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Johor Bahru (Lat.:1.460833,Lng.:103.765)

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Johor Bahru (also Johor Baru or Johore Baharu, but universally called JB) is the state capital of Johor in southern peninsular Malaysia, just across the causeway from Singapore. A bustling city but one with little of interest for the casual tourist, it is a significant regional transport and manufacturing hub.

Get in
By bus
Direct buses between Johor Bahru and many cities and towns in West Malaysia as well as Hat Yai in Thailand depart from and arrive at Larkin Bus & Taxi Terminal, located some 5 km northwest of the north tip of the Causeway.

There are local buses connecting Larkin bus terminal with various parts of the city. To go from the city center to Larkin, you can take the Maju bus or Transit Link's orange-red 'City Bus' (all of these do not have bus numbers - they have the word 'Larkin' prominently displayed on the front of the bus.

By bus (from Singapore)
The following express buses go between Singapore (the bus stop opposite Kranji MRT station/Queen Street Terminal/Jurong bus interchange/Boon Lay MRT station) and various points in Johor Bahru - CW1, CW2, CW3, CW3S, CW4S, CW5 and CW6 and the Singapore-Johore Express.

By plane
Senai International Airport (IATA: JHB), formally Sultan Ismail International Airport (Malay: Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Sultan Ismail), is located about 35 km (via the Skudai Highway) north-northwest of the Causeway. It only has direct, scheduled domestic flights to and from East and West Malaysia. The recently-renovated airport is compact and equipped with shops, food and beverage outlets, money changers, etc, and free Wi-Fi Internet access.

By road (from Singapore)
Malaysian Immigration has recently abolished the need to fill in the white Immigration Card at the JB CIQ Checkpoint. Fingerprints may still be taken upon arrival. Most visitors to JB arrive from Singapore via one of two land links:The Causeway linking Malaysia and Singapore and A second crossing between Malaysia and Singapore, known as the Second Link.

By train
KTM trains between Singapore and West Malaysia (7 per day in each direction, all via JB) all cross the Causeway. As of 1 July 2011, all KTM services to and from the old Singapore railway station in Tanjong Pagar have ceased, and all trains now depart from the Woodlands Train Checkpoint, which is just 700m from the start of the causeway. Immigration procedures are now back to standard international practice. When you go from Singapore to West Malaysia by the KTM train, you get stamped out by Singapore immigration first inside the Woodlands Train Checkpoint, and just across the hallway, Malaysian immigration stamps you in before you board the KTM train. In the reverse direction, Malaysia immigration stamps you out on board the train at JB Sentral.

Get around
By car
JB is at the southern end of the North South Expressway, the toll highway which runs the length of Peninsular Malaysia. Those accessing or leaving the city can exit or enter at Jalan Skudai, Jalan Adda Utama, the Pasir Gudang Highway or Jalan Tebrau.

JB is also at the southern extremity of the Federal Route One, the main trunk roads which runs the length of Peninsular Malaysia's West Coast states. Federal Route Three or the East Coast Road also links JB with the East Coast towns of Kuantan, Kuala Terengganu and Kota Bharu via Kota Tinggi and Mersing. The West Coast's coastal road can be accessed from Pontian.

By taxi
Only specially licensed taxis are allowed to operate across the border. The rules seem baffling at first, but boil down to this: Malaysian taxis are only allowed to go from Kotaraya II terminal to Queen Street terminal in Singapore, and Singapore taxis are only allowed to go from Queen Street terminal to Kotaraya II terminal in JB. However, Singapore taxis can go from Kotaraya II terminal to anywhere in Singapore and Malaysian taxis can go from Queen Street terminal to anywhere in Johor Bahru.

By boat
Daily ferries run to and from Bengkalis, Dumai and Pekanbaru in Sumatra, Indonesia. All ferries arrive and depart from the Harbour Master's jetty (Jeti Shahbandar) at Taman Melaka Raya near the Maritime Museum. To get to/away from Jetty: Malacca Town Bus No. 17 (Green) goes near the Harbour Master's jetty which is just down the road from the Red Square.

Get around
JB's public transport is currently limited to a bus network run by several operators. There are plans to build a light rail transit network in the near future.

By taxi
Travelling by taxi is a fairly cheap alternative, although the drivers sometimes refuse to use the meter so you must be firm with them and insist that they use it.

By bus
You can opt for a bus to move around the city. e.g. to Holiday Plaza or Plaza Pelangi shopping mall. However, sometimes there are no clear indications of the bus stops. Just follow the crowds and wait alongside the locals for the buses. Look at the destination boards on the bus and do not hesitate to ask the bus driver directly. There are major bus stops opposite City Square at Jalan Wong Ah Fook. This is where you can take buses to many parts of the city and its suburbs, and also as far as Kota Tinggi (41 km away) and Kulai.

The alternative, namely to take a taxi, is expensive, since the meters in the taxis are generally not used, and the drivers like to overcharge foreigners and apparently give kickbacks to reservation agents at hotel concierge desks.

Food, Shopping & Information
  1. JB is full of shopping malls catering to local and mostly Singaporean shoppers. Goods sold here are somewhat limited but prices are often lower compared to Singapore's malls.
  2. JB is a popular destination for budget-conscious visitors from Singapore, as most dishes are half price at this side of the border.

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