1 Day in Kuala Lumpur

Petronas Twin Towers Kuala Lumpur

“Yes you can do Kuala Lumpur in 1 day.  If you have a long layover (6-12 hrs), get out of the airport and go for it”

I arrived to Kuala Lumpur around 7:30am by overnight (KTM #24) train from Singapore (about 7 hours ride).  The first-class sleeper train costs RM135/$44/person, equipped with private shower/toilet, LCD TV, foods and towel services.  Click here on how to get from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur by Train.  It is the best train I have ever been on in term of great facilities and services.  However, I did not get a chance to enjoy my cabin much, as I was so tired from a day earlier in Singapore.  I just had a quick shower and went to sleep right away.

The train brought me to KL Sentral (a transfer point for major rail systems here in KL).  I only had 1 day here as I was scheduled on the 11PM train to Butterworth/Penang.  In order not to waste any seconds,  I quickly got myself some Ringgits and rushed to the left luggage counter on the 2nd floor to leave my backpacks (RM5/$1.65 for a large bag, open 8:00 – 22:30).  There are also self storage lockers on the first floor right under the stairs, which opens all the time.

KL Sentral Left Luggage

KL Sentral Left Luggage

KL Sentral Storage Lockers

KL Sentral Lockers

Kuala Lumpur Skytrain

KL Skytrain

Petronas Twin Towers

Petronas Twin Towers From Outside

Petronas  Twin Towers:  I took LRT Kelana Jaya Line (RM1.60/$0.50) to  KL City Centre (KLCC) to visit one of world tallest building, the Petronas Twin Towers.  The train arrived right under the Petronas Towers/KLCC shopping complex.  I got to the ticket window at 8:15am and was not surprised to see a long queue that already formed.  The ticket counter opens at 8:30am and I got my ticket #92 around 9:15am for the 1pm tour (As of March 2014 RM80/$25).   It is possible to get the tickets 1 day earlier for the morning tour group or also to book online at http://www.petronastwintowers.com.my.  The Petronas closes on Monday.   I then left KLCC and went to see Little India and Chinatown (see below), which are only a couple of stations away.

About 15-20 people were assigned in one group to go up the tower.  The elevator took us to 41st floor, where the 2 towers are joined by double deck skybridge.  The guide will let you spend about 15 mins here before continuing to the 86rd floor.  The 86th floor observatory deck is also a small museum showing the history of the towers, how it was built, and  how it compares to other top towers around the world.   The view was really impressive even though it was an overcast day.  Batu Cave can be seen from here.  The complete tour was about 45mins.  It is a must do in KL.

Petronas Twin Towers Observatory Deck

View From Petronas Twin Towers Observatory

Petronas Twin Towers Skybridge

Petronas Twin Towers Skybridge










Little India/China Town: After getting my Petronas ticket, I took the train to Masjid Jamek Station and walked down to Pasar Seni Station, which is basically the full Little India/China Town walking tour as recommend by most guide book.  Outside Masjid Jamek Station, KL really feels just like Bangkok’s Sukumvit area.  I found a local restaurant and had breakfast for RM8/$2.60 (curry, fish, rice, coke, and roti).   I then walked to Masjid Jamek mosque, Sultan Abdul Samad building, Merdeka square, National History Museum, and then Chinatown.  I thought the Sultan Abdul building was impressive looking and the National History Museum was worthwhile.  The Chinatown is just like any other Chinatown you ever seen.  The walk was about 2 hrs and completed just in time for  my 1pm Petronas tour (see above).


Masjid Jamek Kuala Lumpur

Masjid Jamek – women are required to cover up

Kuala Lumpur National History Museum

Kuala Lumpur National History Museum

Malaysian Food Kaula Lumpur

Cheap Malaysian Food in Kaula Lumpur








Batu Caves Kuala Lumpur

Batu Caves Kuala Lumpur

Batu Caves:  Batu Caves is a Hindu cave temple 8 miles north of KL.  The lonely planet book and staff at Petronas said there is no train to Batu Cave; however, the LRT staff inside KLCC station said there is a KTM Komuter train from Sentral to Batu Caves.  The train costed only RM2/person/one way.  Most blogs and guidebooks suggested getting there by bus ,and taxi would ask 80RM for a KLCC-Batu round trip.  The train took 30 mins and stops right infront of the cave!

The world’s tallest statue of Murugan, a Hindu deity, is located outside the cave.  The limestone forming the caves is said to be more than 400 million years old.  It was beautiful and cool inside.  No fee was collected but they accept donation.  Beware of monkeys walking around and trying to get foods from you!  The steps up to the caves were a nice little workout.  Inside the main cave area are numerous shrines.   There were guided deep cavern tours available, which I wish I could have done if I had more time.


Batu Caves Kuala Lumpur

Batu Caves Interior

I got back to KL Sentral around 5PM, where I would catch an overnight train to Butterworth.  Next to the train station are the Hilton and the Le Meridian hotel.  I went inside the Le Meridian to use the free WI-FI and ended up having a glass of Rieslings to cool down my day.   It was around 6pm and I was back to the train station looking for something to eat for dinner. There are many stores, restaurants, and other facilities including self storage locker and public shower (RM5/$1.60, 6am-9pm daily) on the first floor.  The shower was clean, but a little creepy when I used it.  I guess it was late (8pm) and only 1 other person was using it at that time.  The 3rd floor of KL Sentral is a food court where I had another delicious meal for RM10.  The KTM #22 train arrived at 11pm.  I made my way to my 2nd class sleeper (RM40/$13), and I was on my way to Butterworth.  My stall in the 2nd class sleeper was spacious and very comfortable.  Train travel in Malaysia is very safe, clean, but definitely bring a sweater and long pants as the AC can be pretty cold at night.




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  1. Hi! Im from phil. My family and I will be traveling to sg for a week. We’ll arrive in sg around 5am July 5 then we are planning to go directly to Kl for sight seeing then go to johor (legoland) the next day july 6 by 6 to 8 pm we will be traveling back to SG. Do you think we can visit the tourist spots in kl with just a day? And legoland for another day? Btw we will be taking the busride and lastly my mom is 52 yrs old. :) pls help us out. Thanks

    • You are probably better to visit Legoland in Johor on 7/5, then take the overnight train to KL and spend a day there. You will arrive on 7/6 morning, where you spend a day in KL, then take the overnight train back to SG to arrive on 7/7 morning.

  2. Thanks so much for this post and your blog. It has been extremely helpful in planning my trip to Singapore and KL. Cheers!

  3. i and my family (4) are visiting malaysia. i hvae got admission to visit petronas tower on 29/06/2014 at 9 am, and i got the order number.But the problem that i am facing is that i am not able to print the ticket.
    Will the order number is enough to get the entry,pls advise me, ASAP.

    • Can you take the photo of the ticket? Then take it on your phone with your order #.

  4. Hi i will be travelling from SG to KL for 1 day what will i put to my departure slip? I will not rent any hotel because I will be travel from SG at night to get to KL in the morning then go back to SG by night after a day tour to KL. Thanks

  5. Hi escapetraveler! I have a scheduled trip to Malaysia and SG on June30-July3
    i’ll be in Malaysia June30 1am.
    i’m planning to spend the first day in KL City and visit the following:
    Petronas Tower
    King’s Place
    National Monument
    Merdeka Square
    Sultan Abdul Samad Building
    Jamek Mosque
    Thean Hou Temple
    Federal Territory Mosque
    Kek Lok Si Temple
    Crystal Mosque
    Batu Caves
    (do you think 1 day will suffice? if not, which do you think should i remove from my list?)
    I’m thinking of traveling to Cameron Higland in the afternoon and spend my 2nd day there.
    2nd day evening, i’ll go back to KL City and take a bus going to SG. I should be in SG June2. i’ll just spend the whole day in SG and will return to Malaysia by midnight. June3 6PM is my flight back (this is my initial plan based from my research, i’m not sure if its realistic. But i’d love to hear your thoughts and recommendation. Thanks!

    • You will be so tired! You can do all of that in 1 day in KL, but it will be a very full day. It is doable. I would recommend the plan if you are young and fit!

  6. How would I need to stay in KL for one day? My mom and I would like to travel around from KLIA2 on April 28. What are the things we should do to save money?

    • Hi,

      How old is your mother? We want to make sure we give advise that fit with her age as well. Use the skytrain and avoid the cab to save money. You can train to Batucave vs. taking 80RM cab. Eat locally, usually 8rm/person.

  7. Hi! Escape traveller.!!
    I’m An Indian citizens. Visiting Malaysia for tourism purpose and willing to look around Singapore and Thailand too Via train.
    Does It needs any Immigration process or Will I be detained?
    It’s kinda worrying me.
    Can u help me out?
    Thank U very useful blog

    • You would need to check if Indian citizen needs Visa to enter singapore or Thailand. If so, then you will need to get the appropriate Visa in advance.

  8. Hi! I would like to ask the site to purchase train tickets online?

    we will travel from KL to Singapore then Singapore to Legoland and back to KL on June 2014.
    If you know the specific train numbers for each route, will be appreciated much.
    Also, any tip/ advice so we could save enough from our travel?

    thanks in advance :)

  9. hi scapetraveler thanks for ur informative blog.Q: my starting point from Changi International airport to Malaysia a day tour to petronas Malaysia itself then late train going to Thailand day trip and browsing around and going back to Singapore keep in minds i have only 5 days, we leave singapore on the 5th day around 6:AM planning on the 4th day the (whole day) to Universal Singapore as much as possible tri city. 2nd Q: which is more better Singapore, KL,Batan, or Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand.. that was my option… thanks in advance..

    • For such a short period, may be hard to do the Sing, Malaysia, thailand option. That is a lot. You are better to just do Singapore, KL, penang.

  10. Hi, we are planning to stay in Woodland, any recommended place that is cheap and would be fast in getting to KL?

    If we plan to stay in KL 2 days and 1 night, what is the cheap but safe place to stay?

    How many hours would it take to travel from KL to Bangkok and vice versa… Is here a train or bus as well?

    We will arrive in SG and also go back in SG.

    • It will take almost 18 hrs by train to go from KL to Bangkok. You need to take train 2, 20 from KL to Butterworth, then catch the #36 train that will go all the way to Bangkok.

      Not much around Woodland. You may be better off staying in Johor Bahru.

  11. Hi,

    I want to ask how much was your budget for one day in Kuala Lumpur.


    • That is hard to answer as it depends on how much you want to do.

      1. Petronas entrance 80RM
      2. Batu Cave (free)
      3. Train in and around city to Petronas, KL Sentral, Batu 10RM
      4. Meals (6-10RM per meal).

  12. hi travel. can you help me. im travelling fromsg-kl via bus on march 6 and then kl-sg dated 8 march 14 and i am planning to take a ride via train on my way back to sg. how can i get to the train station from crossroads hotel? thank. im from the philippines. pls. send me details through email

  13. The 1st class only fit 2 per room. U will need to buy 2 rooms or 4 bed in total. U can also look into 2nd class sleeper.

  14. hi, thanks for the info.
    my wife, son and myself are planning to go to KL from SG and was wondering if we take the first class train do I have to pay for 3 persons or can occupy the 2 bunk room (my son is 12 yo)?

  15. hello ET,
    a total of 5 of us will be planning to visit KL from SG for one day period only.
    1. how much is your estimated expenses/pax in SGD including travel and petronas and batu cave tour?
    2. we are planning to depart from SG to KL at midnight and return to SG the at the afternoon…what is your travel tip for us?

    • 1. Ticket to Petronas is about 35SGD or 80RM, Batu is free and cost about 1SGD to enter. Then you have food of roughly $6 SGD per person/meal for comfort. Then skytrain of another $4SGD per person for the day.
      2. You need to take the night train back or leave in the evening. Just Petronas and Batu will take almost the full day.

  16. Hi, I will be one day in Kuala Lumpur. I will arive at 7 a.m. and have next flight 5.15 p.m.
    Can you take me for this few hours for sightseeing? How much it will cost?

  17. Hi! I will be travelling from Malaysia to Singapore to Indonesia in a span of 4-5 days. 1 whole day in Malaysia then train to Singapore night time. My question is, do i need to book a hotel in Malaysia, do i need to obtain it for immigration purposes? Thanks in advance.

  18. Hi Escapetraveler!

    I would like to try going to KL via sleeper train and explore KL in 1 day. We are planning to go to Thailand after exploring the city. We would like to ride on a plane going to TH (BKK), is that possible?

    Thanks! Nice blog, so helpful :)

    • Yes, we have done that trip many times. You and get cheap AirAsia flight from KL to BKK. How many days do you have in the whole trip? Let us know and we can help with some suggestions.

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  20. Hi,
    could you advise me, i’m planning to go to Sing from KL, travelling with 2 children of 5 and 1,5 years old, which trip is better and cheaper, by bus or train? booked already a hotel in Pudu street in KL and a hotel in Balestier street in SG.
    thank you for fast response.

  21. hi escapretraveler, im going to singapore this feb for 4 days, how and where can i buy the ticket in advance going to KL and Thai? kasi sabi nila mas mahal kapag sa singapore ka bumili ng ticket at kailangan ba roundtrip na ang bilin na ticket? is it advisable na pag dating ko ng singapore (9am) ay tuloy na ng KL tapos kinabukasan siguro late in the afternoon balik ng singapore at dun naman mag tour? or Singapore – KL – Thailand then balik sa Singapore para mag tour kaya ba ng 4 days yun? May mga requirements ba para makapunta ka ng KL at Thailand? At kung student ka may kailangan bang cerification, etc., thanks and please advice kung ano ang mas maganda para ma-spend ang 4 days na sulit at kung saan ka makakatipid sumakay at kumain, thanks

  22. hi..we’ll be travelling in malaysia on january.can you give me an advise where is the best place to stay?we only have 5 days there and how can we maximize it if we want to travel by train in Singapore too.thanks..

  23. Hi! I’m from the Phillipines.

    Amazing job on your blog ma’am. Booked for our Malaysia tour April 2014 and I took note of pretty helpful tips from you and your followers. Going to JB via bus to Legoland then overnight hotel near the larkin bus station, Hello kitty world the following morning. Would you suggest to just go with the sleeper cabin back to KL instead of booking a hotel back in KL Sentral?

    Is there a bus from Larkin JB to hello kitty Town? How much would be the 1st class/2nd class sleeper cabin? 5 adults and 2 kids.

    God bless. Keep travellin’. You’re helping a lot of travellers. Ciao!

  24. Hi.I just book an online ticket reservation for train from KL sentral to JB sentral…but the i don’t get a confirm reservation for my ticket and reference id.but the money got deducted from my credit card..is that confirm or not?if it is confirm how can i get a reference id ?please reply as soon as possible…

  25. Hello Escapetraveler,
    Your blog really help me and lots people who really want to visit Malaysia in short time. we are, three per planning to visit Malaysia 2 and half days and 2 days Singapore visit. We are planning to be 7th around midnight we will reach Kualampur on eight we shall visit cameron Highland and a beautiful beach nearby Kualampur, If possible we want to night halt in the beach area if we can afford. on 9th we morning 8 o clock we depart for Singapore by flight. From there we shall be back 10th evening or night.On11th May roam around the Kualampur and the next day at 3.25 pm we have fight to back home. In Kualampur we do not want to visit Batu caves and Indian market. Can you Plan us according to plan? I shall be really greatfull to you…Pratim

  26. Hi there! Can you suggest some places in KL that is a must visit during the night? And where can we buy the best chocolate in KL?

    • See to Petronas tower at night. Go to Traders Hotel’s Sky Bar to catch the best view.

  27. hi ET! your blog is really helpful. may i ask. were going to sg for 4nights we were hoping to see malaysia also. whats your advice as to the hotel bookings. do we like book 4nights in sg alone or 2 nights in sg the another night in kl then the last night i sg? can you help me? thanks

    • Always better to book last night in Singapore so you can make sure you are already there and can catch your flight. Depending on when your flight gets in, perhaps you can tour singapore first day, go to KL for a couple of days, then come back to spend last day/night in singapore

  28. Hello.. im filipina from manila i have boyfriend from kuwait he want book ticket for me to malaysia for spent 5 days there stay..my question is aside from passport and air ticket what another ducument i submit in manila airport?thank you

    • That’s all you need. I don’t believe Filipina needs a visa to enter Malaysia, but you need to check.

  29. Just wanted to confirm, the Petronas site: http://www.petronastwintowers.com.my says the ticket is RM 80.

    Did it go up recently or is the rate different online and walk-in? (as you said, and other blogs i might add, RM 50 for the queue)

    This would really help, since I found out you can book tickets to petronas online too.

    **I’m planning a night on Melaka, and go back to KL around noon the next day then go to Petronas, which would be a problem since the ticket counter closes before noon from what i read……

    • It was RM 50 as of December 2012. I can’t imagine it goes up that high so quickly. The RM 50 is a walk up price.

      • I researched a bit further, found out it went up June 2013. + RM 30 at that… Petronas got greedy, lol. Can’t pass up on it though, gotta shell out extra RM 30 T_T.

        • That is really greedy. That is 60% increase! Yep, you have to do it if you are in KL. thanks for the update. I’ll change the info on the page.

  30. me and my husband will travel in Malaysia Kuala Lumpur on December flight and hotel booked already. Can you help me how much spending money for food 1 day lunch and dinner since the hotel we booked free breakfast. Thanx

    • You should budget about $7-10RM/person/meal for a typical cheap/clean local meal at local restaurants, restaurants in business district, food court at KL Sentral, and Hawker Stalls. Ofcourse, you can always go to 4-5 stars restaurants and pay more.

  31. I just want to ask, because i book online in KTM site via KLSentral-Woodlands (back and forth) but when i’m about to print the ticket, i pressed something and all the tabs in my google chrome are gone. When i open the site and log in, in my acct. i cannot find my booking. I don’t know the reference number nor the ticket id of my booking. Is it possible that i can print it again or can i claim my ticket direct to KTM station in Sentral Kuala Lumpur? i paid already by my credit card. T_____T

    • The site doesn’t work great with Chrome. Try IE. Otherwise, yes, you can pick it up at KTM station in Sentral KL.

      • Thank you, i thought i need to purchased the ticket and pay it again online. i sent email to them but till now i didn’t receive any reply. I’m so relieved knowing that i can pick up my ticket at KTM station without reference number nor ticket id. Thank you for help and for sharing your travel experience in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

        • So you did not get any email confirmation at all? A reference number nor ticket id would be good as the counter needs a way to identify you. You should call the service center.

  32. Super safe ba shower rooms sa kl station?

    • They seems fine. There is a cashier who you pay the fee, and that’s about it. Would recommend going with another person, rather than alone. Nothing is always perfectly safe, so another person is recommended.

    • just now i received their mail, they gave me the ticket id and reference no. i tried to print it but their system is not good. I’ll just pick up my ticket in KTM Station in Sentral KL. Thanks!

  33. First. MARAMING MARAMING SALAMAT. Because of your humble and very helpful article. We were able to make it. One day Kuala Lumpur is really possible. At talaga namang nagulat ako kasi napakamura ng bilihin sa KL. No wonder they are the 4th Shopping Destination in the world. Bukit Bintang is a must . Jalan Alor is the best street when you want to eat. Hawkers are everywhere you can have a meal for 2 na sa RM8. that would be 104 pesos and you get an Authentic Malay food. Not bad compare to Singapore. The Petronas is DIVINE. A must see @ night. Goosebumps for me. It was so Divine. Beauty at its best. As in. Suria KLCC is a shopping mall like no other. Go check VINCCI they have the cutest shoes which only cost around RM50. and last but not the least dont forget to buy your Chocolates at KL SENTRAL. The Chocolate booth in the aisle near Mcdonalds. They offer the best chocolates of Malaysia. Proudly Malasyia. and they are cheap. pero lahat ng pinasalubungan ko as in nasarapan. :) they have free taste by the way. Try their TIRAMISU. Oh! Bukit Bintang. I didnt like it at all. :)

    Thank you so much to you guys. you were very helpful. wonderful people. continue traveling with smile. hope one day we could travel together. Let’s do JAPAN. Guest writer ako.:)

    Thank you so much!! I love you guys!

    • Hi camille! Asan mallapit ung Davincci? I want t o visit thr

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  35. Good day! I found your blog very delightful. I am planning a vacation this coming October 2013 to KL. I’m just hoping you can give me a rough estimate of how much you spent during your little tour to KL (including the breakfast, transpo (by train], entrance fee). It’s my first time to have a trip outside the country. And can you give some idea on the people of KL? Is communicating easy, I mean can most of the people understand english? Thank you

    • Malaysian speaks English very well, so you will have no problem any where you go. It is ingrained within their school system and is almost part of daily use.
      People in KL are nice, melting pot of chinese, indian. We didn’t feel unsafe at any places that we went. Food in KL are cheap and you can get by with a meal that is 8-12RM per person. Train is 2RM each way, and Petronas observatory is 50RM which is your biggest cost. Other than that, pretty much all is fee especially for you to explore on your own foot.

      • Yes you can do it by feet. From Bukit Bintang we just walked going to KLCC. The mall in Bukit Bintang is elbow to elbow. Hindi ko nga napansin ang oras. :) tuwang tuwa lang ako dahil napaka mura ng bilihin. Make sure you see Petronas at night. KLCC park is so beautiful @ night. at lalo na ang PETRONAS. :)

  36. Hi

    I just want to ask how about if we were going back to sg? What time can we ride the train and where? It it the same train station when we came from sg?


  37. I’m from the Philippines. I’ll be visiting Singapore this June. We will be arriving at 5pm at Changi airport. My husband and I plans of Taling the last trip train going to Malaysia so that by morning we arrive in Kuala Lumpur and do sight seeing. And at night we will again take the last train trip going to Johor so that by morning we can check out Lego land after which we go back sg already. Is what I’m thinking possible? Is the immigration still open on late hours since we will be getting the last trip train going to Kuala Lumpur? As we arrive in KL at around 6am is the Malaysian immigration open already by that time. Please enlighten me.

  38. Just want to clarify, if i ride a bus from Queen street bus terminal going to Jb sentral, do i need to get off from the bus when it reached Woodland checkpoint? Then take a train from woodland to jb sentral? Or does the bus will go directly to JB sentral without getting off from the bus?

    • You do need to get off at Woodland to clear immigration and then get back on the same bus that will go on to JB Sentral. The bus wait about 10 mins for you. Alternatively, you can also take the train from Woodland.

  39. My husband will be going to lego land, is it possible that after our trip to lego land we will no longer go back to SG but instead get a first class cabin train ticket going to KL? Can I get a ticket to KL from lego land on the spot and booking in advance is no longer required?

    • Yes, you should not have to go back to SG. Just go straight from JB to KL, which is cheaper. 1st class ticket often gets filled in advance, so don’t do it on the spot.

  40. First – If ever I’ll not be able to get a ticket in advance..can i get a 1st class ticket on the spot?
    2nd – as mentioned as not to get charged 2x the Amount..I get a ticket in woodlands ticket SG to KL then my return ticket will be bought in KL? Is that right?

    • 1. Hard to get 1st class ticket on the spot as those get fills up easily in advance. You can normally get 2nd class sleeper on the spot.
      2. To not get charged double, you must originate your trip in Malaysia, so originate from JB Sentral or buy a cheap ticket from Woodland to JB, then 1st class from JB to KL.

  41. Can I purchase 1st class cabin tickets ahead…I mean I’m still in Manila philippines

  42. I will be traveling with my wife and two little children in train 24 from Sing to KL in the morning and plan to return back on that night itself. Is there any decent hotels that i can book for that day (from 7 am to 10 pm) ?

    • Ram,

      Your best bet is to try the Le Meridian or Hilton that is right next to KL Sentral. There are a few hotels around there, so it may make sense to stay close to the train station so that you can leave luggage, shower, change. The other alternative is to just store your stuff in the lockers and go see the town. Why need a hotel that you will not use?

  43. thank you so much for the help. ill take note everything you said!


  44. hi there, thanks for the reply. i would like to know where the train station is in singapore what route should i take and where to stop in malaysia.

    do you have any website address. how much is the fare and time it will take.

    thanks again

  45. hi there escapetraveler!

    my friend and i will be going to singapore, malaysia and bangkok.

    i dont know where to start, i already have my tickets to sing to bkk, my issue is going to petronas tower by bus. i have 2days and 1 night for kl itinerary.

    from sing, where do i go or what bus should i take to go to petronas, will i take a bus from sing to johor bahur only and take another bus from jbahur to klcc, or is it just one bus ride.

    how much is the fare from sing to klcc and travel time, what abt immigration? from kl i will go to bangkok via lcct, how far is petronas to lcct? what is the best mode of transpo going to the airport. do i need any return ticket?

    what time should i line up to get a ticket for petronas tour and how much is the ticket now? where can i exchange my sgd to rm. can i still go to batu caves if time permits? im leaving sing around 7pm on april 29, so i will arrive in kl april 30, going to bkk on may 1st.

    thank you so much, i will need all the help you can advise me.

    • Randy,

      Check my 2 post below. Why not just take the overnight train from Singapore to KL, which will arrive to KL Sentral around 6:30am. You clear immigration before you get on the train in Singapore. You can exchange money at KL Sentral and then hop on the skytrain from KL-Sentral to Petronas tower to get the tickets, which you will then ask to come back later in the day. You can then tour the city, come back to see Petronas, then go back to KL Sentral to catch a train to see Batu Caves. All can be done in 1 day!.



      • hi there!

        as for my understanding, in order to get to kl from sing is i have to go to woodland first by bus. from there i can take the train from woodland to j bahru.

        once in j bahru, i can transfer to my reserved seat on the same train which then goes to kl sentral.

        however that is only until that station. how do i go under the Petronas Tower using the train? should i take another train from kl sentral to klcc. will i still make it to get tickets. please reply soon, im going to malaysia on april 29th until may 1st.

        thanks a lot, you are truly a big help!

        • Once you arrive to KL Sentral, just take the skytrain LRT Kelana Jaya Line (RM1.60/$0.50) to KL City Centre (KLCC). KL Sentral is the central to all transportation in Kuala Lumpur. You can take an express train to the airport, all subway and skytrain connects through there. There are foodcourt, money exchange, shower, lockers, and everything you need.

      • where is the skytrain going to petronas tower? is this different from the ktmb.com.my train from jbahru to sentral. thanks again.

        • Yes, the ktmb.com train goes from singapore to KL. Then once you get there, you take the local skytrain to go to petronas.

          • hi there! one more question, once im done with my tours to petronas and batu caves i have to go to lcct for my flight to bangkok.

            do i take the klia train from sentral, where should i drop off to be trans to lcct, becauise it shows that trains is to klia but i will take a shuttle going to lcct?

            please shed some light on this one. thanks again!

          • There are 2 choices, Taxi or Bus
            The taxis run 24 hours a day, but there is a 50% premium from midnight to 6am. Prices from 6am to Midnight are 30-40 myr per car for a normal sized taxi. Just walk up to the taxi counter, select the type of car, pay your money, then take the coupon you willl be give tot the taxi rank outside. The buses run from 5:30 am to 00:30 am every day. They go every 20minutes. The cost is around 2myr per person. If you do not walk to get a taxi, you would have to wait for the next available bus.

            The alternative and recommended is to use this train/shuttle service from KL Sentral http://www.kliaekspres.com/erlsb/LCCT/tabid/158/Default.aspx

  46. Hi, me and my friends are planning to go on a 1 day KL City tour, we really have no idea how to…do you know a cheap 1 day KL tour from SG? Tnx :’)

  47. Hi, do you know how much is the taxi fare from JB Sentral to Legoland? Thank you

  48. Hi thanks for your helpful reply! We are planning to visit Legoland Johor Bahru this coming May 3, 2013, Friday and i thought of not coming back yet to Singapore (to avail of RM rate train fare) and just proceed to our planned side trip to KL instead. In this case, we will no longer be showing up to the immigration as we did it already earlier coming to JB? and Do you have an idea how far is legoland to JB Sentral Station? Thanks again.

    • Legoland is 30 min taxi from JB Sentral. You do not need to clear immigration again, since you did it earlier coming to JB.

  49. Hi escapetraveler, love your blog and excited to try it this Febuary. Hope that we can have the trip smoothly as you had.

    • Thanks Meldrid. You can do it in 1 day, but it would be tiring. I think 2 full day/1 night would be perfect as you get more time to experience the local life and food.

  50. hi escapetraveler! thank you for your blog it was very helpful. I just want to ask one thing about the singapore – kl trip via train? do I need to reserve or buy tickets online because as per my readings it is advisable to get tickets in Malaysia for ringgits rate because they said if you purchase all tickets from singapore you will be charge SG dollars and it is more expensive. i will appreciate your kind reply. Thank you.

    • Yes you need to reserve and buy ticket before. You can’t just jump on the train and try to buy a ticket there. Unless you are trying to get on the sleeper cabin, most seats are available and you can buy at the train station the day of. However, if you want to buy the ticket in advance, you can do so online. You are correct that purchasing all the tickets starting from Singapore would be 2x-3x the price. See my post at the link below for details on the Singapore to KL train and how to go about buying tickets cheaply. If you depart from Singapore, then buy 2 tickets (1 from singapore to JB Sentral which will be more expensive) then another one from (JB Sentral – KL which will be cheaper).


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