Planning a Singapore and Malaysia trip? Brilliant! This is a great part of the world and these destinations make a great combination.
Thanks to Singapore and Malaysia being so close together, it’s very easy to travel from Singapore to Malaysia and to enjoy a trip with both destinations.
In this article, I’m going to give you the perfect Singapore and Malaysia itinerary so all you have to is follow it! I do this by walking through a Singapore Malaysia itinerary for up to ten days.
If you are looking for a 4 days 3 nights Singapore Malaysia itinerary, simply stop reading at the 4 day point. If you want longer, keep reading! It’s easy to adjust this Singapore Malaysia tour itinerary to whatever time period you like.
I also describe exactly how to get from Singapore to Malaysia at the end as well as give you some specific Singapore to Malaysia day trip suggestions.
This is a Singapore to Malaysia itinerary which assumes you arrive in Singapore and leave from Malaysia. You can reverse it and make it a Malaysia Singapore itinerary instead.
You will also need to factor in time to get back to your starting point if you need to fly out of the same airport from where you started. Luckily, flights, taxis and buses between Malaysia and Singapore are quick and easy.
Excited? I hope so! This is a fabulous part of the world and I can’t wait to help you have the PERFECT Singapore Malaysia trip!
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Singapore Malaysia Itinerary For 4-10 Days
Day 1 – Arrive in Singapore
Today is an introduction to Singapore.
- Start the day at Gardens by the Bay. Visit the conservatories and OCBC Skyway (tickets here) where you walk among the futuristic trees. If you have kids, take bathers and also visit the childrens gardens. This is my favourite attraction in all of Singapore so don’t skip it! If you are on a budget, it’s still worth coming and walking around for free.
- Have lunch in the shopping centre at the base of the iconic Marina Bay Sands which is right next to Gardens by the Bay.
- Take the short train trip to Clarke Quay and walk though here and the historic Fort Canning on your way to the next attraction.
- Spend the afternoon at the National Museum of Singapore (discount tickets here).
Day 2 – Singapore
Today is all about discovering Singapore’s three main cultural groups.
- Start the day with some breakfast in Little India and then visit Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple.
- Walk to the nearby Malay area of Kampong Glam. Visit the Malay Heritage Centre and Sultan Mosque before having some Malay food for lunch.
- Finish with some temple visits in Chinatown before shopping for souvenirs at the markets here and having some great Chinese food for dinner.
Day 3 – Singapore
Your final day in Singapore is all about fun, Sentosa Island style! Sentosa Island is a small island just off the tip of Singapore which is easily reached by public transport, cable car or even walking over. It’s packed full of fun attractions and is Singapore’s playground.
It’s full of top class facilities and just walking around is fun. There are so many different attractions that it’s hard for me to say exactly what you should add to your Singapore Malaysia trip itinerary. It depends on your interests and budget as the attractions can be expensive and add up quickly. There are also many free attractions on Sentosa which you may prefer to stick to.
Here are my top recommendations:
- Start by heading to the Merlion Plaza and taking a photo of the Sentosa sign with the giant merlion as pictured above. Consider climbing up inside the Merlion Tower for great views (tickets here).
- Take the Skyline Luge and chair lift. This is one of our favourites!
- For more adrenaline rushes, try Mega Adventure where you can zipline and take a 15 metre jump or fly at iFly!
- Visit easily one of the best aquariums in the world at S.E.A. Aquarium (tickets here).
- If you have kids, visit the Palawan Pirate Ship. A free (and amazing) water playground.
- Walk to the Southern Most Point of Continental Asia.
- Enjoy the beaches
- Visit Fort Siloso and learn some WWII history
In the evening, head to the free light shows at Resorts World Sentosa.
I also recommend you take the cable car over one way (discount tickets here). The views are great! I also love Universal Studios Singapore but with one day, I would go to a few different attractions instead rather than spending the day at one so you get a better taste of Sentosa Island.
To save money and time, buy attraction tickets beforehand at Klook. We have saved so much money this way. Click here for many options.
There is also the Sentosa Fun Pass that can save you a lot of money. You basically buy a number of tokens and then exchange these tokens at various attractions on the island. The number you need depends on what you want to see. I suggest you will at least want 80.
You can find the Sentosa Fun Pass here and information about how many tokens are required for each attraction here.
Where To Stay In Singapore
Here are our best options for each budget. Pick the one that best suits you.
For luxury and the ultimate Singapore experience, you can’t go past the Marina Bay Sands, one of the most iconic hotel buildings in the world.
Have great views over Singapore as you relax in the infinity pool or visit the Sands SkyPark Observation Deck. Shop and eat in the downstairs shopping centre or enjoy one of the many hotel restuarants or room service. You can use the gym, day spa or simply have a drink at the pool bar.
There are a range of room types with doubles and twins on offer. All are spacious and well appointed and have everything you would expect in a 5 star hotel. You can pick the view you want and there are suites for extra luxury with their own living area.
In addition to staying in a fabulous hotel, you are also just moments walk away from Gardens By The Bay and other top Singapore attractions and there is a subway station below the hotel making sightseeing easy. This is the ultimate Singapore hotel and you have to stay here at least once!
The Village Hotel Bugis is our favourite hotel for a mix of a great price, very convenient location and a good standard of rooms and facilties. Located close to Bugis MRT station and many shopping centres, it’s easy to get around to all of Singapore here. It’s also located in the Malay area, Kampong Glam, and a short walk from Little India.
There are a range of room types which are all comfortable and well appointed, if on the cosy side. This includes family options which makes this a great choice with kids – we have stayed here with ours multiple times.
The hotel also has a swimming pool, gym and restaurants.
For bargain seekers, the Backpacker Cozy Corner Guesthouse is also located in a convenient location near Bugis MRT and has everything you need for a budget Singapore stopover with excellent value rooms for the location and price.
Rooms include air conditioning and wifi and there are 2, 3 and 4 people rooms available. To save money, they do not have private bathrooms.
Singapore And Malaysia Itinerary 4 days
If you have just 4 days, use your final day in your Singapore Malaysia itinerary 4 days to do a day trip into Malaysia. Below, there are a range of Malaysia day trip options. Click here to read them and pick one!
My personal favourite is a fun day at Legoland Malaysia, but pick whichever most appeals to you.
We can book a taxi for you for the day to take you into Malaysia and back into Singapore again. Click here and fill in the form with what you want and we’ll get back to you.
If you are only looking for a Singapore Malaysia itinerary 3 days then cut out one of the Singapore days above which is least appealing.
Day 4 –Johor Bahru
It’s time to say a sad goodbye to Singapore before heading over the causeway to more adventures in Malaysia!
There is more information below about how to travel between Malaysia and Singapore. It’s very straightforward.
We can also hire a taxi for you which picks you up at your hotel in Singapore and drops you off at your hotel in Johor Bahru for just SG$90. Click here to book and for more details.
Today, you will have a great day at Legoland Malaysia. You can buy discounted tickets here.
Day 5 – Johor Bahru And Melaka
This morning, it’s time to see some of Johor Bahru before catching a bus in the afternoon to Melaka.
- Head to central Johor Bahru near the causeway to Singapore. You can do some shopping or explore the streets to the west of the main strip here. Some are quite pretty and it’s a nice area to stroll around. Eat lunch before leaving Johor Bahru.
- Take a taxi to the main bus station in Johor Bharu, Larkin Bus Terminal, and then take a bus to Melaka. You can book bus tickets here on some great bus services. The bus takes about three hours and I recommend you book a bus for the early afternoon.
- Take a taxi to your hotel, freshen up and head to Jonker Street in the evening. If it’s Friday or Saturday night, enjoy the night market, but there are plenty of places to eat any night on this famous strip.
Note that Melaka and Malacca are different ways to spell the same place.
If you have your own vehicle on this journey, I recommend stopping at Muar on your way. It does not take much extra time to do this, but Muar is a pretty city with some great street art and is a great plae to break up the journey.
Where To Stay In Johor Bahru
Here are our best options for each budget. Pick the one that best suits you.
Located just minutes from the Causeway in a convenient location, the DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru is a great choice if you want a luxury hotel which is easy to use as a base to explore both Johor Bahru and Singapore.
Despite not being rated as a five-star hotel, it is our top pick of the options near the Causeway. It has first class facilities including a stunning outdoor swimming pool on the 13th floor, four restaurants, gym, steam room, spa and wifi.
Each of the hotel’s spacious guest rooms have everything you would expect from a top option such as air conditioning, TV, tea and coffee making facilities and a pillow menu. There are also larger suites with separate living areas as well as rooms which are apartment style and have a kitchenette with washing machine. All this for a great price!
For a midrange price option, you can’t go past the Puteri Pacific Johor Bahru. Also well located near the Causeway and shopping, this is a great base for Singapore and Johor Bahru exploration.
There are many facilities at this hotel. You can use the tennis and squash courts, a gym, sauna and a yoga studio. Other facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, a day spa, three onsite restaurants and bars.
There are a range of accommodation options at this hotel. In addition to standard hotel rooms, you can book a room with a separate living and sleeping area or even a room with a kitchenette.
For a real bargain, consider the Baguss Hotel and Serviced Apartments. Close to the Causeway and downtown shopping areas, this standard, 3-star hotel is especially a great choice for families and groups looking for accommodation.
There are a range of hotel rooms suitable from two to four people. Each hotel room includes air conditioning, a TV, wifi, tea and coffee making facilities and a refrigerator. For larger groups, there are 3 bedroom apartments which can accommodate up to 6 people. These apartments include a kitchen and lounge room.
Singapore Malaysia Itinerary 5 Days
If you are looking for a 5 days 4 nights Singapore Malaysia itinerary then you can do the five days above and head back to Singapore to fly out on day 5 instead of on to Melaka.
You could also consider spending all 5 days in Singapore and just taking a day trip to Johor Bahru. If money isn’t an issue, this is a good choice. Otherwise, it is more budget friendly to stay in Johor Bahru accommodation.
If Melaka sounds interesting to you, you could also follow the first four days above and then do a day trip to Melaka on the final day of your Singapore Malaysia 5 days itinerary (find one here). This is a long day but I have done it myself and it’s very doable.
You can also hire a private taxi here for the day to travel quickly and easily to Malaysia for the day.
Day 6 – Melaka
Today is all about exploring Melaka’s historic centre and Chinatown before heading to your final stop, Kuala Lumpur, in the evening.
Get your walking legs on! Everything mentioned here is close and, while you can take taxis or trishaws to get around, the attractions are so close together that there is no real need.
- Start at the Sultanate Palace where you can walk through a replica of the palace of Sultan Mansur Shah who ruled Melaka from 1456 to 1477.
- Take a photo of Porta de Santiago and explore the ruins of St Paul’s Church.
- Walk downhill to Stradthuys, the town hall and governor’s residence that dates back to the Dutch in 1650. Trishaws tend to congregate here so you can go on a ride on one if you like.
- Walk over the river to Chinatown and head to 8 Heeren Street to check out this 18th century Dutch period residence.
- Next, walk through Chinatown to Baba and Nonya Heritage Centre.
- By now, you have probably worked up an appetite. Eat some lunch.
- Finish your Melaka day tour by visiting three temples all close together: Cheng Hoon Temple, Masjid Kampung Kling and Sri Poyatha Venayagar Moorthi Temple.
In the late afternoon, catch your onward bus to Kuala Lumpur. This takes about 2.5 hours and I recommend booking a bus from 3-4pm.
On arrival, check in to your hotel. If you feel like going out, head to the night markets in Petaling Street or Jalan Alor.
You can find our recommend hotels in Kuala Lumpur here.
Where To Stay In Melaka
Here are our best options for each budget. Pick the one that best suits you.
Located in a premium position just 300 metres from Jonker Street and right by the river, you will find the best option in Melaka, the stunning 5-star luxury boutique hotel, Casa del Rio Melaka Hotel.
There are a a range of room types on offer including options for up to 6 people in two-bedroom suites. All rooms include standard fittings such as a TV, wifi, tea and coffee making facilities, air conditioning and a desk. If you book a suite, you will also have separate living and dining areas. Some suites even include an outdoor spa.
This hotel features first-class facilities with a stunning infinity swimming pool offering views across the Melaka River as well as three restaurants, a gym, a rooftop garden and day spa.
This 5-star hotel at a midrange price point is a great choice. Located along the Melaka River just a short taxi ride from Jonker St, the Swiss-Garden Hotel offers guests modern accommodation.
There are a range of rooms which accommodate up to two guests and include all the standard amenities including a TV, air conditioning, wi-fi, tea and coffee making facilities, private balcony and seating area.
You can also book a suite which includes separate dining and living areas. Some rooms also include panoramic views of the ocean and the Melaka River. Ask for a high level!
The Swiss-Garden Hotel includes a range of great facilities including two big swimming pools, a tennis court and the Sky Garden rooftop bar. The hotel also has direct access to a shopping mall.
The T Hotel which is located in Melaka City just a 15 minutes walk from Jonker Street, is a good choice for budget travellers.
They offer double, twin, triple or family suites. All are comfortable and clean and come with air conditioning, wifi, a TV, tea and coffee facilities and a seating area.
You can find more options for where to stay in Melaka here.
Singapore Malaysia Itinerary For 7 Days
If you are looking for a 6 nights 7 days Singapore Malaysia itinerary you could stop right here. This does mean that you don’t have much time in Kuala Lumpur. If you would prefer some time in Kuala Lumpur (which I do recommend), drop either Johor Bahur or Melaka, whichever appeals less. It’s easy to get buses from Singapore to Melaka directly or from Johor Bahru to Kuala Lumpur.
You can then pick a day or two from the following three recommmend days in Kuala Lumpur for your Singapore Malaysia itinerary 7 days.
Days 7-9 Kuala Lumpur
Three days in Kuala Lumpur is a great amount of time to get a good taste of this city on your Malaysia Singapore trip.
Singapore Malaysia Itinerary For 10 Days
If you have 10 days, you can add an extra day to Kuala Lumpur using my suggestions in my 3 day itinerary article here.
You could also add an extra day to Singapore if that appeals more or if you want to do an activity there like visit Universal Studios. However, if you are looking for a Singapore Malaysia budget itinerary then the less time in more expensive Singapore, the less you will need to spend so Kuala Lumpur can be a better pick.
Singapore And Malaysia Trip 10+ Days
If you have more than ten days, yay! There are so many great places that you can add on in Malaysia.
I have a full itinerary document here for Malaysia travel for ten days. This includes travelling to Ipoh, Penang and Langkawi after Kuala Lumpur so you can add one or all of these destinations to the itinerary above to create a plan for up to 17 days.
Singapore To Malaysia Day Trip
If you don’t have time for a big Singapore Malaysia adventure then you may just with to take a one day trip to Malaysia from Singapore. With a timeframe of less than 5 days, this is what I recommend.
This is completely possible and you could spend a 1 day trip to Malaysia from Singapore doing one of the days in the itinerary above to Johor Bahru or Melaka. Just note with Melaka that you will spend a lot of time travelling over the day but it is highly possible – I have done it myself.
Singapore to Malaysia day trip ideas:
- Legoland Malaysia: The easiest and maybe most fun suggestion is to spend a day at Legoland Malaysia. There are buses directly here from Singapore and it’s a fun and easy place to enjoy. More details here.
- Johor Bahru: You can catch the local bus over the causeway and explore central Johor Bahru.
- Melaka: You can either pay for an expensive day tour here (easiest option) or save on your Singapore Malaysia trip cost and take public transport from Singapore to Melaka and back again and explore Melaka on your own, as per day 6 above. The bus takes about four hours each way so buy your ticket in advance and go early.
- Desaru Coast: This coastal area in Malaysia is just one hour from Singapore with a half-hour ferry (buy here) and half-hour shuttle and is perfect if you would like some white sandy beach time or to have some fun visiting attractions such as a huge water park, ostrich, fruit or crocodile farm.
The easiest way to day trip to Malaysia is in your own private taxi. We can hire you one of the day with a safe and reliable local operator. Click here to get a quote.
They can pick you up from your Singapore hotel and drop you off there again at the end of the day.
How To Travel From Singapore To Malaysia
Getting from Singapore to Malaysia could really not be easier. There are buses, planes, trains and even taxis across. It’s been streamlined as much as possible because it’s such a popular option with thousands of people doing it all the time.
The easiest way to get across the causeway from Singapore to Malaysia is to hire a private car and driver. These can be quite affordable for a family or small group and you can be picked up and dropped off wherever you like and don’t need to get out of the car at the border.
Click here for more details about hiring a private driver to take you to Malaysia. This starts at just SG$90 for up to 5 people.
You can also get a local taxi but they are less flexible. If you catch a Singaporean taxi, they can only drop you at Larkin Terminal in Johor Bahru. If you catch a Malaysian taxi, they can drop you off anywhere in Malaysia but can only pick you up Queen Street Bus Terminal. They also need to be especially licensed to do this – you can’t just take any taxi.
The cheapest (and still quite easy) way to get across is with public, local bus called the Causeway Bus. Note that with the bus, you will need to get off and back on again at both immigration points in Singapore and Malaysia with all your belongings. Once you are through, you simply wait for the next Causeway Bus to come along. You can catch it from:
- Kranji MRT (route CW1) from SGD$1.50 (RM1.90 return)
- Queens Street (route CW2) from SGD$3.50 (RM3.40 return)
- Newton Circus (route CW5) from SGD$3.30 (RM3.40 return)
The buses stop along the way so you can also hop on elsewhere along the route.
If you need to get between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur then I recommend flying. This is often a very good price and cuts out the longer journey. For further afield than KL, I also recommend flying.
If you are going across to Johor Bahru, Melaka or anywhere else south of Kuala Lumpur then going overland is the best choice. We can book you a taxi from anywhere in Singapore to anywhere in pensinular Malaysia, and there are direct buses too.
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Getting Around Malaysia
An easy way to get around Malaysia is with private taxi. These can take you between different towns and cities.
There is also a great bus system. Find tickets and prices here.
Singapore Malaysia Trip Map
I hope you enjoyed this Singapore Malaysia DIY itinerary.
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