How to get from Singapore to Woodlands Train Station

There are many ways to get to Woodlands Train Station from Singapore to catch the train to Kuala Lumpur or other area of Malaysia.  Ofcourse, you can pay for the expensive taxi ride, but the easiest and fastest public transportation is to use the following buses noted below.   Note that all bus heading to Johor Bahru will have to go through Woodlands checkpoint, so you can pretty much take any bus going into Johor Bahru and get off at Woodlands to take the train.

From Central Singapore:

–  Take the Singapore-Johor Express (SGD $4) or the Causeway Link Express (SGD $2.50) from the Queen Street Bus Terminal.  CASH ONLY.  Both buses leave every 5-15 minutes, daily 4:30AM – 11:30PM.  This is a direct bus and it makes no other stops.  The trip takes 30-45 minutes to get from Queen Street Bus Terminal to Woodlands, depending on traffic conditions.  As noted above, the bus will drop at Woodlands checkpoint, which you will get off and walk across a skybridge to get to Woodlands Train Station.

Queen Street Bus Terminal

Queen Street Bus Terminal

Singapore - Johor Bahru Bus

Singapore – Johor Bahru Bus









–  You can also take MRT to either Kranji  or Marsiling station and catch a bus from there, but why bother when you can take a direct bus from central Singapore.  If you do this route, catch bus 170 from Kranji or bus 950 from Marsling.   Both buses will drop you at Woodlands checkpoint.


From Changi Airport:

Changi to Woodland Bus

Changi to Woodland Bus Waiting Area

Changi to Woodland Bus

Changi to Woodland Bus









– Take Transtar Express TS1 (SGD $7) from the coach stands at Terminal 1, 2, 3, or budget terminal .  Every 60 minutes, daily 8:15am – 11:15pm.  The trip takes 80 mins to get to Woodland Check Point, as it has a few stops along its route.  You can pay with CASH or EZLINK.   Check their website for exact schedules as fare at


From Resorts World Sentosa:

– Take Transtar Express TS8 (SGD $5).  Double Decker bus, every 30-60 minutes, daily 8:00am – 1am.  The trip takes about 60 mins as it has a few stops along its route. You can pay with CASH or EZLINK.  Check their website for exact schedules as fare at


Note that there are also many other buses leaving from different area of Singapore, including Jurong East, Marina Bay Sands, and Sentosa Island.  However, the 2 above is the most used route.

Note that when you get to Woodlands checkpoint, it is not completely easy to find the Woodlands Train Station and there are very little or no signs.  About 20 meters from the immigration desk to clear custom, take a right turn and walk through the cross bridge (which cross over a highway) and a couple of hall ways that will get you over to the Woodlands Train Station.  DO NOT, clear Singapore custom as you would have already passed the aforementioned right turn.  Ask the many police officers around there if in doubt.


  1. From Woodland to JB the train ticket would be how much?Or can we walk to JB Train Station as it was been suggested earlier.

    • Long walk..take the bus as suggested

    • Best way is, There is a bus stand next Woodlands MRT station. Catch the 950 bus from left side corner of bus stand(you have to walk down). It will cost SG$1.70 per person. It will drop to Singapore Woodland immigration check point. After immigration process, come out and catch 950 bus again by searching correct bust stop point. You have keep the purchased bus tickets. Once you catch the 950 bus by showing the purchased ticket, it will drop to Malaysian side immigration point.

  2. Hi. Thank you for sharing your experience. It is very helpful especially now that our travel trip is nearing on its date. We already had our train tickets from for our back and forth trip (KL Sentral to JB Sentral, vice versa), but I would like to ask, do we need to purchase a train ticket from JB Sentral to Woodland in advance or can we avail a ticket there on the day of departure?

    • U can buy there on day of. Alternaricely, you can bus across. There are bus to Changi and downtown Singapore

  3. Hi, my wife and i fly into Singapore on the Tuesday and want to travel Malaysia and see real Malaysia and be back in Singapore on the following Saturday to fly to Phuket. Bus it, train it, what places to see in that time. What can you recommend.

    Cheers Benno

  4. Dear All,
    I have 3 days break between my studies in Singapore in mid April 2015. I plan to go to Malaysia, what is the best way to get from Singapore to Malaysia. What are the best/economical options to stay in Malaysia for 2 nights and what areas should be visited in 2 days.

    • Take the night train as mentioned and see KL and Penang.

    • Hi i need to ask ask if I’m a tourist can i travel from singapore to Kuala Lumpur by train and from Kuala Lumpur to bangkok city I mean one way from singapore to KL anad KL to BKK

      • Yes. You will need to take a train from KL to butterworth, then change train to go from Butterworth to Bangkok.

  5. Hi,

    I’m planning to have a day tour in KL,is there any shower facilities in KL Sentral station? Thanks

    • Yes there is…there is an article on this site just on tbat. Use the search function

      • Hi! I would just like to ask, would it be enough to tour singapore – malaysia – thailand in 10 days? can you suggest an itinerary wherein we can enjoy our trips in those countries. We will arrive in singapore by early morning. We plan to visit just the scenic places and get a feel of the countries

        • Elaine,

          That is a very short time to see 3 countries. You can do most of Malaysia and Singapore in 10 days, but to do thailand as well would mean you have to skip some of Malaysia highlights.

          Do you plan to fly between places? Meaning things like flying from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok, or southern thailand to Bangkok, etc. If so then you can cover more grounds and our advice will be able different. We also have done Singapore, Malaysia, Southern thailand in 10 days and flew out of Phuket. Give us a flavor of your flyung flexibility and we will give some recommendation

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  8. Hi ET, planning for SIN-BKK trip by train with family (young kids). Have checked a few websites for same…too confusing and elaborate though as its my first inter-country travel by train. Not sure how to go about it from Singapore. Please advise. Thanks

    • Singapore to Bangkok is complex. Do you really want to do it? May be easier and cheaper to fly. Air Asia has very cheap tickets to Bangkok.

      If you want to do it, the easiest is take Train #2 (8:30am departure) from Woodlands to Butterworth. Then stay overnight and see Penang the next morning. Then catch train #36 (2pm departure) from Butterworth to Bangkok.

  9. Hi. I am a Filipino who will tour Singapore together with my mom.

    I just want to ask the step procedure:

    Singapore to KL Sentral

    1. bus from downtown SG to Woodlands Terminal
    2, walk thru skybridge from Woodlands Terminal to the Woodlands Train Station
    3. buy train tickets Woodlands to JB (I believe they don’t sell online tickets for this route. Is it OK if we purchase them directly at Woodlands or any suggestions?)
    4. catch the train Woodlands to JB
    5. immigration SG (Does this part come before #4? Do we need to go off the train and queue for immigration?)
    6. immigration JB (Do we need to go off the train and queue again?)
    7. catch the train JB to KL sentral (will purchase those tickets online)

    On my previous trip crossing those borders, I used the Bus method SG to JB which is quite tiresome. All those queuing and waiting. This seems to be a more convenient method.

    • #5 come before 4. You clear both immigration before boarding the train. Train will only stop in JB for 5 minutes. You dont need to get off. The rest of plan looks good. You can buy basic seats from woodland to JB the day of.

      • hi!
        i am arriving in singapore at 11.30pm and going straight to kuala lumpur starting at the airport. is it possible to catch the first train going to kuala lumpur sentral with the time i have and considering bus/metro first trip timings? how or what will i do? thank you…

        • No way you can catch bus or train at that time. Best to stay that night in Singapore and travel next day.

          • thank you escapetraveler for your reply..i will take your advice ( i will stay overnight at the airport) and travel on the next day(morning). my starting point is at the airport, what is the best route/bus/train i will take to reach woodland to catch the first train going to kuala lumpur sentral? again thank you…

          • Reymond…Just follow this post and take the bus from the airport to woodland train station or JB.

      • I truly appreciate this post. Thank you escapetraveler. Its very helpful. Just need a few advice from you, though. We only hav 3days for our tour and we want to make the most of it. We still want to witness the night at sentosa on sunday nov.23. Afterwards, head for resorts world sentosa to catch bus to woodlands, and buy ticket for train to JB sentral to make it to the 11:30pm train schedule going to KL sentral. Is this possible?

      • I truly appreciate this post. Thank you escapetraveler. Its very helpful. Just need a few advice from you, though. We only hav 3days for our tour and we want to make the most of it. We still want to witness the night show at sentosa on sunday nov.23. Afterwards, head for resorts world sentosa to catch bus to woodlands, and buy ticket for train to JB sentral to make it to the 11:30pm train schedule going to KL sentral. Is this possible?

      • I will be in Johore on December 29, 2014 and will proceed by train to Kuala Lumpur the next day. Is it alright if I purchase my train ticket at JB Sentral on the 29th? Will it be late already or not yet?

  10. Hi,
    Do I have to register online to buy train tickets from Singapore to Malaysia for 3rd of July 2014? I’m looking at ktmb website at the moment and I have chosen origin, destination and date journey on timetable/fare field on the top left and have clicked submit but it’s not showing anything. Kindly help. Thank you 🙂

    • Yes, you need to register online.

      • Hi! We will be visiting SG this Sept. If we are coming from Suntec City Mall, how do we get to Woodsland?

      • Hi, i just registrerad in order to purchase my tickets. Got the confirmation email for my Account registration but cant log in. Can we get our first class tickets at Wooland tomorrow (later today)? Pls help. 🙂

        • You can get it there in person. However, don’t wait too long as it gets filled up quickly.

  11. Hi,

    Just wondering if you cath the MTR directly to woodlands station from Newton station on the red line? instead of catching the bus?

  12. Hi, we are staying in Marine Parade Road, Lagoon View
    Singapore-449295 and are planning to travel to KL. Need your guidance to know about distance from orchard road to nearby bus or trainstation & which train we can take to travel to KL. Which is the best economical way to buy tickets?

      • Hi good day to you escape traveler. Yours is very informative thank you for sharing this. I will be traveling early next year in singapore and i am now preparing my itinerary, the early the better,right? Of course i will take the opprtunity to go to malaysia. We will be arriving late in singapore and we cant catch the 11:55pm train so we are planning to have a day stay in singapore and be traveling to KL at that night to catch the last trip train. my question is, is there any resto to catch our dinner in woodland station? Because as it said here in your website it will take 45minutes from sentosa to woodland station and afraid if we will have our dinner in sentosa we will not arrive on time to woodland so better take our dinner in woodland?

  13. Hi, I am trying to book train tickets from Singapore to Kluang for 22 June 14.
    I am able to key in ‘origin’,’destination’,’journey date’ and have selected ‘train 2’ as my train option. But I don’t see any ‘coach’ information. Would you know why? I have written an email to them but have not gotten any reply. Is it too early to book or I should drop Woodlands train checkpoint for the booking. Appreciate your kind reply.Thanks!

  14. Hi in july we are travelling from Singapore to KL via the day train. We are staying in hotel on beach road Singapore. what time should we set out from hotel in the morning so we can catch the train. Do we catch a taxi from hotel to woodlands, Im very unsure as what to do

    • Allow 45 minutes to get from your hotel to Woodland by Taxi. If you use public transportation, allow 1-1.5 hr.

      • Hi Escapetraveler, I would like to ask you can i book a train ticket from Woodland to JB and JB to KL by phone? If i take a train from Woodland to JB at 14:00 and can i take a train from JB to KL at 14:05? What time that i should started leave from Arab Street to Woodland if i want to take the train at 14:00?

        • give yourself 2 hours before departure. yes, you can book it by phone. But why by phone if you can do online!

      • One more question. If i take the bus Singapore-Johor Express do they stop at Johor train station?

  15. Hi i am from Cambodia, I am having a my own tour trip in Singapore by this 12th May, I wasn’t planning to Malaysia but after i read your article then i am so interesting in catching the train to KL to see the Petronas Twin Tower and other tour which take within one day. is it possible to catch the train at 11:30PM and arrive KL at 6:30AM in the morning, taking the tour and arrive back Singapore at the night time, is it good for the train and going to be expensive for the two way train ticket? could you please provide the name in the directional train for this, as I read and don’t understand the name of railway in the link you provide, I am afraid that I will book the wrong place. Thanks

    • Yes, you can do the itinerary you mentioned. Be warn that you will be pretty tired as that is action pack to squeeze all you need to see in KL in one day, coming off a 6 hrs train ride where you may not sleep as well (also you will only get 5-6 hrs of sleep). Your bed are moving, so unless you are a deep sleeper, you may not like the rocking and moving, and the track sounds.

      Singapore to KL
      Train #24 from Woodland to Sentral Kuala Lumpur – Book 1 ticket from Woodland to JB Sentral, then another ticket from JB Sentral to Sentral Kuala Lumpur

      KL to Singapore
      Train #25 from Sentral Kuala Lumpur to Woodland – 1 ticket needed. Book this separately as one way rather than round trip that ties with your Singapore to KL above. Why? As noted in article, trip originated from Singapore gets charged about 2x what trips originated from Malaysia.

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  17. hi, i am going with the train tomorrow from johor to KL, booked the ticket online. i will take a bus from singapore to JB, when should i leave singapore? is the customs before ore after i hop on the bus? thanks!

  18. Hi,

    Would you please tell, whether the “Woodland MRT Station” is different from the “Woodand Train tation”. Are both the stations at different locations ? If it is so, please guide how to get from “Woodland MRT Station” to “Woodland Train Station” for catching the train for Kuala Lumpur Sentral.

    Many Tanks in advance.


  19. Good day Moderator! I am a filipino and plan to visit Singapore. Maybe I stayed somewhere in Orchard or Victoria or Raffles St. How to go to Lego Land in Malaysia by train from Singapore. Please assist. Thanks!

  20. Hi Escape Traveler,
    Thanks for the detailed description of the train travel. I have however few queries rather clarifications and would need your suggestions.

    We are a group of 4 (along with wife and elder parents) and we found the travel by train very interesting. We will be visiting Singapore in the month of April 2014 and will be there for 4 to 5 nights and then intend to travel to Malaysia by train and back by the overnight train.

    Need to know how to handle the immigration process and visa formalities for Malaysia in this case. How far would be woodland point from Orchard Road, where we plan to stay in a hotel at Singapore. Thanks in advance for help.

    • Malaysian don’t need visa to enter Singapore. You clean immigration when you arrive at Woodland check point. You can then take a bus or MRT to Orchard Road and stay in downtown Singapore.

  21. I am US citizen and I want to get to KL from Singapore. If I am in downtown singapore how long would you advise to do the following:

    1. catch bus from downtown singapore to Woodlands
    2. Walk over from woodlands to woodlands train station
    3. Buy ticket from woodlands
    4. catch train from woodlands to JB
    5. catch train from JB to KL.

    Does the train from woodland get full? I am travelling on Sunday.

  22. this is my first visit to malaysia need to know if travelling in train from kuala lumpur to singapore with valid singapore and malaysia visa.

    Is there will be any imigration check in train stattion

  23. Hi, I have booked my tickets from woodlands to KL Sentral by train. I am a Bangladeshi Citizen. So, where i need to check-in and do immigration procedure on the way?

    • At woodland, you will clear immigration procedure to both Singapore and Malaysia prior to departure.

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  25. Hi, I’m planning to travel to KL from singapore. I arrive at airport at 00:45 and would like to go straight to JB to catch the 8:30 am train to KL. Can you advise me of the best way to do it? Thank you

    • problem is at that time, no bus are running. Your best bet is to hang around the airport for a while then cab to woodland and take the train from woodland to JB which then continues to KL

    • We actually have landed around the same time and took a nap at one of the airport transit hotel. Then we left at 5:30am to see all of Singapore and then took the overnight train to KL. You can try that approach. If you don’t want to pay for the transit hotel, the meditation room is a secret and awesome place to nap!

  26. Hi,

    I have bought a ticket from JB to KL using website. How can I change the date?

  27. Hi,
    I want to go to KL from Singapore by train. I have already bought JB-KL ticket and I should go to Woodlands to buy ticket for 2 – EKSPRES RAKYAT to JB at 8:30 on Sunday. Also I should pass all costum formalities with both Singapore and Malaysia costum.
    I am Iranian and I should go there from Dorsett hotel in New Bridge Road.
    How long does it take from my hotel to the woodlands station and also when I should be there to do do all costom formalities and take a train.

    • If you already have the JB-KL ticket, may be just give yourself 2 full hours and just take the bus from Singapore all the way to JB sentral!.

      Which train are you going on from JB – KL?

    • If you are just going by train from Woodland to JB to continue on, then just allow yourself 1.5 hr from hotel to woodland station and to clear all customs.

  28. Hello,

    If you are on the bus to JB (presumably to catch the night train to KL) why would you not just continue to JB on the bus why switch from the bus to JB to the Train to JB at woodlands?

    Thank you,


    • You can. However, it may be a bit of a mess and craziness as you have to clear Singapore immigration, then wait for the bus again and hop on, then get off and clear Malaysia immigration, then walk over to train station, then board train. That border crossing can be pretty crazy, especially during holiday. Thus, clearing at Woodland is much easier.

  29. Hi,
    I want to travel to KL from Changi airport by bus. My flight arrival at changi airport is 8:15am. I would take the Take Transtar Express TS1 (SGD $7) from the coach stands at Terminal 1, 2, 3, or budget terminal to Woodland Check Point, from there how would i proceed to KL by bus. Actually we want to go to Genting there any direct bus from changi airport?

    • Hi. Better to take the skytrain into the city and catch a bus from the center of the city to KL.

  30. Hi,

    I would like to ask whether it is a need to book a ticket for the bus?

  31. Hi Escape Traveler,

    I wondered if there is any possibility to get a taxi from Woodlands Train Station to Johor Bahru Train Station in less than 20 minutes during lunch hour? I hope its not that expensive compared to the Economic train seats from Woodlands to JB.. Thanks for reading and answering my message.


    • You can, but some taxi doesn’t want to cross the border for small fare. Also, what you can’t know for sure is the line on the Malaysian immigration side after crossing the bridge. That line can be very long. Honestly, the steps to depart from JB can be confusing to most. You get off the bus at Woodland, then clear Singapore immigration, search for your bus again on the other side, then ride across the bridge, get off again to clear malaysian immigration. It is much simpler and save more time to just hop on the train from Woodland and do the 2 ticket method.

    • Yes, It is possible for you all to have a look for this .
      It is suitable for family private car service, a lot of traveller which wanted crossing from singapore to JB always hire them.

  32. Hi, Indian citizen, planning a trip to Singapore and KUL.
    Few questions :
    – Can I travel from Singapore Airport to KUL by train ?
    – How do I get to KUL from Singapore Airport ?
    – Do I need a multiple entry, if I stop over in Singapore on
    my way back ?
    – Is the train journey cheaper than flights ?
    Thanks for your help

  33. Hi, I am planning a visit to KL from Singapore. Can I please know at what time I should leave Singapore (by bus) to catch the night train to KL and where to get off, immigration clearance etc.

    • If you do the 2 ticket method noted in our article below from Woodland, then you can leave SG around 9pm and should have plenty of time. If you leave from JB Sentral, you need to clear SG and then Malaysia immigration (which can be very long line).

      • Hi Escapetraveler,

        I will do the 2 tickets method (1 from Singapore Woodland to JB Sentral and another one from JB Sentral to KL Sentral) and I would like to know if the Woodland to JB Sentral ticket should be purchased in advance or I can get it on arriving at Sg Woodland (prior to train departure).
        Thanks for advise.

        • We recommend purchasing in advance as tickets can be filled quickly. You want to get tickets at least 2 wks in advance. You can definitely do the walk up, but you are not guaranteed.

          • Is there any link to check on the latest train timing in and out of Singapore? I believe there have been changes lately.

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  35. Hi, thank you for your kind to share this useful information 🙂

    I have a bit question, do you think is it possible if i reach KL in the morning (taking overnight train from JB) and back to singapore at night (so i’ll be arrive in singapore in the next morning). I mean, is there any overnight train from KL to Sing? Thank you.

    • Yes, that is possible. I believe the overnight train leaves KL to singapore around 11pm a night

  36. Hi studying in Kuala lumpur so im going to Singapore next week on 23th of May by plane so when i leave the Singapore im going to come back by train. How much is it exactly, normally one? Should i order the ticket before? Is this true above cost? One of my friend told me there is difference between price so i have no idea about price from Singapore to KL. PLSE give me information about it?

  37. Hello,

    We are group of 4 (2 adult & 2 kids); considering that would taking a bus from Singapore to JB central would be a good idea or taxi may turn up the same (at least close by??)

    Also If I take a taxi; how is the immigration handleded? Please suggest.

    • Most taxi won’t go through to JB and will drop you off at Woodland checkpoint. I would suggest just taking the bus.

      • hi my bf and i would be staying at geylang..pls help me.
        1.what is the best way to get to woodland mrt from geylang,
        ,since in woodlands mrt there are buses that we can ride to get to woodlands ciq.
        2. when we arrive at woodlands ciq, we plan to buy 2 ticjets since its cheaper one is from woodlands ciq to jb then jb to kl sentral. do we need to get off the train when it arrived at jb and transfer to another train?ty pls help

  38. For a Friday evening trip to JB in order to catch the 11pm train to KL, would catching a bus up to JB immigration be a feasible idea? If the bus journey from Woodlands to JB is say… 30-45mins, I would say it’s still bearable. But if it’s gonna be an hour and a half, then probably still better to catch train across 🙂

    Was intending to catch Causeway Link bus from Newton Circus to Johor CIQ, perhaps 8:30 bus or something.

    • It takes 30-45 mins to get to woodland checkpoint, 10 mins to clear custom, and then another 10 mins to get to JB and trainstation. Allow 1:30 hr. If you leave at 8:30, u should be fine.

  39. Hi. I m a Bangladeshi citizen. Can i go JB & later on KL if i have the single entry visa for Malaysia?

    • Yes, JB is Malaysia, so you only have to cross the boarder once.

      • Hi! I’d like to ask, is there a bus from singapore-woodland direct to legoland,JB. if so, how much? where can i get the bus schedule? or where can i get all details. Thank you very much.

        • Hi yes….here is a great article for you. It explains your options.

          • Hi,

            I have bought a ticket from JB to KL using web site. How can I change the date?

          • Parisa, you need to call the service center to change the date

          • Hi, i tried to book sleeper tickets from JB Sentral to Sentral KL for 14 Dec, 2014, but not able to find sleeper class at this point, so wanted to check on few points:
            1) is seating coach comfortable for overnight journey?
            2) can i buy sleeping coach tickets directly from counter as they are not available online?
            3) do trains reach on time in KL Sentral, as i have a bus journey starting at 8:30 AM from Jalan Sultan in KL, and night coach reaches around 7:30 AM? (Jalan sultan is 10 km from KL Sentral) is it advisable to take this neck to neck to journey?
            Thank you very much.

          • 1. It is more comfortable than airplane seat.
            2. Yes, but better to call service center and book before.
            3. Not always on time. It is too tight of connection.

      • Hi there. Great article here. TqVm.

        I plan to attend seagames match on sunday.
        For now im thinkimtthinking of using ktm train from kl to woodlands.
        From there can use mrt/bus/walk to ite college central where the games will be held. (Gonna rely heavily on phones maps).

        Going back to KL on same day.
        Can i take a mrt staight from ang mo kio station to woodlands. & from there walk pass immigration and all to malaysia?

        Also from there, would jb train station be too far to just walk to?


        • Mrt does not go all the way to woodland. You have to bus for 1km. Jb is too far to walk.

          • Hi
            i am arriving in singapore at 9:10pm and going straight to kuala lumpur starting at the airport. is it possible to catch the first train going to kuala lumpur sentral with the time i have and considering bus/metro first trip timings? how or what will i do? thank you…

          • I think it will be hard for you to make the overnight train with that timing. Consider spending the night in singapore and may be take the day time train.

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