Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Getting Around


The first phase of Kuala Lumpur's ambitious public transport system is now complete, the city's public transport system is fairly efficient and convenient, but there is still a fair amount of room for improvement to the system's integration. Kuala Lumpur, like many developing cities, suffers from periodic traffic congestion. During the rush hours, it may be worthwhile combining different forms of public transport to beat the traffic congestion. For example, take the commuter trains to the station closest to your destination and thereafter take a taxi for the final leg.

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By Car

The city has good quality roads, but driving in Kuala Lumpur can be a nightmare, with its massive traffic jams, convoluted web of expressways and often confusing road signage. If driving, be aware of the sudden lane changes by cars as well as reckless motor bike drivers who enjoy weaving in and out of the traffic. Do not park at the road of busy districts with congested traffic such as Bangsar, Bukit Bintang, Brickfields and Chow Kit. Other cars might lock you in by parking next to you in the 2nd or 3rd lane. Use the covered car parks located in the office buildings or open car parks and then walk back.

Traffic in Ampang, Kuala Lumpur

Traffic in Ampang


Kuala Lumpur is a fine city for walking but can be very hot and humid. To keep your walks comfortable, avoid walking between 11.00 a.m. and 3.00 p.m., when the sun is at its hottest. Wear comfortable clothing and carry water with you. There are many shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur and a great idea to plan your walk around the air-conditioned malls when you need to cool down. There are also the local coffee shops and fast food restaurants for a drink, meals and short rest.

Be careful when jaywalking on major streets, especially in the downtown area. The police and city hall's enforcement officers occasionally crack down on jaywalkers in a public awareness campaign. There is an on the spot fine regardless whether your are a Malaysian resident or tourist. If you see large groups of traffic officers on both sides of a road, it's a good idea to use the designated crossing areas.

Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur

Walking in Chinatown

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