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Driving & Public Transport

Kuala Lumpur - Driving & Public Transport

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Getting around KL city by public transport has improved over the years. Although KL traffic can be notorious, using the public transport is a good way to beat KL's traffic. There is a monorail (PRT), a Light-Rail Transit system (LRT) and a rail system (ERL / KTM Commuter) operating in KL. Click here for an overall map of the rail system operating in KL.

The KL monorail, also known as the People-Mover Rapid (PRT), runs north from the Titiwangsa station to KL Sentral station, passing the Golden Triangle. The KL monorail's 10km route has 10 stations. Although the KL monorail runs a much shorter service than the LRT, the KL monorail offers an alternative public transport route for commuters. Several stations link with the LRT and ERL system. For more information, refer to the website at www.monorail.com.my. Tel:+60 3 2273 1888.

The LRT system consists of the Ampang-Sri Petaling Line (formerly known as the STAR line or Sistem Transit Aliran Ringan), and the Kelana Jaya Line (formerly known as the PUTRA line or Projek Utama Transit Ringan). Together, the lines run 49 stations over 56km of track lines, and links the outlying suburban areas of KL with the city center. The Ampang-Sri Petaling Line is an elevated driver operated system running on 27km of track lines. The lines ply several major routes: LRT 1 route covers the eastern district of Ampang and northern district of Sentul Timur to the city center. At the Chow Sow Lin Station, the lines head towards the south (the National Sports complex at Bukit Jali) to Sri Petaling. The Kelana Jaya Line runs on 29km of track lines, and cover different routes. LRT 2 runs between the eastern suburb of Gombak to the western suburb of Petaling Jaya. The LRT operates from 6am to 12 midnight daily. There are IntraKota bus services that complement the LRT lines to link commuters to the LRT stations.

The Express Rail Link (ERL) has two services that link certain areas of KL to the KLIA (international airport). The first service is the KLIA express that runs between the KL international airport and the KL Sentral rail station. The second service is the KLIA Transit, which is a high-speed commuter train that runs in the southern areas of Bandar Tasek Selatan, Putrajaya and Salak Tinggi and KLIA. The ERL company office is located at Level 2, KL City Air Terminal, KL Sentral Station (Tel: +603 2267 800; website www.kliaekspres.com.

The KTM commuter connects the outlying regions of KL (radius of 50km) with KL city, with stations as far south as Port Klang and up north at Rawang. The 153km of track ply two routes: the Rawang-Seremban and Rawang-Port Klang, and links with the ERL at KL Sentral and LRT 1 line.

Bus services are mainly used outside the City Center.

Most expatriates who do not drive in KL will move around by taxi ("teksi"). There are ten taxi companies operating fleets of taxis in KL, and all of them are required to charge via meter. To report discrepancies with fares and service, call the KL Taxi Drivers Association at Tel 221 4241. For the names and numbers of the taxi companies to call, if you need to book a taxi, click here. Alternatively, you can call the 24-hour hotline at +603 6259 2020 to call for a maxi taxi. You can also book online at www.publiccab.com. Normal town taxis are also available. The bright yellow premium taxis cost a bit more than the normal taxis.

The traffic situation in a large, densely populated city such as KL city can get very crowded, especially during peak hours. The government agency that oversees KL's traffic situation is known as the Road Transport Department of KL City Hall ("Jabatan Pengangkutan" or JPBDBKL or DBKL). The KL City Hall website at www.jpbdbkl.gov.my provides real-time traffic information that can be helpful when planning trips. The traffic situation in KL is worsened by flash floods that occur during the rainy season. For more information on flash floods in KL, refer to the section on Crime and Safety. Being caught in a KL traffic jam during peak hours (and during a thunderstorm) can be very stressful to the taxi driver as well.


Private car

Based on a study by the Road Transport Department of KL City Hall in year 2000, the study revealed that private cars account for half (56.6%) of all motorized trips in KL. The growing private car population in KL significantly contributes to the overall traffic situation in KL.

Expatriates who prefer to drive in KL will need to have their foreign driving licenses endorsed by the Road Transport Department ("Jabatan Pengangkutan"). The only recognized driving licenses are the international driving licence and the Malaysian driving licence. International driving licences are issued at your home country. Alternatively, you can sit for a road and Highway Code test to obtain a Malaysian driving licence. The Road Transport Department is located at Jalan Wilayah Persekutuan, Wangsa Maju (Tel: +603 2094 9044 or visit their website at www.jpj.gov.my – however the English version of the website is not always available). Use covered car parks, or park away from the busy roads. Roadside parking, however tempting, is not recommended, as cars are known to double or triple park, even in parallel-parking situations.

There is a good range of local and exported cars available for purchase or hire in KL, both new and resale cars are available. Foreign-made cars cost a lot more than the locally made cars, as foreign cars have very high import duties imposed on them. Check the local listings for more details. All vehicles registered in KL will bear the prefix letter "W".



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