Getting Around

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Getting Around Kuala Lumpur


edited by Jadamros on TripAdvisor

- accessed by GC 20/02/2011

Kuala Lumpur is a metropolitan area equipped with comprehensive and modern public transportation systemsThe main transportation hub in Kuala Lumpur is at KL Sentral which offers connections to and from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport ("KLIA") Main Terminal with the Express Rail Link ("ERL") high-speed trains - "KLIA Expres" and "KLIA Transit"; bus connections to the KLIA - Low Cost Carrier Terminal ("LCCT") through coaches such as the Skybus; intercity trains to most major cities in Malaysia as well as Singapore and Thailand with Keretapi Tanah Melayu ("KTM"); as well as Light Rail Transit ("LRT") and KTM Komuter trains within the city of Kuala Lumpur and its suburbs. 

KL Sentral also is an important bus stop for the city Rapid-KL city buses as well as a stand for taxis with a proper taxi counter which issues 'Taxi Vouchers'.

The monorail system is not within KL Sentral itself but fairly close. The Sentral monorail station is just across the road from KL Sentral which has links to all the other lines and is just about within walking distance of all the Kuala Lumpur Lake Garden attractions. Tun Sambanthan is just around the corner from the Agong's (King’s) Palace if you want to look through the gates. Maharajalela is virtually on Petaling Street , the centre of Chinatown. You can look into the infamous Pudu Jail from around Hang Tuah station. Imbi gives access to Times Square and to one end of Bukit Bintang, the shopping strip. The Bukit Bintang station is at the other end.Raja Chulan is a comfortable walk to the Kraft Centre on Jalan Conlay. If you walk west from Bukit Nanas, you’ll come to the KL Tower and east will lead you after five minutes to the Petronas Twin TowersChow Kit gives you access to the chaotic market stalls lining either side of  Jalan Tuanku Abd. Rahman. The final stop,Titiwangsa, allows access to the relaxing park but it is about a ten minutes’ walk. 

It's advisable to obtain a complimentary copy of the Kuala Lumpur city map upon arrival. Maps can be obtained from your hotel concierge or at the Malaysian Tourism Board at their info centres in KLIA, KL Sentral and Jalan Ampang. The following link also has a good and updated City Map of Kuala Lumpur (in PDF format) which includes most major hotels, attractions and monorail stations within the city. 

For more information on Public Transportation in Kuala Lumpur, please refer to Kuala Lumpur Public Transportation page.

The map shown below is very accurate and is taken from the Expat Association's website at www.malaysiaexpat.com

 


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5 indispensable tools for hours at airports

by Susan Gainen on Travelated

- accessed by GC 16/05/2011

I have recently become a busy business traveler, spending time – if not quality time – at large and small airports across the US. Part of this is my fault, as I would rather sit at the airport than fret in a cab in a traffic jam.  With plenty of time on my hands (and a laptop, a book, and an emergency back-up book, and watercolors so that I can sit and paint), I have discovered five things that make my airport hours better than I have reason to  expect. In these tight economic times, only one needs to be purchased, and it would make a fabulous gift for your favorite traveler. 

1.  Pocket-sized peppermill: Why anyone bothers to put pepper dust into a tiny paper pocket is beyond me.  After one too many encounters with black pepper dust at airports and in restaurants on the road, I now travel with a 4-inch Peugeot Pepper mill.  It fits in my tote bag, and pops into my handbag.  For $50 at Amazon, it is a great bargain and a treat. If it wouldn’t cut into my ration of carry-on liquids, I would carry hot pepper sauce, too.

2.  Free blazingly fast internet connections and electric outlets:  Airports seem to be installing outlets at a remarkable pace, but wi-fi is another story. Many airports have wi-fi, and they are not shy about publicizing it.  What few seem to have is FREE wi-fi.  Because I have wi-fi access at my destinations, paying either $9.95 for an airport connection or $60 a month for a hotspot on my phone is annoying and screams “Highway Robbery.”  While I cannot select an airport based on wireless connections, it is now a deal-breaker when choosing among hotels.

3.  Accessible (and safe) pockets:  Purveyors of fine leather goods, “pleather,” and microfiber have thousands of items for travelers who are desperate to get at their money, ID and boarding passes while walking with a rolling bag, a tote bag, a handbag and a latté.  I have pocket-less pants and blazers that I don’t wear for travel because they are pocket-less. What were the designers thinking? A better question: what was I thinking?

4.  Clean Socks: There are floors, clean floors, and floors that were cleaned a minute ago. Which of those surrounds the security line?  I am not a wild-eyed germophobe, but because I must take off my shoes at airports does not make me willing to walk around barefoot. Always pack extra socks.

5.  Patience. With thousands of people in motion (or wishing they were in motion) in small spaces with uncomfortable seating, bad food (even with a pepper mill: see #1), and the possibility of delay and disappointment, a healthy dose of patience is required.  Two common examples: (a) There are inexperienced travelers who are unfamiliar with the 3 ounces-only-and-off-with-your-shoes routine. Rolling eyes at them is unattractive and unkind.  (b) Parents traveling with small children are trying to get to their destination with kids and gear intact.  They are not in the airport to deliberately annoy every other traveler.  Patience and understanding will make your flying day better.

Susan Gainen is a multiple entrepreneur: Pass the Baton, llc (manage generation shift); nanoscapes (geometric abstract watercolors); and susan-cooks! llc (food blog and modest cooking school). She blogs for each of these ventures at PTBlognanoscapes, and susan-cooks!

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