Bus tickets to Malaysian cities from Singapore in short supply

basPETALING JAYA: Tickets for buses leaving Singapore for various Malaysian cities are almost sold out as many Malaysians return home for Chinese New Year.

According to The Straits Times, tickets for buses from Singapore to Malaysian cities between Feb 13 and 15 have almost been sold out.

The most popular destinations are Kuala Lumpur, Taiping and Melaka.

In 2018, Chinese New Year falls on Feb 16.

Elson Yap, managing director of Transtar Travel, said all tickets for Feb 14 had been sold out, while 70-80% of all tickets for Feb 13 and Feb 15 had been sold.

“A lot of Malaysians work in Singapore and when the factories and offices all close, they will go back home.”

Yap added that ticket prices had risen three or four times their usual prices.

Joe Lim, executive director of Konsortium Express & Tours, said tickets for Feb 13 to 15 from Singapore to Malaysian cities began to sell from November 2017.

The company intends to employ 25 to 30 buses daily over the Chinese New Year period, well above its usual six to eight per day.

It will also not be easy for those living in Singapore to obtain train tickets to Malaysia over the Chinese New Year period.

According to the website of Keretapi Tanah Melayu, all tickets from Singapore to Malaysian cities for Feb 14 had been sold out.

However, tickets for late-night trains on Feb 15, as well as all trains on Feb 13, are still available.