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To Malacca: KUL Or SIN?  
User currently offlineParisien From France, joined Dec 2000, 823 posts, RR: 1
Posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3451 times:

A netters in Malaysia or Singapore, would you know if its better to fly to KLIA or to SIN to go to Malacca ? Which is further ? Which has the best land transport from the airport to Malacca ? I dont suppose Malacca has its own airport ? cheers

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User currently offlineKEno From Malaysia, joined Feb 2004, 1842 posts, RR: 27
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3423 times:

Malacca has its own airport (MKZ), but has no flights from KLIA nor SIN. Berjaya Air ( http://www.berjaya-air.com ) flies KL Subang - Malacca - Padang (Sumatra) few times a week on Dash 7. SIN no longer has air links to Malacca since Berjaya Air ceased operation in 1999.

The fastest way to get to Malacca is via KLIA. It takes over an hour by cab. Cheaper alternative, but much slower is to take the local bus but you'd have to change twice in Nilai & Seremban.

Going via Singapore would take about 4 hours, not including your transfer time between Changi & downtown bus terminal. Singapore-Malacca sector is almost as popular as KL-Malacca, so coach services are frequent.



edited : Just had a look at Berjaya Air website and they no longer do Subang-Malacca-Padang. But they recently just launched daily SIN (Seletar) - Redang Island.

[Edited 2005-07-01 22:56:12]

User currently offlineB742 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 3768 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3421 times:

Malacca seems a great place!

Berjaya Air used to operate to USM  Confused

I thought Samui was owned and used by Bangkok Airways only?

Rob!


User currently offlineKEno From Malaysia, joined Feb 2004, 1842 posts, RR: 27
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3413 times:

According to Berjaya Air website, they still fly to USM/Koh Samui. They also served Krabi up till last year, but that was several months before the tsunami. Silk Air on the other hand, stopped flying there early this year due to poor loads after the tragic event.

User currently offlineParisien From France, joined Dec 2000, 823 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3401 times:

yes I think I will fly to KLIA, though I am surprised that there are no dedicated airport buses to Malacca from there. Are there shuttles ? How much would a taxi cost ?
Does anyone here know Malacca ?


User currently offlineKEno From Malaysia, joined Feb 2004, 1842 posts, RR: 27
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3393 times:

I agree. For a popular destination like Malacca they ought to have a dedicated coach service. But then again, there's no coach service to anywhere except downtown KL so I'm not that surprised that Malacca doesn't get a special treatment in this case.

KLIA-Malacca by cab is around RM120 (=€25) per car, so if you're travelling alone is not exactly that cheap by local standards. Alternatively you can take the airport train to downtown KL (RM35) and take the direct coach service to Malacca from Puduraya bus terminal (Plaza Rakyat LRT station). The coach costs less than RM10.


User currently offlineParisien From France, joined Dec 2000, 823 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3308 times:

thank you KEno, I might just take a taxi...it says on the web that it is about 90 kms from KLIA to Malacca. is there a taxi company that you can recommend or would any do ? cheers

User currently offlineKEno From Malaysia, joined Feb 2004, 1842 posts, RR: 27
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3291 times:

I believe there is only a single company that is licenced to pick up passengers from KLIA. You pay for the fare in advance at the taxi booth inside the terminal and later just show the coupon to the driver. There will also be plenty of cab drivers at the arrival hall asking you around if you need one. These people always try to be as discrete as possible because it's actually illegal for them to get passengers that way. I'd say just ignore them and head straight to the ticket counter.

Enjoy Malacca!


User currently offlineTsentsan From Singapore, joined Jan 2002, 2016 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3235 times:

Take the train to KL Sentral, then take one of the regular shuttle buses to Malacca from Puduraya. Alternatively, you can come to SIN and take the daily buses up north to Malacca. Would recommend the SVIP 26 seater coaches Big grin


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User currently offlineMAS777 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 2935 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3133 times:

I'd just get a Taxi Ticket on arrival at KUL at the Taxi counter for 'Malacca'. You can then get into a cab with peace of mind and without additional hassles of trains, buses, etc.

You should get into Malacca a couple of hours after landing this way and in much better shape (as a regional carrier used to advertise).


User currently offlineSpike From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 1170 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3086 times:

Go to Departures level. Get any cab u like from there and at meter cost. Why did they build KLIA in the middle of nowhere? And why do no a/c pull up at the main terminal even when it is empty. You always have to get that stupid train.

User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1691 posts, RR: 30
Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3071 times:

Spike,

Because the main terminal is for domestic flights only; I guess you're refering to an International arrival (by using the train) ?

Don't they have these "stupid" trains as well at Gatwick ?  Wow!



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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 12, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3063 times:

Parisien,
why are you rushing directly to Malacca (or "Melaka") ?
Either way you fly, both Singapore as well as Kuala Lumpur ("KL") are well worth a visit on their own.

Back in 1993 I took a flight into Singapore, stayed there for 7 days, took a scheduled coach to Melaka (3 nights), another scheduled coach to KL (3 nights), bought a shuttle-flight from KL-Subang to SIN, stayed another 4 nights in Singapore and then went home.

My best advise for travelling in that area is: Get yourself a copy of the "Singapore - Malaysia - Brunei" -guide by Lonely Planet. Hard to find anything better for travellers ...

-HT



Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !
User currently offlineMrniji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3061 times:

Quoting B742 (Reply 2):
Malacca seems a great place!



Quoting Parisien (Reply 4):
Does anyone here know Malacca ?

Malacca is a fantastic place. That time, I was travelling from SIN with bus. I give you one advice: when you have an evening at the weekend, visit the one street (locals know) where all the activity is (market etc) - you will see these AMAZING dance shops where people have dancing classes to some European Dance Floor while everyone is having dinner, a drink or whatsoever. It is really sweet. Another thing I can suggest (if you like this kind of travelling): walk on the trailer around the river. Hike up the mountain to see the ruines of the church there (forgot the name), descend at the back side (you will see the Durch Windthing there).. and just take a random stroll through the city streets (old city) and have some drink at a traditional place, as well as some food (I don't know how it is called: they heat peanut gravy or sth, boil it in the middle, and you enter all kind of things into it and eat it)

I had a fantastic time there


User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 14, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3055 times:

Quoting Mrniji (Reply 13):
as well as some food (I don't know how it is called

The term "baba-nonya" comes to my mind ...

One more advice: When travelling overland in Malaysia by coach bring along some warm clothes! Those coaches usually are referred to as "meatlockers on wheels" - that´s with 30+°C outside !
-HT



Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !
User currently offlineParisien From France, joined Dec 2000, 823 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3036 times:

thank you all for the advice. I am not staying in SIN because I have been there. True, i have to think about spending a couple of days in KL. As for Malacca, just been reading about it and it sounds very interesting. Is it very touristy ?
All this is a part of an Asian trip that includes a stay in Indonesia. So, i will fly to KLIA from Jakarta and back to Jakarta... which means I guess paying the Visa on Arrival in Jakarta twice. but oh well.
is it cheaper to get the airtickets there ? Would it be Ok if i arrive JKT with a return ticket more than a month later (longer than the visa they give on arrival) and saying that i will get a ticket in JKT to exit and reenter Indonesia ?


User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 16, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3036 times:

Quoting Parisien (Reply 15):
As for Malacca, just been reading about it and it sounds very interesting. Is it very touristy ?

Used to be a rather small town back in 1993, but some new hotels were already present; recently got the impression from various sources that it has evolved into a spot catering for more tourists now.
I assume you´ve googled for "Malacca" yet ? --> e.g. www.meleka.net

Regarding Visa-policy in Indonesia: I can´t say for sure; was a no-visa country back in 1993.
For Germans (and I assume that it will be the same policy for French people) an uniterrupted stay is limited to 30 days; longer stays will require you to obtain a visa upfront (i.e. before arrival). Website of Foreign Affairs (Germany) do not state anything about re-entry.

Quoting Parisien (Reply 15):
Would it be Ok if i arrive JKT with a return ticket more than a month later (longer than the visa they give on arrival) and saying that i will get a ticket in JKT to exit and reenter Indonesia ?

Might be okay, but I would not count on it (border officer might have a bad day ...) unless you get positive proof of the procedure from an official side.

-HT



Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !
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