Compared to Singapore's public transportation system, which primarily consists of the MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) and some LRT (Light Rail Transit), Kuala Lumpur offers a more diverse array of rail-based transportation options, including MRT, LRT, Monorail, KTM Intercity, and KTM Komuter. These systems have a wide-ranging and interconnected network of routes.
If you are visiting Kuala Lumpur for the first time, you might find the variety of transport modes somewhat confusing, especially since the city's public transport system is not as efficient as Singapore's.
For example, in Kuala Lumpur, passengers must exit one railway line before transferring to another, meaning direct line switches are not possible.
Don't be overwhelmed, though! In this article, we will provide you with a step-by-step guide on using the MRT, LRT, and Monorail in Kuala Lumpur. If you need information on using the KTM Komuter specifically, please refer to our post about traveling to Batu Caves via KTM Komuter.
First, make sure to head to the correct station and line, as some stations serve multiple lines. For instance, KL Sentral, Malaysia's largest transit hub, hosts MRT, LRT, Monorail, KTM Komuter, and even KLIA Express lines.
Once at the station, consult the route map to determine the appropriate line and destination station before purchasing a single-use token.
There are two ways to use the MRT, LRT, and Monorail in Kuala Lumpur: with a Touch n Go card or by purchasing a single-use token.
The Touch n Go card is a smart card that can be loaded with funds ranging from RM10 to RM500 and can be used on virtually all modes of transportation in Kuala Lumpur, including RapidKL buses and KTM Komuter
To obtain a Touch n Go card, visit a customer service and ticketing office at any station or a 7-Eleven outlet. The card can be reloaded at self-ticketing machines in stations.
Alternatively, you can purchase a round, coin-like token for a single journey on RapidKL LRT, Monorail, and MRT services. This option is more suitable for those who do not plan to stay in Kuala Lumpur for an extended period or use public transport frequently.
To purchase this token, head straight to the ticketing machine at the station. Make sure to read all the information carefully because some machines only accept coins or notes. Here's how you do it:
Using the public transportation system in Kuala Lumpur is quite straightforward. However, keep in mind that when changing lines, you will need to purchase a new token for each line transfer. After exiting the first line, you must buy another token before boarding the next line.
Additionally, have coins or notes up to RM5 ready, as ticketing machines will not accept denominations of RM10 or higher. If you require smaller denominations, please visit the customer service office at the station for assistance.
Besides the Touch n Go card and tokens, another option is the KL Travel Pass. This pass functions similarly to the Singapore Tourist Pass, offering unlimited travel on Malaysia's public transportation system. With the KL Travel Pass, you won't have to worry about running out of funds for your transportation needs.
However, it's important to note that the KL Travel Pass is bundled with a KLIA Express ticket, making it more expensive. If you don't plan on using the KLIA Express, purchasing the KL Travel Pass may not be the most cost-effective choice.
Once you have a Touch n Go card or token, tap the card or place the token on the card scanner at the entrance gate marked with a green arrow, and the gate will open automatically.
And now you're ready to go to the platform. There should be two trains in the opposite direction on one platform. Read the signboard to choose the correct train unless you'll be directed to the wrong destination.
Wait for the train to arrive and, for safety reasons, always stand behind the yellow lines. This is particularly important at stations without a space between the train door and the platform.
If you are at a station with a gap and your personal belongings fall into it, report the incident to the station's passenger service center. Do not attempt to retrieve the items yourself, as the electrified rails pose a significant risk.
When the train arrives, allow other passengers to disembark before boarding the train. Show respect to all passengers entering and exiting the train, and maintain an orderly queue. If the train doors are closing, it is safer to wait for the next train rather than attempting to force your way onto the train.
Find a seat or hold onto the hanging strap if no seats are available. Here are some dos and don'ts when you are on the train:
Railway-based transportation typically features safety and information announcements. Be sure to listen to them, as they provide important information such as the next stop, delays, warnings, and more. Announcements are generally made in two languages: English and Malay.
On public transportation, priority seating is easily identifiable by different colors and signage. This seating is reserved for those who need it most, such as the elderly, pregnant women, and individuals with temporary disabilities.
As you may already know, smoking onboard or in the station area is prohibited and may result in arrest. Additionally, eating and drinking on the train is not allowed, as the smells and potential spillage can be disruptive for other passengers.
Despite Malaysia's fame for its Musang King Durian, it is not permitted on the train due to its strong, pungent smell, which can cause discomfort for other passengers. Enjoy durian at the place of purchase, as many hotels also prohibit bringing it on their premises.
As your destination station approaches, move towards the exit door to disembark the train. Exit in an orderly fashion, being respectful of other passengers. Be mindful of the gap between the train floor and the platform. Once you have exited the train, follow the signs to reach the exit gate.
To exit the station, tap your Touch n Go card at the designated exit gate, which will display a green arrow. The gate will open automatically, and the appropriate fare will be deducted from your card balance.
If you are using a single-journey token, insert it into the designated slot at the exit gate to leave the station. The gate will open once the token is inserted.
Next, choose the appropriate exit. If you need to change lines, follow the signs within the station. For those using tokens, purchase a new one when transferring to a different line.
These simple steps will guide you on using the MRT, LRT, and Monorail in Kuala Lumpur, which typically operate from 6 am to 12 am, making them unavailable past midnight.
In terms of comfort, the MRT is the most accommodating, as it can carry more passengers than the LRT and Monorail. The Monorail is considered the least convenient due to its limited capacity, with only two carriages, often resulting in crowded conditions.
If you have any questions regarding this tutorial, please leave a comment below, and we will be happy to help you!