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Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur or KL

Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia. Over 8 million people live within the greater KL area which is clearly noticeable by the huge and vast amounts of traffic that goes into the city every morning, and slowly leaves the city in the evening. Kuala Lumpur has many interesting attractions; like Merdeka Square, Chinatown, Petronas Twin Towers and much more. KL is also known as a shoppers paradise; there are are numerous huge shopping malls where you can literally shop til you drop.

Airport Taxi at KLIA

Airport Taxi at KLIA

Though using the KLIA Express is a quicker way to reach Kuala Lumpur city center, using the airport taxi is a much easier way to reach your destination within Kuala Lumpur. KLIA Express only brings you to KL Sentral while the airport taxi drops you off right in front of your hotel. If you are traveling alone it might be too expensive compared to other options as you pay RM74.30 for a ticket. You can buy tickets for a fixed price at one of the taxi counters at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Malacca

Historical town of Malacca

Malacca is one of the most popular tourist destinations within Malaysia. Every evening the famous Jonker Street night market is buzzing with tourists from all over the world. In 2008 UNESCO listed Malacca as World Heritage Site. Besides the many beautiful historical sites Malacca is also well known for its great food. Everywhere that you look you will find places to eat; experts claim the best local dishes in Malaysia originate from Malacca.

Kuching in Sarawak

Kuching; gateway to Sarawak

Kuching is the biggest Malaysian city on Borneo and also the capital city of the state of Sarawak. Kuching is a very popular tourist destination as it serves as entry point to numerous great attractions within the heart of Sarawak. The city has enough to offer to keep tourists occupied for at least a couple of days. Popular attractions around Kuching are among others Semenggoh Rehabilitation Centre and Bako National Park. There are daily flights to Kuching from Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bharu.

Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu is the capital of the northern state of Kelantan. The city serves as main gateway to visitors that are on their way to visit the tropical island of Perhentian. The are daily flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Bharu, but you can also opt to take the bus or even the adventurous jungle train. Main attractions in the city are the many islamic museums, and also the day and night markets. Though tourist usually pass through the conservative city; there is enough available accommodation in Kota Bharu.

Pudu Sentral (Puduraya) bus station

Pudu Sentral (formerly known as Puduraya) is the biggest and most centrally located bus station of Kuala Lumpur. Do you want to take the bus to various destinations around the peninsula (or to Singapore or Thailand), then here, you are at the right place to get bus tickets. There are many ticket counters on the first level at Pudu Sentral, where you can purchase your bus tickets. It might be a wise decision to go for the VIP or Executive bus agencies to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable trip. Be advised to buy your tickets at one of the 50 counters, and not from the touts who walk around the complex and convince you to buy tickets from them.

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Buy tickets in advance

Map Puduraya Bus Station

A variety of busses leave Pudu Sentral 24/7. A single trip Kuala Lumpur – Malacca will, for instance, only cost RM12.50 and a single trip to Penang about RM25. When purchasing tickets, immediately ask from which platform the bus leaves (and have them write it on the ticket). However, take into account that the platform could change last minute, so check if the bus still leaves from the correct platform just before your departure.

Ensure that you buy a ticket at Pudu Sentral at least one day in advance, especially when you want to make use of public transport around or on a public holiday. You could, of course, purchase a ticket on the same day, but then you take the risk that you are not able to get a ticket from a reliable bus company and there is a considerable difference in comfort between the various bus companies. At this moment, it is not (yet) possible to buy the bus tickets online in advance.

Puduraya central bus station 1  

Huge makeover

Pudu Sentral has been entirely renovated in 2010/2011. It is a futuristically designed building with various modern facilities. However, the re-opening did not happen as planned. Renovations took much longer than expected and many important facilities were not ready for the grand opening. For example, not all elevators were functional, there were insufficient notice boards, ATMs and the hawkers at the food court on the 4th level were not yet open for business. Now everything is fully functional, and the new Pudu Sentral is a breath of fresh air compared to the old one. Also the ticket counters at the first flour are very spacious, no people bumping into you anymore. There are enough seats to wait for your bus to arrive. The new name Pudu Sentral was only introduced many months after the renovation.

Puduraya central bus station 2  

How to get to Pudu Sentral (Puduraya)

Pudu Sentral is situated along Jalan Pudu, near Chinatown (and the popular Petaling Street). Each taxi driver will know where to find the bus station, but you could make use of public transport to get there. Rapid KL Plaza Rakyat metro station lies opposite Pudu Sentral. There is a taxi counter at the bus station, where you can buy a taxi ticket for fixed prices (similar to KL Sentral where you also have a fixed price taxi counter) which is a real improvement compared to the times where you had to haggle for ages to get a decent price. If you persist on getting a taxi that drives on the meter you are better off stopping a taxi along the road once you have crossed Jalan Pudu via the pedestrian bridge. Below a short video of the old bus station as it was for over 30 years:

 

Map of Pudu Sentral

Below you can see a map of the Pudu Sentral bus station. You can simply scroll through the map with your mouse. Use the markers on the left to zoom in or out of the city map.

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