Getting Around Kuala Lumpur
Visitors to Kuala Lumpur have a variety of public transportation options to choose from when travelling around the city. With the city’s efficient network of Monorail, train, bus and taxi services – getting around KL is both convenient and affordable.
Most taxi drivers in KL have a fair command of the English Language. By law, all taxis must use meters and fares are based on metered rates, please insist that the meter is used for all journeys. Rates start from RM 2.00 for the first 2 kilometres and 10sen for every subsequent 150 metres. A surcharge of 50% will be levied to the fare for taxi services between midnight and 6.00 am the next day. For taxis carrying two or more passengers an additional charge of 20 sen for each customer will also be imposed.
Light Railway Transit (LRT)
The city has three different LRT networks for getting around, the PUTRA LRT, STAR LRT and the Monorail. The Putra LRT stretches from the Putra Terminal at Gombak in the north of the city down to the Kelana Jaya Terminal – south west of KL in Petaling Jaya. With 24 stations including the terminals on this line, Putra LRT brings you down and across Kuala Lumpur to Selangor and vice versa, stopping at popular areas of the city, such as Suria KLCC in the city centre, KL Sentral – also known as Kuala Lumpur City Air Terminal (KLCAT), Bangsar and Masjid Jamek. KLCAT is also the central point for passengers who wish to transfer between all three systems or take the KLIA Express to Kuala Lumpur International Airport. The STAR LRT serves 25 stations and is divided into two lines, the Ampang line and the Sri Petaling line. The Ampang line runs between the northern suburb of Sentul and Ampang on the eastern side of the city – making stops at Putra World Trade Centre, Sultan Ismail and Plaza Rakyat. The Sri Petaling line also runs from Sentul in the cities north, but continues to Sri Petaling on the south side of KL – stopping along the way at Bukit Jalil Stadium. Trains operate daily – including public holidays, from 6.00am to 11.45pm at intervals of 3-5 minutes during peak hours and 5-8 minutes during off peak hours. Both STAR LRT lines interchange at Masjid Jamek LRT Station in the city. Passengers can also transfer between the STAR LRT and PUTRA LRT at this station. +603-6625 6999 www.rapidkl.com.my
KL Hop-on Hop-off City Tour
KL HOP–ON/HOP–OFF bus service offers tourists a seamless link to 40 of the city’s top tourist attractions in KL via a circuit around KL or simply hop-on or hop-off at any of the 22 designated stops. The new fleet of six, fully air-conditioned, double-decker buses provide comfort and ease for those eager to discover KL at their own pace, while at the same time taking accessibility to the next level, the pre-recorded commentary system in nine different languages is GPS-triggered and all buses are Wifi-access. Running on a half-hourly schedule between 8.30 am and 8.30 pm, one can choose between a 24-hour ticket or a 48-hour ticket. With the added assistance of an onboard tour guide and city brochure, KL HOP-ON/HOP-OFF buses are disable friendly and children below the age of 5 travel for free. 1800-88-5546 / +603–2166 6162 www.myhoponhopoff.com
KLIA Express & KLIA Transit
KLIA Express high-speed electric trains travel non-stop between KL International Airport (KLIA) and KL Sentral (KLCAT) in 28 minutes. The first train leaves at 05.00am. Trains depart at intervals of 15 minutes during peak hours (05:00am to 09:00am and 16:00pm to 22:00pm), 20 minutes intervals during off-peak hours (09:00am to 16:00pm and 22:00pm to Midnight) and every 30 minutes after midnight. KLIA Transit high-speed electric trains also travel between KL Sentral (KLCAT) and KLIA, but this transit service stops at Bandar Tasik Selatan, Putrajaya/Cyberjaya and Salak Tinggi on route to KLIA. The journey between KL Sentral (KLCAT) and KLIA takes around 35 minutes. Trains depart at 30 minute intervals, the first and last train from KL Sentral (KLCAT) to KLIA depart at 05.33am and 12.03am past midnight respectively, and the first and last trains from KLIA to KL Sentral (KLCAT) depart at 05.52am and 01.03am respectively. International passengers using either KLIA Express or KLIA Transit services also enjoy the convenience of express check-in facilities at KL City Air Terminal (KLCAT) at KL Sentral (All passengers are advised to check with their airline about this service). +603-2267 8000 www.KLIAekspres.com
This modern transportation hub offers a comprehensive network of trains, buses and taxis. From here, one can take a train to most cities in Peninsular Malaysia or within KL itself. The Putra Light Rail Transit (LRT), KL Monorail and KTM Komuter provide easy and efficient access to well-known landmarks in KL as well as outlying districts and nearby towns. For rail services to international destinations or within Peninsular Malaysia, visit the KTM (Malayan Railway) counter. KL Sentral Map
Running from Sentul in the north to Port Klang on the south west coast and from Rawang in the north to Seremban in the state of Negeri Sembilan in the south. Both trains stop at KL Sentral (KLCAT), connecting passengers with the STAR LRT, PUTRA LRT and the Monorail. Trains operate at 15-minute intervals during peak hours and a 20-minute interval during off-peak hours. +603-2267 1200 www.ktmb.com.my
As part of KL’s extensive public transport network, a number of bus companies provide public transport throughout KL and the surrounding areas. Rapid KL, Metrobus, SJ Bus, Park May and Len Seng bus companies all provide bus services to parts of the city. Rapid KL is very popular with visitors to KL; covering most of the city, with fares starting from RM 1.00. As in most major cities, buses in KL are a very popular form of cheap public transport among the locals and become very packed during peak hours. Bus routes are usually displayed by the electronic board on the side of the bus, but it’s always advisable to check first with bus driver for any passengers who may be uncertain of their destination. For passengers travelling interstate, tickets can be purchased from the respective counters at Pudu Bus Station in KL. +603-7625 6999 www.rapidkl.com