Update June 2022:
Bus service S1 has been renamed to F100. Fare of RM1.50 remains the same.
I know this post is so out of the blue. Why am I giving directions to a mall that many Singaporeans have visited for years? Well this kind of serves as a prelude to my following post after this whereby I will be concluding my bak kut teh eat-venture that will bring us across the Causeway to neighbouring Johor Bahru. And the place that I will be reviewing is none other than Soon Soon Heng Bak Kut Teh that is located along a row of shophouses opposite KSL City.
I’m sure there are many people here who do not drive like me so the only way to get to and around JB is only via public transport. The first couple of times when I visited KSL, I had taken the taxi from City Square Mall which I reckoned was the most convenient way to get there then. It was just a 5-10 minute ride and the fare would be approx. RM8 or so in smooth traffic conditions and provided the taxi driver agreed to charge by the meter. On one occasion, I decided to go explore the bus interchange area at JB Sentral and found 2 buses that go to KSL City so I gave that option a try and realised the route taken by the bus was similar to the taxi’s and the bus fare for each person was only RM1.50. So easy and so cheap!
Previously, I had readers asking me for specific directions to get around JB as I had done a few JB food reviews before so I thought I would post this up as a handy guide for those who try to avoid dodgy taxis or haggling with taxi drivers. Also if you’re travelling solo or in pairs as taking a taxi wouldn’t be quite worth it.
When you come out from the immigration counter at JB’s CIQ Complex, follow the path/route that leads towards City Square Mall.
On the way, you will come across this sign when out of the building:
Turn left and take the escalator down to the bus bay area.
The two buses that go to KSL city are:
1) S1 by Causeway Link that goes to Plaza Pelangi, Holiday Plaza and Danga City Mall and 2) IM 17 by Maju that stops by Plaza Pelangi and Holiday Plaza as well.
The S1 bus will be parked at the bus bay like this while the IM17 bus is always out in the sun behind. The driver of the IM17 bus is always seen shouting out ‘KSL! KSL!’ from his bus (really loudly so it’s impossible to miss!) probably to lure customers since both buses are different companies, lol. The IM17 bus looks a bit more run-down than the S1 bus and it also takes a longer while before it sets off (driver waits for bus to fill up before leaving) but I like that they always screen a new movie on the TV screen on board so I get a preview of it while keeping myself entertained, lol.
Bus fare for both buses is the same at RM1.50 per person. Just give exact cash (dollar notes or coins are fine) to the driver and you will be issued a receipt like this.
The only difference between the 2 buses is that S1 actually stops within the KSL City’s compound i.e. their entrance driveway and will wait there for about 15 minutes or so to pick up people who are going back to JB Sentral.
For IM17, it stops on the roadside outside KSL City and you will need to press the bus bell beforehand to alert the driver that you’re alighting.
The pick-up and drop-off points at KSL City for each bus are the same.
This shuttle bus service is very reliable as it’s fixed price for all and the journey only takes about 15-20 minutes. Recommended!