The Most Cost Effective Route from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur

Updated: August 22, 2018 / Home » Financial Plan

The capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is just a stone’s throw away from the neighbouring country, Singapore. We can find Malaysians travel to Singapore for many reasons and so do Singaporeans. Both cities have their very own offerings and are equally enchanting.

The recent announcement of High Speed Rail (HSR) project that amazingly shorten the travel time to only 90 minutes has again brought up the subject of the best option to travel between the two cities. We will have to wait until 2026 to have the project in place and until then, we are still spoiled with the many choices to travel from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur.

1. Travelling by Bus

The bus is actually the second or least the third quickest way for you to reach Kuala Lumpur when travelling from Singapore. The trip is mainly dependent on immigration or traffic and takes approximately 5 to 7 hours. Although there isn’t any centralized bus station in Singapore but a quick check on will get you the schedule as well as the pick up point. The same link will be used for your ticket buying as well. Buses are highly in demand especially during peak season and holidays like Chinese New Year, Hari Raya and Christmas. It’s best to book in advance to avoid disappointment.

While you can get a ticket as cheap as $18 but a super VIP bus can set you back a hefty $41.50. There are quite a number of pick up points in Singapore for you to choose from, and that includes Boon Lay; Golden Mile Complex; Tanjong Katong Complex; Park Royal Hotel; Novena and many more. With that many locations to choose from, you don’t really have to spend more on public transportation to get to one centralized pick up point but instead choose the nearest one to you.

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2. Travelling by Flight

Perhaps the fastest way for you to get to Kuala Lumpur, it is worth noting that there are more than twenty flights everyday that connects Singapore to Kuala Lumpur. A one way flight could be as affordable as a VIP bus and you can get to your destination a lot faster.

There are abundance of budget airlines that offer cheap flight ticket with Tiger Airways, Jetstar and AirAsia that offers cheap ticket at only $40. The journey from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur is only 1 hour but you need to take account of the travel distance from city to airport and the additional time of one hour prior to check-in. On top of that, you might also experience delay of flights that can seriously disrupt your schedule.

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All in all, the whole journey can be close to 3 hours and if you include the travelling from airport to Kuala Lumpur city, the total journey could be 4 hours and above. One major advantage will be you get to move around but if you are looking for a good shuteye, perhaps a flight will not grant you that.

3. Travelling by Train

This is actually the slowest way to travel from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur. However, it is also the least expensive route for you to reach the town. The journey is comfortable and the best part is that you get to enjoy the amazing scenery along the way. The picturesque view is all different from the normal highway as you get to pass by villages, palm plantations and even some breathtaking lakes.

There are two different trains during the day at 8:00 and 13:00. If you prefer travelling at night, there is also an overnight train available that travels at approximately 22:30. If you use the day train, it will take you approximately 6 hours to reach Kuala Lumpur. An overnight train will most likely take you 8 hours to travel from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur.

The seats will mostly cost between S$19 to S$68. The sleeping berths will cost you S$40 to S$139 and will mostly be dependent on the class that you book. It is also worth noting that all trains depart from art deco train station in Singapore that is located near Tanjong Pagar MRT. All reservations for these trains can be made online and its worth mentioning that not all trains provide meals, thus its advisable to make pack your lunch or dinner accordingly.

4. Travelling by Car

Driving your own vehicle to travel from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur is actually a more convenient way and the journey is pretty pleasant considering the highway is well maintained with plenty of R&R to freshen up yourself.The entire journey will take approximately 4 hours depending on the traffic, your adherence to speed limits and also the general condition of the highway.

It will cost you approximately $100 to $150 with the inclusion of petrol and tolls. If you are looking to have the freedom and luxury of stopping by other major attractions along the way, then perhaps driving will be a better option.


It really drills down to your needs and your personal preference. But if we are looking at an economical point of view, perhaps taking a train or a bus will be a better option. Taking a bus is relatively easy when it’s just one click away from

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