Driving in KL on weekdays and weekend is a totally different experience. I prefer to avoid the traffic jam so I normally come to KL after weekdays. I ever experience traffic jam in KL sitting in a taxi. I did drive tail to tail in high speed on Federal Highway because to keep following the leading car in front, if not, the distance in front of me soon be taken by other vehicles and I am left far behind. Driving in KL on weekend and public holidays, occupying the taxi and bus lane is not an offend. On some road, there are Zebra Crossing Lines for pedestrians.
If you need a private driver with a large car to take up to 6 people then I highly recommend Patrick. The day trip down to Melaka with Patrick was wonderful and he took good care of us, showing us the sights. We hired him again to take us to the airport for Pulau Tioman and again to pick us up and drive us to the international airport.
Update 2013 - On our recent trip we looked up Patrick again and spent a few days with him visiting Melaka again, Crab Island and the Fireflies and Monkeys again. When Patrick picked us up at KLIA, he brought me a nice bunch of red roses :o) What a lovely gift! Thanks my friend! Next time we come, I will bring you a couple of bottles of the best Margaret River Red Wine. :o)
I totally recommend that you have Patrick drive you around. He can be contacted on the email address below. Please tell him that aussirose Ann from Perth said to say hello :o)
I won't give any assurance on this as I have not tried it myself. Came upon their site while searching for info on safer public transportation for tourist. What I think I can do is, I'll contact them AFTER I have built up my KL site and show them, tell them about VT and hope they can make us a VT deal maybe.
If you own a car, why not try taking a short drive up north to Kuala Lumpur. It takes about three to five hours depending on the speed you are driving.
You will need to pay SGD1.20 at the Singapore custom counter using your cashcard and cash, RM2.60 at Malaysia custom counter if you are taking the Woodlands causeway.
There is a short toll of RM2.10 before you reach the first toll. Take the ticket and continue your drive to Kuala Lumpur. The toll charge for private car from Johor Bahru to Kuala Lumpur is RM41.30
There's a free shuttle ride to Menara Tower. Just go to the main gate of the tower at Jalan Puncak. The gate is about 10-minute walk from the Bukit Nanas Station via the KL Monorail. The shuttle ride is available from 9am to 6pm at 15-minute intervals. Scheduled shuttle transfers are also available from major hotels to the tower.
Feel like indulging in creamy, mouth watering, delicious Baskin Robbins ice-cream while driving along the North South Highway to KL?
Take the Air Keruh exit, you will find a standalone Baskin Robbins outlet.
Take note that it's the AIR KERUH exit and NOT the one with the 'Jejantas' (restaurant bridge across the highway). The AIR KERUH exit is just before the Jejantas exit so if you see the Jejantas exit, then you've already overshot.
However, on the way back from KL to Singapore/JB, the Baskin Robbins outlet is at the Jejantas exit.
It's better for the traveller to take public transport like buses and taxis, even though your own car would be time-saving and more convenient.
The other well-seasoned drivers might give you a fright !
And if you happen to be in one of those infamous "floods" you'd surely be in trouble.
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They pamper you with Malaysian courtesy and at budgeted rate with luxury machine to take you around to your destiny in sheer comfort.. Only RM 100.00 - RM 140.00 To KL. . New MPV limos ,ever ready to serve. The drivers has been trained to assist your journey.
The care and services has always been a way to show their inherited culture.
Mae sure you have a map, and it's much easier to get to your destination when you have a passenger (who is hopefully some good at map-reading). Tolls are cheap but depending on where you're going to around Malaysia, there will be quite a lot of them. Driving in inner-city KL is pretty much chaos, although I have to say Penang is worse (lots of motorbikes weaving in and out of the traffic). If you arrange to meet a friend or relative at a toll, make sure you meet them at the right one (happened to me before lol), and a mobile phone is always handy for these situations.
It takes abt 5-6 hrs of drive from singapore to KL, expect not much of a jam if u are departuring on a 4am weekday morning. There are several resting stations along the highway. Just rem to get out of the way when another faster car tailgate u or signal right at u. have fun!
The roads in and around KL are very good with wide traffic lanes, clear signage, and working traffic lights.
When it rains, traffic tie-ups are the norm, particularly since thunderstorms often occur during the evening rush hour. Driving is on the left side of the road. Visitors will be quite comfortable with the driving conditions here.
Malaysians drive more slowly than Europeans and Americans and sometimes poke along on a highway in the fast lane well below the speed limit. They aren't really good at staying in their lanes. They tend to hug the lane division lines so that it appears they're preparing to change lanes, but in fact they just don't pay much attention to painted lane markers, to the extent that it is common to see cars straddle two lanes.You simply have to flash your lights if you want them to move over, and they willingly comply since Malaysians are not generally agressive drivers, although, as anywhere, there are the occasional Forumla 1 wannabes.
There are thousands of two-wheelers, mainly small motorcycles. They very often drive directly on lane division lines, thinking that cars can pass them on either side. It can be a bit nerve wracking to do so since they are so light that it seems that any wind at all from a passing car might topple them. However, they watch the traffic very carefully when they are moving forward. Make sure to use your turn signals for lane changes, and then just let the two-wheelers worry about themselves as it's impossible to keep track of them all. Do watch out, though, for them to pull out suddenly from side streets without looking for oncoming cars.
As in any new and unfamiliar place, getting your bearings is maddening. If you're not in the correct lane or don't exit properly, it can take ages to get back to where you want to be. Invest in a good map, and when actually in central KL consider taking public transportation or taxis, both of which are widlely available and inexpensive.
Cars, cars and cars...cars are the most favourite vehicles of the malaysian community. As far as KL and the neighbouring places are concerned, each family has a car and most of them even a couple or more...
Rental Cars > : The most flexible way to travel around Malaysia is with a rental car. Major rental car companies are represented in Malaysia, including Avis, the largest. Most companies offer an unlimited mileage package. The roads are quite good and uncrowded away from the cities, but in Kuala Lumpur, be prepared for a glut of traffic.
This is one of the highway in Kuala Lumpur.
Be sure you travel in Kuala lunpur at right timing or will you will trapped in teriffic jam.