you must spot the flowery cyclo. they're everywhere, decorated with plastic flowers and loud music.
the good thing is, unlike the taxi, you don't have to bargain for the price. it's written on the sign board.
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No car, no motorbike or bicycle? Don't worry.... in Melacca we can take Musical and colourful rickshaw. This is the most unique rickshaw I ever seen.... soooo colourful plastics flower and full of music....:)).
The trishaws are mostly found in the Dutch Square or Afamosa, they are nothing like the ones I saw in the Philippines or India. They are so heavily decorated it's funky kisch :o) This driver I was chatting to was telling me about his sound system, better than the one I had at home ;o) I prefered walking but u can catch one to specific destinations or for a tour around the town. The guy on the photo was having agreat time dance to the blaring music...
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Have used the cab services from Hanif in Malacca & he is really a big helper :) In Malacca all cab drivers works without a meter, so you need to look out or they ask for the real price. Hanif gives you a fair price without cheating you & he speaks good English. A big plus point in this city. He don't mind to bring you to several hotels near the beach for the same price. You can call him always when you need him & he will bring to anything you want. During one of our cab rides back to the hotel, he stopped for us at a 24 hour store for some shopping. The last day he brought us back to the Bus Terminal of Malacca & stopped by a local famous cookie factory. Hanif knows all the places in Melaka which you never will found. Call him local at 0134265777 & tell him that you got him phone number on the internet from his old customers. Sure that you will get from him the same special services as we did... :)))
To escape the tidy cage of Singapore, the bus station at Lavender Street (near the MRT station) has buses leaving for Malacca during all hours of the day. I took the five pm one, there was one at 2 30 pm and another at 6 pm. The bus was just an ordinary bus not one of those luxurious types, but the old chinese man selling tickets was full of joy and friendliness(an oddity in this island of sullen people). 12 sg d one way and they took the second crossing at Tuas to go through immigration and customs.
Even the immigration people on the Malaysian side, was jovial ( not known for their friendliness in countries like australia or usa) and joked with me in Malay a language I am learning at the moment.
Welcome to Malaysia, which is Asia after the fabrication which is Singapore. The bus arrived four hours later at the Bus Sentral at Malacca. The aircondition was not turned on full blast which was rather nice. Stopped at a roadside stall at Ayer Hitam and not at one of those generic highway stops and the service and the food was better than the highway food ( roti canai, curry, te h tahrek less than one dollar usd)
We arrived at Kuala Lumpur Airport early in the morning and wanted to take a bus to Melaka as soon as possible. We had read there are buses directly fom the airport, but instead we went to the bus station to get one.
To get there we took the train to Bandar Tasik Selatan Bus Station. The ticket cost 26.5RM. Basically there are two trains from the airport: an express train that goes straight to KL Sentral and a transit train from the opposite platform which also goes to KL Senral but stops at several stations on route. The transit train stops at Bandar Tasik Selatan. When we exited the train at Bandar Tasik Selatan, we got onto a walkway and walked left straight into the bus station. We queued up and bought a ticket to Melaka for 11RM. Returns were not available.
The bus station was clean and modern with lots of free toilets, seats, food and drink shops.
The company we travelled with was called Mayang Sari. We went through to the departure gate half an hour before departure. There were plenty of seats, free toilets and food shops there, too. We found the screen with departure information next to our gate.
The bus should have left at 9am, it was an acceptable 5 minutes late. It was very comfortable. There were only 3 seats per row, so the seats were wide and there were not many rows so the seats had plenty of leg room. The bus was dark with space age internal lights on when we boarded. We had travelled overnight to KL and I was really tired. It was so comfy I was asleep before we left KL and only woke up 2 hours later when we pulled into Melaka Sentral Bus Station.
A very comfortable and pleasant journey.
We used the same company to get back to KL. It cost 12RM. Again it was on time and very comfortable.
Melaka Sentral has lots of shops and places to eat. There are plenty of seats. Toilet trips cost 0.3RM if you bring your own tissue!
It is a slightly confusing circular bus station.
I read that bus 17 will take you to the historical centre of Melaka from here. I believe it stops near Dutch Square.
We took a taxi which cost 15RM. We did not bother to bargain. Later I saw a price list saying taxis to the centre (Jonker Street) were around 7RM. You probably have to be good at bargaining to get that. We were just happy to have a home to go to, so did not care about the price too much.
Melaka is a pretty walkable place unless you want to go further out to places like St John's Fort or Portuguese Square. Everywhere you go though you will see highly decorated flower and butterfly festooned trishaws blasting out music. We did not use these, but found them entertaining to watch and listen to. Price would be dependent on distance and bargaining skills. You can do a day tour in one if you feel so inclined. A few people approached us and tried to persuade us to do a day tour with them, but we were happy to walk. They were not annoyingly persistent and disappeared on the word no.
For getting to a lot of places, taxis are the only real option. They are a bit of a rip off though. Conveniently (for the drivers) none of the taxis have meters so it is necessary to negotiate a fare first before getting in. If you are obviously a tourist you will be told RM10 for even the shortest journey. In KL, where the taxis are metered, fares start at RM2 and the average fare is RM4-5. The taxis drivers are fleecing people in Melaka but there is a cartel and they all do it. If you try to get a fare lower than RM10 they refuse you and so will the next guy.
There is so much information on this matter. I highly recommend on good site that provides all these various transportational information:
Malaysia One - Malacca Transportation
Web site address is:
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This bus service delivers what they promise. safe and prompt arrival in Melaka four hours after leaving Golden Mile Complex in Singapore.. including the Malaysia and Singapore Immigration. Since they use the second bridge past Jurong, the immigration was a breeze indeed.
Courteous driver and convenient departure time, especially allowing you to have a sumptous dinner before leaving..
Melaka - Kuala Lumpur bus services:-
Malacca - K.L. Express
Contact No +606.282.2503 +603.238.1578
Rate (RM) 7.90
Hari Biasa (Weekdays): 6.00am - 6.00pm Hari Minggu (Weekends)7.00am - 7.00pm
Contact No +606.284.9940 +603.238.0202
Rate (RM) 7.90
Travel Schedule 8.30 am - 7.30 pm(hourly/setiap jam)
Contact No +606.282.3636 +603.201.1154
Rate (RM) 7.90
Travel Schedule 9.00 am - 5.45 pm (hourly/setiap jam)
Contact No +606.286.4255
Rate (RM) 7.90
Travel Schedule 8.00am - 7.30pm
Contact No +606.282.0687 +603.238.4670
Rate (RM) 8.00
Travel Schedule 5.30am - 8.00 pm(hourly/setiap jam)
If you're a backpacker and looking for a cheap and fast entry into Indonesia from Malaysia, this ought to be it. Sumatra is only 2 hours away from Melaka and it cost only a pittance (USD21) to get to Dumai! (If you're interested to go further south to Pekan Baru, it's 6 hours ) All ferries leave from the Harbour Master's jetty (Jeti Shahbandar) at Taman Melaka Raya near the Maritime Museum.
At least two ferries daily. Operated by Tunas Rupat Follow Me Express.
Tel: +60-6-2832506, +60-6-2832516 in Melaka, +62-765-31398 in Dumai.
RM80 ( single trip), RM150 ( return)
At least one ferry daily. Operated by Tunas Rupat Follow Me Express.
Tel: +60-6-2832506, +60-6-2832516 in Melaka, +62-761-858-777 in Pekanbaru
RM120 ( single trip), RM210 ( return)
Getting to Malacca from virtually anywhere in Malaysia and Singapore is pretty easy as there are many buses.
What I don't really like is the state of the bus station in Malacca ~ way too small and congested. No clean air here !!
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We took a taxi to the hotel and from it to the bus station from Hotel Puri because it wasn't very very far away, but... the streets are very narrow and ...well ... the bagage ... and ... it was better. 10 MYR.