How to Survive ‘Balik Kampung’ with CatchThatBus

The festive season is here! Lemang, rendang, ketupat, lontong, and various kuih raya are calling your name (besides threatening your waistline). But first thing first, let us get home safely into the embrace of our loved ones and enjoy the joyous celebration together.

We know that the long drive in the dreadful traffic jams dampens your festive mood, especially when you are enduring the scorching heat and fluctuating weather without anything to drink and eat. Besides, why drive when you can snooze away on the plush and comfy seat in a fully air-conditioned bus?

To make your balik kampung journey a pleasant one, we have few tips when travelling back by bus 🙂

  • Buy your tickets beforehand and don’t leave them to chance since everybody is travelling, too. In today’s world, you can just check and book the tickets online on websites like and its mobile app is very convenient for this purpose without charging you any extra or hidden costs. Alternatively, you may head over to your nearest bus terminal. Remember, everybody is travelling so only limited seats are still available.
  • Keep your tickets in a safe and familiar place to avoid last minute panic for lost tickets. If you’ve booked and bought the tickets in advance, have them printed out to avoid queues and delays when travelling during these peak periods.
  • Arrive at least one hour early for your trip especially if you need to print or collect your boarding pass for trips from terminals like Terminal Bersepadu Selatan. It’s highly recommended to arrive one to two hours earlier at TBS as over 14,000 passengers are expected to be travelling daily from the venue. Queues will be extra long, so preparation is key!
  • Avoid unnecessary stress; expect delays when you’re travelling especially if the time of your trip is scheduled later in the day, in the afternoon, or the evening. Buses will normally depart on time in the morning, but due to heavy traffic, the second or third run of the buses will often be delayed, unintentionally, by several hours.
  • Make sure to take a comfort break or limit water intake before travelling as heavy traffic may make it longer than expected to get to rest stops on the highway or along the travel route. Also, if you’re fasting, bring along a light snack to buka puasa just in case your bus is stuck in the bad traffic along the way.
  • There will be limited or no bus trips on the first and second day of Raya (6 & 7 July 2016). Drivers need to celebrate with their loved ones, too; hence, you may need to find alternative travel options if you’re planning to travel on those days.
  • In your excitement to balik kampung, don’t forget to book your return tickets early, preferably before Hari Raya arrives. Most people are expected to travel back on Sunday, 9 July 2016; so, if you don’t want to be stranded and miss your first day returning to work after the festive season, you need to book the tickets early. Do this at your convenience on or its mobile app.
  • Keep calm, and be considerate of your fellow travellers, drivers, and counter agents. Although we all love the holidays and are extremely anxious to get home, remember that everyone is equally stressed out with the crowd, delays, and so on. Embrace the spirit of Ramadhan and be patient. Let’s all do our parts to make sure everyone feels the spirit of Aidilfitri!

Wishing everyone a joyous Hari Raya from all of us at CatchThatBus. Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and maaf zahir batin!

Author: admin

The admin of CatchThatBus blog is a travel junky who loves travelling.