Malaysia is not a very expensive country. However, if you are a budget tourist, you’ll still be looking for ways to reduce the cost of transportation. Here are some of the cheap ways to get around in Kuala Lumpur:
Like any other Asian city, Kuala Lumpur can be dangerous to explore by foot, because the traffic is very dense and the drivers are not very careful. You should be very cautious and attentive while crossing the street, even on a green light. Also, there are always crowds on the sidewalks, and you should be alert to your bags. It is best to wear a bag crossed over your shoulder, so you do not fall victim to thieves. If you keep to these rules, however, a walk along Kuala Lumpur city will be a real pleasure. There is a lot to see, and most tourist sights are within walking distance.
LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT
LRT or Light Rail Transit consists of three lines: RapidKL, KTM Komuter, and KL Monorail. Together they form the Kuala Lumpur rail system. The Metro is the most popular way of getting around in Kuala Lumpur. RapidKL and KTM Komuter connect downtown with all the suburbs, while the KL Monorail runs straight through the city center. Although the stations are not always connected, together the three lines offer their passengers a possibility to travel all around the city. KL Central is the central hub of all LRT operators, the trains to Kuala Lumpur International Airport and the trains to other parts of Malaysia.
Using the Kuala Lumpur metro system is a cheap, easy and fast way to travel around the city. Make sure to pay attention to your surroundings and keep your bag to yourself, as tourists often become victims of pickpocketers. Also, try to avoid the Monorail during rush hours, as it can be very crowded with locals going to or from work. The Metro operates from 6 AM until midnight. To use the Metro system, you can buy a single ticket, a daily pass or a Touch’N’Go prepaid card. Fare between two stations is usually RM1.20.
There is an extensive bus network in Kuala Lumpur, and it is the cheapest way to get around. However, buses are often crowded and stuck in traffic jams. It is difficult to find the timetable or the route map at the bus stops. On the other hand, buses in Kuala Lumpur run regularly and depart from almost every LRT station. Thus, they are a great help if you need to go somewhere where the Metro doesn’t go.
Bus fares depend on the operating company and the transport zones where you are traveling. Some buses accept daily passes; some don’t. You can pay through a machine or to the driver. If you are not sure about the exact price, ask the driver. You should keep small change on you to pay for the ticket.
GETTING FROM THE AIRPORT
There are three airports in Kuala Lumpur: the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, the new terminal KLIA2 and the Subang Airport. You can get to the city by train or by bus. Trains are fast, efficient, but rather expensive. They run every 15-20 minutes between 5 AM and midnight and cost $12. The trip takes around 28 minutes. If you have extra time, but little cash, take the Airport Coach bus to KL Central station. It will take you 90 minutes to get to the city, but will cost you only $3.50.
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