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How to get from Cameron Highlands to Kuala Lumpur?

Kuala Lumpur (KL) is the busy capital of Malaysia, a city of skyscrapers and Asian-European architecture. Here is a concrete jungle perfect for shopping and food-tripping. Whatever your budget, you can always find something to enjoy.

A tip on the cities famous skyscrapers: the Petronas Towers are best viewed from the ground at night, while the Kuala Lumpur Tower offers the best city views from its observatory.

Visiting the vibrant steps at Batu caves is an afternoon well spent. The 30-minute out from the city centre is most definitely worth it.

You have 3 options when travelling the 200km journey from Cameron Highlands to Kuala Lumpur. You can take the bus for 47 MYR ($11), the train for 96 MYR ($22.50), or a taxi for 600 MYR ($1.40). Travel time is 4 to 5.5 hours.

Bus, Train or Taxi?

Transport ModeDurationCostsAvailability
Bus4.5 hours47 MYR ($11)Check bus tickets
Train via Ipoh5.5 hours96 MYR ($22.50)Check train tickets

Train via Tapah Road3 hours 40 minutes73 MYR ($17.50)Check train tickets
Taxi4 hours600 MYR ($140)Book a taxi

The bus is a direct and cheap transfer, with fares from 47 MYR ($11). The bus journey takes about 4.5 hours and is also the option we recommend when getting from Cameron Highlands to Kuala Lumpur.

With the train, you can only take it from either Ipoh or Tapah Road. Ipoh is the more interesting stopover, but the Tapah Road route is cheaper. Combined train fares from Cameron Highlands to Kuala Lumpur start from 74 MYR ($17.50).

The taxi is the fastest and priciest option, but a good choice if you prefer a private transfer. Taxi rates from Cameron Highlands to Kuala Lumpur start from 600 MYR ($140) and the journey takes around 4 hours.

 

Itinerary from Cameron Highlands to Kuala Lumpur

 

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Cameron Highlands to Kuala Lumpur by Bus


Duration: 4.5 hours
Cost: 47 MYR ($11)

Buses operating from Cameron Highlands to Kuala Lumpur depart from Tanah Rata Bus Terminal almost every hour from 08:30 to 17:30.

You can choose from at least 3 companies:

  • Perak Transit: Arrives at Kuala Lumpur Bus Terminal (TBS)
  • Unititi Express: Parks at either TBS or KL Sentral
  • CS Travel: Can take you all the way to Kuala Lumpur Airport

Although tickets are easily available at the bus terminal, we highly suggest booking them beforehand if you’re travelling during high season. All three buses from Cameron Highlands to Kuala Lumpur are available to book online with these schedules:

Bus OperatorScheduleDurationCosts
Perak Transit
Book with BookAway
08:00-12:15
12:00-16:15
4h 15m47 MYR ($11)
Unititi Express
Book with 12go.Asia
08:45-13:38
11:00-15:53
13:45-18:38
16:00-20:53
4h 53m47 MYR ($11)
CS Travel
Book with 12go.Asia
08:30-13:44
11:00-16:14
17:30-22:44
5h 14m111 MYR ($26)

BookAway and 12go.Asia are both trusted booking platforms in the region. We recommend BookAway as they don’t add a booking fee and have very good customer service. Ticket prices start from 47 MYR ($11) when you book online.

 

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Cameron Highlands to Kuala Lumpur by Train


Duration: 5.5 hours
Cost: 96 MYR ($22.50)

If you prefer to travel by train from Cameron Highlands to Kuala Lumpur, you can hop on one from either Ipoh or Tapah Road.

Since there are direct buses available, we don’t really see the point of dividing your journey with a train ride – unless you really love trains or are planning to explore either Ipoh or Tapah.

If you’re really keen on taking the train from Cameron Highlands to Kuala Lumpur, check out our detailed guide below to know which route is the best for you!

Cameron Highlands to Kuala Lumpur by Train via Ipoh

Duration: 5.5 hours
Cost: 96 MYR ($22.50)

Ipoh, located 90km west of Cameron Highlands, is the more popular gateway to the Hill Station. If you’re looking for an interesting stopover on your journey from Cameron Highlands to Kuala Lumpur, you’ll find here Buddhist temples, limestone caves, castle ruins, and so much more!

Step 1: Cameron Highlands to Ipoh by Bus

Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes
Cost: 30 MYR ($7) + 30 MYR ($7)

From Tanah Rata Bus Terminal, there are buses departing for Ipoh from 08:00-18:30 daily. You can buy your tickets at the local office desk, but you can also book them online via BookAway. Since this is a very busy route, we suggest buying tickets in advance.

The bus journey to Amanjaya Terminal in Ipoh takes a little less than 3 hours and you can get a ticket from 30 MYR ($7).

Check Bus Tickets with BookAway

Although you will have reached Ipoh, the railway station is actually still some 10km away from the bus terminal. You can take a taxi for 15 mins or a bus for 50 mins. Fares start from 30 MYR ($7) and 4.30 MYR ($1), respectively.

Step 2: Ipoh to Kuala Lumpur by Train

Duration: 2.5 – 3 hours
Cost: 36 MYR ($8.50)

Prices for a ticket from Ipoh to Kuala Lumpur start from 36 MYR ($8.50), depending on which train you take. Trains depart every 30 mins to 1 hr from 05:00 to 20:15. Travel time is 2.5-3 hrs.

Make sure to check the KTM website at least a day before your trip for the latest schedules. You can also book your train ticket in advance through the link below.

Check Available Train Tickets

Cameron Highlands to Kuala Lumpur by Train via Tapah Road

Duration: 3 hours 40 minutes
Cost: 73 MYR ($17.50)

Located 70km south of Cameron Highlands is the quiet town of Tapah. It used to be the more common stopover when travelling by train from Cameron Highlands to Kuala Lumpur, but it has since been overshadowed by Ipoh.

If you’re looking for a cheaper way to travel by train though, this route may be the better choice for you!

Step 1: Cameron Highlands to Tapah Road by Bus

Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes
Cost: 15 MYR ($3.60) + 29 MYR ($7)

Regal Bus operates several daily trips from Tanah Rata Bus Terminal in Cameron Highlands to Tapah Bus Terminal. A ticket costs around 15 MYR ($3.60) and travel time is a little over 1.5 hours.

You can already see the bus schedules below, but we highly recommend that you double-check these with your hotel or the bus station to avoid any hassle.

Bus CompanyScheduleDurationCosts
Regal Bus08:00-09:40
09:00-10:40
10:30-12:10
11:30-13:10
13:15-14:55
15:00-16:40
16:30-18:10
17:30-19:10
1 hour 40 minutes15 MYR ($3.60)

Tapah Road Train Station is located 10km west of Tapah Bus Terminal. You can reach it via a 20-minute taxi with rates from 29 MYR ($7).

Step 2: Tapah Road to Kuala Lumpur by Train

Duration: 2 hours
Cost: 29 MYR ($7)

There are 12 trains that operate from Tapah Road to Kuala Lumpur’s KL Sentral daily. These depart almost every hour from 05:47 to 21:04.

Rates start from 29 MYR ($7) for the 2-hour journey. You can check the latest schedules and book your ticket online through the KTM website.

Check Available Train Tickets

Taxi

Cameron Highlands to Kuala Lumpur by Taxi


Duration: 4 hours
Cost: 600 MYR – 643 MYR ($140-$150)

Travelling with a small group? You can book a taxi online with BookAway for 2 to 7 people. Rates from Cameron Highlands to Kuala Lumpur start from 600 MYR ($140) for a car and 643 MYR ($150) for a minivan.

Reserve a Taxi with BookAway

 

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