Malaysia – Kuala lumpur Details

Getting Around

Bicycle

Cycling Kuala Lumpur (cyclingkl.blogspot.com) is a great resource, with a map of bike routes and plenty of detail on how to stay safe on KL’s roads. KL By Cycle rents basic bikes at the information desk in the underground mall across from KL City Gallery. Rentals include a helmet. Rental bikes are also available at Titiwangsa Lake Gardens.

Bus

Most buses are provided by either Rapid KL or Metrobus. There’s an information booth at the Jln Sultan Mohammed bus stop in Chinatown. Rapid KL buses have their destinations clearly displayed. They are divided into four classes.

Bas Bandar (‘city bus’) Services run around the centre (RM1) .

Bas Utama Buses from the centre to the suburbs (RM1 to RM3).

Bas Tempatan (‘local bus’) Services around the suburbs (RM1).

Bas Ekspres Express buses to distant suburbs (RM3.80).

Local buses leave from half-a-dozen small bus stands around the city – useful stops in Chinatown include Jln Sultan Mohamed by Pasar Seni, Bangkok Bank on Lebuh Pudu, and Medan Pasar on Lebuh Ampang.

The GO-KL free city bus has four circular routes around the city, with stops at KLCC, KL Tower, KL Sentral, the National Museum and Merdeka Sq. Buses run every five minutes during peak hours and every 10 to 15 minutes at other times.

Car & Motorcycle

KL is the best place to hire a car for touring the peninsula, though driving out of KL is complicated by a confusing one-way system and contradictory road signs that can throw off your sense of direction. All the major rental companies have offices at KLIA. City offices – generally open from 9am to 5.30pm weekdays and 9am to 1pm Saturday – include Avis and Hertz.

Train

Kuala Lumpur Monorail

The air-conditioned monorail zips from KL Sentral to Titiwangsa, linking many of the city’s sightseeing areas.

Klang Valley MRT

Construction is on-going for the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (KVMRT) project (www.mymrt.com.my). Together with the existing light rail transit (LRT), monorail, KTM Komuter, KLIA Ekspres and KLIA Transit systems, this rail-based public-transport network aims to ease the road-traffic congestion that plagues the Greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley region, aiming to halve journeys in the Klang Valley area taken by public transport.

The first of three new commuter rail lines, the 51km Sungai Buloh–Kajang line, (green line ‘9’) was fully operational in mid-2017.

KTM Komuter Trains

KTM Komuter train services run every 15 to 20 minutes from 6am to 11.45pm and use KL Sentral as a hub. There are two lines: Tanjung Malim to Pelabuhan Klang and Batu Caves to Pulau Sebang/Tampin.

Light Rail Transit

As well as buses, Rapid KL runs the Light Rail Transit system. There are three lines: the Ampang line from Ampang to Sentul Timur; the Sri Petaling line from Sentul Timur to Putra Heights; and the Kelana Jaya line from Gombak to Putra Heights. The network is poorly integrated because the lines were constructed by different companies. As a result, you may have to follow a series of walkways, stairs and elevators, or walk several blocks down the street.

Buy single-journey tokens or MyRapid cards from the cashier or electronic ticket machines. An electronic control system checks tickets/tokens as you enter and exit via turnstiles (you tap the token on the way in and insert it in the gate on the way out).

Taxi

KL has plenty of air-conditioned taxis, which queue up at designated taxi stops across the city. You can also flag down moving taxis, but drivers will stop only if there is a convenient place to pull over (these are harder to come by when it’s raining and during peak hours). Fares start at RM3 for the first three minutes, with an additional 25 sen for each 36 seconds. From midnight to 6am there’s a surcharge of 50% on the metered fare, and extra passengers (more than two) add 20 sen each to the starting fare. Blue taxis are newer and more comfortable and start at RM6 for the first three minutes and RM1 for each additional 36 seconds. Night surcharges of 50% also apply.

Unfortunately, some drivers have limited geographical knowledge of the city. Some also refuse to use the meter, even though this is a legal requirement. Taxi drivers lingering outside luxury hotels or tourist hot spots such as KL Bird Park are especially guilty of this behaviour. Note that KL Sentral and some large malls such as Pavilion and Suria KLCC have a coupon system for taxis where you pay in advance at a slightly higher fee than the meter.

One of the easiest ways to use taxis in KL is to download an app such as Uber, Easy Taxi or Grab (formally known as My Teksi) to your smartphone or tablet.

Tickets & Passes

If you’re staying for an extended period in KL or Malaysia, consider the prepaid MyRapid (www.myrapid.com.my) card, valid on Rapid KL buses, the monorail and the Ampang and Kelana Jaya LRT lines. It costs RM20 (including RM5 in credit) and can be bought at monorail and LRT stations. Just tap at the ticket gates or when you get on the bus and the correct fare will be deducted.

The Touch ‘n Go card (www.touchngo.com.my) can be used on all public transport in the Klang Valley, at highway toll booths across Malaysia and at selected parking sites. The cards, which cost RM10.60 and can be reloaded with values from RM10 to RM500, can be purchased at most petrol stations, KL Sentral, and the central LRT stations KLCC, Masjid Jamek and Dang Wangi.

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