By train the journey from Kuala Lumpur to Taiping is scheduled to take just over 3 hours. Travel by train from Kuala Lumpur to Taiping is at least an hour faster than the same journey by bus.
Train Times from Kuala Lumpur to Taiping
There are currently 11 direct train services a day from Kuala Lumpur to Taiping to Taiping.
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Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station
KL Sentral Station is the main railway station in Kuala Lumpur.
Taiping Railway Station
Taiping Railway Station is 2.3 km by road from Taiping Lake Gardens.
Taiping is probably the most interesting town in Malaysia that isn’t widely known as a tourist destination. Taiping has many similarities to Ipoh. It’s in the same state, Perak, it was once the state capital, it used to have thriving tin industry industry, and also like Ipoh it has many historic buildings dating back to the time it was a part of the British Empire. The principal reason for the lack of tourists in Taiping is that they all go to more famous Ipoh. Taiping, however, has its own unique features that make it worth visiting.
Taiping, according to the local tourist board, has ’33 things that happened first in the city’. What this refers to period in the 19th Century when Taiping was the centre of British colonial rule in the Malay peninsula and as such the locations of many British led innovations in the region. For instance, the city had the first railway station in Malaysia, the first museum, the first public gardens and the first modern style prison. One of the more interesting ‘firsts’ in Taiping is Maxwell Hill, also known as Bukit Larut, which was the first hill station in the Malay peninsula, preceding other more famous hill stations such as Penang Hill. Maxwell Hill is Taiping’s most popular tourist destination. There are two ways to ascend this 1,250 metre hill: by walking, which takes 3 to 5 hours to reach the top, or by taking one of the cars operated by the municipal government. At the top of the hill there are places to eat and drink, some interesting colonial era buildings and a hill top hiking trail which offers panoramic views. The temperatures on the hill are considerably cooler than those at sea level and on most days it rains so visitors need to go prepared with suitable clothing.