Light Rail Transit (LRT) and Monorail

Kuala Lumpur Travel Guides / October 22, 2016
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The Light Rail Transit (LRT), comprised of RapidKL and KTM Komuter, and the KL Monorail is the closest thing to a metro Kuala Lumpur has. However, it has only a few stations underground and is mainly elevated above the ground.

There are three RapidKL lines in the city: Ampang–Sentul Timur, Sri Petaling–Sentul Timurand Kelana Jaya–Terminal Putra.

There are two Komuter lines: Tanjung Malim–Sungai Gadut and Batu Caves–Pelabuhan Klang.

RapidKL and KTM Komuter connect the city center to the suburbs. And KL Monorail runs straight through central Kuala Lumpur.

Due to the fact that the LRT lines were built by different firms, it’s pretty confusing to figure out how to get from one line to another.

In fact, you’ll have to use elevators and stairs and even walk a couple of blocks in order to transfer between lines. And if it rains and you don’t have an umbrella, prepare to get wet while transferring to another line.

The KL Monorail gets very crowded during rush hours, which is why it’s not suitable for sightseeing during these periods of time.

You can purchase LRT tokens at machines at the entrance of every station before getting on the train.

If you want to go shopping in the famous Golden Triangle, hop off from the train onBukit Bintang station @ Monorail line. If you want some clubbing at P. Ramlee, alight atBukit Nanas @ Monorail line.

The KL Sentral station serves as a complex transportation hub that connects trains and buses in the city.

Service hours: 06:00 – 00:00 daily

Service schedule: Every 4 to 5 minutes during rush hours and 7 to 14 minutes during off-rush hours for the RapidKL and Monorail. And every 5 minutes during rush hours and 15 minutes during off-rush hours for the Komuter.

Fares: Ranging from RM0.7 ($0.17) to RM2.5 (to $0.6) for the RapidKL; from RM0.7 ($0.17) to RM2.8 ($0.68) for the Komuter; and from RM1.2 ($0.29) to RM2.5 ($0.6) for the Monorail.

– KL Sentral @ Monorail line is not located inside the main building of KL Sentral, which means you’ll have to walk about 400 meters to reach the main building.
– Children under 7 can travel for free on train services.

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