Kuantan, Malaysia

Getting In & Around


Getting In by Plane
Kuantan's small Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Airport is located about 15 km southwest of the city. The airport currently serves a few flights by Malaysian air carriers including Malaysian Airlines flying between Kuala Lumpur and Firefly flying between Penang Airport as well as the island nation of Singapore.

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Flight by Firefly
Flight by Firefly

Getting In by Bus
Kuantan's long distance bus station is at Terminal Makmur at Jalan Stadium (besides Stadium Darul Makmur in the city centre). The journey between Kuantan and Kuala Lumpur takes about 3 1/2 hours and the fare is around MYR22 for a single journey. From Cherating (about 40 km north of Kuantan), walk out onto the main road and wait for any Kuantan or south-bound bus. Remember to wave your hand to signal the bus to stop and pick you up. The journey between Cherating and Kuantan takes about an hour.

Bus terminal in Kuantan
Bus terminal in Kuantan

Getting In by Car
The Karak Highway and East Coast Expressway connect Kuantan with Kuala Lumpur, a distance of about 250 km and a journey covering 3 to 3 1/2 hours. You may exit either at the Gambang or Kuantan interchange before heading to Kuantan. Both expressways are toll roads and the total tolls for the one-way journey is about MYR30. Federal Route 2 also links Kuala Lumpur with Kuantan. It is an ordinary road and therefore there are no tolls. However, the journey is slower with lower speed limits and several traffic lights along the way.

Karak Highway
Karak Highway

Getting Around
The public transport system in Kuantan is poor especially when it comes to buses. It takes around 2 hours for a bus to complete its route back to its hub. Therefore it's better to get around by taxi. Alternatively, you can rent a car at the airport, hotels or from the rental agencies in Kuantan.

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