Taking the Train to JB

Train to JB, why not ๐Ÿ™‚
In this post, we share why Train might be the alternate (or best) option to travel to Johor.

We can order our train tickets online at http://www.ktmtrain.com . Infact, online order is preferred in case tickets are sold out over the counter (especially on weekends).

Do take note KTM system only allow for booking of one-direction ticket, no return ( ie, need to buy to and fro tickets separately). Yes, we are bewildered too.

KTM train ticket cost only Rm16 and Rm5, to and fro respectively. Train to JB is so cheap ๐Ÿ™‚

Free seating. After booking your tickets, print out your tickets receipt. Return trip will need the QR code.

Taking the Train to JB
Taking the Train to JB

Head towards Woodlands Train Checkpoint, many folks would be taking a bus from Woodlands Interchange.

A) At the information counter (level 1), you will need to show your passport and printed ticket receipt to exchange for real tickets.ย  Sometimes, the counter staff will just stamp (acknowledge) your hardcopy receipts email (no tickets).

Train to JB
Train to JB

B) Queue for your train. Do arrive early (maybe 30minutes, expect bigger crowd over weekends). We need to queue for tickets collection, baggage scan etc

B1) At Singapore side, you will pass through both Singapore and Malaysia customs.ย  All baggages will be scanned.

Immigration checkin is relatively fast and efficient, minimum hassle.

C) Your Train to JB is only 10 minutes, one stop. (Cars might take up to 1 or 2 hours )

Arrive at JB sentral, and you can walk across bridge to City Square.
(no more custom checks, since we have scanned our details at Singapore side already)

The FUN Starts now! SGD and RM exchange rate is still 1:3 ๐Ÿ™‚

CIQ Johor is at City Square
CIQ Johor is at City Square

This is where you GRAB to your next stop. We should mention that Grab taxis are everywhere, and fares start from only Rm5 (for 10 minutes ride!)

Both City Square and KSL Mall are very popular with Singaporeans.

In case you need more assistance, Google will share nearest Restaurant, Cafe, Massage spots. Do read these posts :

Johor Good Food (and GPS)
Google Map Hacks
KSL Pasar Malam (if you are new to JB Pasar Malam, only on Mon)

Example, Google highlighted Massage joints (link ) are concentrated near KSL and Taman Sentosa areas.

Please read the reviews for the “real” massage joints. Some are sleazy, while others hard-sell to top up your package.

Attractions near KSL
Attractions near KSL

Massage was our first activity ๐Ÿ™‚

We decided on either Sabye Sabye or Letโ€™s Relax Spa (Different from the Bangkok franchise).ย  Both are side by side, popular and located at Plaza Sentosa. There are more tips from Vanessa’s blog.

Recommend Johor massage
Recommend Johor massage

We opted for Let’s Relax Spa (GPS 1.492031, 103.769116). Rm55 for 90 minutes, shoulder and leg and head. We recommend massage should be minimum 60 minutes, 30 minutes are only for warm up :p

We heard Thai massage are popular too. Our masseurs are from Thailand.

Soothing. Shoik. Rejuvenated.

.. and HUNGRY. We walk 5 min to some delicious paper wrapped chicken (Teck Sing).

Johor Paper wrapped chicken
Johor Paper wrapped chicken

Rm28 for a delicious tandalising chicken ๐Ÿ™‚
Soft and tender, with a tinge of herbal goodness

Do order the bittergourd egg too.

More shopping for the Mrs, I was the porter. We also package some goodies for the hungryย  kids.


While she shops, I detour to buy famous banana cake.ย  Hiap Joo is 7 min walk from City Square.

Mission achieved, if Darling happy, I am happy. ๆปก่ฝฝ่€Œๅฝ’ ๐Ÿ™‚

On the return trip,ย  head back to JB Sentral for your return train. Again, do arrive early, as you do not want to miss you train.

In worse case, you may still purchase tickets over the counter. Photo below-right, use the “printed QR Code” to enter the transit area.

Your luggage (and souvenirs) will undergo one more round of security scans.


So why do we recommend Train to JB for you?

-Convenient, avoid the jams, and it is a cheap mode of transport.
-Some folks might hesitate to drive into Johor for security reasons.

Additional tips.

*No photo taking in immigration areas
-Toilet facilities are available in immigration sections
-If you are driving around Taman Sentosa (at night), do be careful as this area is notorious hot spot for car smash and theft (read some tips on car protection)

Take the train to avoid the jams ๐Ÿ™‚

KTM train schedule
KTM train schedule

ps.. Follow our Instagram tag #SengkangBabiesJohor for more JB adventures

1 staycation 2 Birthdays

We stayed over at Johor over the Christmas weekend. Johor Bahru is so near it feels more like a Johor staycation.

Our Birthday and Christmas boy, Boon Wee celebrated his Birthday near Sutera Mall (Taman Sutera Utara).

Sutera Mall for our Dinner and celebration. There are a lot of eateries and entertainment to explore around this area.
Sutera Mall

So happy that ๅคง่ˆ… and Heng family can join us ๐Ÿ™‚

Boon Yee’s Birthday (27 Dec) celebration at Saizeriya. It does not take a lot to make him happy, Boon Yee is always so sweet, he will make sure everyone has a portion before serving himself ๐Ÿ™‚
Johor Bahru4

Mount Austin explorations. We will find another opportunity to share the delectable food selections.
Mains – 22 Fried Chicken Factory (aka Korean Fried Chicken)
Mount Austin 22 Korean Fried Chicken
(GPS 01.55977 103.77413)

Desserts – Creamery
Mount Austin Creamery
(GPS 01.56205 103.77724)

Map of Mount Austin:
1- 22 Fried Chicken
2- New water theme park
3- Prince 33 Hotel (your RED hotel landmark)
4- Creamery
Map Mount Austin
(Map credit Google)

What else did we do during our staycation in Johor Bahru?
Kids love sports, be it outdoor or in arcade ๐Ÿ™‚

Xin’s cheeky Gokart debut.

Kart group ๐Ÿ™‚ Read our previous Fun review from Plentong.

Souvenirs ๅ‰็‡’้…ฅ from Ming An (ๆ˜Žๅฎ‰ is opposite KSL)
Johor Bahru

Kids had a lot of memories with these balls and tortoises!

Singaporeans normally gather around KSL and City Square area (2). If we drive out another 30 minutes, more Food and adventure awaits.

3- Plentong Go Kart (previously known as Permas Jaya)
4- Mount Austin, this area is hip and packed with niche F&B outlets (Do pop by Hazel’s sweet cafe review)
5- Sutera Mall is a convenient one-stop venue for shopping and eating. Its backyard neighbourhood is very happening in the evenings. We follow BPDG’s hotel and food recommendations ๐Ÿ™‚
6. Before heading back to SG, we drove to Gelang Patah (near Legoland) for Seafood lunch
Sutera Mall and Mount Austin map
(Map of Johor credit Google)

That concludes our 3D2N staycation in Johor.
We have more photos and details on our Dayre account :
Day 1
Day 2
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