What is public transportation like in Kuala Lumpur?

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Emma Johnston

Public transport in KL is, in a word, patchy. There are areas of the city that are very well served by public transport – in particular the city centre, and most of the inner city suburbs. The rest of the city has next to nothing.

There are three major train lines – the light rail transit (LRT) that runs from the deepest end of Petaling Jaya right into the centre of Ampang, and is the main source of transport for people who work in the CBD. There’s the Monorail, that services most tourist spots in the city centre, and then there’s the KTM, a slower commuter train that runs across the whole country. These three lines intersect at very few places, and serve an almost random selection of towns and areas across Kuala Lumpur.

Other than the trains there are buses, but these are generally unreliable and impossible to catch when you need one. If you’re not straying far from the tourist belt, the LRT is great – there’s a stop in café central suburb Bangsar, and in 15 minutes you can get from there to the Petronas Twin Towers (by road this could take anywhere from 20 minutes to two hours). Taxis are a great way of getting around KL, but be careful to always request the metre – there are more than a few unscrupulous drivers around who won’t hesitate to rip you off.

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