Traveling to and around Malaysia
Traveling to Malaysia
The new KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport) located at Sepang was built in June 1998 and has one of the most modern and sophisticated passenger service facilities in the region. It is 40 min south of Kuala Lumpur on the KLIA Expressway. There are six more international airports located at other major cities in Malaysia.
Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is the national carrier and it currently flies to 112 destinations worldwide. Currently over 45 international airlines fly into Malaysia.
Both Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah & Sarawak in Borneo are accessible by sea. Klang is a port city located 50 km east of the capital Kuala Lumpur. It has deep harbours and modern passenger facilities.
By Road & Rail
From Thailand, the main entry point into Malaysia is Bukit Kayu Hitam in Kedah. The North-South Expressway joins this town to Kuala Lumpur (490 km). Padang Besar in Perlis is an alternative entry point from Thailand.
Johor Bahru is the main entry point from Singapore in the south. The North-South Expressway joins Johor Bahru to Kuala Lumpur (220 km).
Getting around Malaysia
MAS and AirAsia (budget airline) offer domestic air travel to all major cities in Malaysia. The airline websites provide flight routes and schedules. Most cities in Peninsular Malaysia are accessible using the North-South expressway. There are also several excellent highways connecting towns and villages on the length and breadth of the country.
Malayan Railways (KTM) has an impressive rail network that stretches from north to south and east to west in Peninsular Malaysia. The KTM Railpass has all the benefits of first - class travel , but at economy rates. Railpass holders are allowed unlimited travel on any passenger train in Malaysia and Singapore for the duration of the railpass.
The KTM commuter service has a regular train service plying between Kuala Lumpur and the satellite towns of Rawang, Seremban and Port Klang.
There are also two Light Rail Transit( LRT ) networks operating within the city loop.
The KL International Airport is connected to the Sentral Station in Kuala Lumpur by the ERL express train system.
The Eastern & Oriental Express is a luxury train service that runs from Singapore to Bangkok via Kuala Lumpur. The 41-hour round trip journey starts from the Singapore train terminal, through to Kuala Lumpur before going up north to Bangkok and back again.
Buses are readily available from Kuala Lumpur to other towns in Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. The Intrakota buses operate within the KL city. The fare is fixed to any destination within the bus routes.
Interstate taxis are an inexpensive and quick form of travel to another city within Malaysia. The interstate taxi stand in Kuala Lumpur is located at Pudu Raya Terminal. Fares for interstate taxis are standardised based on the destination.
City cabs in Kuala Lumpur are easily recognised by their 'yellow & black' or 'red & white' paintwork. Fares are calculated based on flagfall and mileage. There is a 50% surcharge for travel between midnight and 6 am.
Guided sightseeing tours are regulated by the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Tourism to ensure the highest service and quality are delivered. Guided tours are normally booked from the Tourist Information Centres or at the Hotel booking desks.
Self Drive Tours
Malaysian roads and highways are among the best in the world. Self-driving is an excellent way to see the country. The highways cut through mountains with beautiful village and countryside scenes. Most roads pass through villages and local markets allowing for quick refreshments or shopping. A valid driving license from any country is needed to drive in Malaysia. Otherwise, an international driving license is required. Rental cars can be arranged through your hotel or the internet.
When lost or needing help with directions look out for the tourist police officer. They are most helpful and can be recognized by their checkered cap, armbands and dark blue uniform.
Getting to these Destinations
Beaches & Islands
Penang is accessible by air via Malaysian Airlines (MAS) or AirAsia from any major cities in Malaysia. It has an international airport and direct flights operate from India, Thailand and Indonesia.
The Penang Bridge links Penang Island to the mainland. The journey on the North South Expressway to Kuala Lumpur is 4 hours. There is also a 24-hour ferry service from the mainland to Penang. There are several air-conditioned express buses that ply KL and other major cities to Penang several times a day.
Both MAS and AirAsia fly several times daily between Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi. Ferries to and from Langkawi can be boarded at Kuala Kedah or Kuala Perlis on the Malaysian mainland, Penang, or from Satun in Thailand. All ferries arrive at the jetty terminal in Kuah town at the southern tip of Langkawi.
Berjaya Air flys guests to the Berjaya resort on Tioman from both KL and Singapore. If traveling by road, the ferry terminals to Tioman are located at Mersing and Tanjung Gemuk. There are express buses from KL and Johor Bahru to these two terminals.
MAS and AirAsia fly daily to Pulau Redang. If traveling by road, head first towards Kuala Terengganu. The Merang Jetty about 40km south of Kuala Terengganu is where the ferries and speedboats depart from.
MAS flies to Pangkor daily from Ipoh. Berjaya Air flies there 4 times a week from KL Subang Airport. The ferry from Lumut on the mainland takes passengers to Pulau Pangkor and it leaves every ½ hour.
This is a private island. Upon arrival at Pangkor Island, guests are normally transferred by boat to the Pangkor Laut Resort.
Perhentian Island is located 21km off the Terengganu shore and the take-off point is Kuala Besut. It takes half hour by boat to reach the island. The Kuala Besut jetty is an hour's drive from Kota Bahru (Kota Bahru is serviced daily by MAS and AirAsia).
MAS and AirAsia fly daily to Tawau on the east coast of Sabah. From Tawau, there is a 2 hour scenic drive to Semporna (the jumping off point for Sipadan). At the Semporna jetty, locally operated speedboats will ferry passengers to Sipadan Island in an hour.
MAS and AirAsia fly to Kuantan from KL daily. Cherating is about 30 min by taxi from the Kuantan Airport. The new East-West Expressway connects KL to Kuantan. Traveling time is about 2.5 hours. Express buses ply these 2 cities throughout the day.
MAS and AirAsia fly daily to Kuala Terengganu. If traveling by road, head first towards Kuala Terengganu. Rantau Abang is a fishing town a hour south of Kuala Terengganu along the coast road.
Highland & Country Resorts
Cameron Highlands is about 3 hours north from Kuala Lumpur on the North-South Expressway. At Tapah turn into the Tanah Rata exit and head for Cameron Highlands.
Genting Highlands is only 50kms from Kuala Lumpur via the Karak Highway. The Genting Express Bus leaves every hour from Kuala Lumpur. Genting also offers limousines, coaches and helicopter services for charter.
The journey by road is about 2 hours from KL heading north, using the North-South Expressway. Exit at Rawang and drive towards Kuala Kubu Bahru for the ascent to Fraser's Hill.
Bukit Tinggi is an hour's drive from Kuala Lumpur via the Karak Highway. The Bukit Tinggi Resort operates a shuttle service from Kuala Lumpur to the Colmar Tropicale.
History & Colonial
Malacca is located between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. It does not have an airport or train station. However, there are several express buses operating from KL or Singapore to Malacca throughout the day. Self drive is an excellent way to visit Malacca which is less than 2 hours south of KL along the Expressway.
Taman Negara National Park
Daily Express Buses leaves Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Tembeling via Jerantut town. This is a 4 hour journey with rest stops along the way. The river journey by motor boat into Taman Negara is 3 hours from the Kuala Tembeling Jetty. Visitors from Singapore can take the train directly to Kuala Tembeling.
Mt Kinabalu Sabah
Several buses ply daily between Kota Kinabalu (KK) to the park entrance of Mt Kinabalu. The bus journey takes about 4 hours, climbing from sea level to 1600 metres at the entrance of Kinabalu National Park.
Pulau Layang-layang Sabah
The Island is 1 hour's flight north of Sabah's capital Kota Kinabalu. The Layang Layang Island Resort is the only resort on the island. The flight there is normally included in the resort package.
Niah National Park - Sarawak
Regular bus service to Batu Niah from Miri or Bintulu are available from the local bus terminal. The journey usually takes 2 hours from Miri and 3 hours from Bintulu. The Park Office is a further 3km from Batu Niah town. Chartered taxis and tour buses normally take you straight there, otherwise you can take the longboat or trek up there.
Semenggoh Reserve - Sarawak
Semenggoh is located about 30 min by bus from Kuching. From the entrance to the Oran Utan rehabilitation centre is a 20 min walk through the wild orchid & fruit garden and fernery.
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