Exit the North-South Expressway (PLUS) via Air Hitam/Yong Peng (if coming from the south) or Tangkak/Pagoh (if coming from the north) and follow the signs to Batu Pahat.
Average journey times (via Expressway):
There is no local train station. The nearest train station is in the nearby town of Kluang, which is about an hour away.
There are many major bus lines that run to Batu Pahat from many major cities including Kuala Lumpur (via TBS Southern Bus Station), Johor Bahru (via Larkin Station), Kuala Terengganu, Ipoh, and Kuantan.
From Singapore: From SIN Changi Airport, take the TS1 Bus ( http://www.regentstar.travel/crossborder/ ) for SG $10 which will take you to Singapore Woodlands CIQ (immigration). Pass through immigration (which can be slow on Friday's due to weekly migrant workers), take the SBS 170/160 bus (follow the crowd), and pay $1 to board, which will take you to Malaysia Johor CIQ. After passing through immigration, hop back on the 170, which will take you to Larkin Bus Station in Johor Malaysia.
From Johor: Take a bus to Batu Pahat bus station. Ask any of the agents in Johor Larkin Bus Station (just say "Batu Pahat") and they'll direct you to the right place. It should be RM $10.
Generally, if you're at any of the major bus stations, and say the place you want to go, eg. "Batu Pahat" they'll direct you the right way. The bus station may look super chaotic with 40+ private bus lines, but the people there are helpful. Busses run approx every hour (sometimes every 30 mins). Look at the front of the bus for the sign, and when boarding the bus, confirm w/ the driver (just say "Batu Pahat"). Note that when you're at immigration, the bus will not wait for you. Just find the next bus of the same company/destination that comes.
On your return from Batu Pahat to Johor/Singapore, take Causeway Link bus line, or S&S from Batu Pahat Bus Station to Johore Larkin Bus Station. The Batu Pahat bus station has 2 aisles of busses next to each other, so make sure you find the one that has busses to Johor Larkin. From Johor Larkin Bus Station, buy a ticket for RM 4 for Singapore Johore Express (SJE) which has regular bus service, and will take you from Johor Larkin to Johor CIQ, to Singapore Woodlands CIQ, and then on to Queen Street bus station in Singapore downtown by Bugis MRT station.
The best way to get around is by car or taxi. There are several one-way roads so be wary and keep a look out for the roadsigns.
Cars are pretty chaotic here, especially for travelers more familiar with western countries. Driving might not be recommended unless you really want to drive on your own.
The main local bus terminal is in the town centre next to the intercity bus terminal. Stage buses take you to the surrounding suburbs and are fairly cheap.
Check out the famous Batu Pahat roundabout with the 100 year old tree.
Man made recreation lake very popular with the locals. The nearby park is filled with locals relaxing and exercising
The showpiece of the city with it's unmistakable landmark (hammer, chisel and stone). The surrounding recreational park is also very popular with the locals. Easily seen from the mainroad of Jalan Rahmat, opposite the main Police Station.
Built around the town's famous Merdeka Lake, the waterpark spreads over a 44-acre landscaped park. It is on the outskirts of the town centre (about 20 mins drive). It is the only waterpark in Johor. Opening hours: Weekdays - 1PM to 7PM Weekends, public & school holidays - 10AM to 7PM. Closed on Tuesdays except for public & school holidays.
Admission: Weekdays & Weekends - RM1O (adult) & RM5 (child). Child rate applies for children aged 3 -12 years.
Facilities: Fast food outlet, gift shop, car park
Information: Tel: 607-434 6060 Fax: 607-433 6161 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Organic farm with goats, baby goats, goat feeding and petting, lots of other farm animals, etc. Quite nice, expect to spend RM60+, and go during the 3x/day goat feeding.
Batu Pahat city is one shopping paradise which offers more value for your money, compared to other cities in Malaysia due to its lower cost of living.
- A shopping complex, established in 1996, is popular among townfolks and also attracting Singaporean tourists for a stop-over shopping day tour on the weekends. Batu Pahat city 1st cinema company, GSC cinema is operated inside the shopping mall. Now the management of The Summit plans to build a 10 storey new wing for this shopping mall to compete with others new shopping mall which they set their business rapidly through out this 2 years.
- In September 2006, the French retail giant Carrefour invested a total of RM90 million to set up its latest chain of hypermarkets in Taman Flora Utama. This is the second Carrefour to be built in Johor, and the tenth in Malaysia.
- The Taman Flora Utama township grown rapidly and a new shopping mall, Square One is just beside Carrefour will be opened in coming December 2008. Batu Pahat city's 3rd cinema company, 2nd cineplex (biggest in Batu Pahat), MBO cinemaplex will operate inside the shopping mall. There are 8 theatres in the cineplex.
- Inside Square One Shopping Mall.
- Located at Jalan Rahmat, Jalan Jenang and Taman Bukit Pasir.
- Batu Pahat's first McDonald Drive Thru Restaurant was opened in 1 December 2008.
- In January 2007, Batu Pahat Mall, a new hypermarket retail development, opened along the now burgeoning Jalan Kluang. This raised the profile of the surrounding area from a once squalid area of workshops, textile and apparel manufacturing to that of a commercial and retail area 4km away from the city centre. Batu Pahat city 2nd cinema company, 1st cineplex, Big Box cineplex is operated inside the shopping mall since December 2008. There are 7 theaters in the cineplex!
- Located at Jalan Rugayah and in The Summit.
- Located in Batu Pahat Mall.
- Located at Jalan Rugayah.
- Opened at 30 June 2011, located at Jalan Ampuan intersect with Jalan Zamrud,(Taman Soga).
These famous night markets are a must to any visitor. Every night, stalls are set up along a small road selling all sorts from food, clothes, toys and shoes. The markets take place at a different location every day on a rotating basis.
Colonial shophouses famous for it's textile goods and goldsmiths. Bargain suitcases, luggage and travel bag can be purchased here.
Batu Pahat is fabulous for its food.
Coffee shops There are a few coffee shops selling delicious teatime cakes, toasts, half-boiled eggs and desserts.
very famous among the locals. Small little shophouse beside the OCBC Bank.
a stall located at the hawker centre behind old Cheng Siu primary school (along Jalan Abu Bakar). The current hawker took over the business from his parents and has been around for more than 20 years. Its a pity that none of his offsprings are interested in taking over the old man's business.
- One of the first 3 star hotels.
- 4 star hotel. More famous for the recent exploits of a local politician!
Biz Hotel, Taman Maju. The latest Budget Hotel Concept. Visit [www.1malaysiabudgethotels.com] for more details.