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A 4095 meter tall mountain

A 4095 meter tall mountain

Mount Kinabalu is the tallest mountain in Malaysia and the 20th tallest in the World. Mainly because of the biological diversity the mountain is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Climbing the mountain is not an easy feat for the untrained; though it will absolutely be one of the best experiences ever. Watching the sun rise in the early morning will definitely make you forget all the hardships you had to endure during the hike up.

Sepilok Orangutan sanctuary

Sepilok Orangutan sanctuary

Sepilok rehabilitation centre is one of the biggest and most well known orangutan sanctuaries in Malaysia. The sanctuary is located nearby Sandakan; the total site is over 43 square kilometer in size. Around 75 orangutans roam free within the forest reserve. During their rehabilitation the animals rely heavy on the help of the people that work at the centre; and also on the donations from tourists. Tourist can snap precious pictures during daily feeding time.

Kinabatangan river cruise

Kinabatangan river cruise

One of the most popular destinations in Sabah is the Kinabatangan River. This river has a length of 560 kilometers and stretches through half of Eastern Sabah. Alongside the riverbanks there is an abundance of wildlife. During a river cruise you will have a chance to spot the rare orangutan, the pygmy elephant, proboscis monkeys and saltwater crocodiles. During night cruises you might spot the leopard cat, numerous sleeping birds, wild boars, snakes and many crocodiles.

Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park

Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park

TAR Marine Park is the perfect place to enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling and light jungle treks. The marine park is made up of five small islands: Gaya, Manukan, Sapi, Sulug and Mamutik. The best beaches and probably also the best corals can be found around Gaya island; the biggest of the five islands. The marine park is only a 20 minute boat trip away from the city of Kota Kinabalu.

Mulu National Park

Mulu National Park

Mulu National Park is the biggest national park in Sarawak. The park is best known for the amazing caves. The Sarawak Chamber is the world's biggest cave chamber. It is said that 40 Boeing 747 aircraft's fit in the cave. Clearwater cave is the world's longest cave with a length of over 110 kilometers. The caves aren't the only highlights at Mulu NP. The amazing pinnacles at Mount Api are absolutely stunning to witness. A visit to Mulu NP will bring your holiday in Malaysia to new heights!

GOKL free city bus service

Now you can travel for free between Suria KLCC and Bukit Bintang, and between Bukit Bintang and Chinatown! There’s even free on board Wi-Fi.

GOKL free city bus service is meant to serve the Kuala Lumpur Central Business District (CBD). It was launched to help improve public mobility in the areas KLCC, Bukit Bintang and Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur. Tourists will love the new bus service, as it provides an alternative to the high taxi prices in and around KLCC. Often taxi drivers in this area of KL are reluctant to drive on the meter. Tourists pay fixed prices which sometimes are ten times higher than what it should have been when driving on the meter.

GOKL city bus 1

The free city bus service has been in operation since August 31, 2012 and it serves two main routes called the Green and Purple Line. Travelers can hop on and off at numerous official GOKL City Bus stops, many of these located conveniently near attractions, shopping malls, f&b areas or connecting modes of transport (like the monorail and LRT).

GOKL city bus 2

The Green Line commutes between KLCC and Bukit Bintang. Besides the newly opened pedestrian sky tunnel, travelers now have a second option to travel from one section of the center of KL to the other. This bus route has a stop in front of Suria KLCC (where you also have the iconic Petronas Twin Towers) and Starhill/Pavilion KL (along Bukit Bintang) and numerous other interesting stops along the way. For example, stop nr.5 is in front of the entry road towards the KL Tower, a popular attraction in KL. There is also a stop near Lot10 and Sungei Wang, right smack in the middle of Bukit Bintang.

Map Free GO KL City Bus - Click to enlarge

The Purple Line takes travelers from the Bukit Bintang area to Chinatown and back. You can get on the bus in front of Pavilion KL, and you can get out at the Central Market, or directly in Chinatown. Travelers that arrive (or depart) by bus at Pudu Sentral can use the Purple Line to travel free of charge to the Bukit Bintang and KLCC area. There currently are a total of 15 buses on the GO-KL service and each can accommodate up to 60 people per bus. Outside of rush hours there should be a bus every five to fifteen minutes. Each bus will provide easy accessibility for the disabled, such as wheelchair ramps. Free Wi-Fi is provided for the convenience of tech savvy travelers. The GOKL bus service operates between 6am and 11pm daily.

Map Purple Line Free GOKL Bus

All in all this new service is a great development for KL citizens, but also for foreign tourists. The bus routes are located within areas where there normally weren’t that many alternative ways to travel besides the – often expensive – taxi. The stop at Bukit Bintang (Ain Arabia near Lot10 shopping mall) functions as a hub where you can switch lines seamlessly. There are plans to launch even more free GOKL bus routes in the near future.

You can download the .pdf with the current routes here.

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27 comments on GOKL free city bus service

  1. Sue
    1 year ago
    December 17, 2012 at 1:27 am

    Good Morning everyone, I have been using this bus after it started its service every morning to work and last week, I found out that the driver did not go to WISMA HUP SENG or THE WELD, after stopping at CONCORDE. I was very disappointed as I had to walk all the way from the opposite side of WISMA KFC, where, I am guessing, they made an illegal stop. So I checked out this website to see if there were any changes to the routes but don’t see any. This is very confusing and a bit inconvenient.

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    • TIM
      7 months ago
      September 20, 2013 at 1:28 am

      If your bus stops at CONCORDE then it is GREEN LINE. Since late 2012 the Green Line route has been extended to Times Square instead of just looping at Pavilion, therefore the RIGHT TURN to Wisma HAP SENG & THE WELD is cancelled. GREEN LINE goes STRAIGHT to turn at WISMA GENTING.

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  2. Going NoWhere
    1 year ago
    December 19, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Today I take GOKL GreenLIne. I thought it would go to THE WELD .. but it didnt.. I ended up back to KLCC.. :(

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    • TIM
      7 months ago
      September 20, 2013 at 1:28 am

      If your bus stops at CONCORDE then it is GREEN LINE. Since late 2012 the Green Line route has been extended to Times Square instead of just looping at Pavilion, therefore the RIGHT TURN to Wisma HAP SENG & THE WELD is cancelled. GREEN LINE goes STRAIGHT to turn at WISMA GENTING.

      (Its better to get down at Concorde and walk, faster)

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  3. disappointwd giel
    1 year ago
    December 28, 2012 at 4:57 am

    They changed the route again!!!!!!!!
    from Concorde to klcc, they spent 1hour!!
    The bus didn’t turn to pavilion but moved to time square, then using the same route back to ah Wang, really upset of their service!! Don’t know when I can enjoy the excellent services from dbkl…

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    • TIM
      7 months ago
      September 20, 2013 at 1:32 am

      DBKL is not responsible for public transportation, they are just cleanup crews. If you are going to Pavilion, DON’T get down at the “turn” as that is actually an illegal stop. Always get down where you see the OVERHEAD BRIDGE. That way you have better bearings, (that bridge goes all the way to KLCC)

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  4. Ilya
    1 year ago
    December 29, 2012 at 7:36 am

    I am almost certain many of you guys/gals are not looking at the map proper. The route is correct as far as I know. Currently the website shows the correct route. It indeed does not go from KLCC directly to Pavilion. You first goes to Time Square area. Same goes for the stop at The Weld. It’s not the KLCC line that brings you there, it is the Chinatown line that has a stop there.

    I’ve used the GOKL busses quite often for the last few days (about 15 times) and wasn’t dissapointed. Of course it can be quite crowded, and it is not a 100% tourist initiative (which makes it even better to me actually). I like this for a free service. Things can always be improved, but think of the days without this line….I love it!

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  5. LCY
    1 year ago
    December 29, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    I satisfy with the GOKL service until the last hour!
    I spent 60+ minutes to wait for the Green line service.
    I take the green line bus in the Citi Bank Stop, then the drive ask me (all pessengers) to get off the bus in the Twin Tower stop, the bus is still ignited with door locked. The driver just gone away.
    Then the second green line bus came, the other drive did the same thing (asking all pessengers to get off and then leave the scence). The third green line bus came and the bus driver got rid of all pessengers and then drive the bus away (since the stop in Twin Tower has not enough space for three idle buses!).

    The least that can be done (by the bus drivers) is to notify the pessengers that the time the next bus will be of service!!

    That 60+ minute of waiting totaly ruin my good feeling to KL! (It is totally ridiculous!)

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    • TIM
      7 months ago
      September 20, 2013 at 1:42 am

      As a local I understand your frustration as I face it many times too. But the reason why they don’t display the time of departure is because of the unpredictable traffic in KL city. So sometimes the bus arrive late, driver also need time to rest. (Not just GoKL alone, but every other buses/transportation) Ridiculous? welcome to Traffic Jam Asia.

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  6. OK Lee
    1 year ago
    February 10, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    The above comments are correct. The bus drivers should be well trained to improve the quality of service and the routes should be clearly shown on a display board on the bus, so that the passengers will know whether the drivers have taken them for a ride. A telephone number should be displaced prominently on the bus so that passengers can call to inform the management of any bad service of the particular drivers.

    By the way, no one know who is the management, so the website should be a link for the public to inform any deviation in service.

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    • TIM
      7 months ago
      September 20, 2013 at 1:34 am

      Actually there are phone numbers on the back window of the bus (if you take the seats at the back), but not in the new buses that they paint from RapidKL. Management is the Land Public Transport Authority (SPAD) and yes, I have seen rough drivers getting called on and then after that no longer working for GoKL. Please take note also that most buses have the DRIVER ID in the front, which is very RARE in Malaysia therefore GoKL is considered very good already.

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  7. qld
    12 months ago
    April 28, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    Great service and from tourist point of view great but must back up some of comments by others, the routes are not as published for instance in pavilion area green seems to go mostly Jalan Bukit Bintang and Purple along Jalan Imbi, the route maps show passing entrance to pavilion on Bukit Bintang…that is not what happens and its ok now we know but frustrating when you only find out by trial and error. The only ones in the loop are the drivers !!!

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    • TIM
      7 months ago
      September 20, 2013 at 1:39 am

      “The only ones in the loop are the drivers !!!” That is very untrue. In KL if you want to know the way, don’t ask the drivers, ask the locals/passengers. You would normally get clearer information as the driver is too stressed from the jams. (You can start by asking me).

      As for Green-they modified the route map to go to Times Square (JALAN IMBI) end of 2012. Pavilion Bukit Bintang entrance is served by PURPLE only. If you wanna go to Pavilion recommend taking the EARLIER stop.

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  8. FMhooi
    11 months ago
    May 13, 2013 at 12:49 am

    Initially, I thought it was a wonderful free shutter service for tourists to have a city tour without having problem by paying high transportation fare and finding where the right spots to go.

    It was an aweful experience for me and my friends from overseas. Bus drivers were very rude when we asked them questions like where to stop and which bus to take. One of the supervisors was about to punch me on my face while we needed help to board the right bus from Klang Bas Stand to KLCC by asking him some questions.

    He was so frustrated after asking him to help while we were so lost nad being wrongly directed several times by different crews of GOKL.

    In a nut shell, this is the first and also my last time to use the shuttle service althought it’s for FREE.

    *MUST IMPROVE THE FRIENDLINESS BY SMILLING MORE TO THE PASSENGERS!!!

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    • TIM
      7 months ago
      September 20, 2013 at 1:37 am

      That is because in KL, bus drivers are stressed from the jams, what more, you have taken the wrong bus. Always, in KL, don’t ask the bus drivers, ask the locals/passengers instead, they would be more willing to help/give clearer advice.

      From Klang Bus Stand to KLCC-better to take LRT. Take bus wait you get lost again. If take GoKL, transit is at the HSBC bank in BUKIT BINTANG

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  9. Sarah
    11 months ago
    May 13, 2013 at 6:35 am

    I’ve used GOKL many times and never had these experiences. Do know that it is not a tourist bus service, but a regular free transport service between 3 important and popular parts of KL. I do not think you should expect bus drivers to give information on stops, they should focus on driving (safe). The map is pretty straightforward. If certain stops are missed, then it is indeed a shame, but in general this is a free ride and it connects many important places where many had to rely on either walking or a taxi in the past.

    Being almost punched in the face is of course a bad thing, but again; I never experienced any problems and I have used GOKL over 20 times.

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  10. apple
    11 months ago
    May 14, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Please educate the bus driver to be more considerate towards the old people. I was taking a purper line the other day. There are 2 old tourist couple boarding the bus. Before they get into the bus, the started without closed the door and the old trourist couple almost fall out from the bus and of course they also scream.

    I think most of the Malaysia bus drive are behave that way as I used to take buses to work and that is bad as that fall will probably killed the person or worst if it dosent but makes them crippled and etc.

    I also observe that some drivers closed the back door while ppl is trying to get in. I understand that the back door is for exit only but it will be dangarous and it will hurt ppl. What the driver can do is dont open any doors. let the crowd gathered and tell them that the back door is for exist they have to leave and make a line a the front door. After they do that then only open the back door.

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    • TIM
      7 months ago
      September 20, 2013 at 1:35 am

      Because the back door is not meant for entry!!! So if you didn’t follow the rules, then that is where you get hurt. Common rules in life.

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  11. Ilya
    11 months ago
    May 25, 2013 at 10:15 am

    There is an updated map available, as the route of the Green Line has been altered. There are a few new stops. GO KL City Bus has not yet released their updated map (online), but if they do I will publish it here too. For now a standard flat view new map (click to enlarge):

    Map Free GO KL City Bus - Click to enlarge

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  12. Daniel
    9 months ago
    July 27, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Please be alert on your belonging if you boarding GOKL free shuttle bus as you might be target from the picpocket. Please check your belonging when someone bum into you or be extra carefull when you enter or exit bus.

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    • Ilya
      9 months ago
      July 27, 2013 at 12:06 pm

      Thanks for the tip, but doesn’t this go for every place in KL? Where you victim of pickpocketing yourself?

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      • heanDanielom
        9 months ago
        July 28, 2013 at 9:40 am

        Yes , i was a victim for the pickpocketing. l took the bus from Pasar Seni to Wisma Cosway.. When the bus near to the wisma cosway and l was on my way near to the exit door. Someone from behind bum beside me and tried to stand infront of me when l wait the door to be open. I was carried a backpack in front of me with my hand ( not hanging at the backside. l guess they act by group, when he bum on me at my left side and someone open my backpack zip on the left side while l look at the person who bum on me. After when l exit the bus, l just realized my backpack zip was open. l loss my smartphone. Any suggestion from you Mr llya or idea for prevention.

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        • Ilya
          9 months ago
          July 28, 2013 at 9:47 am

          Nope. I never travel with bags and such, makes you an easy target. I always leave stuff at the hotel. I have lived in KL for 4 years and used public transport quite often, never did I encounter something like this during my time. I did hear of others being pick pocketed or mugged. I think many tourists should always be alert on thing happening to them when strolling through KL…but this goes for every location, ranging from crowded shopping malls, to public transport, from food courts to popular attractions. Lot’s of petty theft in KL, though things have improved greatly after they built they passenger overpass bridge in KLCC….

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    • TIM
      7 months ago
      September 20, 2013 at 1:45 am

      I am a local who always take purple line. Yes, please always be aware of your stuff or more importantly, someone trying to DISTRACT you, example is people pretending they dropped something, touching your feet, be careful of them. DON’T put your stuff in your back pack, try get a passport pouch hand around your neck in your clothes. When alighting at Wisma Cosway wait till everyone get off (if you seated at the back) and then only run (yes run) off the bus.

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    • TIM
      7 months ago
      September 20, 2013 at 1:45 am

      And I always carry my backpack to the front.

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  13. Angelo
    4 months ago
    December 30, 2013 at 11:28 am

    We’ve tried GoKL bus a few times and here’s our observations so other tourists can take note and be aware (after all it is meant to promote tourism) if one decides to give it a shot:
    1. It is NOT a loop bus (even if the map may give you that impression) and you will most likely be FORCED to get off the bus by the VERY RUDE drivers at certain bus stops (the driver will YELL at the remaining passengers who are clueless of what’s going on)
    2. From my experience the PURPLE line always ends at the PASAR SENI stop and you have to get off the bus and transfer to another bus if you want to continue
    3. The GREEN line ends at KLCC and you have to get off the bus (some driver may let you sit on the bus and wait for like half an hour or so while he’s taking his break AND he’s not leaving the bus – otherwise you will get KICKED OFF the bus in a very RUDE and UNPLEASANT manner) and transfer to another bus to continue the journey
    4. The bus transfer at KLCC is very UNORGANIZED and you may get bumped from one bus to another by the driver as here is no clear indication as to which bus is about to take a break and which one is about to start – follow the crowd and observe
    5. If you speak Malay the drivers are more pleasant but the information can be just as misleading
    6. As of dec 2013 the green line bus does NOT stop at Concorde hotel anymore
    7. It is free after all so you get what you pay for – if you want a more dependable and pleasant way of traveling use other means of transportation like the LRT, monorail, or metered taxi

    SAFE TRAVEL and cheers!

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  14. TIM
    7 months ago
    September 20, 2013 at 1:46 am

    Kalo ada masa, saya suggest, naik GO KL setiap line dari mula hingga habis (turn & naik di halte sama) untuk mengenali.

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