Kuala Lumpur to Taman Negara

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How to get from Kuala Lumpur to Taman Negara?

With 130 million years of history, Taman Negara is one of the oldest tropical rainforest in the world. Trekking through its lush jungle will give you a glimpse at its wide diversity of flora and fauna (some 3,000 species) and various wildlife (including the rare Malayan tiger).

There are different kinds of trails depending on your capability – from an hour hike to Bukit Teresek, to a week of jungle adventure taking you to the peak of Gunung Tahan. Other activities you can get involved in include white water rafting, bird watching, caving, and of course, the 500-metre canopy walk.

You have 4 options when it comes to travelling the 240km distance from Kuala Lumpur to Taman Negara: by bus (4hr 45min); by minivan (4.5-8.5 hours); by taxi (4 hours); or by train (7hr 50min). Fares range quite considerably depending on your choice, between 28 MYR ($6) to 550 MYR ($120).

4 ways to get from Kuala Lumpur to Taman Negara

Transport ModeDurationCostsAvailability
Bus4hr 45min28 MYR ($6)Read article for more info
Minivan4.5-8.5 hours95 MYR ($21)Read article for more info
Taxi4 hours550 MYR ($120)Read article for more info
Train7hr 50min excl. transfers44 MYR ($9.50)Check Train Tickets

The bus is the cheapest way to get from Kuala Lumpur to Taman Negara. Note that buses from Kuala Lumpur only take you up to Jerantut though. From there, you’ll need to take another bus to Taman Negara. The total travel time is almost 5 hours and costs start from 28 MYR ($6).

The minivan is the most convenient option. You can take a minivan with a longboat transfer in Kuala Tembeling. This option takes 8.5 hours and costs 120 MYR ($27). There is also a direct minivan overland from Kuala Lumpur to Taman Negara for 85 MYR ($19), but it takes longer at 8.5 hours.

The taxi is quite expensive, with fares from 550 MYR ($120). The good thing is that you can share it with up to 4 people, and it will deliver you straight to your accommodation’s doorstep in Taman Negara.

Another cheap option is to take the train with a bus ride. Taking the train will require a transfer in Gemas and a bus ride from Jerantut to Taman Negara. In this case, it’s best to travel at night for the least waiting times at the train and bus stations. Combined fares start from 44 MYR ($9.50), and the entire journey takes almost 8 hours, excluding transfer time.

Itinerary from Kuala Lumpur to Taman Negara

Kuala Lumpur to Taman Negara by Bus

Duration: 4hrs 45m
Cost: 28 MYR ($6)
Duration: 4hrs 45m
Cost: 28 MYR ($6)

There are no direct buses from Kuala Lumpur to Taman Negara, so you will you have to take one to Jerantut first. From Jerantut, you can then transfer to another bus bound for the national park.

Step 1: Kuala Lumpur to Jerantut by Bus

Duration: 3hrs 15m
Cost: 22 MYR ($4.95)
Duration: 3hrs 15m
Cost: 22 MYR ($4.95)

There used to be several buses operating for this route. As of June 2022 though, only TransMalaya Ekspres and LA Holidays Travels and Tours are operational.

The bus ride takes 3 hours 15 minutes with fares starting from 22 MYR ($4.95).

There are several departures throughout the day, but note that you have to arrive at Jerantut before 17:30 for the last bus departure to Taman Negara.

Below are our recommended schedules:

Bus Schedule from Kuala Lumpur to Jerantut

Bus CompanyScheduleCosts
Perwira Ekspres*08:30-12:00
10:30-14:00
13 MYR ($2.90)
Buy Your Bus Tickets
SE Ekspres*10:45-14:1519 MYR ($4.25)
Buy Your Bus Tickets
TransMalaya Ekspres08:00-11:15
13:00-16:15
22 MYR ($4.95)
Buy Your Bus Tickets
LA Holidays Travels and Tours09:00-12:15
13:00-16:15
25 MYR ($5.50)
Buy Your Bus Tickets
*COVID-19 UPDATE: Perwira Ekspres and SE Ekspres have not resumed trips yet. Please check the provided links to see if anything has changed.

TransMalaya Ekspres buses depart from Pekeliling Bus Terminal, near Titiwangsa Train Station. You can easily reach this bus terminal by train from almost anywhere in KL city centre.

Meanwhile, LA Holidays Travels and Tours buses depart from Terminal Bersepadu Selatan also located within the city centre.

You can easily buy your tickets at the bus terminals. If you prefer to buy them beforehand, you can book them online via RedBus. It’s a few dollars more expensive, but it saves you the worry of not having a seat for your desired time and date.

Step 2: Jerantut to Taman Negara (Kuala Tahan) by Bus

Duration: 1.5 hours
Cost: 6 MYR ($1.35)
Duration: 1.5 hours
Cost: 6 MYR ($1.35)

The buses from Kuala Lumpur will drop you off at Jerantut Bus Station.

From this bus station, you can take either a Bus Latiff or Pahang Lin Siong bus. These local buses offer 3 trips from Jerantut to Taman Negara daily. Make sure to align your arrival at Jerantut accordingly so that you won’t miss the last trip at 17:30.

A bus ticket costs 6 MYR ($1.35) for the 1.5-hour ride to Kuala Tahan.

There are also shuttle coaches by NKS available for this route, but this bus is more expensive at 25 MYR ($5.50).

Bus Schedules from Jerantut to Taman Negara (Kuala Tahan)

Bus CompanyScheduleCosts
Bus Latiff08:30-10:00
13:15-14:45
17:30-19:00
6 MYR ($1.35)
Pahang Lin Siong08:30-10:00
13:15-14:45
17:30-19:00
6 MYR ($1.35)
NKS07:00-08:00
16:30-17:30
25 MYR ($5.50)

If you’re taking any of the two local buses, you don’t need to buy your ticket at the station. You can pay the fare when you board the bus. For NKA shuttle coaches, you can contact NKS beforehand through their website to secure a ticket.

The bus drops off passengers at Taman Negara Bus Stop located in Kuala Tahan town centre. From here, most guesthouses are within walking distance.

Jerantut to Taman Negara by Longboat

NKS also offers a longboat option for those travelling to Teman Negara. Taking the longboat is more time-consuming than the bus, but it is very serene and scenic. If you have extra time, we recommend taking the longboat at least one-way, either on your way to or from Taman Negara.

From Jerantut, you will first need to take a 30-minute bus ride to Kuala Tembeling Ferry Port. Then you can transfer to a longboat that will take you to Taman Negara in about 3 hours.

Fares for the longboat option start from 55 MYR ($12).

Keep in mind though that there is only one longboat departure from Kuala Tembeling daily. The longboat departs at 13:00, so you will have to leave KL very early if you want to take this option.

Kuala Lumpur to Taman Negara by Minivan

Duration: 4.5-8.5 hours
Cost: 95 MYR ($21)
Duration: 4.5-8.5 hours
Cost: 95 MYR ($21)

Han Travel offers the only “direct” option from Kuala Lumpur to Taman Negara. They offer 1 trip with a boat transfer and 1 direct land trip to Taman Negara daily.

Minivan with longboat transfer

The minivan picks up passengers at 08:30 daily from the Han Travel office in Jalan Hang Kasturi within the city centre. You will arrive at Kuala Tembeling Ferry Port at around 12:00 noon. This is where you’ll take the longboat to Taman Negara.

This option with longboat transfer takes 8.5 hours, including the minivan ride. Fares start from 120 MYR ($27).

Note that although covered, the longboat doesn’t provide much protection against heavy rains. It’s best to make sure your gadgets are protected in case you’re travelling on a bad day.

Minivan without longboat transfer

If you don’t want to take the longboat, you can also take the minivan option without the ferry transfer. From the Han Travel office, you will board the minivan that will directly take you to Taman Negara.

For this direct minivan, the ride costs [95 MYR]. Total travel time is 4.5 hours, which is a bit shorter than when you take the public bus, but this option is much more expensive.

Minivan Schedules from Kuala Lumpur to Taman Negara

Minivan OperatorScheduleCost
Han Travel
(with boat)
08:30-17:00120 MYR ($27)
Buy Your Tickets
Han Travel
(without boat)
08:30-13:0095 MYR ($21)
Buy Your Tickets

You can book your tickets from the Han Travel website.

Kuala Lumpur to Taman Negara by Taxi

Duration: 4 hours
Cost: 550 MYR ($120)
Duration: 4 hours
Cost: 550 MYR ($120)

Do you prefer a private and direct ride from Kuala Lumpur to Taman Negara? If so, you can get a taxi with fares from 550 MYR ($120). Taxis can normally fit up to 4 people, and you can split the fare among your group.

Long-distance taxi stands are normally located beside intercity bus stations. In KL, you will find one beside Kuala Lumpur Bus Terminal (TBS). You can also ask your hotel for assistance as they may be able to find a driver that can pick you up directly from your hotel.

The taxi journey to Taman Negara takes about 4 hours.

Kuala Lumpur to Taman Negara by Train

Duration: 7hrs 50m excl. transfers
Cost: 44 MYR ($9.50)
Duration: 7hrs 50m excl. transfers
Cost: 44 MYR ($9.50)

There used to be a direct train from Kuala Lumpur to Jerantut. Currently, though, taking the train from Kuala Lumpur requires a transfer in Gemas, a town in Negeri Sembilan. You’ll then have to take an intercity train to Jerantut, where buses to Taman Negara are available.

Travelling by train takes longer, as you’ll be travelling southwest and taking the long way to Jerantut. Also for this option, the best time to leave Kuala Lumpur is at night for the least waiting times at the train and bus stations.

Step 1: Kuala Lumpur to Gemas by Train

Duration: 2.5 hours
Cost: 31 MYR ($6.50)
Duration: 2.5 hours
Cost: 31 MYR ($6.50)

The first leg of this option requires you to take the ETS train from Kuala Lumpur. The train departs from KL Sentral and arrives at Gemas Train Station.

The train ride takes 2.5 hours, with tickets starting from 31 MYR ($6.50).

There are two train departures in a day. The first one is at 12:19, while the other trip is at 21:40, so you’ll be arriving in Gemas after midnight. You can take any of these two train departures, as there are trains from Gemas to Jerantut leaving within the next hour.

Train Schedules from Kuala Lumpur to Gemas

Train OperatorScheduleCost
Gold 932112:19-14:5232 MYR ($7)
Book Your Train Ticket
Gold 942521:40-25:1031 MYR ($6.50)
Book Your Train Ticket

You can buy your ticket at the train station or you can book online through the KTM website.

Step 2: Gemas to Jerantut by Train

Duration: 3hrs 50m
Cost: 7 MYR ($1.55)
Duration: 3hrs 50m
Cost: 7 MYR ($1.55)

Upon arriving at the train station in Gemas, you’ll have to transfer to an intercity train bound for Jerantut. This train ride from Gemas to Jerantut takes around 3 hours 50 minutes.

There are 3 trains available daily, but only two of them would allow you to leave within the next hour upon arriving at Gemas.

The express train leaving at 01:18 is more expensive at 20 MYR ($4.50). If you left Kuala Lumpur during the day though, the train to Jerantut at 15:35 costs cheaper at just 7 MYR ($1.55).

Train Schedules from Gemas to Jerantut by Train

Train OperatorScheduleCost
Express 2601:18-05:0720 MYR ($4.50)
Book Your Train Ticket
Shuttle 3615:35-19:177 MYR ($1.55)
Book Your Train Ticket

Step 3: Jerantut to Taman Negara (Kuala Tahan) by Bus

Duration: 1.5 hours
Cost: 6 MYR ($1.35)
Duration: 1.5 hours
Cost: 6 MYR ($1.35)

As mentioned in the bus option, the earliest bus trip from Jerantut to Taman Negara departs at 07:00, but this bus is on the expensive side. The local buses that are cheaper both depart at 08:30.

The bus will bring you all the way to Taman Negara Bus Stop at Kuala Tahan town centre. From here, you can reach most guesthouses on foot.

Travel time is 1.5 hours and a ticket costs 6 MYR ($1.35).

Note that with the train schedules, you’ll have to wait a few hours for the first bus if you took the night train. However, if you travelled during the day, you won’t be able to make it to the last bus departure on time. You’ll either have to stay in Jerantut for the night or take a taxi straight to Taman Negara.

Taxis are a common mode of transportation in Jerantut, so you should be able to easily get one. Fares would start from 130 MYR ($29), and travel time takes 1 hour 20 minutes.

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