Jul 30 2012

Woodlands Train Checkpoint

Published by at 4:29 pm under Transport (international)

With the closure of Singapore’s historic Tanjong Pagar railway station in 2011, all trains out of Singapore now depart from the Woodlands Train Checkpoint. Here’s everything you need to know about leaving Singapore by train.

Follow the signs to Woodlands Train Checkpoint.

Follow the signs to Woodlands Train Checkpoint.

Getting to Woodlands Train Checkpoint
Woodlands Train Checkpoint is located in the northern part of Singapore near the Causeway that links Singapore to the city of Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

The easiest way to get to Woodlands Train Checkpoint is to take the MRT to Kranji Station then hop on bus #170 or #178 and alight at the aptly named “Woodlands Train Checkpoint” bus stop. If you’re coming by taxi or car, there is a designated drop-off point.

You can buy train tickets at Woodlands Checkpoint.

You can buy train tickets at Woodlands Checkpoint.

The Station
Woodlands Train Checkpoint does not look like a train station – in fact, you won’t even see train tracks until you’re through immigration.

On the ground floor is the KTM Railway Ticketing Office. If you haven’t purchased your tickets in advance via www.ktmb.com.my, you can purchase tickets here up to 20 minutes before the train is scheduled to depart. Payment is by Singapore dollars only.

On the second level is a waiting area before you go through Customs & Immigration. The doors to this secure area open exactly 30 minutes before the train is scheduled to depart. The waiting area does not have public toilets or anywhere to eat, so there’s no reason to arrive early.

Your chariot to Malaysia awaits.

Your chariot to Malaysia awaits.

Customs & Immigration
One of the best things about leaving Singapore by train is how quick the immigration process is: the passport control counters here are solely for train passengers, so lines are much shorter. First, you need to complete your Singapore departure card and have your passport stamped to show that you have left Singapore.

Immediately after this is Malaysian Immigration where they will stamp your passport to show that you have entered Malaysia. Most nationalities are eligible for visa-free entry for tourism. There is no entry card to fill out for Malaysia, but they may scan your fingerprints. It’s also normal to have your luggage X-rayed.

Take a seat on the Malaysia-bound train.

Your first glimpse of Malaysia.

Malaysian trains
Once you’ve gone through all the immigration formalities, you will be at the train platform. Check your ticket to find your coach and seat number.

Malaysian trains are generally clean and comfortable with air-con carriages and soft seats. Sleeping berths are also available for overnight trains like Singapore to Kuala Lumpur. The trains have toilets and dining cars, but the food options are a bit disappointing (especially compared to trains in Thailand), so it’s worth packing some snacks if you have a long journey ahead of you.

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9 responses so far

9 Responses to “Woodlands Train Checkpoint”

  1. nagaon 09 Jan 2013 at 4:31 pm

    can you send us the train timing starting from KL to singapore ,
    how many train per day depart from KL to singapore .
    what are the classes of seat and sleeper available.

  2. Samantha Brownon 10 Jan 2013 at 8:13 am

    Hi Naga — thanks for your inquiry but we are not the actual train station in KL and don’t have the information immediately at hand, sorry!

  3. Piotron 28 Mar 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Thanks for your great manual!
    I’ll try to use this route to Tampin (then to Malaca) tomorrow.



  4. Shirleyon 11 Apr 2013 at 12:53 am

    Can I have woodlands and JB sentral train station contact number?

  5. lalithaon 16 Jul 2013 at 9:46 am

    Will there be train service to seremban

  6. Devindaon 15 Nov 2013 at 5:18 pm

    I am planning KL to SIN and back to KL Train Trip. Just to get some clarifications on Immigration
    1. KL to SIN – Does KL Departure Immigration at Woodlands Train Station
    and SIN Arrival Immigration also at Woodlands Train Station
    2. SIN to KL – Does SIN Departure Immigration at Woodlands Train Station
    and KL Arrival Immigration also at Woodlands Train Station
    Appreciate your clarifications. Thank you in advance.

  7. Sandyon 18 Nov 2013 at 10:20 am

    I’ve been trying to search on ktm website itself on the location for Woodlands Checkpoint but to no avail and this blogpost was very helpful!! Thanks!

  8. TAN KOON PENGon 20 Nov 2013 at 6:46 pm

    New train scheduled from 1 july 2013.

    Ticket 34rm(2nd class seat)
    Morning schedule Woodland(SIN) to KL- Departure 0835 arrival 1550
    Afternoon schedule KL to Woodland(SIN) )-Departure 1400 arrival 2200

    Day schedule Woodland(SIN) to KL- Departure 1400 arrival 2200
    KL to Woodland(SIN) )-Departure 0830 arrival 1630

    Night schedule Woodland(SIN) to KL- Departure 2330 arrival 0730
    KL to Woodland(SIN) )-Departure 2230 arrival 0700

  9. Cecilia Adelineon 06 Jan 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Hi, thanks for writing this.
    I have a question. Is there any form or card that I have to fill up upon arrival? I will be traveling from Penang to Singapore by KTM. Just wondering so that I can prepare some extra money for whatsoever payments.

    Hope to get a reply from you soon.


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