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Buses, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Singapore

KKKL Express (Trans Lim): Terminal Bersepadu Selatan to Kovan Hub by Night Bus

KKKL Express is a long-time player in the coach market in Malaysia, and started running frequent buses into Singapore a few years back under the company KKKL Travel & Tours Pte Ltd. This time, I opted to travel back with them as it was the only reasonably-priced departure from Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS) at midnight with seats selling fast.

Though the ticket stated the price as RM22, I actually paid S$22 (+ admin fee) for this journey instead. Guess the TBS CTS system didn’t register the currency and took only the number value.

You can only head down to the departure lounge 30 minutes before departure, enforced by the security guards by the entrance.

The departure lounge has washrooms and snack kiosks, however, if you want snacks or drinks, I’d advise getting them elsewhere before you descend to the departure lounge as it would be cheaper.

My bus would be departing from Gate 5.

Seems to be on time for now.

However, the bus only arrived at 12.17am. The bus actually departed from The 5 Elements Hotel in Chinatown at 11.59pm, but it states both the departure times from The 5 Elements Hotel and TBS at 11.59pm.

Before boarding the bus, the boarding pass needs to be checked to update the passenger reconciliation system.

My bus for the midnight trip back to Singapore.

My seat for the night.

A USB charging port is available side the seat in KKKL’s newer buses with Orient seats.

The generous legroom on the bus, even with the seat in front reclined.

The bus picks up passengers at The 5 Elements Hotel and TBS, and drops off passengers at Lavender MRT, Kovan Hub and Katong V.

The bus arrived at Tanjung Kupang CIQ at 4.00am, Tuas Checkpoint at 4.20am and the first drop-off point at Lavender MRT at 5.30am at Bus Stop 01311 Lavender Stn Exit B.

I alighted at Kovan Hub at 5.45am, making this an overnight journey of 5 hours and 24 minutes from TBS to Kovan.

Kovan Hub looks like a bus terminal because it was. Kovan Hub was converted into a community space from the former Hougang South Bus Interchange.

From here, you can access Kovan MRT Station on the North East Line and other passing-through bus services.

The bus will continue on to the final stop at Katong V from here.

Overall, a great overnight journey with KKKL, though ticket prices seem to be getting pricier every few months. But I guess with the quality of service with newer buses, seats, and one of the few companies who does the KL – Singapore route with a change of drivers in between, you get what you pay for.

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Buses, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Singapore

Golden Coach Express: Concorde Shopping Centre to Berjaya Times Square by Night Bus

I received a tip off that the KTM Komuter 81 Class EMU was back in service on Friday afternoon, so I immediately checked Easybook and BusOnlineTicket for tickets to KL on that night itself. One of my most last-minute trips to KL ever.

I decided on Golden Coach Express based on the seat availability, having the last single seat on all of the available buses left online, and also the memory of what happened on the Starmart midnight bus the last time is still pretty fresh in my mind.

An actual ticket will be issued at the Golden Coach counter at Concorde Shopping Centre after checking on your online booking code.

Unfortunately, I was left with quite literally the last seat on the bus due to my last-minute booking, both the last available seat and the last seat at the back of the bus. All other companies were almost all sold out too, including Starmart’s many midnight departures. But never mind, it was a bit of a discomfort and a risk that I was willing to take, since I don’t know exactly if the 81 Class would run on Saturday or not.

Golden Coach has 3 departures at around midnight to KL, and each bus continues on to their own northern destinations.

Boarding my bus to KL.

The interior of the bus. This is a 30-seater bus fitted with Orient seats.

My seat 10A, the last single seat on the last row of the bus. It actually doesn’t look that bad, there’s still quite a good legroom.

The seat recline isn’t affected too, since there’s a void above the engines for the seat to recline.

The generous legroom on the last row of the bus, something which is a rarity in most buses.

The bus comes with a “safety card” in the seat pocket in front as well.

The “safety card” has instructions for immigration clearance in Singapore and Malaysia in both directions.

The overview of the bus from my seat.

This bus has quite a unique air-conditioning vent. Do you spot the awkward but important gadget not usually found on it?

That’s right – a USB charging port hanging from above.

So on top of a “safety card”, “oxygen masks will drop down from the compartment above your head”, in this case, power for charging my phone. Awkward, but at least I can have my battery charged.

After departure at about 12.05am, the lights were changed to shade of blue.

The Golden Coach 3-bus convoy heading to get on the CTE.

The interior stayed this way from Concorde Shopping Centre to Tanjung Kupang CIQ, probably to keep passengers out of their slumber before immigration and customs clearance.

Re-boarding the bus at Tanjung Kupang CIQ after clearing Malaysian immigration. Thankfully, the driver drove to the less crowded Tanjung Kupang CIQ bus lane so that immigration queues were much shorter.

The bus arrived at Berjaya Times Square at 4.45am, making this a pretty quick journey of just 4 hours and 40 minutes. Kudos to the driver too for driving to the less crowded Tanjung Kupang CIQ bus lane, shortening the waiting time at the CIQ for everyone to clear immigration so that we could be on our way faster than all other buses at the main lane.

As it was still too early before the Monorail Line started from Imbi Station, I walked on to Hang Tuah LRT Station and waited there for the Ampang and Sri Petaling Line to open at around 5.45am.

Overall, it was a pretty pleasant journey with Golden Coach, with the very clean interior (the driver even made sure all curtains were folded nicely before opening the door for everyone to board), comfortable seats and the all-important USB charging port available throughout the bus journey. Unfortunately, they seem to only offer their services in the northbound direction, with southbound buses to Singapore coming straight from the northern states as I can’t seem to search for their buses on Easybook and BusOnlineTicket back to Singapore.

Buses, Changi Airport, Singapore

Getting from Woodlands Train Checkpoint to Changi Airport by Public Bus | JB to Changi Airport Guide

If you are coming from Johor Bahru and catching a flight from Changi Airport in Singapore, it would be more reliable to get the Shuttle Tebrau across the Causeway as it will eliminate any chance of a traffic jam and fluctuating immigration times at the bus checkpoint. This guide will show you how to get between Woodlands Train Checkpoint and Changi Airport by public transport in the fastest and cheapest way possible.


JB Sentral to Woodlands Train Checkpoint

Get on the Shuttle Tebrau for a hassle-free border-crossing journey. Shuttle Tebrau tickets are open for sale 30 days before departure.

Shuttle Tebrau Train Fare: RM5

Click here for more information about the Shuttle Tebrau train service.


Woodlands Train Checkpoint to Changi Airport

Overall Route Map

TRAINS1M2 BusTravel Station WTCP Changi Airport 01
Click on the image to enlarge.

Get on SMRT Bus Service 178, 903, 911 or 913 from the bus stop outside Woodlands Train Checkpoint to Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange. You will probably wait a maximum of 10 minutes for one of these buses.

Click here for more options from Woodlands Train Checkpoint to other MRT stations.

The ride from Woodlands Train Checkpoint to Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange will take approximately 25 minutes.

Once at Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange, head to Berth 1 to wait for SBSTransit Bus Service 168.

You will experience a wait of 5 to 13 minutes for SBSTransit Bus Service 168.

SBSTransit Bus Service 168 will take an express route on the Seletar Expressway (SLE) and Tampines Expressway (TPE).

You could get off at the first bus stop after the expressway ride at Jalan Kayu – Bef Seletar Camp G, but you will only have one option by SMRT Bus Service 858 to continue on to Changi Airport.

You should get off at the TPE – Aft Punggol Rd bus stop where you can change to SMRT Bus Services 110 or 858 to continue your journey to Changi Airport.

The ride from Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange to TPE – Aft Punggol Rd will take approximately 30 minutes.

You could expect a 5 to 10 minute wait for SMRT Bus Service 858 and a 8 to 13 minute wait for SMRT Bus Service 110. However, as you have two parallel route options here, it shouldn’t be too long before you are on your way.

SMRT Bus Services 110 or 858 will take an express route on the Tampines Expressway (TPE).

The journey from TPE – Aft Punggol Rd to Changi Airport will take about 20 minutes.

If you are heading to Changi Airport Terminal 4, you should stop at the first bus stop when turning left to Changi Airport at Airport Blvd – Airport Police Stn. and walk across the overhead bridge for a shorter journey. The walk from this bus stop to Terminal 4 will take approximately 7 to 10 minutes.

Walk across the overhead bridge for a shorter journey than heading to Terminal 2 and getting on the Changi Airport Terminal 4 Free Shuttle Bus Service. The walk from this bus stop to Terminal 4 will take approximately 7 to 10 minutes.

SMRT Bus Services 110 and 858 will make in-terminal stops at Terminal 3, Terminal 1 and lastly Terminal 2.

Pro-tip: If you are heading to Terminal 2, you can also alight at Terminal 3 and walk across the linkbridge above the MRT station instead of continuing on the bus which may potentially take slightly longer.

Head inside the terminal to continue on with your flight.

Woodlands Train Checkpoint to Changi Airport Total Fare by Card:
S$1.95
(distance-based fare)

Tap your stored value smartcard (EZ-Link or NETS Flashpay) on the reader when you board the bus and tap it again when you alight. Fares are charged based on the total distance travelled.

Woodlands Train Checkpoint to Changi Airport Total Fare by Cash:
S$5.90
(individual separate cash fares)

  • SMRT 903/911/913: S$1.40 (fares are capped at 3.2km for feeder buses)
  • SBSTransit 168: S$2.30
  • SMRT 110/858 to T3: S$2.20

For cash payment, provide exact fare to the bus captain. No change is provided. Hold on to your paper ticket till the end of your ride as proof of fare payment if a ticket inspector were to board the bus.

Estimated total time taken from Woodlands Train Checkpoint to Changi Airport Terminal 3 including waiting time during transfers: 1 hour 38 minutes

Alternative Route via Transtar Cross Border Bus Service TS1

JB Sentral (CIQ) to Changi Airport Total Fare by Cash only: RM10 (section fare)
Estimated total time taken from JB Sentral (CIQ) to Changi Airport Terminal 3: 2 hours 5 minutes to 2 hours 20 minutes

Transtar Cross Border Bus Service TS1 departs every 1 to 2 hours.

Personal Suggestion: If you are not a Singapore or Malaysia passport holder, I personally will not suggest taking TS1 from JB Sentral to Changi Airport as in case immigration queues crop up, or you have any other issues at Johor Bahru or Singapore immigration or customs, you may miss the TS1 bus and have to wait for the next bus in 1 to 2 hours time, or if you choose not to wait, you will have to walk out of Woodlands Checkpoint and follow the above steps anyway.


Changi Airport to Woodlands Train Checkpoint

Overall Route Map

TRAINS1M2 BusTravel Station Changi Airport WTCP 02
Click on the image to enlarge.

At Changi Airport, all buses will make in-terminal stops at Terminal 3, Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, with some serving Terminal 4 as well.

Pro-tip: Buses will layover (rest) at Terminal 2, before continuing on with the return journey. As such, if you board the bus at Terminal 2, you can sometimes catch one bus ahead of the one resting, saving you around 10 minutes of your journey time.

Take SMRT Bus Services 110 or 858 from Changi Airport to TPE – Bef Punggol Rd bus stop.

  • SMRT Bus Service 110 will make stops at Terminal 3, Terminal 1, Terminal 2 and Terminal 4.
  • SMRT Bus Service 858 will make stops at Terminal 3, Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 only.

You could expect a 5 to 10 minute wait for SMRT Bus Service 858 and a 8 to 13 minute wait for SMRT Bus Service 110.

However, ff you are coming from Terminal 4, want an option to take both SMRT Bus Services 110 or 858, and save a few cents on your bus fare, you may walk out to Airport Blvd – Near SATS Flight Kitchen bus stop instead.

The walk from Terminal 4 to Airport Blvd – Near SATS Flight Kitchen bus stop will take approximately 7 to 10 minutes.

Get on either SMRT Bus Services 110 or 858 to TPE – Bef Punggol Rd bus stop.

SMRT Bus Services 110 or 858 will take an express route on the Tampines Expressway (TPE).

The ride from Changi Airport to TPE – Bef Punggol Rd will take approximately 20 minutes.

Get off at the TPE – Bef Punggol Rd bus stop where you can change to SBSTransit Bus Service 168 to continue your journey to Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange.

You will experience a wait of 5 to 13 minutes for SBSTransit Bus Service 168.

SBSTransit Bus Service 168 will take an express route on the Seletar Expressway (SLE) and Tampines Expressway (TPE).

The ride from TPE – Bef Punggol Rd to Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange will take approximately 30 minutes.


Once at Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange, head to Berth 6 or 7 to wait for SMRT Bus Services 911 or 913 (whichever comes first) for the easiest route to Woodlands Train Checkpoint. Ensure that the queue line specifically states Woodlands Train Checkpoint as there are 2 possible intra-town routes for 911 and 913 departing from different berths.

You will experience a 2 to 9 minute wait for either SMRT Bus Services 911 or 913.

Click here for more options from other MRT stations to Woodlands Train Checkpoint.

The ride from Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange to Woodlands Train Checkpoint will take approximately 25 minutes.

Once at the Woodlands Train Checkpoint bus stop, walk straight along the sheltered path to the KTM counter at Woodlands Train Checkpoint to purchase (if available on the spot) or exchange your online ticket printout for the actual ticket to board the Shuttle Tebrau train service to JB Sentral.

Changi Airport Terminal 2 to Woodlands Train Checkpoint Total Fare by Card via SMRT Bus Service 858 (skipping T4):
S$1.96
(distance-based fare)

Tap your stored value smartcard (EZ-Link or NETS Flashpay) on the reader when you board the bus and tap it again when you alight. Fares are charged based on the total distance travelled.

Woodlands Train Checkpoint to Changi Airport Total Fare by Cash:
S$5.90-S$6.00
(individual separate cash fares)

  • SMRT 858 from T2: S$2.20
  • SMRT 110 from T2: S$2.30
  • SMRT 110 from T4: S$2.20
  • SBSTransit 168: S$2.30
  • SMRT 911/913: S$1.40 (fares are capped at 3.2km for feeder buses)

For cash payment, provide exact fare to the bus captain. No change is provided. Hold on to your paper ticket till the end of your ride as proof of fare payment if a ticket inspector were to board the bus.

Estimated total time taken from Changi Airport Terminal 2 to Woodlands Train Checkpoint including waiting time during transfers: 1 hour 50 minutes

Alternative Route via Transtar Cross Border Bus Service TS1

Changi Airport to JB Sentral (CIQ) Total Fare by Card: S$9 (section fare)
Changi Airport to JB Sentral (CIQ) Total Fare by Cash: S$10 (section fare)
Estimated total time taken from Changi Airport Terminal 2 to JB Sentral (CIQ): 2 hours

Transtar Cross Border Bus Service TS1 departs every 1 to 2 hours.

Personal Suggestion: If you are looking for a hassle-free journey from Changi Airport directly to JB Sentral, you could use TS1 if you want. However, in case immigration queues crop up, or you have any other issues at Singapore immigration or customs, you may miss the TS1 bus and have to wait for the next bus in 1 to 2 hours time. If such an issue happens, take a public bus from Woodlands Checkpoint to JB Sentral CIQ. Check fares (Singapore Dollar only) at the queue line before boarding the bus.


Woodlands Train Checkpoint to JB Sentral

Get on the Shuttle Tebrau for a hassle-free border-crossing journey. Shuttle Tebrau tickets are open for sale 30 days before departure.

Shuttle Tebrau Train Fare: S$5

Click here for more information about the Shuttle Tebrau train service.


For more information about the calculation of Singapore public transport fares, use the MyTransport.SG Fare Calculator.

Buses, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Singapore

Starmart Express: Most Unpleasant Starmart Bus Ride from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore So Far

Starmart Express offered frequent departures to Singapore and departs from Berjaya Times Square in Kuala Lumpur. It does not stop at Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS) like most buses do, so at midnight, this would be more convenient for me.

The Starmart Express counter is located below the escalator up to Imbi Monorail Station.

As I presented my phone instead of a hardcopy printout of the , I got an actual ticket printout from the counter instead with my bus details. However, my bus timing was changed to 11.45pm from the original 11.30pm (aka combined bus), my seat was changed to #24 from the original #16 I chose (probably due to the change from a single deck bus to a double deck) and my bus number was not confirmed yet.

I was told to come back to the counter again at 11.30pm.

Fast forward to 11.30pm…

My seat was now changed to #B1 from the previous #24 I chose and I’m finally given my bus number of AKX 6, which would turn out to be the most unpleasant ride I’ve had so far on Starmart.

Here comes AKX 6.

The upper deck of the double deck bus. My seat, B1, was right at the stairs.

The wider legroom as compared to the single seats row.

After counting the number of available seats, the bus dispatcher (?), based at the counter, told me to move to Seat #5 to make way for a group coming on board.

Total number of seat changes: 3

The bus finally departed at 12.10am40 minutes delayed from my scheduled bus of 11.30pm.

Just as I thought the ride couldn’t get worse, the driver switched on a video to entertain all of us unworthy passengers for the journey. The video was probably played at a normal volume, but at 12.15am, it sounded like thunder.

A passenger requested for a restroom break just as the bus entered the PLUS Highway, which the was pretty pissed about (no pun intended). As the passenger alighted, more started to get down without the driver’s permission, which he got even more pissed about till he made an announcement in the microphone, “OKAY, WHO WANT TO GO TOILET GO NOW. KENAPA BAS BELUM START YOU ALL TAK PERGI?!”, and started lecturing the rest of the passengers who remained on board about why you should go to the toilet before the bus departure. At least during the break/lecture, he paused the video.

After departure, the video started again, but he stopped the bus on the shoulder abruptly to come up to the upper deck to teach someone at the back how to switch on the massage function. As he was going down, I asked him, “Bang, boleh tutup video tak?”, to which he replied, “You seorang nak tutup video sahaja, orang lain tak peduli ke? Kalau semua orang cakap tutup I baru tutup ok?”.

There was silence from everyone on the bus. Either no one understood BM (most were Singaporeans or Indian nationals I guess) or everyone was really wanting to catch a midnight movie.

So I plugged in my earpiece (which had nothing switched on) and just looked away from him, and he stormed back to his driving console.

Here’s the awesome midnight movie played with surround sound on the greatest cinema on the roads, AKX 6.

I turned on some white noise on the radio and my tiredness from the full day in KL probably helped me to fall asleep relatively quickly.

I was awoken just before Tanjung Kupang CIQ with the driver’s surprisingly pleasant announcement.

“Good Morning, we are now reaching Malaysia Custom. Chop passport. Sorry, change bus. Please take all bag.”

Fabulous.

The waiting 44-seater bus after Malaysian Immigration.

The view from my new seat on the 2+2 seater bus. I didn’t travel with big bags, only a relatively bigger carry-on, so it wasn’t comfortable having that on my lap from here till Golden Mile Tower.

The interior of the 2+2 seater bus. This bus was a former Super VIP 2+1 seater bus as evident by the awkward aircon vent positioning and the seat number plate for a 2+1 arrangement still attached.

The bus arrived at Golden Mile Tower at 6.45am, making this a 6 hour 35 minute journey from Berjaya Times Square to Golden Mile Tower, or 7 hour 15 minute journey if you count my original departure time.

Overall, it was my first unpleasant encounter with Starmart Express (but not the ultimate worst bus ride yet, that award still goes to Qistna), which got me pretty annoyed since it’s one of the more reliable and affordable companies in Malaysia to me and I’ve almost always treated it as my first choice for my trips as evident from my multiple Starmart posts on BusTravel Station. But with this incident, considering that this trip is a combined bus, and you won’t know that you need to change buses at the checkpoint till you actually get there, I may reconsider getting the overnight Starmart Express bus from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore again since I don’t enjoy midnight movies and getting some sleep together at the same time.

Buses, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Rail Replacement Service, Trains

KTM Komuter Rail Replacement Service KTM3: Segambut KTM Komuter Station to KL Sentral by Free Shuttle Bus

Shuttle KTM3, also known as the KL Sentral – Segambut Free Shuttle Bus Service, is a Rail Replacement Service on the KTM Komuter Klang Valley Sector connecting KL Sentral and Segambut KTM Komuter stations with no intermediate stops since 3 June 2018 as there are no train services running between KL Sentral and Kepong stations.

This parallel-line shuttle bus route is in place due to a portion of the line between KL Sentral and Kepong Railway Station being closed for the Klang Valley Double Track (KVDT) track maintenance and renewal work.

Segambut KTM Komuter Station currently offers very limited train services, with 3 trains to KL Sentral and Pelabuhan Klang at one peak hour in the morning and another 3 trains to Tanjung Malim at another one peak hour in the evening only.

On my day of travel, one of the trains to Tanjung Malim seems cancelled, and there’s somehow another train to KL Sentral, not in the published schedule, in the evening. But if you’re not willing for trains to come once a day, you should avoid it altogether.

There, I fixed the sign on the TV. Looks better and less confusing now.


The ticket counter is closed when there are no trains running, with a sign telling you to use the KTM3 Segambut – KL Sentral Free Shuttle Bus instead.


A similar sign is also pasted on the Ticket Vending Machine telling you to take the KTM3 Segambut – KL Sentral Free Shutter Shuttle Bus.

The KTM3 Segambut – KL Sentral Free Shuttle Bus will be waiting outside Segambut Railway Station.

The exterior of the Scania K270UB bus.


The interior of the Scania K270UB bus.


The KTM3 Segambut – KL Sentral Free Shuttle Bus departed Segambut KTM Komuter Station right on time at 5.00pm, a vast improvement from the KTM Komuter trains.

Heading to KL Sentral via DUKE Highway.




Approaching KL Sentral.

KL Sentral station is just behind, but because the bus alighting point is at the Ground Floor where the coaches for KLIA, klia2 and Awana Genting depart, the bus turns to Little India first.

Turning to Jalan Tun Sambanthan.


Turning into KL Sentral.

Bypassing the coaches for KLIA, klia2 and Awana Genting.

Arrived at KL Sentral.

The journey from Segambut to KL Sentral took only 10 minutes – that’s 7 minutes faster than the 17 minutes it takes on the KTM Komuter train. KTM should seriously consider running buses instead.

From here, get the escalator up to the trains.

You can change to the KLIA Transit, LRT Kelana Jaya Line and KTM Komuter at KL Sentral, or walk ahead to Muzium Negara MRT Station to change to the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line.

There are currently very limited train services (3 a day in each direction at peak hours only) at Segambut Railway Station.

For more information on the Rail Replacement Bus Service, visit RailTravel Station’s dedicated page on the KTM Komuter Klang Valley Sector.

Buses, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Rail Replacement Service, Trains

KTM Komuter Rail Replacement Service KTM3: KL Sentral to Segambut KTM Komuter Station by Free Shuttle Bus

Shuttle KTM3, also known as the KL Sentral – Segambut Free Shuttle Bus Service, is a Rail Replacement Service on the KTM Komuter Klang Valley Sector connecting KL Sentral and Segambut KTM Komuter stations with no intermediate stops since 3 June 2018 as there are no train services running between KL Sentral and Kepong stations.

This parallel-line shuttle bus route is in place due to a portion of the line between KL Sentral and Kepong Railway Station being closed for the Klang Valley Double Track (KVDT) track maintenance and renewal work.

To access the shuttle bus, follow the signs placed on the KTM Komuter concourse or on the pillars leading up to the bus boarding platform at KL Sentral.

The signs at KL Sentral, however, are not updated to reflect this new Rail Replacement Service. Nevertheless, the waiting area is the same as the KTM Komuter Rail Replacement Service KTM1 from KL Sentral to Sentul KTM Komuter Station.

Instead of heading straight on to the coaches for KLIA, klia2 or Awana Genting, make a u-turn to the former boarding spot of RapidKL bus U82.

The waiting RapidKL buses are for the KTM1 and KTM3 free shuttle buses. Look out for the destination of the bus before boarding.

You are most likely to see the rear of the KTM3 KL Sentral – Segambut Free Shuttle Bus first.


The KTM3 KL Sentral – Segambut Free Shuttle Bus waiting at KL Sentral, operated by a MAN 18.280 HOCL-NL.


The interior of the MAN 18.280 HOCL-NL bus.

At 4.30pm, the bus departed KL Sentral right on time. This is an improvement from the KTM Komuter train service as trains are usually at least one minute late.


Passing by the cause of the Rail Replacement Services at Kuala Lumpur Railway Station.



Heading back to KL Sentral to get on to Jalan Damansara.


Coasting along Jalan Damansara.


Passing by the Semantan Portal of the MRT Sungai Buloh–Kajang Line.

Getting off Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim to Segambut.

Turning left onto Jalan Segambut.

Arriving at Segambut Railway Station.


The KTM3 KL Sentral – Segambut Free Shuttle Bus drops off passengers under the Jalan Segambut viaduct.

The journey from KL Sentral took just 14 minutes, which is 3 minutes faster than the 17 minutes it takes on the KTM Komuter train. Perhaps KTM should seriously start to consider running buses instead.

Walking back to Segambut Railway Station.


Lots of KTM3 KL Sentral – Segambut Free Shuttle Buses parked under the Jalan Segambut viaduct.

There are currently very limited train services (3 a day in each direction at peak hours only) at Segambut Railway Station.

For onward travel around Segambut area: From the bus stops outside of Segambut Railway Station, you can change to RapidKL T190 to get around Taman Segambut or to RapidKL 190 to get to Mont Kiara or Desa Sri Hatamas.

For onward travel to Kuala Lumpur without using the KTM3 KL Sentral – Segambut Free Shuttle Bus: You may use RapidKL 190 to get to Chow Kit, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Jalan Yap Ah Loy and Hab Medan Pasar in Kuala Lumpur if the next KTM3 KL Sentral – Segambut Free Shuttle Bus departure is taking quite a while more.

For onward travel to Kepong by public transport: There is no logical connection from Segambut to Kepong. Get a Grab.

For onward travel to Kepong Sentral by public transport: There is no logical connection from Segambut to Kepong Sentral. Get a Grab.

For onward travel to Sungai Buloh by public transport: There is no logical connection from Segambut to Kepong Sentral. However, if you really want to, you can use the KTM3 KL Sentral – Segambut Free Shuttle Bus to get to KL Sentral to change to the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line at Muzium Negara MRT Station. Or just get a Grab.

For onward travel from the Pelabuhan Klang – KL Sentral Line to the Sungai Buloh – Tanjung Malim Line by public transport: You should not use the KTM3 KL Sentral – Segambut Free Shuttle Bus, but rather, alight at KL Sentral to change to the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line at Muzium Negara MRT Station. Two separate tickets need to be purchased for each section of the KTM Komuter travelled on.

For more information on the Rail Replacement Bus Service, visit RailTravel Station’s dedicated page on the KTM Komuter Klang Valley Sector.

Buses, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Singapore

Starmart Express: Singapore (Golden Mile Tower) to Kuala Lumpur (KL Sentral) by Bus

Starmart Express offers one of the most frequent departures from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, with buses departing every 30 to 60 minutes throughout the day. As my journey was on a long weekend, all bus tickets were sold at the regular fare of $30, so I picked the most convenient drop-off point for me in Kuala Lumpur – KL Sentral.

One of Starmart’s new PA-plate Singapore buses used to shuttle passengers between Golden Mile Tower and Tanjung Kupang CIQ.

Queuing up to check-in for my bus at the Golden Mile Tower counter.

As I presented my Easybook Bus Booking Order Summary on my phone instead of a hardcopy printout, my trip details were written on a separate piece of paper instead.

“BUS 4 – PMR 6” means that I’m taking Bus 4 from Golden Mile Tower to Tanjung Kupang CIQ, and thereafter changing to my actual bus, PMR 6 from Tanjung Kupang CIQ to KL Sentral.

I was hoping that my Bus 4 would be one of Starmart’s new PA-plate buses, but instead I was ushered onto a regular double deck bus bound for Berjaya Times Square as my shuttle to Tanjung Kupang CIQ via Tuas Second Link.

My shuttle bus departed Golden Mile Tower at 12.20am – 21 minutes delayed from the original departure time of 12.59pm (The 11.58pm written on my ticket was wrong.).

Once at Tanjung Kupang CIQ, I spotted a solo double deck bus waiting out in the open space. With my bus bearing the plate of PMR 6, my gut feeling was that it’s my bus to KL Sentral. (Also, this shows how often I travel with Starmart.)

And yes, I was right.

As I was the first passenger to board the bus, here are some clean shots of the interior.

The lower deck seats 11 people, with only one single seat available facing the staircase.

The staircase up to the upper deck and down again to the driving console.

The upper deck seats 29 people.


The seat pitch on the left single seat column is quite tight with it having an additional row of seats as compared to the right double seat column.

The view from Seat 16, my original seat booked.

The tight legroom for the single seats.

The window view from my seat, thanks to the really cold air-conditioning.

The bus departed at 2.05am with just 6 other people on board.

Once the lights were switched off for the overnight journey, I moved myself to the last row where the emergency exit is to stretch out for the night.

The bus arrived at KL Sentral at 6.20am, which makes it a 6-hour end-to-end journey from Golden Mile Tower to KL Sentral. The bus did not stop at TBS before heading to KL Sentral, but was going onwards to Berjaya Times Square to drop some other passengers off.

The bus stopped outside the KL City Air Terminal where the KLIA Ekspres departs for KLIA and klia2, which is a lot more convenient than KL Sentral Monorail Station the last time I took this route.


Overall, the journey was great with the amount of space I had to myself on the double deck bus and the convenience of getting straight to KL Sentral from Singapore. I’d suggest getting on this route when there are no fluctuating Starmart fares on the day of your travel.

Buses, Johor Bahru, Malaysia, Melaka, Singapore

Starmart Express: Melaka Sentral to Larkin Sentral and Singapore (Golden Mile Tower) by Bus

Starmart Express runs frequently from Melaka Sentral to Golden Mile Tower in Singapore with 11 departures a day. It is also the only frequent bus company which does it with 2+1 27-seater buses, with the other main contender, Delima, doing the similar route but with 2+2 40-seater buses. I opted for the 8.15pm bus which gives me enough time to spend in Melaka as well as an assured journey back to Singapore (ie. not getting stranded at Larkin Sentral in case the last CWL or 170 has departed if I were to opt for other bus companies to Larkin Sentral only with a similar departure timing).

The Starmart Express bus will also drop passengers off at Yong Peng, Ayer Hitam, Skudai, Tampoi, Tun Aminah and Larkin Sentral if needed.

However, as the Starmart Express counter was unmanned and I’ve already waited for 10 minutes, I walked around the row of counters to see if there were alternative buses. An awkward counter, CatchThatBus, was around the corner (they are an online agent, not a bus company), and are offering buses to Singapore with the exact same timings as Starmart Express.

I got my Starmart Express ticket from the CatchThatBus counter instead, with a wait time of less than 2 minutes. It seems to be an online booking through their website, but payment was done in cash. They even scribbled lines and circles on the A4 paper and stamped it with the platform number, as if it were an actual bus ticket printed at the counter.

Back at Melaka Sentral just before departure, and the Starmart Express counter is still unmanned. Hmm.

Heading on to Platform 18 for my bus back to Singapore.

Hmm, I guess this is the part where it’s said that Melaka Sentral was built based on the design of Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). There’s a forest/garden in the middle of the departure hall, but that’s about it. Some seats are available behind the ticket counters and massage chairs.

At about 8pm, my empty Starmart Express bus was already waiting at the platform.

Strange, since the Singapore service is supposed to originate from klia2 and not Melaka Sentral.


The boarding platform at Melaka Sentral.

The interior of my 27-seater Starmart bus.

The spacious legroom on board.

About 20 minutes after the scheduled departure time of 8.15pm, the 5.45pm bus from klia2 / 6.00pm bus from KLIA pulled in and all the passengers in it transferred on to my bus.

The rather full ride back to Singapore.

My bus finally departed at 8.45pm – 30 minutes delayed from schedule.

The bus made a stop at Larkin Sentral at 11.45pm before heading to Singapore. The ride from Melaka Sentral to Larkin Sentral took 3 hours with one petrol/restroom stop along the highway.

Most of the passengers from klia2, KLIA and Melaka Sentral alighted here.

Despite it having going to Larkin Sentral before, the bus still proceeded to use the Second Link as advertised. It was quite a far detour, but it might have evened out with crossing via Woodlands since there was a jam on the Causeway and pretty clear on the Second Link.

The bus arrived at Tanjung Kupang CIQ at 12.30am.

No bus changes here, it’s straight on to Tuas and Golden Mile Tower.

The bus arrived at Golden Mile Tower at 1.30am, making the journey from Melaka Sentral to Golden Mile Tower with a total travelling time of 4 hours and 45 minutes.

Overall, it was a pleasant ride, since it could have been much worse if there were passengers getting off at Yong Peng or, Ayer Hitam, with the bus detouring out of the highway to drop off the passengers.

I wouldn’t take it the full route all the way from klia2 and KLIA to Golden Mile Tower though, especially with the detour to Melaka Sentral to pick passengers like me up, unless perhaps it was an overnight journey where I’d be sleeping.

Buses, Johor Bahru, Malaysia, Melaka

Mayang Sari Express: Larkin Sentral to Melaka Sentral by Bus

Mayang Sari Express is a long-standing bus operator with routes focused on the southern parts of Peninsular Malaysia. While most buses from Larkin Sentral head to Muar with departures of up to every 30-90 minutes, a couple of buses head to Melaka Sentral each day too.

Well, I didn’t really specifically intend to travel with Mayang Sari Express for this journey, it was the next departure with single seats as shown on the Centralized Ticketing System (CTS) kiosks at Larkin Sentral, so I just clicked it.


My RM21 ticket for the trip to Melaka Sentral. (Notice how there is no boarding gate or platform number.)

I headed through Gate A anyway.

Scanning my boarding pass at the gantry, which worked despite it not having a gate or platform number.

Even the departure screens around the departure hall didn’t reflect the Mayang Sari Express departure to Melaka Sentral.

Instead of waiting around, I went to the staff making announcements at the counter just before the boarding platform and she wrote down D8 on my boarding pass almost instinctively. I guess that works.

Heading to Platform D at the new “satellite terminal”.

And here comes my bus to Melaka Sentral.


Waiting for the staff to allow passengers to board.

The interior of my 30-seater Mayang Sari Express bus.

The legroom available on board.

The very full bus to Melaka Sentral.

The staff at the door took the small portion on the right, so I’m left with this torn receipt.

The bus departed right on time at 1pm.

Getting on the North–South Expressway to Melaka. 184km to go.

The journey was rather uneventful, with no breaks made on the way.

Approaching the state of Melaka.

Crossing over Sungai Kesang, the border river between the Johor and Melaka states.

Exiting the North–South Expressway at Ayer Keroh Toll.


Arrived at Melaka Sentral after 3 hours.


Melaka Sentral is said to be built based on the design of Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), but I’m not seeing it here.

Overall, Mayang Sari Express was a fuss-free journey between Johor Bahru and Melaka, though with the CTS system at Larkin Sentral and the many departures to Melaka Sentral each day, I would recommend just getting the next departure out (with a 2+1 seating of course), whatever the company may be.

BRT, Buses, Indonesia, Padang

Trans Padang: Bus Rapid Transit System in Kota Padang

Introduction

The Trans Padang BRT is an open-system Bus Rapid Transit in Kota Padang. While it does not operate with segretated lanes, priority on the road is given to Trans Padang BRT buses at halts and the Trans Padang BRT operates at a high frequency of less than 10 minutes waiting time between each bus. Currently, it seems that there is only one corridor, Koridor 1, between Lubang Buaya and Imam Bonjol in operation.

Trans Padang BRT Halts

Trans Padang BRT Halts can be spotted easily by an elevated platform by the road side and a Trans Padang sign before approaching the halt. Do note that not all halts have shelters.


Padang Public Transport Map


Estimated route map of the Padang public transport network. Only main travelling routes and terminals are featured.


Trans Padang BRT Service Information

Route: Lubang Buaya – Lubuk Buaya – Tabing Railway Station – Universitas Negeri Padang (UNP) – Basko Grand Mall / Basko Hotel – Jl. Khatib Sulaiman – Jln. Rasuna Said – Jl. Sudirman – Simpang Pasar Raya – Imam Bonjol (ie. inland route)

Operating Hours: Every 3 to 10 minutes from 6.00am to 8.00pm daily

Estimated journey time: 45 minutes (full route)

Flat Fare: Rp. 3,500/adult ; Rp. 1,500/concession


Trans Padang BRT Buses

The Trans Padang BRT operates with blue-coloured midibuses with a capacity of 20 seated passengers and 20 standing passengers. Buses operate at 3 to 10 minute intervals during the day time from 6.00am to 8.00pm daily.


All buses seem to have the front engine cover opened, presumably for the engine to remain cool.



Trans Padang BRT buses awaiting departure at Imam Bonjol Halt.

Imam Bonjol Halt is the southern terminus of the Trans Padang BRT.

Boarding the Trans Padang BRT

The platform of the Trans Padang BRT halt is of the same height as the entrance of the Trans Padang BRT bus.

Passengers have to go through a turnstile at the entrance of the bus to board or alight.

A conductor is stationed on board the Trans Padang BRT bus for fare collection, just like other open-system BRTs in Indonesia.

Passengers are segregated by gender on board – females at the front of the bus and males at the rear. This is quite different from most other open-system BRTs in Indonesia with no segregation, and also a step higher from the TransJakarta BRT which has a ladies area at the front of the bus and a mix of everyone at the rear.

The paper ticket for the Trans Padang BRT.

The Trans Padang BRT provides a frequent metro-like service for Kota Padang and it is very easy to remember the route and get around as there are just 2 main roads in Kota Padang. The Trans Padang BRT halts are prominent and easily accessible, and Trans Padang BRT buses are well spotted in their unique livery. However, I feel that a second corridor should be added to ply the seaside road between Lubang Buaya and Imam Bonjol to better serve the seaside parts of Kota Padang as there is quite a good catchment of passengers there too.

Save your money on taxis next time and get around Kota Padang by the Trans Padang BRT!