Here are some tips for going from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur Malaysia by train! Hopefully you journey will go better than mine, because I almost cried like twice!
1. Buy your ticket online (ktmb.com.my) from JB Sentral to Sentral Kuala Lumpur. DO NOT BUY IT FROM WOODLANDS CIQ TO SENTRAL KUALA LUMPUR. If you buy the tickets from Woodlands CIQ in Singapore to Sentral Kuala Lumpur, the price will end up being more expensive because you will have to pay in Singapore Dollars instead of Malaysian Ringgits. This is because the Singapore Dollars is traded with Malaysian Ringgits one for one, when actually the Singapore dollar is worth more. So it is better to buy 2 tickets, one from Singapore to JB (which is about a 4 minute train ride away) and another ticket from JB to Sentral Kuala Lumpur. The total cost of the 2 tickets will be about $17 US dollars for second class seats. Buy the tickets from JB Sentral to Sentral Kuala Lumpur online at least a day in advance, and you can buy the tickets the day of up until minutes before the departure for the tickets to JB.
2. To get to the Woodlands Train Checkpoint, either take a taxi straight there, or take bus 856, 913, or 912 from the Woodlands Bus Interchange that is connected to the Woodlands MRT. This is where I messed up…I didn’t know that it was going to be a HUGE bus interchange. I thought that it would be just a regular bus stop with maybe only 1 bus to choose from to get to the train checkpoint. We weren’t sure which bus to take and we didn’t realize that the bus ride takes at least 20 minutes to get from the Woodlands MRT/Woodlands Bus Interchange to the train checkpoint. So we decided to take a taxi, but there are not that many taxis that go buy that station. So that is the first time that I felt real sad. If you are catching a bus from Woodlands Bus Interchange from the Woodlands MRT station, I would suggest planning to arrive there at least an hour before your train leaves.
3. When you get to the station, you can buy the tickets from Woodlands CIQ to JB Sentral downstairs. We bought our tickets like 3 minutes before the train left. I was freaking out because I didn’t want to miss the train, because that would mean that we would miss the other train leaving from JB Sentral to Sentral Kuala Lumpur. This is the second time that I got sad. Because I got lost in the station and then when I found one other person, I realized that another person got lost looking for me.
4. Remember, you are leaving the country. You have to go through Singapore Immigration disembarkation procedures and then go all the way down the hall and around the corner to go through Malaysia immigration embarkation.
Our way back to Singapore went a lot smoother. We just went to the Kuala Lumpur Central train station and bought our tickets back to Singapore the day that we left. You don’t have to buy separate tickets this time, because since you are buying the tickets in Malaysia, the whole fare is charged in Ringgits. This time we took a night train that left at 11pm. The first class sleeper and deluxe class sleepers were sold out because we bought them so late, so we booked the second class sleeper for RM46 (that’s about $14 US dollars). They have sheets and a pillow and privacy curtains, but I would suggest bringing a blanket, because it got SUPER COLD on the train.
Oh yeah, you are allowed to bring food and drink on the trains, so since the train ride is about 6 or 7 hours, I would suggest bringing at least one bottle of water or juice (or beer!) and some nuts or fruit.
So there you have it. If you are in Singapore for a few days, it is worth it to take the train to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, because it is so cheap to get there and is an awesome city. Any questions about the train ride, or any suggestions on other ways to get from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur? Please leave a comment!