Causeway Link CW1

Causeway Link CW1 is a cross-border bus service operated by Malaysian bus operator Handal Indah (Causeway Link), plying between Kranji MRT Station and JB CIQ Complex in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. It is one of three Causeway Link routes across the Causeway, alongside CW2 and CW5.

Commuters can start and end their journeys at Larkin Bus Terminal in Johor Bahru for the same fare by transferring to/from Causeway Link CWL at JB CIQ. However, passengers boarding at Larkin must pay a facilities charge on top of the bus fare.

Johor Bahru Checkpt
Johor Bahru
W’Lands Checkpt
Woodlands Crossing
Kranji Stn
Woodlands Rd
Kranji Stn
Woodlands Rd
W’Lands Checkpt
Woodlands Crossing
Johor Bahru Checkpt
Johor Bahru

Route Overview
Route JB CIQ ↔ Woodlands Road (Kranji MRT Station)
Passes Through Causeway, Woodlands CIQ
Operator Information
Current Operator Handal Indah Sdn Bhd (Causeway Link)
Operating Hours
Departure Timings from JB CIQ
04:00 – 22:30
Departure Timings from Kranji MRT
06:00 – 23:30
From JB CIQ / Kranji MRT
5 mins (Peak hours, 0400–0800 and 1700–2200)
Up to 30 mins (other times)
Fare Information
Fare Section fare payment, ManjaLink/Visa Card accepted.
EZ-Link is accepted from Singapore only
RM2.60 (Max) towards Kranji MRT, S$2.60 (Max) towards JB / Larkin

Service CW1 is a cross-border route connecting Kranji MRT to Johor Bahru CIQ via the Causeway. It is one of several cross-border bus services operating this Kranji—JB CIQ route alongside Singapore local bus Services 160, 170 and 170X.

Causeway-plying CW services do not stop at any bus stops in Singapore except the designated boarding point (at Kranji MRT Station for CW1). Due to varying traffic conditions at the Causeway, travel times and waiting times may increase significantly when traffic congestion occurs.

To and from Larkin Terminal

Causeway Link operates the Causeway Link CWL bus service between JB CIQ and Larkin Sentral. It accepts valid tickets purchased by connecting passengers from CW1. From Larkin to JB CIQ, the route also sells CW1/CW2/CW5 tickets to Singapore-bound passengers. Kindly inform the CWL driver of your intended final destination in Singapore (Kranji / Queen Street / Newton Circus) to be charged the correct fare from Larkin towards JB CIQ.

Passengers at JB CIQ heading towards Larkin Sentral can board Service CWL to Larkin Sentral after clearing immigration. Between Larkin Sentral and JB CIQ, CWL also serves additional stops along Skudai Highway (Kedai Motor Susuh & Opp Bomba Larkin towards Larkin and Opp Kedai Motor Susuh towards JB CIQ.

Fares & Inter-Checkpoint Transfer:

Causeway Link buses accept fare payment in cash and contactless card. A printed ticket will be issued upon cash fare payment.

At each checkpoint on the Singapore and Malaysian side of the border, passengers will have to alight and clear customs before boarding the bus again. When travelling between Woodlands CIQ Complex and Johor Bahru CIQ Complex in either direction, commuters may board any Causeway Link bus (Service CW1, CW2 or CW5) with a valid ticket. Commuters using contactless card options should tap their card upon entry.


Charges section fares. Only Singapore currency is accepted when boarding the bus in Singapore, and Malaysian currency is accepted when boarding from Malaysia.

Causeway Link – Causeway route fares (CW1, CW2, CW5)
From Singapore to JB CIQ or Larkin Adult Fare (Cashless) Adult Fare (Cash) Concession Fare (Card/Cash)
From Kranji MRT or Woodlands Checkpoint S$2.00 / *S$1.80 S$2.60 S$1.30
From Queen Street S$4.80 S$4.80 S$2.40
From Newton Circus S$4.60 S$4.60 S$2.30
From JB CIQ / Larkin to Singapore Adult Fare (Cashless) Adult Fare (Cash) Concession Fare (Card/Cash)
To Woodlands Checkpoint or Kranji MRT RM2.60 RM2.60 RM1.30
To Queen Street RM4.80 RM4.80 RM2.40
To Newton Circus RM4.60 RM4.60 RM2.30
Non-cross border fares Adult Fare (Cashless) Adult Fare (Cash) Concession Fare (Card/Cash)
JB CIQ → Larkin RM2.60 RM2.60 RM1.30
Woodlands Checkpoint → Kranji MRT / Queen St / Newton Circus Same as fares from JB CIQ / Larkin to Singapore (S$2.00 / S$4.80 / S$4.60)
  • Cashless payment by EZ-Link only from Singapore
  • Cashless payment via Manjalink / Visa credit card accepted on all route sectors
  • * = Promotional fare of S$1.80 for Woodlands Checkpoint → JB CIQ / Larkin sector for Manjalink card only, starting 15 May 2023
  • Passengers boarding at Larkin must pay an extra RM1 facilities charge on top of the bus fare.
  • Terms & Conditions on Causeway Link website

More detailed fare information for Manjalink users and concession fares are attached in a separate section below.

Route Map towards JB Customs
Route Map towards Kranji MRT



Fare Information for Contactless Card users

Contactless card users must tap-in when boarding Causeway Link cross-border services. No tap-out is required.

Fares are deducted in stages. For example, when boarding CW1 at JB CIQ towards Singapore, passengers will be charged RM2.60 for the inter-checkpoint sector. When re-boarding the bus at Woodlands Checkpoint, tapping the ManjaLink card on the reader will not further deduct any fare, as the fare from Malaysia to Singapore (Woodlands Checkpoint or Kranji MRT) is the same.

Cashless payment by EZ-Link is accepted only from Singapore.

Fare Information for ManjaLink users

As the ManjaLink card is loaded with values in Malaysian Ringgit (MYR), passengers boarding from Singapore and paying fares in Singapore Dollars (SGD) will be deducted in MYR based on the prevailing exchange rate determined by ManjaLink, rounded up to the nearest 10 cents. The prevailing exchange rate for ManjaLink can be found on the ManjaLink website.

Concession Fares

From Johor Bahru to Singapore, children under 7 years old travel free, and half-price concession fares are applicable to:

  • Children between 7 and 12 years old
  • Students in primary and secondary school uniform
  • Senior Citizens aged 60 and above
  • Persons with disabilities holding the OKU Card

From Singapore, half-price concession fares are applicable to:

  • Children below 12 years old


Causeway Link CW1 was introduced in May 2003 between Larkin Ter and Kranji MRT via Kotaraya II. It was the first bus service launched by Handal Indah Sdn Bhd (branded Causeway Link), and the second cross-border public bus service to be launched since the introduction of Bus Service 170 in 1971, thus breaking an over 30-year monopoly of cross-border public bus services offered only by Service 170 operated by SBS Transit and its predecessor companies.

The bus route launched with a fleet of eight buses. Fares from Singapore were $1.30 to Larkin, $1.00 to Kotaraya II, and $0.80 to Woodlands/JB Checkpoint.

  • 2003 (May): Introduced between Larkin Ter and Kranji MRT via Kotaraya II
  • 2005 (1 May): Fares increased to $1.60 to Larkin, $1.30 to Kotaraya II, and $1.00 to Woodlands/JB Checkpoint
  • 2013 (18 Nov): Fares increased
    From Kranji MRT: S$0.80 to JB CIQ, $1.30 to Larkin
    Within JB: RM1.40 from JB CIQ – Larkin Ter
  • 2014 (6 Oct): Fares increased after an increase in Causeway toll charges
    From JB: RM1.90 from Larkin, RM1.50 from JB CIQ
    From Kranji MRT: S$1.00 to JB CIQ, $1.50 to Larkin
  • 2020 (18 Mar): Suspended amid COVID-19 pandemic cross-border travel restrictions
  • 2022 (1 May): Services resumed after the lifting of cross-border travel restrictions
  • 2023 (May): Improvement of peak-hour frequencies to ~5 mins per bus during peak hours [Link]

External Links & References:

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4 thoughts on “Causeway Link CW1

  • 22 December 2022 at 5:17 PM

    Disappointment, i wait at Kranji stn for an hour no bus . I rather take 170X
    priority given to causeway link , but disappointment given , sorry to said no next time .

  • 10 December 2022 at 8:58 AM

    Very bad services. Please make sure your employee know how to treat customers. And the timing also very bad. I wait for almost 2 hours at kranji. No bus

  • 6 May 2021 at 10:51 PM

    When will CW1 resume operations?

  • 24 January 2017 at 4:11 PM

    Would it be crowded early morning in this cny period?


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