Riding Easy with Public Transport
After you’ve sorted out where you’re going to live in a new country, the next question is – how are you going to get around? If a car isn’t an option, then public transportation is the way to go. It’s cost-efficient, ecofriendly, you don’t have to sit in traffic and best of all, no looking for parking.
For intra-city transport, Rapid Bus is the largest single bus operator in Malaysia. There are four types of services: Ekspres (express services), Bandar (city shuttles), Utama (trunk routes) and Tempatan (local shuttles). Tell them apart by the prefix in front of their numbers or the colours of their destination boards.
The half-hourly Hop-on Hop-off bus has 23 stops with access to 40 attractions (standard price RM50 for 24 hours). Otherwise, there’s also the light purple Go KL bus that covers most central KL destinations and is free.
For inter-city journeys, express coaches are a common mode of transport. Tickets can be purchased online or at ticketing offices. It’s by far the cheapest ride, and saves you time.
The four bus hubs in KL are located at KL Sentral, KLCC, Maluri and Titiwangsa. All other cities only have one bus hub each.
Light Rail Transit (LRT)
These four-coach trains run on elevated tracks in KL along three lines and are all operated by Rapid Rail.
Kelana Jaya Line: Links Subang Jaya, Petaling Jaya, KL and Gombak. One of the most-used lines and consequently, the most crowded during rush hour.
Ampang and Sri Petaling Line: Both lines run from Sentul Timur to Chan Sow Lin but then diverge.
Metro Rail Transit (MRT)
Only the Sungai Buloh-kajang line runs now, connecting Cheras and Damansara to the city. The Sungai BulohSerdang-putrajaya line should be fully operational by 2022.
Commuter Rail and Monorail
There are five rail lines in Kuala Lumpur with two operators.the KLIA Transit, along with the KLIA Ekspres, connects KLIA to Putrajaya and KL Sentral.the Port Klang and Seremban Lines are used to get around the Klang Valley while the Padang Rengas and Padang Besar Lines service the northern area of Peninsular Malaysia.
KL’S Monorail primarily services the ‘Golden Triangle’ area of Bukit Bintang, Imbi and Raja Chulan.
Rail travel is one of the fastest ways to travel between states. Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) operates both the diesel-hauled Intercity rail service and the Electric Train Service (ETS). While the Intercity has an extensive network covering even the East Coast, the ETS is preferred for West Coast travel as it’s faster and only stops at major stations.
Did You Know?
Besides the usual bus and rail services, ride sharing is currently one of the most popular ways to get around town. Uber and Grab are the two largest ride sharing services in the country and they offer competitive prices and frequent discounts. You’ll need their mobile apps to book rides – and be careful of ‘surge pricing’, which is where the price spikes during high demand especially during rush hour.