Kuala Lumpur Public Transport has developed into one of the most modern transportation system in this region. It has a comprehensive network of buses, taxis, monorail, light rail transit and commuter trains that provide convenient and quick access to various parts of this city and its surrounding.
Go KL City Bus
Easily the best option to get around Kuala Lumpur as a traveller right now is via the GO KL City Bus. It’s a free city bus service with four routes that covers most of the major tourist spots of Kuala Lumpur, which includes the likes of Bukit Bintang, Chinatown, and KLCC. These pink buses are hard to miss and can be boarded at any of its stops, and has a frequency rate of about 15 minutes – with each bus being fully air-conditioned and equipped with free Wi-Fi.
Rapid KL Bus
The other major public bus service, the RapidKL Bus, is generally not as encouraged as a mode of transportation for non-locals, given their erratic scheduling. The best way to approach taking a RapidKL bus is to board them at a train station, after having previously established and mapped out your route with the information counter or with the bus drivers themselves. These buses usually cost up to RM3 ($0.71 USD), and can either be paid in exact change or through tapping your TnG card twice, once upon entering and another upon alighting.
The Light Rail Transit (LRT) system is the most widely used of the public transportation systems, and will be your best bet to get to most areas of KL that aren’t immediately within the city centre. Stations are often located at popular areas in KL, and serve as a good mid-way point to destinations, but don’t often provide direct access. Travellers will often have to pair using the LRT with walking a slight distance or grabbing a taxi/ride-hail car to their destination. A ride can cost between RM0.80 ($0.19 USD) to RM8.00 ($1.90 USD), with cheaper fares for those using the cashless option of a TnG card.
Taxi/ Ride-hailing apps
Taxis in Malaysia have a notorious reputation for not using their meter and tricking individuals into paying exorbitant costs. Many Malaysians have mostly foregone the use of taxis in favour of ride-hailing apps such as Grab or Uber, as rates are easier to track and allow online card payment through the app. Most popular locations even have designated pick-up spots for users of these apps.
If necessary, it is advised to use a taxi with caution. Before boarding the taxi, ask if the driver can take you to your destination and if they could use the meter. If they try to barter, politely decline, thank them, and move on to find another taxi. The standard fare for taxis are RM3 ($0.71 USD) for the first 1km and subsequent 150 metres is RM0.10 ($0.02 USD), and need to be paid in cash only.
Solely for travelling to and from the airport, this non-stop airport transfer travels between Kuala Lumpur International Airports (KLIA and KLIA2) and the city centre (KL Sentral). The service provides free porter service at platforms and high-speed Wi-Fi onboard. Trains depart every 15 minutes during peak hours, and have a travel time of below 30 minutes. Train tickets cost RM55 ($13 USD) for a single-trip, and RM100 ($23.50 USD) for a return. If your place of stay doesn’t provide an airport service, this may be a cheaper alternative, given that a taxi fare for the same trip, may cost upwards of RM60 ($14 USD) one-way.
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