Transport Kuala Lumpur, than to move on
Urban transport. Than to move on?
The urban transport system of Kuala Lumpur is well developed and is constantly evolving, although at first glance it can seem very confusing and complicated. Your choice, you can take advantage of the rail (consisting in turn of several types of transport), a system of buses, taxis.
RAPID-KL (Rangkaian Pengangkutan Integrasi Deras Sdn Bhd), is the largest transport company operating the public transport in KL, owned by the government of Malaysia.
In RAPID-KL includes two metro lines (Light Rail Transit, abbr. LRT), the two lines of the suburban metro station or on our trains (KTM Komuter), a network of bus routes (RapidKL buses), monorail (Monorail Line) and two line trains to the main terminal of the international airport KLIA (KLIA Transit and KLIA Express). It should be noted that the name "metro" here is more arbitrary, because under the ground only 4 stations, and rest on the surface. Map-scheme of movement of all types of rail urban transport Kuala Lumpur you can see in the high resolution image on the right (click image to enlarge) or on an interactive map on the website http://www.myrapid.com.my/rail/routes
Buses, monorail and the LRT possible in a single pass RAPID-KL. The cost of a monthly pass – RM150, 3 day – RM25, - for 1 day - RM10. Such travel on all modes of transport is called Rapidpass Integrasi. There is also a travel cost RM100 for a month just for the metro lines - LRT Rapidpass and travel for buses only, and they in turn are divided into several subtypes. When buying do not mix, remember that on all modes of transport need Rapidpass integrasi.
To use the transport system-RAPID-KL on the website http://www.myrapid.com.my/home a service route is "Journey Planner", which by entering the start and end point of trip, you will receive instruction about built trails on available transportation modes for transfers, as well as its cost. Also on the website in the sections "Routes" provides a detailed interactive trail maps for all kinds of transport RAPID-KL.
As taxis are usually the most convenient and relatively cheap (but not always the fastest due to traffic jams) form of transport.
Taxi Kuala Lumpur is one of the cheapest among the capitals of South-East Asia, and at the same time one of the worst. It is not only dirty the interior of the car and in General bad condition of transport, but also drivers who are rude, impolite, and almost always try to cheat in the calculation or refuse to use the meter. A survey in 2008 showed that 70% of the tourists in Kuala Lumpur was cheated by the taxi drivers.
The city is constantly runs a number of different taxi companies and private owners without a license. Of course, it is recommended to use the official (brand) cab. For this there are at least two reasons: the chance of being fraud or overcharging in taxis is less, than at private traders; when traveling in private taxis you as a passenger will not be insured in the event of an accident. Read a review of one of the tourists on the taxi ride to the section of the safetyto be ready for possible trouble.
All taxis (except private owners) use the meters, but the drivers under different pretexts try to offer the trip at a fixed price. Experienced travelers are advised to refuse such offers, if you don't know well the route and the cost of the trip for him on the counter. We offer the price without a meter is always several times higher than the fare on the meter. Why else would the drivers to offer the price – don't imagine the loss. Therefore, you should insist on going with the meter and if the driver does not agree, look for another taxi.
The cost of a taxi varies in colour, although in principle between machines and the service there is no difference. Cheapest – orange-white: the landing and the first two kilometers are RM3 for the next kilometer less than RM1. More expensive blue taxis: landing RM4 per kilometer is slightly more than RM1. All taxis will also have to pay extra for baggage (RM1 per bag) and taxi by phone will cost another RM2. If you're in a traffic jam, the meter is ticking at the time. For the trip in the night from 12 to 6am, and sometimes even for two or more passengers in addition to the meter readings will be charged at 50%. Ie if the counter RM10, to pay RM15.
In General all this system of calculation is much you should not worry. Just choose a cheaper orange or red taxi, do not settle for travel at a fixed price and pay for a night in single and not double.
To rent a car or motorbike in Malaysia, it is necessary to have international law, in the form of booklets, which are issued in addition to the basic national rights. You can get them in the local traffic police or the DCP, in this case to take re-exams not required.
Remember that traffic in Malaysia is on the right. Traffic in Kuala Lumpur is very dense, the roads are confusing and complicated. So a few times think before to take the car to rent.
Rent a car at the airport of Kuala Lumpur as well as in the car rental office in the city. Book your car in advance from one of the many global distributors can through the search form:
The Monorail (Monorail Line)
The range of the monorail is limited to Central areas of the city, and therefore mainly used for tourism purposes. Moving on it, you can visit the many sights of the city (there will be only a little walk from the stations), as well as to make great photos from a height of several floors.
Line consisting of two rails for opposite directions of movement of trains, includes 11 stations at a distance of 8.6 kilometers, starts and ends at stations KL Sentral and Titiwangsa. The line passes through areas of Brickfields, Bukit Bintang and Chow Kit. The traffic pattern here: http://www.myrapid.com.my/rail/routes or the card to print the above. While working monorail: from 6 am to midnight.
Very convenient on arrival in KL from the airport to the station KL Sentral to get to the monorail station Imbi, Bukit Bintang or Raja Chulan, located near Bukit Bintang, which is the most inexpensive hotels. If you choose to stay in Chinatown, then you need to drive from KL Sentral, two stops to the station Maharajalelaand you will go nearby (400 metres) from Chinatown.
The monorail is included in the payment system Rapid KL. At each monorail station there are vending machines for tickets and cash. You can purchase a single ticket for the trip, cumulative ticket or a single ticket for a bus Rapid KL, metro (LRT Rail) and monorail. When you buy a cumulative ticket for travel only on the monorail (there are a cost of RM20 or RM50) you get the full last ride regardless of the balance on the ticket (at least RM0,1). The cost of travel for 3 days – RM25, - for 1 day - RM10.
The cost of one trip from RM1.20 to RM2.50 and is determined by distance. Ie when you purchase you have to call in cash Desk or to indicate to the vending machine for tickets, how and where you drive, and you calculate the cost. When paying storage card it will also be automatically charged the correct amount. Don't try to cheat and buy a ticket to travel one stop, and to go further. The ticket control is made at the entrance and exit: when you enter the station or platform you pass the ticket through the turnstile, take it, and do the same thing when you exit. We proceed similarly with the storage card..
Suburban metro trains (Komuter Train Service or KTM Komuter)
By train you can reach the KL suburbs and to neighboring cities of the state. Consists of two lines passing through the center of the city (station KL-Sentral), and extending far beyond it.
The fare is determined by the length of the route and starts from RM1, and comes to RM10 for the longest routes. The cost is calculated at purchase of the ticket. Tickets are sold in ticket offices and vending machines at each station.
Trains run every 30 minutes. The mode of movement of the line Batu Caves-Port Kelang with 5:35 to 22:35.
For the purposes of tourism of particular interest is the line Batu Caves-Port Kelang (formerly Sentul-Port Kelang). First, you can get in/out of port Port Kelang, and secondly, you can get to the famous Batu caves (Batu Caves), if you go to the final station, Batu Caves KTM Komuter station in the direction of Batu Cave. The fare KL-Sentral – Batu Cave – RM2.
Information on routes, timetables and fares you can find on the website of trains http://www.ktmkomuter.com.my/
Attention! The tail of the train are "pink cars" is only for the Muslim women. Men travel in them is forbidden.
The city subway (Light Rail Transit or LRT Rail and also RapidKL Rail)
KL operates successfully in a very convenient form of transport – urban metro LRT Rail. For tourists, this form of transport is simply irreplaceable for its simplicity (in contrast to, for example, from intricate bus transport) and low cost. By and large, if you decide to stay in KL for a few days to get acquainted with its attractions, this mode of transport, supplemented by a single trip to the caves of Batu on commuter trains KTM Komuter, you should be enough. Interestingly, the subway trains operate without drivers, i.e. under automatic control (or remote). Therefore, you can safely go in the first wagon and make wonderful pictures forward facing.
Actually metro, it can be called a stretch, since most of the stations and the route runs on the surface, and only 4 stations are underground. Closer to the center of the city are rails under the roofs of the artificial tunnels.
At the time of this writing, the city subway has 49 stations and 2 lines (conditional 3): the Ampang Line and Kelana Jaya Line. Ampang Line at Chan Sow Lin station splits in two, Yes two lines, so many sources indicated that there are three lines, not two. Although officially they are still only two, just one forks.
Both lines intersect at Masjid Jamek station, and start/end at the same station – Putra Heights. Through the main transport hub of the city station , KL Sentral, goes only centre Line. Study the routes on the interactive map on the official website http://www.myrapid.com.my/rail/routes or the card to print the above. At each station we also have maps.
Each of the two lines serves its carrier, but the tickets for both lines are United. Tickets are valid on all modes of transport system RapidKL (the so-called Rapidpass integrasi), value,: per month – RM150, 3 day – RM25, - for 1 day - RM10. There is also a travel cost RM100 for a month just for the metro lines - LRT Rapidpass. Don't get mixed up when buying.
If you don't want to spend the extra money and need to make only a few trips, it is very convenient to use one-time tickets or cumulative card (chip card with a certain amount for travel). The cost of one trip, regardless of whether it is committed with the use of a single ticket or a storage card, is calculated depending on the length of the route, from station to station. But what is bad, the cumulative map for each of the two lines has its own.
Travel savings cards and single tickets are sold at each station at the ticket offices or machines. When buying a single ticket you must tell the cashier to specify the automatic start and end stations and to pay the stated amount. When you buy a ticket on the Ampang Line you can buy a single ticket in either one direction (Single ticket) or in both directions (Return ticket), but on this account not to bother and just buy the Single. On line Kelana Jaya Line are sold only Single ticket. Cumulative tickets for Ampang Line are capacity RM20 and RM50, and the Kelana Jaya Line of arbitrary capacity.
All types of tickets must be saved until the end of the trip. Ticket inspection takes place on the entrance and exit of cars.
Trains to the airport (KLIA Express or KLIA Transit)
To move to this mode of transport in the city is not worth it. The purpose of this mode of transport is faster to get to/from the airport.
Two types of trains provide connection between the main terminal of the airport and KL City Air Terminal (KL CAT) at the station KL Sentral:
- KLIA Express. To end without stops at the station in 28 minutes. But will this trip cost you RM35 (RM15 for children under 12 years; under 2 years free). 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 RM35 also. 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.
The System Of Hop-On-Hop-Off
In the TC system operates tourist buses Hop-On-Hop-Off. Hop-On-Hop-Off tourist buses plying on a particular route with an interval of 20-30 minutes and makes stops at places of attractions. In Kuala Lumpur, these stops 22, which cover 40 minutes. Buses run 365 days a year without a single day off since 8:00 to 20:30.
The principle of use is simple enough. You buy a ticket (either before or upon entering the bus). Find the nearest stop for these buses and waiting. To know these buses are easy: they are two story and are filled with tourists with cameras. When the bus approaches, show the ticket (or buy) and go. Get off at any stop, walk, see the sights, and come back to a stop. Then again go to another spot on the same ticket. And so, until you examine what you want, or all that time since the tickets are 24 hours and 48 hours. 24-hour ticket costs RM38 and 48-hour – RM65 (child ticket up to 12 years worth RM17/RM29, respectively). Children under 5 free. It's certainly not cheap, but if you have lack of time, and look like a lot, it's a great alternative to the standard urban transport on which you are going to lose a lot of time sorting out the intricacies. By the way, the ticket is valid for a day or two that when you bought it. I.e. even if you decided to start the trip in the evening at 19:00 hours, you will be able to continue it the next day to the same time.
What are the advantages? On Board free Wi-Fi. On the roof of the bus has an open platform where you can make a cool photo. The buses have audio guides in 9 languages, but not Russian. Is the English.
But among used the buses Hop-On-Hop-Off and dissatisfied. Cons do exist. Because of the huge traffic jams in peak hours in the capital (almost all day) buses are moving very slowly for a long time standing at the crossroads. Sometimes it is faster to go on foot distance from stop to stop than to ride the bus. Full circle route out the stops on some of the reviews took a solid 3.5 hours. This is the time you will lose out on a seat on the bus and explore the city through a window or from a platform on the roof instead of close to get acquainted with the city. Well, another drawback, in General, a rather high fare. The cost of the ticket for 24 hours at 38 ringgit you can drive around almost all of the same attractions by metro+taxi, and you will not be limited in time 24 hours and can stretch this period even for a few days.
Here http://www.my-starfish.com/fleet_orbcomm.php you can in real time see the current location of buses on a map. View map of routes and attractions available in advance here - http://www.myhoponhopoff.com/images/mapbig.pngand at the entrance to the bus or when purchasing tickets, you can pick up a free paper map.
Official website - http://www.myhoponhopoff.com/Map of routes and attractions available in Kuala Lumpur Hop-On-Hop-Off
The centre of KL is quite compact, and just walking distance there is a lot to see. But we must be prepared for the relentless heat, high humidity and the crazy drivers. If moving in the heat, drink more water and make a refreshing stop in the shopping centers (there is air conditioning everywhere).
The geography of the city quite simple and will not cause any difficulties experienced hikers, but because of the bends smooth bends of roads not shown on the map, sometimes lost direction. Besides a free tourist card, for all its gloss and variegation, are very inaccurate and can be misleading. But that's okay, you can see some handy pointers, and you can additionally rely on them. Do not hesitate to ask passers-by, they always help.
The traffic on the roads of KL are just crazy, and especially in the Central regions. Almost no pedestrians, do not comply with lane, and for many red light green. This is not the fault of drivers and, in General, of the organization of traffic: the majority of pedestrian crossings are equipped with svetofory with button for pedestrians, but they either do not work or switch with a large delay after pressing. Some places to cross the road is organized in the form of a pedestrian bridge, but there are not so many places.
Given the complexity of the traffic when crossing the road even at pedestrian crossings should be extremely cautious (to cross the street wherever pedestrian crossing). Just take a look at where and how to cross the road by the locals, and feel free to follow along with them. It is important not to cross the road, not to twitch and not to rush from side to side in another thread. Speed here is not great, so that drivers see you on the road, or will travel, or miss out.
The fine for crossing the road in not put place or to red signal theoretically entails a penalty of RM20, but police on the road is almost not visible, and if they appear, they are not pedestrians.