Fellow backpackers of the world, while we are pinching our pockets to make our adventure last longer the word FREE tends to get our attention. Yup you heard it. The city of Kuala Lumpur has free buses where you can get around the city for the cheap. Want to go see the twin towers? Free. Want to eat some street food in Jalan Alor? Free. I will be launching this series of the KL Free bus guide for you guys to get going and see the city and other hidden gems. This post will feature food, attractions and some history about Kuala Lumpur itself. This post is similar to the monorail guide which I have posted earlier so stay tuned for more version of this series in the future.
Green Line :To get to the start of the green line, you would need to make your way to Wisma Cosway for the interchange. You would first grab the purple line and stop at Wisma Cosway which is a great KL Go interchange spot to discover the city for free.
How to get to the purple line.
Make you way to the door and turn right. Walk along the street and you will arrive at a T junction. Turn left and head towards the metro station. You will see a bunch of purple buses at the terminal. The bus that is ready for boarding is by the road where it is on your far right. Board the bus and you are on the purple line. There are a few interesting stops on the purple line but all that info will be featured on another episode of “Wanna get around KL for FREE? (Purple line guide)” which will be published later on. So stay tuned! Here is Wisma Cosway’s stop for the interchange.
Notice the large Cosway sign on the building. Here is where the blue line could be accessed to start your journey. The wait time should not be more than 10 mins. Pay attention to the front of the bus to know what color their lines are. Ps: Yes all KL GO buses are purple so please be aware. The start of your green line tour The green line tour is a shortened version of the other tours that you would experience with the KL GO bus. The green line tour is catered to give you the best view of the urbanized side of Kuala Lumpur where you get to admire the architecture of what Kuala Lumpur has to offer.
This stop is at the heart of the shopping area of Bukit Bintang. There are a few shopping malls at this location which houses various brands from the mid range section to the high fashion couture. If you are a big fan of shopping or your lady wants to feast her eyes on the best collections Malaysia has to offer, this is the place to go. Nearing the holiday season, the Pavillion mall will be heavily decorated with festive themes and it is a great spot to take pictures. The malls located at this stop are Fahrenheit 88, Lot 10, Starhill gallery and the biggest one of all Pavillion.
Pavillion Stop on the Blue line.
Farenheit 88 Mall
Bukit Bintang is another stop on the blue line bus. It is not far away from the shopping strip stop on Pavillion. Walk towards the direction of Farenheit 88 Mall and you will pass by Lot 10 mall and other smaller shops on the way. Once you are at the end, you will arrive at the famous Bukit Bintang junction. This is one of the most photographed street in Kuala Lumpur as it is captures a perfect image of the metropolitan city of Kuala Lumpur. At the Bukit Bintang stop, you can make a side trip to the famous Malaysian food street which is Jalan Alor. Jalan Alor is a well known food street famous for its bright lights and an array of great street food aromas to tingle you senses of what is authentic Malaysian food. I will publish another segment which covers this awesome food street ranging from the best foods and snacks. So stay tuned for another upload.
Bukit Bintang Junction.
Jalan Alor Food Street
This is a hidden find. If you like to watch the sunset overlooking the Kuala Lumpur skyline, you can hop off the bus here and head to Heli Lounge Bar on Menara KH. Located next to the Raja Chulan Monorail Station. Head up the building to the 34th floor and you will be directed to the lounge. To catch the sunset, I would advice to get there at about 6:00pm to get the best spot. The access to the helipad is free from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. If you are with your partner, this would be a great romantic spot to impress them. The drinks up here is not as cheap as beers in a regular bar but the with that view, its well worth the price.
Heli Lounge Sunset View
You can view the Twin Towers from here too.
Or just lay back and enjoy the view of Kuala Lumpur with a drink in hand.
Heli Lounge Bar Kuala Lumpur (Menara KH on your left after the monorail station)
Address: 34th Floor, Menara KH, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Helipad Age Limit – 18 Years and above
Dress Code – Smart Casual (Applies after 9pm Daily) No Short, No Slippers, No Sleeveless Tops
Tel: 03-2110 5034
Hours 5:00PM – 12:00AM
Wisma Cosway stop is not only a great interchange stop for the KL go color buses but it is also a gateway to KLCC. As many tourists who come to Kuala Lumpur for a glimpse of the twin towers, many do not know that it has an array of high brand shops, an amazing aquarium, an art gallery as well as a science center beneath these gorgeous Malaysian Twins. KLCC is a on stop shopping and convention center which houses many international exhibitions as well as couture brands. Aside from that, it has a metro line beneath the mall and it is a true hub on Kuala Lumpur. Though there are many ways to get to KLCC, this is one of the quickest ways by KL go bus.To get to KLCC, you would need to head straight up the covered pedestrian bridge and there are well guided signs to show you your way to the Twin Towers. Once there, you can cut through the “central park of Kuala Lumpur” from the convention center and the Twin Towers will be right above your sight.
Suria KLCC shopping gallery
Opening hours are from 10.00am – 8.00pm.
Adult: RM 69
Children : RM 59
Aquaria KLCC: http://aquariaklcc.com/
PetroSains (Petronas Science Center)
Opening hours are from 9:30am – 5:30pm.(Closed on Mondays)
Adult: RM 30
Children : RM 18
Galeri Petronas (Petronas Art Gallery)
Opening hours are from 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Galeri Petronas – http://www.galeripetronas.com.my/
KLCC park is situated on the ground floor at the center courtyard of the Suria KLCC shopping mall. Once there, you will be introduced to a lush scenery of greens, fountains and a perfect spot to relax in the middle of the fast paced city. The KLCC Park is great for families an photo taking. Best part about the park is that you get to enjoy the fountain show at 8pm, 9pm and 10pm sharp, a waddling pool as well as a huge network of playground for kids.
KLCC Park Playground
That’s all for the green line tour. It is a short trip around the key locations which are great for pictures and fun filled family activities. I would say that this tour could be completed in 3 hours. If you don’t have much time in Kuala Lumpur, I would suggest that you could kill off some hours before catching a plane later in the evening. I hope you enjoy this post. Stay tuned for more articles on “Wanna get around KL for FREE?” episodes. Cheers!