Malaysia Transport

Malaysia Transport and Communications

Phone, mail

Local calls can be made using public telephones with coins or cards.

You can call abroad from public telephones with payment by cards or from a Telecom telephone service point. Most hotels have direct international telephone service with a small service charge.

Useful Phones

According to JIBIN123, tourists who encounter unforeseen circumstances and difficulties can seek assistance from the Tourist Police Department.

The police usually patrol places frequented by tourists and will always be able to provide assistance and ensure their safety.

Phone numbers of tourist police departments in major cities:

Kuala Lumpur – (03) 249-6593/92
Johor Bahru – (07) 223-2222
Malacca – (06) 270-3238
Penang – (04) 261-5522
Alor Setar – (04) 732-1222
Kuala Terengganu – ( 09) 622-2222
Kota Bharu – (09) 747-2222
Kuching – (082) 241-133

Post offices are open daily, except Sundays and holidays, from 8.00 to 17.00 (in the states of Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu they are closed instead of Sunday on Fridays). The Central Post Office in Kuala Lumpur is open daily from 8.00 to 18.00, on Sundays from 10.00 to 12.45. Most international hotels will provide you with postal services.

Car rent

You can rent a car in Malaysia only under a number of conditions: you must be at least 23 years old, but not more than 60, you must have an international driving license. If there are none, but there are Russian ones, you will have to take a special permit from the Malaysian Ministry of Road Transport. So it is most convenient to use a taxi, which is not so expensive here.

Car rental includes: unlimited car mileage for the rental period; insurance – civil liability – causing harm to third parties; rental car insurance for the rental period (in case of an accident or collision with surrounding objects); car theft insurance; ransom from prison (in case of an accident, a police officer has the right to subject the parties to a short-term arrest, release from arrest is possible upon payment of a bail of up to 3000 USD); local taxes.

Attention! Theoretically, driving in Malaysia is on the left. But only theoretically.

Railway transport

From Thailand and Singapore to Malaysia, you can come by rail. The main cities on the peninsula are also connected by rail. High-speed electric trains run between Kuala Lumpur and the nearby cities of Rawang, Seremban and Port Klang. Two comfortable express trains run from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur and further to Bangkok and back to Singapore.

Motor transport

Malaysian roads are considered to be among the best in the region. Traveling by car, you can learn a lot of interesting things about the country. The beautiful North-South Highway runs throughout the peninsula, connecting Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. From the east coast to the west, the East-West highway is laid. You can travel by taxi or comfortable intercity buses, or, with an international driver’s license, rent a car.

Public transport

Many major cities in Malaysia have regular bus service. Relatively inexpensive interstate bus travel. Express MARA runs between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. The duration of the flight is about 7 hours, the ticket price is 17 Malay dollars.

The Malay bus is worthy of a separate story. At first, it will be strange for you to watch the bus open the doors at full speed or not close them at all. Traffic rules, road signs and traffic lights in Malaysia exist, but are not strictly enforced. The bus can easily run a red light or race with its fellow competitors. Such buses, darting from row to row and rushing down the street at great speed, make a terrible impression.

On the bus, you will often observe a strange, but systematic ritual. Before taking the vacant seat, the Malay woman hits the seat several times with her palm, as if knocking dust out of it. It seems that in this way they are trying to expel evil spirits left in the seat by a previous passenger.

Air transport

More than 40 world airlines fly to Malaysia, including the national airline Malaysia Airlines, which serves more than 110 international routes. There are also several other local airlines such as Pelangi Air, Berjaya Air and Mofaz Air, which are mainly involved in domestic freight and passenger traffic.


When entering Malaysia, you must carry a valid passport or other internationally recognized replacement document, which will expire at least six months after the end of your intended stay in the country. Holders of national passports should also ensure their return to their country of residence.

Citizens of the British Commonwealth countries (excluding Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka), Ireland, Switzerland, Holland, San Marino and Liechtenstein are allowed visa-free entry.

Citizens of Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Lebanon, Morocco, Norway, Oman, Qatar, Spain, South Korea, Bosnia, Sweden, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tunisia, USA, UAE and Yemen can enter the country without a visa for three months.

Citizens of ASEAN countries enjoy the right to visa-free entry for up to one month, except for citizens of Myanmar and Laos.

Citizens of Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria and South Yemen can stay in Malaysia for 14 days without a visa.

Citizens of Eastern European, Baltic and CIS countries do not require a visa to enter Malaysia for up to 1 month. These countries: Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova.

Malaysia Transport