While Kuala Lumpur does not possess the most efficient public transport system, the city is constantly in a bid to improve, with upgrades trudging steadily along.
In the meantime, watch out for traffic on the roads during peak hours, which often result in daunting jams. Instead, hop on board the train lines and ride overhead to ease up your travel time.
The Kuala Lumpur international Airport is found about 50 kilometres outside of the city, in Selangor. The KLIA Ekspres trains cost RM55 and reach the city in under 30 minutes, with a brief waiting time of 15 - 20 minutes. The Airport Coach takes about 1 hour but is much more economical at RM 11.
Taxis are widely available but many drivers are out to rip travelers off. Download the Uber or GrabCar app prior to landing in KL. These trips wind up costing less and saves you the trouble of haggling with a driver.
Kuala Lumpur’s trains come in four variations - the LRT, Monorail, KTM Komuter and the ERL. While the latter two systems are responsible for routes outside the city and to the airport, the LRT and Monorail are what you need to ride on within the city confines.
Owned by RapidKL, it features four lines and is an affordable way to travel while simultaneously enjoying a moving film strip of the city.
Purchase the Touch ’n Go card for RM10, which permits travel on all train types except for the airport express.
Flagging down a taxi in Kuala Lumpur may not be the most tricky part of your commute. With many drivers out to make an extra buck off an inexperienced visitor, it is wise to go in with some basic knowledge.
Look for the regular red and white taxis (RM3 for the first 1 kilometre and RM1 for every kilometre after), or the blue executive ones (RM6 for the first kilometre and RM2 for every kilometre after) which both run by the meter.
Alternatively, download the Uber or GrabCar app prior to your trip. These rides tend to be cheaper than a regular taxi, and also much safer, as it follows a guided route and every trip is logged.
It is impossible to understand Kuala Lumpur’s essence without exploring the city on your own two feet.
Merdeka Square is a great place to start, with tons of historic landmarks and colonial architecture to delve into. Next, wander around Kampung Baru to uncover a treasure trove of local food stalls, serving up some of the most authentic Malaysian fare in town. If you are in the area on a Saturday evening or Sunday morning, be sure to drop by the street market to soak in the local spirit, and also to score some cheap souvenirs.
Petaling Street is another good place for an urban hike. The street is lined with vendors hawking everything from local delicacies to cheap accessories, knock-off apparel and home furnishings.
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