Getting to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Visa not Needed

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Visitors to Malaysia must obtain a visa from one of the Malaysian diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries. All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months.

Land

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    Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Buses fan out from Puduraya, KL’s main bus station just east of Chinatown, to all over Peninsular Malaysia as well as to Singapore and Thailand. The only long-distance destinations that Puduraya doesn’t handle are Kuala Lipis and Jerantut (for access to Taman Negara) – buses to these places leave from Pekeliling bus station; and Kota Bharu and Kuala Terengganu, buses for which leave from Putra bus station.

    If you’re travelling to Singapore and want to avoid Puduraya (and who wouldn’t?) there are alternatives. Aeroline (6258 8800; www.aeroline.com.my) runs five services daily (RM80, five hours) from outside the Corus Hotel, Jln Ampang, just east of KLCC. Its double-decker coaches are modernand comfortable. Also offering a moreupmarket service is Plusliner (2272 1586; www.plusliner.com); its NiCE coaches run from outside the old KL Train Station on Jln Sultan Hishamuddin. Its Singapore-bound coaches (RM79.10) leave at least 13 times daily. It also offers a service from here to Penang (Plusliner coach RM26.80, NiCE coach RM57.10).

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    Kuala Lumpur Sentral, 53100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Kuala Lumpur is the hub of the KTM (2267 1200; www.ktmb.com.my) national railway system. Long-distance trains depart from KL Sentral in the Brickfields area. The KTM information office (10am-7pm) in the main hall can advise on schedules and check seat availability. A ticket delivery service (2267 1200; 8.30am-4.30pm Mon-Sat) can get your ticket to you for RM4.

    There are daily departures for Butterworth, Wakaf Baharu (for Kota Baharu and Jerantut), Johor Bahru, Thailand and Singapore; fares are cheap, especially if you opt for a seat rather than a berth (for which there are extra charges), but journey times are slow. KTM Komuter trains also link KL with the Klang Valley and Seremban and in 2008 with Ipoh and Tanjung Malim.

Air

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    (KUL)

    Selangor, Malaysia

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    KL’s main airport is Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA; 8777 8888;www.klia.com.my), 75km south of the city centre at Sepang. At the international arrivals hall there’s a useful Tourism Malaysia office (8776 5651; 9am-midnight), aCelcom stand (7am-11pm) selling prepaid SIM cards for your mobile phone, and counters for all the main car-rental firms. Note that airline regulations are strictly enforced – only one carry-on bag is permitted and liquids can only be carried on board in bottles of less than 100mL, which must be presented for screening in a clear plastic bag.

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