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KL is a well planned, well laid-out city that has a considerable degree of connectivity between the various modes of transport. For instance taxi stands are a common feature outside bus and train stations. Buses tend to drop passengers off right next to long distance train stations enabling smooth transitions.

The popular mode of transport for visitors, especially families or groups of four, would be the taxi. These come in two categories-budget and premium. Budget taxis have a red and white colour combination that sets them apart and makes them easy enough to spot. These can be picked off ranks outside prominent shopping areas, tourist spots, and hotels or hailed off the streets.

There appears to be a general reluctance on the part of the average KL cabbie to actually operate the metre while plying his trade. The onus for getting it to operate often lies with the passenger, which may result in mixed responses. While some may comply with the request others may sullenly refuse or state that it is out of order. At such instances, the wise thing to do is fix a rate before even shutting the door of the vehicle and embarking on the trip. Give clear instructions as to destination and have an idea about how long it would take to reach there to avoid a merry-go-round. This information can be had either from guide books or hotel concierges. The premium taxis are normally bright yellow in colour and are more likely to go by the metre. Most drivers are pleasant, friendly individuals who are happy to show travellers around their city.

It is best to avoid touts who pressurise folks into taking a certain vehicle. Taking taxis from hotel ranks will be more expensive than hailing one off the streets. Extra luggage might earn extra charge. Taxi rates go up by 50% from midnight to 6 a.m.

For those that like to get around in style as well as comfort, the limousine is an option. This category of transport often ranges from a Mercedes E Class to a Nissan or the local Proton Saloon. For the value added, you get a spacious, clean vehicle with a smart uniformed chauffeur and more respect on the streets.

Rent-a-car options are open to those brave hearts who are not deterred by the errant traffic and seemingly lawless parking strategies. Hertz and Avis have counters at the KLIA Main Terminal Building . Hertz has another office in Jalan Sultan Ismail in downtown KL, while Avis have set up shop at Jalan Ampang. Others in the field are Mayflower Car Rental, Europcar, and JM Trans-Multi Services all located in the city centre. The wise thing to do would be to hire a vehicle of your choice in advance right at the beginning stages of your trip to avoid having to wait in line or not getting the vehicle of your choice. Think fast when it comes to baby seats, boot space, or other specific requirements.

To hire a car, the driver would have to be a minimum of 23 years of age with a license at least 2 years old. Drive on the left side of the road. Avoid alcohol as it brings about huge fines or even imprisonment. Speed limits are 110 kph on expressways, 90 kph on highways, and 60 kph on city roads. Seat belts rules have to be complied with. Watch out for double parking on the streets. The smart thing to do would be to park in shopping centres or other designated areas rather than on the streets. When leaving vehicles parked, make sure all valuables are out of sight and the vehicle securely locked. Emergency break down assistance can be had from Automobile Association Malaysia which you can call toll free at1 800 88 0808, or (03) 2161 0808. Emergency telephones are located every 2 km on expressways and highways.

Lone travellers or even couples might be better off using public transport. The Rapid KL bus and rail service is convenient, comfortable, and reliable. The service has a network of around 160 bus routes, the Ampang Rail Line, and the driverless Kelana Jaya Rail Line that between themselves cover all major and popular destinations. Tickets can be bought from post offices, rail and bus stations and are valid for a day or a month, depending on how long you plan to use one.

For short trips in the outskirts of KL, a bus journey would be feasible to take in the local sights and adjust to a slower pace. The Puduraya Bus Terminal is the main centre located close to the busy China Town in Jalan Pudu. The other important bus terminals are the Jalan Putra near the Putra Trade Centre, the Duta near Jalan Duta, and the Pekeliling in Jalan Pekeliling. These bus terminals may be somewhat overwhelming due to the hot, humid weather and the incessant crowds and may take some getting used to. Though generally crime-free the odd pickpocket is known to try his luck.

Travel outside of KL is best achieved on the KTMB rail network and the KTM Komuter train services. These come in three classes of comfort-the First Class with de-luxe seats, the Second Class with executive leather seats, and the Third Class with economy plastic seating. Tickets can be reserved 3 months in advance. Foreign nationals are allowed to buy KTM rail passes with varying validity for 5, 10, or 15 days on presenting an overseas passport. Children under 4 years travel free, and those up to 11 years pay half fare.

The Monorail service would have to be the way to go as far as exploring the city centre is concerned. This runs on an elevated beam high above the teeming crowds and traffic jams below and passes through all major shopping centres and entertainment venues. Hopping in and out of the monorail is not an issue at all as it makes frequent stops. It even has connectivity with the Rapid KL rail and road transport systems.

As you leave the city behind, you have the option of taking a river taxi for travel or sport. The Mines Resort City in southern KL is where river taxis are the rule rather than the exception. The shopping mall here can only be accessed by water taxi and it is the preferred mode of transport for sight-seeing as well.

As modern and sophisticated as KL surely is, it does not however, appear to take kindly to bicyclists. It is generally impossible to find bicycles on hire and the streets do not have bike lanes. So bicycling can only be undertaken at certain risks to person and pride. Another option is a motorbike which is more readily available. Some car hire agencies may have bikes for hire as well, along with the requisite safety paraphernalia.

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