Johor Bahru is the second-largest city in Malaysia. Just over the causeway from Singapore, Johor Bahru is an important manufacturing and business hub for Malaysia and a major starting point for travel to the northern part of the country. The city is served by both Senai International Airport and, across the border, Singapore's Changi Airport, and is linked to its neighbors via several arterial roads and sea ports. Many Singaporeans come to Johor Bahru to find a bargain. As an important manufacturing hub for the region it can offer goods much cheaper than can neighboring Singapore and there are several large malls in Johor Bahru and its surrounding suburbs that cater to travel shoppers.
Johor is accessible via the North-South Expressway and also by train. There are frequent express bus services available running from the north, through Johor to Singapore. Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and Air Asia operates flights from the capital Kuala Lumpur and other destinations to the Sultan Ismail Airport in Senai. Airport limousine services, airport coach services as well as car rental services are available at the airport.
Ferry services are available from Changi Point in Singapore to Tanjung Belungkor near Desaru, the Stulang Duty Free Trade Zone Ferry Terminal near Johor Bahru or the Kukup Ferry Terminal. There is also a high-speed ferry service direct from Tanah Merah ferry terminal to Sebana Resort and Marina.
The Johor Port Authority operates the Tanjung Belungkor Ferry Terminal situated 15 nautical miles by sea or 115km by road from Johor Bahru city at the southern tip of Peninsular Malaysia. The Tanjung Belungkor Ferry Terminal operates a ferry service that links it with its sister terminal in Changi Singapore.
It offers an alternative entry point from neighbouring countries to the magnificent tourist areas of Desaru, Kota Tinggi Waterfall and Sibu Island in the southern region of Peninsular Malaysia. In addition, this terminal also fosters closer relationships between the regions of Singapore, Johor and the Indonesian Islands of Riau (SIJORI). The Ferry Terminal organizes its Annual Ria Carnival usually in August/September every year. Sea sports and community-related activities are held and entertainment programmes are also organized.
In 2004, the Tanjung Belungkor Ferry Terminal was awarded the “International Award For Tourist, Hotel and Catering Industry by the Editorial Office in Madrid, Spain. This award signifies international recognition of its contribution to the tourism industry particularly between Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. In 2005, the Business Initiative Directions in Geneva, Switzerland awarded the Ferry Terminal the Century International Quality Era Award, in the Gold Category, for its commitment to leadership, information technology and quality services. The Terminal has also been certified to be in compliance with the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS) as required by the International Maritime Organisation. Getting around Johor is relatively easy as it is well served by a good network of roads. Public transportation is plentiful.