Johor Bahru which is commonly referred to as JB by the locals living here is the Southern most city in Malaysia. Not to forget it is also one of the largest city in the country. The Johor Bahru tourism board boasts of about 16 mimllion tourists annually and is connected to Singapore by two bridges. Owing to this bridge over 3 lakh people go to Singapore everyday for work and return to Johor Bahru by evening. Similar is the case with Singaporeans who travel to Johor Bahru for work. Frankly speaking Johor Bahru was earlier a chaotic town which today is now known for its clean streets, bustling markets, malls and industries giving the economy of this city a major boost.
The city has over 16 million tourists visiting annually. There are endless things that you can do in the city so I recommend you to spend at least 7 to 8 days here. It is the capital of the Sultanate of Johor since 1899. It was declared as a city only in the year 1994 and today you can see that it is a rapidly growing city. One thing that I realised while talking to the locals is that owing to its proximity to Singapore, it suffers from a lot of comparison with its neighbour. Shopping and eating in the city is going to be a real adventure for you with several shopping complexes having a wide variety of food establishments offering fine to budget dining options. It is probably better known as an industrial city than a residential one. During my road trip within the city, I realised that most of the world’s electronic top manufacturers had atleast one plant in Johor Bahru.
After spending about 6 days in Johor Bahru exploring this beautiful city, its food, lifestyle, and nightlife it was time for me to conclude my journey and head to my next destination, which was Ipoh. I booked my bus tickets through this website https://www.redbus.my/bus-tickets/johor-bahru-to-ipoh . As per the website there were about 4 Operators plying buses on this route. S and S International Express, JB Transliner, Konsortium and City Express were the Operators plying buses daily on this route. S and S International Express was one of the economy coash Operators with 2 buses in the day – the first one departing at 10:00 am and the other one at 9:30 pm in the night. The duration of the journey is about 8 hours. However, if you book the 9:30 pm Bus, you can complete your journey within 7 to 7 and a half hours. The cost of the tickets start from MYR53 and there are about 39 seats in each of these buses with plenty of legroom. JB Transliner, City Express and Konsortium are Luxury Bus Operators on this route with cost of a single ticket starting from MYR70. Each of these buses had only 25 seats allowing passengers to recline comfortably. All of these buses ply in the night between 12:00 am and 5:00 am allowing you to complete your journey when you are fast asleep.