Visit Johor Bahru - Best of Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru, commonly referred to as JB, is the southernmost city in Malaysia. One of the largest cities in the country, Johor Bahru tourism boasts of about 16 million tourists annually! Connected to Singapore by two bridges, it is calculated that over 3, 00,000 of the city’s residents work in Singapore. Bet this is information your Johor Bahru travel guide did not tell you! The same is the case with Singaporeans. Many of the country’s residents go to Johor Bahru to shop. Talk about loving thy neighbour!

Once known as a dirty, chaotic border town, Johor Bahru has completely turned around and in now known for its clean streets, bustling markets and malls and a booming economy. There are plenty of places to visit and things to do in Johor Bahru. The city has been the capital of the Sultanate of Johor since 1899. Hence you will find a couple of beautiful palaces in Johor Bahru.

If you are planning a trip to this vivacious city, here’s all the travel information you will need to plan a perfect Johor Bahru travel itinerary- from when to visit to where to stay to what to see.

Johor Bahru Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Johor Bahru tips for your visit

  • Time Zone: UTC/GMT +8 hours. No daylight saving time is observed.
  • Currency: The Currency operational in Malaysia is Ringgit
  • Electricity: Electrical sockets (outlets) in Malaysia are the "Type G " British BS-1363 type. If your appliance's plug doesn't match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter in order to plug in.
  • Internet: Some of the Internet providers in Malaysia are: TM Net, Maxis Broadband, Time Dotcom, etc.
  • Language: Malay is the predominant language spoken in Malaysia.
  • Emergency Contacts: Police & Ambulance : 999, Tourism Headquarters : 03-2693-5188
  • Tipping: Not mandatory, but appreciated.

Customs and Safety tips:

  • Do not kiss in public. Malaysians refrain from displaying any personal affection in public.
  • Beware of snatch thieves.
  • Avoid travelling alone at night, stay indoors instead.
  • Always take the RED taxis, the BLUE taxis are overpriced.
  • Do not drink tap water.
  • There are strict laws against the usage of drugs in Malaysia.
  • Remove your shoes before entering a Malaysian home, a temple or a Mosque.
  • Do convert most of your currency in Malaysia only, since the country does not allow a huge number of Ringgit in or out of country.

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Johor Bahru Tours for you

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Johor Bahru

  • Legoland Theme Park and Water Park 1 Day Combo E-Ticket (JB)
    Legoland Theme Park and Water Park 1 Day Combo E-Ticket (JB) New on TripHobo

    Duration: 8 Hrs

    Visit LEGOLAND Theme Park and Water Park in Iskandar Puteri (also known as Nusajaya), Johor, Malaysia.This will include a one...

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  • Legoland Water Park E-Ticket
    Legoland Water Park E-Ticket New on TripHobo

    Duration: 8 Hrs

    Visit LEGOLAND Water Park in Iskandar Puteri (also known as Nusajaya), Johor, Malaysia.This will include a one-day admission ...

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  • Laser Battle Experience in Johor Bahru
    Laser Battle Experience in Johor Bahru New on TripHobo

    Duration: 30 Mins

    With Laser BattleJohor Bahru, experience the real laser tag mode when you play with the highly visible and safe laser beam. I...

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  • Mini Kuso Trick Art Gallery Admission Ticket
    Mini Kuso Trick Art Gallery Admission Ticket New on TripHobo

    Duration: 2 Hrs

    A completely quirky and off the beaten path attraction, the Kuso Trick Art Gallery is the first destination for 3D trick art ...

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Facts and Stats for Johor Bahru*

  • Pollution Statistics in Johor Bahru

    Know the pollution level of Johor Bahru before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 64.58 (High)
    • Water Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 42.5 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 65 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 65 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 70.45 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 55 (Moderate)
  • Johor Bahru: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Johor Bahru for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Johor Bahru.

    • Burglary and Theft 64.29 (High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 62.34 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 60.58 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 70 (High)
    • Car Stealing 65.38 (High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 67.95 (High)
    • Attacks 52.88 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 50.32 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 53.9 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 27.6 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 42.63 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 38.46 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 67.86 (High)
  • Living in Johor Bahru - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Johor Bahru is 105.18 (Moderate)

    • Safety Index 40.41 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 63.92 (High)
    • Pollution Index 69.23 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 37.14 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 46.3 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 61.61 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 10.87 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 48.14 (Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Johor Bahru

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Johor Bahru

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.09 USD
    • International Movie per seat 4.26 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 25.57 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 71.41 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 67.74 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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