Malaysia–Singapore Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) Bus Services

The Malaysia–Singapore Vaccinated Travel Lane–Land (or VTL-Land) Bus Services are cross-border bus routes commencing on 29 November 2021, as part of the Malaysia – Singapore Land Vaccinated Travel Lane.

These services would ply via the Causeway, connecting Larkin Bus Terminal in Johor Bahru with Queen Street Bus Terminal and Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange in Singapore. Only 64 daily bus trips are operated, and tickets must be purchased online at least three days prior to the date of departure. More information is enclosed in the following sections.

Prerequisites

Travellers intending to use the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) must fulfil these basic prerequisites:

  1. Be a citizen, permanent resident or long-term pass holders of the country they are entering
  2. Fully vaccinated with WHO Emergency Use Authorization vaccines. Unvaccinated children below 12 years old MUST be accompanied by vaccinated adults.
  3. Hold an Accepted Proof of Vaccination
  4. Remain either in Malaysia or Singapore for the last 14 days prior to travel
  5. Have bus tickets for the journey

VTL-Land from Singapore to Malaysia

From 29 November 2021, land VTL travel from Singapore to Malaysia is open to fully-vaccinated Malaysian citizens, permanent residents or long-term pass holders.

Before their journey, travellers must:

  1. Prepare digital Singapore Vaccination HealthCerts issued via the Notarise portal with a QR code, or Proof of vaccination on the TraceTogether or HealthHub app.
  2. Register their travel at www.mysafetravel.gov.my
  3. Purchase a bus ticket from either Handal Indah or Transtar Travel
  4. Download the MySejahtera mobile app
  5. Test negative in a valid pre-departure COVID-19 antigen rapid test (ART) or polymerase chain reaction (PCR), within two calendar days before departure for Singapore.
    [tests must be taken at a laboratory or centre that is accredited or recognised by the Malaysia Ministry of Health]

On arrival at Larkin Bus Terminal, passengers will take an on-arrival test.

Travellers can also visit the ICA website for how to obtain pre-departure tests in Singapore.

More details are included in the Full Guide by Ministry of International Trade and Industry Malaysia:


VTL-Land from Malaysia to Singapore

From 29 November 2021, land VTL travel from Malaysia to Singapore is open to fully-vaccinated Singapore citizens, permanent residents or long-term pass holders.

Before their journey, travellers must:

  1. Test negative in a valid pre-departure COVID-19 antigen rapid test (ART) or polymerase chain reaction (PCR), within two calendar days before departure for Singapore.
    [tests must be taken at a laboratory or centre that is accredited or recognised by the Malaysia Ministry of Health] Children aged two years and below in the calendar year are not required to undergo these tests.
  2. Travellers also must be fully vaccinated, and unvaccinated children aged 12 years and below must be accompanied by a vaccinated adult.
  3. All travellers are required to submit the SG Arrival Card with Electronic Health Declaration via the ICA website or through the SG Arrival Card mobile application (Google Play Store / Apple App Store).
  4. Long-term pass holders must also apply for a vaccinated travel pass on the SafeTravel website.

More details can be found on the ICA website, including a long list of frequently asked questions.

On arrival at Queen Street Bus Terminal / Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange, passengers will take an on-arrival test. This additional requirement was announced on 28 Nov 2021 by the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

A total of 64 daily bus trips are offered under the first phase of the VTL-Land scheme.


VTL-Land: Causeway Link Bus Route

Causeway Link deploys low-entry Yutong city buses on its VTL route between Larkin and Queen Street.

For VTL1, Causeway Link deploys two buses per departure timing. Each bus carries either 22 or 23 passengers, as indicated by a piece of paper on the front windscreen, for a total of 45 passengers per indicated departure time.

The lower seating capacity allows for more space for luggage and safe distancing onboard these buses.

VTL1 – Route Overview
Route  Larkin Sentral Bus TerminalQueen Street Bus Terminal
Operator Handal Indah Sdn Bhd (Causeway Link)
Operating Hours
Departure Times from Larkin Sentral
Daily
29 Nov 2021 – 5 Dec 2021 07:30 – 18:45
6 Dec 2021 – 12 Dec 2021 07:30 – 18:30
13 Dec 2021 – 19 Dec 2021 07:30 – 18:10
20 Dec 2021 – 26 Dec 2021 07:30 – 18:00
27 Dec 2021 – 2 Jan 2022 07:30 – 18:00
Departure Times from Queen Street
Daily
29 Nov 2021 – 5 Dec 2021 09:00 – 20:15
6 Dec 2021 – 12 Dec 2021 09:00 – 20:00
13 Dec 2021 – 19 Dec 2021 09:00 – 19:40
20 Dec 2021 – 26 Dec 2021 09:00 – 19:30
27 Dec 2021 – 2 Jan 2022 08:50 – 19:20
Operating Frequency
From Larkin Sentral See below for full departure timings
From Queen Street See below for full departure timings
Fare Information
Fare Tickets must be purchased online at least three days prior to the date of departure.
From Malaysia (Larkin Sentral): Adult – RM20 / Child – RM10
From Singapore (Queen Street): Adult – $15 / Child – $8
Departure Timings

Passengers are to check in at least 1 hour earlier than the scheduled departure time at Queen Street / Larkin Sentral.

From Larkin Sentral
29 Nov 2021 – 5 Dec 2021 07:30, 08:15, 09:00, 09:45, 10:30, 11:15, 12:00, 12:45, 13:30, 14:15, 15:00, 15:45, 16:30, 17:15, 18:00 & 18:45
6 Dec 2021 – 12 Dec 2021 07:30, 08:30, 09:00, 10:00, 10:30, 11:30, 12:00, 13:00, 13:30, 14:30, 15:00, 16:00, 16:30, 17:30, 18:00 & 18:30
13 Dec 2021 – 19 Dec 2021 07:30, 08:10, 09:10, 09:50, 10:30, 11:10, 12:10, 12:50, 13:30, 14:10, 15:10, 15:50, 16:30, 17:10, 17:50 & 18:10
20 Dec 2021 – 26 Dec 2021 07:30, 08:00, 08:45, 09:15, 10:00, 10:45, 11:30, 12:00, 12:45, 13:30, 14:00, 14:45, 15:30, 16:00, 17:00 & 18:00
27 Dec 2021 – 2 Jan 2022 07:30, 08:40, 09:20, 10:00, 10:40, 11:15, 12:00, 12:45, 13:15, 14:00, 14:45, 15:15, 16:00, 16:45, 17:15 & 18:00
From Queen Street
29 Nov 2021 – 5 Dec 2021 09:00, 09:45, 10:30, 11:15, 12:00, 12:45, 13:30, 14:15, 15:00, 15:45, 16:30, 17:15, 18:00, 18:45, 19:30 & 20:15
6 Dec 2021 – 12 Dec 2021 09:00, 10:00, 10:30, 11:30, 12:00, 13:00, 13:30, 14:30, 15:00, 16:00, 16:30, 17:30, 18:00, 19:00, 19:30 & 20:00
13 Dec 2021 – 19 Dec 2021 09:00, 09:40, 10:40, 11:20, 12:00, 12:40, 13:40, 14:20, 15:00, 15:40, 16:40, 17:20, 18:00, 18:40, 19:20 & 19:40
20 Dec 2021 – 26 Dec 2021 09:00, 09:30, 10:15, 10:45, 11:30, 12:15, 13:00, 13:30, 14:15, 15:00, 15:30, 16:15, 17:00, 17:30, 18:30 & 19:30
27 Dec 2021 – 2 Jan 2022 08:50, 10:00, 10:40, 11:20, 12:00, 12:35, 13:20, 14:05, 14:35, 15:20, 16:05, 16:35, 17:20, 18:05, 18:35 & 19:20

VTL-Land: Transtar Travel Bus Route

Transtar deploys high-floor coaches on the route between Larkin and Woodlands, which allows up to 45 passengers per trip.

Route Overview
Route Larkin Sentral Bus TerminalWoodlands Temporary Bus Interchange
Operator Transtar Travel & Tours Pte Ltd (Transtar)
Operating Hours
Departure Times from Larkin Sentral
Daily [From 29 Nov 2021]
09:30 – 19:30
Departure Times from Woodlands Temporary Bus Int
Daily [From 29 Nov 2021]
08:00 – 18:00
Operating Frequency
From Larkin Sentral Every 40 mins. See below for full departure timings
From Woodlands Temp Int Every 40 mins. See below for full departure timings
Fare Information
Fare Tickets must be purchased online at least three days prior to the date of departure.
From Singapore: Adult – $15 / Child – $8
From Malaysia: Adult – RM20 / Child – RM10
Departure Timings
  • From Larkin Sentral:
    09:30, 10:10, 10:50, 11:30, 12:10, 12:50, 13:30, 14:10, 14:50, 15:30, 16:10, 16:50, 17:30, 18:10, 18:50 & 19:30
  • From Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange:
    08:00, 08:40, 09:20, 10:00, 10:40, 11:20, 12:00, 12:40, 13:20, 14:00, 14:40, 15:20, 16:00, 16:40, 17:20 & 18:00

Passengers are to check in at least 1 hour earlier than the scheduled departure time at Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange / Larkin Sentral.


Tickets

Ticket sales for the VTL-Land Bus Services will be conducted online.

VTL-Land Bus Ticket Booking Sites:

Information history

A dry run was conducted on 23 November 2021, which featured buses deployed from Causeway Link as well as Transtar Travel, displaying the VTL signage at Queen Street Bus Terminal & Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange respectively.


Additional photo gallery on Page 2.


References:

7 thoughts on “Malaysia–Singapore Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) Bus Services

  • 30 November 2021 at 10:00 AM
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    When will LTA resume services 950, 160 and 170? Or LTA will just use VTL to enter JB?

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    • 3 December 2021 at 11:10 PM
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      doubt they continue. how they want to control? logistic issue ( need to check stuffs b4 take bus, limit ppl in a bus etc). if there are stops in between, how to know which pax go JB or not

      if continue, might need something like 160V (for VTL) or express version of 160 (straight to JB from JE)
      and JE int no space to have ART test (for pax coming to SG) if 160 resumes to JB

      950 can (provided express all the way from woodlands). 170 can also but make like express kind as well (like SJE service)

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