08 January 2017

Train and Bus Hopping

Kuala Lumpur (KL) Sentral
50470 Kuala Lumpur
Coordinates: 3.134292, 101.686024

It’s been a week since we came back from the UAE. All week long in the office my head was still in the clouds recalling our amazing holiday in the Middle East. Who knew we would be stricken with Arab fever?

Anyway, we read online that the Klang Valley MRT Project was offering free rides from its Semantan station right up to its Sungai Buloh station. Once completed the MRT will connect Sungai Buloh to Kajang spanning a distance of 51 kilometres. We’ve been told that it will take six months for the remaining stations from Semantan onwards to Kajang to be ready.

It was late morning and we walked out towards Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman (Jalan TAR) to catch the GOKL Red Line free shuttle bus to KL Sentral.

view of our apartment

along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman

it was a lazy Sunday morning

arriving at KL Sentral

our free shuttle bus driving off

iconic domed roof

At KL Sentral we decided to have brunch at the food court, and settled on the Korean Japanese stall.

boths stalls located side by side

our Ko-Jap stalls

Brendan's brunch

as always, he had the kimchi stew

Our bellies full, we headed out of KL Sentral to catch another free shuttle bus to the MRT Station at Jalan Semantan, where we would catch a train to Sungai Buloh.

in KL Sentral

our free shuttle bus that will take us to Jalan Semantan

being blocked off by an inconsiderate motorist

finally on the comfy bus

a fleet of free shuttle buses at Jalan Semantan

A short ten minute bus ride later and we arrived at the MRT station. The brand spanking new station looked every bit fresh, with large and roomy walkways and the architecture particularly modern.

long, long escalators

previous photo captured by Brendan

big and modern

along Jalan Semantan


brand new coaches

with that newly 'minted' smell

We hopped on the first train headed to Sungai Buloh and enjoyed the sights from our lofty perch atop the tracks. Barely an hour later and we reached the end of the line, at Sungai Buloh. We disembarked and took some photos of the surroundings before getting on the next train back in the opposite direction.

arriving at Sungai Buloh

we got off this train

and hopped on another in the opposite direction

goodbye Sungai Buloh

you can see the PLUS highway from here

Arriving at the Jalan Semantan Station, we found another free shuttle bus that took us directly to the DBKL building along Jalan Raja Laut which is barely a kilometre away from our apartment.

at the Bandar Utama Station

a few stops away from our final station

as we arrived at Jalan Semantan

brendan waited to capture... 

an empty coach

this one goes to Hartamas

maybe next time

arriving at Jalan Raja Laut

barely a stone's throw away from our apartment

On the way back to our apartment we dropped by an Oldtown White Coffee café located in the MBC building and had some refreshments.

a perennial favourite

we had excellent toast bread

and my all-time favourite hazelnut coffee

Thus ends our (absolutely free) journey on MyRapid’s excellent collection of public transportation. Despite what’s been said we believe Kuala Lumpur has among the best public transit systems in the region, second to only Singapore.

Train and Bus Hopping

Kuala Lumpur (KL) Sentral 50470 Kuala Lumpur Coordinates: 3.134292, 101.686024 It’s been a week since we came back from the UAE. Al...