A Long, Sweaty and Confusing KTM Komuter Train Ride

Owning a car is a necessity, NOT a luxury in Malaysia. We do not have an efficient alternative, as our public transport system sucks big time!

Last month when bf was in KL for a business trip, he waited 20 minutes for a Monorail train. When the time the train arrives at the platform, it was too packed to board. He managed to hail a taxi, but he suspected the taxi driver was circling around the city.

That’s one the reasons why I rarely take public transport in Maaysia.

Last weekend, I cleverly suggested my friend to take the KTM Komuter train. Since there were 3 of us, I thought that we can all just carpool. One drive, and the other two to hop into the car. Then the same two can use the Komuter train home.


After dinner, and post-dinner visit to a temple, we ended up at Mid Valley Megamall for dessert. I thought that it was a perfect location, as there is a Komuter train station at the mall, direct route back home (without knowing that there is a new train route).

Luckily, our “driver” is a regular Komuter train commuter, and she pre-empted us on the new route. She reminded us to change train at KL Sentral. Oh no, it’s no longer a direct train back to our home.

And the ‘midsadventure‘ starts here.

We left Mid Valley Megamall 15 minutes before 10pm, before the shopping mall closes. Well, it didn’t help much, as we just missed a train. As it is off peak period, the next train is a good 1/2 hour away.


Confusing train route indicator …


The platform signboard at the train station is still the old signboard, showing that it is still a direct route home! Wtf. And same problem inside the train. The route map is still showing the old route.

And the train platform was hot! Not enough fan, and the fan’s position is too far inside.


Passengers sitting on the floor

People were sitting on the floor .. can’t blame them as it is a long 1/2 hour wait.


LED Signboard


At least … the LED display showing next train’s arival time was accurate. More often than not, it wasn’t.


Cracked window glass, that’s Malaysia’s Komuter train


Nothing much to do whilst waiting .. and spotted cracked glass on an incoming train at the opposite platform. And subsequently even on the train ride back home. My friend says this is normal. Our country is too “poor” to repair these windows, even though it may cause injuries to the passengers. Sigh.

You know how in other countries (such as Singapore, Hong Kong or even Thailand), the connecting train is always ‘waiting’ for you, or just a short while away?

NOT in Malaysia.

Upon reaching KL Sentral, it was another 1/2 hour wait for our connecting train.

And Thai people had the cheek to complain when they had to wait 5 minutes for train, during off-peak hour.

Mari KL (Directly translated to English: Come to KL) and you will experience what long wait really means!


Ladies coach, but also for men it seems


And we do have ladies coach in our Komuter train, but you do see men in ladies-only coach!

Oh, how can I not mention that the fare has increased to RM 2.60 (cash fare ticket) or RM 2.40 (cashless fare ticket) from home to Mid Valley. 80%+ fare difference, and this was inplemented post-toll fare increase!

Welcome to Malaysian’s commuter life! Unfortunatly, there’s no other choice for (some of) these commuters.


Travel opens up a whole new world, which is cliche but true. I am a strong advocate for independent and solo travel. I was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia but now live in Bangkok, Thailand, resulted from a chance encounter in 2009 with my why-are-you-Thai bf. I am now split between two countries. One country for my bf, another for the family, for the occasional weekend together.

4 thoughts on “A Long, Sweaty and Confusing KTM Komuter Train Ride

  • February 7, 2016 at 11:26 am

    Welcome to my world, the rail world. Hehehe

    • February 7, 2016 at 9:11 pm

      Salute to you!

  • February 7, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    I took the KTM recently and realised how much of a hassle it is.

    • February 7, 2016 at 9:13 pm

      Wasn’t that bad last time. Higher fare, but still second-class service. Sigh.

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