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A complete guide to the Kuala Lumpur transportation system

Kuala Lumpur transportation system

by Parastoo Sahebi
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Kuala Lumpur's transportation system

Kuala Lumpur transportation system is one of the best and most equipped systems in the world; This city provides passengers with a huge network of buses, metro, taxis, and rental cars.

Knowing the transportation system of each city before traveling is a very important and essential point. In some cities, the costs related to the transportation system are so expensive that it may ruin all your travel and tourist plans, so you need to have information about this. Kuala Lumpur transport system is made of multiple very advanced and complex infrastructures, and it is interesting to know that it is one of the longest “driverless” automatic subway systems in the world; This metro line is called “Klana Jaya”. We assure you that by the end of this article, you will be fully prepared to use Kuala Lumpur’s public transport system.


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 Introduction to Kuala Lumpur Transportation System

Kuala Lumpur is the modern and attractive capital of Malaysia, which is located in Southeast Asia. One thing you need to know at the beginning is that Kuala Lumpur is more expensive than other cities in Malaysia, and for this reason, you need to have a specific plan for your budget before traveling to this city. One of the most important things that you should think about in advance is the guide for using the Kuala Lumpur transportation system and its related costs.

To use the public transportation system of Koala, among the options in front of you are the KLIA Express train, urban light train, electronic train, monorail, bus, taxi, and rental cars.

The remarkable thing about getting around in Kuala City is that due to the heavy traffic in this city, most of the tourists prefer to go to their destination on foot.


Kuala Lumpur trains are the most convenient way to travel within the city

KLIA Express train

To travel from downtown Kuala Lumpur to its two main airports and vice versa, one of the best options for travelers is the KLIA Express train. These trains are uniform and equipped with air conditioning, comfortable seats, luggage storage, and high-speed Wi-Fi internet.

These trains run every 15 minutes during peak hours and every 20 minutes on Saturdays. You need to know that the first departure time of this train is at 5 am and the last departure time is at 1 am. To use the KLIA Express train on Fridays and Sundays, you should know that it is very crowded between 6 and 9 and 16 and 22, and you should be patient.

All trains on this route stop for 30 minutes after midnight.

KLIA Express Rail Company offers its services to the door of passengers’ homes or hotels, for which they charge a separate fee. In this type of service, the company takes passengers with their limousines to their desired destination along with all their luggage.

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Urban train

After the KLIA Express trains that we mentioned above, it’s time for the LRT trains. These trains are active on the two main routes of Kuala City, the Kelana Jaya LRT line and the Ampang LRT line respectively.

The starting time of these trains is from 6 am to 12 pm and a train passes every 15 minutes. The peak of crowding is in the hours of 7-9 and 17-19 when employees use these routes to return home.

It should be noted that the routes of all these trains in Kuala Lumpur are depicted on the Kuala Lumpur Metro map, and you can easily find the train corresponding to your route by checking it. Our advice to you is not to be afraid of the colorful and complicated Kuala Lumpur Metro map and use the Kuala Lumpur Metro trains to travel around Kuala Lumpur. We recommend that you install the City Rail Map KL application on your mobile phone so that you can use the trains in Kuala Lumpur more easily. This application is designed in such a way that you can easily use the Kuala Lumpur Metro and understand the Kuala Lumpur Metro map better.

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Monorail is one of the other options in Kuala Lumpur’s rail transportation system. Perhaps less than others have heard the name of this system,  the monorail is a very simple but functional train network that operates between the main transportation hub of the city, KL Central, and Titiwangsa in the center of KL.

The operating hours of the monorail in Kuala Lumpur are from 6:00 am to 24:00 pm, and during peak hours, the monorail will pass the corresponding track every 5 minutes. To buy a monorail ticket, you can use the special machines located at the entrance to the train station.


MRT SBK automatic train

The last train that we want to introduce in the Kuala Lumpur transportation system article is the MRT SBK automatic train. These trains are the best choice for commuting from the city center to different parts of the city. MRT SBK trains cover a route of about 51 kilometers and have 31 stations. All stations have facilities such as elevators and ramps for the disabled, escalators, customer service centers, ticket machines, prayer rooms, and restrooms.

These trains are on the route from Sungai Blue to Kajang. To buy tickets, you can go to the ticket machines located at this station. The starting time of these trains is 6 am every day. Generally, MRT stations are closed from Monday to Friday at midnight and the weekend at 11 pm.

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Kuala Bus Metro, the most used vehicle in the world

fast buses or metro buses are among the popular options in the Kuala Lumpur transportation system that people and especially travelers use. If we want to say a little more clearly about the activity of Kuala Lumpur buses, this means of transportation is divided into 4 different sections.

City Bus: Buses that are active around the center of Kuala City.

Bus Utama: If you want to go from the city center to the suburbs of Kuala City, Bus Utama can be a very good option for you.

Bus Tempatan (local bus): as the name of these buses suggests, their place of operation is the outskirts of the city.

Bus Express: Whenever you hear the name Express, know that they mean fast buses. You can use these buses to reach far places in the suburbs.


There are also a bunch of free buses called GO-kl in Malaysia!

Needless to say, there are several other free buses called GO-kl in the city of Kuala Lumpur, which include four circular routes around the city. To board these buses, you can go to its stations which are KLCC, KL Tower, Central KL, National Museum, and Merdeka Square. During peak rush hour, a bus passes every five minutes, on other days it reaches 10 to 15 minutes.


Don’t miss Koala Metrobuses!

A private company in the field of the Kuala Lumpur transportation system has been operating since 1992, and its name is Metrobus Nationwide. After express buses, Metrobuses are introduced as the second express operators in Kuala Lumpur.

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Taxi, the most popular means of transportation to any destination.

In the city of Kuala Lumpur, different taxis with red-white, yellow-blue, green, or yellow colors are active in the city and most of them have coolers. Taxi stands are all over the city and you often see long lines in them. Taxis in this city will stop when you wave in front of them only in good conditions, which of course is aggravated in rainy weather.

The cost of a taxi is 3 ringgit when you sit in it and 1.50 ringgit is added to the amount for each kilometer. If you want a taxi to wait for you, you have to pay 25 ringgit.

Always try to tell them the exact destination you want to go to before you want to take a taxi in the cities of Malaysia. The reason for this is that some Malay drivers have poor geographical knowledge. You can easily find a taxi in front of hotels and tourist centers because there are plenty of taxi stops in these areas.

Of course, to find an internet taxi, you need to know that there are two applications, Grab and Uber, that are active in Kuala Lumpur.


Rent a car in Kuala Lumpur and be the director of your trip

If you didn’t like all the ways we said above or it is difficult for you, you can rent a car in the city of Kuala Malaysia. To drive in this city, you need to know that there is a confusing one-way system and conflicting traffic signs, so be sure to keep this in mind before renting a car.

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Obtaining an international driver’s license is mandatory!

Foreign driving licenses are required for rental cars. An international driver’s license (which must be translated and validated by the government of the original country and must specify the category of the vehicle license) is not usually required by local car rental companies, but we recommend that you have a valid driver’s license and bring the translation with you.


Final words

Now that the article is over, we hope that we have been able to answer your questions about the Kuala Lumpur transportation system, which is the modern capital of Malaysia; If you had the experience of using any of the vehicles in this city, share with us and other audiences, we thank you in advance for your interaction.

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