Malaysia Country Guide

Getting Around


By Plane

Largely thanks to budget carrier AirAsia, Malaysia is crisscrossed by a web of affordable flights with regular promotions for flights booked well in advance. Flying is the only practical option for travelling between Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia (Borneo), as well as reaching some of the more remote outposts of Borneo. State carrier Malaysia Airlines also has competitive fares offering equal or even lower priced tickets if booked in advance through the internet. Firefly has a handy network radiating out of Penang Airport and Subang Airport. In Sabah and Sarawak, MASWings, operates turboprop services linking the interior communities with the coastal cities.
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Air Asia plane
Berjaya Air also flies small Dash-7 turboprops from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore to its own airports on the resort islands of Pangkor, Redang and Tioman. Prices are steep (from RM214 plus fees one way), but this is by far the fastest and more comfortable way of reaching any of these.

By Bus

The cheapest way to travel in Malaysia is by bus. All towns of any size have a bus terminal offering connections to other parts of the country. There are many companies of varying degrees of dependability, but two of the largest and more reliable are Transnasional and NICE/Plusliner. 24-seater "luxury" buses are recommended for long-distance travel.

Transnasional bus

If travelling on holidays or even over the weekend, it is advisable to reserve your seats in advance. Note that air conditioning on some buses can be extremely cold so don't forget to bring a good sweater, pants and socks, especially for overnight journeys on luxury buses.

Bus terminal in Port Dickson
Bus terminal in Port Dickson
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