The vast majority of university campuses in Kuala Lumpur are easily accessible. Public transport in Kuala Lumpur, mainly in the Klang Valley covers a variety of transport modes such as bus, rail and taxi making it very easy for international students to move around.
The PUTRA LRT, which covers a total distance of 29 km linking the eastern and western suburbs of Kuala Lumpur servicing the Central Business District and also heavily populated areas. It is also currently, the world’s longest and fully automated train.
The rail tracks which starts from the Depot in Lembah Subang and ends at Terminal PUTRA in Gombak is 29km in length. The construction was divided into two (2) sections: Section 1, which is from Lembah Subang Depot to Pasar Seni Station and Section 2, which is from Pasar Seni Station to Terminal PUTRA.
Featuring the state-of-the-art transport system, The PUTRA LRT operates with 35 two-car units traveling at an average of 40 km per hour. Its initial capacity of 10,000 passengers per hour per direction is expected to increase to 30,000 in the near future. All trains are fully air-conditioned and provide a service level of 90 seconds during peak hours and between 3 minutes to 10 minutes during off-peak hours. The service is provided from 6.00 a.m until 12.00 midnight, on Monday – Saturday, and 8.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m. on Sunday and Public Holidays.
For the convenience of commuters, PUTRA LRT provides dedicated feeder bus service within 3-km radius from each station. Bus schedules are posted at major bus stops. The operational hours coincides with the LRT operation hours. Secondly is the STAR system which was completed in time for the Commonwealth Games that was hosted by Kuala Lumpur in 1998. It runs through 25 stations covering the far corners of the Klang Valley, the system links Sentul Timur, Ampang and Sri Petaling through the city centre.
Ticket prices for a single trip range from 70 sen to RM2.90, depending on the distance and destination. The train frequencies at every station varies every four to six minutes during peak hours which is from 7.30am to 9.00am on Mondays to Saturdays and 4.30pm to 7.30pm on Mondays to Fridays. For international students without own transport, the LRT is a jam free option that is very affordable.
Feeder bus facilities are provided at selected stations to nearby neighbourhoods for the convenience of the passengers. Stations which have the feeder bus facilites are Sentul, Chan Sow Lin, Maluri, Pandan Jaya, Cempaka, Ampang, Cheras, Salak Selatan, Bukit Jalil and Sri Petaling.
In Malaysia, the railway network system had played a major role in the country’s development. The first railway track was built in 1885 from Taiping to Port Weld. From a mere 12.8 kilometers of track, the network grew as Malaysia developed and prospered and today it’s known as KTM Berhad. A ride in our railway allows foreign students to enjoy the scenic view throughout Malaysia.
Its service covers the length and breadth of the country and runs its train on a meter gauge of 1000mm, over a track length of 2,226.90 kilometers.
There are many buses that serviced the city of Kuala Lumpur and its surrounding. All the buses are air conditioned. Rapid KL bus offers an unlimited day ride on 15 routes throughout the city of Kuala Lumpur for a minimal price of RM2 per day. If you looking for a detailed guided tour of the city, there is the KL Hop On-Hop Off Bus where you can hop on and hop off the buses unlimited times for a duration of 24 hours and listen to the guided tour of the city. Most of the colleges and universities in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor are situated in areas easily accessable by bus. International students can check out the transport to any particular colleges and universities before arriving.
Last but not least, there are lots of taxis that you can take in the city and are available 24 hours a day. The rate is easily affordable even for students. The flag-off rate is RM2 with RM0.10 charged for every 150 metres. If booking is done through phone, additional RM1 is charged. Extra luggages or passengers will be charged as well. Midnight charges will be higher as well.