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 countries in the world and boasts of towering skyscrapers, world-class shopping malls, and lively streets that almost never sleep.
Equally as stunning, the quaint town of Ipoh is 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 205 km.
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 205 km with an approximate driving time is about 2 hours.
BEST OPTION: How To Get From KL To Ipoh
There are various ways you can travel between these destinations. 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
The travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh train is worth considering if you’re planning to travel during the weekends or holidays and don’t have a car.
That’s because the traffic can get pretty bad, especially during long holidays like the Hari Raya and the Chinese New Year.
Note that Kuala Lumpur is connected to Ipoh via the Electric Train Service (ETS.) The ETS train, KL to Ipoh departs from KL Sentral daily. The train to Ipoh from KL Sentral usually leaves every hour, via the KTM ETS Malaysia Railway.
The train from KL Sentral to Ipoh departs from KL Sentral and arrives in Ipoh old town area. Usually, the ETS KL Sentral to Ipoh train will take about 2.5 hours and costs around RM25.
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 Platinum, Gold, and Silver tickets may vary in price, as well as the number of stops. 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.
Option 2: KL To Ipoh Bus
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, the fares are still relatively cheap compared to taking a private car or a taxi. This is ideal if you have time to spare and travelling on a budget.
The bus from KL Sentral to Ipoh travel time is approximately 3 hours, with fares starting from RM25. 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), and leave multiple times throughout the day.
Option 3: KL To Ipoh By Car
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 205km, with an approximate driving time of about 2 hours.
Currently, there are two routes available, via North-South Expressway, which require payment of tolls.
Travelling by car is the quickest way to get to your destination and you have the advantage of having a flexible itinerary, so you can make stops at various attractions along the way.
However, this can be costly if you’re a budget or solo-traveller.
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 or a Grab. This will cost you about RM500 and takes approximately 2 hours of travel time from KL to Ipoh.
Taking the Grab or 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. You can ask the driver to make numerous stops along the way.
Ipoh To KL
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/Grab.
If you’re taking the train, take the Ipoh to KL train via KTM ETS Malaysia Railway. The Ipoh to Kuala Lumpur train leaves every hour and takes approximately 2.5 hours. You’ll usually be departing at the Ipoh old town area, and arrive at KL Sentral.
The KTM Ipoh to KL Sentral price costs around RM25, and the distance from Ipoh to Kuala Lumpur is 205 km. Just make sure to check the ETS schedule Ipoh to KL in advance, as schedules change regularly.
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 Sentral is 3 hours, and the bus fares start at RM25.
I suggest that you purchase your bus ticket from Ipoh to KL in advance to avoid the hassle. Ipoh to Kuala Lumpur distance is 205 km.
Alternatively, you can also travel from Ipoh to Kuala Lumpur via car, taxi/Grab, or arrange a private vehicle transfer.
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/Grab.
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.
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.