Directions from Johor Bahru Checkpoint to Pulai Desaru Beach Resort


I am planning a trip with my family to Desaru for 3 days. We will be staying at the Pulai Desaru Beach Resort.

Can you please help me, by giving me direction from Johor Bahru Checkpoint to Pulai Desaru Beach Resort?

Do you also know of the distance between the resorts and the farms you have mentioned? Is it far? And do you know of any shopping at Desaru that is near our resort or farms?

Thank you for your kind assistance and advice.


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Jun 18, 2009
How to Drive from JB Checkpoint to Desaru Beach
by: Gabriel Tan

Hi Winnie

1. Just After Clearing Johor Bahru Customs

The most important part is to get the first turning correct.

After clearing the JB Customs, just follow the road until you hit a multi-lane highway (Jalan Lingkaran Dalam).

As you drive along this highway, look out for a Shell petrol kiosk on the left. When you see this petrol, you should keep left. Take the first exit lane after the petrol station. You'll come to a pretty huge cross junction. Get ready and turn right onto Jalan Tebrau (Tebrau Highway).

This is how it looks on the map:

There will be signboards along the way, assuring you that you are heading towards Kota Tinggi.

2. Tebrau Highway to Kota Tinggi

After travelling for about 35-37km on Tebrau Highway (Route 3), you'll see an exit into Kota Tinggi Town. Ignore this exit and continue to drive on for a few more kilometres. You should come to another junction.

A signboard says head straight to Mersing and turn right to Desaru. Turn right and enjoy this stretch, which has fewer cars and a little country feel to it.

3. Kota Tinggi to Desaru

Here you have 2 options:

Option 1:

Follow the middle section of my Johor Farm Tour Itinerary.

Visit Kota Tinggi Crocodile Farm, Desaru Fruit Farm and Desaru Ostrich Farm.

After visiting the ostrich farm and without back-tracking, follow the coastal Route 90 from Teluk Ramunia to Desaru Beach and then on to your resort.

Option 2:

Visit only the Crocodile Farm and Desaru Fruit Farm. Then drive on until you see the first turning to the Desaru resorts.

Head for your resort. Visit the Desaru Ostrich Farm and the seafood restaurants in Pengerang another day.

Can you also do me a favour? Update me with the latest entrance fees at these farms, so that I can put it up for everyone's benefit.

A Couple of Notes for Travellers to Desaru

1. I believe that there's another fireflies tour that is launched from near the Desaru resorts. Enquire and if this is so, you don't have to back-track to Kota Tinggi for the fireflies tour there.

2. The farms are all within reach from the Desaru resorts. So if you are on a self-drive and have more than a day, you can breathe a little easier and slow it down a bit.

Moreover, I've found the roads in the Desaru area much better than the trunk roads on the West Coast - I don't remember seeing any potholes in Desaru! So if you've got company in your car, the drive's quite a pleasure.

Have a nice trip.

May 17, 2010
New highway?
by: Nelson

Heard about this new highway from JB to Desaru. Is it open for travelling? I can be reached by

Apr 14, 2011
New Highway in Desaru
by: BK Ng

I understand the new highway will be ready in June 2011.

Currently the highway ends at the Masai and Kong Kong exit cos the bridge is still under construction. Understand the new highway will shorten the journey to desaru by at least 70 km. The Highway starts at JB and ends at Desaru.

Turning right will bring you to penggerang and left to Desaru fruit farm.

Apr 20, 2011
Singapore to Desaru
by: Anonymous

I'm planning a trip to Desaru from 17 to 19 June, will the new highway be ready by then? If so, can anyone share the driving directions? Thanks.

Aug 11, 2011
New Highway
by: Anonymous

I am planning to drive to Desaru from Singapore via Tuas , could you advice me is there any eatery for breakfast at the new highway?
How to go to the farms etc?

Dec 29, 2011
Driving up to Pulai Desaru
by: George

Hi can anyone tell me how to drive from Singapore to Pulai desaru using the new highway? after clearing from malaysia custom at JB, how should i proceed? How long is the journey? Thanks lot

Jul 25, 2012
by: Joe Tan Johor Bahru

The new highway is already OPEN. I, myself, am going to Lotus Desaru in early August,infact already booked my apartment. So I am scouting around to see how to use the new highway, I wa was it cuts down the travelling time from JB to Desaru to about an hour or so

Oct 10, 2012
How to drive from Singapore Tuas Checkpoint to Desaru NEW
by: Anonymous

May I know the route to drive from Singapore Tuas Checkpoint to Desaru please? How can I get to the new expressway?

Dec 01, 2014
coach to desaru NEW
by: Anonymous

i'm no driver and wish to visit fireflies in desaru. any coaches fr Lankin to Desaru or fr Spore pickup points? pls advise also the number of hours that I need to travel if taking a coach fr lankin.


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