We took the train from Singapore (Tanjong Pagar Railway Station) to Johor (JB)
By Andy Lee, 26 Oct 2010.
Following our trip to Tanjong Pagar Railway station, we embark on our maiden train trip to Johor. (we have only taken MRT and LRTs in Singapore)
We can hear the whistle, and we boarded the 0845 train.
(for short trips, tickets are only on sale on the day itself)
Train is noisy, air is a bit stuffy, but hey, this is a NEW experience 🙂
Daddy would prefer to have a non-aircondition cabin, so we can smell the dungs, the soot, the “outdoor freshness”.
Some familiar landmarks, nice perspectives from the train’s angle.
Do you know that the kiddos at Alexandra Hospital’s childcare can view the trains from their school? Cool.
History has forgotten about Bukit Timah railway station.
We did not know this station even Exist !
After numerous vegetation, we reach Woodlands for immigration checks.
Daddy was caught snapping photos, and had to “delete” them on the spot.
We normally cross the causeway on buses or car 🙂
Arrival Johor Sentral station. Time is 0930, our train ride took only 45 min.
Hassle free and jam free!
Since shopping centres open at 1000, we went searching for breakfast.
Two shopping centres are nearby, Kotaraya and City Square.
.. we suggest you skip Kotaraya :p
As Deepavali (festival of lights) is near, a lot of stalls were selling flower garlands. We head back to City Square.
Shopping and eating will keep you occupied.
Mummy got some children’s clothing, and Daddy bought
some photography book (9Rm only).
The donuts and PapaBeards are famous at this shopping complex.
We settled at Swenson (Malaysia call it Season) for lunch.
Food is nice, and very economical, due to exchange rate 🙂
We did not forget to buy some souvenirs for Yi and Xin (whom we conveniently left behind in Singapore’s childcare hee hee). Very bad correct keke.
Heading back, we can only get the tickets 30 min before train arrival.
If train is full house, we might have to take bus 171 back to Kranji MRT, or even hire a taxi back to Woodlands.
We took some more photos of Johor’s historic railway station.
Coincidentally, today is also Johor Sentral’s last day of operation.
You may want to read about the story –> SinChew’s report .
Balek Kampong (back home to Singapore)
Some more sightings along the way.
Wei and Kang had enjoyed their journey. They get a train ride, buy toys, and can skip school! (Wei’s primary school is actually close for PSLE Primary-6 markings)
We had a lot of fun on this trip, mostly savouring the railway experience.
Maybe we will go further KL, or Kuantan next time 🙂
(Daddy told kids maybe they can ride all the way to Tibet in 20 years)
Back home, after dinner, babies get to savour sweet cream puffs from PaPa beard 🙂
Singapore’s TV5 and Malaysian tourism is also promoting railway travel+homestay programmes –>
Additional travel tips and maps are available here –>
Contact KTMB for more information :
– phone — nobody will pickup – 62225165/ 62213390
– Fanpage — http://www.facebook.com/pages/KTM-Berhad/142724092456860
1. Tickets prices are $3 for adult, and $2 kids. New price is $13 adult, and kids $11.
2. If driving, carpark rate at Tanjong Pagar is $6 per entry, and $10 if you exceed 6 hours.
3. We need to disembark at Woodlands custom for immigration checks.
4. Remember to stamp your passport and white cards at Johor customs (we forgot, but were let off with a warning..phew)..
5. Return tickets are only available 30min before train stops.
6. For first time visit, we recommend you hop on the 0845, and 1530 rides.
7. More info here — http://wikitravel.org/en/Johor_Bahru
— Click to browse our Tanjong Pagar Railway station tour.
##updated 2011Jan -Do you have any railway experience to share?
Support “Green Corridor” group, as they are proposing that we preserve the railway tracks for eco purposes (no more condominiums !)
*** Updated 25Apr2001 ***
– 0845 train now changed to 0800
– Price increased from $3 to $13! Refer to timetable at end of page.
– JB to SG price no change, still $3*** *** *** ***