By Mary Charie / 27/04/2019

[2019] BUS FROM MELAKA TO SINGAPORE:
Crossing the border between Malaysia and Singapore

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Singapore is probably on your Southeast Asia travel route and itinerary, this article will help you plan your Singapore trip and we will start on how to get you to Singapore from Melaka, Malaysia by bus.

Singapore is a very small country but a very expensive one, if you are on a budget, don't fret, there's a way to enjoy this beautiful country without spending too much.

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BUS FROM MALACCA TO SINGAPORE

Melaka or Malacca is a little town located in the southwest from Kuala Lumpur. Melaka is also known as the gateway to Singapore in the Southeast Asia backpacking trail.

In this article, you will learn about how to take the bus from Malacca to Singapore, what bus companies are operating on this route, how long is the travel journey, how much is the bus fare, and lastly, what to expect when crossing the border to Singapore.

WHICH BUS COMPANIES TRAVEL FROM MELAKA  TO SINGAPORE

There are two bus companies that offer this service. One is called 707 and the other is Star Mart Express.

These two bus companies can drop you off in four different locations:

  • Woodland Causeway Point
  • Golden Mile Tower
  • Boon Lay
  • Queen Street

REMEMBER: You can only determine your drop off point by booking the right bus, meaning the bus that is destined to arrive in the specific drop off point. The bus WILL NOT stop through these four different bus stops.

HOW LONG IS THE BUS TRAVEL FROM MELAKA TO SINGAPORE

If you take a direct bus, meaning there should be no stops along the way, the drive takes about 3.5 hours to 4 hours. If there are no traffics, major holiday, or road accidents.

It took about 6 hours when I did it myself due to an accident on the road.

Both borders (Johor and Singapore Causeway) are open 24/7. There are buses from Melaka to Singapore round the clock, simply choose the best travel time and price for you.

HOW MUCH IS THE BUS FARE FROM MELKA TO SINGAPORE

The bus fare from Melaka to Singapore cost between US$7-US$15. Depending on the bus company you will take or if you prefer a fancier one over the other.

MELAKA TO SINGAPORE BUS SCHEDULE

The earliest bus leave at 6.30 am and the latest is at 22.00 (10 pm). It is best to book your bus online or in advance instead of showing up at the bus station.

BUS FROM MELAKA TO SINGAPORE

BOOK YOUR BUS TICKET ONLINE

The most common and convenient way to book your bus ticket from Melaka to Singapore is via online. You can also get your ticket at the central bus station but during the peak season, it's best to get them over the web.

You will need to have a bank card; either a Visa or MasterCard to pay and your passport information.

Follow these steps in booking your bus ticket:

  • Go to this page
  • Choose your ticket depending on the time and date that you want, the drop off place you prefer or your budget
  • Add your information, make sure that you fill in the right details
  • Pay your ticket
  • Check your email, you should receive a confirmation letter
  • Print this letter and present it at the central bus station

ON THE DAY OF YOUR TRIP FROM MELAKA TO SINGAPORE

On the day of your trip, make sure to have everything ready; your confirmation letter, your passport, your hotel booking for Singapore or ID from your friend/family who will be hosting your stay there.

Here are the things you should do on the day of your travel:

How to get to the Central Bus Station in Melaka

You can either take Grab to get to the Central Bus Station, which is about US$4 from the centre of Melaka. You can also take the bus for a lot cheaper if you don't mind the hassle, you might have to walk to the bus stop.

Check in to your bus company

You have to check in to your bus company once you arrive at the Central Bus Station. Look for its window and present your printed email confirmation and ID. Remember to ask what time is the boarding and which gate/terminal.

Most security guards speak great English, just show them the name of the bus company and they'll tell you where the check-in window.

Watch out for the boarding

There will be screens showing the boarding time, once the terminal is open, you will step outside the terminal and place your bags under the compartment area.

Exiting Malaysia

Once you reach the border of Malaysia, you will have to exit the bus and bring all your bags. Stand on the line for foreigners and get an exit stamp on your passport.

Entering Singapore

You then have to walk to the next building - the Singapore entry border. The line can be very slow, first, you need to get an entry stamp. You will be asked why you are visiting Singapore, to show your accommodation, and how long you will be staying. They can be intimidating but all you have to do is answer honestly.

Next, you will have to present your bags for a security scan. After this, you can climb back to our bus which is just below the Immigration Office.

Where will you be dropped off in Singapore

Like what was mentioned earlier, you can be dropped off in one of these locations:

  • Woodland Causeway Point
  • Golden Mile Tower
  • Boon Lay
  • Queen Street

REMEMBER: You can only determine your drop off point by booking the right bus, meaning the bus that is destined to arrive in the specific drop off point. The bus WILL NOT stop through these four different bus stops.

When booking the bus choose the drop off point and check the schedule for this specific bus that will stop by your chosen drop off point.

MUST NOT DO IN SINGAPORE

Singapore is surely one of the most organised countries I've been to. Almost everyone follows the traffic lights, pedestrian lanes, and respect the public places.

People wait for the bus and train patiently, politely stand on the line, and let the people get off first before they enter.

Apart from the common rules like no jaywalking, no ignoring the red traffic light, and littering, here are some of the rules that are PROHIBITED in Singapore and will probably shock or leave you confused are:

  • No smoking anywhere; not even private places. There used to be a smoking area but nowadays, it's almost non-existing
  • Selling gum
  • Busking or singing in the public
  • Connecting to another person's WiFi without the owner's consent
  • Feeding pigeons
  • Homosexuality
  • Not flushing in public toilets
  • Walking around your house naked
  • Spitting on the public areas

Avoid doing any of these at all cost to avoid a hefty fine or worse time in jail and getting banned in the country.

I hope that you found this article about Melaka to Singapore by bus useful. If there are any questions you have or I mentioned incorrect/out of date information, let me know in the comment section below.

About the author

Mary Charie

She's the person behind this blog, she has been travelling since 2013. Torn between her itchy feet and writing, Mary found herself soaking up in the world of travel blogging. She travels on her own terms and tries to build her own world whilst pushing herself into every corner of life, breaking limit beyond her capabilities.

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