How can you travel around Kuala Lumpur? What are the means of transport available? Find out in this article.
If you are moving to Kuala Lumpur, you will probably have to move from one place to another, whether to go to work or shopping. This should be quite easy as the Malaysian capital city hosts a developed transports network including buses, trains, subway, and even taxis. You can also rent a car if you are planning to stay for a while, provided you have a valid driver's license.
You are likely to find thousands of taxis in Kuala Lumpur. These are available 24/7 and are equipped with a taxi meter. However, some drivers tend to offer higher rates, especially to foreigners. You are hence advised to negotiate the rate in advance with the driver, at least approximately, so as to avoid any surprise when you have reached your destination. In general, rates start as from 2 ringgits and are increased by 0.10 ringgits at each additional 100 meters.
Taxis are definitely known to be one of the most practical and affordable means of transport in Kuala Lumpur like in the rest of the country although rates are rather higher than those of public transport.
The city center area is served by two bus lines which are distinguished by their color: purple and green. These buses are equipped with air condition, thus providing a comfortable trip. However, travel schedules may vary significantly due to traffic jam during peak hours.
The rest of Kuala Lumpur is served by Rapid KL bus which is the region's main bus operator. But you can also find others bus companies such as Metrobus, Selangor Omnibus, Len Seng and Transnasional, etc. Note that bus stops, which you will find at different spots, also serve as taxi stops.
Finally, you can find coach buses at the bus stations. These serve longer distances, linking Kuala Lumpur to neighboring cities like Kota Baharu and Penang, for instance.
The “Peoplemover Rapid Transit”, also known as the monorail, serves 11 stations between Kuala Lumpur's Central Station and its busiest neighborhoods, including hotels and shopping centers. This line is operational as from 6 am till midnight and is available every five minutes. Rates start as from 2 ringgits.
The train, known as the KTM Komuter in Kuala Lumpur, is the city's second best means of transport. The network consists of two lines, namely Sentul-Port Klang and Rawang-Seremban. The commuter train starts operating as from 6am till midnight. Moreover, it is available every fifteen minutes during peak hours and every twenty minutes during normal hours. Rates generally vary according to the distance traveled but never exceed 5 ringgits.
KLIA ekspres serves as shuttle between the Kuala Lumpur's city center (KL Sentral) and its International Airport (KLIA). It is available as from 5am till 1am the next morning.
The “Light Rail Transit” consists of the Putra and Star lines. Putra covers some 29 km and serves some 24 subway stations. Note that these are operated without a driver. Star, for its part, serves two lines, namely Ampang and Sri Petaling. Both lines serve 25 stations and stop in many neighborhoods across Kuala Lumpur.
Good to know:
Subways are available as from 6 am until 11.45 pm every 5 minutes. Correspondence between the two main lines takes place at Sentral or Masjid Jamek station.
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