Faces of
Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the capital and the largest city of Malaysia. Being a young city (founded only in 1857) it developed fast into a bustling metropolis of 1.5 million people (6 million including the satellite cities in the Klang Valley). Kuala Lumpur, or simply KL (as it is it called by Malaysians), literally means “muddy estuary” in Bahasa Malaysia. With good and cheap accommodation, great shopping and even better food in this multi-cultural melting pot, increasing numbers of travellers are discovering this little gem of a city.
Having been in the shadow of other big cities in the region like Bangkok and Singapore, KL was put back on the map for good with the opening the Petronas Twin Towers in 1997, until 2004 the highest and still one of the most impressive buildings in the world. Though, the sights are not what makes this city unique, it’s KL itself and it’s mixture of people and visitors.

Ipoh

Ipoh is the apital of the state of Perak and the fourth largest city of peninsular Malaysia with a population of 760,000 (Metro area: 1.4 Mil). It is scenically located amoung karst limestone hills in the Kinta Valley, about 2 1/2 hours north of Kuala Lumpur. The city is somehow forgotten by most travellers in Malaysia, however it has a lot to offer with many colonial buildings and shophouses (it used to be a very rich city around the turn of the 19th century due to tin mining) and the nature (hills, caves) around. Among Malaysians it is known for good food like the popular Ipoh Chicken Rice.

Kek Lok Si Temple in Penang

Kuala Lumpur - Ipoh (Bus and Train Connection)

How to get from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh by bus or train.

Kuala Lumpur - Ipoh

distance: 220km
total travel time: 2 - 3 hours

 

Bus Connections KL - Ipoh

Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh are also connected by train (along the Singapore - Bangkok route). The route was upgraded in 2010 and is served by the national carrier KTM as "ETC" (Electric Train Service).
The historic train station in Ipoh is an relic of the colonial times just as the Old Railway Station in Kuala Lumpur (which not used for long-distance trains anymore).

travel time: about 2h30min
Kuala Lumpur bus terminal: Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS)
Ipoh bus terminal: Terminal AmanJaya

Click the links belows to book bus tickets online:
Kuala Lumpur - Ipoh
Ipoh - Kuala Lumpur

Train Connections KL - Ipoh

Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh are also connected by train (along the Singapore - Bangkok route). The route was upgraded in 2010 and is served by the national carrier KTM as "ETC" (Electric Train Service).
The historic train station in Ipoh is an relic of the colonial times just as the Old Railway Station in Kuala Lumpur (which not used for long-distance trains anymore).

travel time: 2h to 2h30min
stops: Kepong Sentral, Sungai Buloh, Rawang, Kuala Kubu Baru, Tanjung Malim, Behrang, Slim River, Sungkai, Tapah,  Kampar, Batu Gajah
Kuala Lumpur stop: KL Sentral
Ipoh stop: Ipoh Railway Station

Click the links belows to book train tickets online:
Kuala Lumpur - Ipoh
Ipoh - Kuala Lumpur

 

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