The 77km Senai-Desaru Expressway (SDE) is an expressway in Johor that connects Senai in western Johor to Desaru in eastern Johor. It is the main connector from the east to the west of Johor. The expressway alignment traverses through Senai, Ulu Tiram, Layang Reservoir, Pasir Gudang and Penawar/Desaru.

Senai-Desaru Expressway (SDE) Map
Senai-Desaru Expressway (SDE), View larger version

The Senai-Desaru Expressway is the third east-west-oriented expressway in the Iskandar Malaysia area after the Pasir Gudang Highway and the Pontian-Johor Bahru Link of the Second Link Expressway.

With a new crossing over the Johor River, when opened on June 10, 2011, it shortened travel time from Senai to Desaru from 2.5 hours to one hour.

Overview of Senai-Desaru Expressway (SDE)

The works for this project involves the engineering and construction of 6 interchanges, 1 intersection, 4 toll plazas, 2 Rest & Service Areas and also the landmark bridge across Sg Johor.


The tolled expressway is a combination of a four-lane dual carriageway (Senai-Cahaya Baru section) and a two-lane single carriageway (Cahaya Baru-Penawar section), which improves road connection between western and eastern Johor.

Utama Senai Interchange
Utama Senai Interchange
Bandar Senai Interchange
Bandar Senai Interchange

The Senai-Desaru Expressway is an alternative route to Desaru Beach, instead of Federal Route 3 and 92 from Johor Bahru and Singapore.

The highway has become the main access road to Desaru from North-South Expressway (PLUS) Southern Route E2 and a major road link to Senai International Airport from Kota Tinggi and eastern parts of Johor.

Ulu Tiram Interchange
Ulu Tiram Interchange
Cahaya Baru Interchange
Cahaya Baru Interchange

The construction of the road included the 1.7 kilometre Sungai Johor-SDE Bridge, the longest single plane cable stayed bridge in Malaysia across Johor River, which became the longest river bridge in Malaysia after Raja Pemaisuri Bainun Bridge (Sungai Dinding Bridge) in Perak.

Pasir Gudang Interchange
Pasir Gudang Interchange
Penawar Interchange
Penawar Interchange

The section between Cahaya Baru and Penawar is built as a two-lane expressway (except the Sungai Johor-SDE bridge) while retaining the full access control, making the section as the first true two-lane expressway with full access control in Malaysia.

Senai-Desaru Expressway (SDE)
Sungai Johor-SDE Bridge, Senai-Desaru Expressway (SDE)

Facilities & Services

There is a water catchment area located along Sungai Layang sections near the Sultan Iskandar Reservoir. Senai-Desaru Expressway traverses through the environmentally sensitive water catchment area of Sultan Iskandar Reservoir.

Senai-Desaru Expressway is the only expressway in Malaysia which features the Pollutant Removal System (PRS).

The expressway took one step higher by introducing the PRS to monitor and control any potential impact to the water quality in Sultan Iskandar Reservoir in the event of a spillage of dangerous and hazardous chemicals from any vehicle travelling on the expressway.

The Senai-Desaru Expressway has 2 Rest & Service Areas located at KM31 on the west bound and KM32 on the east bound. The facilities include food court, fruit stalls, surau, toilets, wakaf, information centre, ATMs, WIFI, playgrounds and petrol station.

The location of the rest and services area are:

  • West Bound: KM31
  • East Bound: KM32

Details of the Rest and Service Area, West & East Bound:

  • A food court within a reasonable walking distance from the car park
  • Clear unobstructed access from the food court to the toilets and surau
  • Surau strategically sited at a quiet end in a park-like landscaped setting
  • A simple two-way car parking system for smooth traffic flow and drivers’ convenience
  • Police Station is located at the centre of a group of three buildings for better supervision and visibility
  • ATMs are placed immediately outside the police beat for similar safety reasons
  • Wakafs, playground and fruit stalls are provided at strategic locations to further enhance travellers’ convenience
  • Extensive covered walkway system to assist visitors getting to the public convenience with minimal exposure to the weather

Toll Rates

The Senai-Desaru Expressway using closed toll system.

Class 1 – Vehicles with 2 axles and 3 or 4 wheels excluding taxis Class 1 Vehicle
 SenaiUlu TiramCahaya BaruPenawar
Senai 4.509.2013.50
Ulu Tiram4.50 5.609.90
Cahaya Baru9.205.60 7.20
Class 2 – Vehicles with 2 axles and 5 or 6 wheels excluding buses Class 2 Vehicle
 SenaiUlu TiramCahaya BaruPenawar
Senai 6.8013.8020.20
Ulu Tiram6.80 8.5014.90
Cahaya Baru13.808.50 10.80
Class 3 – Vehicles with 3 or more axles Class 3 Vehicle
 SenaiUlu TiramCahaya BaruPenawar
Senai 9.0018.4027.00
Ulu Tiram9.00 11.3019.90
Cahaya Baru18.4011.30 14.40
Class 4 – Taxis Class 4 Vehicle
 SenaiUlu TiramCahaya BaruPenawar
Senai 2.304.606.80
Ulu Tiram2.30 2.805.00
Cahaya Baru4.602.80 3.60
Class 5 – Buses Class 5 Vehicle
 SenaiUlu TiramCahaya BaruPenawar
Senai 2.805.708.40
Ulu Tiram2.80 3.506.20
Cahaya Baru5.703.50 4.50
Senai-Desaru Expressway (SDE)
Senai-Desaru Expressway (SDE)
Senai-Desaru Expressway (SDE)
Senai-Desaru Expressway (SDE)

Technical Specifications

Senai-Desaru Expressway (SDE)
Expressway 22
Expressway 22
Length77.0 km (47.8 mi)
Existed2005 – present
HistoryCompleted in 2011
West endKajang Perdana Interchange
Kajang, Selangor
Kajang Bypass
Expressway 3 AH143 Second Link Expressway
Federal Route 16 Senai Airport Highway
Expressway 3 AH18 Second Link Expressway
Federal Route 17 Tanjung Langsat Highway
Federal Route 92 Pengerang Highway
East endDesaru
Senai-Desaru Expressway (SDE)
Senai-Desaru Expressway (SDE)

Contact SDE Management

Senai-Desaru Expressway Berhad
Address Kompleks Pejabat Pentadbiran,KM 22 Lebuhraya E 22, Ulu Tiram, Johor Darul Takzim 81800 Malaysia
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