How to get to Batu Caves (Travel Guide)

We were in a short trip in Kuala Lumpur and we decided to visit Batu Caves. It was our first time visiting together and third one for Ruben. In this blog post we will tell you all the details how to get to Batu Caves by train, bus and Grab in our Batu Caves travel guide.

Batu Caves is an Hinduism temple located 13 kilometers North of Kuala Lumpur the capital of Malaysia. Batu Caves are a 113 years old temple and its the main point for Hindu at Thaipusam Festival. It’s one of the most popular and Instagrammable places in Kuala Lumpur since they painted the stairs with different colors.

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Batu Caves Travel Guide

Best Time to visit Batu Caves

The best time to visit Batu Caves is early morning in weekdays if you have the chance. The Batu Caves open at 7 am so you will be able to take pictures almost with no people at that time. You will have to wait until 10 am if you are interested to visit more caves since not all of them open so early. But no worries there are a few places for breakfast around if you go first thing in the morning and you have to wait. The wet season in Kuala Lumpur lasts from November to March. The driest season from April to October.

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Currency and Exchange Rate in Malaysia

The currency of Malaysia is called Malaysian Ringgit and this is the money you will use while you travel around the country. And the exchange rate is $1= 4.25 MYR. Also if you are bringing debit card, you will find many ATM’s all over Malaysia. Or if you are bringing cash with the currency of your country you’ll be able to find exchange office and banks everywhere too. You just have to make sure to check where you can get the best rate for your money.

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How to get to Batu Caves

We will explain you different ways to get to Batu Caves from Kuala Lumpur city center below. Schedule, prices and travel time to reach this beautiful landmark in Kuala Lumpur.

How to get to Batu Caves by Grab

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This time we didn’t have so much time in Kuala Lumpur and we looked for the comfort of Grab. Plus we were traveling 4 of us to Batu Caves. It become the most comfortable option plus as we love it on a budget. Grab cost us 17 MYR which is only $4 USD one way. Since we were traveling 4 of us it was $1 USD each, pretty cheap right? Keep reading if you are backpacking Malaysia you can go even cheaper!

It took us 20 minutes to reach there from our Airbnb. The best thing of getting to Batu Caves by Grab you can reach before the opening at 7 am. It was amazing for us since we were in a hurry and we had the opportunity to visit the caves before the crowded with the tours and most of the tourists.

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How to get to Batu Caves by Train

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If you want to get to Batu Caves by train you will have to go to KL Sentral first. You can get a train starting 6 45 am to Batu Caves. The travel time is around 30 minutes and trains are coming every 30 minutes. It will cost you 2.6 MYR one way. You will get there after 7 am and it’s still good time for taking pictures until 8 am. So try to catch the first train if you are interested on this!

How to get to Batu Caves by Bus

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You can take a free shuttle bus ride from KL Sentral to Sentul Station and continue your journey to Batu Caves via the KTM Komuter train. You will pay 2,30 MYR from the Komuter Train to Batu Caves train station one way. You will save a few cents of MYR but we will recommend you the train since you don’t have to transfer.

Things to Know before visiting Batu Caves

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Be Careful with the Monkeys

Apart from the Hindu temple there are many monkeys so watch out them. If you are bringing food in your backpack they will chase you.

There are 272 steps to reach the main temple inside the cave. The way is easy and so colorful. If you have a problem or injury in your knees can be a problem.

Dress Properly

Dress properly as always we say. Respect them covering your shoulder and not visiting with shorts. If you don’t have approppiated clothes they will make you rent a scarf or longy (skirt) for 5 MYR. And you will be allowed to visit!

There are a few caves Temple Cave or Cathedral Cave which the main is free of charge.

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Visit 7 Am If you Want to Take Pictures

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There is no entrance fee to access Batu Caves. It opens from 7 am to 7 pm. There is a small temple which opens sooner than the caves. If you get earlier than 7 am you can walk around the temple. It’s so colorful and beautiful! Check our pictures below:

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Dark Cave

Image from Flickr

Dark Cave will cost you 35 MYR and 25 MYR for child. It opens at 10 am. You can only access joining to guided tour. It’s an interesting option if you have time. In the tours you always get extra information that you will not get walking around on your own unless you talk to locals. It wasn’t opened last 2019 Dark Cave so make sure you check online and research before going there to make sure it’s opened!

Cave Villa

Image from Wikimedia

Cave Villa is located at the food of the limestone Hill in Batu Caves. You will not have to climb all the stairs to reach there. There is an entrance fee of 15 MYR for foreigners and 7 MYR for Malaysian. There are stautes and paintings inside, everything is so colorful!

Ramayan Cave

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Ramayan Cave is located on the left side. It will be the first cave that you see if you are getting to Batu Caves by train. There are also colorful lights and the entrance fee is only 5 MYR.

Festivals in Batu Caves

Thaipusam Festival

Thaipusam Festival

Thaipusam Festival is celebrated in January or February. It will be thousand of people praying and enjoying the festivity. It can be an amazing experience visiting in those dates. It will be crowded and if you want to visit the temple quiet and calm better you avoid visiting during the festival.

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Happy Travels!

Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. He believes in travel without money. Recently, he finished a bicycle trip, 9500 km, from Madrid to North Cape.

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