Booking bus tickets to Melaka from Singapore using Easybook
I was away in Melaka, Malaysia over the weekend. This time around, I brought my mum and my girlfriend to Melaka, Malaysia for a 2D1N trip. It was a good chance for my mum to unwind and have some time off.
I will be covering, in the next few posts, different topics in relation to this trip. So keep an eye out for my review of the hotel I stayed at in Melaka, a food review of a Peranakan restaurant that I visited and also a half itinerary covering the must see sights in Melaka.
The trip was planned last minute after my return from Bangkok (if you have not checked out my posts on Bangkok, I posted both a full day cultural itinerary and also a half day shopping and spa itinerary).
As Melaka (also known as Malacca) is a small city unlike Kuala Lumpur and Penang, it does not boast an international airport. Most travellers either come in by bus or car. As I am unfamiliar with the route, I booked for the three of us return bus tickets on Easybook.
Easybook is a website that “provides the largest bus, train, ferry, car rental and tour booking services in South East Asia” and offers “long distance express bus ticket booking for over 500 bus operators and 20,000 bus route to and from Singapore and Malaysia.”
I used this website before for my other trips to Penang and Kuala Lumpur and found their services to be good and reliable.
The prices are also affordable (I averaged SGD30 per ticket per way) and you get to pick from a list of departure points and also arrival points. This feature is awesome as you can alight at a location close to your hotel and also get picked up from that same hotel on the way back.
Booking was a breeze.
I just made sure to double check that the buses go to and pick up from the hotel that I will staying at while in Melaka: The Pines Melaka.
Bus ride to Melaka
We boarded the bus early on Saturday morning (7.30am) at Textile Centre. The bus departed on time.
The bus ride was comfortable with seats that could be reclined and also USB charging points for each seat. This allowed for me to charge my phone and/or battery bank during the entire 4 hours ride to Melaka. Nothing is worse than a flat phone battery on a bus ride without any on board entertainment system.
Spacious seats and clean interior
The ride to the Singapore border took approximately 30 minutes. We were in and out of both customs in about an hour. Phewww. The entire crossing was smooth probably because the driver had went via the second causeway at Tuas instead of the crossing at Woodlands. If the crossing is at the Woodlands causeway, expect the Malaysian customs to take approximately an hour or so.
During the bus ride, the time was largely spent either napping or playing Risk with my girlfriend on my mobile. There will be a pit stop along the way for passengers to use the washrooms. Depending on your driver, the stop can be at Yong Peng (a common stop along the way) or some random stop after a toll exit.
For my journey to Melaka, the driver decided to stop at a random place approximately 21km from Melaka. As this is just a small stop, don’t expect to find any eateries other than a small push cart selling the basics.
Bus waiting alongside a random pit stop after a toll exit
Lonely food stand servicing pit stop
If your driver, however, stopped at Yong Peng, you will have some time to shop for snacks to help tide you through until you reach Melaka and also grab some classic Malaysian street food that I make it a point to have each time I’m at Yong Peng. If you have the chance, be sure to look out for the Ramly Burger Stall by the entrance. They offer good old classic Ramly Burgers (a Malaysian variant of the classic hamburger?) at affordable prices (Beef patty with both egg and cheese for just MYR 7.50 (USD1.80 or SGD2.40) or a double patty for MYR 8 ++!
Ramly Burger stall at Yong Peng
Auntie Chefs in action preparing Ramly Burgers: Unlike normal hamburgers, towards the end of the cooking, an egg is cracked and spread out over the center of the hotplate. The patty is then placed onto the egg and folded over with the egg. Typical Ramly burgers come with a generous amount of mayonnaise, worcester sauce, margarine and curry seasoning.
Have you gotten your Ramly yet?
Bear in mind that for a bus ride to Melaka, there is typically only one pit stop along the way. So please use the washroom when you can and not when you need. You don’t want to be that unfortunate soul trying to keep it all in for that last one hour stretch to Melaka.
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