Moving from Malaysia to Singapore - What to Consider

Malaysia and Singapore are nearby geographically, which allows many people to come and go between both countries. It is not uncommon for Malaysians to work in the Singaporean city state, however, the commute can add tiring overtime to your job. If you are thinking of moving from Malaysia to Singapore, here are a few things to keep in mind.


The relatively short distance that separates Malaysia from Singapore might make it seem as though you are simply going to a different neighbourhood. It is, of course, more complicated than that. Firstly, crossing the border at traffic peak times can make even the calmest person despair. Not to mention that all the time commuting could be better spent. Although the cost of living in Malaysia is generally lower than in Singapore, the time you can gain by moving to Singapore can be invaluable, translating to quality time with your loved ones.


Singapore is known for its safety and cleanliness, so most neighbourhoods will feel welcoming to expats. You should, however, expect higher rent costs and less living space. The great advantage of living in this city is that it is relatively small and easy to get around in.


Having your own car is more expensive in Singapore. Vehicles are heavily taxed, so it is much better to use public transport and rideshare taxi services. For the most part, trains and buses are well organised and affordable and there are plenty of communal bicycles located throughout the city. If you live in a private condo far from the centre of the city, you can usually take shuttle buses that service these areas. Keep in mind that if you wish to drive, you will need to obtain a Singaporean driver’s licence after 12 months of living in the city.

For those who enjoy an active lifestyle, you can ditch public transport in Singapore’s CBD because you can walk just about everywhere or use the public bikes. Drivers are very respectful of pedestrians and cyclists, so you will not fear for your life on the road like in some big cities around the world. Bear in mind that jaywalking is frowned upon and you may well receive a fine.

Quick Visits

One of the biggest advantages of moving from Malaysia to Singapore is if you start feeling homesick, you can always go to Malaysia for a quick visit. It is no secret that many retail items are cheaper on the other side of the border, so you can take advantage of the trip to do stock up on some necessities while you are visiting family.

Overall, Singapore really is a wonderful city with many job opportunities for expats and many Malaysians choose to make it their home. Once you have made the decision of moving from Malaysia to Singapore, give the Allied Pickfords team a call and we will take care of the heavy lifting.

So when you’re ready to make the move to or from Malaysia, come to Allied Pickfords and we’ll get your belongings there safely, on time and at an affordable price.


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