Getting Around Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur has a highly developed transportation system that offers several modes of transport. Visitors and locals have the option of renting a car, riding in a taxi, bus, train or monorail. Surprisingly few residents use these services, mostly because the majority of them originate from outside of the city and choose to drive personal vehicles. But with gas prices rising, many are beginning to explore alternative transportation options available in Kuala Lumpur.
Several bus companies operate within the city limits of Kuala Lumpur. Rapid KL is the largest operator and runs 179 different bus routes throughout Kuala Lumpur and the entire Klang Valley. This is the premiere mode of transport for those wishing to take a day trip outside of Kuala Lumpur but within the Klang Valley. Other bus services running within the Klang Valley include Metrobus, Len Seng, Triton and SJ Bus, and Cityliner, which runs a fleet of double-decker buses. Important stops along the bus services' many routes include the Central Market, Pasar Titiwangsa bus hub and Medan Pasar, which is located near local train stations and the subway.
Several bus systems operate on a more long distance basis, traveling to areas such as Singapore and Thailand. These include Hentian Duta, Terminal Putra and the Puduraya bus station.
Those choosing to travel by rail must decide between using one of two light rail lines, one monorail line, four commuter rail lines or the airport rail link. The many rail lines cover most of the city but are not well integrated, making transfer from one line to another rather difficult. Another difficulty for rail passengers is the lack of a universal ticket for the various rail lines. As such, it is important to plan ahead when traveling by rail. Several train stations are located near bus stops.