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.

Due to the Malaysia Movement Control Order (MCO), Causeway Link Cross-Border Bus Services will be suspended for the duration of the MCO period, starting 18 March 2020.

Route Information
Route Johor Bahru CIQ Complex¬†‚ÜĒ¬†Newton Circus
Passes Through Woodlands CIQ
Fare Section fare payment, ManjaLink Card accepted.
RM3.40 (Max) from JB, S$3.30 (Max) from Singapore
Operator Information
Current Operator Handal Indah Sdn Bhd (Causeway Link)
Common Fleet Scania K250IB
Scania K310IB
SKSbus SA12-300
Departure Times from JB CIQ
Daily: 0500hrs – 2230hrs
Departure Times from Newton Circus
Daily: 0600hrs – 2330hrs
Published frequency of 15-30 mins

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.

From Woodlands CIQ towards Singapore, CW5 ticket holders are entitled to ride CW2 to Queen Street as the fare is similar. ManjaLink card users will have their card value deducted by the same amount.


Charges section fares last revised on 06 October 2014. Only Singapore currency is accepted when boarding the bus in Singapore, and Malaysian currency is accepted when boarding from Malaysia. Passengers using ManjaLink will be charged a lower fare compared to cash-paying passengers.

Destination Manjalink Card Adult Fare (Cash) Concesssion Fare (Cash)
Larkin / JB CIQ → Newton Circus RM3.10 RM3.40 RM1.70
Newton Circus ‚Üí JB CIQ S$3.00 S$3.30 S$1.50
JB CIQ → Woodlands CIQ RM1.70 RM1.90 RM1.00
Woodlands CIQ ‚Üí JB CIQ S$0.90 S$1.00 S$0.50
  • 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

Past Routings:

  • NA

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 RM1.30 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 RM1.80, therefore charging a total fare of RM3.10 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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