Malaysia is famous for its spectacular islands, beautiful beaches, unique culture and incredibly delicious food. Although millions of tourists visit this country every year, only a few of them know that traveling to Malaysia via train can be safe and adventurous. Trains are scheduled every daily on a metre-gauge railway line connecting Singapore, Johor Bahru, Kaula Lumpur, Penang, and Bangkok. Unlike traveling by air, the slow journey through the Malaysian countryside is an unforgettable experience.
How Much Does Traveling To Malaysia Via Train Cost?
The train fare from Singapore to Kaulalampur is very cheap at $36-46 (USD) for a first-class deluxe sleeper. This price is far below the least expensive air ticket you can find. Plus, train travel offers you the beautiful scenery of the countryside, delicious train food, and perhaps a nice sleep (if you take an overnight train).
Please keep in mind that if you’re starting from Singapore, you must first travel to Johor Bahru from where the trains start their journey to Kaula Lampur. However, if you’re starting from the opposite end i.e, Bangkok, the train takes nearly 33 hours to reach Kaula Lampur, and you need to pay less than $60 for a deluxe sleeper ticket.
Do I Need a Reservation?
All long distance trains passing through Malaysia and Thailand need to be booked in advance. So, your ticket is for a specific seat on a particular train which means you can’t just hop on and off without a reservation. But this isn’t a problem as Malaysian train reservations will open 30 days before departure.
What are the Trains Like?
Malaysian and Thai trains have good air-conditioning. In fact, the inside temperatures are so low that you will need a cardigan or a jumper. The trains are mostly clean with comfortable seats.
Make sure that you are insured while traveling to Malaysia. Some westerners tend to fall sick as their bodies struggle due to climate change. Also, before you commence the journey from your country, get adequate vaccinations that keep you safe from the infectious diseases prevalent in Asia.
Traveling to Malaysia via train will create many good memories to cherish down the memory lane. You will love traversing the amazing countryside filled with scenic landscapes and multicultural people.
However, this trip is recommended only if you are traveling solo or with your partner. If your family consists of small children or elders that tend to fall sick, we suggest that you travel by air.