When we started to plan our round the world trip, we were challenged with seeing as much as we could within the time we had. By the time we reached Singapore, having visited New York, Hawaii and Japan already, we only had one more flight scheduled, from Singapore to London.
But with two weeks at our fingertips, I didn’t want to spend the entire time in Singapore. It didn’t take long for me to start looking at other options. The end result? A bus ticket from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur! And another flight booked from Kuala Lumpur to Bali.
How to get from Singapore to Malaysia
It took me a while to find a good way to travel to Malaysia from Singapore. Online, there are very mixed reviews. Some people say it’s not worth taking the bus when you can fly there in an hour, others said it’s an experience. I decided to get a ticket from ‘Transtar Travel Pte Ltd’, which advertised as being a first class bus service between Singapore and Malaysia. The tickets cost $37.
The bus station is located in an Asian shopping centre, so you won’t find any cafes or shops. I am glad I checked this out before arriving, so we had the chance to pick up drinks and snacks. Unfortunately Marina Bay Sands, where we were staying, also doesn’t have the best selection for that kind of emergency (although you can read about the amazing attractions we did enjoy here), so our next stop was Starbucks.
Taking the bus to Kuala Lumpur
The ticket says to arrive 30 minutes before your departure and show your ticket. The counter was just a very small open stand. After presenting your ticket on your mobile phone, they simply give you a piece of paper with your seat number on in return.
The bus came on time – in fact, it was 20 minutes early! The staff did not check any tickets, they just helped with our suitcases and amazingly we departed 10 minutes ahead of schedule. I am not even sure if they checked whether everyone was on board, but I guess they have a system that works.
Our first stop was at the Singapore border line. We had to leave the bus with passports, present them to the border guard, get a stamp and wait for the bus on the other side.
The second stop, about 10 minutes later, was on the Malaysian border and it was a bit more complicated. We had to take all our luggage with us and go through checks more similar to those you’d find at an airport. Everything went very smoothly though. When I was reading the reviews before our trip, a lot of people said they found this stage annoying or complicated. I am not sure if I was lucky because it wasn’t busy, or if I am just used to travelling a lot, but I didn’t mind.
The whole trip took us about 5-6 hours. The seats were very comfortable, the staff very nice and we even got a meal of fish and rice. All in all, I’m glad we travelled from Singapore to Malaysia by bus. My view was limited to the highways, but I had a relaxing time catching up with my blog without a chaotic trip to the airport. Plus, by the time you’ve added up time spent at the airport, it probably wouldn’t have been much quicker.
Arriving at THE FACE SUITES in Kuala Lumpur
We got dropped off near a mall before jumping into a taxi to our next hotel, THE FACE SUITES. I found this hotel on Instagram – it has one of the prettiest pools in the city! There goes another infinity pool checked off our bucket list.
The view of famous Kuala Lumpur landmarks, like Petronas Tower and Menara KL Tower, was just incredible. I completely forgot that THE FACE SUITES were set up more like apartments than a traditional hotel. That meant I was even more surprised when I walked into a top floor, two-bedroom apartment with a stunning view! Even better, enjoying all that space in that location cost less than other well known hotels nearby.
Our suite was very modern and spacious. It included a kitchen, laundry machine and other great facilities. And despite having a kitchen, it also included free breakfast, once again with a view.
Speaking of that view, it only made us more excited to get out and explore Kuala Lumpur. Stay tuned for my next post to find out what to do in Kuala Lumpur when you only have three days.
Have you travelled to Kuala Lumpur? How did you get there?
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