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Larkin Bus & Taxi Terminal

Larkin Bus & Taxi Terminal

A Larkin Bus booth at night.

The Larkin Bus & Taxi Terminal is located some 4 kilometres away from the Johor Causeway.It is commonly the bus pickup point from Johor Bahru to other parts of Malaysia namely Kuala Lampur and to Singapore,the only place other than Kotaraya where Singapore Busses are allowed to alight their passengers in Malaysia and the Teminating Point for local services in JB. SBS Transit Bus Service 170 terminates here.For travellers busses going out from JB these bus services are listed here:

The following are options to cross to/from Singapore by bus to/from Larkin:

Buses to Singapore:

Buses between Johor Bahru and Singapore
Line Stops in Singapore Stops in Johor Bahru Price
Causeway Link CW1 Kranji MRT Station only Larkin via Kotaraya S$1.30, S$1.00 from Singapore
RM1.30, RM1.00 From Malaysia
Causeway Link CW2 Queen Street Only Larkin Only S$3.00
SBS Transit 170 (Red Plate) Queen Street via Kranji MRT Station Larkin Only S$1.58 (EZ-Link OK) S$1.80 (Cash)
Singapore-Johor Express Queen Street Only Larkin Only S$2.40

Service To Notes
SBS Transit Trunk Services
170 Queen Street Bus Terminal (Singapore) Red Plate
Handal Indah Cross-border Services
CW2 Queen Street Bus Terminal (Singapore)
CW3 Jurong East Bus Interchange (Singapore)

Larkin Taxi Station

An alternative to the bus services that operate from Larkin Bus Terminal is the taxi / cab services.

The cab services are grouped under 2 broad categories:

1. City cabs (red cabs) 2. Inter-city & inter-district & inter-state cabs (blue cabs)

There are 4 separate locations, where the cabs can be found around Larkin Bus Terminal:

1. A taxi stand, situated across a road from Larkin Bus Terminal (where construction of a mosque is currently underway nearby); 2. Another taxi stand, situated quite farther away from the main bus terminal; next to the Pasar (wet market); 3. Yet another taxi stand, situated at the front entrance to the wet market; 4. The final taxi stand that strictly caters to blue cabs; the stand is situated at the far end of the bus terminal ie North-East side.

Trivia on Taxi as a Mode of Transportation in JB:

Although city cabs can be found in abundance near the JB Customs area, the cab drivers there are notorious for their penchant in "hiking up" the cab fares. They often prey on Singaporeans and other foreigners who are unfamiliar with JB and its cab practices ie. the so-called unwritten rules.

The cab drivers' tactic is simple and classical: Wait at the exit point where throngs of Singaporeans and other foreign visitors emerge from. Most of the times, due to ignorance and convenience, most Singaporeans and other foreign visitors simply hop into these cabs and accept the fares set by the cab driver without much questioning.

Seasoned and experienced visitors from Singapore though, have lamented how the cab fares would substantially differ were they to take a cab found a bit farther away from the JB Customs area eg. next to City Square Mall.

It is a standard practice among a great number of cab drivers in JB, where they prefer to not use the taxi meter.

In a realistic setting, the would-be passenger would tell the location he is heading to once the cab stops for him. He would then ask for the estimated cab fare. Normally, at this point, the cab driver would offer his estimated fare to the passenger.

There are pros and cons to this practice as regards the cab passenger.

Asking upfront for the estimated cab fare would translate to agreeing the fare "way before" the passenger actually travels to his planned destination. The taxi meter thus is completely skipped and not relied on.

A closely related variation of this practice is when the passenger "actually knows" the estimated cab fare for his trip. Example: Traveling from JB Customs area to Larkin Bus Terminal. Usually, this practice is commonplace among frequent travelers. The passenger would quote a figure, and if the cab driver agrees to it, the taxi meter will again be skipped.

While most cab drivers are known to conclude the negotiation for a cab fare right upfront, it should be mentioned that there are still those who refuse to do so. These groups of cab drivers prefer to use the taxi meter instead.

The worse type of cab driver that can be found in JB, is one who doesn't use the taxi meter; and charge exorbitantly once he has driven the passenger to the desired destination.

There are tell-tale signs for this type of cab driver:

1. The taxi meter is not re-started once the passenger has settled in inside the cab; 2. The issue of fare is not mentioned at all; instead, the cab driver talks about other unrelated issues; or he would simply keep quiet throughout the entire journey; 3. When asked about the fare, the cab driver would answer in a non-chalant, often evasive manner.

Other bus services from Larkin:

Nice Express (Kuala Lumpur - Johor Bahru - Singapore) Mayang Sari (Johor Bahru - Muar) Johora (Johor Bahru - Kuala Lumpur) Hasry Express (Johor Bahru - Kuala Lumpur) Express Maharani (Johor Bahru - Muar) Hosni Express Maju

Bus services to Kuala Lampur operating from the terminal:

{| border="1" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="0" align="center" |+ Buses between Johor Bahru and KL ! Line !! Time !! To & Price |- | Plusliner (Economy Class)Larkin Bus Terminal,Platform 39 || 8.30am 10.30am 12.30pm 2.30pm 4.30pm 6.30pm 8.30pm 12 midnight || Hentian Puduraya, KL RM20.20 |- | Plusliner Larkin Bus Terminal,Platform 39 || 9.00am 12.30pm 5.30pm 8.00pm || Tourist Information Centre, 109 Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur RM 50.00 |- | Executive Coach || 9.00am, 12.30pm, 4.30pm, 8.00pm || Tourist Information Centre, 109 Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur RM 28.00 |- | Transnasional Coach Express (Economy Class) || 8.30am, 9.00am, 9.45am, 10.00am, 11.00am, 1.00pm, 1.30pm, 2.00pm, 3.00pm, 4.00pm, 4.45pm, 5.00pm, 6.30pm, 9.30pm, 10.30pm, 11.00pm, 11.45pm, 12.00mn, 12.30am || Hentian Puduraya , Kuala Lumpur RM 24.00 |- Note:Bus timetables are subject to changes without prior notice

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