Kuala Lumpur and Singapore Travel Guide

Kuala Lumpur and Singapore Travel Guide

If you are planning to visit Asia, I recommend a Kuala Lumpur and Singapore tour. Kuala Lumpur is just 350 km away from Singapore, 1 hour by plane and 6 hours by bus. 

Enjoy a Nasi Lemak in Kuala Lumpur and visit the Merlion statue in Singapore.

Essential Information

Language:

Singapore– Malay, English, Chinese and Tamil are the official languages in Singapore.
Kuala Lumpur– Malay is the official language but English is also widely spoken in the city.

Religion:

Singapore– Buddhism Christianity and Islam
Kuala Lumpur– Islam

Currency:

Singapore– Singaporean Dollar
1 Sgd = PHP35
1 Usd = 1.4 Sgd

Kuala Lumpur– Malaysian Ringgit
1 Myr = PHP12
1 Usd = 4.3 Myr

Singapore Changi Airport

How to get to Kuala Lumpur and Singapore

Kuala Lumpur International Airport KLIA is Malaysia’s main international airport. KLIA is 60ks away from KL Sentral and it is connected via KLIA Ekspress train. One way ticket is 55myr ($12) Travel time is 28 minutes. There are also buses from KLIA going to KL Sentral. Bus fare is 11 myr($2.5) Travel time is 1 hour.

Singapore Changi Airport SIN is currently rated as the best Airport in the World. Changi Airport is connected to the MRT. Fare going to the city is 1.75sgd ($1.25) and travel time is 30 minutes. There are also shuttle buses going to the city. Fare is 9sgd ($6.5) and travel time is 25 minutes.

 

Kuala Lumpur to Singapore by Bus (Discount Link)

Terminal Bersepadu Selatan TBS is the main bus terminal of Kuala Lumpur. The bus terminal is connected to the LRT Sri Petaling line Bandar Tasik Selatan station (SP15)

There are many bus companies operating in TBS. KKKL is the most popular company. Fare is 35-125 myr ($8-28) and travel time is 6 hours. 

KKKL’s bus schedule going to singapore:
10:30am
2:00pm
3:30pm
8:30pm
11:59pm

Going through customs:

Leave the bus to officially exit Malaysia. You can leave your luggage but you must bring your carry on bag, personal items and your passport with you. Prepare your travel documents and go through Singapore customs. Then, ride your bus on the other side of the immigration to go to the city.

Singapore to Kuala Lumpur by bus (Discount Link)

Buy tickets online and choose the pick up location.Usual pick up locations are Bugis Mrt station and Concorde Hotel in Orchard Road. Fare is 28-80 Sgd ($19-56) Travel time is 5-6 hours.

Go through customs. Then the bus will take you to TBS terminal in Kuala Lumpur.

Batu Caves

Getting around Kuala Lumpur and Singapore

Both Kuala Lumpur and Singapore have Mass Rapid Transit trains. You can also use Grab in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore

Kuala Lumpur:
Kuala Lumpur City Center – upscale accommodations and shopping area

Bukit Bintang – budget accommodations

Singapore:
Marina Bay – luxury hotels and lively nightlife

Little India – budget accommodations

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D'Majestic Place by Swiss-Garden

Book an Airbnb apartment in KLCC. Most condominiums in KLCC have infinity pools where you can see the Petronas Towers. A night in an Airbnb apartment would cost you 130myr ($30)

Must Visit places and things to do in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore

Kuala Lumpur:

Petronas Towers 80myr ($19) entrance fee  (Discount Link)
Menara KL Tower 49myr ($11) entrance fee  (Discount Link)
Batu Caves
Aquaria KLCC, One of the best Aquariums in Asia (Discount Link)
Legoland Malaysia 89myr ($20) entrance fee

Singapore:

Merlion Park
Gardens by the bay
Orchard Road
Clarke Quay
Universal Studios Singapore 79sgd ($55) entrance fee (Discount Link)
Bugis Street

See a Stingray in Aquaria KLCC
Universal Studios Singapore
Petronas Towers
Gardens by the Bay
Merlion

Sample Itinerary

Day 1

10:00am arrive in KLIA

10:30am Ride bus going to KL Sentral 

11:30am Arrive in KL Sentral

11:40am Ride train going KLCC 

12:00pm Airbnb self check in

12:30pm Lunch

2:30pm Visit Menara KL Tower

7:00pm Go to Bukit Bintang Night Market 

8:00pm Dinner

Day 2

9:00am Visit Batu Caves

11:00am Head back to KLCC

12:00pm Lunch

1:00pm Check out

2:00pm Aquaria KLCC(you can leave your bags in the luggage storage in Suria Mall) 

4:00pm Visit Petronas Tower

7:00pm Dinner

8:00pm Go to TBS terminal

9:00pm Book tickets to Singapore

11:59pm Leave TBS terminal

Day 3

7:00am Arrive in Singapore

8:00am Hawker breakfast

9:00am Go to Airbnb

10:00am Self check-in

12:00pm Lunch

2:00pm Gardens by the Bay

4:00pm Merlion Park

5:00pm Bugis St

6:00pm Dinner

8:00pm Orchard Road

Day 4

9:00am Bus going Resorts World Sentosa

10:00am USS

12:00pm Lunch

8:00pm Leave USS

8:15pm Dinner

Day 5

11:00am Check out

12:00pm Lunch

1:00pm Ride MRT going to Changi Airport

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23 thoughts on “Kuala Lumpur and Singapore Travel Guide”

  1. Thank you for the interesting article! My dream is to go to Singapore, thought because of Corona virus situation the only one I can – read such wonderfula rticles and enjoy:)

  2. Subhashish Roy

    I have had the pleasure of visiting both Kuala Lumpur and Singapore but both were separate trips in different years. Must confess I just loved both of them again. Maybe next time I would combine them in a single trip and use your suggestions as a guide. Very nice comprehensive guide to plan a perfect trip.

  3. hi
    Firstly very professional all-inclusive detailed post on how to go to Kuala Lumpur and move about there. Singapore & Kuala Lumpur are indeed the epitome of global cities, catering to all kinds of travellers and that is reflected in the way they have facilities to various genres of individuals. Though I have never visited them yet seeing the various posts and data of other travellers, I can feel the enthusiasm of visiting these two places.

  4. This is quite handy for first timers who want to do both Singapore and KL at one go. You have given a fair bit of time to most of the places to see in these two cities. However, in Singapore, they say you must not miss the Bird park. I guess you might need a day extra to include that , right?

  5. I haven’t visited Asia before but I’m dying to see the airport at Singapore. I think for me, Singapore will be the first place I will explore. I’ll like to take my kids to Universal Studio, Singapore and visit the garden bay. I love my gardens. Thanks for the helpful tips for first-timers.

  6. We had an overnight stay in KL, ahead of a flight, so we didn’t have much time to see the city, but we did go to the KL Tower. I don’t know how you could have sat on that glass viewing cube. It scared the hell out of me. I have a fear of heights and although I was ok being up there in the viewing level, there was no way I could get myself to stand – let along sit on that glass. 🙂

  7. I had no idea those popular pictures of Singapore were inside the airport. No wonder it is rated the best airport in the world, its absolutely gorgeous. I also had always wondered were those colorful stairs were. Now I know they are in Kuala Lumpur at the caves. These 2 destinations are definitely on our list!

  8. I visited Singapore 2 years ago but didn’t have time for Kuala Lumpur. Your itinerary is very comprehensive. I love Gardens by the Bay, Merlion Park and Hawker eatery. I only visited Universal Studios in Japan, but the one in Singapore sounds like a great place as well!

  9. Wow, I loved the idea of visiting Singapore and Kuala Lumpur together. I have visited Kl but am yet to visit Singapore. I had only a day at KL and so could not visit most of the places. I only gaped at the Petronas Tower and had my fill of KL Street food. I would love to visit both these places once things get better. Thanks for sharing the bus schedules between the 2 cities.

  10. I really enjoy your blog! I learn something new on each visit. This time Singapore travel. I am excited to read more from you!

  11. blair villanueva

    If only we can travel now, we will definitely visit these two cities! I miss Singapore a lot.

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