Johor Bahru, or “JB” as the Singaporeans call it, sits just across the Straits of Johor in Malaysia. Most people, when traveling to and from this huge industrial city, take a cab or a bus or a car across the Johor–Singapore Causeway, a roughly 1km road that links JB to the town of Woodlands in Singapore.
Fellow blogger Flora and I decided to take the train from Singapura to JB Sentral. It was such a thrill to travel on a railway line that was once a vital mode of transport between Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand. Truly, it was the journey of a lifetime.
If you go: Go soon! You have until July 1, 2011. After that date, trains will cease to operate at Tanjong Pagar Railway Station and trains to and from Malaysia will terminate at Woodlands Train Checkpoint.
We took the 8:00 Ekspres Rakyat to JB (SG$13/US$10.45 for reserved seating) and the 9:52am commuter shuttle (RM3/US$0.99, no reserved seats) back to Singapore. Ekspres tickets can be purchased up to 24 hours prior to travel; shuttle tickets can only be purchased up to 30 minutes prior to travel.
(Additional credits: Special thanks to Jerome of The Long and Winding Road.)