|Transportations In Malaysia
In Malaysia, there are 5 international airports, 14 domestic airports and 18 airstrips. The international airports are at Sepang in Selangor, Penang Island, Langkawi Island, Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, and Kuching in Sarawak.
Malaysia Airlines, the country's national carrier, operates most of the domestic flights within West and East Malaysia and also those within East and West Malaysia. Pelangi Air, a private operator, also operates scheduled domestic flights from Subang; mostly to island resorts. Air Asia, Transmile, and Berjaya Air and other carriers operate flights out of the new LCCT (Low Cost Carrier Terminal) to various domestic and regional destinations.
In East Malaysia, apart from the regular services between major towns, Malaysia Airlines also operates its Rural Air Services which flies Twin Otters to a host of rural airstrips. Also, SEAGA Airlines has flights from Kuching, Sibu and Kota Kinabalu to Mulu National Park.
Tel: (603) 7846 3000
Toll-Free: 1 300 88 3000 (within Malaysia)
Tel: (603) 7884 9000
Call Centre: 1 300 88 9933 (within Malaysia)
Tel: (603) 7846 8228
The old romantic way in travelling across Peninsular Malaysia is by railway. The main operator of the national railway is Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB). It has an impressive railway network across Malaysia which passes by old-fashioned little village stations and travellers may get a view of old Malaya. These tracks take travellers across the peninsula to neighbouring countries such as Thailand (north) and Singapore (south).
In East Malaysia, there is only one railway connecting Kota Kinabalu to Tenom on the west coast of Sabah. There are no railway services in Sarawak. However, air travel is popular in East Malaysia because of the states’ mountainous and lush terrain.
Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad
KTMB Corporate Headquarters
Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin
50621 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: (603) 2263 1111
Fax: (603) 2710 5760
Driving in Peninsular Malaysia on the expressway/highway is very pleasant. It is a magnificent experience as visitors can stop anywhere. The scenery is lush and green and visitors can always stop overnight at any of the towns as there are always a number of hotels available throughout the journey.
Besides, one of the most inexpensive ways to travel within Malaysia is getting on a bus. The quality and comfort level of interstate buses are high. Some of the bus services providing a light meal for the passengers. Interstate bus services charged at the fixed rate. Most of the bus services plying the north-south highway will make one or two interval stops at the modern Rest and Relax areas at the highway. Passengers may be tempted to begin their buying spree as local fruits will be on sale. Facilities such as fast food restaurants, food kiosks, prayer halls, and rest rooms are provided at the R & R areas.
Interstate travel in taxis is also a cheaper option for the travellers. Travellers have to head for the Pudu Bus Station (an interim transportation hub in the city centre) to hire a taxi for a standard rates for all major cities in Peninsular Malaysia. Travellers are advisable to obtain the taxi rates from the hotel before hiring a taxi for interstate travel. Travellers may have to share the taxi with other passengers going the same way and the fare is shared.
There are numerous ports of entry in Malaysia, namely Port Klang, Penang, Kuantan, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu. Numerous popular island destinations like Langkawi, Pangkor, Redang and Tioman are linked to the mainland by regular ferry services. Other smaller islands are accessible by fishing boats which may be chartered. Ferry services are also available from Tanjung Belungkor, Kukup, Desaru, Johor Bahru Duty Free Zone and Sebana Cove (all in Johor) to Singapore and from Butterworth to Penang. Apart from that, fast boats and small river crafts are a popular way of getting about in Sabah and Sarawak especially to the more isolated settlements.