Looking for a quick, convenient mode of transport to make your way around Kuala Lumpur? Check out the Go KL City Bus! It’s completely free, equipped with complimentary WiFi, and stops near a number of tourist attractions and notable landmarks! If you’re a savvy tourist mapping out a KL tour, the Go KL City Bus might just be the answer to your problems. With four different bus routes, each of them caters to a different type of traveller!
1. Green Line – Shop ‘Til You Drop!
Going on a shopping spree? The Green Line has stops along Jalan Bukit Bintang, where several major shopping malls are located, including Fahrenheit88, Lot 10 (famous for its Japanese food court), the iconic Pavilion, and the upscale Starhill Gallery, occupied by numerous high fashion stores, including the likes of Dior, Louis Vitton, and Off-White. Bukit Bintang itself is a sight to behold at night, illuminated by the dazzling glow of billboards and city lights. It’s like Malaysia’s very own Times Square!
The Green Line also stops at KLCC, home to Suria KLCC, a popular shopping mall that’s also known for being one of the tallest buildings in the world and Malaysia’s iconic landmark – the Petronas Twin Towers. Looking for a way to keep the kids occupied? Take them to the Petrosains Discovery Centre, a cutting-edge interactive learning experience for children and adults alike. For something a little more laidback, visit Aquaria, a massive aquarium with live feeding shows, shark cage dives, a clear underwater tunnel, and other jaw-dropping exhibits that both you and your children will be wowed by.
2. Purple Line – Experience Cultural Heritage
Besides passing through Bukit Bintang, the Purple Line stops at Pasar Seni and close by Petaling Street. Both of these places offer a shopping experience entirely different from malls, attracting both local shoppers and tourists alike. Pasar Seni features a market full of crafts and souvenirs, while Petaling Street is adorned with humble stalls peddling a range of bits and trinkets.
A little farther down the line is the Telekom Museum, housed in a building from 1928, and dedicated to the history of Malaysia’s telecommunications technology. Two stops away from it is another one of KL’s colossal skyscrapers, the KL Tower. For an unobstructed panorama of Malaysia’s capital city, consider dining at Atmosphere 360°, the revolving restaurant at its peak. For something a little closer to nature, the KL Forest Eco Park is a nearby forest preserve amidst the city with hiking trails and a canopy walk!
3. Blue Line – For Business Travellers
If you’re in Kuala Lumpur for a business trip, the Blue Line caters to the Central Business District (CBD) of the city. Besides catering to the Bukit Bintang region, this route also stops close to a number of major office buildings, including the AIA Capsquare Tower and Menara Hap Seng, as well as more shopping complexes, such as the Campbell Complex, SOGO, and MARA Digital. It’s definitely a great way to save on your daily commute!
4. Red Line – A Historical Malaysian Tour
The Red Line passes through KL Sentral, Malaysia’s largest transit hub, making this line super accessible via public transport. Take a trip down to the National Museum of Malaysia, and learn all about this country’s rich history through its well-preserved exhibits. Visit the National Mosque of Malaysia, an enormous mosque that’s beautifully designed as a nationwide symbol of Islam. A short walk away from the National Mosque are the Islamic Arts Museum of Malaysia, the largest museum of Islamic art in Southeast Asia with more than 10,000 artefacts and a vast collection of books on display, and the Royal Malaysia Police Museum, a showcase of the Malaysian police force’s history. You might even catch a glimpse of the Kuala Lumpur Train Station on the way there, an eye-catching train station that’s still in use, prominent for its magnificent facade and a prime example of Malaysian colonial architecture.
Further along the Red Line is Dataran Merdeka, one of the most significant landmarks in Malaysian history, where the Malaysian flag was first raised and still stands tall. It’s flanked by the Royal Selangor Club, one of Malaysia’s oldest sporting institutions, the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, an old government building and another remarkable example of Malaysian architecture, and the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery, a tourist information hub for visitors to learn more about the city or shop for souvenirs. While you’re there, visit the “I Love KL” statue, a popular photo spot for tourists. If museums are your thing, the National Textile Museum is a stone’s throw away, and is home to an extensive collection of traditional garments and textiles.
Other stops along the red line include Chow Kit Market, a traditional wet market in the heart of one of KL’s older regions, the Coliseum, an old-school café and cinema, and Momo's Kuala Lumpur, a fuss-free, affordable hotel that’s easily accessible via the monorail.