KL Public Transport

KL Sentral is definitely one of the most excellent transportation hubs in Asia. It connects the urban train (LRT and Monorail), intercity train heading to Singapore and other part of Malaysia, and the KLIA Express, the express train which will take you to KL Airport in 30 minutes.

KL Sentral is definitely one of the most excellent transportation hubs in Asia. It connects the urban train (LRT and Monorail), intercity train heading to Singapore and other part of Malaysia, and the KLIA Express, the express train which will take you to KL Airport in 30 minutes. Inside you will find shopping area, western fast food chain, restaurants, and even a fresh fruit stall. Next to the station is the new Hilton Kuala Lumpur and Le Meridien. I will write more about Hilton, but I would highly recommend this new Hotel, for the amenities and price.

Unfortunately, other than the ambitious KL Sentral, KL public Transport is not that nice. Taxis are amazingly hard to get here, so your best bet as a visitor will be the commuter trains (LRT, an electricity-operated train) and monorail. KL Sentral is practically the only interchange point between LRT to LRT or to Monorail, so it will be sometime ridiculous to get to KL Sentral to change to LRT, while your destination is close to your departing station.

The ticketing system still relies on one-way or return ticket issued by vending machine. There are no such stored value tickets which can be used among those transportations. Even the ticket for the LRTs, which is operated by 2 different companies, should be bought separately.

One other aspect of public transport is safety. From my short visit, I would say that the public transport is quite safe. KLIA Express to KL Airport is very convenience, with reclining seats. The commuter train and monorail is quite clean.

One bad experience, though. I got stuck in one of the LRT for 90 minutes. Lucky that we still have the Aircon running, because the other train does not have the aircon running. Thanks to that incident, I miss the Petronas Tower, KLCC and other place of interest. Maybe that’s a sign that I should go back there again?

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