• Taxi Services • Bus
in Kuala Lumpur and the rest of the Klang Valley covers a variety of
transport modes such as bus, rail and taxi. The Government of Malaysia
has spent millions of ringgit to improve the quality and availability of
public transport in the Klang Valley area, including constructing the
new Light Rail Transit line.
Kuala Lumpur has a large network of buses, light commuter trains and
fleet taxis. However KL is a city that can be difficult to move about
especially for those not familiar with the city. It can a tiring if you
intend to walk the distance in the heat of the day as not everything is
nearby. The traffic jams, which happen regularly, are legendary. This
makes travelling by commuter trains the best option if you plan to
explore the city sights during peak traffic periods. Stay away from
taxis and buses during the early morning rush hours from 7.30-9pm and
late evening crawl from as early as 5 till as late as 7.30pm.
If you are travelling in a group of 2 or more, getting a taxi to the
city is the cheapest and the most convenient way. There are 2 types of
taxi - Premier Taxi or a Budget Taxi. The premier is usually a larger
type of car (The locally manufactured Proton Perdana) or Renault MPVs
are more comfortable and obviously more expensive the normally used
Taxi drivers can be a real pain! One should be wary of some of local
taxis drivers as they do try and rip you off if they can. They do tend
to give you a tough time and never agree on the first go to take you by
the meter. So be sure you fix the price before you board the taxi, or
insist on going by the meter. If they refuse, take another taxi. Or
best, take a taxi from the taxi stand. One should also check for
midnight surcharge which should be 50% above the meter rates.
The best option is to book a reliable taxi guide.
Buses are a cheaper method of travel around the city. Rapid KL, a
government-sanctioned company, is the main bus service provider in the
city. There are bus stops located in every nook and cranny of Kuala
Lumpur that will take you to a variety of places, including adjoining
areas in Selangor state. However, it can be quite confusing if you are
not familiar with the areas or routes.
For intercity travel, the main transit hubs in Kuala Lumpur are:
or Hentian Puduraya is the main station that caters for express buses
that runs from K. Lumpur to other destinations throughout the country as
well as to Singapore and to Thailand. Due to congestion other stations
has been opened to ease the traffic as such some express bus services to
certain destinations depart from this station.
Please take note that seats on these express buses tend to be sold out
during Fridays and Saturdays especially so during long weekends and
It would be wise to book early.
A new bus terminal, Plaza Rakyat is planned to replace neighbouring
Puduraya, however the project has been put on hold since 1997 due to a
financial crisis, and excessive costs. As of April 2007, only the base
of the complex has been completed and is now a major eyesore in the city
centre. The other stations are as follows:-
Putra Bus Terminal — serving buses heading to the East Coast
destinations. Nearby rail connections are at PWTC LRT and Putra Komuter.
Pasar Rakyat — a new bus terminal to take away some of Puduraya's
KL Sentral — Kuala Lumpur's main railway station.
Duta Bus Terminal — for buses operated by Transnasional and
Airport Coach (bus services to KLIA)
Kuala Lumpur's rail-based Light Rail Transit System
offers an efficient, inexpensive and fast traveling convenience to
the different parts of the city as well as to its outskirts.
Designed as an intermodal transportation hub, most of Kuala Lumpur's
rail-based public transportation serve KL Station while many
intercity trains serving Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore begin
KL City Air Terminal - KL Sentral Monorail Station - KL Sentral as a