In a retreat held in Singapore last May, leaders from Singapore and Malaysia had announced that bus links between Singapore and Johor Bahru will be doubled, with a further 8 bus services to be launched from both sides. Each side will introduce 4 additional scheduled cross-border bus services, between Larkin and Pasar Bakti (Kotaraya II) and Yishun, Boon Lay, Changi Airport as well as the 2 integrated resorts. Come this Friday, 3rd September 2010, the first 2 of these new bus services will be rolled out from Singapore. Transtar Travel, a prominent express coach operator, will launch the services, dubbed Cross Border, from Changi Airport and Resorts World Sentosa.
TS1 – Changi Airport to Kotaraya II Terminal
Operated with a fleet of 24-seater Toyota Coaster Super LWB and Mitsubishi Rosa minibuses, this service will be the first to link Singapore’s Changi Airport with Johor Bahru, a route previously disapproved by Singapore authorities. The service will call at 5 stops along its route, which will ply Tampines and Seletar Expressways. The 5 stops are located at:
- Blk 253/Compassvale LRT (Compassvale St/northbound route)
- Blk 102C (Punggol Road/southbound route)
- Jalan Kayu (Seletar Camp Gate)
- Sembawang Road (Nee Soon Camp)
- Woodlands Ave 5 (Woodlands Civic Centre)
- Woodlands Ave 3 (Marsiling MRT Station)
In addition to these 5 stops, the service will also call at Terminals 1, 2, 3, and the Budget Terminal at Changi Airport, as well as Woodlands and Johor Bahru Checkpoint/CIQ Complex. It will terminate at Kotaraya II Terminal, otherwise known as Terminal Pasar Bakti by the locals. One-way fares from Changi Airport to JB is S$7 for adults and S$3.50 for children. From JB, adults will pay RM7 whereas children will pay RM3.50. Fares are set at between S$3-S$5 for adults and between S$1.50-S$3 for children for any trips starting at the other stops in Singapore. Payment can be made using ezLink card or with cash. First bus leaves Changi Airport for JB at 6.50am, JB for Changi Airport at 5am with the last departures at Changi Airport and Kotaraya II scheduled at 11.50pm and 10pm respectively. Frequency is set at every 60 minutes.
TS8 – Resorts World Sentosa to Kotaraya II Terminal
Cross Border service TS8 will make history as the first double-decker bus service to ply between Singapore and Johor Bahru. 4 buses are deployed comprising of 2 former Premium double-deckers, PC88S and PC99K, a former First Class Solitaire, PC3L and PC888A, a former Executive high-decker coach. With the exception of PC888A, all buses have been re-configured to a ‘2+2′ seating arrangement with fabric-cushion seats on the upper deck and plastic bucket seats on the lower deck. The service will also call at several stops along its route, such as Outram, Orchard and Dunearn. The exact stops are:
- Cantonment Link (KTM Railway Station)
- Keppel Road PSA Gate 1 (Opposite Customs Port Branch HQ)
- Outram Road (Outram Park MRT Station/Singapore General Hospital)
- Zion Road/Kim Seng Road (Great World City)
- Scotts Road (Thong Teck Building)
- Paterson Road (Opposite Patterson Lodge)
- Stevens Road (Metro YMCA)
- Whitley Road (Raffles Town Club/Tanglin Community Club)
- Woodlands Checkpoint
- Johor Bahru Checkpoint
The service will also terminate at Kotaraya II Terminal in Johor Bahru, located near Plaza Kotaraya and the popular local hangout, City Square. Fares are set lower, at S$5 for adults from RWS to JB, and S$2.50 for children. From JB, adults will pay RM5 and children, RM2.50. For boarding at the other points along the route, adults can expect to pay between S$3-S$4, whereas child fares are between S$1.50-S$2. Passengers can choose to pay using their ezLink cards or with cash. From RWS, the first bus will leave at 8am with the last at 1am the next day, and extended till 2am on Saturdays. From Kotaraya II Terminal, the first bus departs at 5.45am and the last bus at 10.45pm. Service TS8 will run at a frequency of every 30-60 minutes.
For a detailed estimated arrival times at each stop and fare table, please click on the following:
Jom Naik Bas! is pleased and delighted with the introduction of these 2 services, as it will provide commuters with alternatives to the existing cross-border bus services. Furthermore, the services will call at new stops which previously did not have a direct connection to Johor Bahru. With fares at an affordable S$5-S$7, we can foresee these services to be a popular alternative for Singaporeans to make a short trip to JB, and for Malaysians to do the same to Singapore. Fancy a double-decker bus ride to JB? Hop on then when the services begins operations on Friday.
Jom Naik Bas! would like to thank Mr Elson Yap, Managing Director of Transtar Travel, Mr Sebastian Yap, Managing Director of Regent Star Travel, Mr Bill Quek, Station Master and all staff and crew of Transtar/Regent Star Travel who have rendered us assistance on their new Cross Border services. For more information, please call Transtar Travel at tel: 6295 9009 / 6297 9009, or log on to http://transtar.travel/crossborder/.
Q. Will the bus wait for all passengers at the checkpoints, or will it just move off after say 5-10 minutes? A. The bus will leave as per scheduled timings.
Q. If a passenger who wish to travel from Changi Airport to Woodlands, will he be able to board TS1 as well? In other words, boarding and alighting activities are allowed at all stops in the domestic leg of the journey? If yes, is there a separate fare for these type of journeys?
A. Yes, the passengers will be able to board TS1. Transtar Cross Border operations are similar to that of the public bus services. The buses will stop at all designated stops for boarding and alighting activities. However, a flat fee is charged upon boarding irregardless of where the passengers will alight.
Q. Where at Changi Airport can the passengers board service TS1? Eg. Basement Bus Terminal/Departure Hall/Coach Bay etc?
A. Passengers can wait to board our service at the Coach Bay. The parking lots have been demarcated accordingly in all 3 main terminals, excluding Budget Terminal.
Q. Are standing permitted on board the buses?
A. Standing on the TS1 buses is prohibited. Standees are permitted on buses serving service TS8.