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.
It is easy to take the train from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur and vise versa. The Malaysian rail system is extremely well developed, except for the annoyence at the border crossing from Singapore, where you are forced to get out of the train and wait in a huge customs line. The trip takes roughly six or so hours, but is quite relaxing, and better then the bus on weekends (traffic). You can chect the times and fares on the Malaysian rail system's website (KTM) at: www.ktmb.com.my the approx fare for a simple seat is about SG$34 (about US$20).
using this ERL train directly from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Kuala Lumpur Sentral it is about time for you to get in town more faster as this vehicle took about 28minute to reach KL Sentral and definately no hassle taking this.
The price is cost about RM35 per trip.
If you decided to get more cheap and advanture a little or perhaps urge to do some sightseeing while on yourway to the City, this train is not bad as well for you to try. But you have to get to the railway which is quite far from Airport. You can get a transit bus to KTM commuter station in Nilai then you buy a ticket to KL Sentral.
Definately it will take quite awhile to reach town, its about 1 hour time from Nilai Station to KL Sentral.
Price is about RM5.40 ( not to accurate ) but somewhere there.
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.
Go to Level 2 at theMain Terminal Building, and down to the bus station. Take the Sepang (green colour) or CityLink bus (red colour) to Nilai KTM station - cost RM2.
From Nilai KTM station, take the commuter rail to KL Central Station - cost around RM4.50.
But the trip is about 90 minutes.
Sentral station is certainly impressive. It is light and airy - but it reminds me of London Stansted airport before the advent of low-cost airlines - a dramatic building but very underused.
It is claimed that 40,000 people a day use it now - but that is still very low compared to many stations in major cities.
A word of warning if you are arriving - there are virtually no bus connections to the place, so you have to rely on taxis or the LRT network.
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