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Singapore - Getting There By Rail

Train services connect Singapore to Thailand and Malaysia. The Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) operates a regular, reliable train service between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Along the way, connections are made with many of the major Malaysian cities. The express train is fastest, although a typical journey can take as long as 7 hours. You will have to pass through immigration when you arrive the Singapore border.

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From Singapore to Bangkok, the trip is 1,920 km or 1,233 miles and involves two or three trains. Booking the train in advance, getting a sleeper car, and stopping off in either Kuala Lumpur or Penang can make the trip go by more quickly.

You can also take the train to Kuala Lumpur and then on to Butterworth Station, which is the ferry station for Penang. There is a daily “express” connection from Butterworth to Bangkok that only takes 24 hours. The train has a restaurant and sleeper cars.

To get into Malaysia, you must travel across the Causeway from Singapore. If you are traveling from Singapore to Malaysia or Thailand, you will probably find that tickets are more expensive when they are bought in Singapore. For that reason, some people purchase their tickets from Singapore to Malaysia and then, upon arrival in Malaysia, purchase the tickets for the rest of their trip in order to cut down on the cost.

The main train station in Singapore now is the Woodlands Train Checkpoint in the north of Singapore Island. To get there, you can take a taxi or public transit. From Central Singapore, you can take the Singapore-Johor Express (SGD $4) or the Causeway Link Express (SGD $2.50) from the Queen Street Bus Terminal. These leave every 5-15 minutes, daily 4:30AM – 11:30PM. The trip takes around 30-45 minutes.

You should try to get to the Woodlands Station at least half an hour before your scheduled departure. First, you will go through Singapore departure customs and then Malaysian customs. If you are traveling from Malaysia, Malaysian immigration formalities are carried out on the train at Johor Bahru. However, Singapore passport and customs formalities are undertaken at Woodlands checkpoint once you depart the train.

Deluxe sleeper cars offer amenities in that you can spread out, probably rest more easily, and even shower during your trip. When you’re purchasing your tickets, you’ll need to know the abbreviations, as well as the type of seats that are available:

· JB Sentral = Johor Bahru train station
· Sentral Kuala Lumpur = KL Sentral
· Woodlands CIQ = Woodlands station

Once you choose the time you want to leave, you will need to pick the kind of seat or sleeper you want. There are 5 kinds of seats and sleepers. These are:

· ADMFB: Air-conditioned Day Night First-class Berth
· ADNFD: Air-conditioned Day Night First-class Deluxe
· ADNS: Air-conditioned Day Night Sleeper
· AFC: Air-conditioned First Class
· ASC: Air-conditioned Second Class

For a really luxurious trip, you can still take the Orient Express to Singapore. The Orient Express connects Singapore with Malaysia, Bangkok, and even Myanmar. Although it’s not an inexpensive journey, it is an iconic one. Throughout the year, specials are available which can help bring the price down. More information can be found on the Orient Express’ website at

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