Heading to Kuala Terengganu and wondering how to go to Kuala Terengganu from Kuala Lumpur?
I can help!
Below, I describe exactly how to go to Kuala Terengganu from Kuala Lumpur whether you are looking for a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Terengganu, a KL to Kuala Terengganu bus, wondering whether to travel Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Terengganu by train or want to drive from KL to Kuala Terengganu.
I also describe the reverse journey from Kuala Terengganu to Kuala Lumpur and also how to get from Kuala Terengganu to Kuantan.
That might seem like a lot of information, but don’t worry, it’s easy. Getting to Kuala Terengganu and back from Kuala Terengganu to KL again is very straightforward. You just have to decide what method you want to take!
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Map: KL To Kuala Terengganu
The distance from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Terengganu is 433.5 kilometres which takes about 4.5 hours to drive. The map below shows the shortest route if travelling overland.
Kuala Lumpur To Kuala Terengganu Summary
The quickest and easiest option is to drive your own car – if you have it.
Otherwise, I recommend taking a flight from KL to Kuala Terengganu. The next best option (and the best option for cost savings) is to take a Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Terengganu bus.
Option 1: Kuala Lumpur To Kuala Terengganu Flight
Kuala Terengganu is located on the opposite coast from Kuala Lumpur, which means a flight will be your best option for getting there quickly.
You can embark on your KL to Terengganu flight from either of the two major airports in the area. Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) has more flight options and lower prices, but it’s also a bit farther from the city center. Sultan Abdul Azziz Shah (SZB) is closer, but flights are limited and more costly.
Flights from either airport take around an hour. Malaysia Airlines, Malindo Air, AirAsia, and Firefly offer flights departing from KUL. If you’ll be departing from SZB, your options will be similar. However, AirAsia Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Terengganu flights aren’t offered at SZB.
After your flight to Terengganu from KL, you’ll still need to cover an additional 11.8 kilometers to reach the town. A taxi ride to or from the airport will cost you about RM 20.
Option 2: Bus From KL To Kuala Terengganu
Flying is the quickest option, but that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily the best. Going from KL to Kuala Terengganu by bus can offer the chance to see parts of Malaysia that you’d miss if you flew.
Multiple companies offer a bus from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Terengganu, most of which will cost you around RM 46 to 50. The journey takes about 6 hours, and buses leave every 30 minutes to an hour throughout the day. The last night bus usually leaves between midnight and 12:30 a.m.
You can purchase a bus ticket from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Terengganu online, at a ticketing kiosk, or by visiting the ticket counter at the Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Terengganu bus terminal.
Option 3: KL to Terengganu By Train
Riding the train can be a fun travel experience. However, since there isn’t a direct train from KL to Kuala Terengganu, this is the most complicated and time-consuming option. The train is only recommended if you have an interest in the Malaysian train experience.
Train and Bus
For about RM 17, you can take one of the hourly trains going from Kuala Lumpur to Tanjung Malim via KTM ETS Malaysia Railway. The journey takes about an hour and a half. From there, you’ll have a 10-minute walk to reach Terminal Bus Tanjung Malim.
At the bus terminal, buy a ticket to Kuala Terengganu for about RM 55. The ride will take about 8 hours. Buses depart two to three times daily, so depending on when you arrive, you may want to grab some lunch or go for a walk around the small town to kill some time.
Train and Flight
The lack of a direct train from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Terengganu means you can fly for part of the way. This option offers the best of both worlds. You’ll get the enjoy some ground travel, but your journey to Terengganu won’t take all day.
Take the train from Kuala Lumpur to T1 at KUL. The ride takes about 30 minutes and costs approximately RM 60. Trains leave every half hour, so you should be able to head off whenever you’re ready.
Once you arrive at T1, you’ll have a 15-minute walk to get inside the airport. From there, you can book your flight, which will range from RM 55 to RM 280 depending on your airline and flight class.
Option 4: KL To Kuala Terengganu By Car
If you own a vehicle or have rented one for the duration of your stay, traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Terengganu by car might be your best bet. With your own vehicle, you can travel at your own pace, stopping for food and sightseeing along the way.
The distance from KL to Kuala Terengganu is 435.5 kilometers which takes about 4.5 hours if you drive straight through. You may choose to break the trip up into two days, stopping for the night at a small town somewhere in between.
Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Terengganu highway travel is simple. The journey begins by leaving the city and following the Gombok-Karak toll road, which is often very busy during the festival season. Continue following the road through Karak and toward Kuantan and Jabor. From either of those cities, you’ll be able to choose from three different routes.
It will most likely be easiest to continue along the same road as it heads north toward Terengganu. You can also switch to the Jabor-Bandar Muktafi Billah Shah-Ajil route which can be a bit faster. The last option involves following LPT2 until you reach Route 2 and then following that to reach Kuala Terengganu Highway from Kuala Dungun.
The first option is recommended, especially if this is your first time driving this route. It allows you to stop at the small beach towns along the way. Experienced travelers may want to take Route 2 which is faster.
Kuantan To Kuala Terengganu
Kuantan is about the halfway point in the journey. If you’re doing the trip in two legs, this will likely be your stopping point for the evening. The Kuantan to Kuala Terengganu distance is a little over 234 kilometers. The average trip takes about 3.5 hours by bus and will cost you about RM 20.
A bus from Kuantan to Kuala Terengganu leaves a few times an hour throughout the day.
You can also cover the distance between the two cities in a taxi. This option is a bit more expensive, costing you up to RM 400. You’ll shave about an hour off your travel time which could be worth the additional cost for some travelers.
Kuala Terengganu To Kuala Lumpur
To return to Kuala Lumpur, you’ll simply need to reverse the steps you took to get to Terengganu. You can take a bus from Kuala Terengganu to Kuala Lumpur at any time throughout the day. Tickets are around the same price as the reverse journey. The last overnight Kuala Terengganu to Kuala Lumpur bus leaves around 12:30 a.m.
You can book a flight from Kuala Terengganu to Kuala Lumpur at Suntan Mahmud Airport using the same airlines we mentioned earlier. The AirAsia Kuala Terengganu to Kuala Lumpur flight is usually the cheapest and best option.
To travel back by car, reverse the same route you used to come in. You also might want to consider taking one of the alternative routes to enjoy a change of scenery.
Getting between Kuala Lumpur and Kuala Terengganu is easy and affordable. You have choices as a traveler, so you’ll need to think about what type of experience you desire before picking your best option.
Flights are quick and more expensive, trains and buses are laid back and cheap but take longer, and driving is best for those who want ultimate freedom.
No matter what you choose, be sure to enjoy your time in beautiful Malaysia!
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.