As a first time visitor to Kuala Lumpur, there is so much to see, from the grandeur of Petronas Twin Towers to the lively nightlife of Cangkat Bukit Bintang. In order to make the most of your stay, here are a couple cards you should pick up to save you money and make life easier.
1. KL PASS. Newly released by the tourism branch of the Malaysian government, the KL PASS gives the user discounts at local restaurants and shopping places, as well as free entry to locations such as Kuala Lumpur’s aquarium and reduced entry fees to landmarks like the Petronas Twin Towers. Also included, the KL PASS offers unlimited rides on a hop-on hop-off bus which stops at all of the major tourist attractions. You can purchase the KL PASS in advance of your journey at klpass.com. Prices vary according to the length of time, ranging from about 20 pounds for a single day pass to around 70 pounds for a six day pass.
2. A MyRapid Smart Card. If you are feeling more adventurous and especially if you are in town on business, a MyRapid card gives access to Kuala Lumpur’s rail system for just a few pounds for a week long pass. The card cannot be purchased overseas at this time but you can pick one up at any station. Note that if you are planning to use bus as well as rail, you will need a different card with a stored value because the week long card covers bus only. In order to access the KTM Komuter Schedule (the schedule for the local rail service) consider downloading the rail app from kltransit.my in advance of your journey. The app is available for both Apple and Android mobile devices and contains current data on KTM timetables.
If you are trying to decide which card to buy, keep in mind that both have their uses. At this time, the KL PASS does not cover public transit apart from the hop-on hop-off bus, although that may change in the near future. Check ahead of your visit, especially if you are planning to buy or have already purchased the KL PASS.