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  • nish

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    Im doing a RTW and will be in Singapore for a few days in December. I am heading upto Thailand and wanted to do a couple of nights in Kuala Lumpur before catching a flight to Krabi.

    I was thinking of getting the train and thought this would be cheaper. Does anyone have any idea on prices and if I could get a ticket online now?

    Or would a flight be better?

    Any advice appreciated.



    #1 Posted: 24/11/2011 - 18:27

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  • goonistik

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    I believe the bus is a good option.

    #2 Posted: 24/11/2011 - 19:04

  • busylizzy

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    Not sure about trains, but the bus would only take 4-5 hours, and costs approx SGD$25 I think (by memory, 2 years ago). I think I just googled bus companies in Singapore and booked online the day before I went, but I'm sure your guesthouse in Singapore would also be able to help.

    #3 Posted: 24/11/2011 - 19:52

  • rledez1990

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    Hey there! I took the train KL- Hat Yai and then took the bus Hat Yai- Krabi . The 2nd class sleeper train (overnighter) cost about £15 pp (british pounds) I think (I don't seem to have written it down in my travel diary) and was a really fun experience! It saves you a night of accommodation costs and we got a really good night sleep! The bus from Hat Yai to Krabi was £7/350baht pp and took about 7 hours. It wasnt a very comfortable journey but then again I needed the toilet from the start... I would say its probably cheaper than flying but then if you fly youre going to have to stay in a hotel that night so you have to weigh up the two options. The train is comfortable but the bus is a bit annoying.... It's definitely an experience though!

    #4 Posted: 5/2/2012 - 14:42

  • rledez1990

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    Oh, and you don't really need to book it beforehand- you can just go to the train station the day before (that's what we did). Try www.seat61.com for train info

    #5 Posted: 5/2/2012 - 14:44

  • EurasiaTrav-

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    riedez, please read what the OP was talking about.

    He/she was asking about the train from SINGAPORE to KL

    NISH, while it is always more nice to take a train, in that case you are really better off to use the Bus. Particularly as the train nowadays departs from next to the Singapore/Malaysia-border, and not from downtown as before (the downtown station has been shut down for good). I took the train several times, but only as I would be able to save a night of accomodation. Last time it took 12 (!!) hours, instead of the 7 hrs the timetable suggested. I had booked a 1st class compartment (comfortable and with private bathroom attached), and I was the ONLY passenger in the entire 1st class carriage. Only a handful of passengers in 2nd class. That was maybe 3 years ago.
    I know there has been some work done since then to repair the ageing railway track, but unles you plan to take the overnight train and save the cost for a Hotel, it does not make nuch sense. No need to book in advance either, unless you travel around Hari Raya or CNY (which would be not very smart an idea......)

    #6 Posted: 6/2/2012 - 22:01

  • graciela02

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    Bus is the best option for you. Train is costly, Time consuming and coming with less comfort.

    #7 Posted: 17/3/2012 - 12:50

  • idreamofdur-

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    The the bus - it's cheaper and faster.

    If you're on a tight budget, don't buy your bus ticket in Singapore. Take the public bus (ex. Causeway Link) across the border and to the Larkin Bus Station in Johor Bahru.

    From here, there are buses to KL every 30 minutes and the ticket prices is less than half what it is in Singapore.

    #8 Posted: 5/9/2012 - 20:57

  • altmtl

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    Personally I prefer night trains, will be doing Hat Yai to KL

    #9 Posted: 6/9/2012 - 10:35

  • john48

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    Hi Guys,Me and my friend tour from singapur to Kuala lumpur. I must admit we love water games and have enjoyed some of the best in Hawaii including the pools at the Grand Wailea, so we know our pools. We loved the Hilton’s pools. Loved every single one of them. I am surprised that our faces did not hurt at the end of the day from so much smiling that we did. We spent a few hours in the resort’s pools after thoroughly checking out the entire resort property. We also enjoyed kite surfing over there

    #10 Posted: 27/9/2012 - 23:50

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  • tyler

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    Have another beer john48

    #11 Posted: 28/9/2012 - 00:40

  • robinwhite

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    Going through bus would be better option.But if you can afford and does not waste time then flight would be fine.

    #12 Posted: 6/2/2013 - 16:52

  • freiburger

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    Since when is the downtown station closed? What a pitty. I used the station last time in 2009. Came with a train from Gua Musang and made a immigration at the trainstation. What a happening :-)

    A real pitty that station is closed now. It was a great ride. RIP :-)

    #13 Posted: 7/2/2013 - 00:41

  • johnno

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    Train. Hands down. Walk up and down the train. Meet the locals. Stick your head out (be cautious). Try the train food! Seriously, why bus it when you can train it? Just thinking about the bus ride makes me nauseous. Don't worry about the time/money. You're doing it to experience the country in the best way possible. Train it is.

    #14 Posted: 20/3/2013 - 01:47

  • ahmad22

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    It's really up to you. Both has pro's & con's.

    The advantage of bus is that it save time (approx 5 hrs) compared to train (approx 8hr). However for leg stretching, train would suite you well coz you could have a walk in the train & not in the bus.

    #15 Posted: 2/4/2013 - 02:55

  • dineshkumar-

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    Bus is the perfect option. Contact SAEx

    #16 Posted: 17/8/2013 - 03:25

  • William07

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    Bus is the best option and train will also be good if you are looking for the comfartable one.
    you can also get the full details on trip advisor.

    #17 Posted: 17/8/2013 - 06:17

  • PeterMFL

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    In my opinion it would be easier to fly. It's only about $20 or less with Tiger airlines and AirAsia also have some very cheap flights too. I actually went to KL from singapore for $10AUD both times I've been. Takes 30min
    But up to you I guess if you want a long bus/train adventure or you just want to get there quickly.

    #18 Posted: 21/9/2013 - 03:57

  • MellisaTurn-

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    I think train or bus is a good option as you would be able to enjoy the views outside.

    #19 Posted: 26/9/2013 - 01:42

  • brentwise

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    Bus is a good option but you can use the train also.It's also comfortable.

    #20 Posted: 4/11/2013 - 20:52

  • captainbkk

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    @Melissa: nonsense, as the bus only runs over the jalan tol with nothing to see-only oil palms.
    CAUtion: bus TO SIN often will not wait for all of you, always complaining and whining westerners in the giant kastom/imigrasi komplek to enter SIN: Malays and Singy's have electronic ID-cards and just use turnstyles, westerners need much more time.
    On the local bus- wait for next bus of SAME company and hold on to ticket to show.

    #21 Posted: 15/11/2013 - 02:31

  • LeonardCohe-

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    "I am heading upto Thailand and wanted to do a couple of nights in Kuala Lumpur before catching a flight to Krabi."

    I found KL very boring.

    #22 Posted: 14/2/2014 - 11:56

  • Golmaale

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    I need to get from Singapore to the Glenmarie area of KL. Does anyone know which bus (company) would drop me in Glenmarie? Thanks

    #23 Posted: 23/2/2014 - 11:12

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