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Tips on how to get around Kuala Lumpur in MalaysiaVou na Janela

Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia is one of the cities I’ve known with the greatest diversity of means of transport in Southeast Asia and everything works very well.

The city is served by a network that includes metro, surface trains, monorails, high-speed trains and buses. Everything works seamlessly and very easy to use.

How to get around in Kuala Lumpur

Network map with all services


The Kuala Lumpur Metro has two lines, but don’t be fooled by the small number of lines, they cut through the city from end to end and even split up going to different sides of the city.

The main line is Kelana Jaya (pink line), is the line that passes through the entire financial center and most tourist spots, it crosses the Petronas Towers region and integrates into KL Sentral, I’ll talk about it later.

The second line is the Ampang (yellow line), it starts at Ampang and runs to Chan Son Lin station, where it splits and one track runs north to Sentul Timur and the other south to Putra Heights.


O KL Monorail (light green line) there is only one line, but it cuts through the most beautiful part of the city from the north to KL Sentral making 10 stops along the way. It is an excellent alternative to cross this region of the city quickly, comfortably and still enjoying the scenery.




Monorail inside

KTM Komuter

These are the trains that connect the central region of Kuala Lumpur to the outlying regions and neighboring cities. The KTM has two lines:

  • THE KTM Rawang-Seremban (dark blue line), despite the name, starts a little after Rawang, in Tanung Malin, crosses the entire city and ends in Seremban.
  • The KTM Sentul-Port Klang (brown line), also starts well after Sentul, in Batu Caves and is the line that serves the temples of the same name.
KTM Komuter inside

KTM Komuter inside

KLIA Ekspres and Transit

There are two services that run in the same direction connecting KL Sentral to Kuala Lumpur International Airports, KLIA and KLIA2.


They cut through the entire city, are integrated with the rail transport network and the vast majority have air conditioning. It even has a toll free line, KL Gobut the problem with buses is that they are hostages to city traffic.

Like most big cities, Kuala Lumpur is heavily trafficked, especially during rush hours.

Taxi and Uber

There are two good options, I didn’t find the taxi expensive, but Uber is much cheaper. An example: From KL Sentral to the hotel where I stayed, I paid the equivalent of 17 reais for a taxi on the day I arrived in the city and the equivalent of 10 reais for an Uber on the day I left. We are talking about a distance of 6 kilometers.

KL Sentral

Kuala Lumpur has a station that is a big hub that connects all means of transport in one place, KL Sentral which is right next to Little India.

There pass the line Kelana Jaya from the subway, the monorailthe lines of KTM Komuter and train services to airports, the KLIA Ekspres it’s the KLIA Transit.

KL Sentral also has buses to the airports, many lines that run around the city and even some lines to other cities. The place is a world, it’s huge and getting lost inside is easy. I got lost a few times in the few days I was in Kuala Lumpur.


KL Sentral is so big it has a mall inside

How to compare tickets

The best way to buy a ticket is at one of the many self-service machines located throughout the stations. The purchasing system has an English version and is very simple to use.

vending machine

vending machine

Just choose the service, the starting point, the destination, make the payment in coins or notes and that’s it. The value of the trip is charged according to the distance traveled and there is no point in being smart, if you choose a short segment and disembark at a more distant station to pay less, the ticket – which is actually a currency that we need to insert it back into the machine – locks your output. Then you have to go to a cabin and pay the difference.

Currency that is the ticket

Despite the various means available, walking around Kuala Lumpur is easy and practical, you will see how small the city is and in the end, doing some parts on foot will be more practical than having to go down to the subway to walk one or two stations.


Check out our post with all the accommodation tips in Kuala Lumpur. Vou na Janela is a partner of and by booking a hotel here, you help maintain the blog and do not pay anything extra for it. =) But I’ll leave some tips down here.

On my first trip, I stayed at the Hotel Transit and it was the right decision. The hotel is opposite Pudu Sentral, an intercity bus terminal with access to the metro. The room was very nice and comfortable, the breakfast was relatively ok, more for the Asian palate, but I ate well. The staff were very attentive and helpful. The hotel also has a good restaurant with very reasonable prices.

On my second trip I stayed at the Hotel GTower, a 5 star hotel very close to the Petronas Tower. The hotel is located inside GTower, a building that has commercial offices, restaurants and a very nice bar on the terrace. But don’t worry about the noise, the hotel is very quiet and has an exclusive elevator. The staff were very but very attentive and helpful. They did everything to please and welcome.

Other recommended hotels in the same region:
Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur
JW Marriott
Le Apple Boutique Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Kuala Lumpur City Center

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How to visit the Petronas Towers
KL Tower in Kuala Lumpur
Batu Caves: the Hindu temple near Kuala Lumpur
Little India: Kuala Lumpur’s Indian Quarter

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