Singapore - Kuala Lumpur: How to get there

Singapore - Kuala Lumpur: How to get there

The bustling city-state of Singapore is located near the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. Vibrant, colorful, unique and full of tourist attractions, Singapore is definitely a must-see.

And then go to the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. About 355 kilometers (222 miles) north of Singapore, Kuala Lumpur is like it in many ways...a vibrant city that combines the most modern high-rise skyscrapers with colonial British architecture and temples; maybe that's why so many people choose to travel from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur!

Panorama of Kuala Lumpur

Travel options from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur

Singapore is an island, but it is less than 1 kilometer (about half a mile) from the coast of South Malaysia and is connected to it by several bridges. Therefore, it is very easy to travel between Singapore and Malaysia, and also to get from Singapore to the north, to the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. So what are the options? Because of the bridges that connect Singapore to the peninsula, traveling by road is a very good idea and there are a range of bus companies you can choose from for this trip.

Bridge in Kuala Lumpur

Traveling by train used to be another good option but unfortunately the direct service was canceled back in 2016 so now traveling by rail from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur is not that great as it involves a number of transfers and generally very long journey. The best way to get there is by plane. Although expensive, there are about 40 flights a day, making this the most convenient and fastest way to travel from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur.

Planes from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur

Flying from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur is the fastest way to travel between these two popular cities with a flight time of just under an hour. Add some time to get to and from the airport at either end and you could still be in Kuala Lumpur by lunch time! This makes flying from Singapore perfect for even the shortest visits to KL, and it's great if you're on vacation.

Changi Airport in Singapore Changi Airport, Singapore

There are many flights from ten different airlines flying this route. Most of them arrive at Kuala Lumpur International Airport - the largest and busiest airport in Malaysia. Some also fly to Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, aka Subang Airport. In general, there are about 40 flights a day between the two cities.

You should definitely watch the prices carefully as they can vary greatly, ranging from affordable to very expensive! Firefly, for example, is one of the airlines that fly to Subang Airport and their prices are at a reasonable level. If you buy in advance and don't mind flying at slightly less busy times, you can also get cheap flights to Kuala Lumpur International. Booking days in advance will get you hundreds of dollars back with Singapore Airlines or Malaysia Airlines.

Bus from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur

Bus terminal in Kuala Lumpur

You can get reasonably priced flights from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, but the cost can still be high for those trying to travel on a budget. That's where the popularity of buses comes from! The bus from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur should take anywhere from 5 to 6 hours, so you lose time, but the price is much less.

There are many different bus companies you can choose from and if you have ever traveled by bus in Asia you know that the quality of the buses can vary from company to company as well as the price. If you prefer a little more comfort and luxury, there are four companies you can consider.

These are Five Stars Express, Grasslands Express, StarMart Express and Konsortium Express. These companies will take care of you all the way, which includes crossing the border into Malaysia right at the beginning of the journey. The border crossing is pretty painless and is mostly taken care of by the bus staff so you will be told and shown what to do.

Depending on how busy the crossing is, this may add some time to your journey, however, even with a longer delay, the total travel time should not exceed 6 hours. A few words of advice for those traveling on a budget. The bus companies mentioned above are good at what they do, but when you get a ticket from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur that includes crossing the border into Malaysia, you end up paying more.

If you want to save as much money as possible, there is another option: cross the Malaysian border on your own. This will add a little extra time to your trip, but it will save you quite a few dollars. Do this by taking a local bus in Singapore, from the Queen Street bus station. This will take you over the Causeway Bridge to Malaysia. Here you can cross the Malaysian border, and then buy a bus ticket to Kuala Lumpur from Larkin station.

Singapore to Kuala Lumpur by train

high speed train

While there is no direct train from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, we thought we'd include a brief paragraph about trains anyway as there are still ways to travel by train between the two cities. The journey will involve three different trains, so it is by no means a fast or convenient way to travel.

The total duration of the trip should be about nine hours, however, this is the cheapest way to get from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur! The first train runs from the Woodland checkpoint in Singapore to Johor Bahru Sentral in Malaysia. Then you will take a train to Gemas - about 4 hours and 20 minutes. Finally, there is the ETS high speed train from Gemas to Kuala Lumpur - 2 hours and 20 minutes. But you will need to add the waiting time to the travel time, which takes the total time up to about 9 hours.

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