The Pontian District is a district in southwest Johor, Malaysia. The name Pontian is also used in the names of two towns in the district, Pontian Besar and Pontian Kecil, of which the latter serves as its district capital.
By Bus - Maju bus number 96 runs every 15-30 minutes from 6.30am to 10pm from Johore Bahru's Larkin Sentral to Pontian Kecil. The return bus also runs every 15-30 minutes, from 5.00am to 8.30pm. All buses make multiple stops enroute, and all of them stop in the town of Pekan Nenas. The one-way fare between Larkin Sentral and Pontian Kecil is RM 5.40 and the return ticket costs RM 8.50. Causeway Link CW4 provides direct bus services between Singapore's Jurong East MRT station and Pontian Kecil via Gelang Patah, using the Malaysia–Singapore Second Link. The frequency from Pontian Kecil to Singapore is 6 direct buses a day and only 4 in the reverse direction. Maju runs four direct buses daily between Pontian Kecil and Kuala Lumpur's Pudu Sentral and Terminal Bersepadu Selatan.
By Taxi- RM 60 per-taxi for a maximum of four passengers from Larkin Bus & Taxi Terminal
There's a nice enough park along the foreshore, just to the west of the bus terminal, with a view of the Straits of Melaka. Several street vendors sell food and drink there on Saturday evening. You can also walk along the rock wall on the western side of the harbour.
I haven't seen any bars in Pontian except for one opposite the bus terminal that seems to be closed, but there are several Chinese restaurants along Jalan Delima 3 that seem good for a drink and a meal while looking over the Straits of Melaka.
Buses depart approximately hourly from the bus terminal to surrounding towns such as Kukup, Benut and Batu Pahat. Buses also depart less regularly for more distant west coast destinations like Melaka and Kuala Lumpur.
I'm told it takes approximately half an hour by taxi to reach Tanjung Piai National Park, the southernmost point of Malaysia, but wasn't able to try it on my trip.
Muzium Bugis is five or ten kilometres to the south of town, in Kampung Rambah. Follow the signs from Jalan Delima, then Jalan Kukup.