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 4.5 hours. The exact timing depends on traffic and where you are departing from in Cameron Highlands.
The main town in Taman Negara for tourists is Kuala Tahan, and this guide assumes you are travelling there.
BEST OPTION: How To Get From Cameron Highlands To Taman Negara
The quickest and easiest way to get to Taman Negara from Cameron Highlands is via private taxi. If you want the cheapest option, take the bus.
The entry point to Taman Negara is Kuala Tahan so whichever way you go, that is what you are aiming for.
Here’s a summary of your options:
|Mode of transport||Duration||Best For?||Book|
|Bus||8.5 hours||People who want the cheapest option||Check here|
|Car||4.5 hours||People who have easy access to a car or who like to stop along the way||Check here|
|Taxi||4.5 hours||Anyone who wants the easiest and most straightforward way to get between Taman Negara and Cameron Highlands||Book here|
Option 1: Cameron Highlands To Taman Negara Bus
If you’re planning to take a bus from Cameron Highlands to Taman Negara, there is currently one bus a day and it departs at 8am at the time of publishing. It costs around RM95 to go to Kuala Tahan.
There is also a RM65 option that will take you to Jerantut, but from here, you either need to take a taxi or boat onto Kuala Tahan and pay extra for this.
I recommend you buy your tickets in advance to ensure you can travel on the day you want. Click here to buy them now and see latest departure times. This is especially important in holiday periods and on weekends.
The main departure point is at the Tanah Rata Bus Terminal in Cameron Highlands.
The drawback of traveling via bus is that it’s 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.
These departures are via minivan so not as comfortable as the usual express buses that you can get between major cities in Malaysia. This is currently not an option on this route.
Option 2: Cameron Highlands To Taman Negara Taxi
If you don’t want to take the bus, as an alternative, you can book a private taxi 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 4.5 hours depending on toilet or food breaks you may need on the way.
There are big advantages of travelling by taxi. You are picked up and dropped off from exactly where you like (usually your hotel) so there is no mucking around at each end of your journey. It’s comfortable and quick.
You also arrive at your destination with energy, set to go instead of being sweaty and tired. It’s especially great if you have much luggage or if you’re travelling in a group or family.
To make things ultra easy, we can book a taxi for you with a reliable local operator that’s safe and trustworthy. Prices start at RM600.
Option 3: Cameron Highlands To Taman Negara By Car
Another option is for you to travel by car 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 4.5 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.
Once You Arrive In Kuala Tahan…
No matter how you choose to travel to Taman Negara, you will end up in the town of Kuala Tahan.
From here, the Taman Negara entry point is just across the river.
To access the park, you need to get a boat across the river as there are no bridges.
Boats run frequently and cost just RM1 per person. It’s very quick.
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 time is about the same as the journey here. At the time of publishing, there are 10am and 11am options.
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 or take a private taxi. 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!
You can also read our full guide to how to travel from KL to Taman Negara here. Or find our full guide to things to do in Taman Negara here.
Check our full guide to Cameron Highlands here, Taman Negara here or all the best accommodation at Taman Negara here. Find more Malaysia Travel Guides here. You can also read how to get from Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highlands here.
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