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Getting around in Kuala Lumpur: info, costs and advice


Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia and its ultra-modern and glamorous center is designed to be filmed primarily with means of transport or with air-conditioned elevated tunnels, certainly futuristic, which allow comfortable walks even with high humidity. Just for encourage the use of the internal transport network and to avoid the traffic generated by cars, public transport is offered with very advantageous rates and, in some cases, are even free.

Here is a guide on how to get around Kuala Lumpur: info, costs and advice!



Index

  1. Useful Tips
  2. How to get from the airport to the center of Kuala Lumpur
  3. How to get around on foot
  4. Con i mezzi pubblici
  5. By car
  6. User questions and comments

Useful Tips

Kuala Lumpur is a very large city and some attractions aren't exactly close together, then moving completely on foot is impossible. Instead, it is a winning choice when it comes to visiting individual neighborhoods! To move you can take advantage of the comfortable air-conditioned elevated tunnels, which will give you a moment of respite from the heat!
La best solution for a first approach to the city is definitely a half-day guided tour with private driver in English, which also includes hotel pickup. In this way you can visit the highlights of the city with an expert guide, and identify the main landmarks. If you love walking, opt for a personalized walking tour with a local, also in English.

Levery low rates of transport in the city and the high traffic, make Kuala Lumpur a suitable destination to be visited by rail. The best means of getting around are the metro and the monorail, the bus is not recommended!

Finally, to move you can opt for several rechargeable cards that will facilitate travel, not having to buy a ticket every time: the My Rapid Card, rechargeable, valid for one week, usable on the metro, buses and monorail; the Touch n'go, valid for one month also on trains.



  • Recommended solutions and means: subway, monorail, private tours
  • Solutions and means not recommended: bus, taxi, car
  • City cards and season tickets recommended: My Rapid Card (from MYR 12,50 / € 2,50), Touch n'go (from MYR 10,60 / € 2,10)

How to get from the airport to the center of Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is served byInternational airport which is located about 60 km from the city, in the locality of Sepang.

Opened in the 1988, the Kuala Lumpur International Airport it is the main airport in Malaysia, as well as being one of the fundamental interchanges of the whole south-eastern area. The city has another small airport, still close to the Sepang circuit, but not considered by the tourist routes.

For reach the center, about 60 km from the center and you can get near your hotel by train (KLIA Ekspres train ticket available online) or bus. The most convenient solutions are taxis, at a fixed rate, and a private transfer that you can easily book online before departure.

From Kuala Lumpur International Airport to the center

  • Distance from the center: 60 km / travel time: 50 min;
  • By train: KLIA Express and KLIA Transit lines (40 minutes) / ticket cost: MYR 35,00 (€ 7,50) -
  • By taxi: average cost MYR 73,00 MYR (€ 15,00) / travel time: 60 min;
  • By bus: cost MYR 10,00 (€ 2,00) / Star Shuttle line
  • Private transfer: private transfer by car / van

How to get around on foot

Visiting Kuala Lumpur on foot is impossible, given its extension. In addition, the particularly humid heat makes everything even more difficult.

La best solution for a first approach to the city is definitely a half-day guided tour with private driver in English, which also includes hotel pickup. In this way you can visit the highlights of the city with an expert guide, and identify the main landmarks. If you love walking, opt for a personalized walking tour with a local, also in English.

The individual neighborhoods must be explored on foot. You can also go from one part of the city to the other through the air tunnels, elevated walkways with air conditioning that will allow you to remain free from traffic and smog.

One of the areas to be experienced absolutely on foot is the Perdana Botanical Garden, a wonderful park not far from the famous Petronas Towers, symbol of the city (ticket can be purchased online to avoid queues at the ticket office).
Finally, do not miss to discover the local street food, especially in the Petaling Jaya district. Malaysia is known for its rather unique but flavorful gastronomy: satay, nasi goreng, hokkien mie and more! The advice is to be guided on a tour with street food tasting, to be sure to choose the best places and the most iconic specialties!

For others itineraries on foot or by public transport, download our Smart Guide to visiting Kuala Lumpur for free.



Con i mezzi pubblici

Kuala Lumpur is full of public transport. The city indeed is equipped with several lines on rails (subway, monorail and train) and one dense bus network covering every part of Kuala Lumpur. The prices for each single journey are very low and the ticket looks like a token, which must be kept until the exit, and can only be used on the day of purchase.

However, the best solution for a first approach to the city, especially if you are short on time or just stopover in Kuala Lumpur, is definitely a half-day guided tour with a private driver in English, which also includes hotel pickup.

Metropolitan

The subway is one of the best ways to get around across the city. Is formed from 2 lines, which only connect to Masid Jamek station: la Kelana Jaya LRT line, which touches 24 stations, and the Ampang LRT line, which in turn splits into two other lines that depart from Sentul Timur LRT station.


  • Downloadable map: map-metro-kuala-lumpur
  • by 6: 00 24 to: 00
  • Ticket / single ride cost: MYR 1,00 (€ 0,20)
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: MYR 12,50 rechargeable cards (€ 2,50)

Monorail

The monorail is another very popular means of transport. It is a train that runs on elevated tracks and covers a distance of 9 km with 11 stations. Particularly suitable for tourists, it optimally connects all the main areas of the city.


  • Downloadable map: kuala-lumpur-monorail-map
  • by 6: 00 24 to: 00
  • Ticket / single ride cost: MYR 1,20 (approximately € 0,25)
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: MYR 12,50 rechargeable cards (€ 2,50)

Bus

In Kuala Lumpur you will also find a very efficient bus system, which counts 177 races. From a tourist point of view, which is what interests you most, you can take the Go KL City Bus, composed by 4 lines: the green, the purple, the red and the blue. These are great buses, both because they are free, both because they are equipped with wifi and air conditioning.

  • by 6: 00 24 to: 00
  • Ticket / single ride cost: free

Train

With the routes traveled by the company KTM Komuter, the train is the means of transport less used by tourists and more by the local population, to reach the peripheral areas. Waiting times are 15-20 min.

  • by 6: 00 24 to: 00
  • Ticket / single ride cost: MYR 1,20 (€ 0,25)
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: MYR 12,50 rechargeable cards (€ 2,50)

Taxi

Although it is not the recommended way to visit the city, taxi can be very convenient after midnight, to return to your hotel. Exist two categories of taxis: the Economy one, recognizable by the red and white color, and the Premium one, yellow and blue. The latter has newer and more comfortable cars. In any case, before getting on board, it is advisable to check if the cars are willing to taxamatro and fix the fare well.

  • 24 hours on 24
  • Ticket / single ride cost: starting fare 6,00 MYR (€ 1,20) + 0,20 MYR (€ 0,04) every 150 m

By car

The car is not recommended due to the high traffic in the city and due to the very low rates of transport, in some cases even free.

However, there are no restricted traffic areas and, in case you rent a car to be able to make a fly & drive trip that includes the city as a stop on a more complex itinerary, it is advisable to leave your car at the hotel parking lot, to avoid long waits and queues in the car.

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