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 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  , 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.

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

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  1. Hi!. I’ll be originating in singapor. And im planning to take last train going to KL, is it possible to buy ticket upon departure? Thankyou

  2. Hi,
    I am arraiving at Singapore from India and want to travel KL by Traing . We are 4 person Myself, Wife , 12 yrs. daughter ,7yrs.son . My queries are –
    a) What is the total Ticket cost from SING- KL of first class & Second class
    b) What you suggest is best for a family .
    C) Where do i need to book my ticket .
    d) Can we book both way ticket
    e) Will we get vegetarian food inside the Train ?

    • 1. Ticket price and booking as noted on the article.
      2. First class ticket is best for the family.
      3. You can book both ways.
      4. Yes, there are vegetarian food on the train.

  3. Hi where abouts do I buy this train ticket? Having trouble finding out info

  4. Can you please guide to book sleeper ticket 1st/2nd class sleeper for travel between Singapore/Kl. I was told that night train does not have any sleeper now a days. Please advise. I am senior citizen.
    C Kamdar

    • Hi, best is to call the call center number. Night train still has sleeper, but the 1st class sleeper srems like may be out for repairs

      • Yes, out for repairs ( refurbishment ) since March 2014
        You can’t rush these things….lol

  5. How is cost for cabins, how many can accommodate? I mean we are 2 adults with 2 kids of 3 yrs.

    • Each cabin can accomodate 2 peoples. 2 3 yrs old may be able to fit, but u neednto call to check.

  6. Hi thank you for your tip, we are planning to take the night train going to KL from JB, we will originate to SG, I saw that you are suggesting to take the 5 min train from woodlands to jb sentral, but can we take the bus directly from SG to JB sentral train station, will it be more cheaper? how many hours/mins it will take if we take a bus from woodlands to Jb sentral? thanks. how many hours would it take me on a friday night to travel from SG to JB sentral?

    • Yes, you should just take bus direct to jb. For friday night, give yourself 3 hrs before delarture to get from SG to JB.

  7. We are travelling from JB SENTRAL TO KL SENTRAL in 2nd class sleeper. I would like to know about place for luggage n safety for luggage. Also about safety for girls?

    • Safe for girls since it is open cabin, no one is going to dare harming you in front of everyone. We always felt very safe on those trains. Place for luggage is next to your bed or at your feet. Bring locks if you dont sleep well and want extra safety for the luggage next to your bed.

      • Thank you escape traveller
        But can you please elaborate luggage place.
        I didnt understand “next to your bed or at your feet”
        As we will be carrying 3 bags n 2 duffles among 3 adults.

        • Next to your bed is a metal cage to store your bags. You can also put it at your feed, but of course that will limit your sleeping space.

  8. Hi,

    did i need to buy online / booked it before to buy the train ticket or just buy it on the spot?
    Is there any chance that if i buy the ticket in the station will be sold out?
    Thanks anyway =)

  9. Hi ,can I check with u that am I able to change my ticket which I brought from kl to jb I wanted to brought kl to singapore

  10. Can i change my ticket from kl to singapore because I buy the wrong ticket…I bought the tickets kl to jb only..

    • U have to call the call center

    • When the train stops in JB your ‘may’ be able to hop off and buy JB-Woodlands ticket(s). Not sure how long the train stops though.

  11. Hi, Did you book your deluxe sleeper online (ktmb website)? Because I am trying to book a deluxe sleeper for a trip 28 days from now but they dont have it. In fact, I have checked 10 different dates and they all have second class night sleepers. I can’t even seem to contact the call centre because I am from Canada. I really wanted to book the deluxe one :/

    • Did you check that the train you want to book has the deluxe sleeper cabin? Not all train does.

    • As regards the overnight train…
      the deluxe sleeper car is being refurbished. Pulled offline October 2014 and still not back in service at 12 March 2015

    • Actually…the sleeper car was pulled off line in MARCH 2014 !! Best not to rush these upgrades I guess…lol

  12. Hi,we are planning,me and my family to travel from JohurBahru to sentral KL by overnight train number 24.we are five persons(2 adults and 3 kids).we wanted to know if we can book only two cabins(1st class).As far as i know each cabin has 2 berth..will our 9 year old be allowed to share our cabin?

    • No….he will not be allowed as he is too old. You can try to hide him in the bathroom when they come to check the ticket, but that is risky

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