Malacca is 149 km from Kuala Lumpur, 216 km from Johor Bahru
and 90 km from Port Dickson. The Kuala Lumpur to Malacca trip
by road takes about two hours, while the trip to Johor Bharu
further south takes about three hours. Several tour agents
and hotels in Kuala Lumpur offer packages to Malacca for weekend
or day trips. Taxi and express bus services are easily available.
You can get around Malacca by taxi or bus. The local bus
station, express bus terminal and taxi stations are all located
around the same area on Jalan Hang Tuah.
The airport is located at Batu Berendam about 10 km from
the town centre. Most top class hotels have airport shuttle
services available. The MAS office (06-283 5722) is in the
City Bayview Hotel but MAS does not fly to Malacca.
There are a number of bus companies that service the Kuala
Lumpur/Malacca route daily, as well as between Malacca and
other towns and cities. To get to Malacca from Kuala Lumpur,
you can take an express bus at the Puduraya Bus Terminal in
Kuala Lumpur. Tickets can be purchased at the terminal, but
during festive seasons it is advisable to book ahead. Outstation
taxi offices are also located in the terminal. Taxis normally
wait for a full passenger load before they depart.
Malacca has no railway station of its own and the nearest
station is on the main north-south line at Tampin, 38 km north
of Malacca. Visitors travelling by rail would have to disembark
at Tampin. From there you can continue on to Malacca by taxi
Taxis leave from the taxi station just opposite the local
bus station and operate to Kuala Lumpur, Port Dickson, Johor
Bahru, Seremban and Mersing. Rates are between RM20-RM30
Public City Buses
A useful service is the No.17 town bus from the local bus
station which runs to Taman Malacca Raya and on to Portuguese
Square and back.
To get to Tanjung Kling take PATT HUP bus No.51 from the
Bus no.19 goes to Air Keroh. To get to the airport at Batu
Berendam, board Batang Bus No.65.
Express Buses to Singapore
Leave hourly from 8.00am to 6.00pm but it is advisable to
book in advance. The journey takes about 4 hours.
Buses to Johor Bahru leave every half hour.
To Muar (one hour) buses depart every half hour throughout
There are also buses for Butterworth and Penang at about 8.30pm.
The bus for Lumut and Ipoh leaves about 9.30pm
There are two buses to Kuantan which leave about 2.00 pm daily.
Express Bus Lines
Malacca-Kuala Lumpur Express - Phone: 06-282 2503/238 1578
Malacca-Seremban Transnasional Express - Phone: 06-282 0687
Malacca-Port Dickson-Klang Barat Express - Phone: 06-283 3462
Malacca-Ipoh-Butterworth-Penang S.E.Express - Phone: 06-282
Malacca-Kuala Terengganu-Kota Bharu Budaya Express - Phone:
Malacca-Ipoh-Lumut S.E.Express - Phone: 06-282 4327
Malacca-Johor Bahru/Singapore - Phone: 06-282 4470
Malacca-Tampin - Phone: 06-283 1667
Malacca-Muar - Phone: 06-283 1667
Daily high-speed ferries operate between Malacca and Dumai
in Sumatra. The journey takes about two hours and tickets
costs less than RM100. You can get tickets at booths located
at the river wharf past the Samudra Museum. Boats are operated
by Madai Shipping (Phone: 06-284 0671) Tunas Rupat Utama (Phone:
06-283 2506) and Masamas (Phone: 06-281 8200).
Boats go from Malacca to Pulau Besar and Pulau Upeh on demand.
On weekends there are plenty of boats, but during the week
you may have to hire the whole boat. A speedboat costs about
RM80 while a fishing boat is about RM50.