Train to JB, why not 🙂
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 🙂
Free seating. After booking your tickets, print out your tickets receipt. Return trip will need the QR code.
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. Sometimes, the counter staff will just stamp (acknowledge) your hardcopy receipts email (no tickets).
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. 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 🙂
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!)
In case you need more assistance, Google will share nearest Restaurant, Cafe, Massage spots. Do read these posts :
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.
Massage was our first activity 🙂
We decided on either Sabye Sabye or Let’s Relax Spa (Different from the Bangkok franchise). Both are side by side, popular and located at Plaza Sentosa. There are more tips from Vanessa’s blog.
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).
Rm28 for a delicious tandalising chicken 🙂
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 hungry kids.
While she shops, I detour to buy famous banana cake. Hiap Joo is 7 min walk from City Square.
Mission achieved, if Darling happy, I am happy. 满载而归 🙂
On the return trip, 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.
*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 🙂