Public Transport in Malaysia

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Here’s our guide to transport in Malaysia for travelling from one destination to the next and getting around towns and cities. This is crucial for you to have some ideas what is available here.
Buses
The most budget-friendly types of transport in Malaysia. From the city bus in Kuala Lumpur to the comfortable long-distance coaches travelling from one city to another, the bus is a cheap way to get around. If you’re in the city, the fare start at approximately RM1 (US$0.25 USD). Flag the bus as it approaches and give the driver exact fare if possible. Tickets for longer journeys can be bought beforehand or on the day or travel, depending on the schedule. You can buy your ticket online from Easybook.
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Airport buses connect both KLIA and KLIA2 airports to KL Sentral, departing every 30 minutes. Tickets cost approximately RM12 (US$3).
Local tip: always anticipate delays with Malaysia’s traffic congestion and plan for journeys to take longer than expected.
MRT, LRT, Monorail & KTM Komuter
Kuala Lumpur had moved to a very impressive connectivity. With the completion of MRT (Mass Rapid Transit – Phase 1), LRT (Light Rapid Transit), Monorail & KTM Komuter to get around the city and to satellite townships. Tourists often rely on this when they go sightseeing in Kuala Lumpur. Most popular spots in Kuala Lumpur are well connected with this. This includes KL Sentral, KLCC, Muzium Negara and Chinatown’s Petaling Street.
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A single journey costs a few ringgits(RM) depending on the number of stops. The tourists favourite route from KL Sentral to KLCC (Petronas Towers) costs RM 2.40 (US$0.60).
Local tip: you’ll see lots of acronyms and names for this type of transport in Kuala Lumpur. They’re essentially the same. Just know the destination, pay and don’t lose your token!
Trains
Large sections of line in Malaysia have been modernised for ETS electric trains to run at up to 160 km/h (100 mph) making them probably the fastest metre-gauge trains in the world.  Within Malaysia, you’ll often see sections of old colonial singe-track line and the new double-track electrified line side by side.
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In May 2016 KTM restricted the Gemas-KL-Padang Besar section to ETS electric trains only, with diesel-hauled trains running a connecting shuttle on the unmodernised section between JB Sentral & Gemas.  You now need to change trains at Gemas when travelling from Johor Bahru to KL, which means booking two ticket. Sleeper trains from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur or KL to Butterworth are a thing of the past.  KL to Butterworth now only takes 4 hours by electric train!  Modernisation & electrification of the Gemas-JB section is expected to be completed by 2020.  Electric trains will then be able to run directly between all cities, from the southern tip of Malaysia to the Thai border.
Tickets range from RM20 to RM80 (US$5 to US$20), depending on the distance and carriage class. Either book tickets online or at the station at least 24 hours in advance to ensure a seat.
Other popular longer train routes are from KLIA to the city centre. The KLIA Ekspres & KLIA Transit takes 28 – 35 minutes from the airport to KL Sentral.
Local tips: always ask someone at the ticket office if you need to book tickets in advance.
Grab or Taxi
The most convenient app for transport in Malaysia is GrabCar. After recently merging with Uber, GrabCar provides a fixed price taxi service. Download the app, put in the destination and the driver will pick you up. Apart from being cheaper than a taxi, it’s also a safer way to travel in Malaysia. GrabCar is available in most major cities in Malaysia, including Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Langkawi, Ipoh, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching.
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Alternatively, you can still use Taxi. As with most countries, taxis can be a lifesaver or a nightmare. Some taxis in Kuala Lumpur use a meter while others in different cities quote a fixed price. Common sense applies when using taxis and it’s always a good idea to get your hotel to call rather than flagging one on the street. Travellers should also be aware that not all meters increase at the same pace. A short journey can cost a fortune by local standards with a tampered meter. Always ask a reputable source for an estimation of the fare. If the meter increases faster than expected, stop the cab, pay and get out.
Domestic flights
The fastest and most convenient transport in Malaysia for long distances is to fly. Airlines link Kuala Lumpur with Langkawi, Penang, Johor Bahru and among others in West Malaysia on a daily basis. All tourists need to fly from Kuala Lumpur to Sabah & Sarawak. Prices generally start from US$10 depending on the time of day and season. AirAsia offers several routes at the lowest prices. But seats are small, extra fees apply for baggage and delays are frequent. Malaysia Airlines, Firefy & Malindo cover routes at slightly higher rates while providing a much better flying experience.
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With all of these informations, i hope it will give you some ideas planing your trip to Malaysia.

Author: Hafiz Mahadzir

I'm Hafiz. I have a passion for food, travel and having fun. I hope to lead you to delicious and enjoyable experiences around the world. For enquiries or just to say hi, email me at hafiz.mahadzir@gmail.com

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