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Travelling around Malaysia

1. Public transport in Malaysia

In our experience, the easiest way to explore the big cities such as Kuala Lumpur and Penang is to take advantage of the bus and rail networks.  As well as being extremely reliable, they are also super cheap.

The metro system in Kuala Lumpur puts the London Underground to shame with comfortable, air-conditioned carriages and boasting routes to all the must-see spots across the city. There are even ladies-only carriages for female travellers who may feel uncomfortable in the mixed carriages.

2. Taxis in Malaysia

Grab Taxi operate around the country and are a safer, cheaper alternative to hailing down a local taxi. If you do take a local taxi, be sure they use the meter, or agree on the fare in advance to avoid being ripped off.

3. Travelling across the country in Malaysia

By Bus – After covering most of Peninsular Malaysia on a budget, we found the easiest way to travel from place to place was by tourist bus. Granted that it isn’t exactly the quickest way, however, the buses are comfortable and you’ll get to see some pretty epic scenery along the way.

It is worth noting that the road conditions are generally very good in the tourist regions of the west, but once you start travelling east to Borneo, they become more treacherous. We recommend avoiding bus travel in these areas as there is a history of accidents on the roads.

By Train – There is also a cross country rail network, although the prices tend to be more expensive.

By Air – If you are on a tight time frame and money isn’t too much of an issue, you can also travel via domestic flight to most parts of the country.