Kuala Lumpur is a lively city, with a diverse range of experiences on offer, from world-class shopping malls to quaint local markets. Covering this Malaysian city in full is a mighty feat, so travellers should take advantage of the city’s vast and efficient public transportation system to get the best out of the city’s offerings.
If you’re looking to travel about this city using trains and buses, KL Sentral will be the main place to familiarise yourself with. It serves as the main station that allows travellers to interconnect between almost all train lines. Make sure to map out a route to this station from where you’re staying to guarantee a smooth transit within the city.
This is also the most accessible station in terms of getting tourist information, with an incredibly helpful information counter in the centre (all staff can speak English), and even a Tourism Malaysia outlet to help out with any further questions.
Single-ride passes are generally available for purchase at ticket machines and counters. These often require exact change, and can be hassle especially at peak hours where massive lines can be expected, especially at major stations.
If you are planning to use public transport for most of your travelling, it is recommended to go cashless and buy a Touch ‘n Go (TnG) card for around RM20 ($4.70 USD), which includes a RM10 ($2.35 USD) stored credit. The card is a prepaid smartcard that allows users to pre-load it with credit that will be deducted automatically as you tap in and out of trains and buses, as well as enjoy cheaper prices. These cards are available at the airport or at any major train station, and can be reloaded at most retail outlets and convenience store counters.
MRT – SBK Line
The brand new Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) line runs through the Kuala Lumpur city centre, providing direct access to tourist spots such as the National Museum and Central Market. The train line is also a great option for shoppers as it provides direct access to a plethora of malls, and even has a station in Bukit Bintang, the shopping and entertainment hub of Kuala Lumpur.
Most major stations have a large network of underground tunnels and bus services that connect them to the surrounding facilities, just grab a map and ask the friendly and helpful staff on duty to help you map out your route. A ride costs between RM1.10 ($0.25 USD) to RM6.40 ($1.50 USD), with cheaper prices available when using the cashless option of a TnG card.
Not as conveniently available within the KL city centre, the KTM Komuter system caters more to the local residents of the city rather than tourists. However, it is does provide travellers with a much cheaper travel option to the beautiful Batu Caves, which is otherwise only reachable by taking a tour bus or taxi to the location, either of which can be rather costly. A trip from KL Sentral to Batu Caves will cost about RM2 ($0.47 USD) one-way, and upon arrival at the Batu Caves, just walk across the car park to get to the main entrance.
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