Saturday, October 27, 2012

Melaka Trip - Weekend getaway from Singapore - Transportation

I owe everyone of you a more detail on the Malacca Weekend getaway from Singapore about 1 month. So sorry as I was too busy and had no time to sort out all the photos I took from the trip. [Read more about the previous post.]
Finally, I had sometime to sort things out and started to write and share with you all about the trip. Transportations, food, hostel and etc. 
I will just share with you about taking the public transport below. 
You will not have any issues buying tickets from Singapore to Malacca as long as its not public holiday or school holiday. But still you can get the tickets from Golden Miles at Beach Road Singapore. Just go in any of the bus agency and get the tickets based on your preferred timing. But then, getting tickets form Singapore direct to Malacca will cost quite a fair bit compare with getting tickets from Larkin bus terminal, Johor Bahru, Malaysia.  You can precheck the timing from some of the online bus tickets website [Delima Singapore]
For my friend and I, we usually will buy the tickets from Malacca back to Singapore earlier (the bus tickets will make available about 2 months in advance, if your friends visiting the place, you can ask favour from them to get you the tickets first, or you can get them online as well. [Delima Malaysia, BusOnlineTicket]). We usually will get the tickets from Larkin Bus Terminal in Johor Bahru. Its very simple. Just take bus 160(from Jurong East) ,170 (from Queenstreet terminal)/Kranji MRT , 950 (from Woodlands) or causeway link CW buses (from Jurong East/Boon Lay/Newton-newton foodcourt carpark), the bus will bring you until Woodlands Checkpoint in Singapore. Get down from the bus, go for passport chop/scan then go down again and queue for the bus to cross the bridge. [Note: you can take any buses as all the bus going to the same directions, Johor custom Malaysia and everyone had to get down for custom clearance there]
After reached Johor custom, you have to go and queue for the bus sbst bus 170 to get to Larkin. If you are lucky enough, sometime, you can get some factory bus in blue calling for Larkin ride. We took that before  as 170 took too long to arrive and the queue is getting longer. We paid RM1 taking the non-aircon factory bus from Johore Custom to Larkin bus terminal. Its cheap and non-stop and took only 15mins with good traffic conditions.
Well, Larkin bus terminal is a crowded place. But do not worried as long as you keep your eyes on your belongings, the place is quite safe. Just walked the the stretch of counter near dunkin donuts. Those are the counter selling tickets to Malacca or Kuala Lumpur. Just get the tickets on the timing that more suitable to you. Normally we will just get those timing which is the earliest. Then we will just take away either McDonald, Dunkin Donuts or bread from the shops there and board the bus directly. 
We usually taking bus around 8.30 am ~9 am so that we are able to reach Malacca around lunch time 12pm-1.30pm. The bus journey from Johore to Malacca is about 3 - 4 hours based on the traffic conditions and the bus tickets is about RM19 with aircon.
After reaching the Malacca bus terminal (Malacca Central- Melaka Sentral in malay), just walk to local bus area and get in the townbus (green townbus without aircon with number 17) or any bus with sign 'Mahkota' (panorama bus with aircon), the bus definitely will past by the red house area where it just a stone throw to Jalan Hang Jebat or more famous with the name Jonker Walk.
To get around at Malacca, now there are some panorama aircon bus where you can purchase the daily travel tickets (about RM5 for adults and RM2.50 for children) where the bus will stop at selected tourist area and with the tickets purchase, you can just hop in at any of the stops and continue your journey. Its really convenient for tourist without own transport like me. Below is the panorama bus route map.
I will share with you more on the places and food in my next post. Happy travelling.
Malacca Panorama Bus Route Map

Bus Tickets from Larkin to Malacca


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