For those wanting to see Kuala Lumpur but only have a few days in the city will find this tour to be the most comprehensive that one could get in a day or two. The buses run on a 15 to 30 minutes intervals at 22 designated stops. Service starts between 8.30 a.m. and 8.30 p.m. Tourists will be taken to about 40 attractions in the city including Istana Negara (National Palace), KL Tower, China Town and Central Market to name a few. Tickets are sold on board and are priced at RM38 for a 24-hr tour and RM65 for a 48-hr tour.
For visitors/tourist who want to see all KL attractions and ready to face the traffic, they can try the city tour BUS SERVICE Called HOP IN HOP OFF Bus.
It’s a double decker bus equipped with state of the art facilities. There are altogether 22 stops that you can hop on or hop off the bus.
So if you have the time (which we didn’t have) try to sit through the entire journey of the bus. But you need to be patient in waiting as punctuality is affected by the condition of the traffic.
Going to Kuala Lumpur from Singapore by bus is a nice journey. Aero Bus Line is a double decker and clean bus. They serve good food and also they have for vegetarians like me. Its a 5 hour journey from Harbourfront in Singapore to Corus Hotel in KLCC.
For those travelling with AirAsia, they will arrive in LCCT (Low Cost Carrier Terminal) located about 20 km from KLIA (KL Int'l Airport). Both terminals can be accessed with Taxi or bus. From LCCT arrival exit, go out and turn left where you'll find bus stops (with numbers and directions). It's on the second bus stop, and the direction is 'LCCT - MTB'. I guess MTB stands for Main Terminal Building or KLIA. You pay 1.5 Ringgit to the driver.
Once you arrive at KLIA, you will be on the gate one of 1st level of the terminal. Go upstairs for departure, pan pacific airport hotel, or the same level for continuing by bus to your next destination.
For MYR15 you can get the shuttle bus "STAR SHUTTLE" from the airport and it takes you to your hotel door. As soon as you clear customs you can book a ticket on this bus. The counter staff will direct you to the platform to catch the bus. Look for the yellow bus with the red star.
Daily Non-stop buses every 30 minutes.
-For some reason everyone in KL thinks there Michael Sauchmacher, or they are driving at Sepang in the Malaysian F1, so if this bothers you close you eyes and have a sleep. The chairs on these buses recline back just nicely.
There is a coach service between KLIA and LCCT. The stop is not that far away from where you board the KLIA Ekspres. Follow the sign in the airport terminal that indicates "LCCT bus". You need to take the escalator one flight down, and the LCCT bus is at door #10. There're touts there that'll try to get you to get on their buses into KL and points beyond. Don't pay attention to them if you're only interested in getting to LCCT.
The ride only costs $1.5 MYR, though it's an ordinary bus and so don't expect a baggage hold. The ride is about 20 minutes, and it should run every 20 minutes or so. So, worst case scenario, it adds 40 minutes to your connexion between KLIA and LCCT.
KLIA is one of the newer airports built in the last 10 years. Why the connexion with LCCT -- just on the other side of the runway -- was planned with a connecting bus 20 minutes away and not something more convenient, continues to boggle the mind.
If you fly with Air Asia for example, you have to get to the Sulatn Abdul Aziz Shah Airport for low cost carriers. One way to get there is by bus connection from sentral. Since I missed the last one in time though, I had to take a teksi for around 80 Ringit....stupid me ;-)
The concept of this bus service is to offer tourists more convenient way to discover Kuala Lumpur . Hop-on or off at any of the attractions . This service will also allow tourists to spend the day in the city either to shop, dine, sightseeing, exploring museums and art galleries, taking a break in the parks, watching movies, attending festivals, discover the unique culture activities or simply enjoy the freedom of exploring the city at their own pace .
Price of Ticket :
Adult Rm 38
Family / Group of 5 Rm 160 at Rm 32 each
Senior / Children / Disable Rm 17
Children below 5 Free
Puduraya is a messy area but it is the main bus terminal. The idea is to get there and continue on to KL Sentral (which is more decent) via the Putra Light Rail Transit nearby. Avoid eating, drinking or even pissing there.
Stick with the reputable ones such as Plusliner. They serve snacks and give freebies. However seats are limited and need to be booked in advance. Web booking is available.
If you are forced to take one of the cheaper ones due to overdemand for tickets during festivals make sure you give the driver a good whack if he drives too fast or dangerously. Remember its better he gets a black eye than you lose your life.
Arriving at Melaka Sentral a few minutes before 12 noon from Singapore, we immediately looked for a bus to KL, and we took KKKL Bus Express.
This is not really my choice of bus, but this bus company got the schedule that fits with our schedule. We took the 1pm bus, so we were able to have our lunch before going on with our journey. Bus fare is RM9.40, two hour fast but safe trip. Bus looked a bit old inside.
KL Hop-On Hop-Off double decker bus was introduced since 2007. It is a bus that brings you around the city to almost all the main attractions in Kuala Lumpur. Passengers can hop on and off the bus at any of the 22 designated stops that are near to tourists attractions and major hotels. There is a guide on the bus giving you brief introductions of the places. Tickets can be bought online, on the bus, travel agents, or at major hotels. Ticket is valid for 24 hours. I think this is a convenient way for tourists who are not familiar with the confusing roads of KL. You don't have to be worried about which bus to take to your destinations. KL Hop-On Hop-Off covers all, well, almost.
Price: RM38(Adult) , RM160 (For a group of 5 persons), RM16 (Senior, Children, Disabled), Free (Children Below 5)
Operating Hour: Everyday from 8:30am to 8:30pm, buses run at 30 minutes Interval.
This row of shops opposite Puduraya Bus Terminal is an alternative if you don't feel like going into Puduraya to get your bus tickets. There are ticket agents along the road and you can get bus tickets to almost everywhere in Peninsula Malaysia, Singapore and Hatyai (Thailand). I like to buy my tickets here because it is more convenient and lee crowded than in Puduraya. But check with the ticket agent which platform or where you have to wait for the bus. And don't forget to ask them for the bus license plate number. Sometimes you don't have to go to Puduraya to board your bus. It gets a bit confusing sometimes...
PUDURAYA Bus Terminal has been serving Kuala Lumpur and its people for as long as I can remember. Puduraya is the main bus terminal in the heart of downtown KL on Jalan Pudu. Buses leave here around the clock everyday. You can pretty much get to any parts of Malaysia Peninsula and even Singapore and Hatyai (Thailand)!
Puduraya is built more than 20 years ago and it certainly exceeds its capacity. The place is crowded, stuffy, noisy, and chaotic! On the main level, there are like close to a hundred of ticket counters but they are actually agents who sell for only a few of bus companies. Therefore there are competition among these agents.
The buses are parked on the lower level of Puduraya. Travelers have to go down to the bus via each designated platforms that are clearly numbered in big orange signs. Arrive at Puduraya about 15 minutes before your departure time as you really wouldn't want to stay longer in Puduraya then you really have to. The fume coming out from the buses is really bad.
At the main level, there is a post office, ATM, a food court, Dunkin Donuts, magazine stalls and a luggage storage counter (I have more info of it at General Tips). And not to forget a hotel on the upper levels of Puduraya.
To get to Puduraya via LRT, you can get off at Plaza Rakyat station and it's about a 5 minutes walk following the covered walkway.
I heard that PLAZA RAKYAT, a project that was started and planned in the 1990's but was put on hold after the economic crisis in 1997, will resume its construction soon. Hopeful the new PLAZA RAKYAT will replace Puduraya and make bus traveling a more pleasant experience.
Now there is a convenient and economical way to travel between LCCT Terminal (Air Asia) and Kuala Lumpur. There are at least 3 bus companies providing services to KL. Travel time: about 1 hour.
Bus fare starts from RM8 depending on which bus company you are going with and where.
Starshuttle: From LCCT or KLIA to: KL Sentral, Puduraya Bus Terminal (downtown KL), Jalan Ipoh, Subang Jaya, and even to selected hotels. Bus fare starts from RM10
Aerobus: Located at the basement level of KL Sentral Station, it offers a non-stop service to LCCT (Low Cost Carrier Terminal) for RM8.00 per trip, or RM14.00 for a two-ways trip.