Tiram
207 Larkin · Tampoi · Skudai · Senai · Taman Bintang · Senai Airport
208 Larkin · Kolam Ayer · Bukit Saujana · JB Sentral · Wong Ah Fook · Tebrau Highway · Pandan City · Taman Molek · Taman Saujana · Plentong · Seri Alam · Masai
221 Wong Ah Fook  JB Sentral · Danga Bay · Tampoi · Taman Perling · Taman Nusa Bestari / Bukit Indah · Taman Tan Sri Ya’akob
224 Larkin · Kolam Ayer · Bukit Saujana ·JB Sentral · Wong Ah Fook · Tebrau Highway · Pandan City · Taman Molek · Taman Saujana · Taman Air Biru · Pasir Gudang
225 JB Sentral · Wong Ah Fook · Tebrau Highway · Pandan City · Jalan Ros Merah · Taman Johor Jaya
227 Larkin · Kolam Ayer · Bukit Saujana · JB Sentral · Wong Ah Fook · Tebrau Highway · Pandan City · Tebrau City · Desa Cemerlang · Ulu Tiram · Taman Sri Saujana · Kota Tinggi
229 Wong Ah Fook  JB Sentral · Danga Bay · Tampoi · Skudai · Senai · Saleng · Kulai
301 Wong Ah Fook  JB Sentral · Danga Bay · Tampoi · Skudai · Taman Perling · Taman Nusa Indah
331 Wong Ah Fook  JB Sentral · Danga Bay · Tampoi · Skudai · Desa Skudai · Taman Universiti
333 Larkin · Tampoi · Skudai · Senai · Taman Bintang · Senai Airport
502 Wong Ah Fook  JB Sentral · Danga Bay · Tampoi · Skudai · Taman Ungku Tun Aminah · Bandar Selesa Jaya. Operated together with 1B.
505 Wong Ah Fook  JB Sentral · Danga Bay · Tampoi · Skudai · Sri Pulai · Kangkar Pulai· Pulai Indah
606 Wong Ah Fook  JB Sentral · Danga Bay · Tampoi · Skudai · Sri Pulai · Kangkar Pulai · Pulai Indah
666 Larkin · Tampoi · Taman Ungku Tun Aminah · Lima Kedai · Gelang Patah · GP Sentral
717 JB Sentral · Tebrau Highway · Pandan City · Tebrau City · Ulu Tiram
777 Larkin · Tampoi · Skudai · Senai · Kulaijaya · Taman Puteri
777B Wong Ah Fook  JB Sentral · Danga Bay · Tampoi · Skudai · Senai · Kulaijaya · Taman Puteri
S&S JB Sentral · Tebrau Highway · Pandan City · Tebrau City · Ulu Tiram
S&S JB Sentral · Tebrau Highway · Pandan City · Tebrau City · Ulu Tiram · Kota Tinggi
S&S JB Sentral · Tampoi · Skudai · Senai · Taman Bintang · Senai Airport (Weekends only)
Letter-Prefixed routes
A1 Larkin · Tampoi · Skudai · Senai · Senai Airport (Weekends only)
CWA [CWA Sky Shuttle]   JB Sentral· Senai Airport
CT1 JB Sentral · Taman Pelangi · Sri Tebrau · Sentosa · Bayu Puteri
JB1 Larkin · Danga City Mall · Bandaraya · Wong Ah Fook · Larkin
Larkin · Jln Kolam Ayer · Hosp. Sultanah Aminah · MBJB · Wong Ah Fook · Jln Tun Abdul Razak · Larkin
JPO1 JB Sentral · Tampoi · Skudai · Senai · Kulaijaya · Johor Premium Outlets
JPO2 CIQ Second Link · Legoland · PHFTP · Johor Premium Outlets · Senai Airport
LM1 JB Sentral · Larkin · PHFTP · Legoland · Gelang Patah
S1 JB Sentral · KSL · Plaza Pelangi · Danga City Mall · JB Sentral
SL1 Taman Ungku Tun Aminah · Sutera Mall · Bukit Indah · Legoland · CIQ Second Link
SL2 JB Sentral · Danga Bay · Tampoi · Sutera Mall

Do note that JB Sentral and Wong Ah Fook are close to each other, but represent different pick-up points. JB Sentral refers to the bus terminal along Jalan Jim Quee, beside the JB Checkpoint Complex. Wong Ah Fook refers to the long bus stop along Jalan Wong Ah Fook.

Operator guide:

  • Yellow – Causeway Link (Handal Indah)
  • Blue – Maju
  • Red – S&S International
  • Green – JB Central Line
  • Orange – Transit Link (Citybus)
  • Dark Blue – Triton
  • Brown – Kembara City

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Iskandar Malaysia Services

The Bus Iskandar Malaysia services are a joint initiative by the State Government of Johor, Iskandar Malaysia governmental bodies and various bus operators. A total of 27 routes were launched to bring economic and social benefits to the Iskandar Malaysia region, and these routes are operated by Causeway Link, Maju and S&S.

These bus services generally operate at low frequencies throughout the day, providing low-density townships with basic bus connections and an alternative to private transport. They all carry the IM-prefix for Iskandar Malaysia.

Svc Route
IM-01 Larkin Terminal – Kampung Bendahara
via Majidee · Giant Taman Suria · Kampung Dato Sulaiman Menteri
IM-02 @Mart Kempas – Perling Mall (Loop)
via Bandar Baru Uda · Kampung Pasir · Perling Mall · Giant Tampoi
IM-03 Larkin Terminal – Taman Sinaran Kempas
via Jalan Taruka · Seri Bahagia · Kempas Baru
IM-04 Flat Desa Cemerlang – AEON Tebrau City
via Desa Cemerlang · Taman Desa Jaya · Rumah Pangsa Sri Orkid · Taman Johor Jaya
IM-05 Gelang Patah Sentral – Pendas
via Kampung Tiram · Tanjung Kupang · Kampung Pok
IM-06 Jusco Bukit Indah – Kota Iskandar
via Lima Kedai · Perumahan Iskandar Malaysia · Gelang Patah · Mall of Medini
IM-07 Gelang Patah Sentral – Kota Iskandar
via Taman Nusantara · Taman Nusa Perintis · Medini · Puteri Harbour
IM-08 Today’s Market (Masai) – Taman Flora Height
via Jalan Tasek · Persiaran Seri Alam · UniKL
IM-09 Today’s Market (Masai) – Taman Megah Ria (Loop)
via Taman Bukit Rinting · Bandar Baru Kota Puteri · Taman Megah Ria · Taman Rinting
IM-10 Taman Sri Skudai – Taman Sri Orkid
via Taman Sri Putri · Taman Nesa · Taman Ungku Tun Aminah · Jalan Perkasa 1
IM-11 Lebuhraya Senai – Ulu Tiram
via Econsave Senai · Taman Impian Jaya · Felda Ulu Tebrau
IM-12 Terminal Masai – Taman Desa Rakyat
via Persiaran Dahlia 2 · Pasir Gudang · Taman Cendana · Taman Scientex
IM-13 Terminal Masai – Kampung Pasir Putih
via Jalan Mesjid · Pasir Gudang · Taman Air Biru · ILP Pasir Gudang · Jalan Pekeliling
IM-14 Terminal Masai – Taman Nusa Damai
via Taman Mawar · Pasir Gudang · Taman Cendana
IM-15 Terminal Pasir Gudang – Kota Masai
via Taman Pasir Putih · Taman Ciku
IM-16 Giant Skudai (Taman Impiah Skudai) – Taman Impian Jaya
via Taman Impian Emas · Skudai Parade · Taman Kempas Indah · Taman Sinaran Baru
IM-17 JB Sentral – KSL Mall (Loop)
via Wong Ah Fook  , Taman Pelangi
IM-19 Terminal Pasir Gudang – Tanjung Langsat
via Jalan Pekeliling · Jalan Ipil · Jalan Tengar
IM-20 Terminal Pasir Gudang – Kong Kong
via Taman Cendana · Jalan Kong Kong · Felda Cahaya Baru
IM-21 Terminal Pontian – Pekan Nanas
via Bandar Pontian · Kampung Kayu Ara Pasong · Jalan Sawah
IM-22 Flat Desa Mutiara – Jusco Tebrau City
via Taman Daya · Setia Indah · Hospital Sultan Ismail
IM-23 Taman Universiti – AEON Bukit Indah
via Taman Mutiara Rini · Taman Sri Orkid · Taman Timor · Taman Nusa Bestari 2
IM-24 Terminal Kulaijaya – Johor Premium Outlets
via Kulai Besar · IOI Mall · Bandar Putra · Bandar Indahpura
IM-25 Terminal Masai – UiTM Seri Alam
via Today’s Market · Bandar Seri Kota Puteri · Amansari Resort · Vista Seri Alam · IPD Seri Alam
IM-26 Taman Desa Idaman – Lebuhraya Senai
via Taman Senai Jaya · Taman Bintang
IM-27 Terminal Kulaijaya – Senai Airport
via IOI Mall · Bandar Putra · Senai Utama · Econsave Senai

Some details can be found here (certain services have since been amended):
http://www.iskandarmalaysia.com.my/pdf/bas-perintis/Bas-Perintis-Service-Booklet.pdf

IM services usually operate with buses painted with this color scheme

Operator Guide:

  • Causeway Link (Handal Indah)
    IM-02, IM-04, IM-05, IM-07, IM-08, IM-09, IM-18, IM-22, IM-23, IM-24, IM-25, IM-27
  • Maju
    IM-01, IM-06, IM-12, IM-13, IM-14, IM-15, IM-17, IM-19, IM-20, IM-21
  • S&S
    IM-03, IM-10, IM-11, IM-16, IM-26

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Trans Iskandar Services

Originally conceived as a bus rapid transit system, Trans Iskandar bus services are semi-express bus routes serving the greater Iskandar Malaysia region. Known as Bas Ekspres Transit in Malay, this gives rise to their common prefix: BET or BeXTRA.

Svc Route
BET1 Wong Ah Fook  JB Sentral – Kulaijaya
via Danga Bay · Tampoi · Skudai · Senai · Hospital Kulai
BET2 JB Sentral – Ulu Tiram
via Tebrau Highway · Majidee · Pandan City · Tebrau City · Taman Gaya · Puteri Wangsa
BET3 Wong Ah Fook  JB Sentral – Taman Universiti
via Danga Bay · Tampoi · Skudai · Jusco Taman Universiti
BET4 JB Sentral – Masai
via Bayu Puteri · Permas Jaya · Jalan Ketapang · Seri Alam
BET5 JB Sentral – Kota Masai 
via Bayu Puteri · Taman Megah Ria · Taman Rinting · Pusat Bandar Pasir Gudang · Taman Cendana
BET6
JB Sentral – Taman Setia Indah
via EDL · Pandan City Mall · AEON Tebrau City · Taman Austin Perdana · Taman Mount Austin

BeXTRA services usually operate with buses painted with this color scheme

Operator Guide:

  • Causeway Link (Handal Indah): BET1, BET3, BET6
  • Maju: BET2, BET4, BET5

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Operating Hours and Frequencies

Most bus routes in Johor Bahru operate from morning to night, from 5-6am to 10pm. ‘Leisure’ bus services, such as those serving between JB Sentral / CIQ Second Link and popular tourist haunts (such as Legoland, PHFTP and various shopping destinations) usually start later.

Although exact frequencies are difficult to acquire (unless you ask bus drivers or bus terminal staff), most bus routes operate at frequencies between 15 and 45 minutes, while some routes operate at longer headway of up to 2 hours or more. The prevalence of private transport in Johor Bahru mean that buses serving low-density townships are likely to have very low frequencies.

Fare Payment

Most bus routes in Johor Bahru charge fares based on the section fare scheme, and every bus route operates on a separate fare structure. For example, consider a bus route passing through District A to E in alphabetical order. Boarding from District A, passengers would pay be charged different fares upon boarding, depending whether they are intending to alight at District B, C, D or E.

Section Fare of route BET1

Section Fare of route BET1

All buses in JB accept cash fare payment, and most of them will offer small change unless otherwise stated. For starters, tell the bus driver where you intend to alight, and he will advise you on the correct fare, and a printed receipt will be issued upon payment. Keep this receipt with you until you alight, should you need to product it for fare checks.

Currently, there is no unified contactless payment scheme for Johor Bahru buses, hence the prevalent use of cash collection. Handal Indah (also known as Causeway Link) has its own contactless smart card known as Manjalink, available for purchase at selected locations and usable only on selected bus routes. Visit their official website here.

Boarding and alighting

Buses will conduct alighting and boarding activities at bus stops along the route. It is advised to flag the bus and press the bell before alighting. Most bus drivers will be able to converse in basic English.

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Bus Termini in Johor Bahru

Bus Termini JB Sentral, Senai Airport, Gelang Patah Sentral, Johor Jaya. Johor Premium Outlets, Kota Iskandar, Kota Masai, Kulaijaya, Larkin, Masai, Pasir Gudang, Permas Jaya, Pontian, Taman Ungku Tun Aminah, Taman Universiti, Ulu Tiram
Bus Hubs Bukit Indah, Selesa Jaya, Setia Indah, Wong Ah Fook
Ports Johor Port, Puteri Harbour, Tanjung Pelepas, The Zone Jetty
Checkpoints CIQ JB Sentral, CIQ Sultan Abu Bakar (2nd Link)

To view dedicated articles for individual bus termini, click here.

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Gallery:

Jalan Wong Ah Fook bus hub #1

Jalan Wong Ah Fook bus hub #2

A typical Causeway Link citybus

A typical Maju citybus

A typical S&S citybus

A typical JB Central Line citybus

A typical Transit Link citybus

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Withdrawn Bus Routes

  • IM-18 (Taman Universiti – Taman Pulai Indah)

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116 thoughts on “Bus Transport in Johor Bahru

    • There are no direct bus services. Try taking City Bus 2 or any other bus from Jln Skudai to Larkin, then change to CW3 to Bukit Indah

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