Causeway Link CW5

Causeway Link CW5 is a cross-border service operated by Malaysian bus operator Handal Indah (Causeway Link), plying between Newton Circus and the Johor Bahru CIQ Complex in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. Crossing the border via the Causeway, the route incorporates a long express sector between Newton Circus and Woodlands CIQ Complex.

Causeway Link Bus Service CW5 will resume service from 1 May 2022, after being suspended from 18 March 2020.

Route Overview
Route JB CIQ Complex ↔ Newton Circus
Passes Through Causeway, Woodlands CIQ
Operator Information
Current Operator Handal Indah Sdn Bhd (Causeway Link)
Common Fleet Sksbus SA12-300
Yutong ZK6118HGA
Operating Hours
Departure Timings from JB CIQ
05:00 – 21:30
Departure Timings from Newton Circus
06:45 – 23:30
From JB CIQ / Newton Circus
15 – 30 mins
Fare Information
Fare Section fare payment, ManjaLink Card accepted.
RM4.60 (Max) towards Newton Circus, S$4.60 (Max) towards JB


Service CW5 is a cross-border route connecting Newton Circus to Johor Bahru City Centre, via the Woodlands Causeway. The route complements the Checkpoint to City crowd alongside multiple services between Woodlands Checkpoint and Queen Street Bus Terminal at Bugis, such as Service 170, CW2 and the Singapore-Johore Express.

Causeway-plying CW services, inclusive of CW1, do not stop at any bus stops in Singapore except the designated boarding point at Newton Circus. Due to varying traffic conditions at the Causeway, travel times and waiting times may increase significantly when traffic congestion occurs.

Due to varying traffic conditions at the Causeway, travel times and waiting times may increase significantly when jams occur. The route does not call at en-route bus stops in Singapore or Johor Bahru, providing fast connections daily between Singapore and Malaysia. As a relatively new service (introduced 27th March 2011), demand is limited during off-peak hours in favor of other bus services to Queen Street, but heavy during the peak hours.

JB CIQ – Larkin Link

Although officially terminating at Johor Bahru CIQ, a shuttle service between JB CIQ and Larkin is operated, known as CWL. It accepts valid tickets purchased by connecting passengers from CW5. From Larkin to JB CIQ, the route also sells CW1/CW2/CW5 tickets to Singapore-bound passengers. Passengers at JB CIQ heading towards Larkin Sentral can board Service CWL to Larkin Sentral after clearing Malaysian customs.

Boarding Points:

  • Newton Circus: Bus alighting/boarding stop located within Newton Food Centre Car Park along Clemenceau Avenue North
  • Towards Singapore:
    – JB CIQ (Departure): Bus Bays 22, 23 and 24 at Platform B
    – Woodlands (Arrival): 3 separate queues for CW1/CW2/CW5 at the Public Bus berths after immigration clearance.
  • Towards Johor Bahru:
    – Woodlands (Departure): Single queue at the Public Bus berth after immigration clearance.
    – JB CIQ (Arrival): Platform B. After immigration clearance, a CW staff/timekeeper will direct passengers to the next bus departing for Larkin Sentral.

Fares & Inter-Checkpoint Transfer:

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 the ManjaLink Card should tap their card upon entry.


Charges section fares, effective 1 May 2022. Only Singapore currency is accepted when boarding the bus in Singapore, and Malaysian currency is accepted when boarding from Malaysia.

Destination Adult Fare
Concesssion Fare
Larkin / JB CIQ → Newton Circus RM4.60 RM2.30
Newton Circus → JB CIQ S$4.60 S$2.30
JB CIQ → Woodlands CIQ RM2.60 RM1.30
Woodlands CIQ → JB CIQ S$2.60 S$1.30
  • Intermediate stage fares between JB CIQ and Woodlands CIQ will follow CW1 fares.

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

Route Information:

Direction 1 Direction 2
  • Johor Bahru CIQ Complex
  • Woodlands CIQ Complex
    Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE)
    Pan-Island Expressway (PIE)
    Whitley Rd
    Dunearn Rd
    Newton Circus
    Clemenceau Ave North
  • Newton Circus (Newton FC CP)
    Bus alighting/boarding point
  • Newton Circus (Newton FC CP)
    Bus alighting/boarding point
    Clemenceau Ave North
    Newton Circus
    Bt Timah Rd
    Whitley Rd
    Pan-Island Expressway (PIE)
    Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE)
  • Woodlands CIQ Complex
  • Johor Bahru CIQ Complex
Note: Green denotes roads in Singapore, Blue denotes roads in Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Causeway Link CW5 at a glance
Causeway Link CW5 at a glance



  • 2011 (27 Mar): Introduced between JB CIQ and Newton Circus

Miscellaneous Fare Information for Manjalink users

The fare for Manjalink uses is deducted in stages. For example, when boarding CW5 at JB CIQ towards Singapore, passengers will be charged RM2.60 for the inter-checkpoint sector (similar to the CW1 fare). When re-boarding the bus at Woodlands Checkpoint, tapping the ManjaLink card on the reader will further deduct RM2.00, therefore charging a total fare of RM4.60 to Newton Circus.

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 charged based on the prevailing exchange rate determined by ManjaLink. For example, the published ManjaLink fare for JB-bound CW5 is S$3.30, and as such when ManjaLink is used, 3.30×3.08= 10.16, thereby deducting RM10.20 from the card, as the Manjalink system rounds up the fare to the nearest 10 cents.

The prevailing exchange rate for ManjaLink is regularly updated and can be found on their website.

Miscellaneous Information for Concession Fares

From Johor Bahru, concession fares are applicable to:

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

From Singapore, concession fares are applicable to:

  • Children below 12 years old
  • Students in Primary school, secondary school, and pre-university education institutes (including Institute of Education (ITE)) wearing uniform

External Links & References:

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2 thoughts on “Causeway Link CW5

  • 7 May 2022 at 2:47 PM

    Waiting for CW5 bus at Singapore checkpoint is unreasonable more then 1 hour no choice need to take cab for going to work everyday due to bus lameness paying RM4.60 no worths

  • 6 January 2022 at 12:34 PM

    When will CW5 resume operations?


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