With Singapore’s year-round sweltering summer, it’s a good thing that Genting Highlands is located just a couple hours away to give us a pseudo-wintertime experience. Home to many attractions, the resort-like city has activities to entertain both the young and old, whether your idea of a thrilling time is visiting a casino or riding a rollercoaster.
Now that it’s easy to travel over to Malaysia once again, it’s finally time for us to plan our return. So if you’re planning your next getaway to the resort city, here’s how to get from Singapore to Genting Highlands.
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If you prioritise convenience, travelling by coach is probably the best option for you. The direct bus services will take you straight from Singapore to Genting in approximately 7 hours – without the hassle of lugging your baggage around and dealing with transportation transfers.
Those feeling a little boujee can even opt to ride on luxury buses, which have snug interiors and high-end amenities for a comfy ride. Meanwhile, a ton of affordable options are also available with prices beginning at just $40/pax. Read on for a list of popular options you can consider.
The 27-seater coaches are equipped with “super VIP seats” that are spacious and provide sufficient leg room – 2 important features for a cramp-free journey, especially considering the long 7-hour ride.
For an even more value-for-money trip, Genting Rewards members can also check out KKKL’s 3D2N First World Hotel Genting Package, which starts from only $88.
North: Sengkang Compass One Taxi Stand (6am)
East: Kovan Bus Terminal (6.30am)
Arrives at: First World Hotel Genting Highlands
Price: From $36/pax
Contact: KKKL Travel & Tours Pte Ltd website
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WTS Travel has buses to Genting that run from 5.30am-6am in the morning and from 9pm-9.45pm at night, so you can book your time slots based on whether you’re an early bird or night owl. Their SVIP coaches also come equipped with TV sets and on-demand shows – you won’t need to worry about keeping yourself entertained on the long journey.
If you’re planning to stay a couple of nights, there are also several tour packages to choose from, such as 2-night stays at different hotels in Genting. Resorts World Genting members are entitled to a promo package beginning at only $89, while non-members can still choose from other affordable packages starting at $139 for a twin room.
North: Yishun MRT (5.45am),Sengkang Compass One Taxi Stand (5.45am, 9.15pm), Causeway Point (6am)
East: Tampines MRT Exit B (5.30am, 9pm), Bedok (5.45am)
West: Bukit Panjang Plaza Taxi Stand (6am, 9.45pm), Choa Chu Kang Blk 346, Jurong East Venture Ave Bus Bay No.5 (6am)
Central: Ang Mo Kio Blk 710 (5.30am)
Arrives at: Sky Avenue Bus Terminal
Price: From $85/pax
Contact: WTS website
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Ridewell Travel just launched its service to Genting Highlands in May 2022, and has an ongoing opening promo – perfect for if you’re travelling in groups of 4 or more. Until 28th July 2022, there’s a buy 3-get-1-free promo on return tickets. Just use the promo code <RWT3PLUS1> to redeem it.
If you’re looking for something a little more elaborate, say for a party or huge family event, it’s even possible to rent out entire buses for a private coach experience. You’ll be able to select different buses based on your group size.
North: Compass Point (5.45am, 9pm), Yishun (6am, 9.30pm)
East: Tampines MRT exit B (5.30am, 9pm), Eunos MRT (5.45am, 9.15pm)
West: Jurong East Venture Ave No.5 Bus Bay (6am, 9.30pm)
Arrives at: First World Hotel Genting
*Costs for hiring a private bus varies based on group size and date, contact Ridewell Travel for pricing quotes.
Contact: Ridewell Travel website
Those who want to ride in style can also opt to travel via Transtar Travel’s Solitaire coach, an 18-seater double decker bus. Beyond comfy recliner seats, the coach also has luxurious amenities including an entertainment screen and onboard meals to keep you busy throughout the long journey.
North: Compass One (5.45am)
East: Tampines MRT (5.30am), Lavender MRT Exit B (6am, 10pm), Golden Mile Complex (6.15am, 10.30pm)
West: Jurong East Venture Ave No.5 Bus Bay (6.30am)
Arrives at: First World Sky Avenue Bus Terminal (Departure Hall) or Genting Resort Hotel (basement 5)
Price: From $40/pax
Contact: Transtar Travel website
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707 Bus offers one of the cheapest packages for Genting Members, with prices starting at just $78. If you’re considering travelling even further, the agency also offers tour packages that go to places like Malacca and Kuala Lumpur after making pit stops at Genting, so you’ll get to make the most of your short holiday and tour different parts of Malaysia.
East: Kovan Hub 206 (6.55am)
West: Boon Lay (6.35am, 6.45am)
Central: Queen Street Bus Terminal, Ban San Street (6.30am, 7.05am, 9pm)
Arrives at: First World Bus Terminal, First World Hotel or Hilltop Bus Terminal
Contact: 707 Bus website
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This route is ideal if you’re visiting KL first before heading to Genting. Getting to KL is pretty simple, with affordable land and air transport options. For instance, a bus there only costs $30/pax via Transtar Travel, while flight prices go as low as $62/pax via AirAsia.
When you’re ready to leave for Genting, the journey from KL Sentral will only take about an hour. It may seem like a more arduous journey than taking a direct coach, but it’s still relatively convenient and is quite affordable at RM14 (~S$4.41).
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There’s also a cable car ride to First World Hotel when you alight the bus at Awana Skyway, so we really aren’t complaining. Simply purchase a ticket at KL Sentral (RM5, ~S$1.58) for the Express Bus to Awana Station. You can also directly purchase cable car tickets once you reach Awana Station.
From there, it’s cable car time. Board the Awana Skyway Cable Car to the Final SkyAvenue Station at Genting Highlands, and you’ll arrive at the main casino and hotel cluster.
The cable cars have a cool glass flooring.
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Where: KL Sentral to Awana Station, then Awana Skyway Cable Car to Final Sky Avenue Station Genting Highlands
Departure (bus): Mon-Thu – At intervals from 8am-8.30pm | Fri-Sun – At intervals from 8am-9pm. Bus schedule from KL Sentral to Genting.
Departure (cable car): 7am-11.59pm, Daily
Price: RM14 (~S$4.41)/pax
Contact: KL Sentral website
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With Covid still in the mix, there are a few things to take note of before you kickstart your journey:
You’ll also need to settle some simple logistics prior to your holiday, but thankfully, there isn’t a ton of paperwork:
If you’re in need of a quick getaway, don’t forget to check Genting Highlands off your travel list. With convenient coach services, and even a fun cable car ride up to the highlands, it’s sure to be a fun holiday for friends and families – and just in time for the June holidays too.
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