Getting Around in Kuala Lumpur

Monorail in Kuala Lumpur

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Getting Around in Kuala Lumpur

Home to the iconic Petronas Twin Tower, the KL Tower with a glass-bottom observation deck, and bustling Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur is a must-visit destination in Southeast Asia. A family-friendly place with a lot to offer—from gorgeous temples, delicious food, high-end shopping malls, and fun activities—adults and children will find something here to enjoy. 

Before you fly off to the multicultural capital city of Malaysia, planning how to get around in Kuala Lumpur will ensure a smooth trip, especially if you have kids in tow. Trains, buses, and cars are some of the popular transportation options in KL. 

Below, we will highlight each form of transportation that could help you make the most out of your trip. 

Transportation in Kuala Lumpur, How To Get Around in KL

An extensive public transport system awaits in Kuala Lumpur that will take you to your desired locations. Buses and rail systems make up most of the transportation system in the city. The KTM Komuter, light rail transit, monorail line, and mass rapid transit make getting around easy. The easiest way to get to and from Kuala Lumpur International Airport is with the klia express trains. 

Getting Around in Kuala Lumpur By Train

MRTs, LRTs, monorail, and KTM are available here in Kuala Lumpur. Each train takes you through scenic attractions from KL Sentral Station to the Batu Caves, Central Market to Little India, KLCC Park and beyond. The KL monorail runs through the city center, LRT lines connect suburbs to the city center, while MRT and commuter rail services run over longer distances that connect the city to surrounding towns. 

At Kuala Lumpur International Airport, you can hop on either of the dedicated airport-link services from the airport to Kuala Lumpur city: the KLIA Ekspres Trains and KLIA Transit, operated by Express Rail Link (ERL). We usually take the KLIA Ekspres train from KLIA or KLIA 2 to KL Sentral Station. The ride only takes 35 minutes, which is, especially during rush hours, faster than a car. 

We recommend getting a Touch ’N’ Go Card (or go cardless with the TNG app) if you plan a longer stay to save money. You can use the card on trains to pay the toll and most merchants also prefer cashless payments. 

Using a Ride-Hail App To Get Around Kuala Lumpur

If your accommodation is not within walking distance from a public transport stop, there’s another great way to get around Kuala Lumpur. A ride-hail app is exactly for you if you’re after the most convenient transportation mode. 

In Kuala Lumpur, we use Grab, the most popular ride-hailing app in Southeast Asia, with an excellent reputation for safe and comfortable rides. To us, Grab is the best way of getting around in Kuala Lumpur as it brings you from door to door and you can simply order a car whenever you need a ride. 

You only need to download the Grab app on your mobile phone, register, and order a ride whenever needed. The price is fixed depending on your destination and the demand at the time or ordering; during peak hours, the rates are slightly higher. We’ve got a lot more to say about Grab as we’re using this app on a daily basis.

TIP: Click here to read our ultimate guide to the Grab App

Explore Kuala Lumpur on Foot

If you are feeling a bit adventurous and you (literally) want to “let your feet take your place,” then by all means, do it (we do it too). Explore Kuala Lumpur on foot, especially the KLCC area is an excellent area to walk around as multiple tourist attractions are just a short walk away. Kuala Lumpur city centre has good sidewalks to keep you safe while exploring the area. Several shopping malls are also nearby, and this is where you’ll find the Petronas Twin Towers, Aquaria KLCC and our favorite food court in Kuala Lumpur. Visit the Petronas Towers, enjoy the views from the Skybridge connecting the two towers, then head KLCC Park, where your children can play at the wading pool or playground. 

The best time to explore Kuala Lumpur on foot is the morning, as it can get quite warm in the early afternoon and/or rainy in the late afternoon, depending on the season. Click here to learn about the weather in Kuala Lumpur.

There are also guided walking tours you can consider to explore the heart of the city. Each guided walk tour varies in price, destinations, and hours. 

Use the Hop-On Hop-Off Bus For Transportation in Kuala Lumpur

When it’s too hot outside for a walk, another way to get around KL is via the hop-on hop-off bus. The double-decker has 27 designated stops and over 60 attractions that will help you get to wherever you want to in the city. As the name implies, you can hop on and off anytime. 

You also have the option to visit only the attractions you want to see. The bus runs from 9 am to 8 pm daily with 30-minute intervals. It serves major hotel areas as well. 

Each hop-on hop-off bus comes with pre-recorded tour commentary in different languages. You can buy tickets online or at a ticket counter in Bukit Bintang.

TIP: Click here to read our Hop-On Hop-Off review

Hire a Private Driver to Drive You Around Kuala Lumpur

You can also hire a private driver in Kuala Lumpur for ultimate convenience. This means you can go anywhere you want, especially if you have plans to visit areas outside central Kuala Lumpur. 

Personal taxi drivers can also take you to the unique spots in Kuala Lumpur that only locals know, including the best local places to eat beyond Jalan Alor. Locals love showing you around KL; they might even take you on a food tour. Most drivers enjoy a chat and can be your personal travel guide at the same time. Plus, you won’t be pressed for time because you will be taken from and to your accommodation. 

The rates vary depending on the driver or car rentals companies. Click here to book a private driver via Get Your Guide, which costs around $60 for up to 7 people.  

What’s Next

Kuala Lumpur is a great city to explore and discover. One of the best things is that it’s easy to get around with its extensive public transportation system and plenty of affordable and convenient alternatives. With some planning and research, you can make your stay in Kuala Lumpur more efficient and enjoyable, and hopefully, this information will help you plan your trip. We haven’t even touched on the bus system as we don’t use public busses ourselves (simply because we love to walk and in our opinion, ride-hailing apps such as Grab are usually the best option, especially during peak times when traffic congestion can be very severe in KL). 

So, now you know how to get around in Kuala Lumpur, it’s time to plan your itinerary. Have fun!