If you're wondering how to get to Genting Highlands from Kuala Lumpur, it's relatively straightforward as it’s just 45 minutes away. There are daily shuttles organised by express buses and tour companies. Set within a 100 million-year-old rainforest in Pahang, Genting Highlands is home to a variety of sightseeing, activities, accommodation and dining options.
Locals often come here to enjoy the cool mountain air, resulting in congested traffic on weekends and public holidays. From the base of the mountain, it takes about 20 minutes of travelling uphill on winding roads, passing by a small town called Gohtong Jaya and Chin Swee Caves Temple towards the peak of Genting Highlands.
The Different Ways to Get to Genting Highlands
For those driving a car from Kuala Lumpur to Genting Highlands, you’ll likely to use the Kuala Lumpur - Gua Musang Highway (E33) route, which starts after passing through Jalan Kuching road or Route 1. This route charges a toll rate of RM6 and takes a little over an hour to reach Genting Highlands without traffic, so we highly recommend starting your journey early to avoid getting stuck in traffic (which can add over two hours to your time of arrival). The steep mountain road towards the top is also notoriously winding, so be cautious if it’s your first time driving to Genting.
Buses travel daily to Genting Highlands, which is ideal for travellers who rely on public transport to get around. Operating between 07:30 and 21:00, Genting Express Bus Service stations are located at One Utama Shopping Mall (Petaling Jaya), Terminal Putra LRT Gombak, Pudu Sentral, and KL Sentral, which prices ranging between RM5 and RM13 for one-way ticket.
The most popular route starts from KL Sentral Station, with buses departing on an hourly basis while other stations depart every two hours or longer. Tickets can be purchased at the lower ground floor of the transport hub, with one-way fares (inclusive of a cable car ride) priced at RM 12.30 per adult and RM11.30 per child. Depending on the ticket, the bus takes passengers directly to the top of Genting Highlands or Awana Skyway Bus Terminal. If you disembark on the latter, it’s another 10 minutes away via cable car.
Genting Highlands are accessible via two cable car services, namely Genting Skyway and Awana Skyway. The latter serves as the main method of transportation here, so the former operates during busy seasons such as weekends, public and school holidays.
Operating between 07:00 and 24:00, Awana Skyway is a state-of-the art cable car system that takes about 10 minutes from Awana Station to SkyAvenue Station, which is directly connected to the SkyAvenue Shopping Mall. A one-way ticket for the standard gondola is priced at RM8 per person, while the glass-floor gondola costs RM50 per person. Alternatively, an express boarding pass can be purchased for RM40. Ticketing counters for Awana Skyway are located on Level 2 of the building.
This cable car makes a short stop at Chin Swee Station, where you can disembark at no extra cost to explore a Taoist temple of the same name – just be sure to keep your ticket to continue your journey all the way up to Genting Highlands. If you’re planning on staying at one of Genting Highlands’ many hotels, do note that you’re allowed to carry one aircraft cabin-size bag when travelling on the Awana Skyway.