Ready for some cool air and fabulous highlands scenery and want to know how to take transport from Ipoh to Cameron Highlands?
Well, if you do, you’ve come to the right place.
Both are fantastic places to visit when you’re in Malaysia, and getting from one place to another is relatively easy. Cameron Highlands is filled with gorgeous tea plantations, strawberry farms, and so many stunning locations, making it an excellent contrast to Ipoh’s busy, vibrant streets.
Before you go, you can also check beforehand the best Ipoh and Cameron Highlands tour, or book an Ipoh to Cameron Highlands tour. If you want to avoid big crowds and traffic, the best time to go here is during the peak season.
In this post, we’ll describe how you can get from Ipoh to Cameron Highlands (and vice versa!) whether you plan to travel via bus, taxi, or private car. Similarly, we’ll also mention how you can get from Ipoh airport to Cameron Highlands.
Map: Cameron Highlands from Ipoh
The following map shows you how to go to Cameron Highlands to Ipoh. Note that Cameron Highlands is in another state- in Pahang. Ipoh, on the other hand, is located in Perak. However, it’s possible to get from Cameron Highlands to Ipoh. Usually, it will take you for about 2 hours, tops! The road from Ipoh to Cameron Highlands distance is approximately 89 km.
Now, if you’re planning to take the old route (via Tapah) landslides are quite common here especially during the rainy season. Bigger vehicles that use this road need to be on a constant lookout for traffic, especially on sharp bends.
BEST OPTION: How To Go From Ipoh To Cameron Highlands
If you have a car or you’re on a tour that has private transport then this is the best option for travelling from Ipoh to Cameron Highlands.
Travelling by car is usually the most convenient option if you have lots of places, and attractions to visit.
Option 1: Ipoh to Cameron Highlands Bus
Travelling by bus is perhaps one of the cheapest (and cost-effective) options that you can take if you want to get to Cameron Highlands without a private vehicle. More so, catching a bus from Ipoh going to Cameron Highlands is quick and painless. This usually takes about 2.5 hours of travel time and will cost you about RM20 per person.
You can book a bus ticket from Ipoh to Cameron Highlands here.
The Ipoh to Cameron Highlands bus schedule usually starts as early as 8 am, with the last trip at 6:30 pm. Pick up point is at the Aman Jaya Bus Terminal, which is a quick 18-minute drive from Ipoh Town. You can take a taxi, city bus or Grab from the town center going to the terminal and vice versa.
Now, if you want to catch a bus from Ipoh airport to Cameron Highlands, this is a 21 minutes’ drive going to the bus terminal. Take note that there’s no Ipoh airport to Cameron Highlands bus that goes directly to Cameron Highlands.
Therefore, you need to take the public bus with a route of Route T37 that goes to Medan Kidd. From there, you can transfer to a T30a or T30b bus that goes directly to AmanJaya Bus Terminal. This is ideal if you’re looking for a much cheaper option.
However, expect delays when taking public transport from Ipoh town going to the AmanJaya Bus Terminal. Take a Grab or taxi going to the terminal instead for a more hassle-free transfer.
Bus services from Ipoh to Cameron Highlands ply daily. There are several bus operators, like the Kinta Omnibus Ipoh Cameron Highlands, that travel between Ipoh and Cameron Highlands.
Another thing that you have to keep in mind- be cautious when you take a bus to Cameron Highland from Ipoh as the road going there can be a bit narrow and winding- going up and down and around the hills. It’s handy if you bring motion sickness pills with you.
Also, if you can, ask to be seated in the front row as this relieves any kind of motion sickness that might feel because you can clearly see what’s coming in front of you.
The entire journey can be particularly treacherous especially during the rainy season. The advantage of taking the public bus is that it’s cheap, especially if you’re travelling solo. It saves you the trouble of driving to the destination, and buses ply this route daily.
A major drawback is that you’ll be dropped in only one drop-off point, and that is the Tanah Rata bus terminal. So, let’s say, you want to have a stopover on local tourist spots along the way like the Lata Iskandar Waterfall, you won’t be able to do so.
Option 2: Ipoh to Cameron Highlands Taxi
If you don’t want to take public transportation, alternatively, you can take a taxi or book a Grab if you’re travelling for Ipoh or Cameron Highlands district. This would usually take you about 2 hours’ travel time, and will, of course, cost you a bit more, around RM200.
Once you arrive in Cameron Highlands, it’s also unlikely that you’ll hail a cab on the street. The best way to secure a taxi is to ask your hotel to book you a cab, or carry the number of the can service with you if you decide to book for a taxi.
A major advantage of taking the taxi is that you don’t have to worry about going to your destination or parking in an unfamiliar place. At an affordable rate, you don’t have to share a ride with other strangers, as you’ll be in a more comfortable car. This is also ideal if you’re carrying a lot of luggage with you.
However, if you’re a solo traveler, this can be an expensive option. You can opt for cheaper alternatives instead such as taking the bus on your way there.
Option 3: Ipoh to Cameron Highlands By Car
As we previously mentioned, the most convenient way to go from Ipoh to Cameron Highlands is to self-drive. At the moment, there are two driving routes- the newer route which is via Simpang Pulai is less windy, the travel time is slightly shorter. Driving time is more or less two hours, and the distance from Ipoh to Cameron Highlands is 89km.
The second route, on the other hand, is via North-South Express Toll Road and Tapah, Perak. Driving time is two hours and 40 minutes with a distance of 114km. Although this might take longer, you can make a stopover at one of the popular local hotspots in the area, the magical Lata Iskandar waterfall if you take the old Kampar road or Route 2.
The advantage of driving a car is that you’ll have a more flexible itinerary. You can even customise your very own Cameron Highlands itinerary if you prefer to. This is also a relatively cheaper (and family-friendly!) option if you’re traveling as a large group. You’ll be comfortable with having your own private vehicle, and there’s no need to share the ride with strangers.
Cameron Highlands To Ipoh
When you do the journey in reverse coming from Cameron Highlands to Ipoh, the ways we’ve mentioned above are still valid. You can take the same transportation options for the reverse journey.
Also, note that if you’re taking public transportation such as a bus from Cameron Highlands to Ipoh the pickup point is from Tanah Rata Bus Terminal. The Cameron Highlands to Ipoh bus starts as early as 8 am and the final departure time is at 6 pm.
Cameron Highlands is a beautiful place to visit and getting to Cameron Highlands from Ipoh (and vice-versa!) is a straightforward process. Ideally, we recommend going there by car, or private vehicle (if you’re on a tour.) For a cheaper, budget-friendly option, take the bus.
So there you have it. We hope that you found this guide helpful. Whether you want to self-drive, take a taxi, or bus, you can check out the following options that we’ve noted on this post. So, start planning, and place these destinations on your Malaysian travel bucket list now!
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.