Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Budget Travel Guide 4D3N
Malaysia is the second country we visited in our 23 Days South East Asia backpacking trip. We only stayed at Kuala Lumpur since we wanted to experience and explore the capital more in a span of 4 days (first day is travelling from Singapore, 4th day is travelling to Cambodia). We didn’t visit a lot of tourist spots here but we managed to sample a number of Malay dishes which is one of our main goal.
Kuala Lumpur is a big bustling, progressive and diverse city rich in culture, beautiful skyscrapers and great food! No wonder several of my IT colleagues work here and are enjoying their stay.
Here, we will walk you through on our budget travel in KL. You’ll see our itinerary, expenses, tips, accommodations and food we ate. So let’s go!
Our trip to KL was part of our 23 Days S.East Asia backpacking. Click here for the full itinerary.
7AM – Travel to Kuala Lumpur from Singapore (had breakfast in Larkin Terminal)
2PM – Arrive in Airbnb stay in KL
5PM – Go to Petronas Twin Towers and dinner at KLCC mall
730PM – streetfood then rest
8AM – Batu Caves
11AM – Lunch at KL Sentral
1230PM – Chinatown / Central Market
6PM – Rest
10AM – Pavilion Mall
12PM – Lunch at Jalan Alor
2PM – Lounge around KLCC Mall
3PM – Tried to get free tickets in Petronas Towers but sadly they weren’t giving anything for free anymore
4PM – Went to an Art Exhibition in KLCC Mall instead
6PM – Rest
11AM – Go to KLIA2 airport
3PM – Fly to Phnom Penh, Cambodia
You can bring Philippine Pesos and exchange it in Malaysia.
Kuala Lumpur’s train system is efficient and can get you mostly to all of the major places. Get a rapid KL card (similar to EZ Link in SG and Octopus Card in HKG) for 20RM for convenience.
Besides the train, there is a bus called Go KL that offers free rides within Kuala Lumpur! For route and schedule, click here
There are also instances that you may need a taxi in KL. If you happen to have internet connection, then it is advised you take a Grab Taxi/Grab car/Uber.
Coming from Singapore by Bus
At Larkin terminal, board the cheapest bus to Kuala Lumpur. We rode a nice bus with spacious leg room for 30RM. The bus dropped us off in our final destination at TBS station where we rode the LRT going to our accommodation.
- For more info on how to get to Larkin terminal, visit our SG Guide here.
Going to KLIA/KLIA2 airport
There are buses in KL Sentral that takes you directly to these airports for a duration of about an hour. We took the Skybus for 11RM. Pretty convenient and cheap too.
If you’re in a hurry, you can take the Express train KLIA Express from KL Sentral. It will take you about 33 minutes but the fare is more expensive for 55RM.
If you have heavy luggage with you or you’re in a group, you can book an airport transfer here.
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There are a number of hostels and guesthouses in Malaysia that you can choose from but we opted to stay in an Airbnb accommodation in Jalan Enggang (10-15 minutes walk to Jelatek LRT station which is 4 stations away from KLCC).
You can check the airbnb listing here
It was a nice stay and cheap as well. For P766 (including airbnb fee) per night with air-conditioning, wifi, clean bed, quiet environment and free water… it was a good deal.
Our bed in KL
Cozy and elegant living room
If this is not what you’re looking for, you can check out these accommodations:
Or search and compare prices of accommodations in Kuala Lumpur here
Places to See
We didn’t do much sight-seeing in KL but we sure went to two of the key places here – Petronas Twin Towers and Batu Caves.
Petronas Twin Towers
Going to Petronas is easy. Just alight at KLCC station and you’re there! Or you can use the Go KL Free public bus service and alight at KLCC.
You can also go up the Petronas Tower for a magnificent view of Kuala Lumpur for a fee of RM85. I read some blogs before that sometimes they are offering free tickets at around 3 or 4PM but this is not the case anymore. Though when we went there, they are offering a discounted price of RM63.60. Still too steep for cheapskates like us.
For more info, click here
Tourists trying to make the perfect Petronas shot
Again, thanks to their train system, going to major places is easy. Just go to KL Sentral, take the KTM Komuter to Batu Caves station which is the last station.
Inside Batu Caves
Explore more tours and activities in KL here.
For shopping, we went to Chinatown and Central Market. Central market offers traditional items, batik dresses and art pieces to name a few. Be sure to haggle, but not aggressively. Check our budget tips here.
Dresses for sale in Chinatown
If you get tired and want to cool off, there are nearby malls that you can go to like in Bukit Bintang area (Pavilion mall) and KLCC mall.
Other points of interests: KL Tower, Merdeka Square, Masjid Negara, Berjaya Times Square and the National Museum of Malaysia.
Yum yum yum! We love Malay food! It has become one of our new favourite cuisines ever. It is cheap but extraordinarily good. What we love most is their fried rice dishes especially Nasi Goreng. It has good flavour and spicy enough for our taste.
You can have these dishes in mall foodcourts, bus terminals and sidewalks for around 4 to 6 RM. Actually, we’ve eaten some of the amazing dishes in those sidewalk eateries like Mee Hailam and Nasi Ikan Masin.
For breakfast, rotis and nasi lemak are instant hits. Also don’t forget to order Teh Tarik (Hot Milk tea) and Teh Sejuk (Cold Milk tea) coz they’re really good.
Here is our detailed KL expenses in PHP currency. For our budget tips in S.East Asia, click here!
|Day 2||Per Pax||2 PAX||Remarks|
|Bus to KL||357.91||715.82|
|Roti Telur Breakfast||13.12||26.24|
|Train TBS to Masjid Jamek||79.93||159.86|
|Train Masjid Jamek to Jelatek||63.82||127.65|
|Lunch||57.26||114.53||Nasi Goreng (4.8RM), Nasi Biryani (4.8RM)|
|Taxi to Airbnb accom||17.89||35.79|
|Dinner||63.23||126.46||Chicken Satay (1RM), Beef Satay (1RM), Water (1.5RM), 2 Bread (3.8RM), Timtam (3.3RM)|
|KL Sentral to Batu||31.01||62.03|
|Batu to KL Sentral||31.01||62.03|
|Lunch||128.84||257.69||Roti Canai(1.5RM), Nasi Goreng Cina(5.5RM), Egg Omelette(2.5RM), Koya Teow Goreng (5.5RM), .5kg Bananas(4RM), Teh Sejuk(2.6RM)|
|Dinner||101.40||202.81||Mee Hailam(6RM), Nasi Ikan Masin(5.5RM), Water (1.5RM), Ice Cream (1RM), Soda (1RM), Teh Sejuk (2RM)|
|Breakfast||39.37||78.74||Roti Canai(1.8RM*2),Fried rice with egg (3RM)|
|Lunch||80.53||161.06||2 dishes for 6RM each at Jalan Alor, Watermelon(1.5RM)|
|Dinner||44.739||89.47||Nasi Lemak(2RM*2), Mee Goreng(3.5RM)|
|Train Jelatek to KL Sentral||35.79||71.58|
|Bus KL Sentral to KLIA2||131.23||262.46|
We spent a total of P5476.01 or P2738 per pax for this leg of our trip for 4 days. Malaysia is definitely far cheaper than Singapore but you’ll see how progressive and dynamic the country is now.
We like how culturally diverse Malaysia is as you’ll notice it in their landmarks, food and people. Kuala Lumpur is a nice introduction to what Malaysia offers so I suggest for first timers in Malaysia to visit KL first before venturing to other parts in Malaysia.
There you go. Hope this small guide helped you in your KL adventure!