The Regal Bus Co. is the only bus company that provide the services to area around Cameron Highlands as well as to Tapah in the lowland.
The routes and schedule is as follows:
Tanah Rata to Kg Raja (via Brinchang, Kea Farm, Butterfly Farm and junction to Sg Palas Tea plantation):
6.30am, 7.30am, 8.30am, 9.30am, 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm, 5.30pm & 6.30pm.
Tanah Rata to Tapah (via Lake House, Habu & Ringlet)
8.00am, 9.00am, 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.15pm, 3.15pm, 4.15pm & 5.30pm
Buses are always a good option to travel in Malaysia. They are punctual, convenient, cheap and fast.
We took the bus from Penang to the Cameron Highlands, it cost us RM 18,10 per person which is not expensive for a 6 hour trip.
The buses are air-conditioned and often you are even supplied with a free bottle of water.
We also took the bus from the Cameron Highlands to Kuala Lumpur, which cost
Tickets can be purchased at any travel agency.
Cab fare cost a standard RM8 whether from Brinchang or Tanah Rata back to Strawberry Park.
We heard that it wasn't easy to get cabs but we didn't have much problem. There was a taxi waiting area at Tanah Rata near its bus terminal. A local was there to help people flag down cabs too. Dunno whether we were supposed to tip. I didn't though haha!
We later chatted with the cab driver and he told us that after nine pm, cabs will be much fewer in number. So do take care not to stay in town too late and get stranded from your hotel!
Cameron Highlands is only accessible via Tapah, in the State of Perak, from the North South Highway - 4 to 5 hours from Kuala Lumpur.
From Tapah take route 59. At Batu 7, turn off right if you want to take a short break at the Kuala Who Forest Recreation Park. There are picnic areas and a hot spring
From Tapah, the two way road winds its way up through fascinating jungle scenery. The ascent is gradual with only the drop in temperature to indicate how high you are.
The flora of the tropics undergo a subtle and pleasant change with tumbling waterfalls, gurgling mountain streams, giant tropical trees rising majestically towards the sky, bamboo forest and hillside villages belonging to the Semai, members of the Semoi group of "Orang Asli".
The nearest town to get a bus up to Cameron highlands is Tapah. However, it is much more easier if you can get a direct ticket up to Tanah Rata. Check with the counter before you make further tix purchase.
I had to fill in the "To" box above, but really it should be "From".
Many of the buses heading up to Tanah Rata have a notice in them warning you that you should book your return seat as soon as you arrive - as otherwise you may be dissappointed !
I thinks this especially applies at peak times, when Malaysians are returning to KL after the weekend or following a national holiday.
By Air : Major airlines fly to Kuala Lumpur International Airport and from Kuala Lumpur, you can take a taxi or the Ekpress Nasional scheduled bus service that leaves the Pudu Raya Bus Terminal at 8.30 am.
By Car : Go via the quickest route, the North-South Expressway, Exit 132 out-turning in near the town of Tapah. Just after the toll booth, at the 'T' junction, turn left. From Tapah you will hit the long winding road (about 60km) to Cameron Highlands. Travel up this scenic road for approx. 1 hour and you would reach the first of the three main towns of the Cameron Highlands - RINGLET. Drive through the town.
There are not many taxis lurking around. It's best to go up to Camerons with your own vehicle. Distance between different sight-seeing spots are not in the leisure walking range unless you're a veteran marathon man. Besides it is not safe walking on the winding road as there are no proper pedestrain pathways outside the little towns of Brinchang & Tanah Rata.
If you wish to travel using public transport to Cameron Highlands, you can take a bus at Tapah. The public bus from Tapah to and fro Tanah Rata Bus Terminal travel daily according to the schedule.
Classic travel in classic Mercedes.
We never did actually ride on one of these taxis, so we do not know the average fare. But must be quite cheap..
if you have the possibility to go by car then do so, as it is Cameron highlands it can be quite chilly at night.. And rjust think of all the places you will see..
There are 4 bus services from Pudu Raya Bus Terminal, Kuala Lumpur.
From Tapah, the local bus leaves at hourly intervals for Tanah Rata.
RM 3.70 one way.
A great website with tons of info on Cameon Highlands.