To get into Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia from Singapore, many thinks that you can only take flight. There are plenty of ways getting yourself transported to and fro from Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. I should know since I reside in Kuala Lumpur but my family is in Singapore.
One of my favorite form of transport is actually by coach. And today, I’ll let you in on why I think traveling by coach from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore is the best!
If you are a budget traveler, the coach is one of the cheapest ways to reach either side. Unless you hitchhike (which I don’t really recommend in Malaysia), traveling by coach save you about half the budget flight fare, considering you have to pay for insurance, luggage storage, airport tax. The price from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore is about RM40 to RM55, from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur is SGD30 to SGD40 depending on how luxurious you pick your coach to be and the timing you choose to board.
You can’t really beat coaches flexibility because I can buy coach tickets online at a fixed price even on that day of travel itself. There are plenty of your buses that goes to and fro in every part of the day. Of course, I wouldn’t recommend it to purchase transportation at such last moment’s notice because you are taking a risk of spoiling your holiday plans. However, if you do want to enter either country on a whim, a coach is a great choice for its flexibility.
Many would argue that taking flights are way faster than any transportation on the road. Technically, that is true. A flight from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore takes 45 minutes while the coach is subjected to the road and traffic conditions, takes up to 5 hours. However, a flight takes 2 hours before to check in and think about the journey to and fro from the airport (from Kuala Lumpur City to KLIA airport takes 45 minutes). So all in all from the moment, I step out of my hotel in Kuala Lumpur to take either flight or coach, I am pretty much spending the same time on the journey.
Unless you are taking the first class or business class from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore or vice versa (either you are very rich or plain crazy), taking a coach is much comfortable. Yes, you might not have the convenience of stopping for a toilet break but there are buses that come with portable toilets. The seats are way better and there are plenty of leg room to spare. Some buses arrange their seats in a single row so you don’t even have to battle for elbow space with your neighbor.
Hence, taking a coach for me to go back home is still my top choice and it surprises my friends when I tell them this little secret of mine.
Kally is a former Sales and Customer Service manager turned Writer and Founder of MiddleMe.net. She came from Singapore; lived in Shanghai and now calls Kuala Lumpur her home. After hanging up her corporate briefcase, she now pursue her passions – Writing, Traveling and of course, hunting for good food
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