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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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....:)).
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.
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
There are frequent bus service to Kl Pudu raya station from the Malacca Sentral Station. The journey takes exactly two hours and it is a very comfortable one. Once you get to Pudu Raya station it is the usual underdeveloped country mayhem and chaos but in a pleasant way though..
arrived at the Bus Sentral after 9 pm. and quickly walked over to the Domestic Bus terminal which is about two minutes away within the sam complex. I wanted to get to Hotel Puri as fast as possible and this time of the night, the bus would be as fast as the Taxi. The driver was an ageing Chinese and he directed me to the conductor. I explained I wanted to get to Hotel Puri near Jalan Hang Jebat, a man sitting next to him, said tome, I am going that way and I will show you the way. how kind of him. The bus is no 17 and it is at bay 6 at the domestic bus section. The fare is 80 cents malaysian whereas the taxi might cost close to 20 ringits malaysian. Within five minutes the bus discharged us in front of the stadhuys and from there was a short walk to Hotel Puri, with streets deserted eventhough it was not even ten pm yet..
To escape the tidy cage of Singapore, the bus station at Lavender Street (near the MRT station) has buses leaving for Malacca during all hours of the day. I took the five pm one, there was one at 2 30 pm and another at 6 pm. The bus was just an ordinary bus not one of those luxurious types, but the old chinese man selling tickets was full of joy and friendliness(an oddity in this island of sullen people). 12 sg d one way and they took the second crossing at Tuas to go through immigration and customs.
Even the immigration people on the Malaysian side, was jovial ( not known for their friendliness in countries like australia or usa) and joked with me in Malay a language I am learning at the moment.
Welcome to Malaysia, which is Asia after the fabrication which is Singapore. The bus arrived four hours later at the Bus Sentral at Malacca. The aircondition was not turned on full blast which was rather nice. Stopped at a roadside stall at Ayer Hitam and not at one of those generic highway stops and the service and the food was better than the highway food ( roti canai, curry, te h tahrek less than one dollar usd)
If you have a flight from KLIA and you are in Melaka or you have arrived and would like to stay in Malacca.
Downstairs from the Food Court at the KLIA, there are buses departing to various points. One of them goes to Seremban. You can either take it all the way to Seremban or get it at Nila Station. From Nila to Seremban there is a nice train ride.
The bus will deposit you at the seremban bus station and ther are buses to Malacca.
If you arrive or wish to depart by train, the walk from train station to bus station is about ten minutes.
Allow about 4 hours including connecting times for the journey.
From Melaka to KLIA
Hotel to Sentral Bus Staion about 30 minutes
Sentral station to Seremban 1 hour 30 minutes
Seremban to KLIA 2 hours
Cost by bus
0.60 cents 5.20 ringgit 5.00 ringitt if you take the bus all the way through to KLIA
2.30 ringitt on komuter from nilai, 2.00 ringitts seremban to nilai by bus