Travel within Malaysia is quite convenient within various modes of travel - air, rail, or road. Each mode is efficient, affordable and convenient. The fastest way to get around is via plane. With Malaysia's great offers of low budget airline flights to the major cities that are flying daily. The train is also a good way, you will see a lot but it is often busy and requires booking in advance. Air-conditioned buses are going mostly straight to the big cities while regular buses crisscross the country between every one-horse town.
The national carrier, Malaysia Airlines as well as the budget airline AirAsia offering beside international flights also domestic air travel to major cities in the peninsula and to the states of Sabah and Sarawak.
Kuala Lumpur International Airport (IATA: KUL) commonly known as KLIA is one of Asia's major aviation hubs.
KLIA is also Malaysia's main international airport and situated in the state of Selangor, about 50 kilometers from Kuala Lumpur, the capital city.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia also has a Low Cost Carrier Terminal, also known as KLIA2 which is replacing the former Low-Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT). KLIA 2 opened its operation in May 2014 and all flights which operated before at LCCT are redirect to the new KLIA 2. Klia 2 is a modern hub and serves especially the passengers of Malaysia's first 'no-frills' airline, Air Asia
Trains are a comfortable, efficient and economical means of exploring Malaysia.
The main line extends from Thailand in the north, southwards to Singapore. Another line radiates from Gemas in Negeri Sembilan to Kota Bharu on the east coast. In Sabah, a line connects from Kota Kinabalu through rainforests to Tenom and is not to be missed by train buffs.
You can travel in air conditioned comfort while sleeping berths are available for overnight journeys. Rail service in Peninsular Malaysia operated by Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) or Malayan Railway offering privileged passes for easy travel.
The Eastern & Orient Express is one of the world's great train journeys. The journey links the cities of Singapore and Bangkok passing Kuala Lumpur and includes a tour of Penang's capital Georgetown.
Express air-conditioned buses are available to all states in Peninsular Malaysia. They offer a comfortable ride a reasonable rates. The main terminals in Kuala Lumpur are the Puduraya Bus Station, Hentian Putra, Pekeliling and Hentian Duta. There are set charges for outstation travel.
Ferry services also operate from Malaysia to Thailand, Singapore and the Indonesian Island of Batam and Sumatra.
Within Malaysia there are regular ferry services to and from main destinations like
and from various points on the east coast to the offshore islands of Tioman, Perhentian, Redang and the Johor islands.
Another good way to get around is by using the Taxi service. Taxi stands are another good way to travel overland in the country. Usually there are taxi stands that take you to your destinations all over the country. Remember that the Malay law allows for four passengers and you pay only your share of the ride, there is no need to hire the whole taxi.
Besides public buses and taxis,
offer hassle-free access to landmarks in KL as well as outlying district and nearby towns.
Several car rental services are available, even international ones like Avis.
Hire a car in one city and self-drive it to another and leave the car at a pre-designated stop.
Usual car rental formalities apply. You need an excellent road map, an international driving license, and insurance. Most companies also accept payment by major credit cards.