Cameron Highlands is a great place to go to in Malaysia if you want to beat the heat because of its cool climate. The region is filled with breathtaking tea plantations, strawberry farms rose and vegetable gardens.
Equally as stunning, Taman Negara is a haven for nature lovers. Taman Negara means “national park” in Malay and the world’s oldest rainforest. It’s a well-known eco-tourism site that offers a lot of trekking activities. Every year, local tourists and international travelers flock to Taman Negara to explore its wonderful nature and stunning attractions.
If you’re wondering how to get to Cameron Highlands or Tamara Negara, or how you can take the transportation from Cameron Highlands to Taman Negara, you’ve come to the right place.
Below, I describe exactly how to go to Taman Negara from Cameron Highlands whether you are looking for a bus from Cameron Highlands to Taman Negara, wondering whether to take a taxi fare from Cameron Highlands to Taman Negara or wanting to drive to Taman Negara from Cameron Highlands by car.
I also describe the reverse journey from Taman Negara to Cameron Highlands.
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Map: From Cameron Highlands To Taman Negara
This map shows you how to get from Cameron Highlands going to Taman Negara. The distance from Cameron Highlands to Taman Negara is 260km.
The approximate driving time from Cameron Highlands to Taman Negara (and vice versa) is 5.5 hours. This would, of course, depend on the type of transportation you’ll take, as well as the traffic.
BEST OPTION: How To Get From Cameron Highlands To Taman Negara
There are various ways that you can travel to and from these destinations. The quickest way to get to Taman Negara from Cameron Highlands is via taxi or car if you want to explore more of it. Meanwhile, taking the bus is a less expensive alternative.
The entry point to Taman Negara is Kuala Tahan so whichever way you go, that is what you are aiming for.
Option 1: Cameron Highlands To Taman Negara Bus
If you’re planning to take a bus from Cameron Highlands to Taman Negara, many bus companies operate multiple trips per day. Buses depart twice daily, leaving as early as 7:30 am, and it will cost around RM80.
It’s also ideal to get your tickets in advance of your travel date. Check the list of bus companies that ply to this route for online bookings. The main departure point is at the Tanah Rata Bus Terminal.
When you happen to travel during weekends and holidays, reserve tickets in advance due to the higher volume of travelers. The most common bus types that are available for passengers are air-conditioned, non-air-conditioned, and premium buses.
The drawback of traveling via bus is that it’s relatively slow compared to driving a car or riding a taxi. The approximate travel time is 7.5 hours. There will also be multiple bus stops or 10-30 minutes breaks along the way for passengers to use toilets, buy food, gas stops, etc.
Traveling on premium buses are usually faster (but more expensive) as these usually have onboard toilets and a second driver.
A couple of travel agencies also provide van services and mini-buses from Cameron Highlands going to Kuala Tahan, Taman Negara. The pick-up will be at your hotel in Brinchang or Tanah Rata, and the final drop off point will be at Kuala Tahan in Taman Negara.
Option 2: Cameron Highlands To Taman Negara Taxi
If you don’t want to take the bus, as an alternative, you can take the taxi or Grab if you’re traveling from Cameron Highlands to Taman Negara.
This is one of the fastest and most convenient ways to get to your destination. Usually, travel time is about 5.5 hours. The advantage of traveling via taxi is that you don’t have to worry about driving or looking for parking spaces once you get there.
This will of course cost you more, around RM600. So, if you’re on a budget, try to weigh your options first.
If you have a lot of luggage and you’re traveling as a group, then this should be fine, because you can always split the costs. However, if you’re a solo traveler wanting to cut back on travel expenses, taking the bus is usually a more attractive (and budget-friendly) option.
Another thing to remember is that the majority of the taxis in Cameron Highlands have no meter ‒ this is a regulation of the Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat (SPAD.) This governing body enforces and regulates everything related to land public transport in the country. There’s usually a price list available, so check it first before you hire a taxi.
Option 3: Cameron Highlands To Taman Negara By Car
Another option is for you to travel by car or private vehicle if you’re on a tour. This is one of the quickest ways to get to Taman Negara from Cameron Highlands and would take approximately 5.5 hours, with a distance of 260 kilometers.
Traveling by car allows you to create a more flexible itinerary, and you can customize that itinerary if you want, making stopovers at notable destinations along the way.
You’ll also be comfortable traveling in your own private vehicle and you don’t have to share the entire journey with strangers. However, this could be a bit expensive for a solo traveler.
Taman Negara To Cameron Highlands
If you’re wondering how you can get from Taman Negara to Cameron Highlands if you’re on a Taman Negara Cameron Highlands tour, all you need to do is to take the following transportation options we’ve listed in reverse.
If you’re traveling via bus from Taman Negara to Cameron Highlands, the distance will usually depend on the route taken. Most buses pass through expressways and tollways. Although this isn’t the shortest route, there’s less traffic here and no traffic lights.
Similarly, you can also travel from Taman Negra to Cameron highlands via private car, or taxi.
So, there you have it. We’ve gone through the different transportation options that you can take if you want to travel from Cameron Highlands to Taman Negara (and vice versa!)
Again, the quickest way to arrive at your destination is to drive a car, take a taxi, if you’re on a tour, ride a private vehicle. If you’re traveling on a shoe-string budget, a cheaper alternative is to take the bus.
Whatever type of transportation you choose, I hope that you find this guide helpful when planning your trip to these amazing Malaysian destinations. Wishing you safe and happy travels!
Sharon is an Australian who has fallen in love with Malaysia! She explores Malaysia multiple times a year, often with her kids, and has previously lived in Penang.