Singapore to Kuala Lumpur by Train
Hi, we are visiting your city for Chinese New Year 2010 and then on to Malaysia. We want to travel up by train. I have a couple of questions:
1) Can I purchase the ticket whilst I am in Singapore for 4 days?
I wished I could bring you better news. But if you are planning to depart:
a) on the few days before Chinese New Year, or
b) on the first 2 days of Chinese New Year,
you might as well forget about it.
Many Malaysians work in Singapore and tickets during this season have been snapped up months in advance.
If you are leaving later during the season, you may still make it.
This applies for overnight buses and the flights as well.
2) What train do I catch for an overnight private sleeper (private facilities)?
As far as I can remember, there are sleepers but these do not come with private facilities.
It also depends a lot on availability. This being so near to your departure, you may only get seats, and then only if you are lucky.
Did you know that you can book the Singapore-Malaysia train tickets online?
3) Does it being Chinese New Year make travelling by train more crowded? Thanks.
As mentioned earlier, yes. But it gets better after the first few days of Chinese New Year.
Personally, I prefer to take the VIP overnight buses. These come with bigger seats - they put 3 in a row, as compared to the usual 4. In my opinion, they are also less noisy than the trains.
(I could sleep on an overnight VIP bus, but could not when I tried a sleeper berth on the Singapore-KL train.)
The trains also make a few stops along the way and take longer than buses to get you to KL.
You may want to consider taking a VIP bus. Go down to Golden Mile Complex on Beach Road and you'll find a few bus companies offering overnight buses to various cities in Malaysia.
Two bus companies which I have used - and which have given positive experience - are Konsortium and Grassland. I believe they have begun online bookings as well, so you might want to do an online search for them.
I hope you get your seats to Kuala Lumpur.