Taxi from Queen Street...
It will be absolute mayhem & monster traffic jams for passengers travelling on Christmas Eve or Day via public or express buses...
Forget about trying it with a toddler... don't take the Cross Border Transtar bus ..
In the heavy traffic , there will be public buses , express buses , tour coaches for Package Tour travellers..
During morning & evening peak hours , add in the buses that transports Malaysians working in Singapore...Edited: 18 December 2017, 01:40
Since you have made such a journey during public holidays before, I think you have a rough idea what to expect. No one can tell you exactly what will happen on the day. So many variables can come into play eg the immigration system could be down, holiday makers travelling from other countries, etc.
Looks like there are still train seats available on the 24 and 25th. There is no other way I would want to do this journey over the holidays.
The best way would be via train (but subjected to booking availability. The bus and car lanes are completely packed daily (even on weekdays!)
#3 "Looks like there are still train seats available on the 24 and 25th"
Precisely, for the outward journey on the Dec 24th there are seats only on the trains since 6pm onwards
The worst, for the return on the 25th there are only seats on the trains since dawn to 7am
For the return on the 26th, there are still seats only on the 11am train
It’s not a journey I’d make by road transport over any festive season. Walking might be quicker. ( that’s a joke, not sarcasm. ) unless you have very compelling reasons for doing it, another time might be better. It’ll be a nightmare and with a little one, a double nightmare. imvho.
Best option will be by train. $5 for a ticket. Other options either by cross border taxi or bus will be terrible. The crowd will be maddening regardless of the time you cross over to JB. Be prepared to be stuck for at least 4-5 hrs or more if you are traveling by road on either 24th or 25th Dec.
Best avoid if you can. It is unpredictable during this period. Even if the bus crossing over is a breeze, awaits you are both the custom clearing that may take hours... especially at MY side.
Went in on Monday, causeway was empty but before SG custom clearing by cars, super long queue. I thought I was happy when I cleared SG custom (few people), but when I got down stair to take bus, The bus queue was already near to the stair way. Someone complained from forum, few buses that day.
I managed to get onto one of those factory bus pay RM2/pax (not at public bus bay). Quickly cross over into MY custom, clearing was ok, waited 15min... not bad, But after I cleared, the queue became longer. My colleague went in earlier only managed to cleared alter me because he was waiting for SMRT/SBS transit buses.
So planning so close to Christmas is no-no for me. Went in once on 28 Dec, MY custom clearing took 1 hour.. not bad already. Of course, my normal is usually go in on weekdays to avoid any such issue. Even then there are the occasional "Stuck" due to .... ??? I also don't know why.