How to get from Singapore to Malacca?
Dubbed as the “Historic State,” Malacca is the oldest town in Malaysia. It was once the home of the earliest Malay sultanates, but their reign was abolished after the state was conquered by the Portuguese in the 1500s, and then later on by the Dutch and the British. As you walk around it’s clear to see their colonial imprints still remain in some of Malacca’s oldest buildings.
But apart from Malacca’s beautiful architecture, what we love about this old town is its diverse range of people. Its strategic location made it a popular trade centre for centuries. And even now, you will find the descendants of those traders here, residents with a mix of Malay, Arabian, Indian, Chinese, and European descent.
Is Malacca your next stop after bustling Singapore? You can cross the 205km distance from Singapore to Malacca by just taking the bus! Travel time is only 4 hours and you can get a bus ticket for 20 SGD ($15).
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Don’t even consider taking the train. It’s possible, but it requires 4 transfers and 8.5 hours of travelling. This doesn’t really make sense when you can take a direct bus.
There is no direct flight from Singapore to Malacca. If you want to fly, you’ll have to take a 1-hour flight from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, which is still 3 hours away by land from Malacca. Same travel time, but much more expensive. The flight alone will already cost at least 64 SGD ($47).
Crossing the border: Stuff 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
- Pornographic materials
- Unlicensed weapons, counterfeit bills or coins and illegal drugs. These can lead not just to huge fines but even the death penalty!
For more details, visit Malaysia’s Customs Department website.
Itinerary from Singapore to Malacca
- 4 hours
Singapore to Malacca by Bus
Duration: 4 hours
Cost: 20 SGD ($15)
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 5 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 be guaranteed of a seat. A ticket costs 20 SGD ($15) for a bus ride from Singapore to Malacca.
Your bus from Singapore to Malacca makes 2 stops for customs and immigration check – 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 very busy at the checkpoint.
After the 2nd checkpoint, you can rest easy for around 3.5 hours until your bus arrives in Malacca.
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