Kuala Lumpur Railway Station

Kuala Lumpur Railway Station was the city’s main railway station before KL Sentral Station was opened in 2001. Kuala Lumpur Railway Station is still a functioning train station although it has few facilities and limited services, and far fewer local transport connections than KL Sentral Station. What Kuala Lumpur Railway Station does have, which KL Sentral Station lacks, is beautiful architecture.

About Kuala Lumpur Railway Station

Kuala Lumpur Railway Station was first opened in 1910. The building was designed by architect A.B Hubback who also designed a number of other notable buildings in Kuala Lumpur and Perak State such as the Jamek Mosque, the Ubudiah Mosque in Kuala Kangsar, Ipoh Railway Station and the Railway Administration Building which is on the other side of the road from Kuala Lumpur Railway Station.

Entrance to Kuala Lumpur Railway Station
Entrance to Kuala Lumpur Railway Station

Kuala Lumpur Railway Station is designed in an architectural style often described as ‘Indo-Saracenic’. The Indo-Saracenic style also features in the Jamek and Ubidah Mosques and many of the public buildings which the British built during the 19th Century in India. Indo-Saracenic architecture blends classical Western architecture with Mughal architecture and the architecture of the Moorish Empire, of which the Alhambra Place in Grenada, Spain, is a fine example. The domed turrets are reminiscent of the palaces of Rajasthan in India whereas the pointed arches are more closely associated with buildings from the Middle East and the Maghreb. Overall this is a very attractive and distinctive building.

Side view of Kuala Lumpur Railway Station
Side view of Kuala Lumpur Railway Station

At one point Kuala Lumpur Railway Station featured a 170 room hotel called the Station Hotel with a famous lobby bar. The hotel and bar closed in 2011 and all that remains is a nasi kandar restaurant called the Station Heritage Restaurant on the ground floor of what had been a magnificent hotel in one of Kuala Lumpur’s grandest buildings. Because of the poor local transport connections Kuala Lumpur Railway Station is in practice of not much use, more people use KL Sentral Station, and hopefully the KTM will decide in the future to simply turn it into a museum with a renovated luxury hotel inside.

Trains from Kuala Lumpur Railway Station

There are three train lines currently operating out of Kuala Lumpur Railway Station:

  • KTM Komuter Line: Seremban Line (Batu Caves to Pulau Sebang/Tampin)
  • KTM Komuter Line: Port Klang Line (Tanjung Malim to Port Klang)
  • ETS Line: West Coast Main Line (Padang Besar to Gemas)

All ETS mainline services stop at Kuala Lumpur as well as KL Sentral. Services travelling from the North (from Padang Besar, Penang and Ipoh) stop at Kuala Lumpur Railway before they reach KL Sentral Station. Trains from the South stop at Kuala Lumpur Railway Station after KL Sentral Station.

Location of Kuala Lumpur Railway Station

The Kuala Lumpur Railway Station is located on Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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