Singapore-KL high-speed rail: An interactive guide

Singapore and Malaysia have signed an agreement to construct a high-speed rail line that is slated to start by Dec 31, 2026.

The link will go across the Strait of Johor via a 25m-high bridge near the Second Link. It will cut travel time between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur to 90 minutes, compared with more than four hours by car. Read more

What to see and where to shop at each stop

Click or tap on the stations to learn more about the attractions at each location. Read more

 Preferred high-speed rail aligment
 North-South Expressway
 KTM line
 Preferred high-speed rail aligment
 North-South Expressway
 KTM line

The 350km high-speed rail line will have eight stations. Apart from Jurong East in Singapore, the other seven stops will be in Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Seremban, Ayer Keroh, Muar, Batu Pahat, and Iskandar Puteri. Most of the line - 335km of it - will be in Malaysia, with the remaining 15km in Singapore.

Clear customs only once, on departure

The Singapore and Malaysia Customs, Immigration & Quarantine (CIQ) facilities for the high-speed rail will be co-located at three locations: Kuala Lumpur, Iskandar Puteri and Singapore.

International-bound passengers will need to go through CIQ clearance by both Singapore and Malaysia authorities only at the point of departure, ensuring swift and seamless travel. Read more

3CUSTOMS, IMMIGRATION ANDQUARANTINE (CIQ) FACILITIESIN SINGAPORE, KUALA LUMPURAND ISKANDAR PUTERI

International and domestic services

Three services will ply along the dual-track line, which will be designed for a top speed of 350kmh.

There will be an express service between the two terminal stations - Jurong East in Singapore and the upcoming Bandar Malaysia development in Kuala Lumpur; a shorter shuttle service connecting Singapore and Iskandar Puteri in Johor; and a domestic service from Kuala Lumpur to Iskandar Puteri.

Both countries will call a joint tender for an international operator to run the non-stop service and shuttle service. Read more

SERVICES3OPERATORS2
Express serviceCIQ(Customs, Immigrationand Quarantine)CIQSINGAPOREKUALA LUMPUR (KL)SEREMBANPUTRAJAYAAYER KEROHISKANDAR PUTERIBATU PAHATMUAR
Shuttle serviceCIQCIQISKANDAR PUTERISINGAPOREKUALA LUMPUR (KL)SEREMBANPUTRAJAYAAYER KEROHBATU PAHATMUAR
KUALA LUMPUR (KL)Domestic serviceSEREMBANPUTRAJAYAAYER KEROHISKANDAR PUTERIBATU PAHATMUARCIQSINGAPORE

Who pays for what

The chosen service operators (both for international and domestic services) will:

  • Bear revenue risk
  • Pay train leasing fees to the assets company
  • Track access charges to LTA and MyHSR, who will funnel it to the assets company
  • Pay concession fees to LTA and MyHSR, to help cover the upfront costs of building infrastructure for the project

MyHSR and LTA will:

  • Take responsibility for developing, constructing and maintaining the civil infrastructure and stations within their own countries
  • Guarantee the amount received by the assets company by topping up any shortfall via availability payments, if the operator is in financial trouble and cannot pay the entire track access charge

Assets company

Singapore and Malaysia will jointly call a tender for a privately-financed assets company. It will:

  • Design, build, finance and maintain trains and rail assets such as power and signalling systems.
  • Oversee the scheduling of train services

COMPETITIVE BIDS AREEXPECTED… AND THEBEST ONE WILL BECHOSEN.PRIME MINISTER LEE HSIEN LOONG
LTA (SINGAPORE)ASSETS COMPANYMYHSR (MALAYSIA)Track access charges are paid to theauthorities for using the tracks andsystems, which in turn funnel theentire sum to the assets companyA concession fee is paidto the authorities to helpcover the upfront costs ofthe projectTrain lease feeis paid to assets companyfor use of trainsINTERNATIONALOPERATORExpress service/shuttle serviceDOMESTICOPERATORMalaysianserviceFare andnon-farerevenueFare andnon-farerevenue
LTA(SINGAPORE)INTERNATIONALOPERATORExpress service/shuttle serviceDOMESTICOPERATORMalaysianserviceASSETSCOMPANYMYHSR(MALAYSIA)Fare and non-farerevenueTrack access charges are paid to theauthorities for using the tracks and systems,which in turn funnel the entire sum to theassets companyA concession fee is paid to the authorities tohelp cover the upfront costs of the projectTrain lease fee is paid to assets company foruse of trains

Timeline

  • February 2013

    First discussions around the high-speed rail line at the Leaders’ Retreat.

  • December 2016

    Bilateral agreement on key issues signed by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. Read more

  • EARLY 2017

    Joint tender to be called for Joint Development Partner to give technical support on joint aspects of project, including interface and integration matters. Tenders for companies to provide and maintain rail assets, and to operate services, will be called at a later date.

  • End 2017

    Tender documents for the systems package - for the actual rail track and train carriages - will be issued.  Read more

  • End 2018

    Tenders to be reviewed after one year.

  • Dec 31, 2026

    Start of rail operations to begin by this date.

Source: SPAD, LTA