How to get to Melaka from KL Sentral

Before travelling to any country, especially around the busy streets of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, figure out your various options for travel. Find out the fastest, easiest and most convenient way to get from point A to point B with as less fuss and complications as possible. Here’s how you can travel to Melaka from Kuala Lumpur — along with some additional travel tips!

1. Train

KL Sentral is an urban city built around the country’s largest transit hub; Stesen Sentral, and is the answer to getting around Malaysia. If you’re staying at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur, opt to choose a property closer to the transit hub, such as Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral, as you’ll be saving lots of time travelling around — since it’s just a hop, skip and a jump away! If you choose to travel by train to Melaka, your last stop would be at Bandar Tasik Selatan — Terminal Bersepadu Selatan, more commonly known as TBS. This terminal is the city’s largest for long distance buses. At KL Sentral, take the KTM Komuter train or the KLIA Transit train. Both trains are reliable, however, they might vary in terms of departure frequency; every 15 minutes for the KTM Komuter Train and every 20–30 minutes for the KLIA Transit train and in terms of travel fare. The KLM Komuter Train ride costs RM.1.00 while the KLIA Transit Train costs RM 4.20. TBS is located 4 stations from KL Sentral, and journey times vary according to the type of train; usually from 17 minutes to 7 minutes (the latter by KLIA Transit Train). Once you get to TBS, there are a few options to get to Melaka.

2. Bus

The long distance buses that depart from TBS are fairly inexpensive. Tickets to Melaka can be purchased on the same day, unless of course, it’s a weekend or a holiday, in which case, you might need to book online! The bus will take you straight to Melaka Sentral, located a little out of town. But don’t worry, hop on to another bus or a taxi that will take you to the city.

3. Taxi

You also have the option of travelling from TBS to Melaka by taxi. Go for this option if you don’t have much time to spare on the roads, and have some extra cash to spend on transport. Before getting into the taxi, make sure that there’s a working meter, if not, agree on a fare before getting in. However, if you want to avoid public transportation, get into a taxi straight from your hotel! There are many taxi stands outside popular properties, but do check whether your accommodation provider has any available transfer options that you could use.

4. Tips to consider

Travelling in Malaysia can be pretty tiresome, especially with the busy streets and massive crowds of people. Public transport, although cheap and reliable, can sometimes add to the fatigue. When using public transport, keep your belongings close by and always carry plenty of spare change. Carrying a bottle of water with you at all times will be helpful in battling the annoying humidity that this tropical country faces. With temperatures scaling to a maximum of 35 degrees on the hottest days it is essential that you avoid dehydration. Apply sun block and wear comfortable clothing when travelling. Another important point to note is that when using public transport, avoid travelling during peak hours! Peak hours can mean that the trains, buses and roads can get very crowded really fast, and you’ll be spending more time on the road than at your destination.

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