Getting Around

BY AIR

The national carrier, Malaysia Airlines as well as Firefly and the budget airline AirAsia offer domestic air travel to major cities in the peninsula and to the states of Sabah and Sarawak. Points linked to Kuala Lumpur include Ipoh, Penang, Alor Setar, Langkawi, Kota Bharu, Kuala Terengganu, Kuantan, Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan, Lahad Datu, Tawau, Labuan, Kuching, Sibu, Bintulu and Miri. Private carrier Berjaya Air has direct flights to the islands of Pangkor, Redang and Tioman from the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport near Kuala Lumpur. Note that upon your arrival in Sabah or Sarawak, you will need to present your international passport even if you are arriving from Peninsular Malaysia

By Rail Trains are a comfortable, efficient and economical means of exploring Malaysia. The main line extends from Thailand in the north, southwards to Singapore. Another line radiates from Gemas in Negeri Sembilan to Kota Bharu on the east coast. In Sabah, a line connects from Kota Kinabalu through rainforests to Tenom and is not to be missed by train buffs. You can travel in air-conditioned comfort while sleeping berths are available for overnight journeys. Rail service in Peninsular Malaysia is operated by Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) or Malayan Railway offering privileged passes for easy travel.

The Eastern & Oriental Express is one of the world’s great train journeys. The journey links the cities of Singapore and Bangkok passing through Kuala Lumpur and includes a tour of Penang’s capital Georgetown.

By Sea Ferry services also operate from Malaysia to Thailand, Singapore and the Indonesian Islands of Batam and Sumatra. Within Malaysia there are regular ferry services to and from main destinations like Penang, Kuala Perlis and Kuala Kedah to Langkawi, Lumut to Pangkor and from various points on the east coast to the offshore islands of Tioman, Perhentian, Redang and the Johor islands.

The principal cruise operator in Malaysian waters is the Malaysian-owned and operated, Star Cruises. Port Klang, the biggest port serving Kuala Lumpur, is one hour’s drive away. It is where the Star Cruises Passenger Terminal is located.

The main ports of call in Malaysia for cruise ships are Melaka, Port Klang, Penang and Langkawi. Occasionally, cruise ships also drop anchor off the East Coast islands, in particular, Tioman Island. In East Malaysia, Kota Kinabalu in Sabah is the main port visited by cruise ships.

By Road Self-drive Holidays – Most points in Peninsular Malaysia are accessible via the North-South Expressway, which links up to coastal roads and the rest of the road arteries in the country. The Expressway is an excellent road network, which allows you to drive through Peninsular Malaysia. There are also other tolled highways equipped with amenities such as rest areas, restaurants, souvenir shops and Suraus (prayer rooms for Muslims), which connect towns and villages throughout the length and breadth of the country. Malaysians drive on the left side of the road. For foreign tourists an international driving licence is required.

Rental car companies can be found in most cities and airports around the country.

By Bus – Express air – conditioned buses are available to all states in Peninsular Malaysia. They offer a comfortable ride at reasonable rates. The main terminals in Kuala Lumpur are the Puduraya Bus Station, Hentian Putra, Pekeliling and Hentian Duta. There are set charges for outstation travel. Taxis can also be hired from these stations.

The national carrier, Malaysia Airlines as well as Firefly and the budget airline AirAsia offer domestic air travel to major cities in the peninsula and to the states of Sabah and Sarawak. Points linked to Kuala Lumpur include Ipoh, Penang, Alor Setar, Langkawi, Kota Bharu, Kuala Terengganu, Kuantan, Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan, Lahad Datu, Tawau, Labuan, Kuching, Sibu, Bintulu and Miri. Private carrier Berjaya Air has direct flights to the islands of Pangkor, Redang and Tioman from the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport near Kuala Lumpur. Note that upon your arrival in Sabah or Sarawak, you will need to present your international passport even if you are arriving from Peninsular Malaysia.

BY RAIL

Trains are a comfortable, efficient and economical means of exploring Malaysia. The main line extends from Thailand in the north, southwards to Singapore. Another line radiates from Gemas in Negeri Sembilan to Kota Bharu on the east coast. In Sabah, a line connects from Kota Kinabalu through rainforests to Tenom and is not to be missed by train buffs. You can travel in air-conditioned comfort while sleeping berths are available for overnight journeys. Rail service in Peninsular Malaysia is operated by Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) or Malayan Railway offering privileged passes for easy travel.

The Eastern & Oriental Express is one of the world’s great train journeys. The journey links the cities of Singapore and Bangkok passing through Kuala Lumpur and includes a tour of Penang’s capital Georgetown.

BY SEA

Ferry services also operate from Malaysia to Thailand, Singapore and the Indonesian Islands of Batam and Sumatra. Within Malaysia there are regular ferry services to and from main destinations like Penang, Kuala Perlis and Kuala Kedah to Langkawi, Lumut to Pangkor and from various points on the east coast to the offshore islands of Tioman, Perhentian, Redang and the Johor islands.

The principal cruise operator in Malaysian waters is the Malaysian-owned and operated, Star Cruises. Port Klang, the biggest port serving Kuala Lumpur, is one hour’s drive away. It is where the Star Cruises Passenger Terminal is located.

The main ports of call in Malaysia for cruise ships are Melaka, Port Klang, Penang and Langkawi. Occasionally, cruise ships also drop anchor off the East Coast islands, in particular, Tioman Island. In East Malaysia, Kota Kinabalu in Sabah is the main port visited by cruise ships.

BY ROAD

• Self-drive Holidays – Most points in Peninsular Malaysia are accessible via the North-South Expressway, which links up to coastal roads and the rest of the road arteries in the country. The Expressway is an excellent road network, which allows you to drive through Peninsular Malaysia. There are also other tolled highways equipped with amenities such as rest areas, restaurants, souvenir shops and Suraus (prayer rooms for Muslims), which connect towns and villages throughout the length and breadth of the country. Malaysians drive on the left side of the road. For foreign tourists an international driving licence is required.

Rental car companies can be found in most cities and airports around the country.

• By Bus – Express air – conditioned buses are available to all states in Peninsular Malaysia. They offer a comfortable ride at reasonable rates. The main terminals in Kuala Lumpur are the Puduraya Bus Station, Hentian Putra, Pekeliling and Hentian Duta. There are set charges for outstation travel. Taxis can also be hired from these stations.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION IN THE CITY

Besides public buses and taxis, the RapidKL Light Rail Transit (LRT) services, KL Monorail and the KTM Komuter inter-city rail services offer hassle-free accessibility to well-known landmarks in KL as well as outlying districts and nearby towns.