Getting from Kuala Lumpur to Khota Bharu
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Jul 10, 2012 2:46 AM Last Post By: Mikeybluecheese
Jul 5, 2012 9:39 PM
Getting from Kuala Lumpur to Khota BharuI will be travelling in Malaysia in August. On Sunday the 12th of August I need to get from Kuala Lumpur to Khota Bharu (and then on to the Perhentian Islands) by overnight train. Does anyone know who long the train ride takes, or what time they leave/arrive? We would arrive then on Monday morning (the 13th). It seems that the resort we are staying in only has a ferry at 9:30 am and I don't know if we will make it in time. Many thanks :)
Jul 5, 2012 11:11 PM
Jul 6, 2012 12:47 AM
2Courtesy of Seat61
Take the overnight sleeper train from Kuala Lumpur or Singapore to either Tanah Merah or Wakaf Bahru stations, see the Jungle Line section for train times. The train fare is about 54 Ringgit (£11 or $18) including a 2nd class sleeper. The overnight train from KL has both 2nd class sleepers and 1st class 2-berth sleepers, the overnight train from Singapore just has 2nd class sleepers, but even 2nd class sleepers are comfortable, air-conditioned and perfectly adequate. Taking the sleeper train saves a hotel bill, is an experience in itself, and can even save time compared to flying.
Take a taxi from Tanah Merah or Wakaf Bahru to the main ferry port at Kuala Besut. Local taxis will be waiting for the train at either station, the taxi fare is 50 Ringgit (£10 or $15), the journey time about 50 minutes from Wakaf Bahru or 30 minutes from Tanah Merah.
Speedboats from Kuala Besut take about 30 minutes to reach the Perhentian islands, and depart 4-5 times daily 09:00-17:00 according to demand. The fare is about 60 Ringgit (£10/$20)return. There are also slow boats which leave Kuala Besut at 08:30 and 14:30, taking 1.5 hours, fare about 40 Ringgit return. There's another (private) jetty at Tok Bali, but ferries from here are less frequent.
Jul 6, 2012 3:08 AM
Jul 6, 2012 1:28 PM
4We took the train in 2010 and really enjoyed it - so much nicer to sleep flat than sitting up in a bus! Though rather bumpy! The train was running late (about an hour), but our resort (Bubbles) held their boat for us . . .
Jul 6, 2012 1:47 PM
5There are direct overnight buses from KL to Kuala Besut run by Mahligai Express. It is not necessary to travel to Kota Bahru (although it might be worth a night or two if you're interested).
Jul 10, 2012 2:46 AM
6Great info already. You could do a tour of Taman Negara which ends in Perhentians. I did this a few years back and it was awesome. It's really easy to arrange tours and travel in KL. The jungle train sounded pretty cool too!
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