Located on the southernmost tip of Peninsular Malaysia, Johor Bahru, more commonly known as 'JB' among locals, is the Malaysian city that's closest to Singapore. It's very popular among Singaporeans, and a favourite weekend haunt for those looking for great food at cheap prices.
However, you should prepare yourself for a bit of a culture shock if you're visiting the city, especially after a few days in Singapore. Essentially an industrial city, JB has never been much of a tourist hotspot. The buildings and streets look a tad worn down, and traffic can be chaotic compared with Singapore's.
Yet, Singaporeans continue to throng the city, drawn mainly by the prospect of delicious seafood and Johor specialities, including mee rebus and laksa. Given the favourable exchange rate between the Singapore dollar and the Malaysian ringgit, shopping here at popular malls such as City Square and KSL City can feel like a great bargain.
It's a breeze to travel to JB from Singapore. Most motorists would visit via the Causeway, which links JB directly to Singapore. Others may choose to enter via the Second Link in the western part of Singapore where the traffic is often lighter, but much farther away from JB. Either way, remember to take along your passport - you'll need it to pass through Customs.
How to get there:
|Line||Stops in Singapore||Stops in Johor Bahru||One-way fare|
|Causeway Link CW1||Kranji MRT only||Larkin via Kotaraya||
$1.30 from Kranji MRT to Larkin/$0.90 from Kranji MRT to Woodlands Checkpoint or Johor Bahru CIQ/
RM1.40 from Larkin to Kranji MRT/
RM 0.90 from Johor Bahru CIQ to Woodlands Checkpoint or Kranji MRT/$0.80, $1.00 and $1.30 from Woodlands Checkpoint to Johor Bahru CIQ, Kotaraya and Larkin respectively
|Causeway Link CW2||Queen Street only||Larkin only||$2.40 from Queen Street to Woodlands Checkpoint or Johor Bahru CIQ or Larkin/2.50 RM from Larkin or Johor Bahru CIQ to Queen Street|
|Causeway Link CW3||Jurong East bus interchange only||Gelang Patah, Taman Bukit Indah (via Second Link)||$4 from Singapore & RM5 from Taman Bukit Indah|
|Causeway Link CW4S||Jurong East bus interchange only||Sutera Mall (via Second Link)and Gelang Patah|
|SBS 170 (red plate)||Queen St via Kranji MRT||Larkin only||
$1.88 (Ez-link card)/$2.10(cash) from Queen Street to Larkin
RM 2.10/1.80/1.60(cash) from Larkin to Queen Street/Kranji MRT station/Woodlands Checkpoint respectively
|SBS 170 (blue plate)||Kranji MRT||Kotaraya and @old JB train station||$1.01 (Ez-link card) from Kranji MRT to Johor Bahru CIQ or viceversa|
|SBS 160||Jurong East Interchange via Kranji MRT||Kotaraya and @old JB train station||$1.61 (Ez-link card) from Jurong East Interchange to Johor Bahru CIQ or vice versa|
|SMRT 950||Woodlands MRT via Marsiling MRT||Kotaraya and @old JB train station||1.20RM and 1.40RM from Johor Bahru CIQ to Marsiling MRT and Woodlands Interchange respectively. $0.91 (Ez-link card) and $1.09 (Ez-link card) from Marsiling MRT and Woodlands Interchange to Johor Bahru CIQ respectively|
|Singapore-Johore Express||Queen St only||Larkin only||$2.40 from Queen Street to Woodlands checkpoint or Johor Bahru CIQ or Larkin/3.30 RM from Larkin to Queen Street/2.50 RM from Johor Bahru CIQ to Queen Street/$2.40 from Woodlands checkpoint to Queen Street/$1 or 2RM from Woodlands checkpoint to Johor Bahru CIQ/1 RM from Johor Bahru CIQ to Woodlands checkpoint|