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Johor Bahru

Country
Malaysia
State
Johore
City
Johor Bahru
Type of Location
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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By Plane

Senai International Airport

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 currently only has scheduled domestic services for passengers to both East and West Malaysia by Malaysia Airlines, Air Asia and Firefly. It is designated as "international" because it offers cargo services to foreign destinations. The airfares to these destinations from Senai airport are considerably cheaper than those from Singapore. The airport is compact but it is recently renovated and now fully equipped with shops, a restaurant (landside only), WLAN access (ask for free login at information desk), etc.
 

By Road

From Singapore

Immigration formalities

You will need to fill up a white immigration card (it consists of two detachable sections - Arrival Card and Departure Card) to enter Malaysia. You can obtain one (only a maximum of two immigration cards will be given out at any one time) from the immigration officer(s) stationed at the back of the arrival hall of the CIQ.

Most visitors to JB arrive from Singapore via one of two land links:

    The Causeway linking Malaysia and Singapore is a very popular and thus terminally congested entry point connecting directly into the heart of JB. While congestion isn't as bad as it once was, the Causeway is still jam-packed on Friday evenings (towards Malaysia) and Sunday evenings (towards Singapore). The Causeway can be crossed by bus, train, taxi or car. Since the opening of the new customs and immigration complex, crossing the Causeway on foot is no longer possible.

    A second crossing between Malaysia and Singapore, known as the Second Link, has been built between western Singapore and Malaysia. Much faster and less congested than the Causeway, it is used by some of the luxury bus services to Kuala Lumpur and is strongly recommended if you have your own car. There is only one bus across (CW3, see below) which gets very packed at evening peak hours(5.45pm - 7pm), and only Malaysian "limousine" taxis are allowed to cross it (and charge RM150 and up for the privilege). Walking across is also not allowed, not that there would be any practical means to continue the journey from either end if you did. It is very far away from the city center, however, compared to the Causeway.
 

By Train

The old Johor Bahru railway Station

You can take a MRT train from any MRT station in Singapore to Marsiling MRT station (North-South line). This is the nearest MRT station (1.5km or 15 min walk) to the Woodlands Checkpoint. Note that there is a taxi rank in front of the pedestrian exit/entrance to the KTM Woodlands train station. This old train station is next to the Woodlands Checkpoint and is linked to it by an overhead bridge. Once you walk past the taxi rank, you will need to go to level 3 to reach the overhead bridge using the escalators or elevators. You can also head to the taxi rank or go to the Marsiling MRT station on foot or by public bus once your clear Singapore immigration and customs. Instead of going down the staircase/escalator after clearing customs, walk along the passageway to the left of the staircase/elevator, turn left and then walk across the overhead bridge until you see the escalators or elevators at the end. Use them to go to the ground level. SMRT bus number 950 goes between Marsiling MRT station and the Woodlands Checkpoint. Note that the last southbound train leaves Marsiling MRT station for Marina Bay/Toa Payoh/Ang Mo Kio MRT station (the last stop on the North-South line) at 2310/2346/0035 hrs respectively. In the other direction, the last train leaves for Jurong East MRT station at 0029 hrs.
 

By Bus

The following are options to cross to/from Singapore by bus:

Two new bus services were launched by Singapore-based Transtar Travel in Sep 2010. The Transtar Cross Border Service TS1 minibus (24 passengers) plies between Changi Airport and Johor Bahru. The service calls at coach stands at Terminals 1, 2, 3, and the Budget Terminal at Changi Airport and terminate at Kotaraya II Terminal. One-way fares from Changi Airport to Johor Bahru is S$7 for adults and S$3.50 for children. From Johor Bahru, adults will pay RM7 whereas children will pay RM3.50. Payment can be made using EzLink card or with cash. The first bus leaves Changi Airport for Johor Bahru at 6.50am, Johor Bahru for Changi Airport at 5.00am with the last departures at Changi Airport and Kotaraya II scheduled at 11.50pm and 10.00pm respectively. Frequency is set at every 60 minutes. The bus calls at 5 stops along its route in Singapore (excluding Woodlands Checkpoint) and uses the Tampines and Seletar Expressways.

 The Transtar Cross Border Service TS8 double-decker bus plies between Resorts World at Sentosa (RWS) and Johor Bahru. The bus call at 6 stops along its route. The service also terminate at Kotaraya II Terminal in Johor Bahru. Fares are set lower, at S$5 for adults from RWS to JB, and S$2.50 for children. From JB, adults will pay RM5 and children, RM2.50. For boarding at the other points along the route, adults can expect to pay between S$3-S$4, whereas child fares are between S$1.50-S$2. Passengers can choose to pay using their EzLink cards or with cash. From RWS, the first bus will leave at 8am (Mon-Sat) or 9am (Sun) with the last one at 11pm (Mon-Fri) or 1am (Sat-Sun). From Kotaraya II Terminal, the first bus departs at 5.45am (Mon-Sat) or 6.15am (Sun) and the last bus at 9.45 (Mon-Fri) or 10.45pm (Sat-Sun). Service TS8 will run at a frequency of every 1 or2 hrs. The bus calls at 6 stops in Singapore (excluding Woodlands Checkpoint) along its route. For the full schedule and fare structure, refer to .
 

Key places to visit
Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque, Masjid India, Sultan Abu Bakar Royal Palace Museum, Dataran Bandaraya Johor Bahru, Johor Bahru Chinese Heritage Museum, Sri Raja Mariamman Hindu Temple, Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Hindu Temple


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Places to Visit


Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque

Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque, sandwiched between Jalan Abu Bakar/Jalan Masjid Abu Bakar/Jalan Gertak Merah, 1.8km west of the Causeway. Located on top of a small hill and overlooking the Straits of Johor, this state mosque took eight years to construct (1892-1900). It has four minarets that resemble British clock towers. It was inaugurated by the then Sultan Ibrahim. It is made of white marble and is a combination of Moorish and Victorian architecture, it can accommodate 2000 worshipers. Visiting hours are between 10am and 6pm from Saturday to Thursday except during congregational prayers. Non-Muslims are not allowed to enter the mosque building. To get there from the city center, take any of the very frequent buses (one-way fare 1RM) that go to Bukit Indah/Kulai/Perling/Selesa Jaya/Skudai from opposite City Square (starting point) at Jalan Wong Ah Fook or from the bus stop in front of the old railway station at Jalan Tun Abdul Razak.

Masjid India

Masjid India, at the junction of Jalan Dhoby and Jalan Duke. This mosque with two different minarets located in the heart of the city was founded by the city's Indian Muslim community. It is a modern-looking mosque with white walls, blue-tinted glass cladding on both its minarets and a blue and silver dome.

Sultan Abu Bakar Royal Palace Museum

Sultan Abu Bakar Royal Palace Museum, along Jalan Tun Doktor Ismail, 1.3km west of the Causeway. The official entrance to the palace museum grounds is through a gateway facing the High Court building on Jalan Air Molek. After passing through this gateway, you have to drive or walk along a paved asphalt road for about 400m before reaching the main (central) building (the one with a grand staircase) of the palace museum complex. You can also exit/enter the palace museum grounds by walking down/up the grassy slope to/from the main road - Jalan Tun Doktor Ismail. Definitely Johor Bahru's top attraction, this is the opulent former residence (Istana Besar or Grand Palace) of the Sultan of Johor. It is still used for royal and state ceremonies and functions. It is surrounded by a 53-hectare, beautifully tended garden (free admission); the Zaharah Botanical Garden (Kebun Bunga Zaharah in Malay) lies about 300m northwest of the palace museum complex centered about a roundabout. The palace complex was first completed in 1866 but has been extended and refurbished many times since. It was built in the neoclassical style by local artisans under the supervision of an European architect. The original furniture of the palace was made in England and ordered by Sultan Abu Bakar in 1866
 

Dataran Bandaraya Johor Bahru

Dataran Bandaraya Johor Bahru, Jalan Datuk, 3 km west of the Causeway. Dataran Bandaraya Johor Bahru is the city square (not to be confused with the City Square shopping mall in the heart of downtown) that was constructed in conjunction with Johor Bahru being granted city status on January 1994. A yellow-colored building with a gigantic, yellow clock tower built stands on the north edge of the square. It is surrounded by two sports fields on the south side and three sports fields on the west side. Many outdoor events are held here. To get there from the city center, take any of the very frequent buses (one-way fare 1RM) that go to Bukit Indah/Kulai/Perling/Selesa Jaya/Skudai from opposite City Square (starting point) at Jalan Wong Ah Fook or from the bus stop in front of the old railway station at Jalan Tun Abdul Razak.

Johor Bahru Chinese Heritage Museum

Johor Bahru Chinese Heritage Museum (Malay: Muzium Warisan Tiong-Hua Johor Bahru), 42 Jalan Ibrahim 80000 (200m south east of the main post office in downtown JB), tel: 07-2249633, fax: 07-2249635, e-mail: heritage_museumjb@jb-tionghua.org.my. Housed in a restored 4-storey building. Learn about the history and culture of the Chinese community in Johor Bahru. The displays are spread out over four storeys. There are numerous captioned photos on display, several TV screens showing video clips, objects/artifacts on display, mannequins dressed in traditional Chinese wedding clothes, a replica of the entrance door and sedan chair of the Roufo Chinese Taoist Temple in Jalan Trus, etc. Open Tue-Sun 0900-1700 (last admission 1600), closed on Mondays. Admission - adults 3 RM, children/senior citizens/students 1 RM
 

Sri Raja Mariamman Hindu Temple

Sri Raja Mariamman Hindu Temple, 4 Jalan Ungku Puan, right in the heart of downtown Johor Bahru. It is currently closed to worshipers and visitors as it is undergoing renovation in preparation for the temple's 100th anniversary in 2011. It is scheduled to reopen on 12 June 2011. Free admission for visitors. Everyone has to leave his or her shoes at the bottom of the staircase (no guardian).

Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Hindu Temple

Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Hindu Temple, No. 22, Susur 1, Jalan Tebrau, website: . It is located less than 50m west of Tebrau Highway and 400m north of Tropical Inn/Landmark Shopping Centre and beside the railway track. Inaugurated in 1996 and touted as "The First Glass Temple in the World". The inner surface of the walls and the columns inside the temple are cladded with imported glass, hence the name. The floor is paved with granite. The temple also has some special features like air-conditioning, canteen (it is at the back of the temple building and sells only Indian vegetarian food) and is very clean. This place has become one of the top tourist and pilgrimage attractions in this city and there are thousands of tourists and pilgrims coming here everyday. There are food and drink stalls lining both sides of the driveway in the front of the temple.Temple prayer hours 0730-1200 daily; Temple closure 1200-1300 Tue-Sun, 1200-1900 Mon; Temple visiting hours 1300-1800 daily except Mondays (closed to visitors). Admission 10/5 RM for adults/children (5-12 years old), still photography/video fee 3/5 RM, leaving shoes with the guardian 0.50 RM. Chitra Pournami Paal Kudam Festival held every Wednesday and Glass Chariot Procession held every Thursday at the temple.
 

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