Monorail, Kuala Lumpur
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
its easy getting in and around KL. whenever im in KL, i use the mtr and monorail. you'll never have a hard time finding Petronas or Bukit Bintang. and its the fastest and cheapest way to wander around.
mtr has a station connected to Petronas. Just get off KLCC and follow the exit signs and it will lead you to Petronas and Suria Mall.
KL Sentral is the main hub of the mtr. a 2-minute walk across the street is the monorail station. if you want to go Bukit Bintang just take the monorail from KL sentral.
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.
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
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.
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.
The Kuala´s Monorail was opened in 2003, it has 11 elevated stations, and is capable of handling almost 5,000 passanger per hour. All the trains were made in Malaysia, and is a good way of transport in a city with such big traffic problems.
The prices are cheap, depending on which station you're from and where you want to go. There aren't any schedules, if you miss a monorail train that just went by, in about 5 minutes there would be another one that would come along. It's pretty convenient since you avoid the traffic if ever you travel during rush hour.
We were impressed by the transport system in the centre of Kl, extensive coverage using metro, monorail, local trains and the bus. The situation further out is not so good we were told, only a sporadic bus service.
The link to the website gies lots of info.
It was really easy to go around KL..just ask around how to go & the streets to remember & you'll easily get there....thanks to their efficient monorail & LRTs.....there's always a connecting mode of transport wherever you get off whether a bus or a train type is available....not much long walks...Even if you're a 1st timer your pockets won't hurt coz of Taxi fare
KL Monorail is a monorail system in Kuala Lumpur, opened 31 August 2003. and serves 11 stations running 8.6 km with two parallel elevated tracks . Travelling time along 8.6km route from Titiwangsa station to the KL Sentral station is approximately 19 minutes .
Operating hours : 6.00 am to 12.00 midnight daily
The monorail in KL is very different than the skytrain in Bangkok, the trains are much smaller and fatter, and there are a number of lines and changing points, the centre being KL Central. It isn't much cheaper than using taxis if there is more than 1 person but it is well worth trying out the monorail for the novelty value of travelling overhead.
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.