Malaysia certainly has a brilliant transport system to boast of. The moment you reach the country, you have ample of transport options at your hand which would take you to even the remotest areas. In fact, it has all modes of transportation, ranging from air to rail and road to sea. Getting around the mystifying country would be absolutely no problem together with efficient and convenient transport options. Malaysia's well-developed road and rail connections also connect it with the neighboring countries - Singapore and Thailand.
Peninsular Malaysia has strong network of roads that covers the entire
length and breadth of the nation. Internal traveling is comparatively
easy, comfortable and affordable as well. Major tourist destinations,
including towns and cities, are attended by air-conditioned trains,
buses and flights. Many domestic airlines serve the airports of the
nation. Being the capital, Kuala Lumpur is obviously the major hub of
transportation along with its vast railway station and airport.
To reach East Malaysia, one can either travel by air or by sea. In
Sabah and Sarawak, traveling by four-wheel vehicle is advisable on
unpaved roads. However, there are numerous remote areas which can be
only reached by boats. If you want to enjoy the countryside sights,
prefer traveling by rail which is comfortable as well as affordable.
Port Klang and Penang, in the Straits of Malacca, connects the country
to other countries by sea. Learn more about transportation in Malaysia.
Traveling by air is really convenient way to cover long distances is
less time. Tourists from all over the world get down at Kuala Lumpur
International Airport (KLIA) that is connected to nearly all cities and
towns in Malaysia, including Sabah and Sarawak. Besides the KLIA, there
are numerous airports which connect each by regular flights. These
airports have latest facilities and provide good services to the
passengers, moving either way. Malaysia Airlines (MAS), the national
carrier, offers not only international flights, but also domestic
flights. Some of the other domestic airlines are Air Asia, Transmile Air
and Berjaya Air.
If you're looking for a cheap mode to get around, buses make the best
deal. In big cities, you can find air-conditioned buses that are little
expensive than non-ac ones. However, the latter one is easily available
in small towns around the country. Interstate buses usually have fixed
rates, while intrastate buses charge fares according to the distance
covered. In cities, taxis are generally metered but drivers don't use
the meters frequently and charge high rates. If traveling by taxis,
prefer settling a price prior to getting in, though a surcharge of 50%
is levied between midnight and 6am. In small towns, taxis usually charge
a fixed rate.
In Peninsular (or west) Malaysia, Malayan Railways or Keretapi Tanah
Melayu Berhad (KTM) connects all the major cities and towns. You can
choose from the First, Second or Economy Class and travel comfortably in
air-conditioned coaches. In the first and second class coaches, sleeping
berths are granted to the passengers. Each express service has a
restaurant coach that serves local and continental cuisine. For
traveling by rail, tickets can be purchased 60 days in advance from the
date of journey. Children below four can travel free, while those who
are above four and under twelve are charged half the adult fare. Foreign
tourists can also take 30-day or 10day Tourist Railpass which offers
unlimited travel on KTM for the mentioned period.
Penang, Port Klang, Kuantan, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu are some of the
ports that offer entry into Malaysia. Between Penang and Butterworth,
coastal ferries sail often transporting passengers and vehicles from the
mainland to the island. Besides, numerous ferry/ boat services can be
availed for mainland-to-island and island-to-island travel around the
nation. For getting around in Sabah and Sarawak, fast boats and small
river crafts work great to reach isolated settlements. Local tour agents
can also make available sea-cruises and river-cruises.