The husband and I chose a Saturday (wrong move because it took us more than 3 hours to clear immigration and to get across a heavily congested causeway!) to come into JB for a day out as we wanted to shop and watch movie at AEON Tebrau City (formerly known as Jusco).
One good reason for coming all the way to JB to watch movies was of course due to the Singapore dollar staying strong against the Malaysian ringgit so shopping or dining there was a real bargain. Besides that, what I really like about going to AEON Tebrau City is that the TGV Cinema has comfy seats and better popcorn compared to the Cathay @ City Square or MBO @ KSL City. The mall is huge and spacious but not as crowded as the other shopping centres so it’s so much nicer to walk around. The AEON supermarket there sells a wide variety of hot snacks and light bites (their fried calamari is bagus!) that we can ‘smuggle’ into the cinema, lol. There is also a huge Tesco hypermarket (almost like a little mall on its own with various independent shops and eateries in the same building) just opposite AEON too and that’s where I love to go to stock up on my various spices and condiments that I often use in my cooking because it carries better selections of imported brands than other supermarkets there which focus more on local products.
On previous occasions, we would take the taxi from City Square to AEON Tebrau City which would cost about RM20-25 per way depending on traffic conditions. And if the driver didn’t go by the highway (intentionally or unintentionally), we would sometimes get stuck in traffic for about 40 minutes which was so not worth it.
Now, there’s no reason to fret as there is a new shuttle bus service that takes us from JB Sentral to AEON Tebrau City in just 20 minutes at an affordable fee of RM2.50 per person per way.
If you want to know how to get to the JB Sentral bus terminal once you clear the Malaysian immigration, read my previous post <How to get to KSL City by bus?>.
At the bus terminal, look out for this red-white Trans Iskandar Bus BeXTRA6 or BET6 which is a bus service by Causeway Link group.
The bus route is as follows:
JB Sentral <-> Pandan City <-> AEON Tebrau City <-> Taman Mount Austin <-> Setia Indah
BET6 travels via the EDL highway so the journey is quick, smooth and almost congestion-free. So far, we have had good experience with the bus service and there was this Chinese-man bus captain who was very friendly and chatty like a tour guide as he introduced JB in depth to us like we had never been there before, lol. But hey, it’s always good to chat with a local because he shared with us some best kept secrets of JB, haha 😉
The drop off point at AEON Tebrau City is along the main road (where the carpark entrance is) just outside AEON as the driver explained the bus was not able to drive directly into AEON yet because of the current upgrading works of the carpark and also their bus company had not officially received the approval from AEON management to do so. If you’ve never been to AEON, just ask the driver to notify you when the bus has reached so you know when to alight.
As for the return trip from AEON Tebrau City to JB Sentral, the pick up point can be a little dodgy because it’s located right under a flyover along the main road, Persiaran Bandar Desa Tebrau just outside AEON (diagonally opposite the drop off point on the other side of the road).
I’m using street view images from Google maps to detail where the pick up point is:
From the exit next to AEON supermarket on ground level, turn right and walk all the way towards the main road where the carpark entrance is. (This is also the same drop off point as mentioned earlier) Do note the current carpark is undergoing upgrading works so there may be barricades around.
Cross the road to the other side where the flyover is.
Waiting point is as indicated above.
I suggest that if you’re taking bus back to JB Sentral, please do so before 7pm while there is still some daylight because the pick up point can be dark and unsafe as there is a large piece of abandoned land just behind with no proper street lights. I would not recommend solo travellers to take the bus unless there are already some people there waiting for the same bus. We waited for quite some time and it was almost turning dark after 7pm but we were joined by another Singaporean family so it wasn’t too bad as we had company. Just remember to flag down the bus when you see it coming, otherwise the bus wouldn’t stop for you. Travel time back to JB Sentral is about 20 minutes too as the bus travels the same route back.
Ok folks, this is it. Just a friendly reminder to be vigilant at all times and safe travels!