To reach Kuala Lipis by train, which is a former colonial town deep within the Cameron Highlands, you need to travel along Malaysia’s famous east coast train line more commonly known as the ‘Jungle Line’. This is not a busy train line but it is an interesting one to travel as the train passes through many remote and mountainous areas. Kuala Lipis is also an excellent stop-over point for train travel from Singapore to Bangkok via Sungai Kolok.
Train Times from Johor Bahru to Kuala Lipis
There is 1 direct train service a day from Johor Bharu to Kuala Lipis.
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Johor Bahru Sentral Station
Trains to Kuala Lipis depart from Johor Bahru Sentral Station.
Kuala Lipis Railway Station
Kuala Lipis Train Station is 700 metres walking distance from the Palace of Kuala Lipis.
About travel to Kuala Lipis
Shuttle services from Woodlands Train Check Point in Singapore to Johor Bahru Sentral Station run 12 times a day from 08.00 until 23.15. The journey takes 5 minutes and costs 5 SGD. There are no direct trains from Singapore to any destinations in Malaysia, other than Johor Bahru Sentral Station, so if you plan to travel from Singapore to Kuala Lipis by train your only option is to change trains in Johor Bahru Sentral Station.
If you are planning to travel from Singapore or Johor Bahru to Thailand along Malaysia’s east coast line the Kuala Lupis is a good point to break up a very long journey. The journey by train from Johor Bahru to Kuala Lipis is scheduled to take 10 hours 27 minutes and then from Kuala Lipis to Wakaf Bharu (the nearest passenger train station to Kota Bharu) the journey is scheduled to take a further 7 hours 8 minutes. Kuala Lipis is therefore approximately half-way between Johor Bahru and Kota Bharu. There are no connecting train services between Malaysia and Thailand on the east coast and your best option for onward travel to Thailand is take a public bus for the 90 minutes journey from Kota Bharu town centre to Rantau Panjang bus station, which is 100 metres from the border with Thailand. Once you enter into Thailand you can resume your journey by train from Sungai Kolok Railway Station, which is 1.4 km from the border. Trains depart daily at 11:30 and 14:20 from Sungai Kolok Railway Station headed northward to Bangkok via Hat Yai, Surat Thani, Chumphon and Hua Hin.