SINGAPORE: Both Malaysia and Singapore will have a series of long weekends this year, which means more people will be taking advantage of the breaks to travel.

There will be eight long weekends (holidays either falling on a Friday or Monday) for Malaysia and six for Singapore.

Tickets for Malaysia-bound buses are already in high demand, despite the three-fold increase in prices during the Chinese New Year period.

According to the Express and Excursion Bus Association, 12 express bus operators had raised fares to between S$90 and S$150 (RM275 and RM460).

Tickets for Feb 5, which is the Friday before the long Chinese New Year weekend, are already sold out, while 80% of the tickets for Feb 6 have been sold, the association said.