EXACTLY How To Get From KL To Ipoh [2023]

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Known to be Malaysia’s vibrant capital, Kuala Lumpur is the main hub for the country’s tourism, economic, and cultural activities. It’s listed as the top ten most visited country in the world and boasts of towering skyscrapers, world-class shopping malls, and lively streets full of fabulous food.

Equally as stunning, the quaint town of Ipoh has a more laid-back vibe. Here, you can find quaint shophouses, breathtaking cave temples, as well as colonial structures.

Getting from one place to another is easy. If you’re wondering how far is Ipoh from Kuala Lumpur, the distance between Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh is 207 km.

Streets of Ipoh
Wandering around Ipoh

Now, if you’re planning to take a day trip to Ipoh from KL, how to go Ipoh from KL, or from KL Sentral to Ipoh, you’ve come to the right place.

Below, I describe exactly how to get to Ipoh from KL whether you are looking for a Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh bus, wondering whether to try and travel via train from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh, wanting to reach KL to Ipoh by taxi or have a drive from KL to Ipoh.

I also describe the reverse journey from Ipoh to KL.

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Map: From Kuala Lumpur To Ipoh

This map shows you the distance from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh, and how you can get from one destination to another.

KL to Ipoh distance is 207 km with an approximate driving time of two and a half hours. Of course, the extra time will depend on traffic and driving conditions.

Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh map
Click the map above to open it in Google Maps. You can then access directions to each of the locations discussed in this article.

Here’s a summary of your options:

Mode of transportDurationBest For?Book
Train3.5 hoursPeople who want the fastest public transport optionBook here
Bus4.5 hoursPeople who want the cheapest optionBook here
Car2.5 hoursPeople who are happy to hire a car or who like to stop along the wayBook here
Taxi2.5 hoursAnyone who wants the easiest and most straightforward way to get between Ipoh and Kuala LumpurBook here
Durations take into account an approximate time getting to and from bus stations to a central location as well as waiting time

BEST OPTION: How To Get From KL To Ipoh

The cheapest option is to travel via bus. A faster alternative is to travel via train.

Meanwhile, the quickest and most convenient option on this list (although more costly!) is to travel via car or taxi.

Option 1: KL To Ipoh Train

Entry to KL Sentral
Entry to KL Sentral

Taking the Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh train is a great option. It’s a great way to avoid traffic jams and get to your destination.

Kuala Lumpur is connected to Ipoh via the Electric Train Service (ETS.) The ETS train, KL to Ipoh departs from KL Sentral around five times a day. The train to Ipoh from KL Sentral usually leaves throughout the day and evening via the KTM ETS Malaysia Railway.

The train from KL Sentral to Ipoh arrives in the Ipoh old town area. Usually, the ETS KL Sentral to Ipoh train will takes between 2.5 and 2.75 hours and costs around RM37.

LRT station at KL Sentral

So, if you’re planning to get a train ticket from KL Sentral to Ipoh, note that there are different train tickets being sold. The trains may vary in price, as well as the number of stops and how long they take. If you’re in a hurry and have a tight schedule, take the express train to Ipoh from KL Sentral.

To avoid the hassle, it’s best that you check the KL to Ipoh train schedule, and ETS KL to Ipoh timetable in advance. I also recommend that you buy your tickets in advance to avoid the hassle.

Overall, taking the KTM KL to Ipoh is one of the fastest ways to get to your destination, at a relatively budget-friendly price.

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Option 2: KL To Ipoh Bus

Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS)
Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS)

Another excellent alternative is to ride a bus from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh.

Although the KL to Ipoh bus duration is longer than taking the train, this is the cheapest option. It’s ideal if you have time to spare and are travelling on a budget.

The bus from KL to Ipoh travel time is about 3 and a quarter hours, with fares starting from RM20. You can purchase your bus ticket KL to Ipoh in advance to avoid the hassle.

Most buses travel daily from the Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS). This is about half an hour from central Kuala Lumpur. Buses leave often throughout the day.

Click here to see the latest timetables and prices

Option 3: KL To Ipoh By Car

Driving in Kuala Lumpur

Another alternative if you don’t want to take public transportation is to travel from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh by car. Note that the Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh distance is 207km, with an approximate driving time of about two and a half hours.

Currently, there are two routes available, via North-South Expressway, which require payment of tolls.

Travelling by car is one of the quickest ways to get to your destination and you have the advantage of having a flexible itinerary, so you can make stops at attractions along the way.

However, this can be costly if you’re a budget or solo-traveller.

Click here to read more about driving in Malaysia.

Ipoh Street Art
Ipoh Street Art

Option 4: KL To Ipoh By Taxi

The last and final option if you want to travel from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh is to take a taxi. This will cost you about RM550 and takes approximately two and a half hours of travel time from KL to Ipoh.

Taking a taxi is convenient if you want a more experienced driver to take you to your destination, or if you have a lot of luggage and want to travel with more comfort and ease.

Taxis are also more flexible than other means of public transportation. They can pick you up from wherever you like and drop you wherever you like at your destination.

This means you can travel straight from your hotel in KL (or the airport) directly to your hotel in Ipoh and don’t have to worry about lugging round your luggage in the heat and humidity or working out how to get to bus stations.

This is the best option if you have the budget for it.

We can help you book a taxi with a reliable and safe local operator.

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Ipoh To KL

Lost World of Tambun perak
Such a pretty location for Lost World of Tambun in Ipoh

In terms of how to get from Ipoh to Kuala Lumpur, all you need to do is to take the above transportation options in reverse.

You can either take the ETS train Ipoh to KL, ride the Ipoh to KL bus, travel from Ipoh to KL by car, or catch a taxi.

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If you’re taking the train, take the Ipoh to KL train via KTM ETS Malaysia Railway. The Ipoh to Kuala Lumpur train leaves about five times throughout the day and evening and takes approximately 2.5-2.75 hours. You’ll be departing at the Ipoh old town area and arriving at KL Sentral.

The KTM Ipoh to KL Sentral price costs around RM37, and the distance from Ipoh to Kuala Lumpur is 207 km. Just make sure to check the ETS schedule Ipoh to KL in advance, as schedules change regularly.

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Want the Easiest (and BEST) Way to travel between Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur?

We can book a taxi for you from anywhere in Kuala Lumpur directly to your hotel in Ipoh for a great price.

You can pick your own departure time, relax and know everything will go to plan.

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Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS)
Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS)

The next option is to take the Ipoh to Kuala Lumpur bus. Buses leave daily at the Terminal Meru Raya (Ipoh Amanjaya.) The approximate travel time for the bus from Ipoh to KL is three and a quarter hours, and bus fares start at RM20.

I suggest that you purchase your bus ticket from Ipoh to KL in advance to avoid the hassle. Ipoh to Kuala Lumpur distance is 207 km.

Click here to see the latest timetables and prices

Alternatively, you can also travel from Ipoh to Kuala Lumpur via car, taxi, or arrange a private vehicle transfer.

Final Words

So there you have it. We’ve covered the numerous ways you can get from KL to Ipoh (and vice versa!). It’s relatively easy to get from one place to another.

Again, if you’re a budget traveller and you want the cheapest (and fastest) option to get to your destination, you can opt to take the train. Another great alternative is to ride the bus.

Meanwhile, if you prefer to travel in the most convenient and hassle-free way possible, you can take a private vehicle or taxi.

No matter what method of travel you decide on, I hope you found this guide to how to travel to and from KL to Ipoh helpful.  Check our full travel guides on KL here and Ipoh here. If you’re doing other travel around Malaysia you can find details on how to get to and from Johor Bahru To Kuala Lumpur here.

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By Sharon Gourlay

Sharon is a certified Malaysia travel expert and can't get enough of travelling and talking about Malaysia since she first visited 21 years ago. She travels around Malaysia multiple times a year both alone and with her kids. She used to call Penang home and especially loves this food paradise. Sharon also has a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies, a Certificate III in International Travel Sales and has been certified by Tourism Malaysia as a Malaysia Travel Expert. Through this site, she'll help you have the perfect trip to this amazing destination.