The transportation system in Kuala Lumpur is of a very high standard and known to be inexpensive. With trains, buses, taxis, coaches and walking as options, making your way around this splendid city can be done seamlessly.
Read on to find out about the four different ways you can get around the city.
If you want to take it slow and take a leisurely stroll through the city, walking is a great option. I recommend doing this once you’ve chosen an area/place you want to explore. As the weather in Kuala Lumpur is humid and tropical, it is obviously not recommended to head to different towns and the countryside if you are not acclimatised.
Make sure that you walk in accordance to your physical health. Some can walk longer than others whilst some may have wheelchair users. All this has to be taken into consideration when choosing to walk anywhere in Kuala Lumpur.
To the pedestrians advantage, there are sidewalks, underpasses and overpasses; all these can make it easier to get through the busy roads of the city. However, it is still important to be cautious, as some drivers in the city can be a little unpredictable and not all places have the best of sidewalks.
Stay hydrated, apply sun lotion, have something like a hat or umbrella for shade and know your limits. Also, be sure not to walk long distances if you are not used to the humidity.
Taxis are one of the most convenient ways of getting from one place to another. It is also comfortable and has the advantage of an AC. However, some will say it is best not to take the taxi as customers can get scammed and traffic can build up on the roads of the city.
Of course, there are solutions to this. Make sure you tell your driver to have the metre on and avoid travelling between rush hours which is between 7.30 AM and 9.30 AM and 5.00 PM – 7.30 PM.
For conventional taxis, RM3 ($0.71 USD) is the standard for the first 1km and the for every 150 metres it is RM0.10 ($0.02 USD). This will need to be paid by cash.
An alternative to conventional taxis are the ride hailing apps. This is the best way to avoid getting scammed and haggling prices. Prices are tracked, you know where your drivers are and you can pay by card. A well-known ride hailing app used in Kuala Lumpur is Grab. Just download the app, get yourself set up and order a taxi when you need.
Light Rail Transit (LRT) also referred to a mass rapid transit or light rapid transit, is Kuala Lumpur’s very own rail system
The network is broken down into and run by 3 private companies which include:
RapidKL Which Has 3 Lines
Ampang – Sentul Timur
Sri Petaling – Sentul Timur
Kelana Jaya – Terminal Putra
KL Monorail Which Has 1 Line
This service runs from KL Sentral through 9 stations ending up in Titiwangsa. This is the best way to see all the main sites in KL and runs through all the other other urban transportation systems in the city.
KTM Komuter Which Has 2 Lines
Tanjung Malim–Sungai Gadut
Batu Caves–Pelabuhan Klang
There is also the Express Rail Link (ERL) which is a non-stop service between KLIA airport to KL Sentral which is also the major hub for the LRT system.
Overall, the LRT is easy to use, allows you to catch wonderful views of the city and has a well set out and simple route map. Plus, you won’t be waiting around for long for the next train (no more than ten minutes) as the rail system is known to be quite punctual.
Taking the bus around the city can be a comfortable and cheap option these days. Some have AC and allow you to get to well known tourist areas. The Go KL City Bus bus will take you around the golden triangle and the popular tourist sites and shopping areas. It is a free bus service and covers areas like Bukit Bintang, Chinatown and KLCC. The buses are pink and therefore hard to miss. They run every 15 minutes from their designated stops and are equipped with AC and wifi.
If you want to go beyond the main tourist sites, opt for the RapidKL bus. Whilst some do not encourage using this service due to their poor scheduling, it can be a cheap and convenient way of getting around. Board any of their buses at a train station where you’ll see yourself only paying RM3 ($0.71 USD) for a one way journey. To find out more about their routes, click here.