Kuala Lumpur to Batu Caves: A Complete Guide

If you’re in Kuala Lumpur even for a day, I really suggest you take some time to visit Batu Caves. To be honest, it was one of the best places I’ve ever visited and you shouldn’t miss it either. It is also considered one of the most important Tamil temples outside India. And guess what, it’s free!

Let’s check together everything you need to know to go from Kuala Lumpur to Batu Caves.

Best time to visit Batu Caves is…

Of course, in the morning. The temple can get quite crowded during the day, so in case you want to enjoy the place on your own, you should be there as early as possible. The first train leaves KL Sentral at 6:45 AM. You can check the schedule to make sure you’re there on time.

*Even if I know the theory or arriving early, let me tell you I was so tired that I didn’t hear the alarm. So there I was, arriving at Batu Caves at around 12:30, with hundreds of tourists all over. Bad timing, right? Well, surprisingly not. A huge storm came and everybody went inside the cave to hide. We did the same, but kept an eye to make sure we’re the first to run down the stairs once it stops.

I’m just going to leave this photo here so you can decide if it worked or not.
Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur

Best way to go from Kuala Lumpur to Batu Caves is…

Definitely by train. There’s a direct train leaving from KL Sentral and the ride takes around half an hour. The price for one journey is 2.6 MYR (0.57€) and the train leaves every 30 minutes. As I said, it’s a very convenient way of reaching the caves, fast and cheap.

Other options are…

Of course, there are other options as well, but you should be warned about the traffic in Kuala Lumpur. If you ever thought there are rush hours, here it seems like every hour is rush hour. So keeping this in mind, I’m going to tell you the other options to get to Batu Caves from Kuala Lumpur city.

Going to Batu Caves by bus

In case you don’t want to take the train or Kl Sentral is not in your way, there’s a bus leaving every day from Bukit Bintang Kiosk KL HOHO stop. The frequency is quite low because there are only two buses. The first one leaves at 10:00 AM and the second one at 14:00. You can buy online a ticket using this website.

Going to Batu Caves by taxi

Taxi is a comfortable and relatively cheap option to use around Kuala Lumpur. By downloading Grab App you can easily order your rides and pay less than what normal taxis would cost. The app works the same way as Uber does, you just download it, set your location and start riding.

Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur

There are so many options when it comes to accommodation in Kuala Lumpur. The most important aspect is to be close to a metro station. After reviewing loads of hotels and being confused about which area to pick, I came up with two recommendations:

  1. Bukit Bintang

The neighborhood that never sleeps, and it’s probably true because you won’t have time to sleep when you’ll see all the food around. You have the famous food night market happening here, and I’m telling you, the time will fly when you’ll try to decide what to eat. Also, the area is well connected by the metro.

2. KL Sentral

KL Sentral is the main train station in Kuala Lumpur and connects the whole city, including the airport. If you’re planning to use the metro, it would be a good idea to book a place around this area. Also, it’s the place where you’ll want to stay if you have to make it to the airport easy.


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