September 24, 2012

Johor Premium Outlets

Bus Trip to Johor Premium Outlets

This was a departure from our weekly walks in Singapore. We decided to take a break to try out the bus routes to the Johor Premium Outlets. We took the Singapore Johor Express bus from Queen Street. The bus terminal is just behind the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes. We could have taken the Causeway Link CW2 also. Both express buses will bring us to the Singapore CIQ without stopping along the way. The fare is S$2.40 and we can use our EZLink to pay at the ticket counter beside the road. In return the ticket seller will issue a ticket for us to board the bus. We need to keep this ticket for boarding a continuing bus after clearing Singapore Immigration.

JB Sentral Bus Terminal
When the bus drop us for clearing Singapore Immigration, bring everything with you because we will not re-board the same bus. After clearing Immigration, follow the signs to the same bus service to board the next bus. The bus that brought you here would have picked up the earlier passengers and left. When boarding the driver may want to see the ticket as proof that you are a bona fide passenger. If you had taken Causeway Link CW2, you can board either CW1 or CW2 as both will take you to Malaysian Immigration.

Entrance to Johor Premium Outlets
Again at Malaysian Immigration the bus dropped us off and we proceeded to clear Immigration. As we were planning to take the bus from the JB Sentral (train station) bus terminal, we would not re-board the bus. After clearing immigration, we followed signs leading to JB Sentral. As you leave the CIQ Building, you can see the bus terminal on the road level on the left. Just before entering the JB Sentral Building there is an escalator on the left. Use this to proceed to the road level and the bus terminal. Walk along the bus bays until you see a sign announcing the Causeway Link JP01 destination Johor Premium Outlets. You can check out the time-table on their website Causeway Link..

Johor Premium Outlets Food Court
We took the 11am bus. The cost was RM4.50 and the journey took about an hour. The bus followed the coastal road west of the city.

Burberry Outlet
The Johor Premium Outlets is located near the junction of E3 and the North-South Highway. It was opened only a few months ago. As it was near lunch time we looked for food at the food court.

From the Second Level
After lunch we walked around the place to see the range of brands and compare prices. There are 80 outlet stores. We were told that prices were 25% lower than the mainline shops. For the list of brands see their website Jurong Premium Outlets. As we wandered along the 2nd floor, we found out too late that there was a Thai restaurant here with prices not much higher than the food court offering. Had we known this we would have patronized it for better service instead of self service.

Second Level Shops
We chose to take the 2pm Causeway Link bus JPO2 that would take us to the Second Link Checkpoint and from there switch to CW3 or CW4 that would take us to Jurong East bus terminal. The cost of the ticket all the way to Jurong East was RM7. The bus also stopped at Gelang Patch to pickup/drop passengers. Again we kept the ticket stub to show the driver of the next bus. One of us had thrown the ticket away but managed to find it after some searching.

Waiting for the next Causeway Link bus
We arrived at the Malaysian Checkpoint at 2.45pm and boarded CW3 at 3pm. We arrived at Jurong East at 3.40pm.

It was an eye opening journey. We had a relaxing bus journey and got a chance to see the country for the cost of RM11 from Johor Bahru to Jurong East.

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