Kuala Lumpur ~ The Railways
Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB or Malayan Railways Limited) is the main rail operator in Peninsular Malaysia. The railway system dates back to the British colonial era, when it was first built to transport tin.
Fares are generally reasonable, but the low frequency of the intercity trains does not usually make them competitive compared with other modes of transportation.
The railway services from Kuala Lumpur now runs from the KL Sentral station- a spanking new yet strangely laid out transportation hub not too far away from our historical train station.
The KTM Intercity counters and platforms are on the 2nd floor of the building. DO NOT BE CONFUSED WITH THE KTM Komuter which are commuter trains running within the city to the suburbs.
The railroads link the north with south and east with west. This railway system is also linked with Thailand railroads and travels down to Singapore.
Many travellers opt to travel the length of 3 countries i.e. Thailand - Malaysia - Singapore by rail as one gets to see the countryside at a slower and more relaxing pace.
There are two types of train
travel - those using the conventional diesel engines and the newer electric
trains. These sleek modern trains with the branding ETS (Electric Train
Services) cuts the journey time but they cost a bit more.
West Coast Line
The line serves the West Coast as it runs through most of the major stations in the west coast.
East Coast Line
The line serves two East Coast states, namely Pahang and Kelantan. In fact, it does not run along the coast at all and only meets the South China Sea when it terminates in Tumpat railway station.
It runs through the interior, often through deep jungle, thus earning the nickname Jungle Railway.
East - South Route
This would guarantee that a
seat will be available (though it does however guarantee that the train will
leave on time as delays are not uncommon).
Eastern & Oriental Express
The service runs from
Singapore through Kuala Lumpur onto Bangkok and sometimes even beyond. They
currently do about 18 of these trips a year in each direction so you should
be able to find suitable dates.
Considered as one of the
world's most luxurious train, it packages include luxury suite accommodation
in opulent carriages, gourmet meals, entertainment and sightseeing
excursions on certain stops.
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