Kuala Lumpur is a manic city that is always flowing with traffic around the clock and during peak hour, it gets even more chaotic. Getting around Kuala Lumpur isn’t a complicated process, not with fantastic means of public transport available with the likes of trains, monorails, buses and taxis capable of taking you far and wide throughout the city and into the outer regions of KL.
The first bit of advice that I can give you when visiting Malaysia’s capital city, is to not rent a car, especially if you’re planning on spending most of your time in the inner city. The streets may be organised and controlled, but it will appear like a maze for those unfamiliar with the area. Stick to public transport, it’s the most efficient way of getting around Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.
Without wasting another single moment, let’s delve into the best ways of getting around the city and help avoid any tourists getting stranded in the big city.
Advice For Getting Around Kuala Lumpur
Google Maps is your best friend
Everyone has their own preference at what maps to downloadwhen travelling the world, I prefer to stick with what’s already downloaded on my smart phone, Google Maps. It’s an easy process, put in your intended destination from the location you are coming from and google maps will let you know how to get your destination the quickest way possible, whether it’s which train to catch or the bus number to take. Isn’t modern world travelling so convenient.
Get Your Hands on a MyRapid Transport Card
Before getting aboard any of the transportation in KL, get your hands on a MyRapid card, they are sold at most convenience stores or customer service outlets near a train or monorail station and the card can be topped up to a reasonable value that you will get you through your stay in KL.
Each time you scan your card at the gates of a train station, monorail or bus, it’ll give you a reading of your remaining balance, so you’ll know when to recharge your card. Click the link to learn more about Kuala Lumpur’s MyRapid cards.
Get Around KL by Train (MRT-LRT)
As is the case in most major cities around the world, transportation via a train can be the most efficient and cost-effective way of getting around and it’s no different in KL. A Single trip ride starts from RM1.20, which is about 40-cents in Australian Currency, therefore getting around Kuala Lumpur won’t break the bank in any way.
It can appear confusing at first working out how to navigate the different train lines in the city and making sure you are getting on the right train, but the Kuala Lumpur Train Map is not too hard to work out and in no time you’ll be comfortable with your sense of direction in the maze of the city. When in doubt, let Google Maps show you the right direction.
Metro trains run from 6am to midnight every single day.
Catch a Monorail when you visit Kuala Lumpur
Look above, it’s a monorail, gliding through the city at great heights. The KL Monorail system is at attached to the MyRapid train system, using the MyRapid card and it’s a great way to get around KL city centre, checking out the views from above the ground.
The Monorail line stretches out over 8km in length and has 11-stops which include the popular city destinations such as, Bukit Bintang, Berjaya Times Square and Bukit Nanas station, which is a close walking distance to popular attractions in KL Tower and Petronas Twin Towers.
The monorail also operates daily from 6am to midnight.
Take a ride on the bus to Kuala Lumpur Attractions
When a train can’t get you all the way to your destination, you can bet your bottom dollar that the MyRapid bus services will take you the rest of the way. With ample bus services available in and around the city, the bus could be the best route to take, especially if you are already out of the busy city-centre and traffic is not such an issue.
Hail a Taxi on your KL Trip
Taxis are everywhere in the city and it’s the easiest way to get around if you don’ wish to catch public transportation and are prepared to sit in traffic while getting to your next destination. Even with the chaotic traffic, taxis are probably the quickest way from point A to B due to the ease of finding a taxi, which can be a matter of seconds upon leaving the lobby of your hotel. For a taxi service, the fees are quite reasonable too.
Order a Grab Rideshare driver
Grab is the new Uber in Southeast Asia, and by now most travellers have got the hang of using their services. Download the Grab App, register your details and credit card details and order your driver by typing in your intended destination from your current location. It’s that easy.
Grab is generally around half the price of a taxi, yes, it’s really cheap, but the downside can be the waiting time upon your driver, which for me when I used the services, was at least ten-minutes on most occasions and at times it did balloon out to 20 to 30-minutes. For the price, you can’t complain.
Take a walk to venture to the great places to see in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur is a pretty good walking city, even if at times you may be stranded at the traffic lights for a while. If your intending destinations is close by foot, lose those holiday calories by taking a steady walk through the city, you never what else you might find in terms of a great restaurant or drinking bar when taking it steady on your feet.
Kuala Lumpur Airport to City Transfers
Getting to and from the airport is a breeze in Kuala Lumpur with a few options available to you.
You can catch the KLIA Ekspres Train, which is a speed train that gets you from either of the two KLIA Airports to the KL Sentral Station in the quickest time possible. From there you can purchase a MyRapid card and transfer to the appropriate rail line to your intended destination in KL.
The cost for the services of the KLIA Ekspres train is RM55 (AUD$18) for a one-way trip or RM100 (AUD$33) for a round-trip. Keep in mind this train service is not connected with the MyRapid card system.
Another great way from the airport is a simple taxi or Grab service from the pick-up area at the KLIA airports. Prices generally go from around RM85, depending on the size or comfort of the vehicle you wish to travel in.
When travelling with two or more people, a taxi may be the cheapest way to the city and while the drive goes for at least an hour, you can capture great sights of Kuala Lumpur on your way into the city.
There you have it, a basic guide to getting around Kuala Lumpur, and when dust settle upon your arrival in the big city, you’ll find that there are an abundance of choices when you need to get to get around in KL.