Johor Bahru in Johor Bahru

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The skyline of Johor Bahru, seen from the Causeway

Johor Bahru (also Johor Baru or Johore Baharu, but universally called JB) is the state capital of Johor in southern peninsular Malaysia, just across the causeway from Singapore. A bustling city but one with little of interest for the casual tourist, it is a significant regional transport and manufacturing hub.

Understand

Declared a city only in 1994, Johor Bahru is a rapidly growing city. Latest census figures indicates that it is Malaysia's second largest city proper and second largest metropolitan area, with a population of 1.4 million and 1.8 million respectively. Given its relatively large land space, the town is not as dense as other cities around Malaysia.

Due to its proximity to Singapore, it unavoidably suffers from comparison with its neighbour. Recent clean-up initiatives like greening the city and covering the open sewers that until a few years ago ran through the center of the city have made it a more pleasant place to live. Though appreciably less organised and much more messy compared to the glitz of Singapore, shopping and eating in the city can be a real adventure, with many shopping complexes and a wide variety of food establishments offering budget to fine dining.

Johor Bahru is probably more well known as an industrial city rather than a tourist-friendly town. Many of the world's top electronics manufacturers have at least one plant in Johor Bahru, and after the tough times after the 1997 economic crisis the town is stirring to life again.

A new immigration and customs checkpoint - the Sultan Iskandar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex - was opened in Dec 2008. An almost straight, 600-metre long flyover now links this gigantic complex with the Causeway.

Orientation

Johor Bahru can be easily divided into four parts - North, South, East and West.

South - The main city centre is located on the southern part of the city which has a link to Singapore via the causeway. It is an area with housing estates which have been around for more than three decades. Important estates include Taman Pelangi, Taman Century and Taman Sentosa.

North - Its main centre is Taman Johor Jaya, and it can be accessed via the trunk road, Jalan Tebrau. There can be a relatively frequent peak hour jam along this road. Recently, the Austin area has been a hive for construction activities with the latest Jusco Tebrau City locating in its vicinity.

West - Probably one of the largest areas of the four, its hub is Skudai and important housing estates such as Taman Ungku Tun Aminah, Taman Skudai Baru, Taman Bukit Indah, Taman Perling and Taman Nusa Bestari are located here. The largest port in Johor, Pelabuhan Tanjung Pelepas is located in this area too.

East - Another port city which has been around for more than 20 years. The main hub is Pasir Gudang which is both a port city as well as a manufacturing hub. Tanjung Langsat which is located near Pasir Gudang is fast becoming a petro chemical hub.

Get in

By plane

Senai International Airport

Senai International Airport , [1]. formally Sultan Ismail International Airport (Malay: Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Sultan Ismail), is located about 35 km (via the Skudai Highway) north-northwest of the Causeway. It currently has scheduled domestic services for passengers to both East and West Malaysia by Malaysia Airlines, Air Asia and Firefly. Firefly started scheduled international flights to Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya and Bangkok in the second half of 2011. The airfares to the Malaysian destinations from Senai airport are considerably cheaper than those from Singapore. The airport is compact but it is recently renovated and now fully equipped with shops, a restaurant (landside only), WLAN access (ask for free login at information desk), etc.

Domestic passenger flights are provided by:

  • Malaysia Airlines (Level 1, Menara Pelangi, Jalan Kuning, tel: +60-7-331 0036, [2]) with direct flights to Kota Kinabalu,Kuala Lumpur and Kuching;
  • AirAsia (call center number: +603 2171 9333, [3]), with direct flights to Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Kuching, Miri, Penang, Sibu;
  • Firefly Airlines which flies directly to/from Kuala Lumpur's Subang airport twice daily. (call center: 603-7845 4553 or visit the airline website [4]).
  • Between Johor Bahru and Senai International Airport:
    • Causeway Link (Tel: +60-7-3582244) operates airport express shuttle buses between the airport and the City Lounge (10 daily buses from City Lounge to the airport and 12 daily buses from the airport to City Lounge; 1st/last departs for the airport at 5:30AM/7.20PM, 1st/last bus departs for City Lounge at 6:10AM/10.50PM) on the north edge of Kotaraya II bus terminal in Jalan Trus. The Kotaraya II bus terminal is a mere ten-minute walk from the CIQ. Tickets cost RM8 one-way and journey time to the airport is about 45 minutes. The return journey stops at JB Sentral before returning to Kotaraya II. The Causeway Link bus schedule is found at - [5]. Drinks and snacks can be bought from the snack bar (closed on Sundays) in the City Lounge. City Lounge has car rental services, ticketing counters for intercity express coach services (Causeway Link and Plusliner) and a flat TV screen to check all the incoming and outgoing flights of Senai Airport.
    • There are also non-express buses from and to the airport. Currently, JB Central Line's A1 bus (operating hours: 7 am to 8.30pm) and Causeway Link's 333 (operating hours 6am to 8pm, frequency every 1.5 to 2hr, one-way fare 3.50 RM) go between Larkin bus terminal and the airport. The A1 bus terminates at Senai Airport and Permas Jaya, so you can board or disembark from the bus at various points such as Plaza Sentosa, Holiday Plaza, Crystal Crown Hotel, Jalan Skudai, etc. The Maju 207 bus service between Larkin bus terminal and Senai Airport has been cancelled.
    • Besides the bus, taxis are also available, taking about 30 minutes. Taxis leaving from the airport operate on a voucher system - buy your voucher from the taxi desk inside the terminal (next to the car rental desks). A trip to the city center is RM45 for up to 4 passengers.
  • To/from Singapore:
    • The following express buses go between Singapore (the bus stop opposite Kranji MRT station/Queen Street Terminal/Jurong bus interchange) and Johor Bahru - CW1, CW2, CW3, CW3S, CW4S and CW5 and the Singapore-Johore Express. See below ('By bus, from and to Singapore') for more details.
    • Three new, non-express bus services were launched in the second half of 2010. The Transtar Cross Border Service (TS1) plies between Changi Airport and Johor Bahru's Kotaraya II bus terminal. The Transtar Cross Border Service (TS2) plies between Resorts World at Sentosa and Johor Bahru's Kotaraya II bus terminal. Advance Coach AC7 bus plies bewteen Yishun bus interchange in Singapore and Johor Bahru's Kotaraya II bus terminal. See below ('By bus, from and to Singapore') for more details.
    • SBS Transit public buses provide one of the cheapest and most reliable form of transport to Johor via Singapore. Bus 160 is available from Jurong East Interchange which is beside the Jurong East MRT Station; it terminates at Kotaraya II terminal in Johor Bahru. Check out this web site: [6] for detailed information. Bus 170 (with the red plate) is available from Queen Street Terminal in Singapore and terminates at Larkin terminal in Johor Bahru. Check out this web site: [7] for detailed information. Bus 170 (with the blue plate) is available from the bus stop beside the Kranji MRT station. This bus terminates at Kotaraya II terminal. See below ('By bus, from and to Singapore') for more details. Check out this web site: [8]
    • SMRT public buses similarly provide one of the cheapest and most reliable form of transport to Johor via Singapore. Bus 950 departs from Woodlands bus interchange, which is just opposite the Woodlands MRT station. The bus terminates at Kotaraya II terminal in Johor Bahru. Check out this website [9] - select 950 at the dropdown menu for detailed information. See below ('By bus, from and to Singapore') for more details.
    • A direct private bus link is provided by SPS Coach (Ticketing counter at airport Tel: +60-7-5993976; Singapore ticketing Tel: +65-62503333) and is only available to Malaysia Airlines ticket holders. It runs between Senai airport and the Copthorne Orchid Hotel on Dunearn Road, Singapore and costs RM 12 or S$12 depending whether you are leaving from or coming to Johor Bahru. For flights and the corresponding bus schedules, check Malaysian Airlines' Singapore website.
    • The cheapest option is to travel from Singapore to the City Lounge on the north edge the Kotaraya II terminal (see By bus below) on Jalan Trus by any of the numerous buses mentioned above, and then transfer to a Causeway Link Express airport shuttle bus. Alternatively, you can also go from Singapore to the Larkin bus terminal by express or non-express bus and transfer to an airport-bound bus. See above for details of the airport shuttle bus and the Larkin-Senai Airport buses. Direct buses from the airport to the Second Link stopped running in June 2006.
    • If you're in a hurry, you can take an ordinary Malaysian taxi for an official rate of RM45 from the taxi rank between JB Sentral and the Johor CIQ, after clearing Malaysian immigration and customs. From JB to Senai takes around 30 minutes off peak. Buy your coupon from the counter before boarding the taxi.
    • If you are a train or history buff, opt to take the KTM (Keratapi Tanah Melayu) from Singapore to Johor. Singapore's mainline station at Tanjong Pagar features colonial grandeur decor since the railway was built by the British and pass by palm plantations, among other sights. Check [10] for detailed information and descriptions or [11] to purchase tickets. NOTE: As explained below, "As of 1 July 2011, all KTM services to and from the old Singapore railway station in Tanjong Pagar have ceased, and all trains now depart from the Woodlands Train Checkpoint, which is just 700m from the start of the causeway."

If you plan to take an early morning flight, bear in mind that the earliest bus leaves City Lounge at 5:30AM and reaches the airport around 6:05AM. You have the option of staying in JB for the night. Alternatively, you can book a taxi that takes you directly to the airport or to the City Lounge at Kotaraya, but this will cost you; (see By taxi below). It is recommended that you plan these carefully, the variables and the risks involved in this morning rush is pretty high.

Singapore Changi Airport

Singapore Changi Airport across the border in Singapore is commonly used by locals due to its better connections. The downside is that you will have to pass through customs and immigration twice, and getting to/from your destination can be a bit of a hassle as normal Singaporean taxis are not allowed to cross the border into Johor Bahru and vice versa. The most convenient way to get from Johor to Singapore Changi Airport is via Transtar Travel's "cross border" coach service between Changi Airport and Johor Bahru's Kotaraya II Bus Terminal.

By road

From Singapore

Most visitors to JB arrive from Singapore via one of two land links:

  • The Causeway linking Malaysia and Singapore is a very popular and thus terminally congested entry point connecting directly into the heart of JB. While congestion isn't as bad as it once was, the Causeway is still jam-packed on Friday evenings (towards Malaysia) and Sunday evenings (towards Singapore). The Causeway can be crossed by bus, train, taxi or car. Since the opening of the new customs and immigration complex, crossing the Causeway on foot is no longer possible.
  • A second crossing between Malaysia and Singapore, known as the Second Link, has been built between western Singapore and Malaysia. Much faster and less congested than the Causeway, it is used by some of the luxury bus services to Kuala Lumpur and is strongly recommended if you have your own car. There is only one bus across (CW3, see below) which gets very packed at evening peak hours(5.45pm - 7pm), and only Malaysian "limousine" taxis are allowed to cross it (and charge RM150 and up for the privilege). Walking across is also not allowed, not that there would be any practical means to continue the journey from either end if you did. It is very far away from the city center, however, compared to the Causeway.
Sultan Iskandar CIQ at the Causeway

Driving a car from Singapore to Malaysia is relatively uncomplicated, although small tolls are charged for both crossing and (for the Second Link) the adjoining expressway. Tolls on the Singapore side can only be paid with a CashCard or Autopass, and on the Malaysian side only with a Touch n Go card. Be sure to have both ready.

Entering Singapore with a foreign-registered car is more complicated and expensive. See Singapore | Get In for details.

In both directions, note that rental cars will frequently ban or charge extra for crossing the border.

From other parts of Malaysia

JB is at the southern end of the North South Expressway, the toll highway which runs the length of Peninsular Malaysia. Those accessing the city can exit at Skudai, Kempas, Jalan Pasir Gudang or Johor Bahru exits.

JB is also at the southern extremity of the Federal Route One, the main trunk roads which runs the length of Peninsular Malaysia's West Coast states. Federal Route Three or the East Coast Road also links JB with the East Coast towns of Kuantan, Kuala Terengganu and Kota Bharu via Kota Tinggi and Mersing. The West Coast's coastal road can be accessed from Pontian..

By bus

From and to Singapore

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

Two new bus services were launched by Singapore-based Transtar Travel in Sep 2010. The Transtar Cross Border Service TS1 minibus (24 passengers) plies between Changi Airport and Johor Bahru. The service calls at coach stands at Terminals 1, 2, 3, and the Budget Terminal at Changi Airport and terminate at Kotaraya II Terminal. One-way fares from Changi Airport to Johor Bahru is S$7 for adults and S$3.50 for children. From Johor Bahru, adults will pay RM7 whereas children will pay RM3.50. For boarding at the other points along the route in Singapore, adults pay between S$2 and S$6, whereas child fares are between S$1 and S$3. Payment can be made using EzLink card or with cash. The first bus leaves Changi Airport for Johor Bahru at 7.15am, Johor Bahru for Changi Airport at 5.00am with the last departures at Changi Airport and Kotaraya II scheduled at 11.15pm and 9.00pm respectively. Frequency is set at every 60 minutes. The bus calls at 5 stops along its route in Singapore (excluding Woodlands Checkpoint) and uses the Tampines and Seletar Expressways [12]. The Transtar Cross Border Service TS8 double-decker bus plies between Resorts World at Sentosa (RWS) and Johor Bahru. The bus call at 6 stops along its route. The service also terminate at Kotaraya II Terminal in Johor Bahru. Fares are set lower, at S$5 for adults from RWS to JB, and S$2.50 for children. From JB, adults will pay RM5 and children, RM2.50. For boarding at the other points along the route in Singapore, adults pay S$3 or S$4, whereas child fares are $1.50 or S$2. Passengers can choose to pay using their EzLink cards or with cash. From RWS, the first bus will leave at 8am (Mon-Sat) or 9am (Sun and public holidays) with the last one at 12am. From Kotaraya II Terminal, the first bus departs at 5.45am (Mon-Sat) or 6.45am (Sun and public holidays) and the last bus at 9.45pm. Service TS8 runs at a frequency of every 1 hour. The bus calls at 6 stops in Singapore (excluding Woodlands Checkpoint) along its route. For the full schedule and fare structure, refer to [13].

The Advance Coach AC7 bus service [14], [15] was launched in Dec 2010. The bus runs between Yishun bus interchange in Singapore and Kotaraya II terminal in Johor Baru. It makes numerous stops enroute between Yishun bus interchange and the Woodlands checkpoint. The frequency is 20 to 30 minutes, from 5.45am 11.30pm (Singapore to Johor Bahru) or 5am and 11.50pm (Johor Bahru to Singapore). The bus fare is a flat $2 (if you board the bus anywhere in Singapore) or 2RM (if you board the bus in Johor Bahru).

Line Stop(s) in Singapore other than customs/immigration checkpoint Stop(s) in Johor Bahru other than customs/immigration checkpoint One-way fare
Causeway Link CW1 Kranji MRT only Larkin only $1.30 from Kranji MRT to Larkin/$0.90 from Kranji MRT to Woodlands Checkpoint or Johor Bahru CIQ/RM1.40 from Larkin to Kranji MRT/RM 0.90 from Johor Bahru CIQ to Woodlands Checkpoint or Kranji MRT/$0.80 and $1.30 from Woodlands Checkpoint to Johor Bahru CIQ and Larkin respectively
Causeway Link CW2 Queen Street only Larkin only $2.40 from Queen Street to Woodlands Checkpoint or Johor Bahru CIQ or Larkin/2.50 RM from Larkin or Johor Bahru CIQ to Queen Street/$2.40 from Woodlands checkpoint to Queen Street
Causeway Link CW3 Jurong East bus interchange only Gelang Patah, Taman Bukit Indah, Perling Mall (via Second Link) $4 from Jurong East to Taman Bukit Indah; RM5 from Taman Bukit Indah to Jurong East
Causeway Link CW3S/CW4S Jurong East bus interchange only Sutera Mall (via Second Link)and Gelang Patah
Causeway Link CW5 Newton Food Centre car park only Larkin only $2.00 from Newton to Johor Bahru CIQ or Larkin/2.50 RM from Johor Bahru CIQ or Larkin to Newton
SBS 170 (red plate) Queen St via Kranji MRT Larkin only $1.90(Ez-link card)/$2.20(cash) from Queen Street to Larkin. $1.82(Ez-link card)/$2.20(cash) from Queen Street to Johor Bahru CIQ. RM 2.20/1.90/1.70(cash) from Larkin to Queen Street/Kranji MRT station/Woodlands Checkpoint respectively
SBS 170 (blue plate) Kranji MRT Kotaraya and @old JB train station $0.93(Ez-link card)/$1.30 (cash) from Kranji MRT to Johor Bahru CIQ. $1.39(Ez-link card)/$1.90(cash) from Kranji MRT to Kotaraya. 1.00RM(cash) from Johor CIQ to Woodlands checkpoint. 1.20RM(cash) from Johor CIQ to Kranji MRT.
SBS 160 Jurong East Interchange via Kranji MRT Kotaraya and @old JB train station $1.66 (Ez-link card)/$2.10 (cash) from Jurong East Interchange to Johor Bahru CIQ or vice versa
SMRT 950 Woodlands MRT via Marsiling MRT Kotaraya and @old JB train station 1.60RM from Kota Raya to Marsiling MRT or Woodlands Interchange. 1.40RM from Kota Raya to Woodlands Checkpoint. 1.20RM and 1.40RM from Johor Bahru CIQ to Marsiling MRT and Woodlands Interchange respectively. $0.93(Ez-link card)/$1.30 (cash) and $1.11(Ez-link card)/$1.50 (cash) from Marsiling MRT and Woodlands Interchange to Johor Bahru CIQ respectively
Singapore-Johore Express Queen St only Larkin only $2.40 from Queen Street to Woodlands checkpoint or Johor Bahru CIQ or Larkin/3.30 RM from Larkin to Queen Street/2.50 RM from Johor Bahru CIQ to Queen Street/$2.40 from Woodlands checkpoint to Queen Street/$1 or 2RM from Woodlands checkpoint to Johor Bahru CIQ/1 RM from Johor Bahru CIQ to Woodlands checkpoint

@These buses stop in front of the old JB train station (along Jalan Tun Abdul Razak) right in the center of the city enroute to Kotaraya bus terminal only on the Singapore to JB leg of the journey.

Note: It is possible but more expensive to use the EZ-link card compared to paying in cash in Malaysian ringgit when boarding SBS 160, SBS 170 or SMRT 950 at Larkin bus terminal/Kotaraya bus terminal/Johor Bahru CIQ to go anywhere in Singapore. The percentage price difference becomes greater the further you go into Singapore. For example, it costs S$1.88 using the Ez-link card to go from Larkin bus terminal to Queen Street terminal by SBS 170. This is slightly more than 100% more expensive than by paying in cash (2.10RM), based on current exchange rates (S$1 = 2.45 RM). It is also cheaper to pay in ringgit, based on current exchange rates (S$1 = 2.45 RM), (2 RM versus S$1) when traveling from the Woodlands Checkpoint to the Johor Bahru CIQ by the Singapore-Johore Express bus. Conversely, it is cheaper to use the EZ-link card for both the bus and MRT train if one has the intention to take the MRT train at Kranji, Marsiling or Woodlands MRT stations, due to Singapore's newly launched Distance Fare. For example, it will cost more (30-60 Singapore cents, after currency conversion) if one were to take the CW1, 160, 170 or 950 to Kranji or Woodlands MRT station and pay by cash in ringgit (RM 0.90-1.80), and then use the Ez-link card for the MRT train.

Operating hours of the abovementioned buses are as follow:

  • Johor Bahru to Singapore
  • Singapore-Johore Express - first bus and last bus departs Larkin bus terminal at 6.15am and 11pm respectively. Average frequency every 15 minutes.
  • Causeway Link CW1 - first bus and last bus departs Larkin bus terminal at 8.30am and 9pm respectively. Average frequency every 20 minutes.
  • Causeway Link CW1 - first bus and last bus departs Johor Bahru CIQ at 4.30am and 10.45pm respectively. Average frequency every 5 minutes.
  • Causeway Link CW2 - first bus and last bus departs Larkin bus terminal at 8.30am and 9pm respectively. Average frequency every 20 minutes.
  • Causeway Link CW2 - first bus and last bus departs Johor Bahru CIQ at 4.30am and 11pm respectively. Average frequency every 10 minutes.
  • Causeway Link CW3 - first bus and last bus leaves Bukit Indah at 5.15-5.25am and 10pm respectively; first bus and last bus leaves Perling Mall at 4.35-5am and 9.35pm(Mon-Sat)/7.35pm respectively. Average frequency Bukit Indah to Jurong East every 15 minutes(Mon-Sat)/25 minutes(Sun), slightly lower for Perling Mall to Jurong East. Schedule: [16]
  • Causeway Link CW4S - first bus and last bus departs Sutera Mall at 4.35am/4.35am (Mon-Sat/Sun & public holidays respectively) and 4.50pm/8.20pm (Mon-Sat/Sun & public holidays respectively) respectively. Schedule: [17]
  • Causeway Link CW5 - first bus and last bus departs Johor Bahru at 5.00am and 10.45pm respectively. Average frequency every 20 minutes from 5.00am to 7.00pm, and every 30 minutes from 7.00pm to 10.45pm
  • SBS 160 - first bus and last bus departs Kotaraya bus terminal at 6.20am and 12.30am respectively. Average frequency every 13 minutes
  • SBS 170 (red plate) - first bus and last bus departs Larkin bus terminal at 5.30am and 12.30am respectively. Average frequency every 13 minutes
  • SBS 170 (blue plate) - first bus and last bus departs Kotaraya bus terminal at 5.15am and 12am respectively. Average frequency every 6 minutes
  • SMRT 950 - first bus and last bus departs Kotaraya bus terminal at 5.30am and 12am respectively. Average frequency every 11 minutes
  • Singapore to Johor Bahru
  • SBS 160 - first bus and last bus departs Jurong East bus interchange at 5.30am and 12am respectively. Average frequency every 13 minutes
  • SBS 170 (red plate) - first bus and last bus departs Queen Street bus terminal at 5.20am and 12.10am respectively. Average frequency every 12 minutes
  • SBS 170 (blue plate) - first bus and last bus departs Kranji MRT station at 5.40am and 11.10pm respectively. Average frequency every 7 minutes
  • SMRT 950 - first bus and last bus departs Woodlands bus interchange at 5.30am and 11.30pm respectively. Average frequency every 11 minutes
  • Singapore-Johore Express - first bus and last bus departs Queen Street bus terminal at 6.30 am and 12.00 am respectively. Average frequency every 15 minutes.
  • Causeway Link CW1 - first bus and last bus departs Kranji MRT station at 5.30am and 11.30 pm respectively. Average frequency every 5 minutes.
  • Causeway Link CW2 - first bus and last bus departs Queen Street bus terminal at 6.00am and 11.30 pm respectively. Average frequency every 10 minutes.
  • Causeway Link CW3 - first bus and last bus departs Jurong East bus interchange at 7.30am and 11.45pm respectively. Average frequency every 15 minutes(Mon-Sat)/20-25 minutes(Sun). Schedule: [18]
  • Causeway Link CW4S - first bus and last bus departs Jurong East bus interchange at 8.05am/7.30am (Mon-Sat/Sun & public holidays respectively) and 9pm/9.20pm (Mon-Sat/Sun & public holidays respectively) respectively. Schedule: [19]
  • Causeway Link CW5 - first bus and last bus departs Newton Food Centre car park at 6.00am and 11.30pm respectively. Average frequency every 20 minutes from 6.00am to 7.00pm, and every 30 minutes from 7.00pm to 11.30pm

All buses except CW3, CW3S and CW4S use the Causeway. There's a pattern to the madness: other than the immigration checkpoints, all Johor Bahru bound buses (except CW4S - 6 stops altogether) can only stop at one or two destinations in Johor Bahru, while Causeway Link [20] and Singapore-Johore Express buses can only stop at one destination in Singapore. Terminals aside, all buses make one stop each at Singapore immigration checkpoint and at Malaysian immigration checkpoint, which gives you the opportunity to hop on (esp. on those line buses where you can pay with an Ez-link card). At both immigration points, you must disembark with all your luggage and pass through passport control and customs, then board the next bus by showing your ticket. Figure on 45 mins for the whole rigmarole from entering one border control point to exiting the other; more during rush hour.

Coming from Singapore and if you are planning to go on immediately to Larkin bus terminal, you may take any of the frequent, non-stop buses that terminate at Larkin. After clearing Malaysian immigration, walk about 50 meters past the tourist office (open daily 9am to 1230pm, 2pm to 6pm) and go down the escalator. The buses are all waiting at the departure bus bays (part of the CIQ) downstairs. These bus bays are also accessible by walking along the slip road that links the CIQ with Jalan Lingkaran Dalam. Fares from Johor Bahru CIQ to Larkin: CW1, CW2 and CWL 1.20 RM, SBS 170 1.40 RM (payable by EZ-link card - S$1.11), Singapore-Johore Express 1.00 RM. These fares are payable only under the following circumstances - a. You fail to board the SBS 170 bus within 45 minutes of alighting from the SBS 160, SBS 170 or SMRT 950 bus. b. You had traveled from Woodlands Checkpoint to the Johor Bahru CIQ using a different bus service (e.g. Woodland Checkpoint to JB CIQ by CW1 or CW2, then JB CIQ to Larkin by Singapore-Johore Express or SBS 170, or vice versa. The trip should take about 8 to 10 minutes in the absence of heavy traffic. Note: CWL only plies between Johor CIQ and Larkin bus terminal.

However, you can consider taking the Maju bus or Transit Link's orange-red 'City Bus' (all of these do not have bus numbers - they have the word 'Larkin' displayed on the front of the bus; the one-way bus fare is 1.70RM) to Larkin bus terminal from either JB Sentral's bus bays (facing Jalan Jim Quee) or from the bus stop opposite City Square at Jalan Wong Ah Fook. City Square is less than 5 minutes walk from the JB passport control booths - just follow the signs. You then cross two overhead bridges - one linking the CIQ to JB Sentral and the other linking JB Sentral to City Square. Note that you are not allowed to walk to the CIQ departure bus bays from City Square or JB Sentral using the above mentioned passageway - there is a sign forbidding entry to it displayed in front of the passageway.

In the other direction, upon entering the Johor Bahru CIQ, follow the signs for "Woodlands" to get to the immigration booths and then to the Singapore-bound buses one floor below.

The restriction of Malaysian operated buses not stopping anywhere within Singapore and conversely, Singapore ones in Johor Bahru could be used to your advantage. The exception is SJE where the only boarding/ alighting point in Singapore is at Queen Street, even though it's a Singapore-registered bus. 30 minutes could easily be shaved off the journey time within Singapore alone by boarding express buses CW2,CW5 or SJE when leaving Singapore from the Queen Street terminal or Newton Food Centre's car park. A little more time could be saved on the Johor Bahru side by hopping on to a Singapore-registered non-express bus (e.g. SBS 160/170, SMRT 950) once you clear Malaysian customs and immigration at the Johor Bahru CIQ, but you will have to pay a new fare as you did not start your journey in Singapore on a Singapore-registered non-express bus.

If you intend to go to Singapore from West Malaysia for a short trip, you can consider putting up for the night in a JB hotel and take a bus to and from Singapore. The hotels in JB are much cheaper than those in Singapore.

For the SBS and SMRT buses, you have to pay the exact fare if you do not have the EZ-Link card; you will not get any change back from the driver.

However, for the Singapore-Johore Express bus and the CW2 bus departing from Queen Street Terminal, and for the CW5 bus departing from the Newton Food Centre car park, purchase the ticket from the ticket seller seated at a table. Any change will be given by the ticket seller. Purchase the tickets for the Singapore-Johore Express bus departing from the Larkin bus terminal from the ticket counter and any change will be given. If you board the CW1, CW2 and CW5 bus elsewhere in Singapore or Johor Bahru, you have to purchase the ticket from the driver and no change will be given. If you board the Singapore-Johore Express bus elsewhere in Singapore or Johor Bahru, you have to purchase the ticket from the driver or the ticket seller standing beside the bus and any change will be given.

From/to other parts of West Malaysia

Long-distance buses from Johor Bahru to all cities and towns in West Malaysia depart from Larkin Bus Terminal, located some 5 km north of the Causeway. This bus terminal has three levels and about 50 bus platforms. Level 1 contains coach and bus ticket booths, shops, food and beverage outlets (including Kentucky Fried Chicken, McDonald's, Pizza - all open 24 hrs, Dunkin Donuts, etc.), a fish/meat/fruit/vegetable market, 6 ATM machines, a left luggage office (2 RM per bag per day, 7AM-10PM), a travel agency that sells airline tickets, a pharmacy, a police post, an information counter, toilets(30 sen per entry), etc. Level 2 contains a giant bazaar; Level 3 contains a food court and a mosque. There are a total of 7 bureaux de change and 6 hairdresser shops (haircut price - from 8 RM for male adults) on Level 1 and Level 2. Several dozen bus companies run buses to various destinations in West Malaysia with services to Kuala Lumpur typically starting from just after sunrise and ending at slightly past midnight. Except during public holidays (when you should buy the ticket in advance), you can usually purchase your ticket on the day of your departure or even less than an hour before the scheduled departure time. Note that you may have to pay a hefty surcharge on top of the normal ticket price for departures on public holidays.

Purchase all bus tickets at the counter windows and do not pay attention to loitering individuals claiming to sell (fake) bus tickets. You can also purchase the bus tickets for some destinations for some of the bus companies from the local travel agencies (there are about half a dozen of them) located on the ground floor of Merlin Tower facing Jalan Tun Abdul Razak and even arrange for a shuttle van to send you to Larkin terminal. You have to pay the travel agency an extra 4 RM for the shuttle van. You can also purchase Causeway Link and Plusliner intercity coach tickets from the ticketing counters in City Lounge on the north edge of Kotaraya bus terminal.

There are shared taxis departing from Larkin terminal to various destinations (only as far as Genting Highlands) in West Malaysia. The fare per person for the shared taxis is at least three times the coach fare per person for the further destinations. The shared taxis, unlike the intercity buses, do not depart at set times. They only depart when the shared taxi has reached a maximum of four passengers or if the passenger(s) is or are willing to pay for the remaining seat(s). Shared taxi fares per person in RM: Genting Highlands 120, Kuala Lumpur 95, Kuala Lumpur International Airport 95, Kuantan 95, Seremban 80, Malacca 65, Muar 50, Segamat 50, Kluang 40, Yong Peng 40, Batu Pahat 40, Mersing 40, Desaru 40, Kukup 20, Pontian 15, Kulai 10, Senai International Airport 10, Kota Tinggi 10.

There are local buses connecting Larkin bus terminal with various parts of the city. To go from City Square or JB Sentral to Larkin, you can take the Maju bus or Transit Link's orange-red 'City Bus' (all of these do not have bus numbers - they have the word 'Larkin' displayed on the front of the bus; the one-way bus fare is 1.70RM). These buses stop at the JB Sentral's bus bays facing Jalan Jim Quee or at the bus stop opposite City Square at Jalan Wong Ah Fook. To go to City Square or JB Sentral from Larkin bus terminal, you can take the Maju bus number 208, 224 and 227 (one-way fare 1.70RM) or Transit Link's orange-red 'City Bus'(one-way fare 1.70RM). Maju bus number 208, 224 and 227 go from Larkin bus terminal to City Square/JB Sentral en route to Masai, Pasir Gudang and Kota Tinggi respectively. However, Maju bus numbers 208, 224 and 227 do not go from City Square/JB Sentral to Larkin bus terminal.

Appended below is an incomplete list of bus companies with direct services between Larkin bus terminal and various cities and towns in West Malaysia. You should note that some of these services are not non-stop; they make one or more stops en route.

Bus company Website Destinations (number of departures from Larkin per day in brackets) Remarks
707 Travel Group[21]Alor Setar(2), Butterworth(8), Genting Highlands(2), Ipoh(6), Kangar(2), Klang(10), Kuala Lumpur(10), Kuala Perlis(2), Malacca, Penang(4), Segamat, Shah Alam(10), etc.
Causeway Link[22]Batu Pahat(12), Klang(2), Kuala Lumpur(11), Mersing(3), Segamat(2), Shah Alam(2) - minimum number of departures for all destinations, higher on certain days of the week.
Cepat Ekspres[23]Alor Setar, Batu Pahat, Butterworth, Ipoh, Kota Bahru(1), Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Trengganu(1), Kuantan(5), Malacca, Mersing, Muar, Penang, Segamat(8), Seremban, Yong Peng(8), etc.
Cepat Sedia Alor Setar(1), Butterworth(2), Ipoh, Kangar(1), Klang(3), Kuala Lumpur(20), Kuala Perlis(1), Muar(13), Penang(1), Shah Alam(3), Tangkak(7)
Delima Malacca(7)
Jebat Malacca(12)
KKKL Batu Pahat(15), Alor Setar, Butterworth, Kangar, Kota Bharu, Kuala Lumpur(10), Kuala Terengganu, Malacca(16), Muar(14), Penang, Taiping etc.
Konsortium[24]Alor Setar(2), Butterworth(1), Genting Highlands(1), Ipoh(2), Kamunting(3), Kangar(1), Kuala Kangsar(2), Kuala Lumpur(13), Kuala Perlis(1), Penang(1), etc.
Maju[25]Alor Setar(2), Butterworth(2), Kangar(2), Klang(2), Kluang(13), Kuala Lumpur(5), Kuala Perlis(2), Kuala Terengganu(4), Kuantan(8), Lumut(2), Malacca(8), Mersing(4), Pekan(4), Pontian(2), Seremban(3), Shah Alam(2), etc
Mara Liner[26]Bandar Penawar (for Desaru)(4), Kota Tinggi(4), Kuala Lumpur(3), Kuantan(2), Segamat(2), etc
Mayang Sari Alor Setar, Butterworth, Kangar, Klang, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Perlis, Malacca(7), Muar(13), Penang
Plusliner[27]Putrajaya(5), Seremban(13)
S & S International[28]Alor Setar(2), Batu Pahat(14), Butterworth(2), Ipoh(3), Kangar(2), Kluang(20), Kota Tinggi(1), Kuala Lumpur(2), Kuala Perlis(2), Lumut(1), Malacca(3), Mersing(3), Segamat(6), Seremban(1), etc.
Selat Keris Alor Setar, Butterworth, Ipoh, Kangar, Klang, Kuala Kangsar, Kuala Lumpur(20), Kuala Perlis, Lumut, Penang, Shah Alam, Tapah, etc.
Shamisha[29]Butterworth, Kuala Lumpur(12), Penang, etc.
Sri Maju[30]Alor Setar(1), Butterworth, Ipoh(4), Kuala Lumpur(4), Lumut(1), Penang, Seremban, Tapah, etc
Super Nice[31]Alor Setar(3), Butterworth(7), Ipoh(5), Klang(3), Kuala Kangsar(1), Kuala Lumpur(3), Kuala Selangor(1), Penang(4), Shah Alam(3), Taiping(2), etc.
Transnasional[32]A Famosa Resort(4), Gemas(2), Klang(3), Kota Bharu(3), Kuala Lumpur(18), Kuala Terengganu(4), Kuantan(8), Mersing(8), Putrajaya(1), Segamat(2), Seremban(4), Shah Alam(3), Tampin(2), etc.

By taxi

Only specially licensed taxis are allowed to operate across the border. The rules seem baffling at first, but boil down to this: Malaysian taxis are only allowed to go to the designated terminal in Singapore, and Singaporean taxis are only allowed to go to their terminal in JB.

The "basic" direct taxi service from the Singapore Taxi Terminal at Queen Street (in Bugis) to the Johor Bahru Taxi Terminal at Pasar Bakti Kotaraya II costs S$10 per person or S$40 per car departing from Singapore, and RM 15/60 from Johor Bahru. The main advantage of doing this, as opposed to just taking the bus, is that you don't need to lug your stuff (or yourself) through Customs at both ends; you can just sit in the car. This service is also available 24 hours a day, unlike the bus.

If you want to take a taxi from Queen Street to somewhere other than the terminal in Johor Bahru, you have to use a Malaysian (yellow) taxi, and the price will be at least S$45 (depending on distance). Likewise, if you want to take a taxi from Kotaraya II to anywhere in Singapore, you need to use a Singaporean taxi and pay at least RM70 for the service.

Taxis can also be booked to bring you from anywhere in Singapore to Kotaraya, or from anywhere in JB to Queen St. Call +65-62967054 (Singapore) or +60-7-2246986 (Johor Bahru), and be sure to get the taxi's number, driver's name and his phone number.

If you need to get directly from point A in Singapore to point B in JB or vica versa, you have two options. The more expensive option is to take a limousine taxi licensed to take passengers from any point to any destination, but only a few are available and they charge a steep RM150 per trip. However, unlike normal cabs, they can also use the Second Link, which makes them by far the fastest way of getting to western parts of Johor. Advance booking is highly recommended, tel. +60-7-5991622. Alternatively, you can arrange a two-taxi ride through the call centre, where you pay once, cross the Causeway, and swap cabs halfway through.

By train

The old Johor Bahru railway Station

You can take a MRT train from any MRT station in Singapore to Marsiling MRT station (North-South line). This is the nearest MRT station (1.5km or 15 min walk) to the Woodlands Checkpoint. Note that there is a taxi rank in front of the pedestrian exit/entrance to the KTM Woodlands train station. This old train station is next to the Woodlands Checkpoint and is linked to it by an overhead bridge. Once you walk past the taxi rank, you will need to go to level 3 to reach the overhead bridge using the escalators or elevators. You can also head to the taxi rank or go to the Marsiling MRT station on foot or by public bus once your clear Singapore immigration and customs. Instead of going down the staircase/escalator after clearing customs, walk along the passageway to the left of the staircase/elevator, turn left and then walk across the overhead bridge until you see the escalators or elevators at the end. Use them to go to the ground level. SMRT bus number 950 goes between Marsiling MRT station and the Woodlands Checkpoint. Note that the last southbound train leaves Marsiling MRT station for Marina Bay/Toa Payoh/Ang Mo Kio MRT station (the last stop on the North-South line) at 2310/2346/0035 hrs respectively. In the other direction, the last train leaves for Jurong East MRT station at 0029 hrs.

Johor Bahru has a spanking new JB Sentral railway station along Jalan Tun Abdul Razak and Jalan Jim Quee. It is connected to both the CIQ and City Square by pedestrian overhead bridges. There are retail outlets (including a 24-hr 7-Eleven store), food and beverage outlets (including a Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet open daily 8am to midnight and Old Malaya Kopitiam serving local cuisine) and five money exchange offices (the one at street level is open 24hr) in the new station. There are coin-operated (2 x 50 sen), small left luggage lockers, a Muslim prayer room, male/female toilets (both free of charge), a police post and a tourist information booth in here as well. KTM train services to and from here started on 21 Oct 2010. The old train station, located just two hundred meters south of JB Sentral along Jalan Tun Abdul Razak and facing Merlin Tower, has been decommissioned.

KTM trains from Singapore into Malaysia also cross the Causeway, but on separate right of way, and are thus immune from the traffic jams. As of 1 July 2011, all KTM services to and from the old Singapore railway station in Tanjong Pagar have ceased, and all trains now depart from the Woodlands Train Checkpoint, which is just 700m from the start of the causeway. Immigration procedures are now back to standard international practice. When you go from Singapore to West Malaysia by the KTM train, you get stamped out by Singapore immigration first inside the Woodlands Train Checkpoint, and just across the hallway, Malaysian immigration stamps you in before you board the KTM train. In the reverse direction, Malaysia immigration stamps you out on board the train at JB Sentral, and upon the train reaching Woodlands Train Checkpoint, you disembark and Singapore immigration stamps you in. Given the fact that the train fare between Woodlands Train Checkpoint and JB Sentral is at least three times the bus fare between Woodlands Checkpoint and Johor Bahru CIQ, only train buffs should consider taking the train instead of the bus. The lowest, adult/child, one-way fare for tickets purchased online from JB Sentral to Woodlands Train Checkpoint is 3, 7 or 11 RM/2, 6 or 10 RM. In the other direction, the lowest, adult/child, one-way fare for tickets purchased online is S$5 or 11/S$5 or 10. If the tickets are purchased at the ticket counter, the adult, lowest, one-way fare is 3 RM for all trains (JB Sentral to Woodlands Train Checkpoint, purchase the ticket no more than 30 minutes before the train's departure time) and S$3 or S$11 (Woodlands Trains Checkpoint to JB Sentral, purchase the ticket no more than 30 minutes or 24 hrs respectively before the train's departure time). The S$3 ticket is only for the 0800 and 1945 trains; the other train tickets cost S$11. See the tables below for details. Online ticket purchases can only be made within 30 days of the departure date but not less than 48 hours before the departure time.

Johore Bahru to Singapore KTM train schedule (effective 1 July 2011) [33]

KTM train line Leaves JB Sentral for Singapore atLowest one-way adult/child fare for tickets purchased online(RM) Remarks
Shuttle Tebrau05453.00/2.00 originates in Gemas; leaves Danga City Mall at 0515
Senandung Sutera063011.00/10.00originates in Kuala Lumpur
Senandung Timuran10107.00/6.00originates in Tumpat
Ekspres Sinaran Selatan155511.00/10.00originates in Kuala Lumpur
Shuttle Kuala Lipis-Singapore-Kuala Lipis1720cannot be purchased online originates in Kuala Lipis; leaves Danga City Mall at 1705
Ekspres Rakyat202011.00/10.00originates in Butterworth
Ekspres Sinaran Timur211511.00/10.00originates in Tumpat

Singapore to Johor Bahru KTM train schedule (effective 1 July 2011) [34]

KTM train line Leaves Woodlands Train Checkpoint for Johor Bahru at Lowest one-way adult/child fare for tickets purchased online(S$) Remarks
Ekspres Sinaran Timur053011.00/10.00terminates in Tumpat
Shuttle Kuala Lipis-Singapore-Kuala Lipis0800cannot be purchased online terminates in Kuala Lipis; arrives at Danga City Mall at 0821
Ekspres Rakyat084511.00/10.00terminates in Butterworth
Ekspres Sinaran Selatan134511.00/10.00terminates in Kuala Lumpur
Senandung Timuran19005.00/5.00terminates in Tumpat
Shuttle Tebrau1945cannot be purchased onlineterminates in Gemas; arrives at Danga City Mall at 2014
Senandung Sutera233011.00/10.00terminates in Kuala Lumpur

By boat

The ZON Ferry Terminal website: [35]; tel: 607-221 1677 is located in the east wing of "The ZON" duty free complex (locally referred to as "Duty Free"), which is in Stulang Laut, 1.8 km northeast of the Causeway. Ferries go to Batam and Bintan in the Riau Islands of Indonesia. The twice-daily ferry service to Tanjung Belungkor near Desaru resort in south-east Johor state has been canceled. The east wing of the complex is mostly three-storey and also comprises a big KTV club and several bars. To reach the ferry terminal's arrival/departure halls on the second level, you can go to the second level of the ZON shopping and hotel complex building, walk past the Restoran Hameed's (which is on your right) and then follow the signs to the halls. Alternatively, you can go right to the ground level of the east end of the main building (comprising the hotel, the shopping mall and the department store) of the complex. There, you will see a ticket counter beside a minimart. You can go up to the arrival/departure hall using the elevator or the staircase. There is a money changer and a small restaurant in the ferry terminal. Another ticket counter is located right inside the terminal's arrival/departure hall.

Getting there and away: You can take the orange and red-colored Transit Link City Bus number 123/S & S yellow-red-blue S2 bus/JB Central Line bus number 727/Maju bus number 10/Causeway Link CT1 bus from the JB Sentral's bus bays facing Jalan Jim Quee (starting point) or from the bus stop opposite City Square at Jalan Wong Ah Fook. For the return leg, the buses do not go past City Square; they all terminate at JB Sentral's bus bays. The one-way fare is 1.30RM. Note: the Causeway Link CTI bus does not pass by here on its return leg. Causeway Link's no. 22 (launched on May 1, 2011) goes between JB Sentral and the ZON complex enroute to Kampung Bakar Batu. It does not go past City Square on both legs of the journey.

From and to Batam: Ferries depart hourly on the half hour from 7:30AM to 6:30PM to Batam Centre. The ferries from Batam Centre depart hourly on the half hour from 7.30AM to 3.30PM, and at 4.15PM, 5PM and 5.45PM (Indonesian time). Fares: RM69/110 one-way/return for adults, RM46/69 one-way/return for children, plus international departure tax of 10RM per passenger for all passengers. Journey takes 90 mins.

From and to Bintan: Only 3 ferries (9:30AM, 1PM and 5PM) daily to Tanjung Pinang. The ferries from Tanjung Pinang leave at 7AM, 12.30PM and 3PM (Indonesian time). Fares: RM86/144 one-way/return for adults, RM54/86 one-way/return for children, plus international departure tax of 10RM per passenger for all passengers. Journey takes 150 mins.

Note: All children 3 years old and below do not require tickets but are subject to an international departure tax of 10 RM. Passengers must be at the ferry terminal at least 30 minutes before the ferry's departure.

On foot

Immediately after the opening of the new Johor Bahru CIQ complex in Dec 2008, crossing the Causeway from Singapore to Johor Bahru on foot was officially forbidden by the Singapore authorities. Once you have cleared Singapore immigration at the Woodlands Checkpoint, you have to take any of the public or private buses waiting at the bus bays downstairs to cross the Causeway. There is always a Singapore police officer stationed at the staircase entrance to the Causeway to prevent anyone from crossing the Causeway on foot. However, the Malaysian authorities are planning to build a new immigration and customs checkpoint right at the Malaysian end of the Causeway to be used exclusively for people wishing to cross the Causeway (Singapore to Johor Bahru only) on foot. Note that it is has always been forbidden to walk from the Johor Bahru CIQ to the Woodlands Checkpoint.

Get around

JB's public transport is limited to a sparse bus network. Various proposals for relieving the chronically congested town's traffic remain on the drawing board.

By taxi

Travelling by taxi is a fairly cheap alternative, although the drivers sometimes refuse to use the meter so you must be firm with them and insist that they use it. Since January 2010, taxi drivers have been required by law to use their meters and issue a receipt upon request. If the driver has a meter and does not switch it on, remind them to do so. If you get into one of the of taxis allegedly not fitted with a meter, it is best to ask the driver to stop and get out of that taxi to avoid being ripped off or later becoming engaged in arguments. Drivers will often claim there is no meter fitted to a taxi but they have just hidden it, often with a rudimentary device such as a piece of cloth or cardboard in front of the faceplate of the meter. Travellers need to be vigilant when dealing with such taxi drivers, especially if the driver refuses to use their meter and you negotiate a fare. A local person or someone more familiar with these tricks will not be fooled by this, however the driver is seeking to deceive the unwary with dishonestly and deception, look for another taxi or demand they use the meter and stop playing games. Taxi drivers will also often attempt to raise their fares after agreeing with the passengers on the amount to be paid during the initial negotiation. They will tend to get belligerent and aggressive and may even threaten passengers when passengers try to reason with them. Ride at your own risk. They often also try this upon payment of the metered amount as well, often demanding extra money as a 'bonus' or for some fictitious 'extra' charge. Do not pay more than the amount shown on the meter or for any extra charges other than those detailed below. Do not travel in a taxi when the meter is not used.

Taxi fares were recently revised upwards by a substantial rate, on Aug 1, 2009. The starting fare is now RM3 (previously RM2) for the first 2 km and the fare increases by 10 sen for every subsequent 115 m (previously 150m). You will only be charged for waiting time in excess of 3 min during the journey - the rate is 10 sen for every 21 seconds (previously 45 seconds). Additional charges include: actual road toll charges; RM2 for telephone bookings; a 50% surcharge is levied between midnight and 6AM.

The additional RM1 charged on the 3rd adult passenger and RM1 charged for every piece of baggage kept in the trunk were both abolished effective Aug 1, 2009.

There is a taxi rank at Jalan Jim Quee - it is right next to the Johor Bahru CIQ. You can see it below as you cross the overhead bridge from the CIQ to JB Sentral. The taxis operate on a prepaid coupon system - buy your coupon from the booth on the edge of the road. Official fixed rates for prepaid taxi coupons from the CIQ to (estimated metered fare in brackets with the taxi taking the shortest route, excluding charges for waiting time and other additional charges mentioned above): AEON Tebrau City Shopping Center RM21.50 (RM12), Danga Bay RM14 (RM8), Larkin bus station 10.90 RM (6 RM), Senai International Airport RM45. If you do your math (starting meter fare - RM3 for the first 2 km and 10 sen for every subsequent 115 m), you will find that it is almost two times more expensive to go to any destination using the prepaid coupons compared to using the meter, excluding charges for waiting time and other additional charges mentioned above.

By bus

You can opt for a bus to move around the city. e.g. to Holiday Plaza or Plaza Pelangi shopping mall. However, sometimes there are no clear indications of the bus stops. Just follow the crowds and wait alongside the locals for the buses. Look at the destination boards on the bus and do not hesitate to ask the bus driver directly. There are major bus stops opposite City Square at Jalan Wong Ah Fook. This is where you can take buses to many parts of the city and its suburbs, and also as far as Kota Tinggi (41 km away) and Kulai. Note that since May 1, 2011 all public buses no longer stop in front of JB Sentral at Jalan Tun Abdul Razak. Some buses stop at JB Sentral's bus bays (newly opened in May 2011) facing Jalan Jim Quee. The last buses leave City Square or JB Sentral for their respective destinations at about 11 pm or earlier; the last buses returning to City Square or JB Sentral leave their starting points at about 10pm or earlier. Fares (for the onward journey and return journey respectively) for selected destinations from/to the bus stop opposite City Square at Jalan Wong Ah Fook: Kota Tinggi RM4.80, Kulai RM4.00, AEON Bukit Indah RM2.70, #JUSCO Permas Jaya Shopping Centre RM2.60, AEON Tebrau City RM2.40 or 2.50, Carrefour RM2.20 or 2.30, Danga Bay RM1.60 or 1.70/1.60 or 1.70, Larkin Bus Terminal RM1.70/1.70, Jalan Kebun Teh/Jalan Tebrau junction RM1.60 or 1.70/1.60 to 1.70, #ZON Mall and Department Store RM1.30/1.30, Plaza Pelangi or Taman Sentosa RM1.20 or 1.30/1.20 or 1.30, junction of Jalan Abu Bakar/Jalan Sungai Chat (within 200m of both the Straits View Hotel and Tepian Tebrau hawker center) RM1.00/1.00, Hospital Sultanah Aminah (5 minutes walk from or to Mawar Complex) RM1.00/1.00, Johor Bahru Zoo RM1.00/1.00. Note: #The return bus does not return to City Square but terminates at JB Sentral - all passengers must disembark there.

However, if you are coming from Singapore and want to go to Larkin terminal straight away, you can board any of the numerous public buses (bound for Larkin) waiting downstairs in the Johor Bahru CIQ after clearing customs and immigration. The bus bays are about 50m beyond the tourist office. See 'By bus, From and to Singapore'.

The frequency of the buses is not consistent, especially for the buses that do not leave from the Bus Terminals. There are generally more buses in the morning and there are fewer buses as it gets later into the day. A word of caution while waiting at a bus stop. Keep a look out for suspicious characters/groups who wait at the bus stop and pay more attention to the people waiting at the bus stop rather than the buses on the road. Walk into a nearby shop if you feel that something is amiss.

By car

There's little point to renting a car for touring JB alone, but if you come from Singapore, it can make more sense to rent a car here to explore the rest of Malaysia as car rental rates here are much lower than those of Singapore and fuel costs here are about half of those of Singapore.

  • Hawk Rent A Car, No. 50C, Bangunan KPMNJ, Jalan Segget (two blocks west of the Causeway), dial 07-2242849 /54 [36] / [37]. A basic manual Proton Wira starts from RM140.00/day, offices throughout the country for easy dropoff (extra charges apply).
  • Pacific Rent-A-Car, Lot PTB No.20708, Sultan Ismail Airport City Lounge, Terminal Bas Central Kotaraya, Jalan Trus, 80000, Tel: 607-224 3951 / 607-224 3952, Fax: 607-224 3953 [38]
  • Mayflower Car Rental, Level 2A, Plaza Seni, Jalan Trus/Jalan Wong Ah Fook, 80100, Tel: +607-2241357 / +607-2271739, [39] / [40]
  • ORIX Car Rentals, [41]

On foot

If you planning to walk from City Square to any of the hotels just southeast of the Johor Bahru CIQ in the Jalan Tanjung Puteri are (e.g. Naza Hotel, Grand BlueWave Hotel, Suria City Hotel) or beyond, you have two possible routes to choose from: a. The longer route - Walk down Jalan Tun Abdul Razak (Jalan TAR) as far as the police station (it has white walls with blue columns). Walk underneath the newly constructed flyover and then walk along its left edge until you see a metal staircase abutting the flyover. Climb up this staircase to the flyover. Without crossing the road, walk along the sidewalk of this flyover towards the Johor Bahru CIQ (it is a massive structure and is clearly visible) or away from the Causeway for about two hundred meters and you will find yourself at the intersection of this flyover, Jalan Tanjung Puteri and Jalan Lumba Kuda, about 300m from the ultra-modern Grand BlueWave Hotel. b. The shorter route - walk to JB Sentral by crossing the overhead bridge linking JB Sentral with City Square. Just before you reach the overhead bridge linking JB Sentral with the CIQ, you will find escalators on your right. Go down the escalators, exit JB Sentral into Jalan Jim Quee. Walk past the bus bays on your right for 400-500 meters and you will reach the intersection of Jalan Jim Quee and Jalan Tanjung Puteri.

See

Historical and modern landmarks

  • Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque, sandwiched between Jalan Abu Bakar/Jalan Masjid Abu Bakar/Jalan Gertak Merah, 1.8km west of the Causeway. Located on top of a small hill and overlooking the Straits of Johor, this state mosque took eight years to construct (1892-1900). It has four minarets that resemble British clock towers. It was inaugurated by the then Sultan Ibrahim. It is made of white marble and is a combination of Moorish and Victorian architecture, it can accommodate 2000 worshipers. Visiting hours are between 10am and 6pm from Saturday to Thursday except during congregational prayers. Non-Muslims are not allowed to enter the mosque building. To get there from the city center, take any of the very frequent buses (one-way fare 1RM) that go to Bukit Indah/Kulai/Perling/Selesa Jaya/Skudai from opposite City Square (starting point) at Jalan Wong Ah Fook or from the bus stop in front of the old railway station at Jalan Tun Abdul Razak.
  • Masjid India, at the junction of Jalan Dhoby and Jalan Duke. This mosque with two different minarets located in the heart of the city was founded by the city's Indian Muslim community. It is a modern-looking mosque with white walls, blue-tinted glass cladding on both its minarets and a blue and silver dome.
  • Sultan Abu Bakar Royal Palace Museum is closed for renovation until February 2012.
  • Istana Bukit Serene, sandwiched between Jalan Kolam Air and Jalan Straits View, 7km northwest of the Causeway. This green-roof, stone building is the official residence of the Sultan of Johor. The palace has a huge sprawling garden which is a common site for many royal gatherings and celebrations. It was built in 1933 in the Art Deco style. It can be seen from Jalan Skudai next to Danga Bay. The palace walls have fantastic and exquisite carvings. The main tower is 35 meters tall. The Istana is guarded by the personal military force of the Sultan of Johor. Neither the building nor its gardens are open to the general public.
  • Sultan Ibrahim Building. Built in 1940, this grey-bricked building is located on top of Bukit Timbalan. It houses the State Secretariat, the Menteri Besar's (Chief Minister) office, State Assembly Hall and the offices of the state government. The building is an architectural blend of British colonial, Malay and Saracenic elements. It has a distinctive, 64m-high Mughal-style tower. Visiting hours: Mon-Thu 8am to 1245pm, 2pm to 5pm; Fri 9am to 1215pm, 245pm to 5pm; closed on Sat, Sun and public holidays.
  • Dataran Bandaraya Johor Bahru, Jalan Datuk, 3 km west of the Causeway. Dataran Bandaraya Johor Bahru is the city square (not to be confused with the City Square shopping mall in the heart of downtown) that was constructed in conjunction with Johor Bahru being granted city status on January 1994. A yellow-colored building with a gigantic, yellow clock tower built stands on the north edge of the square. It is surrounded by two sports fields on the south side and three sports fields on the west side. Many outdoor events are held here. To get there from the city center, take any of the very frequent buses (one-way fare 1RM) that go to Bukit Indah/Kulai/Perling/Selesa Jaya/Skudai from opposite City Square (starting point) at Jalan Wong Ah Fook or from the bus stop in front of the old railway station at Jalan Tun Abdul Razak.
  • Johor Bahru Art Gallery (known as Galeri Seni Johor in Malay) official website in Malay only - [42], 144 Jalan Petrie (about 700m northeast of the Thistle Hotel, on the north edge of a major highway - the Inner Ring Road, also called Jalan Lingkaran Dalam). Housed in a 2-storey white building built in 1910, it displays mostly Malaysian modern paintings. Other exhibits include Islamic calligraphy, ceramics, ornate wooden window frames, traditional clothing, weapons, currency, etc. There is a cart with a thatched roof and a giant drum displayed outside the building. Free admission. Open daily except on public holidays 0900-1630.
  • Roman Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception, 9 Jln Gereja (700m northwest of the CIQ). This beige building with a single steeple (with spire) is one of the main Roman Catholic churches in Johor Bahru. Built in 1883 in the British colonial style, it is one of the oldest structures still standing in Johor Bahru. Try to get here for the Tamil feast of Pongal in mid-January, when an intriguingly colorful harvest festival service is held within the church
  • Johor Bahru Chinese Heritage Museum (Malay: Muzium Warisan Tiong-Hua Johor Bahru), 42 Jalan Ibrahim 80000 (200m south east of the main post office in downtown JB), tel: 07-2249633, fax: 07-2249635, e-mail: heritage_museumjb@jb-tionghua.org.my. Housed in a restored 4-storey building. Learn about the history and culture of the Chinese community in Johor Bahru. The displays are spread out over four storeys. There are numerous captioned photos on display, several TV screens showing video clips, objects/artifacts on display, mannequins dressed in traditional Chinese wedding clothes, a replica of the entrance door and sedan chair of the Roufo Chinese Taoist Temple in Jalan Trus, etc. Open Tue-Sun 0900-1700 (last admission 1600), closed on Mondays. Admission - adults 3 RM, children/senior citizens/students 1 RM
  • Johor Bahru Kwong Siew Heritage Gallery (Malay: Galeri Warisan Kwong Siew Johor Bahru), 24 Jalan Siu Nam, tel 607-223 3682. Museum opened on Oct 30, 2010. It occupies 2 units of adjoining 2-storey shophouses that were completed in 1907. They used to be the headquarters of the Kwong Siew Clan Association established in 1878 by Wong Ah Fook, a China-born, successful and influential entrepreneur who developed close links with the Johor Sultanate. The exhibits are all the second level (air-con). Here you can find the illustrated biographies of the 13 past and present presidents of the Kwong Siew Wai Kuan (Clan Association), of prominent Kwong Siew Wai Kuan figures, Wong Ah Fook and three of his sons. The history of Kampung Ah Fook, which was established by Wong Ah Fook and corresponds to the very heart of the city, is described here. Some of the exhibits in this museum are: Cantonese opera costumes, weapons used in Chinese martial arts, lion dance troupe equipment and costumes, old Chinese musical instruments, jewelery, opium pipes, Cantonese opera scripts, Chinese chess sets, Malayan/Malaysian banknotes and coins, old typewriters, kitchen utensils, cups/bowls/plates/teapots, traditional Chines medicine and fortune teller's reference books, rubber-tapping equipment, baskets and and a dummy of a female, Chinese laborer. Open 9am to 5pm Tue-Sun, closed on Mondays. Admission - adults 5 RM, children and students 2 RM. Photography is forbidden.
  • Roufo Old Chinese Temple (Roufo Gumiao in Mandarin Hanyu Pinyin), Jalan Trus, is a Chinese temple believed to be built in 1870 by a group of Chinese community leaders led by Tan Hiok Nee, a famous, local Teochew businessman. This is where five different Chinese dialect groups - Cantonese, Hainanese, Hakka, Hokkien and Teochew - worshipped their respective deities. The five deities are Gan Tian Da Di, Hong Xian Da Di, Hua Guang Da Di, Zhao Da Yuan Shuai and Yuan Tian Shang Di. Their effigies are all found inside the prayer hall - extreme left: Gan Tian Da Di; extreme right: Hong Xian Da Di; middle left to right: Zhao Da Yuan Shuai, Yuan Tian Shang Di, Hua Guang Da Di. Two more deities - the Goddess of Mercy and the Weather God - are also worshipped here; their effigies are found outside the prayer hall. The prayer hall is straight ahead as you enter the wooden gate entrance from Jalan Trus. As you stand in the courtyard with your back facing the wooden gate entrance, you will notice a wing on your left ('left wing') and a wing on your right ('right wing'). The Goddess of Mercy is in the left wing and the Weather God is in the right wing. There is a small museum located in the right wing and behind the prayer hall. In this museum you will find the following exhibits: five sedans for the five deities, four sculptures of deities, three wooden tablets with the names of three of the five deities, twelve oil lamps, a hand fan, a stone sculpture of a lion, eight big wooden tablets hanging on the wall, etc. There are also illustrated descriptions of the five deities and the history of the temple, as well as giant photos showing the Parade of Deities (see below). Photography is forbidden in the museum and captions are mostly in Chinese only. Admission to the museum is free. The temple organizes an annual 4-day Chingay parade known as the Parade of Deities. The climax of the parade occurs on the night of the 3rd day when the deities are paraded around the city center. Open daily 7.30am to 5.30pm.
  • Gurdwara Sahib Johor Bahru (Johor Bahru Sikh temple), 1B Jalan Trus 80000 Located across the road from Plaza Kotaraya in the heart of the city, this Sikh temple was built on the site of the smaller and older Sikh temple and was inaugurated on the 28th August 1992. This is a 2-storey white building with yellow window frames and an all-round, crenellated roof parapet. The Darbar Sahib is located on the second level. The Granthi quarters and two rooms for Sikh visitors are located at an annex on the second level. The Guru Ka Langgar hall, kitchen and office are located on the first level. There are about 250 Sikh families who participate in the religious activities in this Gurdwara Sahib. The normal weekly prayers are held on Sundays from 9.30a.m. to 11.30a.m.
  • Sri Raja Mariamman Hindu Temple, 4 Jalan Ungku Puan, right in the heart of downtown Johor Bahru. It underwent an 18-month renovation in 2010 and 2011. It was reopened to the public on 12 June 2011, with a consecration ceremony on the same day. Free admission for visitors. Everyone has to leave his or her shoes in the shoe racks beside the gate entrance.
  • Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Hindu Temple, No. 22, Susur 1, Jalan Tebrau, website: [43]. It is located less than 50m west of Tebrau Highway and 400m north of Tropical Inn/Landmark Shopping Centre and beside the railway track. Inaugurated in 1996 and touted as "The First Glass Temple in the World". The inner surface of the walls and the columns inside the temple are cladded with imported glass, hence the name. The floor is paved with granite. The temple also has some special features like air-conditioning, canteen (it is at the back of the temple building and sells only Indian vegetarian food) and is very clean. This place has become one of the top tourist and pilgrimage attractions in this city and there are thousands of tourists and pilgrims coming here everyday. There are food and drink stalls lining both sides of the driveway in the front of the temple.Temple prayer hours 0730-1200 daily; Temple closure 1200-1300 Tue-Sun, 1200-1900 Mon; Temple visiting hours 1300-1800 daily except Mondays (closed to visitors). Admission 10/5 RM for adults/children (5-12 years old), still photography/video fee 3/5 RM, leaving shoes with the guardian 0.50 RM. Chitra Pournami Paal Kudam Festival held every Wednesday and Glass Chariot Procession held every Thursday at the temple.
  • War Memorial (Tugu Peperangan in Malay), Jalan Abu Bakar, about 2km west of the causeway. Located across the road from the brown-colored Jabatan Kehakiman Syariah Negeri Johor (Islamic court building of Johor state) and the white-colored Pusat Islam Iskandar Johor (Iskandar Islamic Center), these twin obelisks commemorate martyred servicemen of the First and Second World Wars, and the Emergency (the confrontation with Indonesia in 1962). It was completed in 1962 and unveiled by Colonel H.H. Sir Ismail, the then Sultan of Johor on July 1, 1962 the same year. It was erected by the the ex-servicemen association of Malaya Johor Branch, from donations by the government of Johor, ex-servicemen association of Malaya and members of the public. Seldom visited by more than a few persons at any one time, it is a clean, quiet spot with vantage views of the Straits of Johor.
  • Makam Diraja (Royal Mausoleum), located in a large Muslim cemetery enclosed by three roads - Jalan Mahmoodiah, Jalan Petri and Jalan Mariamah, about 2km northwest of the CIQ. This is a royal mausoleum of Johor state. It is a gray-colored building with two domes. The first sultan of Johor laid to rest here was Sultan Abu Bakar in 1895, as are the three sultans that reigned after him - Ibrahim, Ismail and Iskandar. Other persons interred here include: sultanahs (wives of the sultans) - Sultanah Fatimah, Sultanah Ungku Maimunah Ungku Abdul Aziz, Sultanah Rogaiyah, Sultanah Tun Aminah, Tunku Abdul Rahman, some other royal family members (e.g. Tunku Abdul Rahman), as well as notable politicians like Dato' Jaafar Muhammad, Dato' Onn Jaafar, Tan Sri Othman Saat and Dato' Muhamad Salleh bin Perang. The mausoleum is not open to the public.
  • Tanjung Kupang Memorial, Jalan Kebun Teh (4km north of the CIQ; its gate entrance is 30m north-east of the junction of this road and Jalan Serunai; the site is opposite Foon Yew 1 School). This memorial was erected by the Johor state government in memory of the 100 passengers and crew members killed when the Malaysia Airlines Flight 653 (MH653) Boeing 737 crashed at Tanjung Kupang (about 20km west of Johor Bahru) on the evening of 4 December 1977. The names and nationalities of all the 100 victims are inscribed on a less-than-two-meter high wall cladded with shiny, black stone.

Other

  • Danga Bay (Teluk Danga in Malay), [44] 7km northwest of the Causeway. It is set to be the premier waterfront development in Johor Bahru, with residential properties, commercial buildings and recreational facilities. Among the attractions that have opened so far are: Danga World Theme Park, Danga World Petting Zoo and Rumah Limas. To get there from the city center, take any of the very frequent buses (one-way fare 1.60 or 1.70RM) that go to Bukit Indah/Kulai/Perling/Selesa Jaya/Skudai from opposite City Square (starting point) at Jalan Wong Ah Fook or from the bus stop in front of the old railway station at Jalan Tun Abdul Razak. You can take a tourist tram from the Danga Convention Centre to the Festive Street Mall and back (5 RM per person, free for children below 3 years old).
  • Rumah Limas Here, Johor State's eight districts are represented by uniquely-designed traditional wooden Malay houses named as Rumah Kluang, Rumah Mersing, Rumah Segamat, Rumah Johor Bahru, Rumah Pontian, Rumah Kota Tinggi, Rumah Muar and Rumah Batu Pahat. In additon, there are two other traditional wooden Malay houses - Rumah Utama and Rumah Spa. All of these buildings surround a lawn, situated right at the edge of the Skudai Highway. Cultural shows unique to each district are performed in the Rumah Utama. Johor cuisine is served inside and outside some of the houses. There is an orchid garden beside the Rumah Segamat. Massage and spa therapy are offered in the Rumah Spa. Rumah Mersing offers wedding planning services. Rumah Johor Bahru has a gift shop. Rumah Kota Tinggi has a Malay arts and crafts exhibition whereas Rumah Kluang has traditional Malay games and cash crops exhibitions.
  • Danga World Petting Zoo is open daily from 3pm to midnight. There is an animal show at 8.30 and 10 pm. The admission price of 10 RM (5 RM for children) is very steep considering that this zoo is substantially smaller than the Johor Bahru Zoo at Jalan Gertak Merah. No video filming is allowed.
  • Danga World Theme Park is open daily from 3pm to midnight. This is actually an amusement park more suitable for children. Among the 20 rides are (price per person, minimum 4RM): Zamperla pirate ship (10 RM), tea cups (4 RM), two-level merry-go-round (4 RM), balloon ferris wheel (4 RM), flying elephant, bumper car, etc.
  • Taman Merdeka, 2km south of the Larkin Bus Station and 1.5km east of the Istana Bukit Serene at Jalan Kolam Ayer. This is a public park that surrounds a big lake. Here, you can find pavilions, an open-air theater,rock sculptures, an independence monument, two bridges, two twin 2-storey white buildings, cannons and a clock tower. Free admission.
  • Taman Rekreasi Hutan Bandar (Recreational Park City Forest in English), Jalan Tasek Utara (Ulu Air Molek) 1.5km southeast of the Larkin bus terminal. This is a 13-hectare recreational park. Maintained by the municipality and lying within easy reach of the city center (the CIQ is only 3km away), this gem of a public recreational park contains seven lakes surrounded by tropical rain forest. There is a big fountain at the north end of the southernmost lake. Within the park are jogging/hiking tracks, wooden bridges and platforms, a children's playground and an open-air swimming pool (open Fridays to Sundays only). There is also an orchid park with many different species of orchids. Anglers can fish by the lakes. There is a car park just beyond the park's entrance on Jalan Tasek Utara. There are food and beverage outlets beside the car park.
  • Johor Bahru Zoo, across the street (Jalan Gertak Merah) from the Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque. This is one of the oldest zoos in Malaysia. The zoo was built by Sultan Ibrahim in 1928 and became the private menagerie of the royal family. It was was opened to the public in 1962. A 5-hectare, run-down zoo that provides a dismal diversion to local and Western tourists. It only has birds and mammals on display. There is a pond inside the zoo where you can rent boats as well as a children's playground. Admission 2 RM for adults, 1 RM (for 3-12 year olds), free for under 3 year olds. Open daily 0900-1800. To get there from the city center, take any of the very frequent buses (one-way fare 1RM) that go to Bukit Indah/Kulai/Perling/Selesa Jaya/Skudai from opposite City Square (starting point) at Jalan Wong Ah Fook or from the bus stop in front of the old railway station at Jalan Tun Abdul Razak.
  • Saleng Zoo, Kulai (along the way from Jalan Skudai all the way past Senai town). A private zoo which surprisingly has been reasonably well maintained.
  • Orchid Valley Located in the Pulai area along Jalan Johor-Pontian road. Relatively run down.
  • Haji Ali House Located in Jalan Lurah 16, Kg Kempas
  • Istana Garden For jogging, leisure walk or a game of badminton at an open area in the park. Johor Bahru Hunts
  • Mawar Complex (Kompleks Mawar; Mawar is the Malay acronym for Majlis Wanita Johor), 888 Jalan Sungai Chat (tel 07-2214100)(50m west of the Thistle Hotel on the same side of the road). The complex consists of several buildings, among them a handicrafts workshop (closed to the public) and 'Rumah Mawar (also known as 'Galeri Mawar'). The latter is housed in a pretty 2-storey white building. It has photos of members (especially female) of the Johor royal family and various famous women of Johor. There are also displays of clothing worn by Sultanah Zanariah on the first level and mannequins wearing wedding clothes and traditional Malay clothes on the second level. Open only on Mon, Tue, Wed Thu and Fri 10am - 4pm, admission 5 RM for a mandatory guided tour of the 'Galeri Mawar'. You have to get one of the staff from the administration building to open the door to the 'Rumah Mawar'. He or she will act as a guide. Photography is forbidden except for the mannequin display on the second level. There is a small canteen selling Malay food at the entrance to the complex. To get there from the city center, take any of the very frequent buses (one-way fare 1 RM) that go to Bukit Indah/Kulai/Perling/Selesa Jaya/Skudai from opposite City Square (starting point) at Jalan Wong Ah Fook or from the bus stop in front of the old railway station at Jalan Tun Abdul Razak. Alight at the bus stop in front of the red-colored Sultanah Aminah Hospital on Jalan Abu Bakar. It is about five minutes walk from here.
  • Kraftangan Malaysia Cawangan Negeri Johor (Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation of Johore State), Lot. PBT 20002, Jalan Cenderasari, Off Jalan Datin Halimah, 80350 Larkin. Tel : 07-2350433, 07-2350431 (T/T) Fax : 607-2350432. Located 1.5km northwest of Larkin bus terminal and opposite Foon Yew 4 school, this government body has a so-called Treasured Possession Gallery (open Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm) that exhibits batik, embroidery and beads. It also hosts a handicrafts fair on its premises once a year (the last fair was held from 6 to 8 Aug 2010).

Do

Golf courses

Johor Bahru is reasonably well known for its golf courses. During the height of the country's boom, there is almost a golf course planned every 3 months. Here are some of the best in Johor Bahru.

  • Royal Johor Country Club probably the most expensive club in Johor Bahru. It is also the first course in this city.
  • Tanjung Puteri Resort one of the largest courses in Johor Bahru and boasts of many awards. Very well designed courses and attracts a fair amount of visitors.
  • Leisure Farm easily accessible by Singaporeans via the second link.
  • Pulai Spring Resort Partly owned by a Singapore company and hence a popular joint among the Singaporeans.
  • Austin Hills Golf Resort[45] within the Tebrau Corridor and nearby Tesco hypermarket and Aeon Jusco shopping mall. Nestled amidst the lush greens of 27 hole golf course, the resort clubhouse boasts 66 exclusive suites, free-form swimming pool, tennis courts, 8-lane bowling alley, sauna, jacuzzi, karaoke and banqueting facilities all under one roof.
  • Tropica Leisure Golf[46]

Located at No:37-01 & 39-01, Jalan Setia Tropika 1/15, Setia Tropika, Kempas. Tel: 07-2341004. The first simulator golf in Johor. You can play golf from RM30/hour and choose more than 48 golf course in Korea,Japan, China, Russia and worldwide

Water sports

  • Danga Bay There have been some addition recently to Danga Bay. You can rent a paddle boat to explore the area.
  • Stulang Laut You can find some windsurfing activities around this area.
  • Pulau Sibu PADI Dive Centre, [47]. The nearest PADI dive centre to JB located on the small island of Pulau Sibu within the Cabanas Resort; an excellent weekend island break for Scuba Divers. PADI Scuba Diving courses are also available.
  • Dan's Nasty Frogmen Dive Base at Sea Gypsy Village on Pulau Sibu There are boat dives & Try Scuba Dives daily, morning & afternoon. Scuba diving is taught from the age of 8 years starting with Scuba Rangers. There are also morning & afternoon snorkeling excursions to uninhabited islands. Sailing is availble using Solsa sail boats plus paddle skis, kayaks & boogie boards for hire. Taxis to Tanjong Leman are easily available, depart at 7AM for the 9AM boat. You can depart Pulau Sibu at 5:30PM or 8:30PM, the resort will order a taxi to Johor Bahru for your return trip. Sea Gypsy Village operate a bus service from Johor Bahru daily at midday to connect with their 2PM boat, guests are on the island by 2:30PM.

Cinemas

There are four major cineplexes in Johor Bahru - Tanjung Golden Village at AEON Tebrau City, Golden Screen Cinemas at Pelangi Leisure Mall, MBO Cinemas at KSL City and Cathay Cinemas at City Square. Minimum/maximum adult ticket prices for 2D movies (minimum prices on one or more weekdays, in particular Wednesdays; maximum prices during weekends and public holidays) - Tanjung Golden Village 8/13 RM, Golden Screen 6/9 RM, MBO 10/11 RM and Cathay 6/12 RM. 3D movies command higher ticket prices. There is an old movie theater ('Pawagam Broadway') in the city center, about 100m southeast of the Hindu Sri Raja Mariamman temple, that shows only Tamil-language movies.

Others

  • The Johor Society for the Performing Arts (JSPA), T: +60-12-7179388, [48]. A non-commercial Society dedicated to the advancement,promotion and development of the performing arts in JB.
  • Cruise from and to Danga Bay. There are two types of cruises available. The speedboat cruise (daily every hour; adult - 10RM, child under 12 years old - 5RM; duration of cruise 20 to 25 min) goes from the pier beside the Marina Club building (this is where you will find the International Restaurants) to the Causeway and back. The Danga Cruise 8 (a triple-deck cruise ship) also sails the Straits of Johor (from Danga Bay to the Causeway and back). The pier for this ship is located off Danga Beach. The Danga Cruise 8 starts at 8pm every Fri, Sat and Sun and costs 50 RM net, inclusive of buffet dinner on board the ship.

Buy

Piracy is rampant in Johor Bahru, with many shops selling pirated videos and software openly
Counterfeit bags are widely available, even on the streets in broad daylight

JB is full of shopping malls catering mostly to local and Singaporean shoppers. Selections are somewhat limited when compared to the island state's offerings, but prices for Malaysian-produced goods can be half price or less.

  • Johor Area Rehabilitation Organisation (JARO) Handicrafts Centre[49]. The JARO Handicrafts Centre, formerly located along Jalan Sungai Chat, sells hand-made cane furniture, soft toys, rattan baskets and customised book-binds, among others, all produced by the physically disabled charges of the state government. As of June 2009, it had shifted to new premises. Check with the tourist office at JOTIC or at the new Immigration, Customs and Quarantine checkpoint. JARO is a state sponsored organisation that focuses on the needs of the disabled through its rehabilitative shelter and workshop programme. T: 07-224 5632.
  • AEON Tebrau City, No 1, Jalan Desa Tebrau, Taman Desa Tebrau. Tel: 07-3522220. Open daily 9:30am to 11:00pm. The second largest shopping mall in Johor Bahru (opened in Jan 2006) after KSL City. Almost half of the mall's three-level floor area is occupied by the JUSCO hypermarket (situated on all the 3 levels). There are numerous international fashion franchises like Giordano, MNG, Esprit, Dorothy Perkins, etc. A full range of dining options is available, from fine dining to international fast-food joints (A & W, KFC and Pizza Hut). There is also a Golden Village cinema, Harris bookstore, Toys 'R' Us, Yamaha Music School, handphone shops, etc. It is at the junction of Tebrau Highway (also known as Jalan Pandan) and Jalan Desa Tebrau, about 12.5 km north of the CIQ. There are many buses going there from the bus stop opposite City Square at Jalan Wong Ah Fook. Take any bus that goes to Kota Tinggi or Ulu Tiram, e.g Maju 227, Causeway Link 6B etc. The one-way bus fare is 2.40 or 2.50 RM. The metered taxi fare from City Square in Jalan Wong Ah Fook is about RM12, excluding charges for waiting time.
  • KSL City, sandwiched between Jalan Seladang (east), Jalan Kijang (north), Jalan Serigala (west) and Jalan Beruang (south) in Taman Centuri, 500m west of the Jalan Dato' Sulaiman/Tebrau Highway junction. 4-storey shopping mall that opened in Dec 2010, the biggest in the city. It is actually part of a shopping-residential-hotel complex. The mall has a gross floor area of 880,000 square feet with 420 retail shops, 50 food and beverage outlets, and a eight-screen cineplex (Level 2, showing both 2D and 3D movies)located on the first four levels (Lower Ground Floor LG, Ground Floor G, Level 1 L1 and Level 2 L2). The car parks are located in the basement and on the upper levels from Level 3 to Level 7. Food and beverage(F&B) outlets include: Osaka Japanese Street Food(L2), Arashi Shabu-Shabu Japanese Restaurant(L1), Wong Kok Restaurant(L1), Tang Shifu Restaurant(G), J.CO Donuts and Coffee(G), Kinsahi Japanese Restaurant(LG), Sushi King(LG), Seoul Garden(LG), KFC(LG), Cheesetarian(LG), Pizza Hut(LG), Hong Kong Kim Gary Restaurant(LG), Tea Garden(LG), Seasons's(LG), BreadTalk/Toast Box(LG), Noodle Station(LG). Major non-F&B tenants include: Tesco(LG), Watsons(LG), KBO Plus Family Karaoke(L2), Theresa Slimming Beauty Spa(L2) and a video games arcade(L2). The shopping mall is open daily from 10am to 10pm. A metered taxi from City Square at Jalan Wong Ah Fook to here should cost not more than 4 RM (excluding waiting time), and there are many buses (one-way fare from City Square 1.20 or 1.30 RM) that go past the Jalan Datok Sulaiman/Tebrau Highway junction. Maju bus number IM17 (one-way fare 1.50 RM) travels between Holiday Plaza (final stop) and City Square, passing by KSL City. Causeway Link S1 bus (one-way fare 1.50RM) travels between City Square and KSL City every 20 minutes in both directions from 8.30am to 11pm, with decreasing frequencies from 8.30am to 10am and 8pm to 11pm.
  • Carrefour, Lot 138 Batu 7.5 Jalan Kota Tinggi, 81100 Pandan, Johor Bahru. Tel: 1300 88 2939 Fax: +607 3543 144 E-mail: johorbahru_my@carrefour.com. Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9:30am-10:30pm, Saturday 8:00am–11:00pm, Sunday 8:00am–10:30 pm. It is located just 300m southwest of the Pasir Gudang Highway-Tebrau Highway(Jalan Pandan) intersection, 10.5 km north of the CIQ. Besides the flagship Carrefour hypermarket and several shopping outlets, it has a Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet, a Japanese restaurant, a food court and a post office that is open Mon-Sat 10AM-9PM. To get there, take any bus that goes to Kota Tinggi or Ulu Tiram, e.g Maju 227, Causeway Link 6B etc, from the bus stop opposite City Square at Jalan Wong Ah Fook. The one-way bus fare is 2.20 or 2.30 RM.
  • City Square, 106-108 Jalan Wong Ah Fook (across Jalan Tun Abdul Razak from the JB Sentral train station); Tel : 607-221 9989 Fax : 607-2269989; website: [50]. JB's most accessible shopping mall, a mere 5-minute walk from the CIQ. A pedestrian bridge connects the mall to JB Sentral, which is itself connected to the CIQ by a pedestrian bridge. It has a good range of shops and food and beverage outlets. There is a Singapore-run Cathay Cineplex on levels 5 and 7, and beside it (on level 5) is a food court run by Singapore-based Food Junction. The 'Innercity' area is full of small (especially those selling handphones) stalls and is worth a visit. There is free Wi-Fi in all public areas. Some of the food and beverage outlets are: AK Noodles(level 2), Hong Kong Kim Gary Restaurant (basement), J.CO Donuts & Coffee(level 1), Kenny Rogers Roasters(level 3), Kinsahiya Japanese Restaurant(basement), Marrybrown(level 2), McDonald's(levels 1 and 2), Nando's(basement), Old Town White Coffee(level 3), PappaRich(level 2), Robin's Portuguese Chicken(level 2), Secret Recipe(basement), Sedap Corner(level 2), Seoul Garden(level 3), Starbucks Coffee(level 1), Sushi King(basement), Teh Sarabat(level 3), The Coffee Bean(level 1), Vivo(level 4) and Zen Shabu Shabu (basement). Other tenants include: Bata shoes(level 1), Kapitan mini supermarket(basement), MPH bookstore(level 3), Popular bookstore(Level 4), Watsons(level 2).
  • Holiday Plaza, Jalan Dato' Sulaiman, Taman Centuri (600m west of the Jalan Datok Sulaiman/Tebrau Highway junction). A very long shopping mall with a lot of empty stores. A metered taxi from City Square at Jalan Wong Ah Fook to here should cost not more than 4 RM (excluding waiting time), and there are many buses (one-way fare from City Square 1.20 or 1.30 RM) that go past the Jalan Datok Sulaiman/Tebrau Highway junction. Maju bus number IM17 (one-way fare 1.50 RM)travels between Holiday Plaza (final stop) and City Square. This is the place to buy mainly pirated, DVDs, VCDs, CDs, PS2 games, Xbox games, Nintendo games and PC games at slightly cheaper prices than those shops nearer the Causeway, although the price difference is practically non-existent. The Parkson department store occupies 4 levels. It has Pizza Hut, McDonald's and Kentucky Fried Chicken outlets.
  • Plaza Kotaraya, Jalan Trus, only 5 minutes walk from the CIQ. It is a relatively old shopping center compared to the nearby City Square. Visit the UO Superstore (4 levels) to find a wide range of groceries, household appliances, clothes, toys, luggage, etc. at competitive prices. It has the following restaurants: Pizza Hut (Level 1), Sedap Corner (Level 2), Rasa Mas (Level 2) and Singgah Selalu (Level 2). There is a food court on the top floor. Open daily 10am to 10pm.
  • Plaza Pelangi, 2 Jalan Kuning, 2km north of the CIQ. An upmarket shopping mall. Open daily 10am to 10pm. Among the tenants are: Metrojaya department store (levels 2 to 4), Cold Storage supermarket, Popular bookstore, and several food and beverage outlets such as the Coffee Bean, Kinsahi Japanese Restaurant,McDonald's, Nando's, Season's, Secret Recipe, Sedap Corner, Sushi King and Vivo.
  • Pelangi Leisure Mall, 148 Jalan Serampang. This is a 2-storey mall located in Taman Pelangi. The main tenants are: Giant hypermarket, Golden Screen cinema, Superbowl bowling alley and McDonald's. Open daily 1030 am to 10pm. Causeway Link's CT1 bus (runs between Kotaraya bus terminal and Bayu Puteri, via City Square) passes by this mall.
  • Plaza Larkin, opposite the Larkin Bus Terminal on Jalan Geruda. For those who are wish to be in a fashion planet, this is a place to be in, with a number of clothing boutiques to shop in. There is an Internet cafe (2RM per hr), a computer shop and a money changer on the first level. Also in the same building on the first level is food court (Selera Johor 'Johore delights'; see 'Eat, budget, hawker centers' section) that serves mostly Johorian cuisine.
  • Plaza Sentosa (formerly Kompleks Lien Hoe), Jalan Sutera, Taman Sentosa 80150. Shopping center 3km north of the CIQ. The main tenant here is The Store department store, which occupies 4 levels. Other tenants include: the Spa Hotel (level 4, see 'Sleep, budget' section), a food court (level 2), Guardian pharmacy (level 1), XPlus pharmacy (level 1), Watsons (level 1), Old Town White Coffee (restaurant, level 1; see 'Eat, budget, others'), Platinum night club (level 3), etc. Causeway Link's CT1 bus (runs between Kotaraya bus terminal and Bayu Puteri, via City Square) passes by Plaza Sentosa.
  • Southern City , Jalan Suria Utama, Taman Suria 81100 (4.5km north of City Square and less than 500m west of the Tebrau Highway). This 2-level shopping center - it looks more like a factory or warehouse from a distance - is actually sandwiched between Jalan Suria Utama, Jalan Suria 12, Jalan Suria 18 and Jalan Suria 19. The main tenants are: Giant hypermarket (level 1) and a mega furniture store occupying half of level 2. There is also a foodcourt with 14 stalls on level 2 and a Marrybrown fast food restaurant on level 1.
  • Courts, junction of Jalan Tun Abdul Razak Susur 4 and Jalan Yahya Awal. Consumer electronics and furniture retailer.
  • Festive Street Mall, Danga Bay. This one-storey mall consists of 280 retail outlets, including about a dozen food and beverage outlets. Parking is ample and free. Open daily from 11am to 10pm.
  • Landmark IT Mall, 12 Jalan Ngee Heng (600m northwest of the CIQ). This six-level shopping mall is housed within the 10-storey podium of the twin-tower 35-storey Menara Landmark building. It only deals in IT products - computers and accessories, and mobile phones and accessories. There is a small foodcourt at the basement.
  • Danga City Mall (formerly known as Best World), Jalan Tun Abdul Razak Susur 1, just north of the intersection of Jalan Tun Abdul Razak and Jalan Lingkaran Dalam, abutting both of these highways. Tel: +607–221 5008 Fax: +607–2217008 Website: [51]. This gigantic shopping mall was completely refurbished at a cost of RM100 million, and reopened as Danga City Mall on 31 August 2008. Open daily 10am to 10pm. Free parking in the huge open-air car park south of the mall. Level 3 specializes in computers and related accessories, hand phones and cameras. Here, you can even find original operating system and Microsoft Office software for cheaper prices than, for example, City Square Mall. The giant Metrojaya department store is the main tenant, occupying levels 1 to 4. There is a supermarket (Pasaraya Songmart) in the basement and a Guardian pharmacy on the first level. There is a fitness center and spa on level 5 and a bowling center (20 lanes; open daily, 10am to 1am weekdays, 10am to 2am weekends; adult rates - 3.80RM per game 10am to 6pm, 4.80RM per game 6pm to 1am on weekdays; 4.80RM per game during weekends) on level 6. There are about 20 food and beverage outlets (most of them are on the basement level and the rest of them are on the first level) among which are Hokka Hokka! (see 'Eat, mid-range'), Penang Corner (see 'Eat, mid-range) and Danga Palace (Chinese restaurant, open daily 12pm to 3pm, 5pm to 9.30pm). KTM trains stop at the mall's station (see the above 'By Train' section for schedule) only two times a day in each direction.
  • ZON Mall and Department Store, [52], at the end of Jalan Ibrahim Sultan, 1.8km north-east of the Causeway, in the ZON duty-free complex. The 5-level Mall has several duty-free (chocolate, alcohol and tobacco) specialty outlets among its 180 retail shops. The Department Store occupies 150,000 square feet of retail space over 5 levels, offering a wide variety of merchandise. It also has a supermarket and food court in the basement. The ZON Mall, the ZON Department Store and the ZON Regency Hotel by the Sea are all housed in the same building. You have to declare all dutiable goods purchased in the complex and which you intend to bring out of the complex at the customs checkpoint upon leaving the complex. The duty rates for liquor are - 1 can of beer 5RM, 1 bottle of 750ml wine 23RM, 1 bottle of 1000ml whiskey 120RM. You can take the orange-and-red colored Transit Link City Bus number 123/S & S yellow-red-blue S2 bus/JB Central Line bus number 727/Maju bus number 10/Causeway Link CT1 bus from the JB Sentral's bus bays facing Jalan Jim Quee (starting point) or from the bus stop opposite City Square at Jalan Wong Ah Fook. For the return leg, the buses do not go past City Square; they all terminate at JB Sentral's bus bays. The one-way fare is 1.30RM. Note: the Causeway Link CT1 bus does not pass by here on its return leg. Causeway Link's no. 22 (launched on May 1, 2011) goes between JB Sentral and the ZON complex enroute to Kampung Bakar Batu. It does not go past City Square on both legs of the journey.
  • AEON Bukit Indah, No. 8 Jalan Indah 15/2, Bukit Indah, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor Darul Takzim; website: [53]. Opened on 19 Dec 2008, AEON Bukit Indah is a 3-level shopping mall with JUSCO being the flagship tenant - a hypermarket offering everything from food to baby diapers to perfumes. CW3 bus (From Jurong East MRT station,Singapore) stops at AEON Bukit Indah. Located a 15-minute drive from both the new Johor Bahru CIQ and the 2nd Link. Opening Hours: 10.00am to 10.30pm daily. Maju bus 221, Transit Link's 'City Bus' 301 (one-way fare RM 2.80) and JB Central Line bus 708 (one-way fare RM 2.70) ply between the bus stop opposite City Square in downtown and AEON Bukit Indah.
  • Sutera Mall, No.1, Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/4, Taman Sutera Utama, 81300 Skudai. Website: [54]. A 3-level shopping mall. It takes about 15 minutes to drive to here from Senai International Airport, the Second Link or the city center. There is a Carrefour hypermarket on Level 2 and a food court on Level 1. It has a open-air playground and an open-air amphitheater. Open daily 10.30am to 10.30pm. Free parking. There is a newly-constructed bus interchange adjacent to the mall (bus numbers: IM03 from/to Jalan Tampoi in Johor Bahru and CW4S from/to Jurong East Interchange in Singapore).
  • Jalan Segget Bazaar, daily open-air bazaar in the heart of JB with business from 6pm to 2am. Jalan Segget is a street that runs between Jalan Ibrahim and Jalan Wong Ah Fook. This is a bazaar that sells mostly clothes. But a wide range of other products are also sold - bags, belts, electric fans, food and drinks, footwear, handphone accessories, perfumes, sunglasses, toys, wallets, watches, etc.
  • Galeri Coklat, 19A, 19B-B2, Jalan Ah Siang, Tanjung Puteri 80300; tel +607-2218873; website: [55]. Located about 30m northwest of the major T-junction comprising Jalan Lingkaran Dalam, Jalan Ibrahim Sultan and Jalan Tanjung Puteri. This shop-cum-museum is run by GCB Foods Sdn Bhd, a leading, Malaysian supplier of cocoa-related products. The museum and shop are found side by side in one big room on the ground level of a modern, 3-storey building. Here, you can purchase a wide range of chocolate products (both chocolate sweets and beverages) under GCB Foods' umbrella brand name "CacaoRich". You can also have free samples of the shop's chocolate drink. The cocoa and chocolate museum is straight ahead of you as you enter the door. It has illustrated descriptions of the types of chocolate, the history of chocolate, the chocolate-making process, the health benefits and nutritional values of chocolate and the cocoa tree. In addition, there are displays of cocoa beans, cocoa powder, cocoa butter, cocoa massa, cocoa cake, etc. Admission to the museum is free. Open daily (including public holidays) 0830-1730. Credit cards (Mastercard, Visa and JCB) are accepted.

Eat

JB is a popular destination for budget-conscious gourmands from Singapore, as most dishes are half price at this side of the border. Most of the food stalls and dining spots come alive when night falls over the city. Common dishes include seafood and some Johor specialities like laksa and mee rebus. The adventurous can head for the stalls at Lido Beach and Stulang Laut to try the local favourites and hawker fare.

Do beware of menus without prices, especially when ordering seafood, or you may be in for an unpleasant surprise.

Budget

Hawker Centers ('Pusat Penjaja' in Malay)

There are quite a number of hawker centers across Johor Bahru. Hawker centers are basically a collection of pushcart, van or fixed stall vendors selling food or drinks in one particular area. Food and drinks are sold cheaply in these areas. Among the more well-known hawker centers are as follow:

  • Tepian Tebrau, intersection of Jalan Mohammad Amin and Jalan Sungai Chat (about 500m southwest of the Thistle Hotel and 3.5km west of the Causeway). It has 32 fixed stalls underneath a long and narrow open-air shed serving a catch-all of Malaysian food. It is famous for its seafood, especially ikan bakar (grilled fish). Stalls open between 12pm and 5pm daily - most of them open at or after 3pm - and close between 9pm and midnight.
  • Selera Johor Johore delights Food Court, beside Plaza Larkin (across the road from the Larkin bus terminal), Jalan Geruda. 22 fixed food and drink stalls serving, as the name suggests, mostly Johorian cuisine.
  • Medan Steamboat Luton Van Dataran Bandaraya, Jalan Abdul Samad. It is located just beside the Dataran Bandaraya (3km west of the Causeway) - the building with the distinctive yellow clock tower. This is an open-air hawker center with almost 20 van stalls, with tables and chairs under plastic shelters. It specializes in 'steamboat', which is actually pieces of meat, seafood or vegetables on wooden skewers cooked in boiling water and then eaten with sauces. Business hours - typically from 6pm to 2am daily.
  • Medan Selera Sungai Chat, intersection of Jalan Abu Bakar and Jalan Sungai Chat (about 500m southwest of the Thistle Hotel and and 3.5km west of the Causeway). It has 8 fixed stalls, some of them specializing in ikan bakar (grilled fish). Open-air seating underneath plastic shelters.
  • Medan Selera Meldrum Walk, along Meldrum Walk - this pedestrianized street stretches between Jalan Siu Koon and Jalan Stesyen and runs parallel to Jalan Meldrum and Jalan Wong Ah Fook, right in downtown JB. 90 food and drinks pushcart stalls to choose from, all serving Malaysian (Chinese, Malay, Indian) cuisine. The disadvantage is that the tables and chairs are all in the open air. Stalls open from the late afternoon onwards,
  • Pusat Penjaja Taman Sri Tebrau, on the south side of Jalan Keris, 200m and 300m east of the Tebrau Highway-Jalan Keris junction and Crystal Crown Hotel respectively. 3km north of the CIQ. This is a hawker center with 118 fixed stalls.
  • Pusat Penjaja Jalan Perang Taman Pelangi, at the junction of Jalan Perang and Jalan Sri Pelangi, just opposite a big mosque (Masjid Jamek at-Taqwa Taman Pelangi) with a golden, onion-shaped dome. This is a hawker center with 20 pushcart stalls, 300 to 400m southwest of the Pelangi Leisure Mall. One of the hawkers sells satay sticks for RM0.50 each, peanut sauce and cucumbers included. There is also a good stall serving clay pot chicken rice for RM5.80.
  • Johor Jaya Hawker Center located across the road from Daiman Bowling mall.

Mamak Food

There are three relatively large chains of Mamak restaurants across Johor Bahru, namely Ayub, Sri Alam and Habib. They serve similar food, in particular their roti canai, which is made of flour. Other dishes like Nasi Lemak, Mee Goreng can be found in these restaurants. In general they are located all across town. Just ask a local person, and they will gladly point you to the right direction.

Malay Food

If you can get up early in the morning there are 2 different types of 'roti canai' that you may try out in Johor that should not be available in other states. 'Roti canai' is a flat piece of fried dough that is served with different types of curries depending on your mood. One is located near the new Complex Immigration and Quarantine building near Kim Teng Park. This version is very thick and extra crispy and the chili paste that comes with it is to die for. It is advisable to ask for directions first as it is only accessible by car. The other 'roti canai' is located at Century Garden near the Honda showroom in front of the MAA building. These are tiny, light and fluffy versions of the original 'roti canai' and it comes with a small bowl of savory sardine-mixture to go with it. Both are reasonably priced and you should not miss it.

  • Restoran Banafee. Jalan Datuk Abdullah Tahir (across the street from the New York Hotel, beside a car wash outlet). It is housed in an open-air shed and serves mostly local cuisine. Prices of selected items: nasi ayam penyet 7 RM, nasi daging penyek 7 RM, pecel lele (Indonesian-style grilled catfish) 6 RM, nasi goreng 3.50 RM, nasi goreng ayam 6 RM, mee rebus 3.50 RM, murtabak ayam or murtabak daging 5 RM, nasi lemak kosong 2 RM, nasi lemak telur ayam 5 RM, chicken or beef satay set 6 RM, mutton satay set 7 RM, cooked vegetables 3 or 3.50 RM, tom yam 4.50 to 6 RM, soups 4.50 to 6 RM, roti kosong 0.80 RM, roti jala 3 RM, chicken or beef burger 2.70 RM, chicken or beef burger special 3.30 RM, teh o 1 RM (with ice 1.30 RM), teh tarik 1.20 RM (with ice 1.50 RM), bandung 1.50 RM (with ice 1.80 RM), apple or orange juice 2 RM (with ice 2.50 RM). There is no government tax or service charge. Open 24 hrs.
  • Restoran ZZ. 20B Jalan Sungai Chat (tel: 07 224 0417.) It is at the end of this road, and just before the start of Jalan Mahmoodiah, behind the Sultanah Aminah Hospital, only 200m east of the Thistle Hotel. Popular low-key eatery serving Malay and Thai dishes, with a total of 60 items on its menu. Prices of selected dishes - breakfast(13 items): roti kosong 0.80 RM, roti john 2.50 RM, mee or nasi goreng with telur 2.50 RM, laksa johor penang 3.50 RM, murtabak 4 RM, nasi lemak 2.50 or 4 RM, lontong 2.50 or 4 RM; lunch(23 items): nasi ayam 3.50 RM, ikan bakar 4 to 8 RM, nasi briyani ayam 5.50 RM, nasi briyani daging 5.50 RM, nasi briyani kambing 7 RM, ayam penyet 6.50 RM; dinner (18 items): mee bandung 4 RM, nasi lemak kukus 4 RM, mee wantan 4 RM, mee tomyam 4 RM, ikan bakar 5 RM, nasi beriani gam kambing 7 RM; all meals: nasi daging 4 RM; black coffee or tea 1 RM, coffee or tea with milk 1.20 RM, air buah 2.50 RM. Besides ordering full-plate or full-bowl dishes (different menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner), you can also get servings from the more than 20 dishes on the buffet counters (self-service) - you will be charged accordingly for each of these servings. There is no government tax or service charge. No air-con, seating capacity for about 100 persons. Open daily (0630 to 2300 Mon-Fri, 0630 to 1600 Sat-Sun).
  • Mee Rebus Stulang. k21 Selera Johor Johore Delights Food Court, beside Plaza Larkin (since late 2010) and across the road from the Larkin bus terminal, Jalan Geruda, Johor Bahru, 80350. This Malay-operated mee rebus outlet used to operate out of a van, with tables and chairs underneath a large shade, at the car park behind the gray Open University (Universiti Terbuka Malaysia) building. It costs RM3.50 for the normal ('biasa') plate, RM4.00 for the large ('besar') plate and RM5.00 for the special plate which has toppings of boiled prawns and mushrooms. Open Mon-Sun 08:00-22:00 hrs
  • Nasi Lemak Senibong. Located in Kampung Senibong, it has been serving one of the best Nasi Lemak in Johor Bahru. Costing RM4 per plate, it costs of coconut flavoured rice, chicken (comes in three flavours), an egg and sambal (traditional malay chili sauce).
  • Dann's Cafe. at Taman Daya. A popular place for good Johor Laksa, Hyderabad Beryani Rice, Mee Siam Kuah, they also serve wacky mock tails. Ask for what special there and a guarantee of a good time.

Chinese Food

  • Restoran Bamboo. It is located at no. 1 Jalan Sutera 1, Taman Sentosa, 3km north of the CIQ or City Square. Tel: 607-3313180. This is is a 2-storey, air-con, non-halal Chinese restaurant well-known for its "emperor's paper wrapped chicken". It is a dish whereby a whole, spring chicken wrapped in both aluminum foil (outside) and paper (inside) is baked in the oven for hours. The chicken is served, largely immersed in gravy containing Chinese herbs, in the same aluminium foil and paper. It costs RM15 (only RM14 at the Taman Sentosa branch) per chicken. Prices of selected main dishes - chicken dishes 12 to 15RM, beef with vegetables 12RM, deer meat with curry sauce or spring onions 14RM, sweet and sour pork 12RM, shark fins soup (small/medium/large) 15/30/60 RM, soup of the day (small/large) 6/8RM, duck soup with salted vegetables 9RM, hot-plate bean curd 8RM, pineapple fried rice 5RM, Hokkien mee 5RM. Prawn dishes, fish dishes, crab dishes, bean curd dishes(from 6RM), vegetable dishes (from 8RM), egg dishes (from 8 RM) and soups are also served. Economical set lunch (daily 11am to 5pm) - main dish + soup + drink for 7.90RM. A small bowl of plain rice costs 1 RM. Compulsory towel 0.40RM. Prices of selected desserts and drinks - mango pudding 2.50RM, yam paste 3.50RM, Chinese tea 0.50RM, home-made soya bean milk 1.80RM. It has two other outlets in the city: 47 Jalan Bayu Puteri 1/3, Taman Bayu Puteri; 70 Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/3 Taman Sutera Utama (Skudai). Prices at the Taman Sentosa outlet are not subject to government tax or service charge. However, prices at the other two outlets are subject only to a 6% government tax. The outlet at Taman Sentosa is open daily 11am to 10pm.
  • Restaurant Teck Sing, 3 and 5, Jalan Sutera 1, Taman Sentosa, 80150; tel: 07-334 7025. website: [56]. It has three signature dishes: Teck Sing Paper Baked Chicken 14RM, curry fish head 25RM, shark fins with crab meat soup 25/50RM. It also serves the following dishes - chicken, pork, fish, prawn, crab, cuttlefish, squid, bean curd, eggs, vegetables, etc. and soups. There is no government tax or service charge for all items. Air-con. Open 11:00 am to 10:00 pm daily
  • Master Yong Abalone, No. 39, Jln Molek 2/1, Taman Molek, 81100 Johor Bahru, Malaysia. Tel: +6012-7089069 / +607-3526448. Only 1km away from Jusco Tebrau City, it is the first and only restaurant in Malaysia to serve whole abalones with 'kuay teow' soup dishes. A unique dish specially prepared by the 'Master Yong' chef is 'Abalone Cube Medley in Volcano Stone Pot', consisting of abalone cubes, fish maw, and seafood, then filled with steaming hot Essence of Abalone in a volcano stone pot 19.8RM. Definitely value for money for this traditional Chinese dish. Other signature dishes include Kuay Teow Soup with Abalone Cubes 15.8RM, Dry Noodles with Abalone Cubes 15.8RM, and Chef Recommended' Mini Buddha Jump Over the Wall 28RM. These dishes all come with fine fish maw and seafood, while Essence of Abalone is used for the preparation of these dishes. Other chinese dishes are available too. Graded 'A' for restaurant cleanliness. There is no government tax or service charge for all items. Air-conditioned. Opens from 10:00am to 10:00pm daily.
  • Huizu Hot Wok, Taman Mutiara Rini, Skudai (off Skudai Highway, Goodhope Hotel junction), [57]. Halal Chinese. Oat prawns, ice-blended dragon fruit.
  • On Kee Restaurant, Permas Jaya (Opposite New Bus Stand at Permas Jaya). They have various kind of Chinese Foods that serve at a reasonable price. The Chef won prizes for two competition at China. The environment is good and the waiters and waitresses are friendly.We were very satisfied with all the dishes! After tasted the food, I realized that...this were the food we always have it in the Hotel. Yes, it was the hotel standard! Great! I personally like the Herbal Chicken, it was Delicious! The prawns were fresh, the eggplant was nice and also others dishes. The Teo Chew Yam dessert was special! Beside that, the Sambal was marvelous! The food price here are slightly above average if you compare with other Chinese restaurant, so the Damage was : MYR93.00 for 4 adults and 1 child included drinks. That was reasonable! It's worth second visit! Food and environment rated : 4.6/5
  • Kedai Makanan Mee Hoon Kueh, 56 Jalan Sutera (on the south side of this street), 600m east of the Jalan Sutera-Tebrau Highway junction. Probably one of the earliest vendors selling the Mee Hoon Kueh dish. It has been the subject of many Singapore-based food shows which came into Johor Bahru for a review of local delicacies. It offers four different varieties of the Mee Hoon Kueh dish: soup version without prawns and squids (small/big bowl) 4/4.50RM, soup version with prawns and squids 6.50/7RM, 'dry' version 4/4.50RM, curry version 4.50/5.50RM. It also serves curry mee (small/big bowl) 4.50/5.50RM. 'Lemon honey jelly ice' cold drink 3RM. There is no government tax or service charge for all items. Air-con. Open 1230pm to 10pm Tue-Sun, closed on Mondays.
  • Restoran Sing Kee, 124-126, Jalan Cengai (at the junction of this road and Jalan Meranti), Taman Melodies, 3.5km north of the CIQ. It has been serving the local community for nearly 20 years. Its signature dish is the curry fish head. It serves fish dishes, prawn dishes, squid dishes, meat dishes, vegetable dishes, spring rolls, otak-otak etc. Air-conditioned, opening hours Tue-Sun 1130am to 3pm, 5.30pm to 9.30pm, closed on Mondays.
  • Tapai Tang Restaurant. Located at the north end Jalan Meranti, Taman Melodies, 3.5km north of the CIQ. It is a well-known air-conditioned eatery serving Chinese dishes only. The menu is mostly in Chinese only. Prices of selected dishes - curry fish head 25/28 RM, salted baked chicken 20 RM, prawn fried kway teow 6 RM, Hokkien char mee 6 RM. There is no government tax or service charge. Indoor and outdoor seating. Air-con and open daily from 1030am to 430am.
  • Restoran Yi Bao, 5 Jalan Maju (across the street from Plaza Pelangi). This humble eatery offers one of the best 'mee hoon kueh' in town. In fact, this is the only dish served in the restaurant. 'Mee hoon kueh' is a popular Chinese delicacy where pieces of flour are cooked in a thick, tantalising soup consisting of meatballs, mincemeat, vegetables, fragrantly deep-fried anchovies and egg, all cooked to perfection. Noodle version is also available. Expect large crowds of office-going workers during lunch hours and it can get very crowded on weekends. Small bowl 4.50 RM, big bowl 5.50 RM. Drinks 1 to 1.80 RM. Non-halal. Open Mon to Wed, Fri to Sun 0930 to 2000, closed on Thursdays.
  • San Low Seafood Restaurant, Jalan Biru,Taman Pelangi (less than 200m from the southeastern end of this street) 80400. Tel: 07-332 3869 /334 3623. website: [58]. Its specialties are: assam fish and steamed fish, chili and black pepper crab, fried clams, dry fried mee hoon (6/9/12/18 RM for small/medium/large/extra large plate) and a unique dessert called Teow Chew Yam (16 RM, medium only) that is cooked with a mixture of barley, pumpkins and chestnut. Meat (chicken, duck, pork etc) dishes, bean curd dishes, vegetable dishes and soups are also served here. There is no government tax or service charge. Tables and chairs underneath a giant shed, no air-con. Open daily 430pm to 1am.
  • Restoran Yong Mui, 149 Jalan Lumba Kuda. This restaurant has three stalls - beef noodles(small/big serving 7/8 RM), kueh tiao goreng/Hokkien mee 5 RM, and wantan mee(small/medium/big bowl 4/5/6 RM)/deep-fried wantan(2.50 RM per bowl)/bean curd stick soup(1.50 RM). Cold/hot drinks and cut fruits are sold here. There is no government tax or service charge. No air-con. Open daily 7am to 4pm. These premises used to operate under the name of Kedai Makanan dan Minuman Ang Kim Chwee, the three stalls (Cathay laksa, beef noodles and duck noodles) of which shifted to another bigger restaurant (Restoran Shang Ji, see below) in the adjacent building on the same side of the road at the end of 2010.
  • Restoran Shang Ji, Jalan Lumba Kuda. This restaurant has four main stalls, two of which (Cathay laksa and duck noodles) used to operate under the name of Kedai Makanan dan Minuman Ang Kim Chwee in the adjacent building on the same side of the road. Cathay laksa (small/big serving 4/5 RM); beef noodles (7 RM); duck noodles (small/big serving 4/5 RM); fish ball soup 5 RM/fish slice soup 6 or 8 RM. Bread and eggs, hot and cold drinks (kopi o 1.10 RM, limau ais 1.50 RM, etc), including beer, are also served here. There is no government tax or service charge. No air-con. Open Tue-Sun 730am to 4pm, closed Mondays. Any of the main stalls can close as early as 1pm if all its food has been sold out. The very famous beef noodle stall vendor who used to operate under the name of Kedai Makanan dan Minuman Ang Kim Chwee in the adjacent building on the same side of the road for almost four decades and for a few months in this restaurant retired and closed his stall permanently in the first half of 2011.
  • Woon Kiang Restaurant, Jalan Stulang Darat (150m southwest of the T junction comprising this road, Jalan Stulang Laut and Jalan Pasir Pelangi). The famous Johor Bahru Kuay Teow Kia is here, a MUST TRY. Kuay Teow Kia is this dish where Kuay-teow boiled in a herbal-like soup is served with pig offal, braised duck meat, preserved salted vegetables, braised half-boiled eggs and various types of beancurd, depending on what you order. Closed on Sundays.
  • Dewi's Moghul Biryani and Penang Assam laksa. (located at Taman Molek near Standard Chartered Bank). Tasty biryani and asam laksa.

Indian Food

  • Restoran Nilla (address: No.3, Jalan Ungku Puan) +607 227 5722
    Restaurant with 5 branches (self-proclaimed as the "the best banana-leaf food in town")offering South Indian meals. Excellent and friendly service. The menu (140 items) is displayed on one of the walls inside the restaurant. Prices of selected dishes - nasi lemak telur ayam 4 RM, nasi sayur ayam 7 RM per set, nasi sayur kambing 7 RM per set, nasi briyani ayam 6.50 RM per set, nasi briyani kambing 8.50 RM per set, mee or nasi goreng (without meat) 3 RM per plate, mee goreng with chicken 6 RM per plate, nasi goreng with chicken 6 RM per plate, mee goreng with mutton 6.50 RM per plate, nasi goreng with mutton 6.50 RM per plate, ikan goreng 4 RM per plate, ayam goreng 4 RM per plate, plain roti 0.80 RM, chicken/mutton/fish murtabak 6 or 6.50 RM per plate, plain tosai 1.40 RM, masala tosai with chicken 3.50 RM, sotong(squid) 4 RM, kambing(mutton) 4.50 RM per plate. Fresh fruit juice 3 RM, fresh milk 2 RM, bandung 1.80RM, black coffee or tea 1 RM, coffee or tea with milk 1.20 RM. Indian sweets are also sold here, on a per piece basis. There is no government tax or service charge. There is another branch (no air-con) at 109 Jalan Trus just around the corner - it is about 20 to 30m southwest of the main branch at Jalan Ungku Puan. Only the main branch (no air-con)is open daily 24 hrs, the other branches open daily from 0700 to 2200.

Others

  • Madam Chang's Nyonya Cafe (address: No.10G Jalan Bestari 6/2, Taman Nusa Bestari) (directions: right opposite of Tesco Bukit Indah) 0127587932
    open: Tu-F 11AM-3PM, 5PM-9PM; Sa Su 9AM-3PM, 5PM-10PM
    Nyonya food.
  • TasteBetter frozen yogurt, located in Bukit Indah Jusco, Taman Bukit Indah 1st floor. This cafe chain provides local unique flavored yogurt and icecream, as well as common beverages and bakery items. Combine with fresh fruits and freshly made yogurt. The durian flavored yogurt and ice cream is one of the popular choices on its menu, very popular among Singapore visitors and foreigners. The One of its kind Durian Puff is freshly made daily and is something you should not miss when you visit Bukit Indah Jusco.
  • Hiap Joo Bakery and Biscuit Factory, 13 Jalan Tan Hiok Nee (at the junction of Jalan Tan Hiok Nee and Jalan Trus), tel 223 1703. This traditional bakery located in the heart of the city is more than 80 years old. The bread has been baked the same way since it was founded in 1928, in a firewood oven which dominates the little shop. The business is now run by the founder's children and grandchildren. Breads and cakes are ready piping-hot from the oven at around 1230pm and 230pm respectively. There are no additives added to any of the breads and cakes. The products must be consumed within three days of purchase because no preservatives are used. Preparation of the breads and cakes for baking start at around 8 am. The shop is only open (Monday to Saturday) for business from 12.30pm to 6pm. Closed on Sundays. Price list: banana cake 7 RM per packet of 12 pieces, plain butter cake 8.40 RM per packet of 12 pieces; big bun 4 RM per packet of 8, baby bun 1.50 RM per packet of 10; non-spicy buns - coconut 2.50 RM for 5 buns, peanut 2.40 RM for 4 buns, kaya 2.40 RM for 4 buns, custard 2.40 RM for 4 buns, butter sugar 2.40 RM for 2 buns, red bean 2.80 RM for 4 buns, sausage 2.60 RM for 2 rolls, cheese 3.60 RM for 6 sticks, chicken potato 5 RM for 5 buns; spicy buns - sardine 3.20 RM for 4 buns, shrimp(serunding) floss 3.20 RM for 4 buns, anchovy (ikan bilis) 3.20 RM for 4 buns, curry potato 3.20 RM for 4 buns, otak-otak 2.40 RM for 2 buns.
  • W.W. Laksa House, 36A and 36A1, Jalan Kolam Ayer (beside the 7-Eleven store and 300-400m north of the Kolam Ayer mosque). Tel: 012-7990979/012-7273755. As the name suggests, it specializes in laksa (4.50/5.50/6.50 RM for small/medium/large bowl). It also serves 'dry mee' and 'mee soup' for the same prices for small/medium/large bowls. Mee kosong 2.20 RM. Soft drink 1.90 RM per can, cincau or barley 1.20 RM per glass, mineral water 1.70/2.70 RM (small/big). Otak-otak 60 sen per piece. There is no government tax or service charge. No air-con. Open daily 7am-4pm, closed on alternate Tuesdays.
  • Restoran Yew Swee, 64, Jalan Harimau Tarum (located in a very long row of shophouses on the west edge of the Tebrau Highway), opposite the vast, empty field (Taman Tebrau Jaya) that just abuts (north of) Plaza Pelangi. Laksa 5/6/7 RM for small/medium/large bowl, mee hoon kuih 4/5 RM (small/medium bowl), dry mee or mee soup 4/5 RM (small/medium bowl). Black coffee or tea 1 RM, cincau 1 RM, air limau 1.50 RM. There is no government tax or service charge. No air-con. Open Mon to Sat 8am to 5pm, closed on Sun.
  • Restoran Mustika Zamzam, Jalan Datuk Abdullah Tahir (between the Restoran Carabao and the New York Hotel). This restaurant serves mostly local cuisine such as mee goreng, chicken/beef/mutton murtabak, naan, capati, nasi beriani ayam/daging/ikan/kambing (chicken/beer/fish/mutton), nasi campur, nasi goreng, nasi kandar, nasi lemak, roti (23 types), chicken/beef/mutton soup, tandori chicken, tosai (7 types), etc. Besides, Thai seafood and tom yam, burgers, chicken chop, lamb chop and fish & chips are also served here. The restaurant has 2 flat-screen cable TVs and a bigger white screen with cable TV projector. Prices of selected items - mee goreng without meat 3.50 RM, plain tosai 1.20 RM, plain roti canai 0.80 RM, one can of soft drink 1.80 RM. There is no government tax or service charge. Open 24 hrs and no air-con.
  • Simple Street, Jalan Datuk Abdullah Tahir (north side), 50m from the junction of this street and the Tebrau Highway. This is an open-air restaurant serving only local cuisine. Prices of selected items in RM - char kway teow 4.50, nasi lemak biasa 1.80, nasi goreng 4.50 or 5.50, roti john 3.00, tom yam 5.50, fruit juice 3.50 to 4.00, black coffee or tea 1 hot 1.20 cold, coffee or tea with milk 1.20 hot 1.40 cold. There is no government tax or service charge. Open from 5pm to 3am, Mon to Sat. Closed on Sundays.
  • Mr Kebab, Jalan Datuk Abdullah Tahir, located in the same premises and run by the same management as the Restoran Banafee. Specializes in Turkish cuisine. Dürüm chicken döner kebab, cut into several pieces 8 RM; chicken döner kebab with pieces of dürüm, French fries and salad 12 RM; dürüm lamb döner kebab, cut into several pieces 9 RM; lamb döner kebab with pieces of dürüm, French fries and salad 13 RM; chicken şiş kebab with pieces of dürüm, French fries and salad 12 RM; lamb şiş kebab with pieces of dürüm, French fries and salad 13 RM; pide 12RM; chicken or lamb chop with French fries and salad 12RM; fish and chips with French fries and salad 14RM; spaghetti bolognese 7 RM; French fries 5 RM. There is no government tax or service charge. Open 24 hrs.
  • Restoran JB Catering and Food Supplies, Stadium Tan Sri Dato' Haji Hassan Yunos, Jalan Dato' Jaafar, 80350, 1km east of the Larkin Bus Terminal. Tel: 07-221 4775, Fax: 07-221-4778, E-mail: jbcateringjohor@gmail.com. This restaurant shifted to its new premises on 19 Jan 2011. It serves buffet and a la carte meals. The tables and chairs are all under a huge, open shed with fans. Seating capacity - 300. No Wi-Fi access is provided by the restaurant. You can make a la carte orders daily only from 5pm to 12am. Daily lunch buffet [12 main dishes - all Malay food, plus rojak, roti jala, noodles, cold and hot desserts (such as cakes, kuih, agar-agar, custard), cut fruits, cold and hot drinks] 11am-430pm, 15.90/8.00 RM net (adult/child 5 to 12 years). Barbecue dinner buffet [about 20 main dishes, mostly Malay food - various meat/fish/vegetable/bean curd dishes, barbecue chicken/mutton/fish/mussels, noodles, ketupat (rice cake), roti jala, mutton soup, tom yam soup, vegetable/fruit salads, mashed potato, etc; cold and hot desserts (such as cakes, kuih, agar-agar, custard), cold cut fruits, cold and hot drinks] Fri and Sat only, 7pm-midnight, 18.00/12.00 RM net (adult/child 5 to 12 years). One of the staff members will slice off pieces of mutton with a knife from the barbecued sheep carcass right in front of the diner. Plain rice and beriani rice are also included in the lunch and dinner buffets. This restaurant is closed to the general public whenever it is booked for a large-scale banquet (especially for weddings) held in the restaurant. Telephone in advance before you come to be sure that it is open. Ramadan daily dinner buffet (6.30pm to 9pm) for the year 2011 - about 40 main dishes, plus dessert and cold/hot drinks, adult/children 5 to 12 years old 26.00/15.00 RM net.
  • Restoran Anjung Warisan, Taman Seni Budaya Negeri Johor (beside the Yayasan Warisan building), 296-A Jalan Petri (Kampung Tarum), 200m east of the Jalan Petri/Jalan Abdul Samad junction and 1.3km north of the Thistle Hotel. E-mail anjung.warisan.village@gmail.com. A popular and unique restaurant serving Malay and Western cuisine. Diners can either remove their shoes and sit cross-legged for a traditional Malay style meal, or they can sit at Western-style tables with normal chairs. The normal tables are at ground level while cross-legged seating is found in the upper-level and ground-level wooden platforms surrounding bare tree trunks. There is even a nightly angklung (musical instruments consisting of bamboo tubes attached to a bamboo frame) performance by a solo performer every night, starting from 7.30pm. You should book in advance to get a seat in the upper-level platforms. Prices (no service charge, no government tax) of selected dishes - Malay rice or noodle dishes 5 to 8 RM, mee hoon or kway teow 6 RM, French fries 4 RM, chicken chop 10 RM, fish and chips 10 RM, beef steak 18 RM. In addition, other Western dishes, hot plate dishes, ikan (fish), sayur (vegetables), sotong (squid), sup (soup) and telur (egg) dishes are served. Soft drinks 2 RM, chilled fruit juice 3 RM, fresh fruit juice 3.70 to 4.50 RM, hot black coffee or tea 1.20 RM, hot coffee or tea with milk 1.50 RM. Ramadan daily dinner buffet (6pm to 830pm) for the year 2011 - Malay food only, free flow cold and hot drinks provided, adult/children 25/13 RM net. A la carte orders are not available during the Ramadan buffet. Open daily 4pm to 1am. There is a car park (free parking) beside the restaurant.
  • Restoran E & Y, 1 Jalan Maju, Taman Pelangi. Tel 07-3322786. This restaurant serves cheap Malay and Mamak food. Prices of selected items in RM - nasi briyani ayam or daging 5.80, nasi campur ayam or daging or ikan and sayur 4.50, mee or nasi goreng 3.50, rojak 3.30, mee rebus 3.80, roti prata 0.80, roti nan set 6.00, tosai kosong 1.20, tosai masala 2.00, black coffee or tea 1.00 hot 1.30 cold, coffee or tea with milk 1.20 hot 1.40 cold, bandung with ice 1.50. There is no government tax or service charge. No air-con. Free Wi-Fi. Open 24hr. There is another outlet (also open 24 hrs and no air-con) at the junction of Jalan Lingkaran Dalam and Jalan Ah Siang, right beside the Menara MSC Cyberport skycraper. This outlet has a more extensive menu than the one at Taman Pelangi, and some of its dishes have different prices compared to similar dishes at Taman Pelangi.
  • Restoran Seri Madina, at the junction of Jalan Siu Nam and Jalan Meldrum. Mamak, halal restaurant in the heart of the city, serving Mamak and Malay cuisine such as biryani, murtabak, mee goreng, nasi goreng, roti etc. There is no government tax or service tax. Open daily 24hr and no air-con.
  • Restoran Yasin, 4, Jalan Sungai Chat (Wisma M.T.P. Abdul Kadir, just opposite and east of the Thistle Hotel). This restaurant serves cheap Malay and Mamak food. Prices of selected items - roti prata 0.80 RM, tosai kosong 1.20 RM, mee rebus 3 RM, mee goreng 3 RM, nasi campur (ayam and sayur) 4 RM, nasi ayam 4.50 RM, mee goreng ayam 5 RM, nasi goreng ayam 5 RM, nasi briyani ayam 5.50 RM, nasi briyani daging 5.50 RM, sup ayam 5 RM, sup daging 5 RM, sup kambing 5.50 RM, black coffee or tea 0.90/1.10 RM (small/big), coffee or tea with milk 1.10/1.30 RM (small/big), bandung 1.40 RM. There is no government tax or service charge. It has an air-con and a non air-con section. The air-con section is open from 10am to 10pm daily. There is a flat-screen cable TV in the non air-con section. The non air-con section is open 24 hrs daily.
  • Restoran Hasyima, Plaza Seni (level 1), Jalan Wong Ah Fook. It serves local cuisine and specializes in nasi beriyani. Dishes served include - nasi beriyani ayam/kambing/daging/ikan 8 RM, murtabak ayam 6 RM, murtabak daging /kambing 7 RM, naan 2 to 5 RM, tandoori chicken 6 RM, roti 0.80 to 3.20 RM, thosai 1.20 to 2.20 RM, nasi goreng 4 to 7.50 RM, mee goreng, nasi lemak, nasi ayam 4.50 or 5.30 RM, tomyam 6 to 8.50 RM, soups (from 3.50 RM), mee, kway teow 4 to 6 RM, ayam 3 RM, ikan 4 RM, asam pedas 3 RM, nasi puteh ayam 5.50 RM, etc. Prices of selected desserts and drinks - ais batu campur 3 RM, teh or kopi o 1 RM/1.20RM (small/big), apple or orange or water melon juice 3 RM, sirap limau 1.50, bandung 1.60. There is no government tax or service charge. Halal and no air-con. Open 7am to 11pm daily.
  • Kafe Enampuluhan, 69 Jalan Ibrahim Sultan (in the same building as the Heritage hotel). It serves 65 dishes of local cuisine and 35 types of hot and cold drinks. Its specialty is mee rebus. Prices of selected items - mee rebus 3.00RM(small)/4.00RM(large), mee soto 4.50RM, penang asam laksa 5.90RM, nasi ayam rendang 6.90RM, nasi lemak ayam baba 6.90RM, ayam penyet 7.90RM, sea food soup 7.90RM, tomyam 8 to 9.50RM, ikan paprik or ikan masam manis or ikan sos thai 9.50RM, ais kacang ABC 3.90RM (with ice cream 4.90RM), fresh orange juice or honey dew juice 3.00RM, syrup bandung 1.60RM(hot)/1.80RM(cold). There is no government tax or service charge. No air-con. Cable TV. Open 11am to 1.30am daily.
  • Restoran Hameed's, level 2 ZON Mall, at the end of Jalan Ibrahim Sultan. This is a Mamak restaurant serving local Malay/Indian dishes. Prices of selected items - roti canai 1 RM, tosai 1.20 RM, rojak kosong 2.50 RM, nasi briyani 3 RM, ayam goreng 3.50 RM, mee goreng 3.80 RM, nasi kandar 5.50 RM, mee goreng ayam/daging/sotong 5.50 RM; teh o or kopi o 1 RM, teh tarik 1.20 RM, rose syrup 1.20 RM, bandung 1.80 RM. There is no government tax or service charge. Open daily 8am to 8pm.
  • Lite & Ezy Corner, level 2 ZON Mall, at the end of Jalan Ibrahim Sultan. Inexpensive cafe serving local and western food. Prices of selected items - burger or nasi lemak or fried mee or fried kway teow or chicken curry set or chicken beryani set or daging rendang set or asam pedas set or crispy chicken burger or spaghetti Napoli or French fries plus drink of the day 5 RM; potato wedges 3 RM, cheese or egg or tuna sandwich 4 RM, doughnut 2.50 RM, hot dog 2.30 RM, mini pizza 2.30 RM, bun 2-2.30 RM, green salad 2 RM, assorted cut fruits 2 RM; hot drink (cappuccino, black or white coffee, espresso, Milo, mocha, teh tarik) or cold drink (iced tea) 2 RM. Daily high tea buffet (the menu changes every day; about 12 items are served at any one time - mee goreng/fried rice/nasi beryani/fried kway teow/fried mee hoon, chicken and vegetable stew/chicken and peas with gravy/fried chicken/lamb curry/chicken curry/chicken rendang/beef rendang/chicken sambal/squid sambal/mussels/sweet and sour fish/buttered prawns/mixed vegetables stew/porridge/clam chowder, potato wedges, cured cut meats served cold or cooked and sliced into small pieces (beef ham, chicken salami, chicken sausage, etc), pasta (macaroni, penne, spaghetti, vermicelli, etc), coleslaw, salads, cakes, muffins, agar agar, sliced fruits - plus free flow of coffee and tea with or without milk; 3:30pm-6:30pm) for only 9.99 RM (pay before you eat) - this is probably the cheapest buffet that you can find in Johor Bahru. There is no government tax or service charge. Free Wi-Fi access for diners from 11am to 9pm daily. There is a small cable television in the cafe. Open daily 11am to 9pm.
  • Restoran Hua Mui, 131 Jalan Trus 80000 (at the junction of this street and Jalan Dhoby). A 2-storey restaurant established in 1946. It has 68 local and Western dishes available all day and 33 items that are served only during breakfast. Price of selected items - all day dishes: curry chicken with rice (Sunday only) 5.50 RM, Hainanese chicken rice (Wednesday only) 5.50 or 6.50 RM, nasi lemak (Sunday only) 6.90 RM, Asian fried rice 5-6.50 RM, Asian noodles 5-7.50 RM, sour plum or butter cream chicken with white rice/fried rice 7.20/7.90 RM, black pepper beef with white rice/fried rice 7.20/7.90 RM, stir-fried mixed vegetables 8 RM, deep-fried chicken 9.90 RM, fried prawn fritter 10.90 RM, sweet and sour fish 10 RM, fish and chips 10.50 RM, Hainanese chicken chop 10.50 RM, black pepper chicken chop 12.50 RM, grilled chicken chop 13.90 RM, mutton chop 16.90 RM, beef steak 18.90 RM; tom yam soup 8 or 9 RM, mixed vegetables soup 8 or 9 RM, mushroom or creamy chicken soup 4.20 RM; breakfast only: breakfast set 6 RM, mushroom or tomato omelette 4.50 RM, chicken sandwich 3.80 RM, egg sandwich 3 RM, plain toast 0.50 RM, butter and peanut toast 1.30 RM, plain bun 0.70 RM, butter and peanut bun 1.40 RM; dessert and drinks: jelly 1.60 RM, milk jelly 2 RM, hot black coffee or tea 1 RM, barley with ice 1.20 RM, rose syrup with ice 1.20 RM, soft drink with ice 1.80 RM, fresh fruit juice with ice 3.90 RM, fresh fruit juice without ice 4.50 RM. Take away 0.30-0.50 RM extra. There is no government tax or service charge. No air-con. Open daily from 8am to 6pm, closed every alternate Thursday.

Mid-range

  • Hikage (formerly Sosaku),12 Jalan Serampang, Taman Pelangi 80400 (150m west of the Tebrau Highway), tel. +60-7-333-6368. Opening hours 12pm-3pm, 6pm-10.30pm (Mon-Fri); 12pm to 4pm, 6pm to 10.30pm (sat, sun and public holidays). This Japanese restaurant is among the various food and beverage outlets along this road popular among JB food connosieurs. It only serves all-you-can-eat buffet Japanese meals. For the main dishes (166 items for dinner, 155 items for lunch), choose from the following categories: agemono, nimono, otsumani, ramen & rice, sashimi, sushi, yakimono), you have to order from the illustrated menu. You help yourself to unlimited servings of miso soup, salad, fruits, ice-cream and cold drinks from the buffet table. Buffet pricing - 50 RM plus 10% service charge (lunch and dinner on weekends and dinner on weekdays); 35 RM plus 10% service charge (lunch on weekdays). Carlsberg beer 12RM, Asahi beer 14RM.
  • Sapporo (formerly Shogun), 80, Jalan Kuning, Taman Pelangi 80400 (at the junction of Jalan Kuning and Jalan Serampang, beside the Pelangi Leisure Mall). Tel 07-3333076. Japanese restaurant that opened on 10 Nov 2010, serves various Japanese dishes (a la carte only) such as sushi (from 5 RM), sashimi (from 14 RM), ramen (from 16 RM). All prices are subject to a 10 percent service charge only. Open 12pm to 4pm, 6pm to 10.30pm daily.
  • Don Sushi, 299-A, Jalan Sutera, Taman Sentosa 80150 (100m west of the junction of Jalan Sutera and Jalan Pasir Pelangi), tel 07-3352313. It serves both a la carte and buffet Japanese meals. Rates for buffet meals - weekday lunch (11.30am to 2.30pm) 33.90/19.90RM++ (adults/children); weekend and public holiday lunch, week-end and public holiday high-tea, and dinner on all days (11.30am to 2.30pm, 3-6pm, 6.30-9.30pm) 39.90/23.90RM++ (adults/children)
  • Furusato, Straits View Hotel. Good value for money Japanese fare. Friendly Japanese-speaking staff.Open 365 days a year. Serve authentic Japanese cuisine. Mon-Fri 1200-1430, 1800 to 2230; Sat 1200-1430, 1800-2200; Sun 1800-2200; Tel. +60-7-223-8322 HP:019-7732086.
  • Hokka Hokka!, Danga City Mall basement, Jalan Tun Abdul Razak Susur 1 80000, tel 07-228 8333. Japanese restaurant. It serves agemono (e.g. tori katsu 7.90RM), bento (from 12.90RM), don, otsumani, ramen (from 9.90RM), sashimi, soba, sushi, temaki, udon, yakimono. There is no government tax or service charge for all dishes. Open daily from 11am to 9pm.
  • Kura, 85, Jalan Harimau Tarum (Taman Century) 80250, at the Jalan Serampang/Tebrau Highway junction. Tel 607-3357998. Japanese restaurant. The menu includes agemono, cold and hot appetizers, don, ramen (12 to 15 RM), sashimi (15 to 30 RM), set meals (16 or 20 RM), soba, sushi (3 to 6 RM), teppanyaki, etc. Set lunch (choose from any 10 sets; available daily from 12 to 2.30pm, including public holidays) at only 9.90 RM. Air-con and non-halal. All prices are subject to a 10% service charge only. Open daily (including public holidays) 12pm to 2.30pm, 6pm to 10.30 pm
  • Sushi Monzta, 22 Jalan Perang, Taman Pelangi 80400, tel 07-3311172. website: [59] (their illustrated menu can be found here). Japanese restaurant. Ramen 12 to 15 RM, sushi 6 to 12 RM, sashimi, don, soba, udon, teppanyaki, teriyaki, tempura, etc. Bento lunch special (11.30am to 2.45pm) 15 RM, set meals 16 to 33 RM. All prices are subject to a 10% service charge only. Mastercard is accepted. Open 1130am to 245pm, 5pm to 10pm; closed on Tuesdays.
  • Tera-Thai Fine Dine Restaurant, 31 Jalan Abdul Samad, 1km or about 10 minutes' walk north of the Thistle Hotel; tel 607 222 6300; fax 607 221 6300; Housed in a restored bungalow with elegant, Thai interior decor. It is on the right side of the road (at the junction of Jalan Abdul Samad and Lorong 2)as you walk north from the Thistle Hotel. Open daily 1130 to 1530 and 1730 to 2300. Authentic Thai cuisine - chicken or beef dishes 10.90 to 15.90 RM, seafood, soups 9.90 to 12.90 RM, vegetable dishes, noodle dishes, rice dishes, appetizers and desserts. Set meals (only Mon-Fri from 1130 to 1730) - meal with 2 dishes without iced lemon tea 9.90 RM, meal with 3 dishes and iced lemon tea 15.90 RM, meal with 4 dishes and iced lemon tea 19.90 RM. Special set dinners with dessert buffet and free-flow coffee and tea (28 to 35 RM per person) are available during Ramadan. All prices are subject to only a 10% service charge.
  • Best Thai Restaurant, 58 Jalan Abiad, Taman Tebrau Jaya 80400; tel 07-3382255; e-mail: hwee1388@hotmail.my. Prices of dishes in RM - all soups (seafood soup, seafood beancurd soup, Thai-style beef soup, chicken soup with coconut milk and galanga, chicken beancurd soup, tom yam prawn or fish or chicken or vegetables or seafood) 15.90, green curry chicken or beef 15.90, all noodle dishes 8.90, all rice dishes 8.90 or 10.90, salad 12.90 or 15.90, vegetable dishes 10.90 to 15.90, fried chicken dishes 9.90 to 15.90, fried beef dishes 10.90 to 15.90, bean curd dishes 12.90 to 15.80, prawn dishes 10.90 to 25.90, squid dishes 15.90 to 20.90, fish dishes (seasonal pricing), crab dishes (seasonal pricing). Set meals for 2 to 10 persons - 2 pax 28 RM, 3 pax 48 RM, 4 pax 68 RM, 8 pax 188 or 288 RM, 10 pax 388 or 488 RM. All prices are subject to a 5% service charge only. Open daily 1130am to 1130pm. Air-con. Credit cards (Visa Mastercard JCB) accepted.
  • Restoran Carabao, 16 Jalan Datuk Abdullah Tahir 80300, tel 607-335 9333, website: [60]. This is a restaurant that specializes in Thai (especially seafood) cuisine. It is entirely made of wood with interesting pieces of teak wood furniture. It can accommodate up to 200 diners, and you can choose to dine on regular tables and chairs at the main dining hall or sit on mats in a Chiangmai ”Kantoke” cubicle style seating. The extensive Thai menu includes fish dishes, prawn dishes, squid dishes, crab dishes, beef dishes, chicken dishes, vegetable dishes, noodle dishes, rice dishes, salads and soups. Western food such as beef steaks, salmon, chicken chop or cutlet, spaghetti, fish & chips are also served. All prices are subject to only a 10% service charge. No air-con. Car park in front of the restaurant. Open daily including on public holidays 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 1am.
  • Kim Chi & BBQ Korean Restaurant, 24 Jalan Perang, Taman Pelangi 80400. Tel 07-333 1700. Barbecued beef, barbecued pork, seafood, pancakes, stews and noodles. Individual lunch set menu (11am to 4pm) 9.80 to 15 RM. Group set menus (available all day) for 2 to 5 pax. All prices are subject to a 10% service charge only. Air-con. Open daily 11am to 11pm.
  • Restoran Taro J1, 17 Jalan Maju (across the street from Plaza Pelangi), Taman Maju Jaya. Tel: 07-332 2570. This is Korean restaurant that was opened by a South Korean. Open daily 10am to 10pm. No air-con. Prices of selected dishes (subject to a 10% service charge): Korean spicy ramen 10RM, Korean non-spicy ramen 12.90RM, kimbap 12.90RM, bibimbap 15.90RM, kimchi jjigae 16.90RM, set meals for 2-3 persons 60RM, set meals for 4-5 persons 120RM. There are lunch promotions (order before 3pm) available, such as the chicken or beef bulgogi (9.90RM plus 10% service charge) that is served with rice, seaweed soup, kimchi and cold Korean tea.
  • Robin's Portuguese Chicken, City Square Lot J2-10 and J2-11 (level 2). Website: [61]. Restaurant that serves Macau cuisine. Prices of selected items in RM - Portuguese baked half chicken with salad and bun or rice or noodles 10.90 11.90 11.90 respectively, Portuguese baked two chicken wings with salad and bun rice or noodles 5.80 6.80 6.80 respectively, Macau baked chicken chop rice 11.90, Macau baked fish fillet spaghetti 11.90, Macau chicken chop congee 6.80, Macau chicken chop bun 6.80, chicken wing noodle soup 6.80, Portuguese egg tart 2.20 per piece, starfruit, mango and sago dessert 4.50, Macau steam milk 3.50, chendol 3.50, watercress and dates (hot or cold) drink 2.50, tea or coffee without milk 2.00, Coke or Sprite 2.00. There is no government tax or service charge. Open 10am to 930pm daily.
  • Restoran Pekin , 38, Jalan Baldu 5, Taman Sentosa. Tel: 607-333 2928, 607-332 0902. This is a Chinese restaurant that has been around for more than 20 years. It still serves up piping hot Chinese food which has been favored by both local and Singaporeans. It specializes in seafood, but also serves chicken, duck, pork, egg, bean curd, vegetables, rice and noodles dishes, as well as soups and desserts. Supreme abalone 98RM per person, shark fins (small/medium/large/extra large) 45/68/90/120RM. All prices are subject to 6% government tax. Open daily 11am to 11pm. It has another branch at: Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/4, Sutera Utamabiz Centre, Taman Sutera Utama 81300 Skudai
  • AK Noodles House, Lot J2-12, Level 2 City Square. Tel /Fax : 07-221 1843. Website: [62]. This a well-known fish ball noodle specialist established in Johor Bahru whose specially-made pure fish balls contain no preservatives. Prices of selected items at the City Square outlet in RM - dry noodles with soup of fish balls, fish slice, vegetables etc. 6.90 or 7.50, curry laksa 6.90, tom yam seafood mee hoon 9.90, yong tau fu soup plus rice 8.90, yong tau fu curry plus rice 9.90, instant noodles with crispy prawn or fish cake 6.90/6.50 respectively, fish ball soup 7.70/15.40 (small/big), fresh oysters 7.70/15.40 (small/big), crispy prawn cake 5.00, crispy fish cake 3.80, mixed yong tau fu (dry or soup) 7.00/14.00 (small/big), big prawns 16.00, steamed noodles or porridge with ikan batan segar 12.90, apple or orange or water melon or dragon fruit juice 5.90, black coffee or tea 2.00/2.40 (hot and cold respectively), coffee or tea with milk 2.40/2.80 (hot and cold respectively). There is no government tax or service charge at the City Square outlet. Open daily 10am to 9pm. The main branch ('Ah Koong Restaurant') at 266, Jalan Sutera, Taman Sentosa. also serves steamboat. There is another outlet at 42 & 44, Jalan Jati 1, Tmn Nusa Bestari Jaya, Skudai.
  • Restoran Amma, 164-A/B Jalan Ngee Heng (opposite Tropical Inn and Landmark IT Mall). Tel 07-2211909 Fax 07-2244909. Indian restaurant right in the heart of the city. It serves biryani, tandoori, tosai, roti dishes, etc. There is no government tax or service charge. Open daily 730am to 1030pm. Halal and air-con.
  • Penang Corner, Danga City Mall basement, Jalan Tun Abdul Razak Susur 1 80000, tel 07-223 5333. It serves mostly local cuisine: rice dishes 6.90RM, noodle dishes 5.90RM, bean curd dishes, beef dishes, fish dishes, prawn dishes, vegetable dishes, soups. Western food is also available: chicken chop 10.90RM, fish and chips 10.90RM, salads 5.90 to 10.90RM, French fries 4.90RM. There is no government tax or service charge. Open daily from 11am to 9pm.
  • IT ROO Cafe, 17 Jalnn Dhoby (at the junction of this street and Jalan Pahang, and occupies a 2-storey corner shophouse), tel 07 222 7780. Established in 1961. Rated as serving "the best chicken chop in town" in 2003 by Malaysia's The Star newspaper. Prices of selected items in RM - fried or grilled chicken chop served with thick brown mushroom gravy, fried potato wedges, coleslaw, tomato and cucumber slices 11.50, sirloin steak 20, fish and chips 13, mutton chop 16, mixed grill 21, prawn fritters 19, IT ROO Hainanese-style fried rice 6, local noodles 6 or 6.50, sweet and sour or sambal prawn 19, sweet and sour or sambal chicken 12, fried beef or chicken with black pepper 13, fried mixed vegetables 8, soups 4 to 8, chicken sandwich 9, crispy chips 4.50, toasted bread with kaya and butter 2.40, chocolate or vanilla ice cream 3.50, cold drinks 2.40 to 6, hot drinks 2.40 to 5. Takeaway surcharge 0.50 RM per item. There is no government tax or service charge. Open daily 12pm to 10pm (last order 9.30pm), including on some public holidays. Air-con inside and there is outdoor seating available.
  • Teh Sarabat, Unit J3-05 and 05A, City Square Level 3, 106-108 Jalan Wong Ah Fook. It serves a large range of Malaysian (especially Malay and Mamak) dishes. There are 77 food items and 26 beverage items to choose from the partly illustrated cardboard menu. In addition, there are other special dishes written under 'today's special' on the white board at the restaurant's entrance. Its house specialties include Sarabat laksa, Sarabat rojak, Sarabat Nasi Lemak set and kari kepala ikan. Prices of selected items in RM - kari kepala ikan 35/60 (medium/large), Sarabat Laksa 8.90, Assam Laksa 8.50, Sarabat Nasi Lemak set 9.90, nasi briyani ayam kari set 8.90, dum briyani sayur set 8.50, nasi goreng kampong 7.90, seafood mee goreng 7.90, fried rice 6.90, chicken porridge 6.90, sayur campur 3.50, sayur goreng 1.80, rendang daging 5.90, ayam goreng 5.90, sotong sambal 6.50, assam pedas 5.90, Sarabat rojak 5.90, roti john ayam 5.90, nasi briyani rice 2.80, roti canai kosong 2.50 per 2 pieces, murtabak ayam 5.90, murtabak kambing 6.90, plain tosai 1.60, tosai marsala 2.30, teh o 2.00 hot 2.30 cold, kopi o 1.80 hot 2.10 cold, teh tarik 2.50 hot 2.80 cold, soft drink 2.10. Note that roti canai, tosai and murtabak are only available until 11.30am and from 3pm onwards. All items are subject only to a 5 percent service charge. Open 10am to 10pm daily. Free Wi-Fi in the restaurant.
  • Sedap Corner, restaurant chain established in 1987, with 8 outlets in Johor Bahru. The headquarters and main outlet is at 11,Jalan Abdul Samad (300m north of the Thistle Hotel; tel:+607-224 6566, fax:+607-223 6509). Website: [63]. It serves local, Thai and Western cuisine. Prices of selected items in RM - nasi beriani with ayam masak merah 9.90, Sedap chicken rice 9.90, beef rendang rice 8.90, sambal prawns 22.00, Thai chilli fish 25.00, Thai green curry with chicken slices/ vegetables/Thai spices 12.90, Thai belacan rice with shrimp paste/caramelized chicken/ fried wantan prawns/authentic Thai condiments 11.90, seafood tom yum 12.90, chicken or fish curry 12.90, mixed vegetables soup 8.90 Sedap fried chicken 3.50 per piece, chicken chop 13.90, lamb chop 18.90, sirloin beef steak 20.90, fish and chips 13.90, cream of mushroom soup 4.50, French fries 4.90, spring rolls 6.90, roti jala with chicken curry 6.90, ais kacang or cendol 3.80, soft drink 2.80, fruit juice 3.80, teh tarik 3.00, cappuccino 5.80. All prices are subject to a 6% government tax and 6% service charge. The outlets at Jalan Abdul Samad, City Square and Kotaraya are opem from 10am to 10pm daily.
  • Restoran Singgah Selalu, 36D-F, Jalan Skudai (Skudai Highway, right across the highway from the unmistakable red and white, multi-storey Tune Hotel in Danga Bay). Tel 07-235 2233, website: [64]. There are two other outlets at: Plaza Kotaraya (level 2, open daily 10am to 10pm) in downtown and Jalan Skudai Lama in Taman Tampoi Indah. Seafood, Malay, Chinese, Thai and Western cuisine are served here. Prices of selected items at the Plaza Kotaraya outlet - chicken chop 14 RM, fish and chips 15 RM, beef steak 22 RM, mee goreng 5 RM, nasi goreng 5 RM. Set meals (only available at the Danga Bay outlet) for 2 pax (33 RM), 3-4 pax (55 RM) , 5-6 pax (113 RM), 7-8 pax (250 RM), 9-10 pax (390 RM) available. Indoor and outdoor dining available. There is no government tax or service charge. The main outlet at Jalan Skudai is open daily 24 hrs.
  • Restoran Malay Village, 9A Jalan Kolam Ayer 80100 (at the junction of this road and Jalan Mohd Amin), tel/fax 07-2211221. This restaurant opened on 1 Feb, 2010. It is 1.1km or about 10 minutes' walk northwest of the Thistle Hotel, 100m south of the Kolam Ayer Mosque. It serves Chinese, Malay, Nonya, Thai and Western cuisine at moderate prices. Outdoor (tables and chairs under small open sheds) and indoor (air-con) dining available. Prices of selected dishes - Western: French fries 5.90 RM, chicken or mushroom soup with garlic bread 5.90 RM, spaghetti bolognese with meatballs 11.90 RM, fish and chips 12.90 RM, chicken chop 14.90 or 15.90 RM, sirloin steak 19.90 RM, grilled salmon 21.90 RM, lamb chop 23.90 RM; Asian: Asian vegetable dishes 6-16 RM (regular)/10-26 RM (large), Asian chicken dishes 9 or 10 RM (regular)/14.50 or 16 RM (large), Asian squid dishes 12 or 16 RM (regular)/19 or 26 RM (large), Asian prawn dishes 18-28 RM (regular)/27-42 RM (large), daging (beef) hotplate 12/19 RM (regular/large), tom yam soup 6-10 RM (regular)/10-16 RM (large), satay set 8.90 or 9.90 RM, Asian fried rice 6.50 or 7.90 RM; Penang fried kuey teow or fried hokkien noodles 6.50; dessert and drinks: double-scoop ice-cream sundae 5.90, ABC 4.90 RM, cendol 4.90 RM, mango pudding 3.50, freshly-squeezed fruit juice 3.70 to 6.90 RM, canned drink 2.50 RM, black coffee or tea 1.50 RM (hot)/1.70 RM (cold). 2011 daily Ramadan buffet dinner (6 to 9pm) 29.90/15.90 RM net for adults/children 4 to 12 years old. There is no government tax or service charge. Open daily 0800-midnight. No wi-fi is provided for diners.
  • D'Terrace BBQ Steamboat, 9 Jalan Kolam Ayer 80100 (at the junction of this road and Jalan Mohd Amin), tel 012-756 5693/012-710 7251/012-715 5223/017-779 7251. This BBQ steamboat restaurant (next to the Restoran Malay Village) opened om 1 Jan, 2010 and is 1.1km or about 10 minutes' walk northwest of the Thistle Hotel, 100m south of the Kolam Ayer Mosque. It only serves BBQ steamboat buffet meals for 20.90/9.90 RM net (adults/children 5 to 12 years old). Outdoor and indoor (air-con) seating are both available. The steamboat menu (about 60 items) includes - seafood like baby crab, fish, prawns, shellfish, fish balls; meat - meat balls, sausages, slices of chicken and beef, chicken eggs; others - tofu, yong tau foo, green leafy vegetables, noodles. Besides, you can help yourself to unlimited servings of cooked white rice, porridge, cold drinks and cut fruits. 1 free ice-cream stick per diner. Halal; Open daily 5pm to 12 midnite.
  • Banafee Village [65], Lot 9022, Jalan Dato' Abdullah Tahir (just beside the Embassy Hotel and Service Apartment) 80300, Tel: 07 333 3377, Fax: 07 338 1777, E-mail: director@banafeevillage.com. A new, 2-storey restaurant (the 1st level has no air-con; the 2nd level has air-con and is only opened to groups who have pre-ordered catered buffet meals from the restaurant) that opened in 2009. It serves a la carte Chinese, Malay and Western dishes at moderate prices. There are about 300 items on the menu. All main course dishes start from 6RM. Prices of selected dishes: Malay - Nasi Ayam Penyet (traditional Javanese meal serving steam cooked white rice with a quarter of crushed fried chicken and some green fresh vegetables) 8RM, asam pedas ayam 8RM, mee goreng 6.50RM, nasi goreng 6 to 8RM, Malay soups 6 to 15RM; Chinese - fried kway teow 6RM, fried hokkien mee 6RM, Chinese fried rice (small/medium/large) 6/9/12RM, sweet and sour chicken, and most other chicken dishes 12/15/18RM, squid dishes 18/25/30RM, prawn dishes 22/28/40RM, beef dishes 15/25/30RM, sizzling plate bean curd 14/20/26RM, stirred fried mixed vegetables 6/8/12RM; Western - pasta 9.90 to 19RM, chicken chop 14.90 to 16.90RM, beef steak 22.90 to 32.90RM. Single-scoop ice-cream 2.50RM, orange juice 4RM, hot coffee or tea without milk 1.20RM. All prices are subject to a 6% service charge. The first level has 2 flat-screen cabled TV sets and a live band performance every night from 9pm to 3am. Open 24 hrs and free, unlimited Wi-Fi. Sat and Sun high tea buffet from 3-6pm, serving about 20 items per buffet (meat dishes such as sausages/beef balls/lamb cutlet/sliced chicken breast/fried chicken/chicken nuggets, cooked vegetables, fried rice, mee goreng, prawn fritters, fish balls, pizza, spaghetti, curry puffs, samosas, sandwiches, fish crackers, French fries, vegetable/fruit salad, pickled fruits, dessert, cut fresh fruits, etc.) and free-flow cold drinks for 15RM(adults) and for 5RM(children) plus 6% service charge; the buffet menu is different every day. Daily Ramadan buffet(6.30pm to 9.30pm) for the year 2011 - 42RM/20RM net (adults/children 12 years old and under), more than 80 dishes encompassing Chinese, Malay, Western and Arab cuisine.
  • Station One Cafe, 4 Jalan Serampang (at the junction of Jln Serampang and Jln Abiad 1), Taman Pelangi 80200. Tel +607 331 4718. Website: [66]. It serves mostly Western food, with a few local and fusion dishes. Prices of selected items in RM - lamb chop 18.90, chicken chop 13.50, grilled fish fillet 23.90, chicken lasagna 17.50, pizza 15.90 or 16.90, 'football platter' 23.50, chicken salad 13.50, hot dog 6.50, tuna croissant 7.50, chicken wings 9.90, French fries 4.50, baba rendang chicken rice 13.90, seafood tomyam soup 9.90, chilli tempura fish with rice 11.50. In addition, cold and hot drinks including beer, milk shakes 6.90 RM, ice creams, sundaes 6.50 RM and cakes are served here. All prices are subject to a 10% service charge only. No air-con. Free Wi-Fi and there are 2 flat-screen cable TVs in the restaurant. Open 8am to 2am daily. There are 5 other outlets in the city.
  • Old Town White Coffee, Located at City Square, Jusco Tebrau City, Giant Plentong, Jusco Bukit Indah, Jusco Taman University Shopping Centre, Plaza Sentosa, Jusco Permas Jaya. This is a nation-wide restaurant chain, serving Malaysian cuisine. Prices of selected items - tom yam noodles with crab stick 6.90RM, curry mee 7.50RM, Ipoh lum mee 7.50RM, prawn mee/mee hoon 7.50RM, Ipoh chicken hor fun 7.50RM, asam laksa 7.50RM, nasi lemak special 7.90RM, steamed rice with chicken and mushroom 9.90RM, rendang chicken rice 10.50RM, supreme curry mee 10.50RM, supreme prawn mee/mee hoon 10.50RM, Hainanese chicken chop rice 11.50RM, curry puffs 4.50RM per basket, tuna toast (2 pieces) 5.20RM, fried dumplings (dry or soup) 5.50RM, mini spring rolls 5.50RM per basket, peanut butter toast 1.80/3.50RM (2/4 pieces), Old Town white coffee/white milk tea/teh tarik/black tea 3.50RM(hot) or 3.90RM (cold), orange juice 4.50RM, pepsi/7-up 3.50RM, cendol 7.50 or 7.90 RM, smoothie 7.50 or 7.90RM, float 6.50 RM, ice-cream (2 scoops) 4.50RM. All prices are subject only to a 10% service charge. Open daily 8am to 930pm.
  • Marrybrown, website: [67]. Malaysian fast-food chain established in 1981. It is the largest home-grown fast-food chain in Malaysia with over 250 outlets in Malaysia and a dozen other Asian countries. It serves fried chicken, chicken burgers and some local cuisine. Three of the Johor Bahru outlets are located at City Square(level 2), ZON Mall(level 1) and Festive Street Mall at Danga Bay. Prices of selected items in RM - 2 pieces of fried chicken 6.40, 2 pieces of fried chicken with mashed potato, bun and salad 8.30, fish and chips 11.90, chicken burger 4.10 to 8.90, fish fillet burger 6.20, chicken porridge 4.20, mee kari ayam goreng 6.90, nasi ayam Marrybrown 7.90. There is no government tax or service charge for all outlets except at the one at Senai International Airport.

Splurge

  • Anna's Kitchen, located at No.18K Jalan Abdul Samad. It is right across the street from the Villa de la Rose service apartment building, about 500m north of the Thistle (formerly Hyatt Regency) Hotel and 350m northwest of the Jalan Abdul Samad/Jalan Lingkaran Dalam junction. The entrance is inconspicuous (look to your right as you walk northwest along Jalan Abdul Samad from the Thistle Hotel) and the restaurant is actually about 2.5m below street level at the basement of a row of shop houses. Established in 2005. The restaurant serves a variety of oriental delicacies and western staples. It also offers fusion delights. Among the restaurant's best-sellers is the cordon blue squid(RM29.90++) stuffed with chicken and cheese in a batter and deep fried, giving it an overgrown look. Australian sirloin steak RM35.90RM++, grilled salmon 35.90++, Penang prawn mee/Penang fried kway teow/Penang asam laksa each RM6.90++, soft drink RM2.90++. Open Mon to Sat 1330 to midnite, closed on Sundays. Tel +607-2242168.
  • Selasih Rrestaurant, Persada Johor International Convention Centre, Jalan Abdullah Ibrahim. Tel. +607-219 8888 (ext 7389). Website: [68]. Upmarket restaurant specializing in Johorean cuisine; it also serves specialties from other parts of Malaysia. Open 1130am to 1030pm daily. There is a steamboat buffet dinner (8.30 to 10.30pm) only on Thu, Fri and Sat for 45RM++
  • Chakra Restaurant, No. 1, Jalan Yusof Taha 80100 (150m southwest of the junction of Jalan Lingkaran Dalam and Jalan Yahya Awal), tel/fax: 07 223 9991, email: enquiry@chakrajb.com, chakra_jb@yahoo.com. Website: [69]. Housed in a converted 2-storey, colonial bungalow built about 120 years ago, it has been in operation for more than 60 years. It serves cuisine from all parts of the Indian subcontinent. It also offers catering services. Open daily 11am to 3.30pm, 6 to 10.30pm.
  • Sizzle Dining & Bar, 47 Jalan Perang, Taman Pelangi 80400, tel 07-332 9179. Japanese restaurant. Ramen 15 to 23 RM, maki 8 to 22 RM, temaki 6 to 10 RM, sashimi 18 to 30 RM, set lunch 18 to 30 RM. A range of Japanese alcoholic drinks is served in the restaurant. All prices are subject to 6% government tax and 10% service charge. Open - Sun 12pm-10.30pm; Mon,Wed-Sat 12pm-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm. Closed on Tue.
  • Ayukawa Grand Japanese & Italian Buffet Restaurant, Level 6 ZON Regency Hotel, tel 07-223 8223. This restaurant opened in July 2010. It offers a combined Italian and Japanese buffet with over 100 types of Japanese and Italian delights in a classy and cosy setting. It can seat 200 diners. Weekday(Mon-Fri, 12-3 pm) lunch 41 RM, weekday(Sat-Sun, 6-10 pm) dinner 65 RM, weekend(Sat-Sun, 12-4pm and 6-10pm) lunch or dinner 65 RM. All prices are subject only to a 10% service charge.
  • Chez Papa French Bistro and Wine Room [70], 38 and 40 Jalan Jaya, Taman Maju Jaya, 100 m north of Plaza Pelangi. Tel: +607-3334988; Fax: +607-2373888; Email: enquiry@chezpapa.com.my. Authentic French cuisine and a fine selection of wines. Established in 1999 by Dominique Muller. The restaurant also offers a cosy and intimate wine bar with music. Bistro: open Mon to Sat 6-10.30pm, closed on Sundays. Wine Room: open Mon to Sat 5:30pm to midnight (or later), closed on Sundays. Hors d'oeuvres 15-28 RM++, salads 16-18 RM++, soups 9-10 RM++, sides 8 RM++, main courses 32-48 RM++, pastas 18-26 RM++, cheese plate 18-28 RM++, desserts 8-16 RM++, plats du jour 10-68 RM++. The Wine Room has a wine list of more than 80 wines, over 20 different types of imported beer, serves cocktails and tapas. Note: '++' means 6% government tax and 10% service charge.
  • Coffeetrap Restaurant & 'Juicytrap Restaurant, located at 7,11 & 15 ,Jln Permas Jaya. A sidewalk alfresco dining with live music featuring famous Billy Lee probably the best guitarist in johor bahru together with local artists and a filipino band from early as 7:30PM. Best signature dish, lamb shank, grill salmon, chicken chop with real gravy. Popular with local and expatriates from early as 12PM from F-M and weekdays Tu-Th at 3PM with happy hour promotions till 9PM. open daily since year 2000. Free ample parking space and expect RM 40 onwards per person for dinner & a drink. Fresh juices and vegetarian dishes available. Location information tel 07-3861991.
  • Cafe Downtown, on the first level of the Tropical Inn. Open 7am to 12am daily. High-tea (12-4pm) local cuisine buffet (includes dessert, cut fruits, free-flow coffee and tea) only on Saturdays for 22 RM net. It also serves a la carte Western, Malay (15-20 RM net) and Chinese (15-20 RM net) main dishes. Prices (all net) of selected items: beef steak or chicken chop or lamb chop or chicken cutlet or fish and chips 25 to 38 RM, spaghetti 17 RM, salad 15 RM, sandwich 13 or 17 RM, soup 8.50 RM, fresh fruit juice 10 RM, hot and cold drinks 6 or 7 RM, ice kacang 7 RM, ice cream single scoop/double scoop 3/5 RM.
  • The Orient Express Coffee House, on the first level of the Grand BlueWave Hotel. It has an international weekday buffet lunch (Mon-Fri, 1200-1430; adult/child 5 to 12 years old - 32/20 RM net) and a weekend/public holiday (Sat and Sun, 1200-1530; adult/child 5 to 12 years old - 35/20 RM net) high-tea buffet (international cuisine). You can also order a la carte (0600-1030 breakfast, 1030 to midnite lunch, dinner and supper; prices of selected dishes - Johor or Penang laksa/char kway teow/Hokkien mee 18RM++ each, Italian pasta 15-22RM++, Australian beef steak served with vegetables 40-55RM++, grilled salmon steak with spinach cream, grilled vegetables and potatoes 35RM++).
  • Palm Garden Cafe and Poolside Terrace restaurants on the ground floor and 11th floor respectively of the New York Hotel. They serve buffet and a la carte local and western meals. The Palm Garden Cafe has several television screens and provides local newspapers. Local noodle dishes (laksa, prawn mee soup, wanton mee, char kway teow, etc.) 16 RM++, local rice dishes 18-26 RM++, Italian and Western dishes 21 to 48 RM++, soups 12-15 RM++. Daily buffet breakfast (6-10 am) 23/15 RM++ for adults/children under 12; weekend (Sat-Sun) high-tea buffet (12-4 pm) 25/12 RM++; weekday (Mon-Fri) buffet lunch (12-2.30pm) 26/12 RM++; steamboat buffet dinner (6-10pm) Sun-Thu, not available on public holidays (about 80 steamboat items cooked in chicken broth or tom yum soup, plus non-steamboat items like tempura fish/crab/chicken/mushroom/vegetables, teppanyaki chicken/beef, chicken curry, Hainanese chicken rice, nasi goreng, white rice, teppanyaki noodes, fried bee hoon served with fried chicken, waffles with jam and butter, rojak, ice kacang, 5 flavors of hard-packed ice-cream, cut fruits, free-flow coffee and tea) 35/18 RM++ for adults/children 3-11 years old; Cita Rasa Malaysia buffet dinner (6-10pm) Fri-Sat and all public holidays 35/18 RM++ for adults/children 3-11 years old. Buffet breakfast, buffet high-tea and buffet dinner are held in the Palm Garden Cafe, buffet lunch is held in the Poolside Terrace. Wi-Fi Internet 10 RM net per 2 hours. Note: '++' means 10% service charge and 6% government tax.
  • Gianni's Trattoria, 110 Jalan Serampang Taman Pelangi 80400 (mid-way between the Tebrau Highway and Pelangi Leisure Mall. Tel 607 331 2230 Fax 607 331 7230 Email hans.durst@gmail.com. Fantastic Italian Cuisine. Pizzas (each of these are of one size only) 19-38 RM++, pastas 19-38 RM++, soups 12-18 RM++, meat and fish dishes 28-85 RM++, appetizers 12-26 RM++. Daily set lunch consisting of soup, main course and iced lemon tea at 25RM++ (weekends) and 22RM++ (weekdays). Open daily 11am to 11pm.
  • Il Giardino, [71], 65A Jalan Perang, 200m south of Pelangi Leisure Mall; Italian cuisine, the cheapest of the four Italian restaurants in Johor Bahru; pasta 12.90-17.90 RM, pizza 12.90-18.90 RM, fish and meat dishes 13.90-32.90 RM. All prices are subject to 10% service charge. Open 12pm to 10pm Mon and Wed-Fri, 12pm to 10.30pm Sat-Sun, closed Tue. Free Wi-Fi
  • International Restaurants Danga Bay [72], Marina Club, Kawasan Danga Bay, 80200. A collection of three restaurants - Kong Inn Seafood Restaurant, Lazio Italian Restaurant & Cafe and Asiana Penang & Western Cuisine - can be found housed on the first level of the same building ('Marina Club'). Free parking are readily available here. Lazio (open daily 1100-1500, 1800-midnite; main course 33 to 45 RM++, pasta 16.50 to 26 RM++, pizza 15 to 28 RM++, salad 11.50 to 14.50 RM++, soup 10.50 to 14.50 RM++, appetizer 8.50 to 20 RM++); Kong Inn (open daily 12:30PM-3PM, 6PM-11PM; classic business set meal per person 48/68/98 RM++, min. two persons); Asiana (open daily 11AM-midnight; all-day steamboat buffet 29.80RM+). The buffet that used to be served every Sunday 11AM-3PM for 29RM++ per person, when you can try out the fare served by all the three restaurants, has been discontinued.
  • Ros Marino, 123 Jalan Damai, tel 607-222 7123 (located on the ground floor of a unit of a row of three-storey white-colored shophouses, approximately 400m northeast of the junction of Jalan Lingkaran Dalam and Jalan Setulang Darat). Authentic Italian dishes like osso bucco. Breads and bruschettas 4-18 RM++, starters and salads 8-28 RM++, pizzas (each of these are of one size only) 18-30 RM++, pastas and risottos 16-32 RM++, soups 6-18 RM++, meat dishes 28-75 RM++, fish dishes 32-42 RM++, house wine per glass 16 RM++, soft drinks and fruit juices 4-5.80 RM++. Open Tue to Fri and Sun 1200-1430, 1800-2230; Sat 1800-2230; closed on Mon
  • Tai Son Chinese Restaurant on level 5 of the ZON Regency Hotel by the Sea, tel 07-221 2148 fax 07-221 2149. The premises were previously occupied by the Lotus Garden Chinese Restaurant. It serves seafood, meat dishes, noodles dishes, rice dishes, vegetable dishes, bean curd dishes, soups, dim sum and dessert. Open daily 11am to 3pm, 5 to 11pm. All prices are only subject to a 5% service charge. Credit cards (Mastercard and Visa) are accepted. The restaurant's parent company also operates two seafood restaurants [73] in Johore Bahru at Taman Molek and beside the ZON jetty.
  • Meisan Szechuan Restaurant, Located on the second level of the Mutiara Hotel, along Jalan Dato' Sulaiman. It has been in business for over 20 years. The restaurant is well-known for its popular spicy Szechuan cuisine. This charming restaurant has a very unique setting. Its rich, dark wood-paneled wall and latticed screens are subtly detailed in gold to project the charm of old-world China. 5-course individual set meals at 35, 45 or 55 RM++ per person. Menus for groups of 5 to 10 persons, total price: 438 RM++ (5 to 7 persons), 698 RM++ (8 to 10 persons), 998 RM++ (8 to 10 persons). Open daily: lunch from 11.30am to 2.30pm, dinner from 6.30pm to 10.30pm
  • Restoran New Hong Kong, Located at 69-A Jalan Ibrahim Sultan (next to the orange-colored Heritage Hotel) and housed in a green two-storey building, about 20m east of the T-junction consisting of Jalan Ibrahim Sultan, Jalan Tanjung Puteri and Jalan Lingkaran Dalam. It was established in 1954. Probably one of the best Chinese restaurants in Johor Bahru. Their hot sweet yam paste dessert with pumpkin is highly recommended, albeit a little steep (RM8++ per bowl). Their appetizer (RM 2.60++), a cucumber dish in sauce, is also very good. Eating there starts off with the appetizer, RM2++ for peanuts, RM 1.50++/pax for tea and RM 1++/pax for towels. Prices for selected dishes - Hongkong noodle 15/23/30 RM++ (small/medium/large), Szechuan hot and spicy soup 18/27/36 RM++, sauteed ginger chicken 18/27/36 RM++, Buddha Jumps Over the Wall 288 RM++ per bowl (minimun 6 bowls), superior braised shark fin soup 980RM++ (recommended to be shared among 10 persons). There are lao po bing (wife cakes) available for takeaway here. The traditional flavour costs 90 sen and the red bean flavour costs RM 1.10. The traditional flavour is recommended over the red bean flavour. Open daily 11am-2.45pm (Sun 9am-2.45pm), 6pm-9.45pm; Visa/Mastercard accepted.
  • Grand Straits Garden Seafood Restaurant, No.3, Jalan Persiaran Danga, Danga Bay, 81200. Tel: +607-2388118, Fax: +607-2375799, Email : enquiries@gsg.com.my. Website: [74]. Non-seafood dishes are also served here. The complete a la carte menu is listed in the restaurant website. 'Super value Menus' (for 8-10 persons) - set menu A 398RM++ and set menu B 498RM++ per table. Wedding meal packages can be booked with the restaurant. Indoor and outdoor seating available. Open daily 11:30am to 12.00am
  • Kong Inn Seafood Restaurant, 155&155A/157&157A, Jalan Sutera (at the junction of this road and Jalan Songkit 5), Taman Sentosa, 80150, tel: +07-334 3232 fax: +07-333 1566. website: [75], email: enquiry@konginn.com. Besides seafood, this 2-storey restaurant also serves noodle dishes, vegetables dishes, bean curd dishes, chicken dishes, pork dishes, etc. Meal packages (10 persons) for Chinese New Year, weddings, birthdays, etc. are available. All prices are subject to a 6% government tax and a 5% service charge. Aircon and open daily 1130am to 3pm and 530pm to 11pm. There is another branch at 23, Jalan Kampung Jawa, 81750 Masai, Johor Bahru district (tel: +07-387 7330).

Drink

Note that some pubs, discotheques and karaoke lounges around Johor Bahru are owned or frequented by Chinese gangs, and may not take kindly to foreign visitors. Exercise caution, and if you don't feel welcome, take the hint.

  • Coffeetrap Restaurant & 'Juicytrap Restaurant , see "Eat" section.
  • Bert's Keller, Century Garden, Jalan Pelandok. A cosy and intimate, no-nonsense pub with great food, serving the best ox-tail stew in the city and live music on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
  • Duty Free Zone, Stulang Laut at the end of Jalan Ibrahim Sultan. Kill two birds with one stone by having cheap local food (wan ton mee, laksa, mee rebus, ayam penyet, etc.) in numerous restaurants or food centers along Jalan Ibrahim Sultan (all less than 400m from the Duty Free Complex) and an alcoholic drink within the Duty Free Complex at the end of this road. Locals and foreigners are allowed to buy as much alcohol as they want, but must pay duty to the customs office for any alcohol that is brought out of the complex. You can savor alcohol in the various pubs or in the Palm Lounge hotel bar (level 5) at the ZON Regency Hotel by the Sea (formerly Eden Garden Hotel) located in the Duty Free Zone building complex.
  • TGI Fridays, JOTIC, Jalan Skudai. The American pub chain's sole outlet in southern Malaysia, conveniently located in the same building as the tourist office and 400m east of the Abu Bakar Museum. Serves up beer, nachos and similar pub grub in cheezy, air-con surroundings. Draft Tiger RM13.

Sleep

There is plenty of accommodation in Johore Bahru to suit all budgets. The cost of a double room in a budget hotel right in the city center (around Jalan Meldrum) starts from RM40 net per room per night. In general, the budget hotels outside the city center are cheaper. However, you will not find any of the backpacker hostels that are commonly found in Malacca, Kuala Lumpur and Georgetown. There are currently eleven hotels clustered around Jalan Meldrum - this street runs parallel between Jalan Tun Abdul Razak and Jalan Wong Ah Fook between the police station (it is a white building with blue columns) and City Square. All of them [Hotel Dragon Inn (formerly known as Top Hotel), Gateway, Grand Paradise (formerly known as Causeway Inn), Hanyasatu (formerly known as Fortuna Hotel), Hawaii, Hong Kong, JA Residence (formerly known as Compact Hotel), J.B., Meldrum], except the Central Hotel (inside the Merlin Tower) and the Citrus Hotel (formerly known as A Vista Melati Hotel), have rooms that cost less than 100RM net per double room per night.

Budget

  • Aspen Summer Hotel (address: No 16-01, Jalan Molek 1/13, Taman Molek) +607-3518161 aspensummerhotel@yahoo.com
    price: Single/superior double/deluxe double room 68/98/108 RM per room per night
    A nice budget hotel. All rooms with attached bathroom, aircon and TV.
  • Cosy Inn, 38-ABC, Jalan Jaya, Taman Maju Jaya 80400; tel 07-3353388. Single room/double room with air-con, TV, attached shower but shared toilets - 40/45 RM net per room per night. Double room with air-con, TV and attached bathroom - 55 RM net per room per night. There is no Wi-Fi or wired Internet access. No breakfast is provided. Cash payment only.
  • Dragon Inn Hotel(formerly known as Top Hotel), 12-12D Jalan Meldrum, tel 607-2244950/2244755, fax 607-2244945. Double/triple/quadruple room - 98/108/128 RM net per room per night. All rooms are air-conditioned, have TV and attached bathrooms. Laundry service, free Wi-Fi Internet access and 24-hr CCTV security system. No breakfast is provided. Cash payment only.
  • Eight Days Hotel, 24,26,27 & 28 Block A, Permas Mall, Jalan Permas Utara 81750 Johor Bahru (less than 10km or about 10-15 min drive from the CIQ, and is just beside Jusco Permas Jaya; free parking), Tel : +607 3889 889 Fax : +607 3873 888, E-mail : booking@8dayshotel.com, website: [76]. Free WiFi coverage throughout the hotel. Room features: attached bathroom, 32" LCD TV with satellite channels, free wireless high-speed Internet, laptop-friendly safe box, direct-dial telephone, air conditioning with ionizer, iron & ironing board(on request), hairdryer(on request). 48 Rooms for 1, 2, 3 or 4 persons. Facilities: conference room and bistro-cafe. Promotional room rate from RM 59 net to RM 138 net, per room per night.
  • Gateway Hotel, No. 61, Jalan Meldrum, tel: 07-2235029, fax: 07-2235248. 28-room hotel right in the center of the city. Double room 90 RM net per room per night. All rooms have air-con, TV and attached bathrooms. There is no Wi-Fi or wired Internet access, and no breakfast is provided. Cash payment only.
  • Grand Paradise Hotel(formerly known as Causeway Inn), 6A-6F Jalan Meldrum (opposite the police station). Tel: 607-2248811, Fax: 607-2248820, Email: johor@paradisegroup.com.my. website: [77]. 61-room budget hotel with a shabby exterior. Promotional rates (applicable for walk-in and with prior reservations) for double/triple/quadruple rooms - 65/85/100 and 120 RM net per room per night; there is a surcharge of 10 RM net per room for all rooms on Fridays, Saturdays, eves of public holidays, public holidays and during school holidays. Published rates for double/triple/quadruple rooms - 100/120/160 RM net. All rooms with attached bathrooms, television and air-con. Free Wi-Fi Internet access for guests in the rooms only. No breakfast is provided. Credit cards (Mastercard and Visa only) are accepted.
  • Green Homestay, Jalan Dedap 26, Taman Johor Jaya, Johor Near Daiman Bowl Taman Johor Jaya+016-2565521 rm9 per person dorm
  • Hanya Satu Hotel (formerly known as Fortuna Hotel), 29 Jalan Meldrum, tel 607-228 8111, fax 07-221 1118, e-mail hotel@hanyasatu.com.my, website: [78]. This is a recently renovated, 6-storey, 61-room, 2-star hotel that was re-opened and renamed in July 2008. Single/double/triple/quadruple room - 70/80 and 90/120/140 RM net per room per night; there is a surcharge of 10 RM net per room for all rooms on Saturdays, eves of public holidays and public holidays. All rooms with attached bathrooms, flat-screen television set and air-con. There is a fountain with drinking water on each floor. Inside the hotel beside the lobby on the first level is a travel agency and an Internet cafe (open 24 hrs, 3 RM per hr). There is a money changer's booth beside the hotel's entrance. There is no Wi-Fi Internet access. Laundry service is provided. No breakfast is provided. Cash payment only.
  • HK Inn, 74A-B Jalan Serampang, Taman Pelangi 80400; tel 607-3356766. Double/triple room - 40/50 RM net per room per night. All rooms with air-con, TV and attached bathroom. There is no Wi-Fi or wired Internet access. No breakfast is provided. Cash payment only.
  • Hotel 187, 187 Jalan Dato Sulaiman, Taman Century 80250, tel 07-333 8008. 2-storey hotel less than 500m east of Holiday Plaza. Single/double room 45/60 RM net per room per night. All rooms with attached bathroom, TV and aircon. There is no wired Internet access but guests are entitled to free Wi-Fi Internet access. No breakfast is provided. Cash payment only.
  • Hotel 193, 193 Jalan Dato Sulaiman, Taman Century 80250, tel/fax 07-331 2333. 2-storey hotel less than 500m east of Holiday Plaza. Double room with double bed/double room with two single beds/triple room 50/60/75 RM net per room per night. All rooms with attached bathroom, TV and aircon. There is no wired Internet access but guests are entitled to free Wi-Fi Internet access. No breakfast is provided. Mastercard and Visa are both accepted. There is another branch at 33 Jalan Molek 2/3, Taman Molek 81100 (tel 07-3533969, fax 07-3556166)
  • Hotel CIQ, 54 Jalan Lumba Kuda 80300, tel: 07-222 2211, fax: 07-223 3211, email enquiry@ciqhotel.com.my, website: [79]. 4-storey budget hotel that opened in July 2010. Single/superior double/deluxe double 68/88/108 RM net per room per night. All rooms with air-con, color TV and attached bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi Internet access for guests. No breakfast is provided. Credit cards (Visa and Mastercard) are accepted.
  • Hotel Fizzio, 59 and 61 Jalan Sutera (across the road from Plaza Sentosa), Taman Sentosa 80150, tel 07-332 8111. Double/triple room with attached bathroom, television and air-con - 99RM/125RM net per room per night. There is no wired or Wi-Fi Internet access. No breakfast is provided. Mastercard and Visa are both accepted.
  • Hotel Hawaii, 21 Jalan Meldrum, tel 07-2240633, fax 07-2230828. 36-room hotel. It is one of only two hotels in the Jalan Meldrum area (the other being the Hotel Hong Kong) that has rooms costing less than 50 RM net per room per night. Double room with attached bathroom and fan, but no TV - 40 RM net per room per night. Double room with attached bathroom, air-con and TV - 50 RM net per room per night. There is no Wi-Fi or wired Internet access. No breakfast is provided. Cash payment only.
  • Hotel Hong Kong, 31-A Jalan Meldrum (opposite Merlin Tower), tel 2246407. It is one of only two hotels in the Jalan Meldrum area (the other being the Hotel Hawaii) that has rooms costing less than 50 RM net per room per night. Single room 42 RM net per room per night, double room 47 RM net per room per night. All 22 rooms with air-con, attached bath/shower and toilet (no hot water), but no TV. You have to climb a flight of stairs to reach the reception. Bring a can of disinfectant and your own sheets if you care about cleanliness, because THEY don't. But, that said, it does have a safe/private atmosphere, and it's by no means the worst place. At least it has drain traps and doesn't stink of sewerage! There is no Wi-Fi or wired Internet access. No breakfast is provided. Cash payment only.
  • Hotel Indah, 4 Wisma M.T.P. Abdul Kadir, Jalan Sungai Chat (just opposite and east of the Thistle Hotel) tel: 07-2226768 fax: 07-2230100. Double room with attached bathroom, television and air-con - 70 RM net per room per night. There is no wired Internet access, but guests are entitled to free Wi-Fi Internet access. No breakfast is provided. Cash payment only.
  • Hotel Insuna, 72A-B Jalan Serampang, Taman Pelangi 80400; tel 07-3325299. Double room with air-con and shared bathroom only/double room with air-con, TV and attached bathroom/triple room with air-con, TV and attached bathroom - 45/65/75 RM net per room per night. There is no Wi-Fi or wired Internet access. No breakfast is provided. Cash payment only.
  • Hotel J.B., 80-A Jalan Wong Ah Fook. Tel: 607-2246625/2234989, email: hoteljb8@gmail.com. This 35-room hotel is right across this major road from the unmistakable Sri Raja Mariamman Hindu Temple. The entrance is at Jalan Siu Chin and the reception is on the ground level. The hotel has seven floors of well-maintained rooms. Double room with shared/attached bathroom - 58.80/79.80 RM net per room per night. Triple room with attached bathroom - 88.20 RM net per room per night. All rooms have sinks, air-con and television. There is no Wi-Fi or wired Internet access, and no breakfast is provided. Cash payment only.
  • Hotel Kelana, Jalan Skudai, Tel: +60-7556-2050 Fax:07-5581488 Address: 22, Jln Besi 1, Skudai. One of the popular budget hotels near the Malaysian University of Technology (UTM). Rooms start from RM 45, with hot water shower, AC and in-room TV. Some 15km from the Johor Bahru city center but buses to/from the city are aplenty.
  • Hotel Le Tian, 2A-D Jalan Siu Nam, tel: 07-2248151/2248152. 27-room hotel. Double/triple/quadruple room - 66/88/110 RM net per room per night. All rooms have attached bathrooms, air-con and TV. Free Wi-Fi Internet access is available for guests, but only during the day and at the second level. No breakfast is provided. Cash payment only.
  • Hotel Rasa Sayang, 10 Jalan Dato' Dalam; tel 07-2248600; fax 07-224 8612. 4-storey, 110-room hotel housed in a pink building. Right across the street from the modern, multistorey Kumpulan Wang Simpanan Pekerja (Employees Provident Fund) building. All rooms with air-con, color TV and attached bathrooms. Facilities include laundry, safe deposit box, parking, spa and fitness center. Standard double/superior double/deluxe double/family triple room published net rates 98.60/116.00/133.40/156.60 RM. There are promotional rates available for 70/90/100/120 RM++ (plus 6% government tax and 10% service charge; rates applicable for both walk-in or with prior reservation; extra bed 20RM++). Buffet breakfast in the hotel restaurant is included in the rates. Credit cards (Mastercard and Visa only) are accepted.
  • Hotel Sentosa, 17A-19A-21A Jalan Sutera (across the road from the gigantic Plaza Sentosa), Taman Sentosa 80150. Tel: 07-333 6161. Double/triple/quadruple room - 70/80/90 RM net per room per night. All 19 rooms with air-con, attached bathrooms and TV.
  • Hotel Tai Kah Hoe, 199 and 201 Jalan Dato Sulaiman, Taman Century 80250, tel 07-335 1777, fax 07-335 1666. 2-storey hotel less than 500m east of Holiday Plaza. Double room with double bed/double room with two single beds/triple room/quadruple room 50/60/70/80 RM net per room per night. All rooms with attached bathroom, TV and aircon. There is no wired Internet access but guests are entitled to free Wi-Fi Internet access. No breakfast is provided. Cash payment only.
  • Hotel Time (address: 15 Jalan Permas 10/8, Bandar Permas Jaya, 81750 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia) 6-07-3885580
    price: Rates on official hotel website - superior double/deluxe double/triple/quadruple room RM 73/78/92/102 net per night per room
    Hotel Time is located 30 minutes from the Senai International Airport at Johor Bahru, Malaysia. It offers 38 air-conditioned rooms, all of which have cable TV, Internet connection, a coffee/tea maker,telephone and attached bathroom. Some of its amenities include laundry service, wake-up call, and Internet access. While staying here, you can visit some nearby interesting places like Local Hawker, Jusco Shopping Mall, and Bank Street.
  • Indah Inn, 47 Jalan Titiwangsa 2, Taman Tampoi Indah, 81200 Johor Bahru +60-7-241-1133. Located nearby KIP Mart. Room rates - RM70 w/o window, RM80 with window, no surcharge applied on weekends/public holidays. Room with hot water shower, Air Con, TV and free wifi (a little slow). Quite cosy and clean place, definitely worth it's price. Nearby indian and chinese rest for only 4-6 RM.
  • Kozi Hotel, 03, Block 6, Danga Bay,Jalan Skudai, 80200 (200m southeast of the red & white colored Tune Hotel). Tel:+607-238 9001 Fax:+607-238 9006 Email:kozi@streamyx.com. website: [80]. Single/double/triple room - 88/98-128/138 RM net per room per night. All the 40 rooms with attached bathroom, LCD TV and air-con. Wi-Fi Internet access available. Credit cards (Visa or Mastercard) are accepted.
  • Lea Court Hotel, 90A, 92A Jalan Serampang, Taman Pelangi 80400; tel 07-3330025. Double room - 56/45 RM net per room per night, with/without hot water. All rooms with air-con, TV and attached bathroom. There is no Wi-Fi or wired Internet access. No breakfast is provided. Cash payment only.
  • Lion Hotel , No. 49-M, Jalan Lumba Kuda 80300 (300m northeast of the CIQ), tel 07-2232211, fax 07-2236651. Housed in a 3-storey building. Standard double room with 1 king-sized bed/standard double room with 2 twin beds/superior double room with 1 king-sized bed/deluxe triple room with 1 king-sized bed and 1 single bed 57.50/63.25/74.75/86.25 RM net. All rooms have air-con, attached bathroom, television and telephone. No breakfast is provided. There are two restaurants, one spa, one laundry shop and one bar in the same building. There is no Wi-Fi or wired Internet access. No breakfast is provided. Credit cards (American Express, Mastercard and Visa) are accepted.
  • Lucky Hotel, 19A-B Jalan Sri Pelangi (100m northwest of the Jalan Sri Pelangi and Jalan Kuning junction, 400m south of the Pelangi Leisure Mall), Tel 07-3326686. Double/triple room - 30/35 RM net per room per night. This 14-room hotel is housed in a 3-storey building. All rooms with air-con and attached shower and toilet. Only triple rooms have TV. The reception is on the second level, and the rooms are all on the second and third levels.
  • Meldrum Hotel, 1 Jalan Siu Nam (at the junction of Jalan Siu Nam & Jalan Meldrum), tel: 607-227-8988, fax: 607-227-8990. email: hotel_meldrum@po.jaring.my, meldrumhotel@gmail.com, website: [81]. 107-room, 3-orchid hotel. Single room 70 RM net per room per night, double room 80/90/100 RM net per room per night, triple room 145 RM net per room per night, quadruple room 165RM net (comes with 1 attached bathroom) and 180 RM net(comes with 2 attached bathrooms) per room per night. All the rooms have been recently refurbished, and all come with air-con, attached shower/toilet (except the cheapest double room - only attached shower), telephone and color 20" TV with remote control. After the closure of the Footloose Homestay, this is currently the only hotel in downtown JB with a dormitory (8 persons, double-decked beds, bathroom outside the dormitory; 40RM net per night). Complimentary mineral water. Free Wi-Fi Internet access, only for the superior double rooms that cost 100 RM net per night. Facilities, in the same building as the hotel: luggage storage, money changer, news stand, hair saloon, hand phone shop, laundry service. No breakfast is provided. All guests must pay a refundable deposit of 30 RM per room (for private rooms) or 30 RM per person (for the dormitory) upon check in. All room rates include 6% government tax and 6% service charge. Credit cards (Mastercard and Visa only) are accepted, only for 100 RM and above.
  • Meyah Hotel, 22 Jalan Jaya, Taman Maju Jaya (only 100m north of Plaza Pelangi); tel: 07-3328789. 23-room hotel. Single/Double/Quadruple room - 40/50/80 RM net per room per night. All rooms with air-con, telephone, television and attached shower room or bathroom. There is no Wi-Fi or wired Internet access. No breakfast is provided. Cash payment only.
  • Neverland Hotel, 2, Jalan Abiad, Taman Pelangi 80400. Tel +607-333 8223, 331 6223; Fax +607-331 9223; E-mail: enquiry@neverland-hotel.com.my; Website: [82]. 3-storey, 40-room hotel that opened in Dec 2010, just 300m north-east of Plaza Pelangi. Double room with king-sized bed - 88 RM net per room per night, double room with 2 single beds - 108 RM net per room per night, triple room - 138 RM net per room per night. All rooms with attached bathrooms (hair dryers inside), air-con, electronic safe, mini bar and LCD cable TV. No breakfast is served. Facilities: free Wi-Fi Internet access and there are three PCs in the lobby with free, wired Internet access; iron and ironing board (upon request), laundry, and 24-hr CCTV. Credit cards are accepted.
  • OKID Hotel Johor Bahru, 41, Jalan Permas 10/7, Permas Jaya. Website: [83]. 3-orchid budget hotel. 48 rooms, all with attached bathrooms, air-con and color TV. It is only 7 km from the Causeway. Free Wi-Fi available. Mega shopping malls nearby, online instant reservation, airport transfer upon request. Double room -44 to 61 RM ++ per room per night. Triple room - 70 RM ++ per room per night.
  • Pavilion Hotel, 3A-B Jalan Perang (at the junction of Jalan Perang and Jalan Sri Pelangi, about 300-400 metres southwest of Pelangi Leisure Mall). Tel 07-3325990. Double room - 49 RM net per room per night. All rooms with air-con, telephone, television and attached bathroom.
  • Pelangi Hotel, 34A-C, Jalan Jaya, Taman Maju Jaya 80400; tel/fax 07-3339057; e-mail hotelplg@streamyx.com. 2-orchid budget hotel about 100m from Plaza Pelangi. Single room with fan, shared bathroom and TV/single room with air-con, shared bathroom and TV/single room with air-con, attached bathroom and TV - 30/35/45 RM net per person per night. Double/triple room with air-con, attached bathroom and TV - 60/80 RM net per room per night. Free and unlimited Wi-Fi access. No breakfast is provided. Cash payment only.
  • Sing Court Hotel, 36A-C, Jalan Jaya, Taman Maju Jaya 80400; tel 07-3351488. Single room with shared bathroom/single room with attached bathroom - 30/40 RM net per person per night. Double/triple room with attached bathroom - 50/60 RM net per room per night. All rooms with air-con, telephone and TV. There is no Wi-Fi or wired Internet access. No breakfast is provided. Cash payment only.
  • Spa Hotel, 4th floor, Blk G, Plaza Sentosa, Jalan Sutera, Taman Sentosa 80150. Tel: 07-278 4871 Fax: 07-278 8972 Email: enquiry@spahoteljb.com. website: [84]. Double/triple/quadruple room - 55 (no TV) or 75 (with TV)/105 (with TV)/120 (with TV) RM net per room per night. All rooms with air-con and attached bathroom. Hotel facilities: spa, sauna, steam bath, gymnasium.
  • Star Inn, 184 Jalan Dato Sulaiman, Taman Century 80250, tel 07-332 2111, fax 07-331 4558, e-mail starinn1@streamyx.com. 2-storey hotel across the road from Holiday Plaza. Double room 70 or 80 RM net per room per night. Triple room/quadruple room 90/100 RM net per room per night. All rooms with attached bathroom, TV and aircon. There is no wired Internet access but guests are entitled to free Wi-Fi Internet access. No breakfast is provided.
  • The Heritage Hotel, 69 Jalan Ibrahim Sultan, Stulang Laut 80300, tel 07-226 9341, fax 07-226 9342. Double room/triple room/quadruple room - 100, 110 and 130/135/150 RM net per room per night respectively. All rooms with attached bathroom, TV and aircon. There is a ground floor cafe in the lobby (free Wi-Fi) in front of the reception. A simple breakfast (included in the room rates) is provided in the cafe. Credit cards (JCB, Mastercard and Visa) are accepted.
  • Tian Jin Hotel, 14A Jalan Sulam, Taman Sentosa 80150, tel 07-334 5881. 2-storey hotel on the edge of the Tebrau Highway 3.2 km north of City Square. Double room 50 RM net per room per night. Triple room 70 RM net per room per night. All rooms with attached bathroom, TV and aircon. There is no wired Internet access but guests are entitled to free Wi-Fi Internet access. No breakfast is provided. Cash payment only.
  • Timor Hotel (address: 92 Jalan Permas 10, Bandar Permas Jaya, 81750 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia) 6-7-3862223
    price: Rates on official hotel website - standard double/superior double/triple room RM 45/50/60 net per room per night
    Timor Hotel is located at Johor Bahru, Malaysia. It offers 48 air-conditioned rooms, all of which have a cable TV, telephone and attached bathroom. Some of its facilities include laundry service, parking, and wake-up call . While staying here, you can visit some nearby interesting places like Local Hawker, Jusco Shopping Mall, and Bank Street.
  • Tune Hotel, Lot PTB 22819, Jalan Skudai, Danga Bay. Website: [85] 6-storey, 218-room, no-frills, chain hotel providing "a 5-star sleeping experience at a 1-star price". All rooms are double-occupancy and have attached bathrooms, with either 1 queen-sized bed or 2 single beds. The basic room rate when booked online (with credit card or Maybank direct debit card) ranges from 25RM to 65RM per room per night, plus 10% service charge and 6% government tax, and are generally cheaper the further in advance you book the room. The basic room rate will only get you: high-quality, spring mattress beds; ensuite bathrooms with high-pressure, heated showers and toilet roll; a ceiling fan; a power socket in the room; and an electronic key card. The following are optional, chargeable add-ons to the basic room: air-conditioning, in-room Wi-Fi Internet, 32-inch LCD TV with 11 channels, towel/conditioning shampoo/shower gel/soap, hair-dryer. Rooms can also be booked through a call center (fee: 10 RM plus 6% government tax) and are also available walk-in. There are CCTV cameras, a car park and reception staff on duty 24 hours. Luggage storage 2 RM per piece per day. No breakfast is provided. Credit cards are accepted.
  • WF Hotel, No. 2 Jalan Gelam (the hotel faces Jalan Kebun Teh), 300m west of the Tebrau Highway, Johore Bahru 80250; Telephone: +607.331.0008; Fax: +607.331.2699; E-mail: contact@wfhotelsgroups.com; website: [86]. 3-storey budget hotel that opened on 1 Jan 2011. Promotional, net rates - valid for walk-in and with prior reservation (normal rates in brackets) per room per night - single 68(98++), double 78/88(118++)/108, triple 138, suite for 7 persons 228(298++). All rooms with air-conditioning, attached bathroom, telephone, LCD TV with cable channels and free Wi-Fi. Breakfast - 6RM net per person. There is a restaurant beside the lobby. Credit cards (Visa and Mastercard) are accepted.
  • Zen Zeng Hotel, No. 2, 4, 6 & 8, Jalan Tun Abdul Razak, Susur 1/1, (300m southeast of Danga City Mall) Tel : 607-221 2333 Fax : 607-226 5233. E-mail: zenzengbudgethotel@yahoo.com, website: [87]. 5-storey budget hotel. Single/standard double/superior double/deluxe double/triple ('family') published room rate 60/80/100/120/130 RM per room per night. It is usually possible to get the promotional rate of 42.80/62.00/76.00/82.00/90.00 RM all the time, even without reservations. Rates are subject to 5% service charge and 6% government tax. A basic breakfast (0730-1100) in the cafe next door is included in the rates. All rooms with air-con, color TV and attached bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi Internet access (only in the lobby) and laundry service available. Credit cards (Visa and Mastercard) are accepted.

Mid Range

  • Bliss Boutique Hotel, 50 Jalan Jaya, Taman Maju Jaya 80400, 250m north of Plaza Pelangi; Tel: 607-3327188, 607-3337188; Fax: 607-3326388; E-mail: enquiry@blissboutiquehotel.com; website: [88]. 4-storey, boutique hotel that opened in early 2011. 16 Boutique Rooms, 30 Designer Rooms and 1 Luxury Suite. Promotional, net rates (walk-in or with reservation, same rates) in RM, per room per night - standard single 88, standard double 128, deluxe double 168, boutique double 178, family junior (for 3 persons) 188, family 218, suite 328. All rooms with attached bathroom, 32" LCD cable TV, minibar and safety box. Buffet breakfast and unlimited, free Wi-Fi (in the lobby and all the rooms) are included in the rates. There are two computers (with free Internet access) in the lobby for the guests to use. Hotel facilities: restaurant, wine and cigar bar, business center, meeting area, indoor mini-garden with skylight. All major credit cards are accepted.
  • Citrus Hotel (formerly A Vista Melati Hotel), 16 Jalan Station 80000 Johor Bahru; Tel: +60 7 222 2888; Fax: +60 7 221 6412; e-mail: hm@citrushoteljb.com; website: [89]. Occupying the building that formerly housed the budget A Vista Melati Hotel, this is now a mid-range, 10-storey hotel that reopened in July 2011 after undergoing extensive renovations on the inside and outside. Located in the heart of Johore Bahru right opposite City Square Shopping Centre. The hotel has a total of 125 well-appointed and hip rooms with 6 different type of rooms and two different types of suites. All rooms have air-con, 32” LCD flat screen TV with cable and satellite TV channels, IDD telephone, free wireless Internet connection and ensuite, fully-equipped bathrooms (all of them come with separate shower stalls). Double room rates start from 137 RM per room per night. Triple room ('Family Room') 189 RM per room per night. Family suite for 3 persons 206 RM per suite per night. Deluxe room and suite guests can enjoy Club Floor privileges that include exclusive use of the Club Lounge where there is free flow of coffee/tea and snacks all day long, free WiFi and much more. The above room rates quoted are applicable only for online reservations and are subject to a 10% service charge and 6% government tax. Extra bed 50 RM net. Walk-in rates - 169 RM net per room per night for the cheapest double room. Buffet breakfast (6 to 10.30 am) is included in the rates. Facilities: Citrus Club Lounge (for suite and deluxe room guests only), karaoke lounge (level 2), function room for 70 persons, business center (2 Internet Stations), laundry services and a restaurant ('Citrus Cafe' on level 2 - serves buffet breakfast and a la carte lunch and dinner). Credit cards (Mastercard and Visa only) are accepted.
  • JB Central Hotel, located on the top half of the Merlin Tower (which is actually an office-shopping center-hotel complex), Jalan Meldrum. Telephone Number: 6 07 222 2833, Fax Number: 6 07 223 3139, email address: jbcentralhotel@yahoo.com.my, website: [90]. The ground-floor lobby's entrance is facing Jalan Meldrum. Standard/deluxe double and triple room rates (the rates are the same for walk-in and with prior reservations) - 125/135 and 155/175 RM plus 6% government tax and 10% service charge per room per night respectively. Buffet breakfast is included in the rates. Free and unlimited Wi-Fi Internet access for guests, but only in the lobby. There is no wired Internet access in the rooms. Facilities: restaurant, two conference rooms, fitness center with sauna and massage services. Credit cards (Mastercard and Visa only) are accepted.
  • JA Residence Hotel, (formerly known as Compact Hotel), 18, Jalan Wong Ah Fook. Tel: 221 3000, Fax: 221 4000. Modern, 3-star, 19-storey hotel offering 108 rooms (average floor space 30 sq m) and 3 suites. Facilities: business center, restaurant (a la carte orders from 11am to 10.30pm), 4 meeting/conference rooms. Standard double/deluxe double/triple room/suite for 2 persons (the rates are the same for walk-in and with prior reservation)- 99/130/170/250 RM net per room/suite per night. Buffet breakfast (6.30am to 10am) is included in the room rates, except for guests staying in the standard double rooms. For standard double room guests, the optional buffet breakfast costs 11.50 RM net per person. It is available to non-guests for the same price. No Wi-Fi access available in the hotel and the rooms are not wired for Internet access. American Express, Mastercard and Visa credit cards are accepted.
  • Tropical Inn, 15 Jalan Gereja, Tel: 607 224 7888, Fax.: 607 224 1544, email: reservation@tropicalinn.com.my, website: [91] 3-star hotel with 160 rooms located within the high-rise Johor Tower. It is 300m north of the Kotaraya II bus terminal and next to the twin-tower Landmark IT Mall. Walk-in rate for single/double/triple/quadruple room - 145/155/160/218 RM net per room per night, buffet breakfast (7am to 1030am) included. Facilities: bar, restaurant, 5 conference rooms, ballroom for 550 persons, spa, sauna, beauty parlor, shops. Free Wi-Fi Internet for guests, available only in the lobby, restaurant (Cafe Downtown, see 'Eat, splurge' section) and conference rooms.
  • Straits View Hotel, 1-D Jalan Skudai 80200, 3.5km west of the Causeway tel 7224 1400, fax 7224 2698 , e-mail reservations@straitsviewhotel.com, website: [92]. Superior room (for 2 persons, garden view and and two twin beds) at 138RM net, deluxe room (for 2 persons, sea view and 1 king-sized bed) at 158RM net per room per night. Walk-in rate and rate with reservation are similar. Non-buffet continental breakfast included. All rooms have cable TV and free Wi-Fi Internet access. This hotel has two restaurants - Furusato Japanese Restaurant and Marina Seafood Restaurant - both on the first level.
  • Hotel Seri Malaysia, Jalan Langkasuka 80350, Larkin, tel : 07-221 1002/3/5, fax: 07-221 1006, email: gm_hmsjb@yahoo.com, website: [93] only 500 meters east of the Larkin bus terminal. Double/triple rooms at 120/140RM (Sun to Thu) and 140/160RM (Fri and Sat) (walk-in rates and rates with reservation are similar) per room per night, net, inclusive of buffet breakfast. Double rooms have two single beds or one queen-sized bed. All rooms with air-con, attached bathroom and cable TV. Free Wi-Fi, but available only in the lobby. It has a restaurant that serves a la carte meals, and sometimes buffet lunch (12pm to 1.30pm) when there is sufficient demand for 20RM net. Other facilities: multi-function rooms, meeting roooms, courtyard, terrace garden, laundry service, convenience store, prayer room and free parking.
  • Naza Talyya Hotel, 17 Jalan Tenteram (behind the Grand BlueWave Hotel) Tel: 07-2227788, Fax: 07-2237788, Email: jb@nazahotels.com, website: [94]. 3-star hotel with 136 rooms and suites. Facilities: 1 ballroom, 3 conference rooms, swimming pool, restaurant. Double superior room rate, if reserved through the hotel's website - 138RM net per room per night, buffet breakfast for 2 pax included. Double superior/double deluxe room walk-in rate - 148/180 RM net per room per night, buffet breakfast for 2 pax included. Published rates for double superior room - 200/240 RM net per room per night for single/double occupancy. Wi-Fi Internet access in rooms - 20 RM per 24 hrs.
  • Crystal Crown Hotel, 117 Jalan Tebrau, Tel 07-333 4422, Fax 07-334 5505, email: cchjb@crystalcrown.com.my, website: [95]. This hotel opened in 1993 has pretty decent largish rooms. Facilities: business center, health club, 24-hour coffee house, cocktail lounge, Kirishima Shuzou Japanese restaurant (daily 12pm-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm), meeting room, banquet hall, swimming pool. Single/Double/Triple room start from 145/155/195 RM++ per night(extra bed 45 RM net), buffet breakfast included. The quoted rates are similar for both walk-in and with prior reservation. Internet access 10 RM net for 1 hr or 30 RM net for 24 hr.
  • 11@ Century Hotel, formerly known as the Surf Pacific Hotel, 94 Jalan Pelanduk (250 metres south of Holiday Plaza, and just across the street from KSL City), tel: +607 333 3300 fax 607 335 5878. [96]. 11-storey, 233- room modern boutique hotel. Double rooms promotional rate (walk-in or with reservation same rate)/normal rack rate - from 140RM net/200RM net per room per night. Buffet breakfast and unlimited free Wi-Fi are included in the rates. It has function rooms and a restaurant serving local and international cuisine.
  • Hotel Selesa Pasir Gudang, Jalan Bandar 81700 Pasir Gudang, Johor Darul Takzim, Tel +607 251 8899 Fax +607 251 1901 E-mail: resv@selesapg.com.my/hotsel@tm.net.m website: [97]. A four-star business hotel in Pasir Gudang, near the Pasir Gudang Industrial Area. Facilities: swimming pool, banquet and convention hall, meeting rooms, restaurant. 185 rooms. Single/double/triple rooms 250/280/310 RM (normal rate) 172.50/184/224 RM (promotional rate) net per room per night.
  • The Embassy Hotel and Service Apartment, 14 Jalan Dato Abdullah Tahir, Tel 607-338 9999, Fax 607-335 3081, E-mail enquiry@hotelembassy.com.my. A range of rooms, suites and apartments are available. Standard double/suite RM 128/488 net per room/suite per night, buffet breakfast is included. Facilities: swimming pool, gymnasium, meeting room, convenience store, clubhouse, games room, cafe , spa, money changer, internet and wi-fi.
  • New York Hotel, 22 Jalan Dato Abdullah Tahir, Telephone: (607) 331 1588 Fax: (607) 331 8588 Email: newyorkh@tm.net.my website: [98]. One of the relatively-newer hotels in Johor Bahru, located a short distance from the city center. A high-rise, tranquil, business-class, 3-star hotel with 413 rooms. Facilities: indoor swimming pool, gymnasium, two ballrooms, two meeting rooms, Palm Garden Cafe and Poolside Terrace restaurants (see 'Eat, splurge' section), karaoke lounge, bistro and pub, hair salon, spa, reflexology center. Rates (buffet breakfast is included in the rates), walk-in or with fax reservations or reserved through the hotel's website: superior room - RM170/190 (single/double occupancy) net per room per night, deluxe standard room - RM190/210/270 (single/double occupancy/triple occupancy) net per room per night, deluxe premier room - RM210/230/290 (single/double occupancy/triple occupancy) net per room per night. Wi-Fi internet - complimentary only for deluxe premier rooms, otherwise chargeable at RM10 net for 2 hrs or RM20 net for 24 hrs. Complimentary daily newspaper, complimentary parking, complimentary minibar for all guests.
  • Suria City Hotel Johor Bahru , formerly known as Merlin Inn, 10 Jalan Bukit Meldrum (beside the Grand BlueWave Hotel), tel: 6072231791 fax: 6072231792, website: [99]. This hotel, 500m northeast of the Causeway, actually has two wings - South Wing and North Wing. The South Wing is a three-star, 162-room hotel. South Wing double room, walk-in or reserved through the hotel's website - 118 RM net per night per room without any breakfast/138RM net per night per room, buffet breakfast for 2 pax included. An extra bed in the room costs 50RM net per night and the third person pays 12 RM net for the buffet breakfast. South Wing facilities: swimming pool, function hall, gymnasium, seminar rooms and restaurant; free and unlimited wired Internet access for guests, and free and unlimted Wi-Fi Internet access in the lobby and seminar rooms. The smaller and less expensive North Wing is located right across the road - Jalan Tenteram. It reopened at the end of 2010 after renovation works. North Wing double/triple/quadruple room, walk-in or with prior reservations - 88/108/138 RM net per room per night. All rooms with attached bathroom, air-con and TV. There is no breakfast provided and no Internet access. The only facility here is a swimming pool.
  • Dorsett Johor Hotel +607 360 1000
    price: Room rate starts from RM 145.00 net per room per night (reserved through the hotel's website)
    Dorsett Johor Hotel is located in between Johor Bahru City Centre and Eastern Gate Development Zone of Iskandar Malaysia. It is just 10 minutes to the North-South Highway,5 minutes to the E22 Expressway, less than 20 minutes to Johor Bahru City Centre and a 2 minute drive to Giant Hypermarket Plentong. The hotel offers 252 air-conditioned rooms. Facilities: banquet hall, meeting rooms, business center, 2 restaurants, bar. Address:

Lot 101375, Jalan Masai Lama, Mukim Plentong, Johor Bahru, Johor 81750, Malaysia. Telephone: +607 360 1000 Fax: +607 360 5000 PLEASE NOTE: as at Mid-July 2011 the Dorsett Hotel has changed its name to Silka Hotel, but if you are taking a taxi or bus or asking directions on how to get there it's best to still refer to it as the Dorsett.

Splurge

  • Grand BlueWave Hotel 9R, Jalan Bukit Meldrum, Tel. no. 607 221 6666, Fax no.: 607 222 9473, Email: info@grandbluewavejb.com.my, website: [100] A grand and stately 20-storey (184 rooms and suites) 5-star hotel in the center of Johor Bahru, the Grand BlueWave Hotel is close to some of Malaysia’s famous spots, including the shopping centers of City Square, Kotaraya and ZON. Free, twice-daily bus service to and from Senai International Airport only for guests. Normal rates start at RM190++ per room per night, if reserved through the hotel's website, and buffet breakfast included. Promotional walk-in/normal walk-in rates for the same room with buffet breakfast - 182.50/224.25 RM net per room per night. Free and unlimited wired high-speed broadband Internet access in all rooms. Free Wi-Fi Internet access in the lobby area. The hotel has the usual 5-star hotel amenities, including swimming pool, ballroom, conference rooms, business center, fitness center/gymnasium, spa/sauna, convenience store, hair salon, a bar (Trevi Fountain Lounge) and two restaurants (Orient Express Coffee House - see 'Eat, splurge' section - and the a la carte Agehan Japanese Restaurant).
  • M Suites Hotel, 16 Jalan Skudai 80200 Johor Bahru (1.5km south of Danga Bay), Tel : +607 22 11 000 Fax : +607 22 60 380, E-mail : m-suites@tm.net.my, website: [101]. This is an all-suites, 5-star hotel, with 128 comfortable and spacious suites (for 2, 4 or 5 persons) ranging from 513 to 1117 square feet. The hotel is equipped with the usual 5-star facilities: nine function rooms, outdoor swimming pool, gymnasium, business center, karaoke room, a spa and two restaurants. Fixed-line, broadband Internet connection is available in the suites, and wireless Internet connection is available in the public areas on the ground floor. The cheapest suites (for 1 or 2 persons) start from RM 310++/255 net (published/Internet rate) per suite per night, inclusive of buffet breakfast. However, there are occasional discounts on the hotel's website offering suites that cost only RM 200 net per suite per night for the cheapest suites.
  • Grand Paragon Hotel[102], 18 Jalan Harimau. This is a 4-star hotel with 325 rooms and suites. Grand Paragon Johor Bahru is located only 500m from the Tebrau Highway, it is in walking distance with the Plaza Pelangi Shopping Centre. Grand Paragon is approximately 5 minutes’ drive to the heart of the city or the new checkpoint of Johor Bahru (CIQ) and it is estimated 45 minutes’ drive to Changi and Senai airports. Tel: +607-268 5222, Fax : +607-268 5333, email : info@grandparagonhotel.com.my, reservation Hotline : 607-268 5331 / 607-268 5332. Facilities: convention rooms, 2 lounges, swimming pool, gymnasium, spa and sauna, massage center, salon, hair studio, reflexology center. This hotel has two restaurants: Cafe Para Para (international and local cuisine) and Kishin-Tei (Japanese cuisine). Standard double/deluxe double rooms cost 280/320 RM++ (normal rates) per room per night inclusive of buffet breakfast. However, there are promotional rates (booked through the hotel's website) available, with the cheapest room (standard double) costing 240RM net (buffet breakfast included) per room per night. Free and unlimited Wi-Fi Internet access in all areas, and free and unlimited wired Internet access in the hotel's business center. Cafe Para Para: Weekend(Sat-Sun) high tea (12-4pm) buffet and weekday (Mon-Fri) buffet lunch (12-230 pm) - adults 38 RM++, daily buffet breakfast (630-1030 am) - adults 30 RM++, buffet dinner (Fri and Sat only, 630-1030 pm) - adults 45 RM++.
  • Hotel Selesa Johor Bahru Jalan Datok Abdullah Tahir, formerly known as the Grand Continental Hotel [103]. 4-star business hotel with 288 guestrooms. Amenities include business center, convention rooms, ballrooms, sauna, outdoor swimming pool (on top), two restaurants, and cocktail/karaoke lounge. Superior/deluxe rooms cost 190/210 RM++ (normal rates, double occupancy) per room per night or 180/200 RM++ (normal rates, single occupancy) per person per night inclusive of buffet breakfast, reserved through the hotel's website. There are occasional promotions for 150/175 RM net for single or double superior/deluxe rooms. Wi-Fi Internet: 10.50RM net for 1 hr or 21RM net for 24 hrs. Daily buffet dinner (subject to sufficient demand) at the 11th storey Coffee Garden restaurant (6pm-9pm) for 28 RM++
  • Mutiara Hotel, Jalan Datok Sulaiman, Taman Centuri KB No. 779 80990 Johor Bahru Tel: +60.7.330.0300 Fax: +60.7.331.8884 E-mail: saljb@mutiarahotels.com website: [104] 5-star hotel formerly known as Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza. Located next to Holiday Plaza. Though the hotel is probably the first luxury hotel in this city, it has stood the test of time and is reasonably well maintained. The cheapest (superior) rooms start from 228/450 RM++ (walk-in promotional single or double/published single rate) per room per night. Extra bed 70RM++ per night per room. Buffet breakfast is included in these rates. There are occasional special promotions on the hotel website for only 170 RM++ per night per superior room without breakfast. Wired or Wi-Fi Internet access - 10 RM net per hr or 25 RM net per 24hrs. Facilities: business center, hair salon, souvenir shop, boutique, ballroom, function rooms, bistro, lounge, bar and three restaurants: Capri the Continental Restaurant, Seri Mutiara Restaurant (local and international cuisine, a la carte and buffet meals) and Meisan Szechuan Restaurant (see 'Eat, splurge' section). Seri Mutiara Restaurant: weekend high-tea buffet (Sat-Sun 12-4pm) 38RM++, weekday (Mon-Fri 12-230pm) lunch buffet 42RM++, dinner buffet (Fri-Sat) 55RM++
  • Puteri Pacific, Jalan Abdullah Ibrahim, The Kotaraya PO Box 293 80730 Johor Bahru. Telephone: 607 219 9999 Fax: 607 219 9998 E-mail: info@puteripacific.com Website: [105]. 5-star hotel with 500 rooms and suites. Well-equipped rooms typical of a 5-star hotel. Facilities: ballroom, 8 function rooms, business center, swimming pool, tennis and squash courts, gymnasium, sauna, jacuzzi, steam baths, dance studio & 4 restaurants (Newsroom Cafe, Paolo Mediterranean Restaurant, Kai Xuan Chinese Restaurant & Hadramawt Arabic Restaurant). Cheapest rooms ('Princess Deluxe') start from 230RM++ per room per night, if booked through the hotel's website; their promotional walk-in and published rate is 270RM++ and 430RM++ per room per night respectively. Buffet breakfast is included in the rates. Wired internet access available in the rooms. Those staying in the Princess Deluxe rooms have to pay 57 RM net for 24 hours (in excess of 30 min) or 1.90 RM net per minute (30 min or less). Newsroom Cafe on the first level: a la carte and buffet meals serving local and international cuisine. Weekday lunch (Mon-Fri, 12-2.30pm) 39RM++, weekend buffet high-tea (Sat and Sun, 12-4pm), 35RM++, buffet dinner (Sun-Wed, 6.30-10.30pm) 40RM++
  • Hotel Sofitel Palm Resort, Jalan Persiaran Golf, Senai, tel. +60-7-5996000, [106]. Located way out to the northwest of the city, there are only two reasons to stay here: it's a part of the Palm Resort golf club, and it's three minutes away from Senai International Airport. Double room starts from US$68++ per room per night (breakfast not included), reserved through the hotel's website
  • Thistle Johor Bahru, Jalan Sungai Chat, tel. +60-7-222-1234, [107]. 380-room,5-star hotel. Previously known as the Hyatt Regency, the hotel was given a long-overdue renovation in 2009/2010 and is now one of JB's best again, although the location is awkward if using public transport, with very limited selection of shops or restaurants nearby. Its rooms are large and very well maintained and it has one of the best views for hotel chains in Johor Bahru. It has two restaurants (Glass and Oasis), two bars, one outdoor swimming pool and two tennis courts. Other facilities: ballroom, meeting and function rooms, banquet hall, massage parlor, sauna, spa. Room rates start from RM190++ per room per night (walk-in rates and rates with reservation are similar; buffet breakfast extra 20RM net per person).Wired Internet access available in all the rooms, at 57RM net per 24 hrs (min. charge of 57RM net, use your own laptop). Glass Restaurant (opposite the lobby reception and with glass walls) offers: buffet lunch Mon-Sat for 45RM++, buffet dinner Sun-Tue 49RM++ Wed-Sat 68-75RM++, Sunday trunch 12-5pm 68RM++. Oasis Restaurant offers Italian/Japanese fusion cuisine and overlooks the lush tropical paradise of the pool and palm trees. Hive Nightclub has live bands every night.
  • ZON Regency Hotel by the Sea, 88 Jalan Ibrahim Sultan (the east end of this road), Stulang Laut; tel: 607-221 9999; fax: 607-221 5303; website: [108]. Formerly known as Eden Garden Hotel. It is located within a duty free zone and shares the same building as the ZON Mall and ZON Shopping Centre. The hotel has the usual 5-star hotel amenities: swimming pools, spa, gymnasium, business center, grand ballroom, convention and exhibition center, 6 function rooms, 2 auditoriums, shops, bar, three restaurants [Salt 'N' Pepper Cafe Restaurant (level 5), Tai Son Chinese Restaurant (level 5, see 'Eat, splurge') and Ayukawa (Japanese and Italian) Restaurant (level 6, see 'Eat, splurge')]. Normal rate for the cheapest room if reserved through the hotel's website - 240RM net per room per night (buffet breakfast for 2 pax included). Walk-in rate for the cheapest room without any breakfast/with buffet breakfast for 2 pax - 209/264 RM net per room per night. The published rate for the cheapest room is 440RM net per room per night. Free and unlimited Wi-Fi Internet access for guests. Salt 'N' Pepper Cafe Restaurant - weekend buffet high tea (Sat-Sun; 1200-1600) 42.00 RM plus 10% service charge; weekday buffet lunch (Mon-Fri; 1200-1430) 35.00 RM plus 10% service charge

Stay safe

Singaporeans like to tell horror stories of crimes in the "wild, wild North" and its former Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew once claimed that Johor Bahru is crime-ridden. As a result of the high crime rate, the number of tourists from Singapore has dropped drastically over the past few years. This could partly be due to the high profile that the Singaporean press gives to crime committed in Johor Bahru against its citizens. Even Johor Bahru citizens took to the streets in September 2007, asking for the city to take action against crime. Although the crime rate in Johor Bahru is still higher than in Singapore and elsewhere in Malaysia, things have become better since the Johor Bahru administration took action to increase the police presence and initiate several anti-crime measures - including the creation of a hotline for tourists to call should they require urgent police assistance. The number is +6072212999.

However for safety reasons, these tips are advisable to be taken:

  • Do not carry a handbag when walking around town. Snatch thieves have been known to snatch handbags away while their victims are walking on the street, using a motorcycle. If they do manage to grab your handbag, let them have it as some snatch thieves are known to drag their victims along the road with their motorbikes until they release their grip; almost certainly a very painful and unpleasant death.
  • Keep your passport safe and close to you because it is a highly prized valuable to robbers.
  • Lock the car door immediately or as soon as you get into the car.
  • Avoid walking around the city alone. You should walk around the city in groups of preferably 3 or more for safety.
  • Stay home at night or only go to areas with good security such as malls and private clubs.
  • Using restrooms in petrol kiosks after sunset is not advised. There are cases of armed robbers hiding within the restroom waiting for victims.

In the event that you DO get robbed, it is likely that the robber would be armed with a parang, a long Malay sword. You are advised to give up most, if not all, of your valuables to avoid putting your personal safety in jeopardy.

Tap water should be boiled before drinking. As a rule of thumb, the general hawker food scene in Johor Bahru is hygienic though certain areas are less so. So keep an eye out for those dirty hawkers who pay very little attention to hygiene.

Services

Post offices

  • Main post office. Jalan Datuk Onn, 800m south-west of the CIQ or about 10 minutes walk from it. Open Mon to Sat 0830-1700, closed on Sundays and the first Saturday of the month. Besides the usual postal services, it sells first day covers and sets of stamps for collection ('Presentation Packs').

Consulates

  • Konsulat Jenderal Republik Indonesia. Address - No. 46, Jalan Taat (less than 20m from the junction of this street and Jalan Tun Abdul Razak). Website - [109]
  • Consular Office of Japan. Address - Suite 15B, Level 15, Menara Ansar, 65 Jalan Trus. Telephone - +607 2217621 Website - [110]
  • Consulate-General of the Republic of Singapore. Address - Suite 35.02, Level 35 Johor Bahru City Square Office Tower 106-108, Jalan Wong Ah Fook. Telephone - +607 226 5012. Email - singcon_jhb@sgmfa.gov.sg. Website - [111]

Tourist offices

  • The official Johor Tourism Information Centre (JOTIC) at Jalan Ayer Molek (opposite the High Court building and about 1km southwest of JB Sentral) is a tiny office on the 3rd level in a sprawling yellow building of the same name, a 10-min walk from City Square; open Mon to Fri 8am to 5pm. There are three other tourist offices located at: a. the Johor Bahru CIQ ('Tourist Information Centre' - open daily 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 6pm, closed 1pm to 2pm for lunch) - you walk about 50m after clearing the Malaysian immigration counters (coming from Singapore) b. just beyond the south end of Jalan Wong Ah Fook (open daily, Mon to Fri 8am to 7pm; Sat, Sun and public holidays 8am to 1030pm) c. JB Sentral ('Tourist Information Centre', just next to the passenger waiting area on level 2 - open daily 9am to 6pm). You can get free brochures and maps on various destinations in Malaysia, including free maps of JB.

Read

  • WAVES Lifestyle Magazine is a FREE monthly lifestyle magazine for young adults and tourist in Johor Bahru who are on the look out for fresh and trendy stuff. They are the pioneering FIRST all English editorial magazine in JB covering topics ranging from health, fashion, food reviews, ‘Things to do in JB’, entertainment, technology, finance, community and countless others. Endorsed by Tourism Malaysia and Johor Tourism, they are circulated across Johor Bahru, Singapore and Brunei. WAVES Lifestyle Magazine can be picked up at most Information Counters at shopping malls across Johor Bahru, selected office towers, Tourism Malaysia Information Counters at JOTIC, JB Sentral, CIQ, Senai Airport, all Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf outlets, all Restoran Agus outlets, Tutti Frutti Kebun Teh outlet, selected taxis and other participating shops. WAVES can also be downloaded at : http://jbcool.com. Get a copy of the magazine to see the complete venue-listing page or visit their facebook page at : http://www.facebook.com/waveslifestyle

Hairdressers

A haircut for male adults costs between 8 to 10 RM.

  • Royal Saloon. 82E, Jalan Trus (almost opposite Kotaraya bus terminal). Open 9am to 9.30pm daily. 8 RM haircut for male adults.
  • Siva. 6A, Jalan Pahang (near the junction of this street and Jalan Tan Hiok Nee). Open 9.30am to 8.30pm daily. 8 RM haircut for male adults.

Internet cafés

Internet cafés in Johor Bahru are thin on the ground.

  • East Point (IT products and accessories shop), 04-06A (4th level), City Square, 106-108 Jalan Wong Ah Fook. Open daily 1030am to 930pm. There are 16 PC terminals. 3.50 RM per hour.
  • Internet café on the first level of the Hanyasatu Hotel, 29 Jalan Meldrum. Located just beside the hotel lobby, it is open 24 hrs. 33 PC terminals, 3 RM per hour.
  • Meeting Point Internet Café, No. 59 Jalan Meldrum (beside Gateway Hotel). Open daily 10am to 9pm. There are 10 PC terminals. 3 RM per hour. There is a minimum charge of 2 RM if the usage is 40 min or less; after 40 min, it is 50 sen for every 10 min.
  • Pusat Komputer Surflink, 31A Jalan Wong Ah Fook (beside the overhead bridge to City Square). It is open 24 hrs and there are 14 PC terminals. 3 RM per hour. There is a minimum charge of 2 RM if the usage is 40 min or less; after 40 min, it is 10 sen for every 2 min.
  • Obizcom, on the ground level of Plaza Larkin, opposite the Larkin Bus Terminal on Jalan Geruda. 2RM per hour. Open daily 10am to 10pm.

Get out

  • Desaru - sleepy seaside resort town located on the eastern part of Johor, about 2 hours away by car
  • Endau Rompin National Park
  • Gunung Ledang - 1276m high mountain near the border of Johor and Malacca states, popular with trekkers, campers and students on field trips
  • Gunung Pulai
  • Kota Tinggi - Waterfall Park
  • Kukup - a seaside town along the western part of Johor, well known for its water village which can be rented relatively cheap, and its good and reasonably priced seafood
  • Mersing - in the north eastern part of Johor, about 2.5 hours drive from Johor Bahru, and the gateway to the beautiful island of Tioman
  • Sibu Island - dive resort about two hours away
  • Singapore - right across the Causeway

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