Kuala Lumpur is Malaysia’s capital and is a city that you shouldn’t miss when you’re travelling in Southeast Asia. The city itself is a melting pot of cultures, beliefs and religions. It is also one of the best cities where you can explore breathtaking architecture and delectable eats.
Equally as stunning (but for different reasons), Taiping is one of the country’s hidden gems. It’s a small, unassuming town that offers a perfect respite from the crowded metropolis.
If you’re planning to take a trip from Kuala Lumpur to Taiping, in this post, I describe exactly how to go from KL to Taiping whether you are looking for an ETS KL Sentral to Taiping (Electric Train Service), a bus from KL to Taiping or want to drive from Kuala Lumpur to Taiping.
I also describe the reverse journey from Taiping to KL.
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Map: Kuala Lumpur To Taiping
This map shows you the distance from KL to Taiping as well as how you can get from one destination to the other.
KL to Taiping distance is 267 km, with an approximate driving time of 3 hrs and 13 minutes.
BEST OPTION: How To Go From KL To Taiping
There are a number of ways you can travel to and from these destinations. The fastest way to get there is to take a taxi or a private vehicle. This is also a great option if you want more flexibility in your itinerary.
Meanwhile, if you’re a budget traveller, the cheapest way to get to your destination is to ride a bus. The train is also a great option.
Option 1: Bus From KL To Taiping
If you plan to take the bus from KL to Taiping, several bus lines ply on this route at the Bandar Tasik Selatan, and Hentian Duta Station.
The cheapest way to get to Taiping from Kuala Lumpur is to catch the bus at Bandar Tasik Selatan (BTS) Station. The fare usually costs around RM 29 – RM 34. The travel time is approximately 4 hrs. These may run hourly depending on the concentration of passengers.
You can also opt to take the direct bus at Hentian Duta Station. Note that buses here depart at least three times a day and run daily. The journey takes approximately 3 hrs and 45 minutes, depending on the traffic. The fare costs around RM 29 – RM 40.
Taking the bus is usually the cheapest option if you want to get from Kuala Lumpur to Taiping, and is an excellent option if you’re a budget traveller.
However, note that the travel times are usually longer. So, if you have a rigid itinerary, I recommend that you take other transportation options such as taking a private vehicle.
Option 2: ETS KL To Taiping (Train)
A faster alternative to get to your destination is to take the train from KL to Taiping. The KL to Taiping train is operated by the KTM ETS Malaysia Railway, which usually leaves at the Kuala Lumpur Station.
If you’re looking for a quick, and convenient way to get to your destination, I recommend that you take the ETS train KL to Taiping.
You can purchase your KTM KL to Taiping tickets at the train station, or book online in advance. Note that you can purchase only two types of train tickets when travelling from KL Sentral Kuala Lumpur to Taiping ‒ the ETS Gold and ETS Platinum.
The difference between the two is the ticket price and travel time. The ETS Platinum has a higher ticket price with shorter travel time (3 hrs. and 20 minutes) It also only stops at 5 stations.
Meanwhile, the ETS Gold is cheaper and takes 3hrs. and 30 minutes to get to your destination and stops at about 7-12 stations.
Purchase your KL Sentral to Taiping ETS train tickets in advance to avoid the hassle. These KTM KL Sentral to Taiping train tickets usually cost around RM30-RM50.
Option 3: KL To Taiping By Car
If you want to travel by car, the approximate driving time is about 3 hrs.
Although more costly than the other options on this list, taking a private vehicle with you allows you to customise your travel itinerary, allowing you to stop in key attractions along the way.
However, I don’t recommend this if you’re travelling on a budget or if you’re a solo-traveller.
Option 4: Ipoh To Taiping By Taxi
Now, the last option to get to Taiping from Kuala Lumpur is to travel by taxi.
This will cost you around RM350-RM500, with an approximate travel time of 3 hrs.
Taking the taxi is a more convenient way to travel, and if you want a more experienced driver to take you to your destination. If you have a lot of luggage with you, you can easily travel with comfort and ease.
However, I don’t recommend this if you’re on a budget or a solo-traveller, as it is a bit costly.
Taiping To KL
If you’re wondering how you can travel from Taiping to Kuala Lumpur, all you need to do is to take the following options we’ve listed in reverse.
You can either take the bus from Taiping to KL, the train from Taiping to KL, or travel by car. Note that the distance from Taiping to Kuala Lumpur is 218 km.
If you want to take the bus, there is a direct bus from Taiping, and arriving in Hentian Duta. Approximate travel time is 4 hrs and will cost around RM 29 – RM 40.
Meanwhile, if you’re looking for a quicker alternative, you can take the KTM Taiping to KL Sentral. The train leaves every 3 hrs and operates every day. The journey will take about 3 hrs. and 30 minutes.
Usually, the ETS from Taiping to KL will cost around RM30-RM50.
Similarly, you can also travel via private car.
So, there you have it. We’ve covered the different transportation options that you can take if you’re travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Taiping, and vice versa.
To sum it up, if you want to get to your destination the quickest way possible, I recommend that you take a private car with you or take a taxi.
Meanwhile, if you’re looking for a more budget-friendly alternative, and you don’t mind being on the road for longer periods, you may opt to ride the bus.
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.