If you’re driving or planning a road trip, you will need a Touch ‘n Go (TNG) card for the road charge at the immigration counter and expressway tolls.
Here’s a compiled list of places that sell TNG cards, how to get them, how to reload your card and how to avoid scams involving these cards!
TL;DR: What Is Touch ‘n Go Card, Where To Buy Touch ‘N Go Cards, How to Reload & Touch ‘N Go Scams
|Basic & Enhanced Touch 'n Go Cards||Price|
|Merchants in Malaysia||7 -Eleven|
Touch 'n Go Hubs
Touch 'n Go SPOTS
Touch ‘n Go Sales Counters at Highway
Selected Petronas petrol stations
Selected Caltex petrol stations
Selected Shell petrol stations
Selected LRT Stations
Check merchant listing here
|EzLink x Touch 'n Go Cards||Price|
|Convenience Stores||Selected 7-Eleven outlets|
Selected Cheers and Esso (Cheers) outlets
|$10 (with $3 load value in the EZ-Link purse)|
|EZ-link Official Store on Shopee||Link to Shopee||$10 (with no load value)|
SPC petrol stations
|$7 (with no load value)|
Click here to jump:
- What is TOUCH ‘n Go and what is it for
- Where to buy a Touch ‘n Go card
- How to reload a Touch ‘n Go card
- Touch ‘n Go scams
- Public transport to go to Malaysia
- Other payment methods on highway tolls
You can check the merchant listing by keying in the location and the state you’re at.
Note: Information is as of 11 April 2023 and may be subject to changes without prior notice.
Touch n’ Go Card & Usage
In 1997, Malaysian-based company Touch ‘n Go Sdn Bhd launched the Touch ‘n Go services on the Metramac Highway and PLUS Expressways in Malaysia.
To date, the company is the only Electronic Toll Collection operator for all highways.
It is also accepted as the Common Ticketing System for major public transport in Klang Valley.
There are different types of Touch ‘n Go cards, and what we’re sharing in this article is the Touch ‘n Go cards that are often used by Singaporeans.
The most common usage for a Touch ‘n Go card is to pay for highway tolls.
If you’re driving into Malaysia, you will need to pay an RM20 road charge at the immigration booth, which can only be paid using the Touch ‘n Go card.
Cash and credit cards are not accepted.
For paying the toll, you can enter the Touch ‘n Go lanes on highways and tap on the payment portal to pay the toll fee.
Touch ‘n Go Card Validity & Registration
You will need to register to activate your card.
The card has a 10-year validity and will remain active as long as you reload or use it at least once a year.
Once a card is deactivated, a dormant fee of RM5.30 will be charged immediately and deducted from the deposit or the unutilised card balance.
If a deactivated card continues to remain inactive, RM5.30 will be further deducted from the deposit or unutilised card balance once every 6 months.
Hence, if you’re not going to use the card anymore, you can return it to a Touch ‘n Go counter and get your unutilised card balance refunded (subject to the terms & conditions).
Enhanced Touch n’ Go Card
There is also a new generation Touch ‘n Go card.
The company called this the Enhanced Touch ‘n Go Card – it is supposedly easier to top-up credit via the Touch n’ Go e-wallet.
However, to reload the card, you will need a Near-Field Communication (NFC)-enabled smartphone and an Enhanced Touch ‘n Go card.
For those who have the e-wallet app, you can look for the option to order an Enhanced TNG Card – bear in mind that there is an RM5 shipping fee.
This option may only be suitable for those staying in Malaysia.
Users from Singapore can order the card but will need to send it to a Malaysian address.
If you’re staying in a hotel or Airbnb, you can check if your host could help you collect the card.
Ez-Link x Touch ‘n Go Motoring Card
Local company EZ-Link Pte Ltd and Touch ‘n Go Sdn. Bhd collaborated to launch the EZ-Link x Touch ‘n Go Motoring Card.
This card is a dual-currency cross-border contactless smart card designed primarily for Singapore motorists travelling to Malaysia.
This means that you can hold the Singapore dollars in the EZ-Link purse, and Malaysian Ringgit in the Touch ‘n Go purse.
In Singapore, the EZ-Link x Touch ‘n Go Motoring Card can be used to pay for checkpoint tolls, electronic road pricing (ERP), and carpark fees.
This card cannot be used for public transit and retail payments locally.
Note: Payment for ERP and checkpoint toll charges applicable to Singapore vehicles only.
In Malaysia, the EZ-Link x Touch ‘n Go Motoring Card can be used to pay for highway tolls, checkpoint toll charges, parking fees, bus fares, MRT fees as well as retail and dining acceptance points.
Thankfully, it is convenient to get your hands on this card as it’s sold in 7-Eleven and Cheers in Singapore (selected outlets for both).
It is also sold at Caltex, Sinopec, Shell and SPC petrol stations islandwide in Singapore, so when you are pumping your petrol, remember to get one!
Do note that you cannot load Ringgit on this card in Singapore, from Touch ‘n Go e-wallet app on your phone, or at 7-Eleven outlets in Malaysia.
For a quick summary, these are what you can and cannot do with the Ez-Link x Touch ‘n Go Motoring card:
|Toll charges||Yes (ERP)||Yes (VEP toll)|
|Public transportation fares (rail and bus)||No||Yes|
Lastly, this card is sold out across all sales channels for now.
How Much Value Can You Store in Your Touch ‘n Go Card?
You can store up to RM1,500 in your Touch ‘n Go Card, or your EZ-Link x TNG Card purse.
And if you’re an EZ-Link x TNG Card user, you can stash up to $500 in your EZ-Link purse.
Where To Buy a Touch ‘n Go Card
Mind you, there’s a Touch ‘n Go shortage…
But if you’d like to try your luck, you can visit these locations to try and purchase.
Singapore: After Tuas Checkpoint (Second Link Road)
The Touch ‘n Go card is available for sale only after Tuas Checkpoint.
Keep to the left if you are walking through the immigration counters – there are two lanes separated for immigration counters, keep a look out so you won’t miss the booth.
If the lines aren’t too long or you’re travelling alone, you can pull over to the side of the road and buy a Touch ‘n Go card or top it up at a vending machine.
They were also said to offer top-up services as well.
If they are really there, you may try getting it from them!
In Singapore: Carousell, Shopee & Lazada
This is good news for local Carousellers!
You can purchase a new or used Touch ‘n Go card in Singapore using the app.
There are also a few caveats to note if you purchased a used card:
- The validity of the card is 10 years, but if it’s not used for more than 365 days (or 1 year), it would be deactivated by Touch ‘n Go Sdn Bhd. Hence, you will not be able to use this card and can only get a refund from the office
- You cannot top-up or reload the Touch ‘n Go card in Singapore
- Make sure the card has a balance of at least RM20 to pay the road charge.
As such, you should always check BOTH the validity date printed on the card and the balance left in the Touch ‘n Go eWallet app.
You should also note that you cannot top-up or reload the card using the app.
For fuss-free option, you can check out Shopee and Lazada as there are wholesalers who have good reviews from customers.
In Singapore: 7-Eleven & Cheers
Do call these outlets before heading down physically!
Malaysia: Touch ‘n Go Spots, Touch ‘n Go Hub & Convenience Stores
In Malaysia: TOUCH ‘n Go Spots
You can find Touch ‘n Go spots at selected Malaysian petrol stations.
Rumour has it that Touch n’ Go cards are sold out in most places, hence you may have to drop by a few places to try getting one.
Note: The list of spots is updated as of 23 March 2022 according to PLUS Malaysia Berhad, the largest toll expressway operator in Malaysia.
In Malaysia: TOUCH ‘n Go Hub
For those staying in Kuala Lumpur, or who plan to visit, you can grab the Basic or Enhanced card from the Touch ‘n Go store at Nu Sentral.
This mall is located within KL Sentral Transportation Hub.
Otherwise, you can head over to selected partner retailers which are shown above.
In Malaysia: Convenience Stores, Petrol Stations & Rapid KL Light Rapid Transit (LRT) Kelana Jaya Line
The most ubiquitous convenience store would be 7-Eleven.
There are selected petrol stations where the cards are sold: BHPetrol and selected Petronas, Caltex and Shell Petrol Stations.
You can also use an online locator to check out all Touch ‘n Go merchants in Malaysia.
How to Reload Touch ‘n Go Cards
Unfortunately, you can’t recharge your Touch ‘n Go card in Singapore.
To add funds to your TNG purse, you must do so at authorised outlets and touchpoints located within Malaysia’s borders, such as those along highways.
For local top-ups, holders of the EZ-Link x Touch ‘n Go Motoring card can only recharge their EZ-Link purse in Singapore dollars. They cannot top up their TNG purse, which operates in Malaysian ringgit, while within Singapore’s territory.
This is extremely inconvenient especially for those who might not have realised your card has a low balance and are about to cross the border.
So, the main takeaway here is to ALWAYS ensure you have sufficient balance when you’re on Malaysia’s soil.
These cards can be reloaded at a number of places in Malaysia.
|Touch 'n Go Reload Locations|
|Touch 'n Go Customer Experience Centre (CEC)|
|Touch 'n Go Hubs|
|Touch 'n Go Spots|
|Customer Service Counters at selected Toll Plazas|
|Reload lanes at toll plazas on selected highways|
Here are some of the nearest reload locations upon entering from Singapore:
- Plaza Tol Tanjung Kupang
- Shel R&R Gelang Patah
- Petron R&R Gelang Patah
- Petronas Jalan Tun Sri Lanang
- Petron Jalan Tun Sri Lanang
- Shell Jalan Tun Sri Lanang
You can reload your card with RM10, RM20, RM35, RM50, RM100, RM200 and RM500.
The maximum reload value is capped at RM1,500 for safety purposes.
Always make sure you go through authorised partners only.
You risk having your card blacklisted if an illegal reload through unauthorised parties has been detected.
The card and its remaining balance will be forfeited and then forwarded to the authorities for investigation.
Touch ‘n Go card reloads actually have surcharges that are levied by their reload agents.
However, you’ll be happy to know that you can avoid the surcharge at Touch ‘n Go hub, Touch ‘n Go SPOTs that are located along major highways, Touch ‘n Go self-service kiosks, 99 Speedmart outlets, Watsons and Caring pharmacies.
As for the enhanced Touch ‘n Go card, there is no surcharge at all.
If you intend to top up at the Malaysia immigration, a recent experience by one driver suggested that the top-up machines there weren’t working.
He was also advised to borrow a Touch ‘n Go card from another driver.
It was only after he has passed the immigration on 2nd Link road that he was able to reload his EZlink-Touch ‘n Go card with ringgit in cash.
Reloading Using Touch ‘n Go eWallet
As mentioned above, you can top-up the Enhanced TNG card using the NFC technology on the Touch n’ Go e-wallet.
Once you’ve linked your card to the online wallet, you can reload it by holding it to the back of your phone for a few seconds and tapping a few buttons within the app (the app will prompt you).
The online reload works for most of the latest Apple and Android phones as they have this feature.
Before Driving in, Check These Things
A Malaysian driver also shared his recent experiences and noted some things regarding the card:
- Cards that are more than two years old would have expired
- Expired cards are no longer usable at Touch ‘n Go counters
- Touch ‘n Go cards are mostly sold out at petrol stations
- Singaporean vehicles require at least S$9.65 (RM30) on their cards to pay for road charges (RM20) and PLUS fees (RM2+)
- Only cashless payment modes like debit or credit cards are accepted for card top-ups and purchases (note: this is different from the anecdote above where the driver mentioned credit card was not accepted)
The point here is to make sure that you have cash in Ringgit.
Additionally, if you know someone who’s going into Malaysia via other means, you can approach them to get and top up the card for you in Malaysia.
Beware of Touch ‘n Go Scams
With so many scams around, it’s not surprising that scammers would turn to using the name of Touch ‘n Go.
Scammers are asking for personal and/or banking information such as your bank account number, OTP number, PIN number or password, by clicking on a link.
This is the official advice from Touch ‘n Go’s website. so stay vigilant!
Public Transport to Malaysia
If you’re a non-driver, things are different.
Cars are expensive, we get it.
PSA: The operations for the KTM train (or Shuttle Tebrau) between Singapore and Johor have just resumed.
For public transport, you can consider taking the following bus services from either Woodlands or Tuas Checkpoint.
|Singapore Bus Operators|
|160||Jurong East Interchange to JB Sentral Bus Terminal|
|170||Queen Street Terminal to Larkin Terminal|
|170X||Opposite Kranji MRT station to JB Sental Bus Terminal|
|950||Woodlands Temp Bus Interchange to Johor Bahru Checkpoint|
|TS1||Changi Airport to Johor Bahru CIQ via Woodlands Checkpoint|
|TS3||Marina Square to Johor Bahru CIQ via Woodlands Checkpoint|
|TS6||Buona Vista to Gelang Patah Sentral via Tuas Checkpoint|
|TS8||Resort World Sentosa to Johor Bahru CIQ via Woodlans Checkpoint|
|Malaysia Bus Operators|
|CW1||Larkin Sentral to Kranji MRT station|
|CW2||Larkin Sentral to Queenstreet Terminal|
|CW3||Perling Mall to Jurong East (from June 2022)|
|CW4||Pontian to Jurong East (from June 2022)|
|CW5||JB Customs to Newton Circus|
|CW6||Giant Nusa Bestari to Jurong East (from June 2022)|
|CW7||Tuas to CIQ second link|
Based on pre-COVID experiences, when I was heading back to Singapore, there were factory buses from the JB Checkpoint (in blue most of the time).
The transport fee was 2RM, and I was able to avoid the public transport line which was often, too long.
This could be an option to look out for when you’re there.
From September 2023: Five Highways Support Credit And Debit Card Payments
While this article is about the Touch ‘n Go cards, we still can’t hide our excitement about Malaysia’s plan to upgrade its payment systems!
As a first step towards the implementation, five highways will adopt an open payment system by September 2023, and this will allow drivers to use their credit and debit cards to pay for tolls.
The five highways that will support credit and debit card payments by September 2023 are:
|BESRAYA Expressway, Sungai Besi Expressway||Klang Valley region of Malaysia connecting University Putra Malaysia (UPM) Interchange to Kuala Lumpur Middle Ring Road 2 (MRR2) (North) Interchange near Pandan Jaya|
|New Pantai Expressway (NPE)||In Klang Valley region to give easier access from Subang Jaya and Bandar Sunway to Bangsar and Kuala Lumpur areas|
|Ampang-Kuala Lumpur Elevated Highway (AKLEH)||Connects Ampang (Selangor) and Kuala Lumpur
|Guthrie Corridor Expressway||In Klang Valley that connects Shah Alam to Rawang|
|Connects Perai on the mainland side of the state with Gelugor on the island, crossing the Penang Strait, in Penang|
If you’re looking to drive into JB, you will need to wait till Q3 2024 for the open payment system to work due to technical complexities.
Hopefully, this will ease the situation of Touch ‘n Go shortage and drivers’ experience of their cards expiring in the two years that border crossings were restricted due to the pandemic.
This will provide additional opportunities for e-Wallet providers to take part and put an end to Touch ‘n Go’s monopoly. Moreover, it will foster healthy competition among players in the industry and provide highway users with a wider range of options for paying tolls.
We will update this article when more information is released about this initiative.
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