For years we’ve flown from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore assuming it’s the fastest way to arrive. We recently made the trip by car, however, and soon discovered how convenient and easy the trip actually is. After our smooth first attempt, I don’t think we’ll ever fly again! Here’s how to drive from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore.
Before You Depart:
Make sure you have your:
* passport (with you in the front of the car, not in the luggage in the boot!)
* enough credit on your Touch n’ Go card
* at least $10 SGD for Autopass card purchase at the border (no other currency accepted)
* car papers
Whichever part of Kuala Lumpur you’re departing from you need to get onto the North-South Expressway, the E2. Google Maps is very accurate for this route and we find the easiest thing to do (if you don’t have a GPS or Smartphone mapping program) is to print the steps provided by the map.There are two points at which you can crossover to Singapore: Tuas and Woodlands. We’ve heard from friends who travel regularly that there is often less traffic at the Tuas checkpoint and it’s the fastest route to reach the city centre (so that’s the route we took). The highway is in excellent condition and is basically one long straight stretch once you’ve exited KL all the way to the border.You need to head south towards Johor Bahru on the E2 for about 320 kilometres. Take Exit 253 following the signs to Tuas (the exit sign reads Tuas/ Nusajaya/ Pontian/ Tanjung Pelepas EXIT 253). Our exit highway toll was RM40.90 but yours may differ slightly depending on where you enter the highway at the beginning of your journey.The highway changes to the E3 and it’s just over 30 kilometres more to reach the checkpoint. Shortly after entering the new road, you arrive to a toll which cost us RM3.90. After the first toll, and before you reach the second, there is a gas station. Be sure to fill your car to the very brim as petrol is much more expensive in Singapore. After the station there’s another toll which cost us RM7.50, and soon after you’ll reach Malaysian immigration.
The journey from Kuala Lumpur to Tuas checkpoint usually takes about three and half hours if you stick to the speed limit and reasonable traffic conditions prevail.
|Malaysian Immigration Before Reaching Tuas Checkpoint|
Next door to the immigration office is the VEP/Toll Pass office. You should bring your car insurance and registration details which are briefly looked at by officials, and fill out the form. When done, you present them to the staff at the cash register and pay $6SGD for the card (which is valid for seven years) and $4SGD for preloaded credit – $10SGD in total (you must have Singaporean currency for this).Top ups are easily made at any 7-11 and it is very important to note that you must have sufficient credit to pay the exiting tolls when leaving to avoid an “insufficient credit” administration fee. Each time you cross the Tuas border a $3.20SGD fee is incurred so even if you don’t use the card while in Singapore you’ll still need to top up before you leave to have enough credit to exit (and some more to enter again if you think you’ll do the trip another time). Also, remember when exiting that you MUST insert your Autopass card in the gate or you will be charged a hefty fine. Every weekend the levy to drive in the city is free, but during the weekdays it’s an expensive $35SGD daily. For more information, you can use the link to the Singapore Land Transport & Authority http://www.lta.gov.sg/
(*Please note: the pricing was accurate at the time of publication but things change and prices vary so visit the Singapore LTA website for current pricing).
The staff at both immigration and the VEP/Toll Pass office were incredibly helpful. They answered all of our questions and provided polite assistance.
Once done the first time, the two steps of exiting the car to get arrival cards (remember to get a pile of extras for future trips!) and purchasing the Autopass card is avoided on further trips, cutting the travel time down by a good 20 minutes.