A new KTM Shuttle Train from Johor Bahru to Singapore now operates from JB Sentral Railway Station to Woodlands Railway Station (Woodlands Train Checkpoint) from the 1st of July 2015.
These services, known as the Shuttle Tebrau, have replaced all KTMB Intercity Trains from Johor Bahru to Singapore and is currently the only way to travel by train over the Causeway into Singapore.
Now, if you are travelling from Malaysia to Singapore by train, all long-distance trains will now terminate at JB Sentral Train Station in Johor Bahru.
You can then decide if you want to continue your journey into Singapore by one of the new shuttle trains.
Or by regular buses that cross over the Causeway into Singapore.
Latest Shuttle Tebrau Timetable for 2019:
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If you can, take the train, as the immigration area is for railway passengers only and passing through the immigration process is far quicker than using the main land / bridge border crossings, which can get terribly congested at many times of day, as thousands of people who live in Johor Bahru cross over to Singapore for work every day.
From July 2018, there are now 18 trains a day that will travel over to Singapore.
The first train from JB Sentral to Woodlands departs at 05:00 am in the morning.
The last train from train from JB to Singapore is at 10:45 pm.
The trip over the Causeway takes just 5 minutes and these new shuttle services are to help with the congestion at the borders between Malaysia and Singapore, so will be used mainly by commuting workers going to and from Singapore for work.
These services are very popular with commuters, as they can save time compared with the other congested land border crossings.
Immigration procedures are carried out at JB Sentral for stamping out of Malaysia and at Woodlands Station where you get your passport stamped into Singapore.
Once you arrive at Woodlands, you will need to continue your journey to the city centre (or anywhere else on the island).
You can easily get a taxi, or if you are on a budget and want to save on transport costs, you can take a combination of bus and MRT (Mass Rapid Transit Train).
The nearest MRT Station to Woodlands Train Checkpoint (also known as Woodlands CIQ or WTCP) is located around 1.7 Kilometres away at Marsiling MRT Station (on the North-South MRT Line).
If you want to stretch your legs, you can take a fairly long walk there, but it is much easier to take a bus from just outside Woodlands.
You can also use the Woodlands MRT Station which is slightly further away, but if the bus to there comes first, you may want to get on that bus rather than wait around.
Once at either of the MRT stations, you can get to just about anywhere in Singapore as the extensive Singapore railway reaches most of the island.
For more information, tickets costs and a handy "Journey Planner" for all your transport needs within Singapore, please visit:
One way fares for these trains cost 5 MYR for both Adults and Children when leaving from JB and 5 SGD when travelling from Singapore to JB Sentral.
Each train operates with 320 seats, so if you want to get a seat, you are advised to book well ahead.
One thing you should be aware of when entering Singapore is the very strict Singapore customs laws.
When travelling from Malaysia to Singapore there is no Duty-Free Allowance and you are not allowed to bring in any amount of liquor products (ie Spirits, Wine or Beer).
You are also not allowed to bring in any cigarettes or tobacco products.
If you do bring in any of these products, you have to declare them and pay a hefty tax charge.
If you don't declare anything and get caught, you will face a huge fine - even for a single packet of cigarettes or a can of beer.
So, our advice, don't take any alcohol or tobacco products and check with the Singapore Customs website as to what you can and can't bring in to the country, to see if anything else you are carrying is allowed or not.
Here's the link:
Where to stay in Johor Bahru or Singapore?
If you decide you want to stay in JB once your train arrives here, you can visit our Johor Bahru accommodation page here >
If you are travelling to Singapore you can find a great place to stay here >
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