Singapore to Kuala Lumpur by Train

Singapore to KL TrainOne of the easiest, cheapest, most comfortable way to get from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur is by train.  The trip is about 6-7 hours, cost MYR 33 (USD$10) for 2nd class seat , MYR39 (USD$12.50) for 2nd class sleeper, MYR114-135 (USD$36-43) for 1st class deluxe sleeper (private cabin sleeper with private shower /toilet and LCD TV).   Note that this is cheaper than the 4-5 hr bus ride which cost about USD$24, and definitely cheaper than the cheapest Air ticket you can find.  Plus, train travel usually comes with beautiful scenery of the countryside, munching on train station food, or perhaps a nice/efficient/cheap sleep with an overnight train.

The train is clean, fair condition, good services, and has decent food.  It is very safe, and probably is the safest way to get from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur.

It is cheaper to buy the ticket in Malaysia or originate your trip out of the nearest town in Malaysia.  Originating or purchasing tickets in Singapore will cost you 2.5x.  More details on this below under How to Buy tickets.

 

Currently there are 3 trains from Singapore (Woodlands) to Kuala Lumpur (KL Sentral – Sentral Kuala Lumpur)

Train #2 EKSPRES RAKYAT: Depart daily from Woodlands at 9:12AM, arrives to KL Sentral at 2:56PM  (Class 1, 2)

Train #12 EKSPRES SINARAN SELATAN: Depart daily from Woodlands at 2:18PM, arrives to KL Sentral at 8:25PM (Class 1, 2, L, S)

Train #24 SENANDUNG SUTERA: Depart daily from Woodlands at 11:55PM, arrives to KL Sentral at 6:30AM (Class 1, 2, L, F, S)

Singapore to KL Train 1st Class Deluxe Sleeper Car

Singapore to KL Train 1st Class Deluxe Sleeper

Singapore to KL Train 1st Class Deluxe Sleeper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I recommend the overnight sleeper  (Train 24) which leaves Singapore Woodlands at 11:30PM and gets into Kuala Lumpur at 6:30am, just in time to day tour the city.  This train save you a night of hotel in Singapore and perhaps make your trip a bit more efficient as you are on the move while sleeping.

Key to classes

  • L  or ADNFD = Deluxe sleeper  – 1 or 2-bed compartments with private shower & toilet, air-conditioned.
  • F  or ADNFB = 1st class sleepers – Bed compartments with washbasin, air-conditioned.
  • S or ADNS = 2nd class sleepers – Upper & lower berths with curtains for privacy, air-conditioned.
  • 1 or AFC = 1st class seats – Reasonably luxurious, reclining, air-conditioned.
  • 2 or ASC = 2nd class seats –  Comfortable, air-conditioned.

 

Singapore to Kuala Lumpur Train 2nd Class Sleeper

Singapore to KL Train 2nd Class Sleeper

Prices

Prices as noted at the beginning of the article.   The 2nd class sleeper is a great deal.

 

How to buy tickets

The easiest , cheapest, and best way to buy the ticket is to just book from http://www.ktmb.com.my/  , which you can pay by credit card and print out your own ticket (or collect the tickets at any Malaysian KTM railway station including Singapore Woodlands).  You can also buy it from the station or call the KTM (Malaysian Railways) call centre.

The reservation open 60 days before departure and YES you need to have a reservation (one cannot just hop on and off).

When booking the tickets online, make sure to choose Sentral Kuala Lumpur, not Kuala Lumpur, as those are 2 different stations and your train options are different.

Singapore to Kuala Lumpur Train 1st Class Seats

Singapore to KL Train 1st Class Seats

Singapore to KL Train 2nd Class Seats

Singapore to KL Train 2nd Class Seats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As noted earlier, if you originate your trip from Singapore as the fare will be done in Singapore dollar and will cost you about 2.5x what it would have cost if you originate from Malaysia.  Basically, you should originate the trip from JB Sentral in Johor Bahru, thus buying tickets from JB Sentral to KL Sentral.  You can then find a way to get from Singapore to JB Sentral.  There are many buses to JB Sentral from downtown Singapore.  Click here for article on Singapore – Woodland – JB Sentral Buses

A simple method that I recommend is just to buy 2 tickets (1 from Singapore Woodland to JB Sentral and another one from JB Sentral to KL Sentral).  This way, you will only be charged more for the short 5 minutes Woodland-JB Sentral section and pay Malaysian cheaper price for the longer JB Sentral-KL Sentral section.  For example, you can buy a 2nd class seat from Woodland-JB Sentral, then 1st class sleeper from JB Sentral-KL Sentral.  Once the train gets to JB Sentral (5 mins ride), then walk over to your 1st class cabin.  Note that as of January 2013, you can no longer buy the short Woodland-JB Sentral portion of your ticket online, but you can still do so in person at Woodland or by phone through the call center and pick up your ticket at Woodland on the day of your travel.  You should be able to just walk up on your day of departure and buy this cheapest 2nd class seat Woodland-JB Sentral portion.

Singapore to Kuala Lumpur Train

Sleepers Cabin at KL Sentral

Woodlands Train Station Markets

Woodlands Train Station Markets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note that many web search will say that there are no food/drinks at Woodland station and they recommend you to be prepare with materials from elsewhere.  This is not miss-leading.  It is correct that there are absolutely nothing inside the train station or the ticketing area.  However, 100 meters across the street from the ticketing area, you will find a large shopping center/food complex, where there are many grocery stores, hawker stalls, and plenty of food and tiger beer to keep you spirit alive.

Share your Singapore-KL Train experiences or leave questions/comments below!  Click LIKE if you want to go!

See video of the train cabin and what to expect upon arrival below

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936 Comments

  1. Hi..
    I have a plan to go to KL through Singapore.You said since January 2013 we can’t buy ticket from Woodland to JB Sentral, but I open http://www.ktmb.com.my and they still sell that ticket. So, can I buy it in website or should I buy it directly in Woodland Train Station?

  2. Hi
    Gr8 site n with v useful info.
    what about trains fm Kuala lumpur to Singapore?
    I n my wife with 4yr kid are planning on doing Singapore / kaula lumpur
    in Jan 16
    planning to start fm singapore 2/3 days then kaula lumpur 1/2 days
    and return directly to singapore airport for our return flight
    so maybe day train back to singapore

    O any suggestions?
    thank you
    ashok

    • Singapore is small and you can see in 1 or 2 days. You may want to spend more time in KL.

  3. Hey, I can imagine from your pics that this trip via train is really very exiting & enjoyable. Will surly try this out soon.

    Cheers
    Jessica

  4. Hi,

    I’m wanting to book an overnight train from Singapore on the 4/2/16 to Kuala Lumpur and nothing is coming up when i try to. Are there no trains on this day?

  5. I have a group want to travell Singapur to Bangcock by train.Pl guide me

    • Take train from Singapore to Butterworth, then Butterworth to bangkok. It is a long trip, flying is better. However, if you plan to see all the cities in between, then it is awesome opportunity to stop in KL, Penang, etc.

  6. Fantastic detail information. I don’t think I would have got such information from any official sites.thanks again
    Nalin, goa

  7. Hello there, great Info! I want to travel from JB Sentral to KL Sentral in December and registered to the system to try out how it works before my dates become available. It seems that the only options available through the website are superior. Is it because only superior is available now (I tried all available dates), or do we need to book first/premier/deluxe in a different fashion now?

    • Did you tried different dates to make sure it was not full on that date?

    • You need to book EARLY. Online bookings can only be made 30 days in advance so book as soon as the window opens.
      Example: If you wish to travel 30th January 2016 you need to make your booking on 30th December 2015. Seats get booked out very quickly, especially the sleepers so don’t dawdle.

  8. The night sleeper has a terribly small and dirty toilet. I haven’t seen any LCD TV, cabin is small but offers good rest though brace yourself with noisy travelers, limited space. It is a good transport to KL and best to travel is by night, will arrive to KL before 7 am. The train now departs from Johor Bahru to KL. There are shuttle train from Woodlands to Johor Bahru. It is cheap to buy train tickets in Malaysia compared to Singapore. Yes, the price is doubled when you purchase your ticket in Singapore.

  9. Will prefer to journey by train to Malaysia as I enjoy journey by train most. I am not sure whether there is high speed train or not.

  10. Hi. Im planning to travel from philippines going to singapore then to malaysia by bus or train then go back to philippines from malaysia.. is it possible?

    • Sure…I don’t see why not. Just check that you are ok with Visa needed for Malaysia.

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