There is a serious congestion problem in Kuala Lumpur and public transportation seeks to alleviate that. Public transport in Kuala Lumpur is extensive, making the city easy to navigate. It is also relatively affordable. It consists of a bus, tram, monorail and rail system. The Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (KVMRT) project is a work in progress with expanded lines planned to expand the network.
The primary transit hubs in Kuala Lumpur are:
Beware that when riding public transport there is a heightened risk of pickpockets. Keep an eye on your belongings when getting on and off buses, trams, trains, etc.
Prices are dependent on tickets or plan purchased.
The best bang for your buck can be found through the prepaid Rapidpass card. This card gives you unlimited access to the RapidKL busses, Light Rail Transport and Monorail, and can be loaded for one, three, 7, 15, or 30 days.
The card costs RM10 (including RM8 in credit) and can be bought at monorail and LRT stations. An all-day pass costs RM7.
To use, simply tap the card at the ticket gates or in the designated spot near the entry of the bus.
Rapid KL buses link the city center of Kuala Lumpur with the suburbs of the Klang Valley. Busses operate between the hours of 6am and midnight every day.
There are several bus operators in Kuala Lumpur. The main operator is Prasarana's subsidiaries of Rapid Bus who took over the operations of the two main bus operators, Intrakota and Cityliner. Other operators include Metrobus, Selangor Omnibus, Len Seng, Transnasional/Kenderaan Klang-Banting, Triton, Permata Kiara and others.
In addition to buses, there is a light tail system. While helpful, it can be quite awkward as the different lines were constructed by different companies. There are three lines:
The trams also work on tokens or MyRapid cards. Even though the companies that constructed the lines were different, they work under the same ticket since 2011.
|Bus/Metro: Rapid KL|
Like the Rapid Bus, the trains connect the city center of Kuala Lumpur to the suburbs of Klang Valley, and as well as the airport. If you were to stay on one line, time and efficiency shouldn't be a problem. However, connecting and transferring to a different line from another can be inconvenient, as the overall system is still new and hasn't quiet integrated yet.
KL train systems:
The monorail is primed for visitors. Cars are air-conditioned and take loads of people from KL Sentral to Titiwangsa with stops in sightseeing areas. The monorail also works on MyRapid cards.
KTM offers train services to select cities in Peninsular Malaysia. Long-distance routes are slow, but inexpensive and reliable. The main lines are:
There are international services to Thailand and Singapore. There are three class seats to choose from and a sleeper option. Travel is safe and easy, and a great way to see the country. Please note that in East Malaysia, only Sabah has train service. All tickets must be bought online at the KTM e-ticketing website.
(KUL) KLIA, Kuala Lumpur International Airport, is the main airport to get into Kuala Lumpur. It is 60 KM away from KL's city center. It is a large airport with international and domestic arrivals and departures.
Taxis (or teksi in Malay) are plentiful in Kuala Lumpur and usually air-conditioned. Chances are, they will stop and ask you if you need a taxi. There are also designated taxi stops where taxis line up to take travelers.
There are two kinds of taxis in Kuala Lumpur, standard and executive. The standard is the more affordable option and there is little difference between the two services besides the ability to carry more people and luggage in the executive option.
City Cab Kuala Lumpur
146 Jalan Ampang,
55000 Kuala Lumpur
T : (12) 237-6906
19-1 Jalan 1/46A,
Taman Niaga Waris,
Off Jalan Kuching,
51200 Kuala Lumpur
T : (3) 6259-2929
17 Lorong Yap Kwan Seng,
Off Jalan Yap Kwan Seng,
50450 Kuala Lumpur
T : (3) 2162-8888
F : (3) 2161-7626
Fares start at RM3 for the first two minutes. Each additional 45 seconds cost 20 sen. There are additional charges for rides from midnight to 6am, more than two passengers, and luggage. There is also a RM12 surcharge for taxis to the airport. All fares are paid in cash.
Kuala Lumpur taxi drives are notorious for being aggressive and will try to rip you off. This happens by rewiring the meter or will say that their meter is broken and offer a price. This is illegal. Simply walk away if the driver refuses to use the meter or you are not able to agree on a fixed price before entering the cab. For an example of a fair price, know that a trip across town should only cost about RM10. Ask for a receipt if you have questions about charges. If you experience a scam, report the driver to the toll free number posted on the taxi. The license number is needed and is visible throughout the taxi.
It isn't common to tip taxi drivers in Malaysia.
There are a few car rental companies to choose from with most major international companies having an office in Kuala Lumpur. Hotels and tour agencies can arrange a car for hire, or you can simply choose a company and rent. Driving through the city is not recommended for visitors as traffic and parking are difficult to navigate. Getting out of the city can also take some skills as the road system can be a confusing mess of one-ways and contradictory directions. Once out in the countryside, however, driving can allow you to see places foreigners rarely visit.
Renters must be 23 years old and must have a valid national or International Driving License. Other nationals who hold a valid driving license in English can drive in Malaysia for a maximum of 3 months.
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