Are you aware that one of the things that hinder the growth of tourism in a particular place is the absence of efficient transportation? Tourists will definitely hate to visit a destination if there is an absence of convenient modes of transportation. What’s great with Kuala Lumpur transportation is that it has already established a reliable system of transportation for both locals and foreigners to enjoy.
Transportation in Kuala Lumpur has different modes of commuting which include taxis, buses, trains, and the metro. Although there is sufficient transportation for you, it is still advisable to try going on walking tours in the city. This would allow you to explore the smaller areas that are filled with cultural significance. Let us give you tips on how to get to certain attractions and accommodations using the Malaysian transportation system.
One of the widely used transportation system in Kuala Lumpur is the metro. It is composed of Light Rail Transit Stations that are located in different parts of the city. This mode is very fast and convenient for those who do not want the hassle of traffic. You just simply need to buy a ticket from the LRT counters or purchase a prepaid card called the Touch ‘N Go that would allow you to easily get in and get out of stations. The usual fare for the LRT station to station travel is around RM 1.20. The entire city of Kuala Lumpur has 3 Light Rail Transits. These lines are separated from each other, that’s why you will still have to use other modes of transportation to be able to use the lines altogether. The RapidKL transit is used by those who would like to travel from the city center to the suburbs of Kuala Lumpur. In the same way, the KTM Komuter transit allows people to go around the suburbs with ease. Another transit is called the KL Monorail which is focused on bringing travelers to key locations in the city center. This line offers inexpensive fare rates, that’s it has been the favorite mode of transportation in Kuala Lumpur for locals. It is able to bring carry more than 5,000 travelers every single hour on weekdays. If ever you decide to use the metro, be sure that you keep your belongings close to you. Pickpockets easily take advantage of new passengers.
The KL Sentral is considered as the center of all transportation in Kuala Lumpur. It is where the light rail transit lines meet and also where most people converge in the city. That’s why a newly established mall just across the KL Sentral allows people to experience convenience and luxury when they need to purchase something or dine with families and friends.
If you are after convenience Kuala Lumpur transportation and have a lot of extra cash for your travel, then you could opt to just using the taxis. This mode of transportation could prove to be a lot easier than buses and trains. Riding this would give you the freedom to where you want to stop and which particular destination you would really go to. The downside, however, of riding a cab is that some drivers tend to be abusive with pricing. Once they recognize that you are foreign to the land, they would refuse to turn the taxi meter on and instead negotiate a higher fare. To prevent this abuse from happening, simply ride on the taxi and let the driver turn on the meter for you. This would yield a more reasonable fare because you will only pay for the distance covered. Another trick that is used by drivers is by rerouting so as to make the meter tick even further. If you are a tourist and you do not know the shortest way going to your destination, then be prepared to be taken advantage of. Know that the taxi fare for trips within Kuala Lumpur usually just play around RM 20-25. Anything higher could be questionable. But if you are traveling during rainy days or during the late evening, expect that drivers would ask for a negotiated fare. It would be hard for you to get a ride during these times so be prepared to shed some extra cash for a taxi trip.
Despite all the negative sides, the taxi still remains to be our favorite transportation in Kuala Lumpur. It just gives us more time to tour the city because we can go from one destination to another without wasting a few minutes in walking from light rail transit station to another for Kuala Lumpur transportation. Also, take the opportunity of getting to have a close interaction with a local when riding a taxi. You could actually have great conversations with taxi drivers and know more about the culture of Malaysia when you communicate with them. A lot of interesting things could open up when you ride a taxi. Chinese drivers usually place incense in their vehicles. Indian drivers usually share a bit of their native tradition by chanting some Indian songs. Malaysian drivers are also very opinionated when it comes to political events. Just take advantage of all these encounters because they will all add to your wealth of travel experience.
The Walking Tour
Kuala Lumpur is definitely not among those cities that are favorable for walking tours. Its streets and roads are filled with four-wheeled and two-wheeled vehicles. You could experience a heart attack when crossing streets or when traversing roads because cars and motorcycles think that the road is primarily for them. Even persons with disabilities could have a difficult time roaming around the city using their wheelchairs. Most sidewalks and streets do not have the necessary ramps for wheelchairs. But if ever you decide to take the challenge of walking on the streets of Kuala Lumpur for a complete understanding of the local place, then you have to take some precautionary measures. First is by being extremely alert for pickpockets and snatchers. Do not ever have your bags just on your side or at your back. Second is by being cautious when crossing streets even on pedestrian lanes. Surely, you could have the best time in Malaysia when caution and care are also exercised for transportation in Kuala Lumpur.
The Tourist Buses
If you have been a constant traveler of countries around the globe, then you could have probably taken the hop on and hop off buses. These kinds of buses allow you to explore places in exciting ways. Kuala Lumpur has interestingly designed hop on and hop off buses which are painted with colorful hues and patterns. What’s great with these tourist buses is their ability to go around the entire city because of the 20 departure areas that it offers. If you are a person with a disability, do not worry because these buses could actually accommodate those who are in wheelchairs. The tickets for the buses could be purchased from the Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Counters. If you happen to fail to buy tickets from the counters, then you could still give your payment to the bus operators during the travel. We suggest that you start the bus tour in Lot 10 along the street of Jalan Bukit Bintang.