Kuala Lumpur is both the capital city and largest metropolitan city in Malaysia. Commonly referred to as KL or the garden city of lights, Kuala Lumpur is a cultural, financial and economic capital while also being classified as an alpha world city, the only one of its kind in Malaysia.
Being the metropolitan city that it is, it boasts an often well-functioning and modern public transport system which penetrates most of the city. The network of buses, monorail, light rail transit and commuter transit ensure you can get around the city on much less than you would in a taxi or car rental. It may be a tad overwhelming for some since the signage is equal part acronyms and initials and almost no part English but if you take the time to study and plan you should be able to comfortably navigate your way around town within a few hours.
Once you get off any one of the two main airports in KL, the KLIA(KUALA LUMPUR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT) and KLIA2 it is possible to get transit services to the transport hub of the city centre, the KL Sentral and vice versa. The fastest KL transit service is the KLIA Ekspres which gets to KL Sentral from the airport in just 28 minutes. KLIA transit is the other rail service this one being less fast because it makes 3 stops on the way to the city at Salak Tinggi, Putrajaya & Cyberjaya and Bandar Tasik Selatan. The complete KLtransit.my schedule can be found at the airport or on www.kliaekspres.com. Because KL Sentral is the beating heart of the KL transport system, finding transportation from here to anywhere else is a simple task of finding the right mode of transportation.
The city has a population of about 8 million people and for its relatively small size, it can get overcrowded and cause the city’s notorious traffic jams during peak hours from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, which you will want to avoid.
To ease congestion, the fast and affordable light rail system comes to the rescue, with three lines travelling through the city; the RapidKL, KTM komuter and KL monorail. To travel within the city centre, one would use the monorail but if you fancy a bit of a trip towards the suburbs, the KLM Komuter and RapidKL move past the city centre into these areas. The KTM Komuter schedule runs every five minutes during peak hours and roughly ten minutes during off-peak hours. The complete schedule for the lines are mostly available online. RapidKL info can be found on www.myrapid.com/my while the rail travel station website often updates the KTM timetable.
For places that you can’t get to as easily on board the metro, you can use the public buses which have a stage at most of the train stations. The bus service can be a bit spotty and unreliable though as they do not work on a regular schedule. I would advise taking a map with you as there usually isn’t one available on the buses either. KL Sentral also has an online site at www.klsentral.com/my as well as a regularly updated timetable at the hub that keeps track of road, rail and air transport information.
The city of Kuala Lumpur is a beautiful melting pot of culture that has found a balance with modernity that most will enjoy. Happy travels!