Ultimate Train Travel Guide Around Kuala Lumpur, On A Budget.
Are you a broke university student? A frugal vagabond? Or just someone who needs to feed into escapism on a budget? We understand the feelings, and sometimes it feels like nothing can be done without a big fat check or cash in the bank. Anyone who is on a budget will know that taking the train as a means of transportation is their best bet. Lucky for you, in Kuala Lumpur, the train lines are pretty decent in terms of geographical coverage and prices to comfortably explore the city without leaving a hole in your pocket. Here’s the quick rundown of your options suitable for anyone’s budget:
- RapidKL Monorail & MRT/LRT: This transportation service has 5 lines — Sri Petaling Line, Ampang line, Kelana Jaya line, Monorail line and the Sungai Buloh-Kajang line. Take this train if you plan to go to Bukit Bintang, KL Tower, Twin Towers, Chinatown, and Little India. Fare starts from RM1.
- KTM Komuter: If you’re going to Batu Caves and outside the city centre, you may take this train service. It has 2 lines heading to the suburbs from the city centre and vice versa.
- ERL: As mentioned previously, the two lines (Express and Transit) run between KL Sentral and KLIA.
Pro Tip: To navigate KL’s rail network, simply visit the Myrapid website to plan your journey. You can also use the Klang Valley/Kuala Lumpur Integrated Transit Map to help you get around. For those in the city for shorter stays, purchase the RM30 per month for unlimited public transportation pass or the KL TravelPass, which includes an airport transfer (via train, with options for single and return trips), as well as two days of unlimited rides on RapidKL services. Those unlimited public transportation pass will certainly help you in your budget.
If the above still has you muddled, don’t fret we’ve got you covered. Here’s our recommendation for a day of exploration around the big city of Kuala Lumpur using a single LRT line.
Kuala Lumpur hotspots near the Kelana Jaya Line
Pro Tip: Keep an eye out for the pink path on the system map, it indicates the Kelana Jaya Line route. It runs through central Kuala Lumpur, allowing it to service far more of the city’s prominent tourist destinations.
If you’re looking for the ultimate tourist experience cramped into a day or two, check out the itinerary below. Since you’re on a budget, it might be more walking, but that’s just a way to enjoy being a tourist.
- Start your day by getting off on the KLCC station, window-shop in Avenue K and use the underground walkway that connects to the infamous Petronas Twin Towers, KLCC and the city centre itself. Want to be in the presence of the glitz and glam of the city? This is your stop.
- For lunch, get off at Masjid Jamek station for the best photo ops at Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka) or spend the day lingering around Lorong Tunku Abdul Rahman for the weekend night market or Masjid India from some of the best textiles and food all week long! Tantalize your senses with some of the best and most affordable north and south Indian cuisine, vibrant coloured stores and culture.
- To end off your day, get off on Pasar Seni station to venture around Chinatown on foot. That’s not all, you could also stroll in the Perdana Botanical Gardens for free, visit Central Market and Petaling Street for some nicknack, all within a 5-10 minute walk away from the station. This stop is ideal for the thrift shoppers, bargain warriors and street food hunters. You can look to spend on a budget while scouting around for items you might like.
It is good to know that travelling in Kuala Lumpur on a budget is possible, while also maximizing your experience as a tourist and explore the city.