Cameron Highlands is pretty well connected to most major cities on the west coast. There are many ways in which visitors can choose to get to Cameron Highlands.

 

By Car or Self-Drive

This is the most popular option for many visitors. Public transportation in Cameron Highlands itself can be a nightmare with non-existing buses or taxis. Getting around with a car gives you the flexibility and ease of visiting other places. Most visitors rent a car from Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh, Penang and from other major cities before heading up.
Cameron Highlands is connected by three trunk roads.

 

1. Simpang Pulai - CH Route A181
The first route (Simpang Pulai-CH Route A181) is the easiest and most comfortable route. Highly recommended for families with young children.   Simpang Pulai is a small town next to the North South Expressway. If you are coming from the North South Expressway, take Exit 137 (Simpang Pulai), this should be close to the Ipoh exit and turn right at the traffic light after you have paid your highway tolls. Turn right again at the next traffic light about 200 meters away into route A181 to Cameron Highlands. This might not look like a main road to you, there are many small villages and marble/cement factories on the way up, and there are many road signs.  After about 1 hour going uphill, you will reach a T-junctio. If you go straight, you will end up in Gua Musang (see route 3). Turn right at this junction into Kampung Raja, follow the signs saying Brinchang and Tanah Rata (another 30km).


Driving tips:
- there are no petrol stations from Simpang Pulai all the way up to Kampung Raja (50 km uphill). So, try to tank before going up, there are many petrol stations along the main road after you leave the highway.
- most stretches going up hill has got double overtaking lanes. Be patient and wait until you see the overtaking lanes before attempting to do so around a blind corner.

 

2. Tapah - Cameron Highlands Federal Route 59
This is also known as the OLD road. Most visitors coming from the south will take this route, but many locals prefer to drive further north to Simpang Pulai to take the more comfortable route.  If you are coming from the North South Expressway, take Exit 132 (Tapah). Once you have paid the highway toll, turn left at the traffic lights and this long and winding road leads you up to Ringlet - Tanah Rata- Brinchang.You will need about 1.5 hours on this old road from Tapah to Tanah Rata, especially if you are stuck behind a very slow heavy vehicle. There are almost no overtaking chances on this road. Be prepared for falling debris or minor landslides along this narrow road.
The Lata Iskandar waterfall is a nice place for a short stop although there are loads of rubbish around the waterfall and hawker stalls. Try not to swim there because of the rubbish.


Driving tips:
- there are no petrol stations from Tapah to Ringlet, about 60km stretch. So, try to tank before going up, again, there are many petrol stations along the main road after you leave the highway.
-bring some plastic bags for children, as they get very easily car-sick from all the bends. The roads are very narrow and does not offer any space for short pull-overs for throwing-up. You will need to do this in your own car.
- watch out for falling debris and landslides.
- AVOID this road at night. It is not lighted up and it gets pitch black. Driving at night with the fog is very dangerous.
- Be patient. There are lots of heavy vehicles on this route. DO not overtake if you cannot see. 

 

3. Cameron Highlands - Gua Musang Second East-West Highway 185
This is the only road that connects Cameron Highlands to the East Coast. Although the road "officially" ends at Gua Musang and you have to drive north to Kelantan; the other stretch of highway between Gua Musang - Lake Kenyir - Kuala Terengganu is actually completely and many locals use this route as a short cut from East to West peninsula Malaysia. The Gua Musang - Lake Kenyir- Kuala Terengganu route has yet to obtain a permit nor officially be open to traffic, so use this at your own risk and in case of any accidents, your insurance will not compensate for any damages. This stretch is also prone to landslides and floodings during the monsoon, so be careful when driving. It saves you a lot of time to get to the islands on the east coast. 

 

By chartered minivans

If you choose not to do a self-drive, you can easily arrange for minivan charters from the many travel agents along Tanah Rata Main road like CS Travel or here. They can arrange for pick-up and minivans to most places. KB Backpackers also offers great tailor-made transport services to those on a budget to most popular places on the east coast such as Pulau Perhentians, Redang, Taman Negara and Kota Bahru. 

 

Taxis / Local Taxis

You can easily get a taxi from Ipoh or Kuala Lumpur. A taxi from Ipoh would cost any where between RM 100 -200 one way. Expect to pay about RM 350-600 from KLIA or Penang. You can also call Cameron Highlands taxi service 05-4912355.
  

Flying into Cameron Highlands

There are no airports in Cameron Highlands. The nearest airport is the Ipoh Airport. Firefly Airlines (a budget subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines) flies Singapore - Ipoh four times a week, so this would be an very quick option for those who are coming in from Singapore.Tickets are very cheap if you book early. From Ipoh Airport, you can choose to rent a car or catch a cab or a bus to Cameron Highlands. If you cannot get a cab from Ipoh airport, take one to Medan Gopeng bus station (5km away). There are many buses and outstation cabs heading to Cameron Highlands from this terminal.

 

By Coach or Expressbuses

There are many buses heading to Cameron Highlands from most major cities in Malaysia. Most of them are very comfortable, air-conditioned and cheap. Most buses drop passengers off at the main bus station in Tanah Rata, however, many buses can accommodate requests to drop passengers off at secluded hotels and areas like the Lakehouse Ringlet and Equitorial hotel in Kea Farm. Talk to the bus driver. 

The schedule below is meant for reference only, all times and prices are subject to change. Please call the bus companies for the latest bus schedules and fares or you may visit BusOnlineTicket.com or catchthatbus.com for online booking, latest bus schedule and fares. For more departure cities and bus companies, take a look here at the Cameron Highlands Bus Schedule Page   You can also book some bus tickets to Cameron Highlands using the Easibook online system   

Here are a few companies: 

Departure City
Bus Company Station
Schedule and Prices 

Kuala Lumpur

Unititi Express
KL - +6 012-2150044
CH - +6 05-491-4181 or
+6 05-491-1452

Booking Unititi Express ticket online @ www.busonlineticket.com

Pudu Raya Counter 41

8:30am, 1030am, 1:00pm daily

Return from Cameron Highland
8:45am, 1:45pm, 4:00pm daily

RM 35 per person one way
Journey time: 3 - 3.5 hours 

 KL Sentral

8:30am, 1030am, 1:00pm daily

Return from Cameron Highland
8:45am, 1:45pm, 4:00pm daily

RM 35 per person one way
Journey time: 3 - 3.5 hours

Kurnia Bistari
KL - +6 03-20318307
CH - +6 05-491-1485
Pudu Raya 8:00am, 9:00am, 10:30am, 1pm; 2:30pm, 4:30pm

Return
Super VIP coach - 8:00am, 10:30am, 1:00pm, 4:30pm

RM 28 per person one way
Journey time: 4.5 - 5 hours

 

Damai Express

+60321459077


Counter 8 & 9 Pasarakyat

8:00am, 1:30pm daily

Return from CH
8:00am, 1:30pm daily

RM 39 per person one way
Journey time: 4.5 - 5 hours

 

GT Express

Booking GT Express ticket online @ www.busonlineticket.com

Pudu Raya Counter 17 and 45 8:30am, 9:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 5:30pm daily

 

RM 35 per person one way
Journey time: 3 - 3.5 hours

Penang

Kurnia Bistari Express
(might not be air-conditioned)

+604-2623313

Prangin Mall / Komtar. 8.00am, 9.30am & 2.30pm

Return
8:00am,1:30pm & 5:30pm (via Simpang Pulai)
9:00am & 3:00pm (via Tapah)

RM 33 per person one way
Journey time: 4.5 - 5 hours

 

Unititi Express

Booking Unititi Express ticket online @ www.busonlineticket.com

Prangin Mall/Sungai Nibong terminal

7.30am, 1.30pm

 

RM 35 per person one way
Journey time: 4.5 - 5 hours  

Singapore


Konsortium Express

+6563923911


Golden Mile Tower

10.30pm (Arrives at 7am the following morning)

Return
10.00am

SGD 55  per person one way
Journey time: 9 hours 

 

Ipoh

Kurnia Bistari Express
(might not be air-conditioned)


+605-4911485

Medan Gopeng
9:30am, 11.00am, 5.30pm & 7.00pm

Return
8.00am, 11.00am, 3.00pm & 6.00pm (via Simpang Pulai)

RM 7.90 - 10 per person one way
Journey time: 3 hours 


Kinta Omnibus
(might not be air-conditioned)

IPOH - +605-254-0124
CH - +605-4911200
Medan Kidd

8.00am, 11.00am, 3.00pm & 6.00pm (via Simpang Pulai)

RM 7.90 - 10 per person one way
Journey time: 3 hours  

 


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