Monorail, Kuala Lumpur
Guidebooks say KL is no city for pedestrians.......I cant agree to that since walking around KL was quite easy, ok, I got lost once in a while, but i no other way do you get to know a city better than by walking. From Bukit Bintang to the Petronas Towers and so on...you can check out every place along the way.
Ok, this is about the Monorail, a very convinient way to get around, from Sentral to Bukit Bintang for example and everywhere along that way.
I love the monorail and travel on it all the time when I am in KL (a couple of times a year).
It runs between 6am and 11.00pm at night and you can get to most of the shopping and many, many tourist areas very easily by using the monorail.
I also use the LRT (Light Rail Transit) and KTM (Komuter) at times as these can get you to other areas just outside the city or to other areas such as Port Klang.
Fares are cheap and the ticket machines are easy to use (tickets offices are in many stations as well.
The Monorail is operated as a single line system with 11 stations over a length of 8.6 km. Completed in 2003, the stations on the KL Monorail line are KL Sentral, Tun Sambanthan, Maharajalela, Hang Tuah, Imbi, Bukit Bintang, Raja Chulan, Bukit Nanas, Dang Wangi, Medan Tuanku, Chow Kit and Titiwangsa. The fares range from RM1.20 to RM2.50, which can be paid using single-journey tickets, Stored Value Cards (which cannot be used on RapidKL LRT's), and with Touch 'N Go Cards (which can be use on the LRT as well as other selected places). Great fun to travel on!
KL Monorail runs with two parallel elevated tracks & serves 11 stations. It connects KL Sentral with major hotels & shopping malls in the city. Operates 6am-12 midnight daily. Intervals of 5-10 minutes depending if it is peak or non-peak hours. It is convenient for those staying in the Golden Triangle.
Go on a trip on KL's Monorail that zooms about the city centre & you will be treated to a bird's eye view of some of the city's sights as well as city life below. Each journey is a mere RM2.50.
KL Sentral monorail station is 'disconnected' from the main station....
this can be confusing especially for disorientated travellers
follow the crowd heading towards the buses terminal downstairs
and head towards the buses exit and continue along the covered walkway
It's not that difficult to get to Chinatown/Jalan Petaling. Get off at either Maharajalela (if using the monorail) or Pasar Seni, and you'll just be a 5-min walk away.
Mass transport planning is Malaysia is mystifying. Why one of the newest urban mass transport networks in the world was designed so that the stops on different line didn't connect -- go figure.
Plus, it was a bit surprising that the Monorial cars -- only completed in the last 10 years -- is showing a lot of signs of wear and tear.
KL remains a city built for cars, and therefore public transportation is not the best. The relatively new "metro" system consists of a mixture of ground-level trains (KTM Komuter lines), underground trains (the light railway system) and elevated trains (the monorail). Sadly, these lines are not particularly well integrated, even if some stations are located next to each other! And they don't go everywhere - indeed, some lines seem to go nowhere important! Still, the system will get you to some useful central locations, e.g. KLCC and the Bukit Bintang area with relative air-conditioned ease, and at very affordable prices (RM2 ish). The short monorail line is perhaps the most comfortable.
We stay in Crowne Plaza KL and jus outside is a monorail station, so this was the transportation that we mainly used to go to the shopping malls in Ampang area (by the way isn’t worth it), Chinatown, Downtown and all the masjid and markets, Bangsar, etc. We made connections to LTR or KCR or the Express Train to go to Putrajaya, The Mines or the airport and the other that I mentioned from the monorail .
Is colourful, not so big, goes in a moderate speed and the distance line is relatively short.
In this account, I shall write about my travelling experience using KL rail network.
This is my second trip to Kuala Lumpur and my first to the Park at Bukit Cahaya Seri Alam - finding my way around KL would be a small challenge for me.
I took the challenge to travel around KL using the Monorail and the Komuter.It was my first experience travelling in this mode of transport.
There is a monorail station near the Swiss Inn in ChinaTown where I stayed. The station is call Mahaderaja. I think there are only 2 carriage trains in the monorail system. The train comes arrives the station quite regularly, say every 5 minutes or so. As I ventured nearby, I was surprised to see Stadium Merdeka. I had been trying to find out where the stadium was. I did not know it was just next to the monorail station
The trains are quite crowded on rush hours. Similar to the Sydney monorail, I'm not sure if it is of much to use to the locals because of its limited route (around the shopping district).
I took the monorail from Bukit Bintang to Maharajalela (Chinatown night market).
On the right side of the website, click on the transit network integration to see that it's the Putraline you should take to go to the Petronas towers (KLCC). You can click on Around Monorail Stations to get a glimpse on which hotel is near a particular train station.
The monorail is finally finished and offers an alternative to navigating the clogged tarsealed arteries of KL. Since 1995, when I first visited, KL has become less pedestrian friendly, so the monorail and LRT make life a little easier for the city explorer. I didn't actually get a chance to use it in 2004 when I was in KL on business for a few days, but I did go up and have a look at the Bukit Bintang Station on Jalan Sultan Ismail (pictured). Fares looked reasonable from memory.
I am not too sure about this line - it was greatly maligned by the press as an obstentatious project and certainly went through birthing pains before it was launched in 2003. More modern and comfortable than the LRT, I find that the stations do not really offer much to visitors as they are located in weird and slightly skewed locations...which means that you still have to walk quite some distance to get to the place you want to go. Also, connecting the LRT from the Monorail isn't as easy as it looks on the charts, as it usually involves quite a bit of walking.
the monorail of Malaysia was made famous by the film entrapment in 1999 starring sean connery and catherine zeta jones) and remains one of the icon of kuala lumpur. lately it has been gradually replaced by the Light Railway Transit which have dual tracked rails hence the momorail one has a one line tracks along kuala lumpur unike the Light Railways which has multiple lines around KL. The Kuala Lumpur Monorail Line system consists of a single dual-way line that links areas of inner Kuala Lumpur previously not served by rail transport, namely Brickfields, Bukit Bintang and Chow Kit, with pre-existing LRT and/or KTM Komuter stations at KL Sentral, Hang Tuah, Bukit Nanas and Titiwangsa. The line's two terminus stations are on a single track. The Basic Fares start at 1.20 Ringgit one way and gradually increases depending on the number of stations. it is interconnected by the LRT at the Titiwangsa, KL Sentral and Hang Tuah stations that you can change to LRT stations (but pay for the LRT fares for the LRT destinations too).
Unlike Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur is well served by mass transit system that includes trains of more than one type. The cutest to look at is the monorail which even seems build especially for the locals considering its low ceiling – perfect fit with the exception of some European head sticking out all the way to the roof. The only disadvantage of the otherwise immaculately knit network is the lack of advance purchase of tickets or passes. The result is long queues during rush hour and added stress for nothing. There must be some really important reason why this is a preferred option for the companies but at the end the customers that they are serving are the ones to suffer.
Like many other Asian cities, Kuala Lumpur dominated by motorized traffic. Cars and motorcycles given free rein, though congestion is the order of the day. In the nineties of the twentieth century, large amounts of money invested in the accessibility of the city. To replace the airfield was located in the city about seventy miles outside Kuala Lumpur's new "Kuala Lumpur International Airport Sepang" built. Public transport was boosted. Three subway lines were built, each with a private operator and characteristics. Later in the hands of the government.
Ampang Line (formerly, STAR): The most conventional of the three lines, a "normal" line that runs completely above ground. Large parts run on viaducts. The line has two branches.
Kelana Jaya Line (formerly, Putra): The underground on this line are driven by magnetic force and have no directors. The line runs primarily on viaducts. A section in the center runs underground.
KL Monorail: A monorail located entirely on an overpass.
From the central station are running regional trains in different directions. International trains to Singapore and Thailand.