Thomas Town Puteri Harbour
Tailored specifically to families, Thomas Town can be a fun-filled way to spend a day in Puteri Harbour—whether or not your kids are familiar with the park’s namesake Thomas the Tank Engine. Here you’ll find themed rides suitable for young children, such as Bertie the Bus, Harold’s Helitours, and the Colin Crane Drop, while daily live shows feature characters such as Bob the Builder, Barney the Dinosaur, and Pingu.
Thomas Town is located in southern Malaysia’s Puteri Harbour, an entertainment development just an hour by road from Singapore. The harbor complex pairs Thomas Town with the equally kid-friendly Hello Kitty Town and caters to families with a range of restaurants, accommodation options, and retail stores. Most travelers visit independently, either while traveling through Malaysia or on a day trip from Singapore. To avoid waiting in line, book tickets to Thomas Town online prior to your visit.
Things to Know Before You Go
The on-site McBunn Cafe offers both local and Western food options.
The gift shop sells a range of Thomas the Tank Engine merchandise.
Thomas Town is best suited to younger kids under the age of 8.
How to Get There
Puteri Harbour is located about 14 miles (22 kilometers) from Johor Bahru and 207 miles (333 kilometers) from Kuala Lumpur. While many travelers visit from nearby Singapore, it’s also possible to travel by bus from Johor Bahru Sentral station. Note that it’s not possible to take a taxi from Singapore, as they’re not permitted to cross the international border in either direction.
When to Get There
Thomas Town is typically open Wednesday through Monday from midmorning until evening, and also on Tuesdays during school and public holidays. Live shows take place several times a day; check the schedule upon arrival to avoid disappointment. Weekends and school holidays are particularly busy with domestic visitors, so aim for a weekday visit if possible.
Nearby Spots to Visit with Kids
LEGOLAND® Malaysia is another family-friendly destination just minutes away from Puteri Harbour, while Singapore is also a hot spot for theme parks and attractions geared at younger travelers. Located on Sentosa Island in Singapore, the indoor theme park KidZania is a simulation city in which children can learn from interactive experiences—kids can try out different professions, earn money in the form of KidZos, and explore the “city” with minimal input from adults. Aside from KidZania, Singapore’s elaborate zoo is a good option for children and adults alike.