Traffic in Malaysia

Hello everyone,

Which city or area do you live in in Malaysia, and how do you find the traffic?

How long does it take to commute to work or run errands?

Is there a rush hour in your city? What times of the day would you recommend people to avoid driving if they can?

Are there any ways to avoid spending too much time in traffic in Malaysia?

What is parking availability and cost like?

Thank you for sharing your experience.


MRT is a great project better than London underground

The only downside of living in Pantai hill park is that it is far from the LRT station..bangsar south roads are packed during peak hours making it difficult for people living in Pantai hill area to go inside as they are blocked by the office crowd leaving bangsar south. Not a good choice to stay if you intend to use lrt.

I've never liked Pantai Hill Park even since I visited the area once. It kind of looks cheap but is suitable for those on a budget. Yes you need a car to live here or you'll be taking taxis a lot.

Lived here 5 years now i can say the traffic is in one way moderate on the other way can be a headache at some point.
Fridays evenings are always the worst time to move around as the traffic is everywhere. A short distance which would usually take 10-15minutes could take upto 40-50minutes.
Unlike some of the causes of traffic, road accidents, the drivers also play a role, as lorry drivers are required to travel at night, everyday commuters tend to sometimes drive their cars like they are heading to a wedding.
Evening times and especially if it raining daily you would find traffic mostly anywhere. As everyone is rushing back home from work. But i guess this repeated routine is considered normal.
Waze is an app that gives you the best way out of traffic in my opinion. It has never dissapointed me.
I would advise one downloads this app and help him or her commute.

Penang Island traffic is heavy (a family of 5 have 5 cars)
I use WAZE free download on mobile phone and the delightful lady inside my phone directs you around the worst jams (Most times)

I have lived in Desa Sri Hartamas for the past 2 years. Often travelling to Putrajaya and the airport. Rush hour traffic can be horrendous especially near Mid valley. Friday afternoons and when its raining are dreadful. For  many journeys in KL it can be difficult to judge how long a journey will take. As mentioned by others Waze is a great way to navigate even sometimes for short journeys you know quite well, its pretty accurate and you at least will never get lost. In my area there are many toll roads ranging from RM2.50 to RM6.00 even for quite short journeys.
Download Grab and Uber apps for transporation, these are brilliant and I have used a lot whenI am short of a car. they often have special offers e mailed to you and for short journeys I have even travelled for free.
Public transport is pretty bad. if you live next to a LRT or MRT station great but otherwise in some areas you could spend your life waiting for a bus. In Desa SH the buses are clean and new but in areas like Sentul they can be very dirty and smelly. MRT is really clean and high tech but quite slow, unlike London where you may walk to the nearest tube thats unlikely in this climate so use a feeder bus RM1 or Grab/Uber, however this can add a lot of time on the journey.

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