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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.

Kuantan

Kuantan is the largest city of the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia with a population of about half a million. It is also the capital of the state of Pahang.

Kuantan is located about halfway between Singapore (to the south) and Kota Bahru (to the north). The city is situated at the coast of the South China Sea near the mouth of the Kuantan River. The city is not a major tourist destination, rather a stopover point for island destinations (Tioman, Redang, Perhentians, etc.) along the East Coast. From Kuantan you can also also reach the popular beach in Cherating in less than an hour with the local Bus.

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KL Sentral (Stesen Sentral Kuala Lumpur)

address: KL Sentral, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
KL-Sentral-main-hall.jpg, The main railway station and transportation hub of Kuala Lumpur in Brickfields. KTM , KTM Komuter, LRT, KLIA Express, Monorail and Buses connect here
KL Sentral with Hilton Hilton and LeMeridian Hotel in the background. View coming from Monorail Station (Jalan Tun Sambathan)
The main railway station and transportation hub of Kuala Lumpur in Brickfields. KTM , KTM Komuter, LRT, KLIA Express, Monorail and Buses connect here

Officially the station is named "Stesen Sentral" but most people refer to it as "KL Sentral". KL Sentral, or Kuala Lumpur Sentral.

Links:

official website


Long-Distance Trains

KL Sentral is the main railway station of Kuala Lumpur and connects the city with Singapore, Thailand (via Butterworth) and Kelantan (eastcoast).
Most train connections are still quite slow (except for a new rail connection to Ipoh) at the time of writing but it is still a good choice if you want to take a night train in a sleeper car or experience the local culture and spectacular views of the rainforest on the way to the east coast.
Currently the train connection to the eastcoast ist suspended!!!
Due to the heavy flloods in 2014 the tracks were badly damaged and are currently under repair.

Buy train tickets online:

From Kuala Lumpur (KL Sentral):
Kuala Lumpur - Hatyai (Thailand)
Kuala Lumpur - Singapore
Kuala Lumpur - Ipoh
Kuala Lumpur - Butterworth
Kuala Lumpur - Alor Setar

To Kuala Lumpur (KL Sentral):
Hatyai (Thailand) - Kuala Lumpur
Singapore - Kuala Lumpur
Ipoh - Kuala Lumpur
Butterworth - Kuala Lumpur
Alor Setar - Kuala Lumpur

for more train connections use the form below:

 

Jalan Tun Sambanthan
Constuction along Jalan Tun Sambanthan:
to the left is the KL Sentral Monorail station with the future pedestrian bridge linking the station to Nu Sentral shopping mall (KL Sentral train station is just behind Nu Sentral). Currently you have to walk around the construction site

 


KL Sentral development plan (the train station is the flat square building in the center)
image courtesy of klsentral.com.my

 

The train station itself was opened in 2001 and replaced the beautiful old Railway Station which served the trains in KL since 1910. Now only local KTM Komuter trains stop at the old railway station. KL Sentral, said to be the biggest railway station in Southeast Asia, is a transportation hub connecting local trains (LRT and KTM Komuter), long-distance trains (KTMB - to Thailand, Singapore, Kota Bahru), KLIA Express (express train to KLIA airport), Airport buses to LCCT (Skybus, Aerobus) and KLIA  (Airport Coach) as well as Local RapidKL buses. The Monorail station "KL Sentral" is nearby but not directly connected to the train station. The LRT station of the Ampang Line is located above ground while the KTM Komuter train, KLIA Express and the long-distance trains are underground.

Things to do at KL Sentral
There are plenty of restaurants (McDonald's, KFC, Subway and several local restaurants), shops and a market in the main hall to keep you entertained as you wait for your bus or train. Once the Nu Sentral shopping mall will open just across, there will be plenty more things to do.
Just across the exit at the KLIA Express departure area is Sooka Sentral. Sooka Sentral is a "Lifestyle Centre"offering a food court, spa, gym and a dance club.
From the same exit you can also walk to Brickfields in 3min (just walking along the exit ramp for cars to Jalan Tun Sambanthan. Once you get to Jalan Tun Sambanthan turn right and you will get to "Little India" in Brickfields - an area with many Indian shops and restaurant. Well worth a vist!
Read more about it here: A walk through Brickfields
Even though the Lake Gardens and the National Museum is right opposite of KL Sentral, it is virtually impossible to get there directly since you will have to cross several major highways. Hopefully the city build pedrestrian bridges in the future (as there are currently build at several places in KL). It would would easier to talk the LRT to Pasar Seni and walk from there.

 


View KL Sentral in a larger map

 

Inside, KL Sentral, Kuala Lumpur
main hall, inside KL Sentral station

 

Taxis from KL Sentral
If you take a taxi from KL Sentral, make sure you buy the taxi coupon at the upper level. The taxis downstairs at the bus stop will overcharge you.
Be aware that the taxi counter is closed between 4am and 6am in the early morning. So if you arrive at KL Sentral at that time you are most likely to be overcharged. The normal rate of a taxi to hotels in the city center is RM13 (with a 50% surcharge after midnight - the midnight surcharge already starts at 11.45pm) with a coupon, while some tourists have been charged prices up to RM50 once the coupon counter closes.
Read this article in the local The Star newspaper about the taxi mafia at night:
Taxi drivers operating in KL Sentral charge high rates after 2am
Note: after the criticism in the newspaper article the opening times of the taxi counter was extented from 2am to 4am

taxi counter at KL sentral
location of the taxi counter at the upper flower between the exit facing Hilton and the KTM (long-distance train) ticket counters

Luggage Check-in at KL Sentral
There is a great service if you are flying with Malaysia Airlines, Royal Brunei, Cathey Pacific, Emirates or Etihad Airways. If you take the KLIA Express train to the airport, you can already check-in and drop-off your luggage at KL Sentral. The check-in counters are right across the KLIA Express ticket counter at the KLIA Express depature area. You need to buy the train ticket first and present it at the check-in counter to use this service.
more information


Buses from KL Sentral
Most tourists come to KL Sentral to take bus to LCCT airport (flying with AirAsia). The buses stop at the basement level below the train station - so brace yourself for a dose of noise and air pollution with the engines of the buses running non-stop (and the constuction around) in the confined space. Besides the buses to LCCT (Skybus or Aerobus - buy tickets straight at the buses), you can also find ticket ticket counters for Airport Coach (to KLIA) and to Genting Highlands at the same place. The local RapidKL bus are at the other end of the basement bus area.

Airport Buses, KL Sentral, Kuala Lumpur
From right to left: Skybus (RM9, to LCCT Terminal), Aerobus (RM8, to LCCT Terminal), Airport Coach (RM10, to KLIA)

 

Map of all Public Transportation in Kuala Lumpur and Klang Valley (excluding buses) and beyond:

train map Kuala Lumpur
click image to open the PDF


 


List of transport providers in KL Sentral:

KTM Komuter (Train Service within the Klang Valley)
KTM Intercity
(Trains to Singapore, Thailand and the East Coast)
LRT - Kelana Jaya Line
(Light Railway within Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya)
ERL (KLIA Express, KLIA Transit)
(High-speed train to Airport - 28min, the Transit stops in Putrajaya)
Monorail
(doesn't connect directly to KL Sentral, the stop is across the road)
Airport Coach
(linking KL Sentral with KLIA airport)
Aerobus
(linking KL Sentral with LCCT airport terminal)
Skybus
(linking KL Sentral with LCCT airport terminal)
Rapid KL Bus
(local bus network)

 

KL Sentral LRT station
train arriving at the KL Sentral LRT station

map and location of KL Sentral (Stesen Sentral Kuala Lumpur)



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