Kuala Lumpur (KL) is the vibrant capital of Malaysia. It is probably most popular for the iconic Petronas Towers and KL Tower, but this fast-growing city boasts of a lot of other attractions that stand closer to the ground. One example is the old KL Railway Station, a beautiful mix of Malay Islamic and European architecture. For a burst of colour, visit Batu Caves, located about 10km away from KL city centre.
Shopping is also a favourite activity – from the high-end finds at Bukit Bintang to the souvenirs sold in Chinatown. Whatever you do, make sure to allot some time for the hawker haven at Jalan Alor.
Travelling the 240km distance from Taman Negara to Kuala Lumpur? You have 3 options. You can take the bus (5 hours), a minivan (7.5 hours), or a taxi (4 hours). Fares range from 20 MYR ($4.50) to 470 MYR ($105).
Although it is not a direct option, the bus is the cheapest way to get from Taman Negara to Kuala Lumpur. Combined fares start from 20 MYR ($4.50). Excluding transfer time, the journey takes about 5 hours.
Alternatively, you can take a combined minivan and longboat journey. Travel time takes about 7.5 hours, but it is a very scenic journey.
Travelling with a small group from Taman Negara to Kuala Lumpur? The taxi is the fastest option at only 4 hours. However, it is also quite expensive, with rates from 470 MYR ($105).
There is also a train option from Taman Negara to Kuala Lumpur, but we don’t recommend it as it involves several transfers. The train requires you to depart from Taman Negara in the middle of the night, so you won’t be getting much sleep!
If you decide to take the bus, you’ll have to take not one, but two in order to get from Taman Negara to Kuala Lumpur, with a transfer at Jerantut.
Step 1: Taman Negara (Kuala Tahan) to Jerantut by Bus
Duration: 1.5 hours Cost: 7 MYR ($1.55)
Bus Latiff and Pahang Lin Siong are two bus companies that offer affordable transfers from Taman Negara to Jerantut, with fares from 7 MYR ($1.55). Alternatively, you can take the NKS shuttle coach for a few dollars more.
Below are the schedules we recommend if you want to make the connection bus to Kuala Lumpur in the same day:
The buses depart from Taman Negara Bus Stop at Kuala Tahan city centre and arrive at Jerantut Bus Station. You can buy your ticket at the bus stop, but try to arrive 30 minutes before departure time to secure a seat. If travelling with NKS, you can also reserve a ticket through their website.
Taman Negara to Jerantut by Longboat
If you didn’t take this route on your way to Taman Negara, we recommend trying it out on your way back to Jerantut. It takes longer, but it’s very serene and scenic.
From Taman Negara, you’ll need to take a 3-hr longboat ride to Kuala Tembeling Ferry Port. Then you’ll have to transfer to a bus for a 30-min ride to Jerantut. Some companies already offer combined longboat and bus rides, try asking your guesthouse if they can help you book one. Total fares start from 55 MYR ($12).
There are limited longboat trips so ask for the latest schedule at least a day before your trip.
Step 2: Jerantut to Kuala Lumpur by Bus
Duration: 3.5 hours Cost: 13 MYR ($2.95)
Perwira Ekspres, SE Ekspres, and TransMalaya Ekspres operate trips from Jerantut to Kuala Lumpur daily. Travel time is about 3.5 hours and tickets start from 13 MYR ($2.95).
You can easily buy your tickets at the bus station, but if you want to book one beforehand, TransMalaya is available on RedBus from 19 MYR ($4.30). Below are their schedules:
Buses depart from Jerantut Bus Station and arrive at Pekeliling Bus Terminal in Kuala Lumpur. If you’re heading to a hotel in KL city centre, you can take the train from the nearby Titiwangsa Train Station.
Note that TransMalaya also has a bus that arrives at Kuala Lumpur Bus Terminal (TBS). This departs at 18:30 from Jerantut Bus Station. The journey takes 3 hr 15 mins and you can get a ticket for 22 MYR ($5).
Taman Negara to Kuala Lumpur by Minivan
Duration: 7.5 hours Cost: 81 MYR ($18)
Han Travel organizes combined boat and minivan transfers from Taman Negara to Kuala Lumpur. It’s not exactly a direct option, but at least you won’t have to worry about your connecting ride.
From Taman Negara, you will take a 3-hour longboat ride to Kuala Tembeling and then hop on your connecting minivan (or bus during busy season) bound for Kuala Lumpur.
A note for the longboat ride: make sure your electricals are packed away safely as the boat’s roof doesn’t protect you if there’s heavy rain.
Combined tickets for the Taman Negara to Kuala Lumpur journey cost 81 MYR ($18) and travel time is 7.5 hours when you book via BookAway. The minivan parks at the Han Travel office in Bangunan Mariamman, Kuala Lumpur city centre.
If you don’t mind spending more for a private trip, you can also take a taxi from Taman Negara to Kuala Lumpur. As this is a long-distance trip, it might be best to ask your guesthouse for driver recommendations.
Rates start from 470 MYR ($105) for the 4-hour journey.