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Posted by nish on 24/11/2011 at 18:27


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.



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Posted by goonistik on 24/11/2011 at 19:04

I believe the bus is a good option.

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Posted by busylizzy on 24/11/2011 at 19:52

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.

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Posted by rledez1990 on 5/2/2012 at 14:42

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!

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Posted by rledez1990 on 5/2/2012 at 14:44

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 for train info

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Posted by EurasiaTraveller on 6/2/2012 at 22:01

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......)

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Posted by graciela02 on 17/3/2012 at 12:50

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

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Posted by idreamofdurian on 5/9/2012 at 20:57 TF writer

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.

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Posted by altmtl on 6/9/2012 at 10:35

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

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Posted by john48 on 27/9/2012 at 23:50

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

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Posted by tyler on 28/9/2012 at 00:40

Have another beer john48

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Posted by robinwhite on 6/2/2013 at 16:52

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

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Posted by freiburger on 7/2/2013 at 00:41

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 :-)

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Posted by johnno on 20/3/2013 at 01:47

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.

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Posted by ahmad22 on 2/4/2013 at 02:55

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.

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Posted by dineshkumarsm on 17/8/2013 at 03:25

Bus is the perfect option. Contact SAEx

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Posted by William07 on 17/8/2013 at 06:17

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.

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Posted by PeterMFL on 21/9/2013 at 03:57

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.

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Posted by MellisaTurner on 26/9/2013 at 01:42

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

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Posted by brentwise on 4/11/2013 at 20:52

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

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Posted by captainbkk on 15/11/2013 at 02:31

@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.

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 14/2/2014 at 11:56

"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.

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Posted by Golmaale on 23/2/2014 at 11:12

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

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