Getting Around in Kuala Lumpur

There are many ways that you can travel around the city on your trip to Kuala Lumpur. From an extensive public transport system to the comfort of a taxi, this guide will help you manage your travel within the city.

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LRT (Light Rail Transit)

The LRT, or Light Rail Transmit, is an easy, fast and cheap way to travel around the city. Composed of 3 lines, it allows access to all the major parts of the city and provides access to many of the main tourist hotspots. 

Lines:

The LRT runs on 2 major routes: The Kelana Jaya line and the Ampang line. The Ampang line splits into 2 routes: the Sri Petaling route and Ampang route. 

Quick Facts:
  • Operates between 6am and midnight.
  • Trains arrive frequently – every 3 to 15 minutes. 
  • Fares start at RM 1 for one stop and increase as distance travelling increases.
  • Lines get very busy during rush-hour. This is from 7am-9am and 5pm-7pm as commuters use the LRT to get to and from work. 
Kelana Jaya line (24 stations, 27km long):

Runs from north to south starting in Kelana Jaya and ending in Gombak.

Notable stops:
  • Bangsar – There are some great shopping malls here including Bangsar Shopping Centre and Bangsar Village.
  • KL Sentral – This station has fantastic transport links to other areas in KL and the airport. There are also many shopping malls here too.
  • Pasar Seni – This station is close to the famous Petaling Street in Chinatown.
  • KLCC – This area has lots of KL’s most famous landmarks including the Petronas Towers, KL Park and some great shopping malls including Suria KLCC and Avenue K.
  • Gombak – This station is only a 10 minute drive from here to Batu Caves. It offers an affordable way to travel to the caves. 
Sri Petaling line (18 stations, 20km long):

Runs from north to south starting in Sentul Timur and ending in Sri Petaling.

Ampang line (18 stations, 13km long):

Runs from north to east starting in Sentul Timur and ending in Ampang. 

The 2 lines (Sri Petaling and Ampang line) follow the same route until Chan Sow Lin station)

Notable stops:
  • Masjid Jamek – This station is close to Central Market and the Sri Mahamariamman temple.
  • Plaza Rakyat – Get off here to visit the famous Petaling Street night market in Chinatown. 
  • Hang Tuah – This station is close to Chan See Shu Yuen Temple.
  • Chan Sow Lin – This is where the Ampang line changes route. Up until this station, the Ampang line follows the same route. 
Paying for your ticket:

The LRT lines are part of Rapid Rail who also run the monorail and MRT lines. They have Touch ‘n Go cards called MyRapid that you can use on all the transport systems. 

Touch ‘n Go – MyRapid
  • Easy and convenient to use. 
  • Load up with money to just tap in and out when using the LRT.
  • Similar to London’s Oyster card.
  • Buy from any LRT station for a RM 10 deposit.
Ticket 
  • You can also travel by buying a ticket at the ticket machines in the LRT stations.
  • Stations will provide you with a token that you use to travel for that trip. 

KL Monorail

The Monorail is another easy and cheap way to travel around Kuala Lumpur. It is a great sightseeing choice as it runs above the city connecting the areas of central KL. 

Lines:

The monorail has 1 line comprising 11 stations that are located in central KL. It’s 9km length runs from KL Sentral (KL’s major transport hub) to Titiwangsa. 

Quick facts:
  • Operates between 6am and midnight. 
  • Trains arrive frequently – every 5 to 12 minutes (they arrive faster during peak times).
  • Fares start from RM 1.20 for one stop and go up to RM 2.50 for longer journeys.
  • Gets busy during rush-hour times as many commuters use the monorail. These are from 7am-9am and 5pm-7pm. 
Paying for your ticket: 

The monorail is also part of Rapid Rail. You can use the Touch ‘n Go cards called MyRapid on the monorail too!

If you don’t have a MyRapid card, you can buy blue, round tokens from ticket machines in the stations. These are used to access the monorail. 

Notable stops:
  • KL Sentral – This station is the main transport hub of KL. It provides great access to to other areas of KL and the airport. There are also some fantastic shopping malls here. 
  • Tun Sambathan – This station is close to Little India, a famous neighbourhood in KL that is filled with Indian shops and restaurants. Additionally, it is close by to Thean Hou Temple.
  • Maharajalela – This station provides access to the Kuan Yin Temple and the Chan See Shu Yuen Temple. 
  • Imbi – This station is nearby to the Berjaya Times Square shopping mall.
  • Bukit Bintang – This area is KL’s central entertainment district and is filled with malls, restaurants, hotels, activities and more! It is also close to Jalan Alor, one of KL’s most famous roads filled with delicious street food. 
  • Bukit Nanas Station – Provides access to KL Tower.

MRT

The MRT is a super-fast, convenient and affordable way to travel around Kuala Lumpur. With an extensive route and modern facilities, it is an easy and comfortable way to travel.

Lines:

The MRT has one line comprising 31 stations stretching over 51km in length. This includes 7 underground stations. The MRT line runs from Sungai Buloh all the way to Kajang connecting Kuala Lumpur’s city centre with the surrounding neighbourhoods. 

Quick facts:
  • Operates from 6am every day. Closing times vary at each station but is generally between 11pm and midnight. 
  • Fares start from RM 1.20 for one stop and reach RM 6.40 for long trips. 
  • Trains are frequent. They come every 3 minutes during peak times but can be a bit longer during quieter times, up to 10 minutes. 
  • Can be busy during rush-hour times (7am-9am, 5pm-7pm). 
Paying for your ticket:

The MRT is also operated by Rapid Rail (same as LRT and monorail). You can use the Touch ‘n Go MyRapid card to pay for your journey or you can buy tickets at the ticket machines in the station – the machine will provide you with a round token that you use to travel.

Notable stops:
  • Bandar Utama – This station is close to shopping malls including The Curve Shopping Mall, The Starling Mall and 1 Utama Shopping Mall. 
  • Bukit Bintang – This is the major entertainment district in KL, filled with malls, bars, restaurants, nightclubs and more. The best malls include Pavilion KL and Lot 10. This area also features Jalan Alor – the famous street food area. 
  • Mizium Negara – This station is located just in front of the National Museum of Malaysia. It is also connected to KL Sentral which is a major transport hub.
  • Pasar Seni – This station is located in Chinatown, giving access to the Petaling street night market, Central Market and some beautiful temples, including Sin Sze Si Ya Temple and Sri Mahamariamman temple.

Taxi

Taxis are a very convenient way to travel around Kuala Lumpur as they are available at all times (24/7) and are comfortable to ride in. There are plenty of taxis in Kuala Lumpur.

Finding a taxi:
  • There are designated taxi stops across the city. These tend to be the best place to find taxis as the taxis will queue up in these spots.
  • One of the best and easiest ways to get a taxi is using the app Grab on your phone. It is similar to Uber where you request a driver and they come to you and pick you up. There are many drivers across the city and you will get the fare in advance when you book.
  • You can try to flag one down on the road but they are often harder to come by and the taxi will only stop if there is a safe place to do so.
Pricing:
  • Fare start at RM 3 for the first 1km. This increased by RM 0.10 for every 150 meters travelled. 
  • Taxis should use the meter to calculate the fare, it is a legal requirement. 
  • Beware, some taxis may refuse to use the meter, you will especially find these drivers outside of luxury hotels and major tourist hotspots. It is best to avoid these drivers as they charge way more than they should. Always ask to use the meter.

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