Getting around Kuala Lumpur by train is quick and easy with cheap fares also available to destinations farther afield. The KL LRT (Light Transit Railway) metro system has continues to expand to all areas of the city. This the choice method of getting about town as it is clean, cheap and easy to understand.
The Malaysian railway network has always been a key part of the nation’s prosperity from when British merchants laid the first track in 1885. Since then the 13kms from Port Weld to Taiping has expanded to a comprehensive network covering all major population centres as the country continues to thrive.
The Malaysian railway system is knows as Keretapi Tanah Melay (KTM) and used KL’s Sentral Station as its main transport hub. From here it is also possible to connect with the various metro lines and also the express shuttle to KLIA as well as north to Bangkok and south to Singapore.
The company KTM Berhad is still owned entirely by the government of Malaysia, although it is currently administered on its behalf by private companies. It is currently responsible for more than 2,000kms of track and taking the train can be a romantic alternative to the coach network.
Trains in Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia intercity train services are offered by KTMB, which is safe, hassle free, relaxed and easy mode of travel between cities and remote areas of Malaysia. The trains and services are generally good and cheap, although food and the conditions of toilets could be improved.
The KTM intercity train services is a comfortable and affordable way to travel between Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Malaysian remote areas and all the way to Bangkok. Most of the KTM intercity train services operate from Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station.
There are two daily express trains (Ekspres Sinaran and Ekspres Rakyat) and four night trains (Senandung Malam, Senandung Langkawi, Kkpres Wau and Ekspres Timuran). Second class travel from KL to Singapore costs around RM35, with first class around RM70.
Express Rakyat travels north daily from Singapore to Butterworth via KL Sentral with 1st and 2nd Class coaches plus buffet facilities.
Express Senandung Malam travels from Singapore to Ipoh via KL Sentral with 2nd class and buffet facilities plus a superior night service.
Express Sinaran Pagi travels south daily from KL Sentral to Singapore with 1st and 2nd class coaches plus buffet facilities.
Express Sinaran travels from KL Sentral to Butterworth on the weekends with only 2nd and 3rd class accommodation.