How to Travel From Kuala Lumpur to Singapore by Plane, Bus, and Car

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A trip from the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur to Singapore, the world's only city that is also an island nation, takes travelers to the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. The two destinations are only about 220 miles (354 kilometers) apart, so while there are plenty of quick flights between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, those looking for more adventure may want to take a bus or car.

  Time Cost Best For
Plane 55 minutes from $15 Quick travel
Bus 5 hours, 6  minutes from $22 Traveling on a budget
Car 3 hours, 45 minutes 220 miles (354 kilometers);
fuel 
from $45
Go at your own pace

What Is the Cheapest Way to Get From Kuala Lumpur to Singapore? 

An inexpensive and efficient way to get from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore is by bus. The ride typically takes between five and six hours, depending on traffic and processing time at the border. Prices vary widely depending on the company and how luxurious the vehicle is; some include food service, onboard Wi-Fi, and reclining seats. Aeroline (five hours, 20 minutes, from $22) leaves every four hours from Corus Hotel Kuala Lumpur, and Grassland Express (five hours, 6 minutes, from $25) departs five times a day opposite Berjaya Times Square (Bukit Bintang). Buses from Kuala Lumpur arrive in locations all over the city, but many routes terminate in the Golden Mile Complex on Beach Road in Singapore located just south of Little India. Book your ticket online, over the phone, or in person at least one day prior—or many days in advance if traveling during busy holidays such as Hari Merdeka or around the end of Ramadan.

What Is the Fastest Way to Get From Kuala Lumpur to Singapore? 

Several airlines fly between Kuala Lumpur International Airport and Singapore Changi Airport throughout the week, with approximately 55-minute flights starting at about $15 for a one-way ticket. Some airlines serving this route include Jetstar Asia Airways, AirAsia, Malaysia Airlines, SilkAir, Malindo Airways, and Singapore Airlines, with many offering daily flights.

How Long Does It Take to Drive?

The 220-mile (354-kilometer) drive from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore takes about three hours, 45 minutes on Lebuhraya Utara-Selatan/E2, which for the most part is straight and in excellent condition. Suburban concrete eventually gives way to the green blur of palm and durian plantations along the route, allowing you to see a bit of the Malaysian countryside. Some sections of the trip have tolls (E37 and E2 in Malaysia), and you will have to cross a very busy border between countries. Before you go, read up on road requirements for the two countries, as well as Immigration and Checkpoints Authority information for entering Singapore.

Singapore offers many free parking lots and you can use a mobile app to reserve a parking space (paid by the hour).

When Is the Best Time to Travel to Singapore?

The ideal time to visit Singapore depends on what you are seeking in a vacation. If dry weather is important to you, head to the island nation during the summer months of June, July, and August, though air quality can be an issue. In July, you can catch the Singapore Food Festival, a month-long celebration. If you would prefer fewer crowds, make a trip in the fall, when The Singapore Grand Prix, part of the Formula One World Championship, takes place. 

Do I Need a Visa to Travel to Singapore? 

People from most countries may stay for free for 90 days in Singapore and do not need a tourist visa, though some nationalities will need the documentation. When entering Singapore, travelers are usually required to show a passport valid for six months, an electronic arrival card, an onward ticket, and proof of funds for your whole stay in the country. Review all the requirements before making the trip an don't lose the exit card you are given, which is needed when you leave Singapore.

Can I Use Public Transportation to Travel From the Airport? 

The Singapore Changi Airport is at the eastern end of the island, about 11 miles (19 kilometers) from the city center. The SMRT subway leaves every 10 minutes and is a 35-minute ride to the city; you will make a two-minute transfer in Tanah Merah and end up at City Hall (costs start at $2). Another easy option is to take a taxi (16 minutes, from $17) with SMRT Taxi, Comfort Delgro, or Taxi Batam, among others. Jayride offers shuttles (16 minutes, from $15), and rental cars are available for rental at the airport.

What Is There to Do in Singapore?

Singapore offers various activities for tourists, from hiking in green parks to exploring the Singapore Zoo's endangered animals set up in cageless housing to relaxing on the island's east coast beaches and Sentosa Island. Several museums in the civic center highlight ancient history, modern art, and more. Dining on Indian, Malay, or Cantonese cuisine at food courts known as "hawker centers" is a fun way to get immersed in the local scene, as is shopping for souvenirs at the markets around Little India and Chinatown. Check out Marina Bay for some skyline views and to enjoy performing arts at the Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay.

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