Getting Around Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is quite easy to get around for the tourist. Many of the sights and shopping areas of the city center are within walking distance of each other, although sometimes its a long walk.


Taxis are plentiful in the city center and most suburban destinations. All taxis use a meter, although some might attempt to negotiate the fare for long trips or at rush hours. Metered rates are relatively cheap. You should be able to get just about anywhere within the metropolitan area for about RM15 (3.05 USD) except the airport (see below.)


Kuala Lumpur has a rapidly expanding subway system. Trains link many of the city's transport hubs as well as some sights such as the Central Market, convention center and Petronas Towers. For the tourist, the most useful system is the monorail that runs along Sultan Ismail road in the heart of the city's hotel and shopping district, and on to the Sentral station. Fares are generally less than RM2 (0.41 USD).

Trains are operated by several different companies, although there has been some reorganization and consolidation in recent years. See the Rapid KL web site for route maps and more information.

Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

The KL Hop-On Hop-Off bus is a city tour service that can take you to almost all of the city's main tourist sights. The bus operates on a fixed route with 22 designated stops. Buses run about every 30 minutes. The cost for a one day adult ticket is 38 Ringgit (7.73 USD) which allows you to get on and off the bus as many times as you like in 24 hours.

See the airport transfer page for information on getting to and from the airport, as well as some suggestions for transfer services that you can book in advance.