The fastest way to get from Singapore to Kuala
Lumpur is by air, which including airport transfer takes
approximately three hours.
According to Hogg Robinson Group (HRG),
three is the magic number when corporates are choosing whether to
travel by air or rail.
HRG's research on traveller behaviour shows that
when travelling domestically for business, air beats rail as soon
as the rail journey is over three hours despite potential cost
With the upcoming proposed high-speed rail link
connecting Singapore and Kuala Lumpur slated to open by 2020,
travellers will have the option of travelling between the two
cities in a mere 90-minutes. So what does this mean for travel
between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur?
Cost vs. Time
Though the purported travel duration of this
high-speed rail is considerably lesser than a flight, there are
several factors to consider prior to jumping onto the train.
Greg James, General Manager, HRG Singapore, said, "The high-speed
rail link will, without a doubt, be a game-changer for business
travellers. However a range of other factors will come into play
when selecting the mode of travel. With this being the only rail
link connecting Singapore to Malaysia, factors such as train
timings and the flexibility of having 668 flights a week to Kuala
Lumpur at highly competitive prices will be influencing factors
when deciding upon method of travel."
In light of the survey results, Stewart Harvey -
Group Commercial Director at HRG said, "We have seen a noticeable
trend for clients to accept longer journey times. Travellers do
understand that they can get more work done on a train, but actual
cost and time savings aren't always clear. For example, a time
factor often overlooked when choosing travel arrangements is the
distance and time it takes to get from the train station to the
city centre or airport. Time equals money, so clients must make
sure that their travel policies reflect this for the total
door-to-door journey, rather than just the air or rail travel
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