Since the long weekend of Hari Raya Aidilfitri was approaching, against all advisories to travel up north to Malaysia with the traffic jams at both checkpoints, I decided to go to Kuala Lumpur anyway.
But wisely of course. Instead of getting a bus from Singapore, I opted to get the 1.30pm Shuttle Tebrau to JB Sentral (because every train earlier was already sold out) and then get a 2.30pm bus from Larkin Sentral to KL, both purchased 30 days ahead.
Transnasional was one of the few companies which didn’t have a ridiculous peak fare for the long weekend, and charged only RM38 instead of the usual RM34.30 fare. A simple online booking on Easybook 30 days in advance, and I’m all set to go.
Needless to say, the bus was full when I actually rode it.
The bus made a 30-minute stop at Yong Peng Lucky Garden, a popular rest stop for express buses which is actually out of the highway.
It’s not my favourite rest stop though. On top of the smaller toilets as compared to the R&Rs on the PLUS Highway, the food here are at Singapore prices in Ringgit, thanks to most bus companies operating to and from Singapore making a stop here.
The view on the way to KL.
I like the textured window sills on this bus though, it’s wide enough to place a phone and does not allow the phone to slip. A pity this particular bus comes installed with the typical rounded APM seats and not the newer ones with USB charging points as found on my previous Transnasional bus from Butterworth to Kota Bharu.
Arrived at TBS at 7.10pm, a journey of 4 hours and 40 minutes, including a 30-minute rest stop at Yong Peng. Not bad.
The arrival time also meant that I had missed both the KTM Komuter and KLIA Transit to KL Sentral, so I took the longer way with the LRT, but it still turned out faster than just sitting and waiting for the two other trains at Bandar Tasik Selatan.
Some possible booking methods for Johor Bahru – Kuala Lumpur express buses are:
- Individual bus company ticket counters
- Online from 12Go Asia
- Online from BusOnlineTicket
- Online from CatchThatBus
- Online from Easybook
How do I book tickets online?
- Click here for a step-by-step guide for 12Go Asia.
- Click here for a step-by-step guide for Easybook.