The LRT is by far the most convenient means of getting around Kuala Lumpur. They are cheap, comfortable, fast, and reliable, making the them perfect mode of transport for locals and tourists alike.
TIP: STAY NEAR THE KELANA JAYA LINE. If you plan to choose an accommodation near an LRT station, be sure to choose to stay on the right line. KL currently have two LRT lines namely the Kelana Jaya Line and the Ampang Line. You would want to stay near the Kelana Jaya Line as it connects you to most of the tourist hotspots such as KLCC, Pasar Seni (Chinatown), Masjid Jamek and the public transport hub of KL Sentral. If you use the Ampang Line, you will have to switch trains to get to those places, which can be quite a hassle.
The KL Monorail trains are also very tourist friendly. They connect you to areas such as KL Sentral, Brickfields, Chinatown, Bukit Bintang and KL Tower. It would be very convenient to stay near a KL Monorail station.
With a little know-how, taxis can be the most convenient modes of transport. A ride around KL city center (KLCC, Bukit Bintang, Chinatown and KL sentral area) would usually cost you less than RM12 (USD4), which is quite a bargain by city standards.
TIP #1: There are 2 types of taxis. The red-white or yellow taxis are the regular taxis. Then there are those that are blue in color. These are premium taxis with rates that are double of regular taxis. So unless you are in a grand hurry or have some extra cash to spare, stick to the yellow or red-white taxis.
TIP #2: Use Taxi Counters to get a cab. Places such as KLIA, LCCT, KL Sentral, Pavilion Shopping Center and Sunway Shopping Center have taxi counters where you can buy a coupon for your taxi. The rates are fixed and while the may be RM2 or RM3 more expensive than the usual metered taxis, it saves you the trouble of haggling with taxi hustlers.
TIP #3: Only use taxis that would use their meters. Taxis hustlers asking for exorbitant prices can be an annoyance in KL. Thankfully, it is quite easy to avoid them. Taxi hustlers are quite easy to spot. They usually stand outside their cabs while waiting for customers. Just steer clear of these cabs. Walk a little down or across the street and flag down a taxi. If the taxi refuses to use the meter, just politely say thank you, close the door and flag down another one.
While KL has plenty of very comfortable, air-conditioned public buses with great connectivity, I wouldn’t advice any tourist to use them during their stay here, unless they really have to. Due to traffic congestion, it is hard for the buses to be quick or punctual during certain hours. The buses can also be very crowded at times, not the best mode of transport if you are looking for an easy breezy, stress-free holiday.
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