Malaysia Transportation

Air

Travelling by air in Malaysia is very convenient because except Malaysian Airlines there are many airlines such as Pelangi Berjaya Air, Air Asia, Transmile and Mofaz Air. All the mentioned airlines provide regular flights to sent passengers to their wanted destination. Malaysian Airlines has 110 international routes and there are other 50 plus international airlines go by the way of Malaysia. Passengers from China's mainland can go to Malaysia by air via Hong Kong, Singapore or Thailand; Or they can take a flight directly to Kuala Lumpur via Beijing, Samen, Guangzhou, China.

Train

The railways in Malaysia cover the whole country, stretching from north to south and from east to west. Among them the railways in the west coast and in the east coast are two main railways. Each line has its own branches such as Kuala Lumpur—Port Dickson branch. At weekend, urban residents always take this branch to the seashore. However, other branches such as Kuala Lumpur, Port Dickson, Kuala Lumpur—Thytoon and Taba Road—Ansong Seashore are not very popular. Sabah railway in East Malaysia are 154 km in length, linking Kota Kinabalu, Papart and Tylong.

As Sabah exported rubber in 1910, this railway aimed to transport the natural rubber in Tylong to the port. Nowadays two gas-driven trains run on this line. Just because they are slow, passengers can enjoy their travel by train to the full. Visiting those towns of little fame by taking the only railway in Borneo Island is nothing but a romantic travel. Visitors to Malaysia can buy traveling tickets in Kuala Lumpur, Johore Bahru, and Penang railway stations. The private-run international railway corporation KTM sells through tickets: $100 for 30 days ( Kids $60); $55 for 10 days (Kids $28). Sumptuous " Oriental Express" from Singapore to Thailand also passes Kuala Lumpur. And 41 hours shall be spent for the whole journey.

Bus

You can take an air-conditioned bus to travel between cities. Bus stations are often located in the downtown and are easy to be found. And some big cities have more than one bus stations. But companies in the station may provide different bus lines, ticket price and departure time. You can look at the bulletin board for the information you want. It's convenient to tell the stewards your destination and leaving time and he will guide you for a suitable ticket. Except on festivals or other conditions, passengers can surely get a day ticket. Of course, you'd better ask traffic information about your next destination beforehand. For most cases, it is easy to find waiting rooms, restaurants, shops and checkrooms in a bus station. You can also buy a ticket from some travel agencies, restaurants or hostels. It's also OK to wave for a bus in the street and then buy a ticket.

Taxi

Two types of taxies are in Malaysia: One for short trips within the city; the other for long journeys. Taxi stations are often found in downtown next to bus stations. On the top of the taxis, it reads "TEKSI" or "KERETA SEWA". Two types of taxis always share the same station but in some big cities, they have separate stations. Charging lists are put up at station enquiry. Tell the steward where you are going to and he will guide you. But when asking for a taxi in the street, you should first settle down a bargain with the driver. It's recommended to ask charging information beforehand in travel agencies or restaurants. Taxis in main tourist resorts provide discounts once you have gathered other three people for a trip. It's easy for drivers to get tired during Ramadan so it is recommended to take off for another taxi when you find something wrong with the driver.

Pedicab

Pedicabs are still in service in such cities as Penang, Malacca and K.K. and they are called by locals as "Trishows". It is very interesting and convenient to take a trishaw. It can run flexibly through lanes and you can enjoy a opening view with a folded calash and a lower fee.

Hi, I'm Candice Song
I updated this article on July 30, 2012
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