Balik kampung by bus cheaper and easier, say travellers

KUALA LUMPUR: Buses remain a popular choice for many city dwellers returning to their hometowns for Hari Raya Aidiladha.

A Bernama survey at Terminal Bersepadu Selatan found that people prefer taking the bus back to their hometowns as it is cheaper and more relaxing than doing so by driving.

Sugianti Suwarno, 26, a private sector employee, said her family of four opted to travel by express bus to celebrate Aidiladha at her sister-in-law’s house in Larkin, Johor, to avoid the risk of dozing off behind the wheel.

“I will be celebrating until this Thursday. I chose to take the bus because it’s safer when travelling with young children.

“We just bought our bus tickets at the kiosk. There were still plenty available and the prices are the same as before,” she said.

Nor Shakila Tomin, 31, a fast food restaurant worker, said she has been travelling by bus for several years because it is safer and on time.

“I will return to Parit Buntar, Perak, for the celebration. It’s a long journey, so I feel more comfortable taking the bus because I can rest,” she said.

Teacher Muhamad Azlan Adnan, 32, said he and his sister decided to take the bus to George Town, Penang, to avoid the fatigue of driving in heavy traffic.

“My sister and I once experienced a seven-hour highway congestion during the festive season. We were so exhausted and sore. So we’re taking the bus instead.”

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