There are loads of tri-shaws around the historical sights of Melaka. I decided to take one for a bit of fun. They have set prices of rm40 for 1 hour or rm20 for 30 mins so there is no getting ripped off! I did a 30 min option which was long enough for me.
Getting around in Melaka
Melaka is not a big town, you can generally walk to almost all the tourist sites. You can probably cover the whole Melaka town on foot within one day, but doing it on bicycle might be more comfortable.
Biking or Driving to Melaka from Singapore
It's a breeze riding or driving from Singapore to Melaka these days, thanks to the excellent North South Expressway(NSE). Many of us choose to use the Tuas checkpoint since there is less traffic there. Just drive along the NSE and exit at the Ayer Keroh exit at Melaka.
Causeway Toll Booth ( Singapore)
You pay $2.50 SGD at Tuas checkpoint if you own a car and $1.50 if you own a bike
Causeway Toll Booth (M'sia)
It cost about RM1.50 for bikes and RM2-3 for cars.
The NSE is dotted with godonlyknowshowmany toll booths and you'll be charged approx 70 cents a km. So from the Causeway to Melaka ( Ayer Keroh), it's approx RM 27.40 for
182.5 km if you drive a car. It's however FREE for bikes.
The speed limit on the North-South Expressway is officially 110kmh. Unoffocially speaking, not many observe this rule.
Blue Line / Red Line
There is a bus going around town and stopping at all important sights. It works in the well known "hop on / hop off" way and it only cost you 2 RM for a day! One stop where red and blue line are stopping is in front of the Stadthyus. Check out the map and decide which line you wanna take. No rickshaw or taxi hassle and an airconditioned bus? Go for it!
There are not many taxis in Melaka and they seem to have an agreement: no metre. Therefore you have to agree on a price before you start your ride. Try to bargain. Our experience, though... they are pretty strict with their price.
Going to Melaka by Air
Believe it or not, Melaka is served by a tiny airport (Batu Berendam Airport, 6min or 10km from town). Though small, this airport is 'international' as the only airline serving this little place is Riau Airlines (it flies to Pekanbaru, Sumatra). Oddly enough, there are no domestic flights serving this place!
You just don’t know whether to laugh or not. The Old Town is very small and very walkable. If you do want to rest your feet, or be a total Tourist, hop on a brightly coloured Rickshaw. These guys will call out to you all day long, so be prepared. I don’t know how much they wanted, but you can haggle. Any money is better than no money. Enjoy!
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From Christ Church to Porta de Santiago you must take a ride by local bicycles. The bikes are decorated exaggerately by colorful plastic flowers, flags, fans and unbrellas. It's like flower car show. Tourists choose the most beautiful one for historical ride.
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The best form of transport is "yer legs"
Malacca is a nice place and not too big at that. Even the river is clean. However what is
annoying are the trishaw or tut-tut drivers constantly harassing you, though I must say that RM40 for 1 hr isnt all that expensive esp. if u can get a driver who doubles as a tour guide. The
traffic there is also a killer, what with all the narrow streets - its extremely difficult to
cross the roads. there are no traffic lights. The lack of a subway makes it tough to get around
though most attractions are within walking distance of the red square. The bus terminal however is not. The town bus is cheap (Rm0.80) but uncomfortable and dilapidated - can be taken from the terminal (ask which one goes to the red square). Its not so convenient on the way back however which brings me to my biggest gripe: Taxis! The taxis in malacca are not metered and they have fixed the price to the bus station at RM15 for tourists! Thats not cheap for a trip which takes only 5-10 min. The true cost would be more like RM5 but when they see your luggage it becomes
Getting There and About
Air : Melaka has a small airport situated in Batu Berendam, 9 km away from town
By Sea : There is a ferry service from Malacca which is one way and return to Dumai ( in Indonesia ). This departs daily.
By coach : Singapore Express daily runs hourly to Malacca, the earliest departure is at 8 am and the latest is around 5 pm.
Trishaws : The best way to enjoy Malacca in a slow and relaxed manner. The trishaw will transport you through streets and lanes of Malacca which you might miss if you tried to get about on your own. The trishaw can be rented wither on whatever distance you cover or on an hourly basis and they are available at The Stadthuys.
River Cruise : There are a lot of charming discoveries of Malacca by taking a cruise down the river. One spot of this river was used in the 'Entrapment' movie.
Ricksahws can be found in the most touristic areas of the city and they are all extravagantly decorated. Some of them have even music!! It is no longer used by locals as a means of transportation, but it is fun for tourists to have a stroll in the streets of old Malacca on a rickshaw.
Musical and Colourful Rickshaw
No car, no motorbike or bicycle? Don't worry.... in Melacca we can take Musical and colourful rickshaw. This is the most unique rickshaw I ever seen.... soooo colourful plastics flower and full of music....:)).
from Taman Negara to Melaka
You may want to go from Taman Negara directly to Melaka without going to Kuala Lumpur. Then you should take a public bus or minivan from Kuala Tahan to Jerantut (see my tip for Taman Negara transportation) and then at 10.00 there is the only one (in the whole day) public bus from Jerantut to Melaka. The another option is to take the morning boat from Kuala Tahana and to take shared taxi from Jerantut to Melaka (4 or 5 hours, 250 RM for the car) - you can wait for some people who could share the taxi with you, but there is not a big chance for that.
From the bus station, take the town bus or any domestic bus to Mahkota Parade to reach the town centre. It cost you about M$1. Drop at the Town Square. Chinatown and Christchurch is in close proximity.
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Best Service from Malacca to Singapore
I was very pleasantly surprised at the professionalism and conduct of the staff at this bus company. 707 Express bus service, with just 27 seats has about four to six departures daily from Malacca Sentral to Queens Street in Singapore. It took exactly four hours to reach singapore, compared to the five to six hours with Transtar..I recommend this service highly
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