Cameron Highlands is filled with magical waterfalls, picturesque views, temples and strawberry farms. Not only is it home to the most popular tea plantations in the country, but it’s also one of the most well-known destinations for a weekend getaway or a vacation.
Of course, before you can enjoy this area, you need to get transport to Cameron Highland from KL. Thankfully, it is quite easy and you’ll have no problems (after reading this article) working out how to get to Cameron Highlands from KL whether you need to travel from KL Sentral to Cameron Highlands or from Kuala Lumpur Airport to Cameron Highlands.
Below, I describe exactly how to go to Cameron Highlands from KL including the Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highlands bus, how you can partly take a Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highlands train. I also cover how to take a taxi from Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highlands and how to drive from KL to Cameron Highlands.
I also share Cameron Highlands tour from Kuala Lumpur options and the reverse journey from Cameron Highlands to Kuala Lumpur.
By the end of this article, you’ll know all the transport to Cameron Highlands from Kuala Lumpur options so you can make the best choice for your situation.
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Map: From KL To Cameron Highlands
The following Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highlands map will show you how you can travel to and from these places.
The Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highlands distance is approximately 210 km. This takes about 3.5 hours to drive depending on traffic – which can be a lot on weekends and busy periods.
BEST OPTION: How To Get From Kuala Lumpur To Cameron Highlands
Taking a private taxi is the easiest and quickest way to get between Kuala Lumpur and Cameron Highlands. It’s also convenient to travel by car because it will be easy to drive around the attractions once you get there.
For a cheaper alternative, take the bus.
Here’s a summary of your options:
|Mode of transport||Duration||Best For?||Book|
|Bus||6 hours||People who want the cheapest option||Book here|
|Train||7 hours||People who absolutely love trains and won’t consider other options||Book here|
|Car||3.5 hours||People who are happy to hire a car who like to stop along the way||Book here|
|Taxi||3.5 hours||Anyone who wants the easiest and most straightforward way to get between KL and Cameron Highlands||Book here|
|Tour||Full day||People who want to visit Cameron Highlands on a day trip from KL||Book here|
Option 1: Bus From Kuala Lumpur To Cameron Highlands
The most economical way is to take a bus from KL to Cameron Highlands.
If you want to travel from KL to Cameron Highlands by bus, there are several bus lines available. These all depart from the TBS Bus Station (Terminal Bersepadu Selatan) in Kuala Lumpur. Current departure times vary from 10am to 5pm.
A one-way bus ticket to Cameron Highland from KL costs around RM38. During weekends and holidays, these buses can be extra popular, so it’s especially important that you secure a booking in advance.
However, at any time, I recommend you book in advance to save worrying that you won’t get a seat on your preferred departure.
If you’re a budget-traveller wanting to cut costs then this is the best choice. But note that the entire journey will take around 4.75 hours with multiple bus stops along the way. If you’re in a hurry to get to your destination, taking a taxi or driving a private car is a much better option.
To get the bus, you’ll need to first get to TBS (Terminal Bersepadu Selatan). If you are travelling from KL Sentral, this is quite easy to get to as you can take the KTM Komuter train between the two places. This only takes about 20 minutes.
If you are staying near public transport in KL, it’s usually easy to get to KL Sentral and then you can take this train to the KL to Cameron Highlands bus.
It’s also possible to take a Grab taxi to TBS which is even easier, but will cost more.
If you’re flying to Kuala Lumpur and wondering if there’s a direct bus from KL airport to Cameron Highlands, there isn’t. You still have to take the KLIA Transit Train that will take you to Bandar Tasik Selatan Station, located right next to TBS Bus Station.
Option 2: KL To Cameron Highlands By Train
If you’re not in a hurry and love to travel by train then you can take a train from KL to Cameron Highlands. Well, at least, you can part way. Hop on a train from Kuala Lumpur to Kampar (KL Sentral – Ipoh Butterworth – Padang Besar.)
From Kuala Lumpur by train, this will take 2 hours and will cost around RM29.
Once you arrive in Kampar, ride a taxi or Grab that will take you to Cameron Highlands District. From Kampar to Cameron Highlands, this will take another hour or so and it will cost RM200.
Another alternative is to take the train to Ipoh then take a local taxi that will take you to Ipoh Bus Terminal. From there, take a bus that travels directly to Cameron Highlands.
This option really is only for people who love trains as it will take you longer and cost you more. The bus is much easier or a private taxi, even easier.
Option 3: KL To Cameron Highlands By Car
If you want to travel from Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highlands by car, the quickest route is the Tapah toll exit 132 from the North-South Expressway. It’s windier taking this route and takes about 3.5 hours of driving time.
If you prefer a straighter road, the new route to Cameron Highlands from Kuala Lumpur is via the Simpang Pulai road. This road is less windy and takes approximately 4 hours of travel time. You take this turn off from the same expressway just before Ipoh.
Driving your own car (whether you own it or hire it here) is an excellent option because most of Cameron Highlands attractions are spread out. Ideally, I recommend that you rent a private vehicle if you don’t have one.
Option 4: Kuala Lumpur To Cameron Highlands Taxi
The absolute easiest and quickest way is to take a taxi to Cameron Highland from Kuala Lumpur. If you’re coming from the airport, you can even take the taxi from Kuala Lumpur airport to Cameron Highlands.
KL to Cameron Highlands by taxi will take approximately 3.5 hours of travel time, and you can find out the latest cost here. It will be around RM550 for up to four passengers or you can pay for a bigger vehicle for up to seven.
Taking the taxi is a great option. Not only will you be picked up at your hotel in KL (or airport or anywhere else you want), but you’ll be dropped off directly at the door to your hotel in Cameron Highlands.
There’s no navigating public transport with all your luggage, not quite sure what’s happening. You’ll arrive at your hotel in Cameron Highlands refreshed and ready to go instead of sweaty and sick of dealing with your luggage.
You also won’t have the deal with the windy roads in Cameron Highlands and will have a safe and reliable professional to take you there.
Option 5: Kuala Lumpur To Cameron Highlands Tour
Another way you can have a more hassle-free trip is to book a Cameron Highlands tour from Kuala Lumpur. Going on a Cameron Highlands day trip from KL is one of the best ways you can explore Cameron Highlands if you don’t have much time.
This way you don’t have to worry about transport, a hotel and your itinerary because your tour operator will take care of it.
A KL to Cameron Highlands tour package will let you explore the stunning hilltop region’s expansive tea plantations, waterfalls, farms, gardens, and a lot more. If you go on a one day tour to Cameron Highlands from Kuala Lumpur, the travel company will pick up and drop you off in your accommodation.
The main advantage of taking a Cameron Highlands tour from KL is that you’ll be travelling to your destination minus the hassle of riding public transportation or the costs of taking a taxi or a car.
But also keep in mind that taking a package tour to Cameron Highlands from Kuala Lumpur isn’t as flexible as creating your own itinerary. You’ll usually travel with other people who booked the same tour, and the itinerary is fixed.
If you want to take a side-trip to a particular location that isn’t in the itinerary, you might be unable to do so. Also, when going on day trips from Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highlands, your time exploring a particular place is pretty limited, and it isn’t ideal if you want more freedom to travel at your own pace.
However, if you only have time for one day to visit the Cameron Highlands, this is the way to go.
Cameron Highlands To Kuala Lumpur
If you’re wondering how you can get from Cameron Highlands to KL then all you need to do is to take the same transportation options we’ve listed in this article for the reverse journey.
For instance, if you want to bus Cameron Highlands to Kuala Lumpur, simply catch a bus from Tanah Rata Terminal in Cameron Highlands that will take you directly to TBS Bus Station (Terminal Bersepadu Selatan) in Kuala Lumpur. Note that the bus from Cameron Highlands to KL will also take about 4.75 hours depending on the speed, and delays in travel time.
Apart from taking the Cameron Highland to KL bus, you can also take a taxi from Cameron Highlands to Kuala Lumpur, or take multiple transportations (bus, and train) from Cameron Highlands to KL Sentral, or from Cameron Highlands to KL airport.
Taking a taxi is still the easiest and quickest way to travel and costs the same for this reverse journey.
Getting to Cameron Highlands from Kuala Lumpur can be tiring. However, the journey is worth it once you get to your destination.
When touring Cameron Highlands from Kuala Lumpur (or vice versa) the best way to travel is via private taxi. It’s by fat the quickest and easiest option and you can be transported door-to-door. To cut costs, a more budget-friendly option is to travel by bus.
Whatever mode of travel you’re planning to take, follow this handy guide and you’ll be on your way to an unforgettable trip!
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