Sights from the GoKL bus
Kuala Lumpur’s GoKL buses are a great way to explore the nooks and crannies of the city in air-conditioned comfort. They’re like hop-on hop-off buses but free. Intended primarily for Malaysians working in the capital’s central business district as a way of easing traffic congestion, these buses have also proved valuable for tourists who have more time than money.
Time, because the routes are rather circuitous. On our last day in KL, my friend Hershe and I found ourselves in KL Sentral early afternoon. Our next stop was the Petronas Towers. The quickest way there — short of taking a cab — would probably have been to take the monorail to Bukit Bintang and walk or catch the bus to the Petronas Towers. But we had time on our hands so we figured: why not take the long way? What would have been around a 30-minute commute extended to nearly 2 hours, including waiting times, as we jumped on the red, then the blue, then the green GoKL bus routes to our destination.
But we didn’t mind. We saw a lot of interesting sights and we got there in the end.
You can see the GoKL route map here. It’s still best to check the route maps posted on each stop, however, as I noticed that the buses we took didn’t necessarily stop at all the points marked on the route. And although the bus intervals are posted on the stops, those are probably the ideal, not the actual, intervals — traffic jams and so on — so be prepared to do a bit of waiting. Finally, I’ve seen some tourists complaining about how the GoKL bus drivers aren’t friendly and helpful when asked for information. The thing is, though it would be nice if they are friendly and helpful, these drivers are paid to drive, not to act as tourist guides, and the buses are supposed to be for locals, not tourists, so cut
the sense of entitlement the drivers some slack. Just go with the flow and enjoy the free ride.