We first wrote about getting to Melaka from Kuala Lumpur back in November 2011. Things have changed since then so we have decided to write a new How To Guide for you. To read the original post, please click here.
Nice Executive Coaches
Most bus services to and from Melaka and Kuala Lumpur leave from Bandar Tasik Selatan Station. It’s south of Kuala Lumpur and so requires a trip on the MRT to get there. However, the Nice Executive Coaches offer a service that you can catch from the Kuala Lumpur MRT Station (not KL Sentral). Depending on where you’re staying this could be more convenient.
The Nice coaches run once or twice a day. Please check their website for further information. Unfortunately you cannot purchase tickets online unless you have a Malaysian credit card. So, in the meantime, use the ticket purchasing website as a guide only and then go to the Nice Executive Coaches Office at the Kuala Lumpur MRT Station personally to purchase your tickets at least one to two days earlier.
To make it easier on yourself, ask at your hotel if they wouldn’t mind making a call for you to see if those bus tickets are available and either purchasing them for you or holding the seats for you to pay for in the morning of your departure to Melaka from Kuala Lumpur.
The Nice Executive Coach Service is the only bus company that we are aware of that will leave from the centre of Kuala Lumpur instead of out at Bandar Tasik Selatan Station.
Bandar Tasik Selatan Station
Bandar Tasik Selatan Station is about a twenty to thirty minute train ride from the centre of Kuala Lumpur depending on what train you catch.
The station can be reached via two different Kuala Lumpur MRT Lines – KTM Komuter and the Ampang Line, but also via the KLIA Transit train line.
Bandar Tasik Selatan Station is huge. It is set out just like an airport. We like to refer to it as a “BusPort”. It really does have that airport feel to it.
There are hundreds of buses that arrive at and depart from this bus station hub daily. It is amazing. There are many different bus companies that travel between Melaka and Kuala Lumpur daily at varying times starting very early in the morning to very late in the evening.
Tickets between the two locations, Kuala Lumpur and Melaka are fairly easy to purchase on the day of departure unless it is a public or religious holiday, or it is a Sunday. If this is the case, then perhaps check out their online bus ticket purchasing website. We haven’t used this system so we cannot comment on it.
Once you arrive at Bandar Tasik Selatan Station, there are two ways you can purchase your bus tickets to Melaka. The first is to go to the booth windows and tell the person where you want to go, they will bring up a list of buses that are operating and who has seats available, and then you purchase your tickets. Or you could make your way over to the electronic bus ticket machines and buy one ticket at a time by the use of cash. We liked this system. It was quick, easy and painless.
As there are so many different bus companies, it is hard to know which bus company is the best. Prices vary as do the quality of the buses. The buses however are rarely horrible and KL to Melaka isn’t a terribly long journey so don’t worry too much.
Once you have your bus tickets make your way to the departure hall downstairs. The station even has ticket checkers like at an airport to make sure you are meant to be going to the departure lounge.
Wait for the bus then hop on and enjoy your ride. The bus will drop you at Melaka Sentral which is unfortunately out of town. There are local buses and taxes available. The local buses can be hard to navigate if you don’t speak Malay. Persistence and knowing what part of town you need to go to will get you there eventually.
Melaka to Kuala Lumpur
Unfortunately, the bus trip is a little different going the other way, from Melaka to Kuala Lumpur.
Again, unless it is a public or a religious holiday or it is a Sunday, make your way to the bus station and wait for the next available bus. There are generally multiple buses leaving Melaka bound for Kuala Lumpur each hour. The Melaka Sentral bus station is just as inconvenient going the other way. Speak to someone at your accommodation or a friendly local about catching the bus out there. Be prepared to wait as the buses don’t appear to have a set schedule.
When you arrive at the ticket booth area there are often people yelling out “to Kuala Lumpur”. That generally means they have a bus about to depart that still has seats available. Check the price and maybe have a look at the bus and you’re on your way.
The bus from Melaka to Kuala Lumpur will arrive at Bandar Tasik Selatan Station and then you will have to catch a train into the city. The bus / train combo is a bit annoying. To avoid it perhaps check out the Nice Executive Coaches from Melaka to Kuala Lumpur Sentral via the links above. That at least means your bus will arrive somewhere a bit more central. Otherwise hop on a train and look out the window for 20 minutes and you’re back in the big city!