Travel by Express Bus to Malaysia
Luxury coach and express bus services are popular with people travelling between Malaysia and Singapore. Taking the coach is still an economical mode of transportation despite the growth of budget airlines in the region.
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Each year, tens of thousand of tourists, migrant workers and students travel between Singapore and places in Malaysia such as Kuala Lumpur, Genting Highlands, Malacca, Ipoh, Penang and beyond by express buses and luxury coaches.
To fend off competition from low-cost carriers, express bus companies spruced up their coaches to offer "first-class" service, added online bus ticketing, more pick-up points and new routes to tourist attractions e.g. Johor Premium Outlets and Legoland.
Why Take the Bus and Not Go by Air?
One of the reasons people prefer to take the express buses rather than budget airlines is the convenience (e.g. pickup points in the city or near MRT stations) and luxury such as the wider seat, spacious legroom.
Although the Singapore-KL bus journey takes about 5 hours as compared to 1 hour by air. However, the actual total travel time to Kuala Lumpur may not differ too much when you consider the pre travel check-in time, immigration procedure and the 45-minute taxi ride from the KLIA to the KL city centre.
Another advantage of travelling by luxury coach is the availability of mobile network connection and the use of the mobile phone throughout the bus journey for those want to be in constant contact with your office or family.
For destinations such as Genting Highlands or Malacca, it is more convenient to take the express bus. You would avoid the hassle the airport transfer and the taxi fares might cost you more than the cheap airtickets from Singapore to Malaysia.
Fast and Comfortable Travel at Affordable Fares
For example, the fare for a one-way trip from Singapore to KL in Malaysia ranges from SGD23.00 to more than SGD56.00 (approx. US$14 to US$33) depending on the class of comfort and the number of intermediate stops. Generally, the Singapore-KL trip will take between 5 to 7 hours.
The standard express bus has a capacity of up to 40 passengers and the fare starts from about SGD23 one-way. As for the luxury coaches, the number of seats are reduced to 25 and even lesser seats to give passengers more leg room and elbow space. When meals are provided and served onboard, there would be lesser intermediate stops and the travel time is usually shorter.
To compare bus fares and search for bus schedules, please visit http://www.myexpressbus.com/bus-ticket-online/