WITH Hari Raya Aidilfitri just a couple of days away, bus tickets for routes heading north have been sold out at most counters in Pudu Sentral bus terminal.
Pancaran Matahari (M) Sdn Bhd salesman Sharil Rizan Baharin said tickets were sold out by the end of July.
“We have three additional buses heading north tomorrow and Saturday and all tickets were sold out,” he added.
Sani Express staff Nor Amalina said they had allocated 10 buses to meet demand of travellers heading north starting yesterday.
Mara Liner transportation director Ramly Sudin said the tickets to Johor Baru, Bandar Penawar, Malacca, Kuala Terengganu, Kedah and Alor Setar were all sold.
“There will be two buses travelling to these places from yesterday to Saturday except for Malacca where there will be four buses.
“The tickets for the additional buses on Aug 18 are still available.
“The safety of our passengers is top priority. We have two drivers for each bus,” he said.
A traveller, Muhammad Hafiz, 22, said he managed to get a ticket for Saturday heading to Teluk Intan, Perak at the Arwana Express counter.
“All the tickets are sold out at most counters but I was lucky to get one here,” he added.
Siti Nor Ayuni, 23, managed to get a ticket for Alor Setar at the Pudu Sentral bus terminal on Aug 8.
“I’m glad that I managed to get my ticket. I know it will be hard for me to get a ticket on peak days. That is why I have decided to leave a week earlier,” she added.
Meanwhile, the situation is pretty much the same at the Integrated South-Bandar Tasik Selatan Transport Terminal (TBS-BTS) as most of the bus tickets were snapped up.
Universiti Selangor student Farhana said she had bought a ticket for Batu Pahat, Johor before it was sold out.
According to one of the staff at TBS-BTS, return tickets were not sold at the moment.
“If there is a demand for more tickets, we may engage more bus drivers to operate. At the moment, there are very few bus tickets left for Batu Pahat, Muar and Pontian routes,” she said.
A BTS ticket seller said the passengers could choose to buy their bus tickets through the e-ticket counter.
However, tickets from Konsortium Transnasional Bhd can only be purchased from the ticket counters.
“We have already had a lot of passengers booking bus tickets since two weeks ago,” said another TBS-BTS staff member.
Tickets being sold at TBS-BTS are for Johor, Malacca and Singapore. Nevertheless, passengers can also buy tickets for Penang and Alor Setar but they have to board the buses at the Pudu Sentral.