We were in a short trip from Kuala Lumpur to Batu Caves. It was our first time visiting together and third one for Ruben the 272 Batu Caves steps. Click here to book online Kuala Lumpur activities and day trips
In this blog post we will tell you all the details how to get to Batu Caves by train from KL Sentral to Batu Caves by bus and Grab in our Batu Caves travel guide.
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Kuala Lumpur to Batu Caves is located 13 kilometers North of Kuala Lumpur the capital of Malaysia. Batu Caves is an Hinduism temple. 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.
WHERE TO STAY IN KUALA LUMPUR
In terms of accommodation you can look for an accommodation for as low as $10-20 USD for a room or even less if you decide to sleep in a dorm. If you want to try mid-range accommodation you can find one ranging from $20-40.
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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.
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.
How to get to Batu Caves
We will explain you different ways to get from Kuala Lumpur to Batu Caves below. Schedule, prices and travel time to reach this beautiful landmark in Kuala Lumpur.
How to get to Batu Caves by Grab
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 from Kuala Lumpur 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 from our Airbnb in Kuala Lumpur to Batu Caves. 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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KL Sentral to Batu Caves by Train
If you want to get from KL Sentral to Batu Caves by train. You will have to go to KL Sentral first. You can get the first train starting 6 45 am from KL Sentral to Batu Caves.
The travel time from KL Sentral to Batu Caves 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(KL Sentral to Batu Caves by Bus)
If you want to get from KL Sentral to Batu Caves by bus. 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
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.
Batu Caves Steps
There are 272 steps in Batu Caves 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 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.
Visit 7 Am If you Want to Take Pictures (Batu Caves Entrance Fee)
There is no Batu Caves entrance fee to access. It’s free so another reason to visit. 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!
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 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 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 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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Hope it’s useful this travel guide how to get to Batu Caves. Would you choose Grab from Kuala Lumpur to Batu Caves? Or would you prefer going from KL Sentral to Batu Caves? Let us know in the comments below.
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