Get on the bus! Survey says KL has cheapest public transport in the region


  • Malaysia
  • Tuesday, 15 Oct 2019

Rapid KL buses are available throughout the Klang Valley. Photo: The Star

If you’re thinking of exploring Kuala Lumpur, hop on a bus or a train. According to a study by Taxi2Airport, Malaysia’s capital city has the cheapest public transport in South-East Asia: an average ticket costs around €0.66 (RM3.00).

The international taxi platform highlighted that (on average) a single short ride in KL costs around €0.21 (RM0.95) while longer trips cost about €1.11 (RM5.10). KL’s affordable public transport makes it a favourable destination for international visitors.

“For many tourists, travel costs in a country and city of destination is a major expense. Many tourists save money by using public transport,” said Taxi2Airport.

The affordability of KL’s public transport beat Singapore, Bangkok and Phuket, where an average ticket costs €0.95 (RM4.35), €0.96 (RM4.40) and €0.92 (RM4.25) respectively. Globally, the study revealed that an average ride in tourist cities costs under €2 (RM9.20).

Busses, trains and trams are the most common means of public transport worldwide. Of all the tourists cities analysed, busses were found in 35.8% of cities. The train (or metro) is also common in tourist cities (19.8%). In third are trams and trains combined, with a total share of 12.3%.

In Venice, a single public transport ride costs on average €7.67 (RM35.25) on the water bus. In Copenhagen, public transport is the most expensive for a one-way ticket, costing up to €13.90 (RM63.85). The cheapest rides happen in Cairo, Egypt, and Buenos Aires, Argentina, with an average of €0.11 (RM0.50).

Taxi2airport combined its own findings with data from online database PriceofTravel. Within the study, prices of one-way rides with public transport were also examined.

Meanwhile, on the matter of buses, Resorts World Genting has introduced a daily bus ride to Hatyai, Thailand. The resort offers four travel packages with its latest route, in partnership with Thai Tourism Authorities.

Hatyai is a shopper’s paradise, besides being known for its places of worship and natural attractions. The province is home to many outdoor markets, bazaars and shopping malls.


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