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Buses, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Putrajaya

RapidKL Service 506: Putrajaya Sentral to Puchong, Kelana Jaya and One Utama by Bus

If you take a look at the Klang Valley Rail Transit Map, there is a missing link between Putrajaya and Puchong despite being geographically reasonably close to each other. Instead of backtracking to Bandar Tasik Selatan, there is a cheaper and faster way by bus, serving this missing link.

RapidKL Service 506 travels the route between Putrajaya Sentral and Puchong, Kelana Jaya and One Utama. Putrajaya Sentral is connected to the Putrajaya & Cyberjaya KLIA Transit Station.


Tap out of the station and turn right to the bus terminal.


Head down the first staircase for local intra-city buses. If you head straight to the further staircase, it leads to the express bus terminal.

RapidKL Service 506 departs from Putrajaya Sentral every 30 to 60 minutes. I’ll be heading only to Puchong on this journey.

Waiting for the bus driver to allow us to board.

It’s a comfortable ride to Puchong on this bus with reclining seats and headrest. I paid just RM0.80 with Touch ‘n Go, which would otherwise cost me RM1.00 by cash. If you’re heading for the full route to One Utama, it will cost RM2.40 by Touch ‘n Go and RM3.00 by cash.


Heading onto the Damansara – Puchong Highway (LDP).



The bus passes by Taman Perindustrian Puchong LRT Station on the Sri Petaling Line, but does not stop here as there are no bus stops on the main road.

The bus makes its first stop at Tesco Extra Puchong which is located adjacent to Pusat Bandar Puchong LRT Station. The journey from Putrajaya Sentral to Tesco Puchong took just 12 minutes without any traffic jams.

From here, you can continue your journey onwards by the LRT Sri Petaling Line.

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Buses, Malaysia, Sepang

Bas SMART Selangor Service SPG01: Tanjung Sepat and KLIA/klia2 to Salak Tinggi ERL by Bus

Bas SMART Selangor MPSp SPG01 02

The Bas SMART Selangor is a free bus service scheme offering residents in rural areas a new mode of public transport. One of the newer, useful and somehow unpublicized routes are those plying in Sepang, and the SPG01 bus from Tanjung Sepat and KLIA/klia2 gets you to Salak Tinggi ERL for FREE!

For the leg from KLIA and klia2 to Salak Tinggi ERL Station, the bus plies the opposite route of the SPG02.


The KLIA – klia2 routing operates in a single direction. From klia2, the bus heads for Salak Tinggi and does not go back to the LTCP or KLIA.


Passing by the new Kompleks Tabung Haji KLIA.

Entering Kota Warisan.


For most of the bus stops along the route, they are demarcated by these signs.


Approaching Salak Tinggi ERL Station.


The SPG01 bus terminates at Salak Tinggi ERL Station.

The journey from klia2 to Salak Tinggi ERL Station took around 25 minutes.

As this is a long route between Tanjung Sepat and Salak Tinggi ERL Station, there is a break time for the driver once the bus arrives.


From here, you can continue your journey onwards to Putrajaya/Cyberjaya, Bandar Tasik Selatan or KL Sentral by the KLIA Transit at a fraction of the cost as compared to the KLIA Ekspres.


Bas SMART Selangor Service SPG01 Route Information

Bas Smart Selangor SPG 01
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Overall, considering that this is a free bus service, the ride was actually more comfortable than a regular paid service due to the low ridership (for now) and comfy seats. Saving money on the KLIA Ekspres makes the journey even sweeter.

Ride the Bas SMART Selangor from KLIA and klia2 to Salak Tinggi ERL Station if you have a bit of extra time to beat the KL jams and save some money!

Buses, Malaysia, Sepang

Bas SMART Selangor Service SPG02: Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi and Salak Tinggi ERL to KLIA and klia2 by Bus

The Bas SMART Selangor is a free bus service scheme offering residents in rural areas a new mode of public transport. One of the newer, useful and somehow unpublicized routes are those plying in Sepang, and the SPG02 bus from Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi and Salak Tinggi ERL gets you to KLIA and klia2 for FREE!

The Bas SMART Selangor services serving ERL Salak Tinggi will stop at the external porch, marked by the bus stop sign.

The bus routes information at Salak Tinggi ERL Station.

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The SPG02 bus arriving from Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi. Do look out for the direction of the bus as the SPG02 stops at Salak Tinggi ERL Station on both bounds.




Inside the Bas SMART Selangor Sepang bus. Pretty comfortable, but also the reclining seats were chosen possibly due to the long distances the bus travels on the Sepang routes.



A leg rest is even available should you prefer to use one.


Picking up some passengers to KLIA along the way.


Heading to KLIA and klia2.



Passing by the new Kompleks Tabung Haji KLIA.


The familiar KLIA control tower is in sight.


Making a short stop at KLIA. There is no bus stop sign here, however pick-up and drop-off is at Door 4.

The journey from Salak Tinggi ERL Station to KLIA took about 30 minutes.

Heading on to the KLIA Extension Highway to make a u-turn to klia2.

For this portion of the route, the bus runs parallel to the LTCP – KLIA – klia2 – LTCP Shuttle Bus.

Making the scenic flyover u-turn across the highway.




klia2 is in sight.


Wave to those on the KLIA Ekspres who didn’t know about this free bus (but probably saved around 1 hour of their journey time).


Arriving at klia2.


The journey from Salak Tinggi ERL Station to klia2 took about 35 minutes.


Bas SMART Selangor Service SPG02 Route Information

Bas Smart Selangor SPG 02
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Overall, considering that this is a free bus service, the ride was actually more comfortable than a regular paid service due to the low ridership (for now) and comfy seats. Saving money on the KLIA Ekspres makes the journey even sweeter.

Ride the Bas SMART Selangor to KLIA and klia2 if you have a bit of extra time to beat the KL jams and save some money!

Buses, Changi Airport, Singapore

Changi Airport Terminal 4 Free Shuttle Bus Service: Transfer between Terminal 4 and Terminal 2 [Airside|Transit Area]

Terminal 4 (T4) is Changi Airport’s newest passenger terminal which was opened on 31 October 2017. Built on the site of the former Budget Terminal, T4 is about half the size of Terminal 3 but has a capacity that is two-thirds. T4 will redefine passengers’ travel experience through the Fast and Seamless Travel at Changi (FAST@Changi) concept at check-in, bag-drop, departure immigration and boarding, ensuring a fuss-free and faster departure process.

If you are flying with Cathay Pacific, Korean Air, Vietnam Airlines, AirAsia, Cebu Pacific Air or Spring Airlines, you will be departing from and arriving at T4.

However, if there’s one missing frill in T4, it would be the lack of a common transit mall for arriving and departing passengers, and the Skytrain connectivity to the other terminals. This is replaced with a complimentary 24-hour Intra-Terminal Transfer Bus service between T4 and T2.


Transfer from T1, T2 & T3 to T4

Follow transfer signs located in the transit areas of T1, T2 and T3 to the “Bus to T4” lounge located at Terminal 2 Gate F51. The Intra-Terminal Transfer Bus service only operates between T4 and T2.



If you are coming from T1 or T3, you have to take the Skytrain to T2 first.

From T1: Take the Skytrain to T2 from Station D, and take an 8-minute walk to Gate F51.
From T3: Take the Skytrain to T2 from Station A, and take a 1-minute walk to Gate F51.

If you do not have your onward boarding pass, you should proceed to your respective airline transfer counters at T4. This is only for transit bookings on the same booking reference (PNR), with baggage checked through from your origin.

If you are transferring between flights with different PNRs (eg. Perth to Singapore on Singapore Airlines (Star Alliance) with booking reference LKJHGF and Singapore to Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific (oneworld) with booking reference MNBVCX), you have to clear arrival immigration, collect your baggage from the arrival carousel (if any), and proceed to T4 in the Public Area using the Terminal 4 Free Shuttle Bus Service to check-in again for your next flight.

Security clearance will be done at T2 Gate F51 before proceeding onwards to T4. This is due to the centralised security checks at T4 instead of the at-gate screening at T1, T2 and T3. You should ensure that you follow the liquids, aerosols and gels restrictions at this point.


Transfer from T4 to T1, T2 & T3

Follow transfer signs located in the Arrival Transit Area of T4 to the “Transfer to T1, T2 & T3” lounge located just before immigration.


Picture for illustration only.

If you do not have your onward boarding pass, you should proceed to your respective airline transfer counters at their respective terminals in T1, T2 or T3. This is only for transit bookings on the same booking reference (PNR), with baggage checked through from your origin.

If you are transferring between flights with different PNRs (eg. Hong Kong to Singapore on Cathay Pacific (oneworld) with booking reference ASDFGH and Singapore to Perth on Singapore Airlines (Star Alliance) with booking reference ZXCVBN), you have to clear arrival immigration, collect your baggage from the arrival carousel (if any), and proceed to T2 in the Public Area using the Terminal 4 Free Shuttle Bus Service and onwards to T1 or T3 (if required) to check-in again for your next flight.

Security clearance will be done at the gate of your departing flight at T1, T2 or T3. You may bring along your liquids, aerosols and gels if you somehow have any after disembarking from your flight at this point, and continue to use them in the common Transit Area of T1, T2 and T3 before you proceed for security screening before boarding your next flight.


The Intra-Terminal Transfer Bus service operates between T4 and T2 only. If your flight is departing from T1 or T3, take the Skytrain to access your required terminal.

Buses, Changi Airport, Singapore

Changi Airport Terminal 4 Free Shuttle Bus Service: Transfer between Terminal 4 and Terminal 2 [Landside|Public Area]

Terminal 4 (T4) is Changi Airport’s newest passenger terminal which was opened on 31 October 2017. Built on the site of the former Budget Terminal, T4 is about half the size of Terminal 3 but has a capacity that is two-thirds. T4 will redefine passengers’ travel experience through the Fast and Seamless Travel at Changi (FAST@Changi) concept at check-in, bag-drop, departure immigration and boarding, ensuring a fuss-free and faster departure process.

If you are flying with Cathay Pacific, Korean Air, Vietnam Airlines, AirAsia, Cebu Pacific Air or Spring Airlines, you will be departing from and arriving at T4.

However, if there’s one missing frill in T4, it would be the lack of Skytrain connectivity to the other terminals. This is replaced with a complimentary 24-hour Airport Shuttle Bus service between T4 and T2.


T2 to T4 Transfer

The T4 Free Shuttle Bus Service will pick you up at T2 Arrival Hall Door 1. This is the nearest door from the Changi Airport MRT Station exit.

The flight information for T4 is available while you wait for the bus.


In the day, the waiting time for the bus takes up to 10 minutes, depending on the demand. During the opening stages, due to the high demand, buses are actually queuing to pick you up.

The T4 Free Shuttle Bus leaves every 10 minutes from 5.30am to 1.00am, and every 20 minutes from 1.00am to 5.30am.


The additional buses to serve the T4 Free Shuttle Bus Service seems to have been pulled from the Terminal 2 – Terminal 3 Transit Shuttle Bus and additionally from Woodlands Transport’s own fleet.


Hello T4!


The T4 Free Shuttle Bus Service will drop you off at T4 Departure Hall between Doors 3 and 4. The journey takes about 10 minutes from T2 to T4.

This is at the middle of the terminal so you needn’t walk too much to your flight check-in counter.

The drop-off is near to check-in row 4, which is the exact middle row of all 7 check-in rows available. Rows 4 to 7 are for airlines that are FAST-ready, which currently includes AirAsia and Cathay Pacific.

Rows 1 to 3 are for conventional check-in with airlines that are not FAST-ready.


T2 to T4 Transfer

For the journey from T4 to T2, the pick-up for the T4 Free Shuttle Bus Service is located in the Arrival Hall rather than the drop-off point at the Departure Hall.


The T4 Free Shuttle Bus Service will pick you up at T4 Arrival Hall Door 1. The flight information for T1, T2 and T3 is available while you wait for the bus.

During the peak period, additional buses from Woodlands Transport’s existing fleet are roped in to provide additional capacity.

The actual purpose-built T4 Shuttle Bus on its way back to T4.

The T4 Free Shuttle Bus Service will drop you off at T2 Arrival Hall Door 1. This is the nearest door from the Changi Airport MRT Station exit. The journey takes about 10 minutes from T4 to T2.

This is the same place as the pick-up for the bus from T2 to T4.

From here, you can get on the Skytrain to T1, walk across the travellator link to T3 or get on the East West Line’s Changi Airport Extension train to the city via Expo Interchange or Tanah Merah Interchange.

Buses, Malaysia, Penang

Rapid Penang Airport Transit (AT) Service: Jetty and KOMTAR to Penang International Airport by Express Bus

The Rapid Penang Airport Transit (AT) bus service is an express bus route linking the city of Georgetown to Penang International Airport, supplementing the popular route 401E. The AT bus service also offers a faster journey time as it skips Queensbay Mall.


AT buses depart from Lane 5, similar to routes 401 and 401E.

An added bonus of Lane 5 is that you can wait in the air-conditioned area of KOMTAR.

There is an ICIS display at KOMTAR but this shouldn’t be relied on too much as it stated “4 minutes” for an initial 401E, thereafter “7 minutes” and then changed to “At Jetty”, as if the bus was reversing.

After about half an hour of waiting, the AT pulled into Lane 5 of KOMTAR Bus Terminal.


The fare from Jetty or KOMTAR to the Airport is RM2.70. Prepare exact change for the driver, or if you only have RM1 notes, donate RM0.30 to Rapid Penang.

I was hoping for the newer buses with reclining seats like the ones found on Rapid Penang Intercity services, but oh well.


Heading to Lebuhraya Tun Dr. Lim Chong Eu or Jelutong Expressway.

Looking back at Butterworth.

Passing by the Penang Bridge.

Exiting the Jelutong Expressway to head for Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal. The AT does not stop at Queensbay Mall.


Pulling into Penang International Airport.


Alighting from the AT.

Hopefully this machine will finally be in use in the near future so I needn’t fumble with change for every bus trip.

The bus stops at the arrivals level by the driveway.



The nearest door from the bus stop would be Door 5.

Once inside the terminal building, take the escalator up to the departures level.

From here, it’s a short walk to the check-in counters for my Malindo flight back to Singapore.


Penang Airport Bus Services

Rapid Penang Service AT
Penang International Airport – Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal – (via Jelutong Expressway) – KOMTAR – Jetty

Rapid Penang Service 102
Penang International Airport – Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal – Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah – KOMTAR – Gurney – Batu Ferringhi – Teluk Bahang

Rapid Penang Service 306
Penang International Airport – Queensbay Mall – Air Itam – Hospital

Rapid Penang Service 401
Balik Pulau – Penang International Airport – Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal – Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah – KOMTAR – Jetty

Rapid Penang Service 401E
Balik Pulau – Penang International Airport – Queensbay Mall – (via Jelutong Expressway) – KOMTAR – Jetty

Rapid Penang Bus Fares

Distance (km) Normal Concession
0.1 – 7.0 RM1.40 RM0.70
7.1 – 14.0 RM2.00 RM1.00
14.1 – 21.0 RM2.70 RM1.40
21.1 – 28.0 RM3.40 RM1.70
Over 28.0 RM4.00 RM2.00
Buses, Johor Bahru, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Transnasional: Johor Bahru (Larkin) to Kuala Lumpur (TBS) by Bus

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:

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