Multi-city Route #2: Singapore > Malacca > Kuala Lumpur

Singapore is another well-travelled destination from the Philippines. There are several flights from Manila, Iloilo, Davao, Cebu or Clark to Singapore offered by at least five airlines. Once you’ve visited Merlion, Universal Studios in Sentosa, the parks and zoo or even Legoland in the nearby Johor Bahru in Malaysia, you’ve probably exhausted Singapore’s tourist destinations.

Route: Manila/Clark/Cebu/Davao/Iloilo > Singapore > (Malacca) > Kuala Lumpur > Manila/Cebu/Clark

Cost: $ $

Comfort:  🙂 🙂 🙂

Control: * * * * *

From Singapore, you can take a six-hour bus drive to Kuala Lumpur which includes crossing the immigration border which can really be chaotic during daytime especially in the Johor Bahru side. You can of course take the bus during the evening but I find this inconvenient as you need to wake up and get off the bus from time to time when you cross borders.

 Alternatively, you can take the one-hour flight from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur which is being served by budget airline giants Air Asia, Tiger and Jetstar. The flight ticket cost is also similar to the bus fare actually. Also, if you sum up the transit time from Singapore downtown to Changi Airport via MRT, check-in and boarding time, and then the time from KL LCCT to Kuala Lumpur downtown, it will almost be the same too so consider taking bus and plane when you take this route.

You may also want to do a side trip of Malacca which is a three-hour bus ride away from Singapore and less than two hours bus ride away from Kuala Lumpur.

Manila > Singapore > Malacca > Kuala Lumpur > Manila

Manila > Singapore > Malacca > Kuala Lumpur > Manila

TJ’s recommended sample backpacking itinerary:

  • Cebu Pacific flight 5J 801 departs 6:25 am from Manila arriving Singapore at 9:50 am.
  • Spend around three days in Singapore to visit Universal Studios, Merlion and Orchard Road.
  • Take the MRT to Changi then catch either Air Asia flight AK 1806 or Tiger Airways flight TR 2456 or Jetstar Asia flight 3K 681 all arriving Kuala Lumpur around lunch time. You can then take the Skybus from Low Cost Carrier terminal to KL Sentral for 10 Ringgit or catch a feeder bus to Nilai station and take the KTM Komuter train to KL Sentral.
  • Take the Cebu Pacific flight 5J 500 leaving Kuala Lumpur at 6:30 pm arriving Manila at 10:10 pm.

If you’re clueless on what Cost, Comfort and Control mean, or why multi-city destination may suit your travel needs, visit the parent link. Other multi-city destinations that perfectly fit your budget and vacation leaves are listed there as well.


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