How To Get From Kuala Lumpur To Melaka Easily (And Back Again) Updated

How To Get From Kuala Lumpur To Melaka Easily (And Back Again) Updated


NOTE: There have been some troubling comments on this post suggesting that people traveling to Melaka with Nice Executive Coaches have been dropped off at a resort with no option but to then take an expensive taxi to Melaka itself. Whatever bus company you use double check where exactly they will drop you. If in doubt catch the train to Bandar Tasik Selatan bus station where there are multiple bus companies that go to Melaka so that you can ask around.


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 (at the time of writing) 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 in person to purchase your tickets. We recommend that you get your tickets a day or two early if possible.

To make it easier on yourself, you can ask at your hotel if they wouldn't mind making a phone 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 center of Kuala Lumpur instead of Bandar Tasik Selatan Station.

Bandar Tasik Selatan Station

Bandar Tasik Selatan Station is about a twenty to thirty minute train ride from the center 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 every day. It is amazing. There are many different bus companies that travel between Melaka and Kuala Lumpur daily at varying times starting from very early in the morning to very late at night.

Tickets between the two locations, Kuala Lumpur and Melaka are fairly easy to purchase on the day of departure unless it is a public, a religious holiday, or the weekend. If this is the case, then perhaps check out their online bus ticket purchasing website. We haven't used this system as we just purchased our tickets in person 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, 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 when you are leaving town as when you are arriving. Speak to someone at your accommodation or a friendly local about what local bus to catch out to the bus station. Be prepared to wait as the buses don't appear to run according to 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, 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, look out the window for 20 minutes and you are back in the big city!


 

Need a Hotel In Kuala Lumpur?

Here are some places we have stayed and might stay again.

Step Inn is an extremely basic but affordable option. Read more about Step Inn Guesthouse

A nice mid-range option is Sky Express. Their breakfast isn't fantastic but the best breakfast buffet in KL can be found over the road (see below). Read more about Sky Express Hotel Bukit Bintang

Sahabat offers the nicest rooms (for the money) that we have had in KL. The breakfast was basically just toast however. Read more about Sahabat

In our opinion the best breakfast buffet in Kuala Lumpur is at the Swiss Garden Hotel. If you don't stay there you can just go in an purchase breakfast. It is worth it.
Swiss-Garden Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Looking for Accommodation in Melaka?

We have stayed at Old Town Guesthouse repeatedly. Its a family run business with a lot of character and a great location. Melaka's main historical sites are all a short walk away. Click here to read more about Old Town

And there you have it... how to get from Kuala Lumpur to Melaka easily (and back again). We hope this new updated post has been helpful!





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21 comments

  1. Molly 9 October, 2012 at 03:02 Reply

    Great detail, thanks so much. Now my question is…..I will be flying into the LCCT (Air Asia terminal) and we want to get to Melaka. What do you suggest? How do we get to Bandar Tasik Seletan for the bus to Melaka?
    Thanks and happy travels to you

    • Tanya 10 October, 2012 at 14:12 Reply

      Hi Molly, thanks for reading :)
      From the airport, you can catch a shuttle bus that will take you to the closest train station – Salak Tinggi train station. Luckily Bandar Tasik Seletan is on that same train line so you will only need to remember to get off at that stop! Unfortunately, I cannot remember the name of the bus company but when you exit LCCT, walk to the right, past the departures section. There is a bus stop that will say to KL Sentral. Ask them for a ticket to Salak Tinggi train station.
      I hope that helped (maybe not!)

  2. josephlui 6 December, 2012 at 03:26 Reply

    I just want to a say a big big thank you to you. After reading your blog, it saved me lots of trouble finding myself a way from KL to Melaka. Nonetheless, I ended up buying tickets from Pudruraya bus complex one day in advance, originally we thought there is bus departing from Pudruraya but actually the bus departs from Bandar Tasik Selaton, the ride was pretty smooth, only took 1hr 40mins. Yeah, the Melaka sentral was the pain, domestic buses were so messy, didn’t know which to hop on. In the end, we grabbed a taxi to get ourselves to the red building area for price of RM20. Our way back to KL was a little bit different, because we were heading to the airport. After searching online Transnasional Bus actually operates bus service from Mahkota Medical Centre (just 5min stroll from the red buildings) to KLIA/LCCT, fare is RM22. It was a surprise for us, as we didn’t know there is such bus route, it saved us time and trouble from having to catch a taxi back to Melaka Sentral, then a bus to Bandar Tasik, then to the airport. For more information, you can visit http://www.mahkotamedical.com/en/patient-guide/transportation-service-information/91-bus-service-from-mmc-to-klia-lcct-to-mmc.html

    Anyway, I really enjoy reading your blog. Thanks again.

      • Tim 20 April, 2014 at 00:12 Reply

        Stephen, Main Bus Station to the south is in Bandar Tasik Selatan-known as the TBS. There are trains going there (Metro trains) from KL City.

        Lots of bus companies depart from there, cheaper too. NICE is a premium service. You can probably get from KL to Malacca by those cheaper buses under RM 30.

        DON’T go to Puduraya (now known as Pudu Sentral/UTC) if you are going to Malacca/the South. As buses to the south are not allowed to depart from there and any ticket you buy there-you still have to exchange it with a bus boarding pass at TBS.

        If you do get to board a bus from Pudu to Malacca/South, be well aware that it may be an illegal bus service, which can be stopped by the SPAD (public transport authority)

    • Tim 20 April, 2014 at 00:10 Reply

      Celine, Main Bus Station to the south is in Bandar Tasik Selatan-known as the TBS. There are trains going there (Metro trains) from KL City.

      Lots of bus companies depart from there, cheaper too. NICE is a premium service. You can probably get from KL to Malacca by those cheaper buses under RM 30.

  3. m. 27 April, 2014 at 16:31 Reply

    Hi Tanya,

    Very helpful post. I’m wondering how easy it is to travel with a luggage on a bus from kl to Malacca.

    Thanks.

    • Nicholas 26 April, 2015 at 10:00 Reply

      I just bought the Nice bus yesterday – just note it won’t take you completely into Malacca, you need to get a taxi from A’Fomosa Resort, 80 Ringgit and taxi takes about 45 mins to 1 hour depending on traffic lights.

  4. Kirsty 28 April, 2015 at 09:26 Reply

    Buses leave from Pudu Raya daily to Melaka at a range of times (straight to melaka not 45 km away). Go to any bus station and ask the men selling tickets. They’ll try to charge you $18 but you can get it for $10-$9 easy.

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