Transportation in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is a city blessed with a fast, safe, cheap and efficient metro system which glides over the city – often offing impressive views. This is by far the best way to navigate the metropolis, although taxis are also reasonably priced and plentiful. The major drag is persuading drivers to turn on their meter. This practice is illegal so if they seem reluctant choose another taxi or at least agree a price beforehand.

Getting to Kuala Lumpur is fairly simple through all normal transport methods including air, road, rail and sea. The vast majority of the city’s visitors touch down at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) or nearby sister LCCT Terminal. It is a speedy 30-minute train or 90-minute bus journey from here to the city centre, although taxis are also available and not terribly expensive.

It is possible to take a train from Kuala Lumpur either north to Bangkok (via Butterworth and Penang) to Bangkok, or alternatively south to Singapore. The historic Moorish train station in the centre of the city no longer houses services but a small museum instead. Today modern KL Sentral is the central rail transport hub with airport transfers, metro services and regular trains all emanating from here.

Kuala Lumpur has no less than four different bus terminals which each acts to serve different parts of the country. Puduraya bus station is just a short walk from the backpacker haven of Chinatown and has connections to many of prime Malaysian tourist centres. There is accommodation available very closeby should you have a extremely early/late departure, but beware of touts and petty criminals who have around here.

Although dwindling in popularity due to the comparative low cost and convenience of no frills air travel, visitors to KL can travel to the Indonesian island of Sumatra by ferry from Port Klang. To reach Port Klang takes one hour from from KL Sentral on the train, with services departing every 30 minutes. The connection costs only RM3 and deposits passengers immediately outside the harbour where boat tickets can be bought.

Indomal Express has daily departures to Dumai at 09:00 and 10:30 which take only three hours for RM100. Alternatively, Aero Speed has services to Tanjung Balai which sail at 11:00 from Monday-Saturday and cost RM120 for the three-and-a-half hour trip.