Train from KL to Ipoh.
We began our journey to Ipoh at KL Sentral Station. There are two types of train: gold service and silver service. Buy your ticket at the ETS counters. To get served you must go to the large table near the entrance and take a number. Then you have to wait for your number to be called before you can buy a ticket. Gold service costs 35 RM one way and takes two hours twenty minutes. Silver service costs 25RM one way and should take two hours thirty minutes though ours on the way back took two hours forty-five minutes.
The train is clean and comfortable. It has clean toilets and you can buy food and drink on board.
Gold and silver trains are of the same standard. It is just that the silver stops more frequently.
There can be several hours between trains. We just missed the 3pm from KL and the next one was 6pm.
We bought our tickets for the way back in advance as we noticed some trains were sold out. We returned from Ipoh on the 3pm train. I believe the one before that was at 12pm.
The train station in Ipoh is conveniently located in the heart of Ipoh's old town. When you buy a ticket for either service, you are automatically given a seat reservation.
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the taxi or kereta sewa
I noticed all taxi queue in line are all kereta sewa. It means that they are not metred taxi, you have to agree on a fee for your drop off point prior boarding the taxi. It is just outside of the Medan Gopeng Bus Terminal for the convinence of the local passengers.
Meeting point of all busses
All busses from north and south and all the cities in Malaysia would come to the Medan Gopeng to drop off and pickup new passengers. Some travellers do their transit at this bus terminal. The Ipoh Taxi Terminal is attached to the bus terminal for the convinience of all travellers. The minibus travel quite frequent to provide services to ferry passengers to nearby business and housing areas.
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Electric Train Service (ETS)
With the completion of the double-tracking project between Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh comes the new train service known as ETS. The service originates from Seremban in the south and ends at Ipoh city in the north. I tried the service on a day trip to Ipoh last September and it took about 2 hrs from the usual 3 hrs on the older inter-city shuttle service. The introductory ticket price is RM30.00 on a single journey from KL to Ipoh. There will be a price review after 2011 Chinese New Year i.e., after February 2011
For train schedule one can phone the numbers below:
Kuala Lumpur Railway station (and ETS HQ) – Main Lobby – +603 2272-3392
Kuala Lumpur Sentral – Level 2 – +603 2272 3392
Ipoh Railway Station – Main Lobby – +605 254 0481
Seremban Railway Station – Lobby – +606 781 4421
The main Ipoh bus terminal is located at Medan Gopeng, about 5km south of the city centre which is reachable by shuttle buses from the roundabout south of the train station. The bus station provides services to and from just about any location in the country. Most frequent routes are to and from Kuala Lumpur (Puduraya Station) and Penang. Larger bus companies like Transnational, Plusliner, Konsortium provide the most frequent, reliable and safe services. I took a Konsortium bus to KL which took about 2.5 hours and cost RM17.40.
Driving around one-way streets
Ipoh has old town and new town separated by the river.
One can get lost in Ipoh while driving and so it is good to have a recent detailed downtown map or have a local Ipoh friend or ask instead of driving in circles.
The city bus is really old-world. When in new Town, it is easier to park and walk around to find your favorite chicken beansprout restaurant.
Once you have your orientation right, you will find that driving in Ipoh is not too bad.
Ipoh Town Taxi
Taxi is the only transportation means at Ipoh, with the fare begin from RM.5 for short distance, it was wonder by I don't see any public bus in town or may be I don't recognize it anymore. In suburban Ipoh, the taxi is not stand 24 hours, so when it was late in the night, even you make a phone call to the taxi center, some time they didn;t respon anymore. Even at Public spot, sometime it was hard to get Taxi
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Highway Toll Gate
Travelling in Malaysia can never be easlier. You can reach Ipoh by car, but highway toll is leived. Alternatively, you can take bus. Bus to KL is about 2 hours for RM15. To Singapore is about 8 hours and costs RM38.
Take the NKVE to Ipoh
Take the NKVE from Kuala Lumpur or Petaling Jaya and head North/"Utara". The signs will tell you that you are heading towards Rawang, Penang & Ipoh. Travelling at approximately 110 km/h (within the speed limit), you will reach Ipoh in about 2 hours.
The PLUS expressway is in good condition and as you approach Ipoh, you will see the limestone caves on your left and right. There are several exits to Ipoh. The first gets you to Ipoh South and the next takes you to Ipoh North. To get to the Lost World of Tambun, take exit 139.
The toll from KL to Ipoh is about RM20-30 depending on your entry point. For further details of the toll rates, check out PLUS's website as stated below.
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No Meter Taxi
Ipoh is a small place so we travelled by taxi most of the time. However, these taxi drivers don't use the meter so they charge you pretty much what they want.
They usually charge about RM 4 - RM 8. If they charge you too high you should haggle a bit. Sometimes, they will over charge if they know that you are a tourist.
A 5-minute taxi ride should cost about RM4.
1) Look out for a lot number printed on the road.
2) go to the meter machine, press the number.
3) slot in coins require.
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