KTM & ETS Train to JB

Train to JB

Located in the southern part of Malaysia, Johor Bahru; or more commonly known as JB, is the state capital of Johor. Therefore, many commuters travel from other parts of Malaysia to Johor Bahru.

Train to Johor Bahru is also popular because of its proximity to Singapore. There are daily KTM shuttle trains to Singapore that departs frequently from JB Sentral. There is no direct train from Malaysia to Singapore so for those who wish to travel to Singapore by train need to take train to JB first.

Please note that the ETS train services do not reach JB. Instead, the ETS train services stop in Gemas, Negeri Sembilan. Therefore, if you are far from the northern part of Malaysia, you will first have to take the ETS train to Gemas and then change to KTM Intercity train to JB.

ETS Gold, ETS Platinum & KTM Intercity Train Service

There are two types of ETS train to Gemas before you take KTM Intercity train to JB:

  • ETS Gold – have more stops compared to ETS Platinum, taking slightly longer time compared to ETS Platinum.
  • ETS Platinum – have the least stops, complimentary snacks is served on board.

Meanwhile, there are two types of KTM Intercity train from Gemas to JB:

  • Shuttle train – travels in shorter distance and stops at almost all stops
  • Ekspres Rakyat Timuran – travels in longer distance and only stops in major cities and towns
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Train Station in Johor Bahru – JB Sentral

The final drop-off point for train to Johor Bahru is at JB Sentral. JB Sentral is one the important transportation hub especially for train services in JB. It is located in the city of Johor Bahru, near to the bridge that linked Johor Bahru and Singapore. The distance from JB Sentral and Larkin Sentral Bus Terminal is around 30 minutes driving distance away.

JB Sentral also serves as the immigration and custom checkpoint for those who want to travel to Singapore.

ETS Train Facilities

The train is comfortable and suitable to facilitate senior citizens and OKU or the disabled.

Passengers can find F&B bar in coach C to get some food or drinks with reasonable price.

Toilets are in coach B & E. Handicap toilet is in coach D.

Muslims can also find a prayer room in coach C right beside the F&B bar.

KTM Intercity Train Facilities

There are two types of KTM Intercity train; Superior Class and Superior Night Class. Both train types are quite similar except that Superior Night Class have sleeper compartment for the passengers.

There are toilets on-board and you can also buy food from their canteen or buffet coach.

For Muslims, there is also a prayer room or surau in the train.


Travelling by train to JB can be quiet troublesome especially if you are far from the northern part of Malaysia. This is because you will have to transfer to another train service along the journey (i.e. ETS to KTM Intercity). Still, the ETS train service provides convenience and better comfort compared to bus, hence taking the train is still a popular way to travel to JB.

Alternatively, you can travel by bus directly to JB, or even directly to Singapore. You can check bus ticket availability at BusOnlineTicket.com. Popular bus route include bus from KL to JB, Ipoh to JB, Malacca to JB and many more.