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Malaysia has a well-developed and efficient public transportation system served by buses, taxis and trains.

Malaysia Buses

There are several bus operators servicing the bus lines in and around the capital. Bus stands are usually available next to train stations and shopping complexes. Fares commonly range between RM 1.00 to RM 3.00, depending on the zone in which the passenger intends to travel to. Passengers are also able to pay for fares using a prepaid card called Touch n' Go, which can be bought at all major train or LRT stations. It is important to note that traffic in KL could be notoriously heavy during peak hours, and bus schedules may not be accurate at all times.

> KL HOP-ON HOP-OFF

The best way to experience all of KL is via the KL Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour. You’ll get to see and hear all of KL through the semi-glass roof double-decker bus and (literally) hop on and off the bus, whenever you like. The bus runs on a half hourly schedule starting from 8.30 am to 8.30 pm. A pre-recorded commentary, in nine languages, of the history of KL and places of attractions is available in the bus.
The tour has 23 stops, which cover more than 40 attractions. The interval between buses is around 20 to 30 minutes. Tickets can be purchase in the bus, authorized agents, authorized hotels and KL Hop-On Hop-Off counters.

> RapidKL Bus

RapidKL buses services 6 key areas of the Klang Valley with a total of 165 routes. RapidKL bus operates three types of bus services: City Shuttles 'Trunk Buses' and 'Local Shuttles'. There are also point-to-point 'Express buses'.

> Go KL Bus

Go-KL City Bus is a free bus service, which is operated by the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD). These single-decker busses are easily identifiable from its colour (pink) and is a comfortable and convenient option for travellers. The buses operate on two routes, one starting from KLCC and the other from Pasar Seni. They operate from 6am till 11pm.

Malaysia Taxis

Taxis are a common mode of transportation around the city as they are often more versatile than trains. The present fleet of taxis in KL are commonly seen in red or blue. You can identify a taxi via its number plate that starts with the letter 'H'. All taxis in the capital are required to be metered, so the chances of haggling are fairly remote. Passengers should be wary when taxi drivers demand a "fixed fee", and insist on using the meter. Otherwise, walk away and flag down another taxi.

There are also various small surcharges like radio call (RM2) and baggage (RM1 per piece), among others. Midnight surcharge is applicable on pickups from 00:01-05:59. This surcharge means meter prices are increased by 50% (e.g. at 01:00, if the meter shows RM12, you should pay RM12+6). Places like KLIA, LCCT, KL central, Menara KL and Sunway Pyramid Mall enforce a prepaid coupon system, which generally work out more expensive than using the meter, but cheaper than bargaining. Taxis from Pavilion Shopping Mall's taxi counter cost the meter with a RM2 surcharge.

> GrabCar Malaysia

The Kuala Lumpur City Hall has recently endorsed GrabCar as the preferred Taxi Booking App to assist you to get safe, metered taxis that charge the rightful fare in Kuala Lumpur. You can download it and use it on your Smartphone if you have access to WiFi or Mobile Data. Alternatively, you can book your taxis from any GrabCar Taxi booking terminals from the following attractions.

> Premium Taxi

These taxis are also called executive taxis and are coloured in bright blue. There’s an initial charge of RM6 for the first km, and RM 2 for every km you travel, thereafter.

> Budget Taxi

Budget taxis are identified with their red and white colors. There’s an initial charge of RM3 for the first km of your travel. Thereafter, the rate is RM1 for every km.

Malaysia Train

> RapidKL LRT

Rapid KL (styled as rapidKL; ) is a service brand used by Prasarana Malaysia subsidiaries companies to refer the public transportation services dedicated for Kuala Lumpur and Klang Valley area. It is acronym for Rangkaian Pengangkutan Intergrasi Deras Kuala Lumpur. The service brand name used by Rapid Rail on LRT & monorail services and Rapid Bus on BRT & stage busservices.

> RapidKL Monorail

RapidKL Monorail previously known as KL Monorail, is an urban monorail system in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It opened on 31 August 2003, with 11 stations running 8.6 km (5 mi) on two parallel elevated tracks. It connects the Kuala Lumpur Central transport hub with the "Golden Triangle". The RapidKL Monorail has 11 stations and begins from the KL Central Monorail station (MR1) and terminates at the Titiwangsa Monorail Station (MR11). For transiting passengers, transfer stations along this line are located at KL Central itself for the Kelana Jaya Line, KTM Komuter, KLIA Transit or KLIA Express, Hang Tuah (MR4) and Titiwangsa (MR11) Monorail Stations for the Ampang Line, and the Bukit Nanas Monorail Station (MR8) for the Kelana Jaya Line.

> KLIA Ekspres Train

The KLIA Ekspres train is one of the most convenient ways to travel between Kuala Lumpur city centre and its two major airports. This non-stop airport train is fully air-conditioned and comes fitted with plenty of comfortable seats, luggage storage compartments, and high-speed Wi-Fi. Operating at 15-minute intervals during peak hours and 20 minutes during off-peak hours, the journey between the KL Sentral transport hub and KLIA takes about 28 minutes, reaching KLIA2 a further five minutes later. The KLIA Ekspres train station at KLIA is located on Level 1, while the station at KLIA2 can be found within the Gateway@KLIA2 Shopping Mall. Tickets can be purchased at the main counter or using ticketing kiosks located throughout both airport.