Travel options in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur has a decent public transport system making it not that difficult to travel like a local, especially when you have one with you! They know the best routes to travel in Kuala Lumpur and how to avoid the Malaysian capital's notorious rush hour.

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Travel in Kuala Lumpur

The roads of Kuala Lumpur aren’t the best place to drive. So unless you have your local host driving with you, you might want to consider a different method for getting around. Signs can be confusing, traffic sits still during rush hours, and some drivers are dangerously reckless. Taxis aren't bad, just try to get them to use the meter. Stay clear of taxis during rush hours, and remember to negotiate hard.

The best way to travel in Kuala Lumpur hands down is to take the trains. The train system is sufficiently developed, cheap, and the few different lines cover most of the parts of the city you'll be visiting. Not all trains are part of the same network, so sometimes you'll have to buy multiple tickets, and if it rains you might get wet when transferring between lines. Taking the trains during rush hour might be difficult as the trains will be packed to the brim and fighting your way in and out of the vehicle can be quite a hassle, however it is still a better option than being stuck in traffic jams.

Top city tours in Kuala Lumpur:

Caves, Culture & Dizzy Towers


€77.00 p.p.

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Monika Sammy

Best of Bangkok Tour: Highlights & Hidden Gems

Our day was superb with him!
We had busy morning finding the correct meeting place and got little late, but Sammy greeted us with smile.Immediately he felt like an old friend, we know for years. Great humor, friendly, helpful, good knowledge about everything. With him we really turned to local and we smelled The Real Life Flavor in Bangkok. I remember Sammy said that once in Bangkok temperature dropped to +20 degrees and he felt like dying, so cold for him, so today when it is -21 degrees here in Estonia I smile and think of him :)

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Wesley Yanira

Rome’s Favorite Food Tour: the 10 Tastings

There should be an extra Heart on the rating for Yanira's beauty and charm! It really was quite a magical day in spite of the rain. In fact the rain actually doesn't seem to stop anyone in Rome.

Looking back on the Food tasting, I should have asked for her favorite pasta dish, which I am sure she would have done. However it was still fantastic, especially Roscioli, the Forno we visited, which is beloved by the Locals and hopefully not on the list of most Tourists; it would be too crowded!

I also learned I have been referring to a single Panino as a Panini my whole life! And a Cannolo too (He He). The perfect ending though was the Charcuterie platter at the Cured Meat shop, whose name I cannot recall right now. I took that to go and finished it later in my Hotel room; no one does cured meats better than Italy!

Oh by the way: I am still having dreams about the Gelato!

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Madison Zarut

A customized trip with Zarut

Zarut was the perfect guide! From the moment we booked our tour of the floating markets with him, he was willing to chat each step of the way to ensure our day would be enjoyable. What’s more, Zarut was happy to help with any other questions we had and provide some fantastic suggestions on food and bars that he knew we would enjoy in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. This is of course outside the scope of our floating market tour, but he went above and beyond to ensure our entire trip was a success. We highly recommend Zarut - you won’t be sorry for booking tours with him!

In your travel to Kuala Lumpur, you might consider hopping on a bus. However the public bus network is inconsistent enough that casual travelers shouldn’t bother with it. The low frequencies and near-total lack of signs makes this a poor option for the casual visitor, so unless you're with your local guide, the buses would be a real pain. However Kuala Lumpur also has special sightseeing buses. The Hop-on-hop-off bus is a good way to see the city and has an interesting route that covers most of the tourist sights.

All in all, walking isn't a bad way of getting around as long as you avoid the hottest part of the day. The old centre of Kuala Lumpur is fairly compact and the old buildings in various states of repair are great for exploring on foot. Your local host will be more than happy to walk around with you through the magnificent sites in the city. The major roads are well lit, making evening strolls pleasant and safe.

The city may not be the easiest city to get around, but as long as you follow some basic advice from your local guide, you’ll get around just fine! Enjoy all the great things to do in Kuala Lumpur!

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