Singapore to Cameron Highlands

With ~560km between Singapore to Cameron Highlands in Pahang, this is still  journey that is doable by bus or car.

In reality though, the easiest and quickest way is to take a 1-hour flight to Ipoh (Sultan Azlan Shah Airport) which is unfortunately not close to any bus station!

So what are the options once you reach food-capital, Ipoh? We’ll discuss these in further detail below!

Contents in this guide:

  1. Private Car From Singapore To Cameron Highlands
  2. Self-drive From Singapore To Cameron Highlands
  3. Bus From Singapore To Cameron Highlands
  4. Flight From Singapore To Cameron Highlands
  5. Travel Tips to Cameron Highlands
  6. Frequently Asked Questions

1. Private Car From Singapore To Cameron Highlands

It’s straining drive of 7 hours to get from Singapore to Cameron Highlands!

Even if you wanted to take a private car service, it would be very expensive and not too many operators offer this route!

Instead, you’re better off taking a flight to Ipoh – it takes less than an hour! See the next section on taking a flight from Singapore to Ipoh!

2. Self-drive From Singapore To Cameron Highlands

You’ll need to have ample time to fully enjoy an ambitious road trip from Singapore to Cameron Highlands.

There are basically 2 routes you can choose:

If you just want to get to Cameron Highlands as quickly as possible, then Route 1 is your best bet!

Driving Up To Cameron Highlands
Driving Up To Cameron Highlands

However if you have time for sightseeing, you can opt for Route 2. You might even get to stop at a durian orchard along the way if it’s durian season (Mid-July to mid-September)!

2.1. Route 1:

Take the North-South Express highway (AH2/ E1) all the way until the Tapah Toll.

Average Travelling Time: 7-8hrs

Total distance: About 563km

Toll Fee: About RM63.90

2.2. Route 2:

Take the North-South Express (AH2/ E2)  but to Bentong, followed by Raub and up to Cameron Highlands!

Average Travelling Time: 8-9hrs

Total distance: About 592km

3. Coach From Singapore To Cameron Highlands

Buses are the cheapest way to go from Singapore To Cameron Highlands! And there are services to Cameron Highlands every single day!

But as with most buses, it somehow takes longer to cover that same 576km than driving would.

Starmart Express Bus

You can expect to be on the road for 8 to 9 hours depending on the traffic that day.

Bus Operators Pick Up Point Drop Off Point
Starmart Express Golden Mile Tower / Boon Lay Shopping Centre Brinchang
Copthorne Hotel
Cameron Highlands Resort
De La Ferns Cameron Highlands
Heritage Hotel Cameron Highlands
Strawberry Park Resort
Tanah Rata
The One Travel & Tours The Plaza Brinchang
Copthorne Hotel
Heritage Hotel Cameron Highlands
Strawberry Park Resort

Bus tickets are priced between SGD $46.50 to $55.00 for a one-way trip.

Book a bus from Singapore to Cameron Highlands through easybook.

Tip: Bring a jacket, water bottle and snacks onboard if you’re taking a bus!

Average Travelling Time: 9hrs

Tanah Rata Bus Terminal At Cameron Highlands
Tanah Rata Bus Terminal At Cameron Highlands

Pros Of Taking A Bus From Singapore To Cameron Highlands:

  1. Get an overnight bus and sleep on the way
  2. You don’t have to drive
  3. Comfortable seats
  4. Most economical mode of transport

Cons Of Taking A Bus From Singapore To Cameron Highlands:

  1. Not suitable for kids! How are you going to entertain them for 8 hours?
  2. May be an uncomfortably long journey for the elderly
  3. Longest travel time
  4. No refunds if you miss the bus!
  5. If you’re tall, you might not have enough leg room

4. Flight From Singapore To Cameron Highlands

Cameron Highlands doesn’t have an airport. So there are no direct flights here from Singapore!

The alternative is to fly in from Singapore to either Ipoh or Kuala Lumpur and then take a bus to Cameron Highlands from Ipoh or Kuala Lumpur!

4.1. Flight From Singapore To Kuala Lumpur

Step 1: Singapore To Kuala Lumpur (Flight)

Flights from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur are very regular (almost hourly) every day but the cheaper flights under RM300 tend to be in the morning!

Airasia Flight

Popular airlines: Jetstar, Scoot and AirAsia

Duration: About 1 hour

Price range: RM150 – 400

Step 2: Kuala Lumpur To Cameron Highlands (Bus)

A bus ride from Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highlands can take 4 hours. Or more if traffic is heavy in Kuala Lumpur.

Buses are available from TBS (Terminal Bersepadu Selatan) from 8:30am to 5pm everyday with 2-hour intervals or so.

Bus Terminal Bersepadu Selatan
Bus Terminal Bersepadu Selatan

Average Travelling Time: 4hrs

Total distance: About 200km

Price range (one-way): RM22-35 (Adult), RM11.20 -35 (Kids)

Bus Operators From Kuala Lumpur To Cameron Highlands:

There are 5 bus operators in total with Pahang Lin Siong Motor Co Bhd being the cheapest!

Bus Operators To Cameron Highlands From Ipoh
Bus Operators Pick Up Point Drop Off Point
Unititi Express TBS (Terminal Bersepadu Selatan) Tanah Rata Bus Terminal
Perak Transit TBS (Terminal Bersepadu Selatan) Tanah Rata Bus Terminal
CS Travel TBS (Terminal Bersepadu Selatan) Tanah Rata Bus Terminal
Star Qistna Express TBS (Terminal Bersepadu Selatan) Tanah Rata Bus Terminal
Pahang Lin Siong Motor Co Bhd Jalan Pekeliling (KL) Cameron Highlands

Book a bus from Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highlands via easybook.

Read also: How To Get To Cameron Highlands From Kuala Lumpur

4.2. Flight From Singapore To Ipoh

Step 1: Singapore To Ipoh (Flight)

There are typically only 3 flights per day from Singapore to Ipoh – morning, midday and afternoon.

Ipoh Airport (Sultan Azlan Shah Airport)
Ipoh Airport (Sultan Azlan Shah Airport)

Airlines: Scoot or AirAsia

Flight duration: About 1 hour

Price range: RM200-300

Step 2: Ipoh To Cameron Highlands

You can hire a private tour service (like RayTheTour) to take your whole group up to Cameron Highlands straight from the Ipoh airport!

A private tour service assures that everyone in your travel group will be able to conserve all their energy for exploring Cameron Highlands!

And you’ll have ample legroom and luggage space for everyone!

Average Travelling Time: 2 hours minimum (Ipoh to Cameron Highlands)

Pros Of Taking A Private Tour Service From Singapore To Cameron Highlands:

  1. An experienced guide to plan the itinerary and give you local insight on the food, history and attractions
  2. Flexible itinerary – want to stay longer in Ipoh before heading up? No problem!
  3. You can sleep on the way
  4. You don’t have to drive
  5. Comfortable
  6. Choose your own departure point and pick-up time

Cons Of Taking A Private Tour Service From Singapore To Cameron Highlands:

  1. Expensive for solo travelers

So what is the more affordable option?

From Sultan Azlan Shah Airport, take a Grab to AmanJaya Bus Terminal to catch a bus from Ipoh to Cameron Highlands!

AmanJaya Bus Terminal
AmanJaya Bus Terminal at Ipoh – photo credits to thestar.com.my

It’s a ~20-minute drive from the south to north side of Ipoh where the bus terminal is!

Note: The journey from Ipoh to Cameron Highlands is shorter by 2 hours compared to taking a bus from Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highlands (4 hours)!

Bus operator, Unititi runs services from Ipoh to Cameron Highlands daily at least 3 times a day.

Unititi Express Bus From Penang To Cameron Highlands
Unititi Express Bus To Cameron Highlands

Usually at 11am and twice around 4pm – This may not coincide nicely with your flight arrival time! Or give you much room for potential flight delays!

Average Travelling Time: 2 hours

Total distance: About 90km

Price (one-way): RM20 per adults or kid.

Departure point: Amanjaya Bus Terminal, Ipoh

Arrival point: Tanah Rata Bus Terminal, Cameron Highlands

Read more: How To Get To Cameron Highlands From Penang

5. Travel Tips to Cameron Highlands

Read these handy tips before you book your trip!

5.1. Best Time To Visit Cameron Highlands

The average temperature in Cameron Highlands is between 14℃ to 28℃.

Between December and February, some places are even down to 10℃!

It rains a lot in Cameron Highlands:

  • Especially during the monsoon months of September to November
  • The dry season is between January and February. As well as June to July.

To avoid crowds and traffic congestion:

  • Avoid going during a weekend, public holiday or school holiday.
  • Cameron Highlands tends to be less crowded after a public holiday has ended!

If you want to have a look at Brinching Night Market, arrange your Cameron Highlands trip over a weekend night!

Brinchang Night Market
Brinchang Night Market – photo credits to maia_bow (Instagram)

5.2. How Long Should You Stay In Cameron Highlands

If you’re making the journey all the way from Singapore, you should stay at least 2 nights to better appreciate Cameron Highlands!

5.3. What Can You Do In Cameron Highlands

Mostly everything is outdoors – hiking and visiting a Cameron Highlands tea plantation, farms, an orang asli village, gardens, waterfalls, etc.

Tea house at the Boh Tea Plantation, Cameron Highlands
Tea house at the Boh Tea Plantation, Cameron Highlands

But there are some indoor activities like enjoying a British cream tea set, sharing a steamboat dinner with friends and family. Or making a stop at the Time Tunnel museum!

And definitely some fresh food and souvenir shopping!

More details on places to visit in Cameron Highlands.

Read more:

5.4. Can You Explore Cameron Highlands On Foot?

It’s not possible to see all of Cameron Highlands by walking:

  • It not a flat surface most of the time
  • It’s dangerous with no designated pedistrian walkways once you are out of the towns
  • Most of the attractions are not within walking distance of each other!

5.5. Public Transport In Cameron Highlands

Public transport is very limited:

  • The bus is irregular and not punctual.
  • Tanah Rata bus terminal is the sole bus terminal in Cameron Highlands.

Taxis are pricey as they charge something like RM30/hour and you can only get them in Brinchang and Tanah Rata.

FAQ For Singapore To Cameron Highlands

Q1: How far is it to drive to Cameron Highlands from Singapore?

A1: ~7 hours’ drive away from Singapore.

Q2: When should I visit Cameron Highlands?

A2: For less rain, avoid the monsoon season around November. For less crowds, avoid the weekends, school holidays and public holidays (for Malaysia and Singapore).

Q3: How dangerous is the drive up to Cameron Highlands?

A3: The old road (via Tapah) is especially prone to landslides during the rainy season. Heavy vehicles are another hazard and cause the road to be uneven. Sharp bends require you to honk to warn others.

Q4: What is the nearest city to Cameron Highlands?

A4: 90km away from Cameron Highlands, is Ipoh.

Q5: How should I prepare for Cameron Highlands?

A5: Long trousers, socks, comfortable shoes and a sweater or jacket are necessary during the night. Trekking shoes and a rain parka will help you prepare for a jungle hike.

Read also: 15 Best Hotels In Cameron Highlands

Conclusion

Your time allowance and budget play a crucial role in selecting a suitable transport mode in Cameron Highlands.

We’ve already done part of the work for you in this post. Just be sure to read each section so you can see which suits you best!

Which transport mode will you be taking from Singapore to Cameron Highlands?

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