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Getting around the Country

Rail


The country has an extensive rail network of over 2000km of line. The Malayan Railway or KTM is the best and most comfortable way to get from Malaysia to Singapore and Thailand. The fast daytime ‘Express Rakyat’ runs from Singapore to Butterworth, and continues on to Thailand. East Malaysia has one railway line, known by travellers as the Jungle Railway, which is the main overland route for the Taman Negara National Park; it runs along the coast from Kota Kinabalu (Sabah), then inland up a steep jungle valley to the small town of Tenom. Other than this line, there are two main lines operated for a passenger service. One runs along the west coast and from Singapore which runs northwards to Kuala Lumpur and Butterworth, meeting the Thai railways at the border. The other line separates from the west coast line at the town of Gemas and takes a north-eastern route to Kota Bharu and Tenom. All the trains are modern and have sleeping cars for those long journeys. For more information go to www.ktmb.com.my

You can purchase a Malayan Railway Pass for 10 and 30 day tickets, giving unlimited travel on all trains through peninsular Malaysia and Singapore and can be purchased from most train stations. However, reservations must be made in advance for seats in first-class, air-conditioned trains and a supplement is charged.

If you are travelling outside the city to see the tourist sites I recommend the 'Komuter' trains, which operate in the city. They are only recommended for day trips outside of KL.

Bus


The roads in Malaysia are very good and modern. The buses are modern and its an excellent and cheap way to get around the country. The bus and rail are also the best way to get to Thailand and other neighbouring countries.

Air


The national airline is Malaysia Airlines, which is Southeast Asia’s biggest airline and flies to over 110 cities across six continents and also has an extensive network in Asia. For more information go to www.malaysiaairlines.com

Sea


The country is a major international shipping destination and the main ports are at Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Sabah. The main passenger shipping companies are Blue Funnel, P&O and Straits Shipping. Some of the big big cruise companies are Coral Princess, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean and Seabourn Cruise Lines. You can book all these companies locally when you arrive in the country.



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