Johor Bahru is the capital city of Johor. With 900,000 population in the city area and almost 2 million in the metropolitan area, Johor Bahru is the second largest urban area in Malaysia next to Kuala Lumpur. Located across Singapore, separated by Straits of Johor, Johor Bahru is an important commercial, industrial and tourism hub for southern Malaysia.
Johor Bahru is deemed shopping heaven by some. International and local products are offered in the scattered modern malls, arcades, handicraft centers, bazaars and even markets around Johor Bahru. Local craftwork surely makes lovely souvenirs after a trip to Johor Bahru. A large duty free department store and supermarket containing 163 retail outlets, called The ZON and JPO (Johor Premium Outlet) which offers a variety of branded designer wear and goods are among many shopping centers of Johor Bahru. Also Asia first and only Legoland and is located next to Kota Iskandar, Johor the new administrative centre of Johor Government. For those who want to experience the excitement of a great theme park Legoland Malaysia gives them this opportunity to enjoy the most.
As night falls, another fascinating side of Johor Bahru rises. Sumptuous food stalls and vendors appear and the adventurous visitors to Johor Bahru should try the popular local dishes such as Laksa Johor, Otak-otak, and Mi Bandung.
Regular flights connecting many cities in Malaysia to Johor Bahru are offered by Malaysia Airlines, Air Asia and Firefly. If you book well in advance, you can get some absolutely rock bottom fares with Air Asia and Firefly. Planes arrive at Johor Bahru’s Sultan Ismail International Airport (or known as Senai International Airport). It takes about 1/2 hour to reach the city center by taxi.
The Malaysian Railway (Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad, KTMB) has daily trains traveling up and down the entire length of the Peninsular, making Johor Bahru easily reachable by train from the rest of the Peninsular Malaysia. Schedules and ticket fares, and even ticket sales are now available online. Trains arrive at the JB Sentral.
Even though traveling by bus is not something preferable by some, but there are some excellent services around Malaysia that offer a level of comfort that can even out-do first class air flight. Buses arrive at either JB Sentral or the Larkin Bus and Taxi Terminal.
Taxis are a popular mode of transportation. All urban taxis are fitted with meters. An additional 50% is charged between the hours of 12 a.m. and 6 a.m. It is also possible to hire an outstation taxi on a shared or individual basis to travel to other cities in Peninsula Malaysia.
A ferry link provides a new way to travel between Singapore and Malaysia. It operates daily between Changi Point near the Singapore International Airport and Tanjung Belungkor in Johor. Another entry point is Johor Bahru International Ferry Terminal, Puteri Harbour Ferry Terminal, Tanjung Pengelih Ferry Teminal, Tanjung Pelepas, Kukup Ferry Terminal, Muar Ferry Terminal and Minyak Beku Ferry Terminal.