Heading to Kuantan from Kuala Lumpur? Great!
This is a straightforward journey as the KL to Kuantan distance is not huge so it’s just an easy drive, flight or bus ride away.
Below, I describe exactly how to go to Kuantan from KL whether you are looking for a Kuala Lumpur to Kuantan flight, a Kuala Lumpur to Kuantan bus or looking to drive from KL to Kuantan.
I also describe the reverse journey from Kuantan to Kuala Lumpur.
Note: There is no Kuala Lumpur to Kuantan train.
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Map: From KL to Kuantan
How Far From KL To Kuantan?
The distance from Kuala Lumpur to Kuantan is only 237 kilometres.
KL To Kuantan – How Many Hours?
The driving time is about 2.5 hours.
Summary Of The Best Way To Go From Kuala Lumpur To Kuantan
If you have a private car, the best way to go is by car. The KL to Kuantan driving time is only 2.5 hours so it is not worth the effort of going to the airport.
You can also hire a car or get a taxi to drive this distance. Otherwise, I recommend an express bus to Kuantan from KL.
If you are coming from elsewhere and flying into Kuala Lumpur then a flight can make the most sense.
Option 1: KL to Kuantan Flight
The flight between Kuala Lumpur and Kuantan takes around 45 minutes, and flights are only available from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL). Using discount ticketing agencies (like this) can save you money, but even a last-minute flight to Kuantan is affordable, making spontaneous travel easy. You should be able to find a one-way flight for RM 110 or less.
Once you touch down at Sultan Ahmad Shah Airport (KUA) in Kuantan, you’ll need to cover an additional 15.3 kilometers to reach the city centre. You can find a taxi at the airport for around RM 30.
Since Kuala Lumpur and Kuantan are so close together, you might not want to deal with the hassles of the airport. If you’ll be flying into the capital from another country, it makes sense to continue to fly the rest of the way to Kuantan. However, if you’re coming from Kuala Lumpur city centre, flying is probably unnecessary.
Option 2: KL to Kuantan Bus
Taking the express bus from KL to Kuantan makes sense if you either live or are staying in the city rather than arriving from outside the country. To bus Kuala Lumpur to Kuantan, you’ll need to set aside about four hours.
Since TBS KL to Kuantan buses depart all throughout the day, it’s easy to travel on your preferred schedule. You might want to book your tickets a couple days in advance to prevent being limited by last-minute options.
It will cost you around RM 24 to bus to Kuantan from KL Sentral. Many companies offer a bus from KL Sentral to Kuantan, including Adam Express, Billion Stars, Mayang Sari Express, and more. Your bus will drop you off at Terminal Sentral Kuantan (TSK).
The express bus from KL to Kuantan is a great option, but you’ll still need to find a ride from TSK to your place of accommodation in Kuantan. Taxi drivers often inflate fares in this area, charging up to RM 15 for a short ride. A local bus is also available. The ride can take up to 30 minutes, but it will only cost you RM 2.
For the average visitor, it makes sense to take the KL Sentral to Kuantan bus. You won’t have to deal with long security lines and other tedious procedures at the airport, and you won’t have to hassle with traffic on the road like you would if you drove yourself. Instead, you can sit back and enjoy the scenery as you bus from Kuala Lumpur to Kuantan Pahang.
Option 3: KL to Kuantan By Car
Some people find driving stressful, but others enjoy the experience. If you’d like to travel to Kuantan by car, you’ll have the freedom to make as many stops as you like along the way.
Are you wondering, “KL to Kuantan how long?” You’ll be glad to learn that going by car is much faster than by bus. The journey should take about two and a half hours. The total Kuala Lumpur to Kuantan distance is 237 kilometers.
Begin the trip by heading along Kuantan Highway towards your destination. You’ll pass by numerous places you can take a pit stop, such as Genteng Sempah and Bukkit Tinggi. The second part of the ride offers plenty of beautiful scenery, with palm trees, farms, and jungles lining the bumpy highway road.
Kuantan To KL
When it comes time to return to Kuala Lumpur, you’ll be able to choose between the same options that were available for the reverse journey. Cover the distance from Kuantan to Kuala Lumpur in your own car, a bus, or a plane. The Kuantan to KL distance is 237 kilometers.
If you flew or took the bus on the way in, you’ll have the option of using a different method to return to KL. Maybe a flight was best for the journey in, but you’d prefer to take a bus back from Kuantan to Kuala Lumpur.
The Kuantan to Kuala Lumpur bus time takes about four hours. You can find a bus schedule from Kuantan to Kuala Lumpur here.
Your Kuantan to KL bus time will vary, but buses leave throughout the day. Overnight buses are usually available as well.
If you want to take a Kuantan to KL flight, you can depart from Sultan Ahmad Shah Airport (KUA). The flight will cover the Kuantan to Kuala Lumpur distance in about an hour.
You can fly with AirAsia, Malaysia Airlines, or Firefly. Once you touch down, you can either catch a flight to your final destination or take a taxi back to Kuala Lumpur city centre, which will cost you about RM75.
If you have your own car, it’s easiest to drive to Kuantan from Kuala Lumpur. If not, the bus will be the best option. However, for those who are enjoying a short stay and want to make the most of their time, it makes sense to take a Kuantan to Kuala Lumpur flight.
Staying in Kuala Lumpur before your trip to Kuantan? Read our full guide to all the best hotels near KL Sentral here. Also find our full travel guide 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.