I was sad to discover from Yun Qing’s blog that the night train from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore is no longer available to travelers in the region.
I used this train while visiting Malaysia and Singapore a while back. Thinking about the train from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore makes me smile. It was one of those bitter-sweet travel memories where not everything went according to plan.
Why we used the night train from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore
During this trip, we visited Penang and then spent a few days in Kuala Lumpur. Singapore, one of my favorite cities in the world, was our next destination. After considering the various transport options, we had decided that the night train from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore would be the best choice for us. The one significant advantage of the night train was that it saved us from booking a hotel room and we would waste no time traveling – what could be better than going to sleep in one country and waking up in your next destination the next morning?
Being told disappointing news
We checked out of our hotel the morning and spent a day sightseeing in Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia is a country with high temperatures. By the end of the day when we made our way to the KL Sentral Station, we were not only tired but also hot and sweaty. We were looking forward to our premier class cabin on the train. We had booked premier class which had been affordable, even considering our weak currency. According to our research, our cabin would have a small bathroom with a shower, toilet and a basin. I was looking forward to having a lovely shower and feeling refreshed for the rest of our journey to Singapore.
This was not meant to be.
As we were waiting at KL Sentral Station, the customer services announced that there would be no premier class carriage with the night train. All premier class passengers’ tickets would change to economy class. We would get a refund for the price differences once they arrive in Singapore.
When we had done our research before our trip, the premier cabins had showers. The economy class carriage had no showers, just toilets. I was disappointed.
There was not much we could do. We decided to just use the economy class tickets.
How it turned out
Apart from not having a shower, everything was comfortable and clean. We had bunk beds with curtains.
Our beds were comfortable and a while after leaving Kuala Lumpur, the conductor switched the lights off and we tried to sleep.
We stopped at a few places along the way. People boarded and left each time. As I am a light sleeper, these movements woke me up a few times. My partner, a deep sleeper, slept through to Singapore.
We arrived in Singapore at the Woodlands Train Checkpoint early the next morning, took a train to our hotel and still had the full day left to explore this beautiful city. It still worked out perfectly!
How did we find the overall experience?
Overall, using the night train from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore was a pleasant experience. Given a chance, I would have used it again, so I am sad that travelers between these two countries can no longer use this as a transport choice.
Have you ever used the night train from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore? Or have you used other transport options between these two cities? Share your experience in the comments!