Trains, Kuala Lumpur
I agree with the others - the train ride is safe and you can also have first class reservations where you can have nice clean beds with a wash basin (also on trip from Kuala Lumpur o Thailand)...only thing is that some of the workers on the train may not speak too much English and so you have to do quite a lot of hand gestures and facial communication...have fun!
Malaysia is of a predominantly Muslim religion, and the people are very friendly and easy to talk with - when they do speak English, they are very understandable with less accent compared to their Thai/Singapore neighbors (generally speaking).
We took the over night train back to Singapore. Lots to say about this experience and honestly not a lot of it is good. But I have suggestions on how to do it and avoid the mistakes I made. On the website for booking the train it is forwards to back 1a, then 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a etc. The 1 a and b are not side by side. So I highly recommend you choose something that would be in the middle.
The rooms are not very big and there is little to no way to make the bed fit two people.
You'll be awakened in the early morning for the boarder ritual upon re-entering Singapore where the lines will be very long and the water in the cars won't be running 30 minutes before that through the rest of the trip. So shower up early.
KL's People Mover Rapid Transit (PRT) is a 16km elevated monorail system. The PRT is not integrated with the Ligh rail Transit (LRT) which can mean leaving one system and then walking across the road to another system.
It's a nice way of getting another view of the city as you are elevated over the roads. The tracks run from KL Sentral to Titiwangsa with many stop in between.
An electronic control system allows you to enter and exit via turnstiles. Fares range from RM1.20 to RM2.50.
In this middle of town, there a few trains which can get you from one place to another. There are Light Rail Transit (LRT) which can get you from Sri Petaling to Bukit Jalil. Putra LRT which can get you from Kelana Jaya to Gombak, this Putra LRT can bring you to China Town, KLCC, and to KL Central (main point for all trains). KTM can get you from Seremban to Rawang also can get you to Port Klang, I am not sure about this area attraction. And we also a Monorail, which can get you from KL Central to Titiwangsa, you can use this monorail to get to golden triangle also to KLCC.
If you need more advice for your travel or visits to any places with using these transportation, you better ask the people at the counter in each station.
When is a train not a train? When you are in KL and there are three different "trains"!
It took a bit of getting used to but at last I have it. KL has 3 different rail networks: the KL monorail, the LRT - light rail transit and the KTM Komuter.
It was confusing having to go from monorail to LRT to KTM when I wanted to get somewhere but after getting hold of a map ( in The Ultimate Guide) I got it together and founf it easy to get around using these three trains. You can't always get the destination tickety at the station but the staff were great in always telling me where I would need to change and to what line etc.
When going well out into the suburbs or into neighboring states there are also connecting buses.
If you are in KL for some time look at getting a day pass or saver pass on the Komuter.
I found that trains were almost always on time but sould be very, very, full at peak hours.
I travelled on the overnight sleeper from KL to Singapore last November; personally I thought it was civilised and enjoyable, but that, of course, isn't everybody's idea of fun/pleasure. Cheap as well: as I am over 65, it cost me the equivalent of just over GBP12.00 return. We arrived in SG more or less on time at about 9 a.m.
When weighing up whether to take the train or cab it you should take two things into consideration:
1. Is it peak hour? Because if it is DON'T take a taxi! Peak hour traffic in KL is horrible. We got stuck in traffic for about an hour once, when honestly it would have taken about 10 minutes to walk.
2. Do you REALLY know where you're going? If you are a little unsure it might be a good idea to cab it. Taxi's are really cheap in KL, and they will drop you right at your destination. Sometimes it's worth paying the extra couple of ringgit for convenience!
once I had actually found the train times, I waited till KL to buy my ticket at the station, (KL Sentraal) in person. And as the station was one of the stops on the sightseeing bus tour, I "hopped off", bought the ticket, (and one for Ipoh as well), and "hopped back on again"
(And the tour bus is worth taking, anyway)
When in Kuala Lumpur (K L ) as the locals call it I found the local train system to be an absolutely practical way to get around anywhere in the city...there is a Metro System that operates regularly , is fast, efficient, clean, and I must say in peak hours ( like everywhere ) gets very crowded...A travel ticket is available for weekly or daily travel...speak to staff at train station..I purchased one and when I was finished using the ticket I simply was refunded the balance..its a great system...not only Metro but Monorail as well...then of course the long distance International Trains are available south to Singapore or north to Bangkok in Thailand.for info on this international train..(SEE MY H.P. TRAVELOGUE AROUND THE WORLD BY TRAIN #2 ASIA).
Komuter train is a train service operated by KTM Berhad (intercity train company). Komuter is good for transporting passengers to places outside of the city. The fare is cheap compared to Monorail and LRT. Tourist day pass is available at RM12. It is valid for an unlimited travel on the KTM Komuter trains for one day to any destination within the KTM Komuter network.
Komuter train has 2 routes:
Rawang - Seremban
Sentul - Pelabuhan Klang (Port Klang)
Some useful stations on Komuter services are:
1. Midvalley - for shopping
2. Bank Negara - near to city hall and Sultan Abdul Samad Building
3. Kuala Lumpur - the historical train station of Kuala Lumpur, about 15 minutes walk to Chinatown & Central Market
4. KL Sentral - Interchange to other train lines, LRT and Monorail
5. Putra - Walking distance to Putra World Trade Center
There are two KTM Komuter routes : a ) Sungai Gadut to Tanjung Malim and b ) Port Klang to Batu Caves and the train frequency is at 20 minutes a trip. It is very convenience to ride the train, first I purchase a ticket for my destination, enter and wait at the correct platform, when the train arrive in the station, hop in.
I travelled from UKM to KL Sentral on 15 Oct 2013. If you are in a train that could not travel to your your final destination, you need to change to the other train or other mode of train. The ideal station to do a change is at KL Sentral station.
Taking the train in Malaysia is safe, comfortable and cheap. Train is the traditional way to travel between Singapore and Bangkok. My experience with the train from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore was not that great. The train had problems and had to stop 3 hours in the middle of the jungle for maintainance. It took 11 hours to Singapore.
An 8 hour train journey up from Singapore for us, the service is operated by Malaysian Railways and operates 2 or 3 times daily.
We thought it was worth paying the small extra cost for an aircon carriage. Interesting and relaxing journey through mostly jungle and small towns, sure the plane is faster but for me not so enjoyable.
Arrival is at KL Sentral station.
KTM Komuter is a convenient and effcient public transport catering especially to commuters in Kuala Lumpur and the surrounding suburban areas. Passengers can travel to the city without hassle of traffic congestion, rest in the comfort of the air-conditioned coaches while being taken to destination at very reasonable fares
The old Kuala Lumpur railway station (Bangunan Stesen Kereta Api) was built in 1892. It was one of the nicest buildings in the city (at that time) and cost 23,000 Malaysian ringgit, a significant sum in those days. It had a large hall that opened onto a small pavillion with a moveable roof and a stylish Italian clock mounted on the roof. The building's British architect was Arthur Benison Hubback. Its design is similar to the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, whose British architect was AC Norman. The station replaced an earlier one built in 1885 in Foch Avenue, now called Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock and which was the city's first railway station. Both stations were similarly designed. The first station was known as Resident Station because of its proximity to the residence of the British Resident.
The building is said to posses the largest number of domed towers, with each tower having specific uses and meaning to its builder. The arched entrances are evenly curved and the interior is uncomplicated, from the arragement of the tiles on the floors and walls to the chairs that are organized in parallel rows. Large-scale renovations were carried out in 1986 but part of the old structure was retained. The ole and damaged domes were replaced and the glass roof was replaced with a steel structure.