known as Bandar Maharani is the royal city and second largest city (after
Johor Bahru, the capital) of the state of
Johor, Malaysia, geopolitically
situated in Muar District in the region or area of Muar in northwestern
Johor, Malaysia. It is the main and
biggest town of the bigger entity region or area of the same name, Muar
which is sub-divided into the Muar district and the new Ledang district,
which was upgraded into a full-fledged district from the
Tangkak sub-district earlier.
District was formerly divided administratively into Muar (Bandar Maharani)
municipality and Ledang (Tangkak) township. Upon
upgrade of Tangkak sub-district to full-fledged
Ledang district, Bandar Maharani of Muar is now administered by Muar
Municipal Council (formerly South Muar Town Council, later Muar Town
Council) under the Muar District Office, while
Tangkak of Ledang is administered by Tangkak Town Council (formerly
North Muar Town Council) under the Ledang District Office.
also accessible via the North–South Expressway, Malaysia through the
Tangkak, Pagoh and
Bukit Gambir interchanges exits.
Sultan Ismail Bridge, the first bridge across the Muar River is the
landmark of the town, built in 1960 and completed in 1962 to replace old
ferry services in the 1960s.
The new Muar Second Bridge connecting Parit Bunga at the north and Sabak
Awor at the south across the river is part of the 13 km Muar Bypass
highway that was completed in 2005 is the latest landmark of the town. The
highway that traverses through the outskirts of the town has ease the
journey by diverting the traffic from Muar town.
Muar with status as an important trading and administrative town in the
state of Johor for both the colonial
British and the old Sultan's Johore State governments in the early days
has contributed in shaping the landscape of the town.
also express bus coaches to all the nearby towns and the major cities of
Malaysia including Kuala Lumpur,
Penang etc. and also
and Hat Yai (south
There are two bus stations in Muar; Hentian Maharani Bus Station and
Bentayan Express Bus Station (formerly Pagoh Bus Station).
Ferry services to Dumai, Sumatra,
is also available on regular basis, departing from the Custom Jetty. Muar
is the only district (besides the state capital
Johor Bahru) in Johor that has
its own Custom and Excise Duty Department office and checkpoint at its own
Traveling in town easily can be done by walking, or by taking a trishaw,
public bus and taxi.