BUS tickets from Ipoh to northern destinations are mostly sold out and those to the south are selling fast.
A check at the Terminal Amanjaya bus hub in Ipoh showed that trips to the northern part of Perak, Kedah, Penang and Perlis are almost sold out as travellers planned ahead to balik kampung for Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
Selat Keris Express ticketing staff Azima Ahosim, 43, said all destinations to the north on June 15, 16 and from 20 to 23 had been sold out.
“The only bus tickets available are to Johor, Kuala Lumpur and Seremban, but these are also selling fast.
“Customers can still buy their tickets online or from the counter at Terminal Amanjaya right before the bus departs,” she said.
Azima said the bus company’s counter would also be open during Hari Raya to allow last-minute customers to buy or change their tickets.
“There could be passengers who do not want to get stuck on the eve of Hari Raya.
“Trips on the first day of Hari Raya are also available,” she said.
Perak Transit Express ticket counter attendant Fatin Ahmad, 24, said tickets to Alor Setar, Kuala Perlis and Kangar between June 14 to 17 had been sold out since last week.
“There are still limited tickets left to Butterworth but these should be sold out soon.
“We still have tickets to Kuala Lumpur, but these are also limited,” she said.
“We are also prepared to add more buses if the demand is very high,” she added.
Transnasional Bhd Operations Officer Zainul Nudin, 53, said apart from northern destinations, Transnasional’s tickets to Melaka are also sold out.
“We have a limited numbers of tickets to Kuala Lumpur but these are also selling fast.
“As of now, we will follow our normal bus schedules and are not planning to have additional buses,” he said.
“There’s no need for additional buses as there are still available seats on buses to Kuala Lumpur,” he said, adding that the tickets are priced at RM21.50.
Zainul said there is also a high demand for return tickets on June 17 and 18 for working adults and on June 24 for students.
“Those working are planning to return earlier while students get to enjoy longer breaks due to the school holidays,” he said.
He said ticket purchasing is easier now as it can be done online or through phones.
“I’ve always suggested customers buy their tickets online as it is faster and more convenient.
“Those who don’t have a printer at home can also print the tickets at the ticketing counters here,” he said.
“Most customers buy their tickets at least a week in advance,” he added.
Azlan Mohd, 51, a customs officer said he managed to buy a ticket to Gurun, Kedah for a trip next week.
“I am attending my niece’s wedding there. I think I am quite lucky as I know it’s quite hard to get tickets during the Hari Raya period,” he said, adding that his holidays have already started.
“I’ve not seen my niece and her family for a long time and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to see them again as I do not travel much,” he added.
A passenger, Fatin Izzati, 21, said the ticket she bought to Kelantan increased by RM4.
“The ticket I bought cost RM42.60. I’m not too happy with it but will have to fork out the additional money if I want to go home,” she said, adding that she bought the tickets online.
“I return to my hometown once a month and have no choice but to buy it,” she said.
“It is common that the price of bus ticket prices will increase during major holidays like Hari Raya or Chinese New Year,” she added.
Teacher Wan Azhar, 50, said he bought a bus ticket for his daughter to return to Kajang after Hari Raya.
“She studies at Kolej Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Selangor.
“I wanted to drive her back but after I found out she will have extra days off after Hari Raya, I changed my mind and bought her a bus ticket instead,” he said.
“My only complaint would be that the ticket has increased to RM25.50 from the RM22.50,” he said.