From 1 January 2023 (suspended till further notice), all passengers boarding cross-border bus services from Larkin Sentral Bus Terminal will be charged an extra RM1. Commuters boarding 170, CWL and SJE will be affected by these new charges.
Implementation of this extra charge was deferred to 16 January 2023, according to ground staff deployed at Larkin Sentral. As of 18 January 2023, the extra charge has yet to be implemented and is assumed to be postponed till further notice.
Photos of the notice at Larkin Sentral were posted on several Facebook groups on 27 December 2022.
Billed as a ‘facilities charge‘, this fee grants access to the Singapore Departure Hall (Gates 1 & 2), a common waiting area for all cross-border bus services. Access gates have been installed at the entrance of the Departure hall.
According to posters at Larkin, the RM1 charge can be paid via Touch and Go e-wallet, the Larkin Terminal ticketing website at golarkin.com.my, or the physical ticketing counters.
Arriving passengers from Singapore are not charged this extra fee, and can exit the bus berth via the adjacent turnstile.
Larkin Sentral already charges long-distance coach passengers a fee of RM2 for the use of its Centralized Ticketing System (CTS) and associated boarding facilities. This extra charge was implemented on 1 January 2022.
Using the ticket gates
The Centralized Ticketing System was implemented on 1 January 2023, but the RM1 charge has been deferred to 16 January 2023, according to ground staff deployed at Larkin Sentral. In the meantime, passengers can collect a free boarding pass from the terminal staff at the entrance of the Singapore departure hall.
Scanning the QR ticket at the gate grants access to the departure hall, and a separate shuttle boarding queue ticket is issued. The queue system is yet to be activated.
Boarding passengers will be required to scan the boarding pass QR code ticket again before exiting the departure hall for the bus berths.
Affected Bus Services departing Larkin
|Bus Service||Destination||Fares (as of 2022)|
|170||Queen Street||Distance-Based Fares (DBF) by Card or Cash
Cash fare can be paid in MYR when boarding in Malaysia, which can be cheaper than paying by contactless card
|CWL||Singapore via JB CIQ||Transfer at JB CIQ for CW1/CW2/CW5
RM2.60 to Kranji MRT (CW1)
RM4.80 to Queen Street (CW2)
RM4.60 to Newton Circus (CW5)
External Links & References:
- (1) Malaysia-Singapore Border Crossers(MSBC) 马新过境者 | Ada apa facility untuk kita bayar extra | Facebook