Kuala Lumpur ~ Road Transport
While the city is well
connected with highways and roads, travelling from one place to another in
this bustling metropolis - just like in most other Asian capitals, can be
Factors attributing to this is
an increase in car ownership and a shift away from public transport, out
migration from Kuala Lumpur and the in and out drive from the city centre.
This in addition to the increase in the population growth, and recently the
work on the multi-billion dollar MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) project to extend
the present LRT (Light Train Transit), with its obstacles, road closures and
diversions, has put an ever increasing strain on road travel. The end result: increasing
road congestion and street-level pollution.
City Bus Services
This is best left to the locals as the bus system is a bit confusing to the uninitiated. If you do choose to take the bus make sure you have plenty of small change on hand for your fare.
Of interest is the Go - KL City Bus, which is a FREE bus service provided for both visitors and residents of Kuala Lumpur. Comfortable , air-conditioned, the pink coloured single-decker buses cruises two circular routes. (Green Route and Purple Route, each around 7km in length) covering the shopping areas of Bukit Bintang KLCC - Central Market.
The buses, which are disabled-friendly, run
at 5 minute intervals at peak periods and every 15 minutes at other times
(which doesn't mean anything when the traffic is bad).
These then move the passengers into city hubs where city shuttles and
rail then transport these passengers to their final destinations in the
Standard taxis are usually smaller sedan cars and can be found easily. The Premium taxis are the bigger more comfortable saloon cars. Start Fares for a standard taxi is RM 3.00 for the first kilometre then 87 sen for each kilometre while that a premium taxi is RM 6.00 for the first kilometre then then RM 2.00 for each kilometre.
While taxis fares are cheap (going by the meter), the taxi drivers here tend to have a reputation of overcharging and taking advantage of the unwary tourist.
Once you get into the taxi it is best to confirm with the taxi driver that the meter will be used and before getting underway - then be sure to check that meter is running.
Most drivers will use the
meter but if you do encounter a driver who is unwilling just get out and
hail another cab.
And lastly be advised meters are often not used outside Kuala Lumpur - in such areas you'll need to bargain the fare before you head off.
Note - The taxi service in Kuala Lumpur has been ranked the third worst among major cities in the world, only ahead of Beijing and Moscow. This was revealed in a recent TripAdvisor Second Annual Cities Survey, involving 54,000 travellers. Some of the issues leading to the taxi service being ranked so low were taxi shortages, tampered meters, excuses for not using the meter or forgetting to turn them on, refusing to pick-up or drop passengers as requested and rudeness of taxi drivers.
A three-minute countdown will be launched after the passenger confirms the booking, during which the booking request is sent to drivers within the vicinity who are allowed to bid for the job. Passengers will receive an SMS or a call and will be able to view details of the confirmed pick-up taxi driver, including name, handphone number, car plate number, approximate arrival time and estimated fare. Youll also have to pay a RM2 surcharge which is the standard phone taxi booking rate.
Use secure taxi booking apps,
like MyTeksi, TaxiMonger, or EzCab. Drivers are certified safe and all will
use taxi-meters. The app will also allow you to contact the assigned driver
directly and track his whereabouts on a real time map (however, like all
apps, this app will require data access or wifi, which is expensive for
From around RM 45 0r about USD 15 per hour, the vehicle would be at your
disposal without the hassle of looking for transport when you need it or
seeking directions or information on places etc. You will in all probability
will have gained a friend in the city as well. You can book this service
from this site.
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