Melaka, also known as Malacca, is one of the top destinations of Malaysia. This popular UNESCO Heritage town is known for its rich cultural heritage, colonial structures, as well as for its mouthwatering traditional delicacies.
Equally as interesting, the Malaysian town of Ipoh should be on your travel radar as well. It’s less touristy and therefore quieter compared to Melaka, featuring amazing street art, delectable hawker food, and stunning architecture. Ipoh also gives off a wonderfully laid-back vibe, and it feels as if you’re in a charming country town rather than in a city.
Now, you might be wondering how you can travel from Melaka Sentral to Ipoh.
Below, I describe exactly how to go to Ipoh from Melaka whether you are looking for a bus from Melaka to Ipoh, wondering whether to travel on a train from Melaka to Ipoh or will drive from Melaka to Ipoh by car.
I also describe the reverse journey from Ipoh to Melaka.
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Map: Melaka To Ipoh
This map shows you how you can get from Melaka to Ipoh. The distance from Melaka to Ipoh is 357 km.
The approximate driving time between Melaka to Ipoh (and vice versa) is 4 hours. This would, of course, depend on the type of transportation you take and the traffic.
BEST OPTION: How To Get From Melaka To Ipoh
There are different ways you can travel to and from these destinations.
The cheapest way to get to your destination is to travel via direct bus from Melaka to Ipoh. On the other hand, the quickest way to get to Ipoh is via taxi or private car.
Option 1: Melaka To Ipoh Bus
If you plan to take the bus from Melaka to Ipoh, there are several bus lines available at the Melaka Sentral Bus Station that operate multiple trips daily. Taking the bus is usually a more budget-friendly option if you’re a budget traveler. The buses are also very comfortable.
The travel time is approximately 4-5 hours, depending on the traffic, and costs around RM40. Note that the bus schedule from Melaka to Ipoh regularly changes. It’s also best to purchase your bus ticket from Melaka to Ipoh ahead of your travel date.
Buying your Melaka to Ipoh bus ticket in advance is especially recommended if you’re travelling on weekends and holidays because of the large influx of travellers.
Moreover, taking the express bus from Melaka to Ipoh is a lot quicker, and convenient. Keep in mind though that taking premium buses are more expensive.
Option 2: Melaka To Ipoh Bus + Train
Now, another way you can travel to your destination is to take the bus and train option. If you’re not in a hurry, then this is a great way to see multiple destinations. You can choose to explore Kuala Lumpur before heading to Ipoh.
However, if you don’t have enough time to spare, I don’t recommend taking this option, as this would usually take a longer time (and a lot of transfers) before you can get to your destination.
From Melaka, take the bus going to Kuala Lumpur (Melaka Sentral to Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS). The total travel time is about 2 hours and costs approximately RM15. Trips are available every 30 minutes.
Ideally, I recommend booking your bus tickets online to secure your seat in advance and avoid the hassle.
Once you arrive in Kuala Lumpur, take the train from Bandar Tasik Selatan to KL Sentral. Travel time is approximately 10 minutes and costs about RM10. The train leaves every 20 minutes.
Finally, from KL Sentral, book a train ticket going to Ipoh.
The total travel time is about 2.75 hours and costs around RM30. Hourly trips are available.
Option 3: Melaka To Ipoh By Car
Another alternative way for you to travel from Melaka to Ipoh is to travel by car or rent out a private vehicle if you’re on tour. This is one of the fastest (and the most convenient) ways to get to your destination. Total travel time is approximately 4 hours with a distance of 357km.
Traveling with a private vehicle lets you create a more customized itinerary, allowing you to plan side trips and numerous stopovers to popular destinations along the way.
Just note that this option can be more costly if you’re a solo traveler or budget traveler though.
Ipoh To Melaka
Now, if you’re wondering how you can get from Ipoh to Melaka, all you need to do is to take the following options we’ve listed in reverse.
If you’re traveling by bus from Ipoh to Melaka Sentral, note that most tourists or travelers rely on a direct bus service, as there is no direct Ipoh to Melaka flight.
The earliest Ipoh to Melaka bus leaves at 12:30 am, and the last trip leaves at 2:30 pm. There is no direct bus Ipoh to Melaka available during the evenings. Ideally, you should also secure your Ipoh to Melaka bus ticket in advance.
You can also travel from Ipoh to Melaka train via Kuala Lumpur like described above or drive in a private car.
Note that it is not possible to take a flight Ipoh to Melaka and it’s faster to travel by direct bus rather than taking flights from nearby airports.
In this article, we’ve covered the different transportation options that you can take if you’re planning to travel from Melaka to Ipoh (or vice versa!)
Again, if you’re short of time, and if you want to arrive at your destination in the quickest and most hassle-free way possible, you can take a private vehicle.
If that isn’t an option, another convenient (and cheaper!) way to get there is to take the bus.
Whatever option you choose, hopefully, you find this guide helpful in planning your upcoming trips and jump starting your travels in 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.