Faces of
Malaysia
Penang

Penang is the name of an island in the Straits of Malacca, and also of one of the states of Malaysia, located on the north-west coast of peninsular Malaysia. Penang is the second smallest state in Malaysia after Perlis, and the eighth most populous. A resident of Penang is colloquially known as a Penangite. The city Georgetown is the 2nd biggest city in Malaysia and traveller′s hub.

Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru is the state capital of the state of Johor and the second largest metropolitan area in Malaysia. Most tourists don't stop here and just pass through the city on their way to or out of Singapore. JB is a major local transportation hub however. Since it is just across the causeway from Singapore, some travellers use it as a hub to visit Singapore from here (lower accommodation prices) or to board the train, bus or airplane.

Factory in Cameron Highlands

Long-distance Buses

With only 2 (slow) train lines in the country, intercity travel in Malaysia is almost entirely relies on buses. Roads in Malaysia are good and so are most of the buses so that makes bus travel a good and comfortable option to get to your next destination.

bus malaysia

 

Types of buses
There are economy buses with 4 seats per row (2 x 2), some of the new buses now are the double-decker types. The other type are the "VIP" buses with 3 seats per row (2 x 1) and a bit more leg space. VIP buses cost a few ringgit more than economy buses but are worth it on long journeys. Some companies like Aeroline also offer Super VIP buses with airplane like services like in-seat monitors, meals and drinks.

VIP bus
inside a VIP bus


Air-Conditioning
Be aware that the air-con is usually very cold in the buses (especially on a night-bus or during rain), so it is recommended to wear long paints and sleeves as well as proper shoes or socks to be comfortable on longer journeys.


Online Booking
Most of the bus companies offer online booking of their bus tickets now which is a convinient way to get the tickets and select the seats. Find links to online booking of some of the most common bus connections here our use the search box below for more options.

Singapore - Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur - Singapore
Singapore - Melaka Melaka - Singapore
Kuala Lumpur - Melaka Melaka - Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur - Cameron Highlands Cameron Highlands - Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur - Penang Penang - Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur - Hatyai (Thailand) Hatyai (Thailand) - Kuala Lumpur
Penang - Cameron Highlands Cameron Highlands - Penang
Kuala Lumpur - Taman Negara Taman Negara - Kuala Lumpur

 

VIP bus
a VIP bus with a slightly different colour concept


view from bus
typical view from bus (route KL - Singapore)


palm oil estate
palm oil estates are also a very common sight as you travel across Malaysia

 




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Jungle Train
train station in Kuala Lipis
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