We all know that you can take Grab around a country. But did you know that you can now book a Grab to another country — more specifically, Johor Bahru in Malaysia. The best part, the ride starts from S$3, plus you’ll save plenty of time making your way across the border! Talk about a good travel hack.
The Grab Bus option is kinda hidden within the app, which probably explains why most of us don’t know about it. To find it, you have to select “More” on Grab, and then select “Bus & Ferry”. After that, you’ll be prompted to key in your pick-up and drop-off destinations — much like your regular Grab ride.
Pro tip: set your drop-off destination as Johor Bahru CIQ Checkpoint before you choose your pick-up point. That way, Grab will automatically show you the available pick-up points for the route. Oh, and you can select multiple pick-up points too — perfect for you and your besties.
The cost per passenger ranges between S$3 and S$11, depending on your pick-up point — still pretty affordable if you ask me. Plus, the Grab Bus will also wait for you to clear customs which also means you don’t have to wait in line with the rest of the crowd for the public bus.
Once all that is done, all you’re left to do is to select a departure date and time for your booking. Then, you’re good to go! Similar to your regular Grab rides, you’ll be given the details of your bus and all you gotta do is to show up at the pick-up point and look out for the bus.
It is important to note that the Grab Bus has a seating capacity of 40 seats which also means you’ll be sharing the bus with other travellers. But for what it’s worth, at least you get a guaranteed spot on the bus!
If you’re a frequent traveller to JB, you would be familiar with the massive jam along the causeway and the snaking queues at customs, which can sometimes take hours. This Grab Bus service truly is a life-saver and a good alternative for those who are looking to make a quick (and comfortable) trip across the border. Grab also has round-trip bus rides to Kuala Lumpur and Penang too — if JB is too basic for you.
Planning a weekend getaway to Malaysia? Make sure to try out this cool travel hack!
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