Want to know how to get from Taman Negara to Kuala Lumpur? In this post, we’ll share a summary of the three ways to get there and compare each option on duration, costs and level of comfort. For each option, we go into more detail to help you decide which transport provider to book with and where to buy your tickets.
What to expect when visiting Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur (KL) is Malaysia’s capital, a vibrant mix of skyscrapers, Asian-European architecture, large shopping districts, and flavourful cuisine. The busy city can be quite overwhelming, but it’s all about finding your rhythm in Kuala Lumpur’s beautiful chaos.
The Petronas Towers — the tallest twin towers in the world — are the city’s most iconic attraction. But there’s so much more to see in Kuala Lumpur. The old KL Railway Station, KL Tower, Bukit Bintang, and Jalan Alor are all must-visits. And if you have more time, the colourful Batu Caves is just 30 minutes away from the city.
3 ways to get from Taman Negara to Kuala Lumpur
There are three ways to travel the distance of 240 km (149 miles) from Taman Negara to Kuala Lumpur: by bus (4h15m-5h), minivan (7.5 hours) and taxi ( 4 hours). The journey takes between 4h - 7h30m and the quickest way is by taxi. The lowest priced tickets start from 20 MYR ($4.20) for the bus.
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
Costs: 7 MYR ($1.40)
Costs: 7 MYR ($1.40)
Bus Latiff and Pahang Lin Siong are two bus companies that offer affordable transfers from Taman Negara to Jerantut, with fares from 7 MYR ($1.40). 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 connecting bus to Kuala Lumpur on 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 ($11.50).
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
Costs: 13 MYR ($2.70)
Costs: 13 MYR ($2.70)
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 ($2.70).
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 ($4.00). 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 ($4.60).
Taman Negara to Kuala Lumpur by Minivan
Duration: 7.5 hours
Starts from: 81 MYR ($17.00)
Duration: 7.5 hours
Cost: 81 MYR ($17.00)
Han Travel organises 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 ($17.00) 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 ($100.00) for the 4-hour journey.
Frequently Asked Questions about Taman Negara to Kuala Lumpur
What is the distance from Taman Negara to Kuala Lumpur?
The distance from Taman Negara to Kuala Lumpur is 240 km (149 miles).
What is the fastest way to get from Taman Negara to Kuala Lumpur?
The fastest way to get from Taman Negara to Kuala Lumpur is by taxi and takes 4 hours.
What is the cheapest way to get from Taman Negara to Kuala Lumpur?
The cheapest way to get from Taman Negara to Kuala Lumpur is by bus with ticket costs starting from 20 MYR ($4.20).
Rounding it up
We hope this guide was helpful in planning how to get from Taman Negara to Kuala Lumpur. If there's anything else you're wondering about, drop us a comment and we'll do our best to answer you within a few days.
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