How to get around in Malaysia

Transportation in Malaysia started to develop during British colonial rule, and the country’s transport network is now diverse and developed. The main modes of transport in Peninsular Malaysia include buses, trains, cars and to an extent, commercial travel on airplanes.

How to get around in Malaysia

Malaysia has six international airports.

1. Trains

  • Most cities in Malaysia have some combination of a monorail, light rail, or KTM Komuter trains. They’re fast, comfortable, and reasonably priced. The Kuala Lumpur Monorail has 11 elevated stations and stops at a number of tourist destination

There are 7 different types of long distance train service currently operating in Malaysia

ETS Komuter Train
ETS Komuter Train

The majority of the train services are on electric trains, with diesel-powered services in operation only on the East Coast Railway Line .

(i). ETS Komuter Train: ETS Komuter trains run on four routes in Malaysia:

  • Padang Besar to Butterworth
  • Bukit Mertajam to Padang Rengas
  • Batu Caves to Tampin / Pulau Sebang
  • Tanjung Malim to Pelabuhan Klang
Komuter services are the cheapest and the slowest of the ETS services operating in Malaysia. There are no other types of train than a Komuter train running on the Padang Besar to Butterworth (Penang) train line, or the other three lines they run on.
Seating on an ETS Platinum Train
ETS Platinum train

(ii) ETS Platinum

ETS Platinum trains run on two long-distance routes in Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth

  • Padang Besar to Gemas
  • Padang Besar to Gemas

All ETS Platinum trains stop at Ipoh and KL Sentral in addition to any other stops on their route. Platinum trains are the fastest and most expensive of the ETS services. They stop at fewer stations than other types of train service, which reduces the journey time.

(iii) ETS Gold

ETS Gold trains run on three long distance routes in Malaysia:

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ETS Gold train
  • Padang Besar to Gemas
  • Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth
  • Kuala Lumpur to IpohETS

Gold services use the same type of train carriages as ETS Platinum services, however, they are cheaper than ETS Platinum services and slower because they stop at more stations on route.

Trains like ETS Silver ( Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh), Southern Shuttle Trains ( Gemas to Johor Bharu ) are also the cheapest mode of transportation.

2. Bus Service

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sky bus

Comfortable and air-conditioned buses run between all major towns in Malaysia.

  • In Kuala Lumpur, the inexpensive (i).Skybus comes every thirty minutes and
  • shuttles travelers from the airport to downtown in about an hour, depending on traffic.
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Borneo bus
  • (ii).Borneo Express leaves from City Park every day at 7.45 AM and stops in Brunei before heading on to Miri. The trip takes about ten hours.
  • (iii). Jesselton Express to Brunei leaves City Park at 8 AM every day. Penang offers tourists a hop on hop off bus that comes about every thirty minutes.
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Jesselton bus
  • In Penang, the city runs free shuttle service to historical sites. With only 2 (slow) train lines in the country, intercity travel in Malaysia is almost entirely relies on buses.
  • Roads in Malaysia are good and so are most of the buses so that makes bus travel a good and comfortable option to get to your next destination.

3. Ferries


A ferry runs between Kota Kinabalu and Gayana Island several times a day. A fleet of eight ferries links Georgetown, Penang Island, and Butterworth on the mainland. Also in Penang, an 8:30 AM ferry operates daily to Langkawi and takes about two and a half hours. NAMES ARE:

(I) Cataferry : Transportation in Pulau Tioman‎

Penang Ferry Terminal
Penang Ferry Terminal

(ii) Penang Ferry Terminal: Transportation in Butterworth:





How much does it cost to travel to Malaysia?

Traveling in Malaysia is cheaper than you think. Wait are you Indian and you are planning to have a quick tour then you should must check out Malaysia as you will be quiet richer there because

1 Malaysian Ringgit equals to 16.95 Indian Rupee

How much money will you need in Malaysia?

RM300 ($72) is the average daily price for traveling in Malaysia. The average price of meals in Malaysia for one day is RM64 ($15). The average price of a hotel in Malaysia for a couple is RM332 ($79).

Typical tour prices for Malaysia

How much do tours to Malaysia cost? Multi-day tours can often be an efficient way to see the highlights of a country or region.

  • ContikiTours for 18 to 35 year olds
    14 days
    $ 2200
  • G AdventuresAdventure and cultural tours
    14 days
    $ 1075
  • IntrepidSmall group tours for everyone
    14 days
    $ 1250
  • TrafalgarAward-winning tours
    14 days
    $ 3700



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