Metro Kuala Lumpur
One of the most convenient and quick ways to move around Kuala Lumpur is the metro. Many tourists are afraid to use it, believing it too difficult, and easier to take a taxi. Maybe do a taxi easier, especially if you plan to stay in town for the day. But if you want to stay in the city longer and not go broke, best subway to find nothing. In addition, while the taxi will be stuck in traffic jams, in the subway, you quickly fly over the congestion. That is why the location of the hotel in Kuala Lumpur we recommend you to select close to the metro station, and it is best to metro station LRT.
In metro Kuala Lumpur everything is organized simply and logically, and use it even without knowledge of English. Below, read about what types of rail transport in Kuala Lumpur how and where to buy tickets and use them where you can get everything else on metro in KL:
Kinds of metro in Kuala Lumpur
In General rail transport in Kuala Lumpur represented by the integer types:
- Light Rail Transit/Mass Rapid Transit (abbr. LRT/MRT) – the underground city. The underground city, covering the main areas of the city, but passing under the earth and above it.
- Monorail Line – the monorail line. The only line metro complements the city's metro, but the stations very little.
- KTM Komuter is a commuter train. Mainly used to get out of the city and to the suburbs.
- The ERL or KLIA Transit and KLIA Express is an Express train to the airport. Only need to get to/from the airport to Kuala Lumpur and to move between airport terminals, but in General more expensive than the bus ride to the airport.
In recent years, the metro in KL has changed and progressed. Previously, each form was separate, with its own system of payment. Now the monorail and LRT have teamed up and added another lines of a new type MRT, all this is now called Rapid KL. Now you can buy a ticket at any one of these types of metro to any other, and follow with transfers on one ticket.
However, commuter trains (KTM Komuter) and Express train (ERL) although overlap with lines of other species and connected them with the transitions, still have to be paid separately.
From the point of view of tourists, the metro in KL is still divided on the lines and order of use, so more detailed information about each will be helpful for you:
City metro LRT/MRT
The city's metro Light Rail Transit/Mass Rapid Transit (abbr. LRT/MRT or LRT RapidKL) is the most popular and most practical type of station in KL, and it is likely that they you will have to use in the first place. By and large, if you decide to stay in KL for a few days, this mode of transport, supplemented by a single trip to the Batu caves commuter trains KTM Komuter, you should be enough to get acquainted with all sights of Kuala Lumpur.
It's Skytrain, only 4 stations are underground. Consists of four lines:
- Type LRT - elevated: Ampang Line, Kelana Jaya Line, Sri Petaling Linbe
- Type MRT - land: Sungai Buloh-Kajang line.
Three lines intersect at LRT Masjid Jamek station in the center. Through the main transport hub of the city - KL Sentral station - passes the Line and Kelana Jaya Sungai Buloh-Kajang line.
The monorail (Monorail Line) in KL consists of only one line passing through the Central areas of the city (Brickfields, Bukit Bintang and Chow Kit). The line includes 11 stations, originating at station KL Sentral. Combined into a single system of payment/ticket with LRT, and intersects with it at several places with transitions.
Very convenient on arrival in KL from the airport or train station KL Sentral to get to the monorail station Imbi, Bukit Bintang or Raja Chulan, located near the Bukit Bintang district, which is the most affordable hotels in Kuala Lumpur. If you choose to stay in Chinatown, then you need to drive from KL Sentral, two stops to the station Maharajalela and you will go nearby (400 metres) from the centre of Chinatown.
Using the monorail is no different from conventional metro: they are the tickets, turnstiles and platforms. Trains run on two rails (each in its own one), towards each other.
Commuter trains (Komuter Train Service or KTM Komuter) – almost the same as our commuter trains. To get them to the suburbs of KL and to some neighboring cities of the state. You can also move within the city, but there are trains infrequent (every 30 minutes). Cost and schedule can be found on the website - https://intranet.ktmb.com.my
KTM Komuter consists of two lines passing through the center of the city (station KL-Sentral) and extend far beyond it. For tourist purposes it is only of interest line Batu Caves-Port Kelang (formerly Sentul-Port Kelang). First, you can get in/out of port Kelang, and secondly, you can get to the famous Batu caves, if you go to the end station Batu Caves. The fare KL-Sentral – Batu Cave – RM2.6. The other tourist use of local trains we have found.
Trains run every 30 minutes. The mode of movement of the line Batu Caves-Port Kelang with 5:35 to 22:35.
Access to the platforms is exactly the same as on the subway, through the turnstiles for electronic tickets. Tickets are sold at all stations.
Keep in mind that the same station can make the train stop on different routes. Different trains stop at different places along the length of the platform. Not to miss the desired train, expect it in the appropriate part of the platform, marked with a sign.
In the train there are "pink cars" (marked with pink labels), designed for women only. Men travel in them is forbidden.
Trains to the airport (KLIA Express or KLIA Transit)
Train KLIA Express and KLIA Transit, or other ERL designed, first and foremost, in order to quickly and conveniently reached from the airport in Kuala Lumpur to the city and back, and move between airport terminals. This is the fastest way to get to the airport, but the city on them you aren't going anywhere.
There are two types of trains: KLIA Express and KLIA Transit. Both provide connection between the main terminal of the airport and the so-called KL City Air Terminal (KL CAT), which is actually located at KL Sentral:
- KLIA Express. To end without stops at the station in 28 minutes. But will this trip cost you RM55 (RM25 for children under 12 years; under 2 years free). It is almost 15 dollars, and it is more expensive than the bus ride from the bus station Pudu Raya. Trains depart every 15 minutes during peak hours and every 20 minutes the rest of the time. Trains from 5 a.m. until midnight.
- KLIA Transit. Different from the Express fact that it makes the path of three stops at Salak Tinggi, Putrajaya and Bandar Tasik Selatan, and the total journey time is 35 minutes. The cost from the airport to KL Sentral also RM55/25. Trains depart every 30 minutes.
You can pre-buy an electronic ticket on a train here https://www.kliaekspres.com/. Payment by Visa or Mastercard.
Map/metro map of Kuala Lumpur
Interactive diagram of all types of metro is on the site http://www.myrapid.com.mybut, unfortunately, it is not printed or downloaded. Download and print a metro map in PDF format can here or here (actual to 2018). We recommend you to download this system to your smartphone and use during travel (can also check for the actual card on the website https://www.myrapid.com.my) because even the local paper cards, which you can find in the hotels, airport and tourist spots, not kept pace with the changes and they may be an old map.
Inside of the metro (stations) schemes are everywhere.
While working underground in Kuala Lumpur
The metro runs from 6:00 to 11:30 (plus/minus 15 minutes for different lines) on weekdays, and until 11:30 on holidays and weekends.
Trains urban subway with a frequency of 2-3 minutes in peak hours and 10 in the rest of the time.
Prohibitions and safety in the subway
Metro KL lot is prohibited, as clearly warning information boards. No Smoking, eating, littering. And the penalty for breach is 500 ringgit, which is about 8000 rubles! Everything is controlled by cameras, and the security service are not uncommon.
Metro tickets and fares
Access to platforms of all types of underground organized with the help of tickets, in the form of plastic cards or tokens (plastic tokens). They are sold at each station at the ticket office or vending machines (the vending machines accept coins and bills). But in recent years more and more stations moving to the sale of tickets through vending machines and ticket offices only exchanged money. To buy the machine you need to specify the station of departure and arrival, and then "feed" him the correct amount. The machine gives change in coins.
There are one-time, cumulative travel tickets, and for each metro your own. But in 2014 the metro system LRT, MRT and monorail combined into one system, and now you can buy a ticket to any station of the same type, and go to the station of another type, moving from one line to another through transitions. However, there is a problem in transit at KL Sentra, and if your route will pass by transfer through this station, it is better to buy tickets for separate parts of the trip.
The fare for all types of metro and the tickets depends on the length of the trip, and varies from station to station. When buying you have to call at the ticket office or machine to specify the start and end station of the trip, and pay the amount. If you are travelling from the station where you buy tickets, you need to specify the destination station. If you don't speak English, can you show the cashier the name of the station on the map or a piece of paper, well, the price too will get on the paper, because the numbers are the same everywhere.
The ticket control is in automatic turnstiles at the entrance to the platform and exit. If you get off at the wrong station, the turnstiles will not let you, and will have to go to the desired station.
Tourists it is cheaper to use single tickets and not bother with purchasing travel. However, if you plan to be in town 2days, but a lot to navigate, you can purchase a special travel KL TravelPass. It includes the trip from the airport by Aeroexpress ARL, and unlimited movement for all city subway (LRT, MRT and monorail) within two days. Such tickets are sold in the ticket office of the Aeroexpress to the airport and on the ground floor of KL Sentral. Cost 70 ringgit (Aeroexpress to one side) and 115 (Aeroexpress to both sides).
Cumulative tickets are bought for each metro separately, but a single pass Rapidpass Integrasi valid for LRT, MRT, Monorail and bus routes. The cost of a single pass: for a month – 150 ringgit (RM), 15 days – RM, 7 days – RM50, 3 days – RM25, - for 1 day - RM10.
A single pass you will not be able to use for the passage of two persons! Need to buy everyone their own travel.