Updated: Apr 21, 2019
IKEA Tebrau, located in Taman Desa Tebrau of Johor Bahru, is right next to Aeon Tebrau City, about 14.5Km from Johor Bahru CIQ. The huge outlet offers a somewhat cheaper (but not all items, comparing the prices is a must) alternative to the two IKEA outlets in Singapore. Together with Aeon Mall and nearby Tesco Extra, they formed another shoppers’ heaven.
So, this post will effectively help you to get to 3 shopping places:
IKEA Tebrau (our primary focus)
Aeon Tebrau City
Tesco Extra Tebrau City
It is easier to get to IKEA Tebrau via Woodlands Checkpoint (a.k.a. 1st Link) from Singapore. After crossing the border, there are several ways to get there from JB Sentral without having to drive:
By IKEA's free shuttle bus - SERVICE WITHDRAWN!
By public buses
Travel by IKEA's Free Shuttle Bus (Decommissioned)
The best, easiest and cheapest way to get to IKEA Tebrau would have been to use IKEA's free shuttle bus. But the shuttle service had a 2- or 3- hour interval, which resulted in extremely few people using it. It was a matter of time before the service was scrapped!
IKEA Tebrau was opened in November 2017 and started the free shuttle service to ferry customers from Larkin and JB Sentral. But the service between Larkin and IKEA was halted in February 2018. In November 2018, the service between JB Sentral and IKEA was also terminated.
Alternative ways to get to IKEA will be to use public buses or Grab cars.
Travel by Public Buses
Take Bus 227 from the bus terminal below JB Sentral to IKEA Tebrau or Bus 66 from Larkin Bus Terminal.
Both services will make a stop at Aeon Tebrau City and the next stop will be at IKEA. However, the area around IKEA is all fenced up. So, it is easier to walk to IKEA by dropping at the bus stop at Aeon Mall Tebrau City than directly at IKEA. Board the bus and tell the bus driver you are going to "Tebrau City" or "Tesco". The fare should be around RM2.40.
If you are not sure where to alight from Bus 227 and Bus 66, here's a tip to help you:
Ensure you have Google Map app or Apple Map app installed on your mobile phone.
Locate and mark Aeon Tebrau City on the map app before you cross the border. This will allow the app to cache the map on your device before you go offline when travelling.
After boarding the bus service, launch the map app and show your own location on the map — don't worry, GPS location services do not use mobile data, you can keep your phone on Airplane mode.
The bus services will travel along Tebrau Highway. When the map or location indicator shows that you are nearing Aeon Mall, ring the bell and alight.
Walk up the slope behind the bus stop and you should be able to see the blue building of IKEA Tebrau towards your right.
Watch out for vehicles when crossing the roads.
Coming back? Use the overhead bridge to cross the highway and board the buses at the bus stop opposite Aeon Mall (or the bus stop where you alighted).
Check out all mentioned locations on Google Map.
Travel by Grab Service
Taking Grab's cab service may be a better option in terms of flexibility in timing and also saving the hassle of using buses. The fare to IKEA Tebrau should be around RM15 one-way from JB Sentral and RM21 coming back.
Local taxis will be around RM20-25 from the taxi booth below JB Sentral — the fare charged by the booth is fixed. However, coming back may be more than RM35 as it will be up to the taxi drivers to charge. In Malaysia, taxi drivers are known to rip-off Singaporeans and foreigners.
Well, fares quoted above are based on personal experience — which is why I don't use local taxis in Malaysia.
Make your trip more worthwhile: