Despite being a very busy city with heavy traffic problems, getting around Kuala Lumpur using public transportation is surprisingly easy with the right know-how. Bus and train routes are quite extensive, covering every major sight and then some.
Make sure that you get a copy of the Kuala Lumpur city map, and plan out which routes you will take before leaving the hotel room. Getting lost might be an adventure for some people, but you probably want to avoid it if possible.
1. Taxis – Although far more expensive than the other transportation options, taxis are a comfortable choice for the directionally challenged. Familiarize yourself with common taxi scams, and make sure that you don’t use them during peak times, such as the morning rush hour or early evening when people are going home from work. Otherwise, you will almost certainly get caught in one of Kuala Lumpur’s infamous traffic jams.
2. Buses – The bus is still one of the most favored modes of transportation in Kuala Lumpur, likely second only to the train. Very cheap, but quite vulnerable to traffic. Everyday, there are plenty of buses going from KL to Penang, Johor Bahru, Malacca, and even all the way to Singapore. For a more convenient time, schedule your bus ride online.
One of the city’s most convenient features is the Go KL city bus, which provides free transportation around two set routes, hitting sights such as the Petronas Twin Towers, KL Tower, and Chinatown’s Central Market.
3. Trains – Kuala Lumpur boasts the largest train station in South East Asia. The KL Sentral Station is the hub of three ambitious rail systems that provide cheap and convenient access to the entire city. This lets you bypass the traffic entirely, though the system takes some time to learn.
Remember, however, that many people say that it’s best to experience Kuala Lumpur on foot at least once. Even if you have to deal with crowded sidewalks and other obstacles, the major tourist sights are perfectly at walking distance, and doing this lets you fully appreciate the beauty and vibrant life of the city.