Want to know how to get from Singapore to Malacca? In this post, we’ll share a summary of how to get to Malacca and go into more detail to help you decide which transport provider to book with and where to buy your tickets.
What to expect when visiting Malacca
Dubbed the “Historic State,” Malacca is the oldest town in Malaysia. It was once the home of the earliest Malay sultanates — whose reign was abolished by the Portuguese in the 1500s, and then later on by the Dutch and the British. Their colonial imprints still remain in some of Malacca’s oldest buildings.
Apart from the beautiful architecture, what we love about this old town is its diverse range of people. Its strategic location made Malacca a popular trade centre for centuries. And even now, you will find the descendants of those traders here — people with a mix of Malay, Arabian, Indian, Chinese, and European descent still reside in Malacca.
Crossing the border: What you can’t bring into Malaysia
You don’t have anything to fill out when entering Malaysia. Most nationalities are allowed to travel from Singapore to Malacca without a visa. Seems a bit lax, doesn’t it?
But don’t be too overconfident, especially with what you try to bring in to the country. They are not very forgiving to those who are caught with any of their prohibited items. See the list below:
More than 1-litre of liquor
Even a few grams over the 225g-limit of tobacco per person (that’s around 200 cigarettes)
Over 3 new wearable items and 1 new pair of shoes
More than 1 electric or battery-operated personal hygiene equipment
Unlicensed weapons, counterfeit bills or coins and illegal drugs. These can lead not just to huge fines but even the death penalty!
Luxury Coach Service offers one daily trip from Singapore to Malacca daily. This bus departs from Concorde Hotel along Orchard Road in Singapore city centre at 08:00 every morning. It arrives in Malacca after around 4 hours.
They have five drop-off points in the colonial town: Swiss Garden Hotel, Casa del Rio Hotel, Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Hatten Hotel, and The Straits Hotel. You can just choose which one is nearest to your destination.
We highly recommend booking a ticket beforehand via BusOnlineTicket to secure a seat. A ticket costs 20 SGD ($15) for a bus ride from Singapore to Malacca.
Your bus from Singapore to Malacca makes two stops for customs and immigration checks – first at Woodlands Checkpoint (Singapore) and then at Johor Bahru across the border in Malaysia. You can expect the first stop around 40 minutes into your bus journey.
For both checkpoints, you’ll have to get off your bus and have your passport stamped and your luggage checked. Make sure to go back to your bus as soon as you’re done because they only have a 20-minute waiting time unless it’s busy at the checkpoint.
After the 2nd checkpoint, you can rest easy for around 3.5 hours until your bus arrives in Malacca.
Frequently Asked Questions about Singapore to Malacca
What is the distance from Singapore to Malacca?
The distance from Singapore to Malacca is 240 km (149 miles).
What is the fastest way to get from Singapore to Malacca?
The fastest way to get from Singapore to Malacca is by bus and takes 4 hours.
What is the cheapest way to get from Singapore to Malacca?
The cheapest way to get from Singapore to Malacca is by bus with ticket costs starting from 20 SGD ($14.50).
Rounding it up
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