SIMILARLY TO ITS economic operations, Kuala Lumpur has a particularly ambitious public transport system with room for improvement. Although it is well developed, fairly efficient and convenient, its integration into the city needs to be worked on.
You will quickly discover that similarly to many developing cities, Kuala Lumpur suffers from traffic jams at regular intervals throughout the day. It is inevitable that at some point you will fall prey to this, so ensure you leave plenty of time to reach each destination. Although the city has good quality roads, if you do choose to tackle them be prepared for a complex web of expressways and signs in the local language.
One of the more entertaining modes of transport is the doubledecker KL Hop-on Hop-off tour bus, including free wifi and a commentary. However, if you are looking for the most efficient way to navigate the city, the RapidKL runs a cheap and incredibly comprehensive public bus network with two running every hour.
Again, in attempts to curb the city’s traffic situation, its rail coverage is extensive and with careful planning beforehand should enable you to reach most hotels and tourist hotspots without the need of a taxi. If at any point you do find yourself in need of a taxi, prepare for many of the drivers you encounter to refuse use of the meter; particularly during rush hour where prices will often become negotiable and inflated.
Similarly to George Town, you will find Kuala Lumpur to be fairly compact enabling exploration on foot between the colonial area and the new glass and steel sector of the city.
KL's hop-on hop-off buses are one of the more entertaining modes of transport in the city