As our flight to Siem Reap is at 10 am on 9th August (Wednesday), so a few of us from Singapore have to go to Kuala Lumpur the night before, or take the expensive flight from Singapore to KL on Wednesday morning, as there is not suitably timed flight from Johor Bahru (JB airport is just an hour from Singapore) to KLIA airport.
I have thought of buying the train tickets from Johor Bahru (Tips: Depart from Singapore will need to pay in Singapore Dollars at the same price tag, which converted as more than double expensive at current exchange rate. And beside, JB KTM train station is conveniently located just right outside from Malaysia custom building) a few months back. Bus is the last option as we will arrive in KL at the wee hour. After dragging for more than a month and persistent reminders, I finally bought the train tickets for Jennifer’s couple, Wei Heng and me today, while I was in Johor Bahru. We bought the cheapest class with seat only at RM 20 per person. It’s the best value way to travel between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur if you can sleep with the aircraft economy class-like seat, which is not so reclinable.
Since 23rd March 2006, all domestic and international AirAsia flights will be at LCC (Low Cost Carrier) Terminal of Malaysia Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). The LCC Terminal is located about 20 km away from KLIA main terminal building. The two terminal are actually using the same runway for aircrafts’ taking off and landing, so why the two terminals are built so far apart is beyond my comprehend.
Worse still, if you go around the two KLIA’s terminals with its shuttle bus, it costs RM 1.50 1 way per person (free until 30 April 2006). For comparison, shuttle bus between Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 2 and Budget Terminal is free. Anyway, the shuttle bus service is located at Platform 8, bus station at Ground Floor, Car Park C, KLIA.
I late for my appointment for SITA installation of Juniper Peribit at JAL office in Changi Airport. So the whole installation only finished at about 2pm. Initially still thinking of taking SMRT Buses service 858 to Woodlands Regional Interchange then transfer to bus to Johor Bahru, so now looks like I am running out of time.
I took a taxi from Changi Airport to Woodlands Checkpoint. The journey took me about half an hour and it’s low human traffic at checkpoint, so I was able to clear both Singapore and Malaysia customs by 2.50pm. The taxi ride costs me a hefty SGD $23.00, including surcharge for hired taxi from airport.
Our Air Asia flight to Macau is on 10.30 pm at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) newly opened LCC Terminal on Thursday 30th March 2006. I work half day on the day, and worse still, I need to go to Changi Airport at the south eastern tip of Singapore for SITA’s Juniper Peribit installation between 1pm to 2pm. So I have to rush to KLIA from even further place.
I have tried to figure out what’s the fastest way, most convenient and cheapest way to go from Singapore Changi Airport to Kuala Lumpur. There are several ways and methods of transport that comes across my mind: take a bus and/or MRT to Johor Bahru, transfer to express coach to Kuala Lumpur, or I can go to Golden Mile (Beach Road) or Lavendar Street terminal to catch a express bus directly from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur. I even consider to take the KTM train to KL or Nilai to connect to bus service to KLIA, but the train schedule doesn’t fit.