Public Transport in Malaysia

Public transport in Malaysia, and more specifically in the Klang Valley is largely a hit and miss affair. On one hand, Malaysia has modern and relatively well-maintained transportations, but the often widely issue with it is its integration for the public.

Prasarana Malaysia Berhad is the main player in the industry as it has a near monopoly of all the major public transport systems in Malaysia with its major subsidiaries being Rapid KL and Rapid Penang.


The main artery for the rakyat (common people), the bus industry has grown by leaps and bounds and covers all the major roads and areas in Malaysia. In the Klang Valley itself, there are hundreds of busses running throughout the different areas.

The main bus companies plying its route in the Klang Valley are Rapid KL and Metrobus. Fares are very cheap, however the bus ride would most probably be very congested and be forewarned to be aware of your belongings as pickpockets are not uncommon.


The train system can be considered the oldest and the newest form of transport for Malaysian. This is because Malaysia has a long history of trains ever since the first tracks were laid in 1885. From there on, the railway was a major transport tool for Malaysians who wished to travel the breadth of the country from Perlis to Johor Bahru. With the advent of the highway however, it has lost a lot of its lustre.

The KL metro rail system was established in the 1990’s and has become a major transport system for urbanites. It is very well linked and the trains and coaches are well maintained.

If you wish to move about tin KL, we would recommend this form of travel highly.


The fastest way to travel in KL, taxis are fairly affordable and the cars are adequately maintained. Their reputation however have been tainted with reports of poor conduct, overcharging, and speeding.

Another bad point is that a recent report by London Cabs website have listed KL cabbies as the “worst drivers imaginable”. We do not however wish to paint all cab drivers as bad but do be careful before you enter a taxi. We advise you to download the local GrabCab app which is MyTeksi which provides reassurance of your taxi experience.

Written by: Jeremy, Relocation Consultant at Pathfinder Relocation Services