Transport in Kuala Lumpur
How to Get Around Kuala Lumpur
Transportation in Kuala Lumpur is diverse and efficient, offering an extensive network of buses, light rail commuter trains, and metered taxis that charter visitors within the city centre and beyond. A busy city filled with plenty of sightseeing opportunities, Kuala Lumpur is home to state-of-the-art high rises and antiquated Chinese shops, trendy restaurants and quaint coffee shops, mega malls and street market, as well as five-star luxury hotels and backpacker enclaves.
Kuala Lumpur is also notorious for its gridlocked traffic during peak hours and most travellers usually opt to travel on foot to take in the sights and sounds of downtown Kuala Lumpur. Nonetheless, first-time visitors should get to know the city’s public transportation, especially the KL’s efficient light rail transit, commuter rail, and monorail systems that connect to almost every part of Kuala Lumpur. Check out our helpful guide on how to get around Kuala Lumpur.
Buses in Kuala Lumpur
KL’s array of bus services is quite efficient with a network of public express buses and several privately run services. RapidKL is the largest single bus network operator in the country and it currently runs 177 routes around the city. Recently the bus system was revamped and RapidKL divided its fleet of buses into four classes: express routes, city shuttles, trunk routes and local shuttles.
Within KL city centre there are five major bus hubs: KL Sentral, KLCC, Maluri, Titiwangsa and Pudu Sentral. These bus hubs are usually located near public transit stations such as Kelana Jaya Line transit stations. Pudu Sentral used to be KL's main bus station and after a complete make-over in 2011, it now servers north-bound buses.
Buses are usually much faster than trains: however some do arrive at awkward times in the middle of the night.
KL Sentral is KL’s main railway station (it has officially taken over the role of the old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station) and is the largest train station in Southeast Asia. The hub from which all long-distance trains depart from, it is best known as the integration point of an urban rail-based network (comprising the KTM Komuter, KLIA Express, KLIA Transit, LRT and Monorail systems).
A convenient place to get around much of central KL, it is also called Stesen Sentral. The only downside to KL Sentral is that all the systems here are built separately and even when there is an interchange between the services, they are rarely connected: plus each system has a separate ticketing system, making it tiresome to switch between services.
Inside KL Sentral is the KL City Air Terminal (KL CAT): basically it is an extension of KLIA, with luggage check-in services for passengers flying MAS, Cathay Pacific, Emirates and Royal Brunei Airlines. Read More...
Taxis in Kuala Lumpur
There are two types of taxis in Malaysia: local and long-distance. The former are usually red-and-white or yellow-and-blue and are metered taxis that can be hailed throughout the city. Some taxi drivers charge tourists extravagant fares so be sure to insist that they turn on the meter.
Local metered taxi fares are cheap, starting 3 RM. Long distance cabs can be found at Puduraya bus station: they only operate when they receive a full set of four passengers, so either wait for others to show up, get a group together or charter the whole taxi (the fare can get quite steep though).
Keep in mind though that some tourist sights are so close together that it is often quicker to walk than take public transportation or grab a cab.