Getting Around Malacca

Get around Malacca

Malacca (Malay: Melaka) is the capital of the state of Malacca, on the west coast of peninsular Malaysia. Visiting Malacca is a unique experience with a rich historical and cultural background from previous Portuguese, Dutch and British rule. The city centre was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in July 2008.

By plane

Malacca International Airport (formerly known as Batu Berendam Airport is located about 10 km from the city of Malacca.
The airport, which occupies 141 acres (0.57 km2) of land, was built in 1952.

Malindo Air and Firefly flies domestically from KL and only limited international flights are provided to nearby Indonesian destinations.
Sky Aviation, Pekanbaru in Sumatra, Indonesia. 5 times a week to/from Pekanbaru.
Wings Air, Pekanbaru in Sumatra, Indonesia. Daily services to/from Pekanbaru.
Firefly, Medan in Sumatra and Subang. 2 weekly.

By Bus

Many long-distance express buses connect Malacca with both Kuala Lumpur, Seremban, Johor Bahru, Singapore and other parts of Peninsular Malaysia.
All long-distance and local buses now operate from the Melaka Sentral bus terminal, a good 4.5 km from the historic core of the city.

Express buses will also drop you off at Malacca Central/Melaka Sentral. The famous bus operators in Melaka includes Delima Express, 707 Express and Transnasional.

Walk to the back of Melaka Sentral bus station and find bus stop Nr. 17 from which you can take a local bus with the same number all the way to the principal backpackers district. This bus goes to Chinatown and Taming Sari. The closest stop to Chinatown is Dutch Square, which you will easily identify from the brick red Christ Church and Stadthuys; note that NR. 17 is a loop line, so when you need to go back to Melaka Sentral you could take it at the same place where you got off.
It is better to walk to the other side of Jonker Street and catch it on the left in front of the Payfong School; look for folks standing around and ask. This cuts half an hour out if the circuit. Price is RM2/person (January 2017). For the return trip (whole circuit) back to the bus station be aware that at peak hours the bus might take up to 90 minutes and you are charged extra for the privilege of the longer route, RM2 (August 2014). Note also that there are no bus stop signs in the centre of Melaka.

From Malacca International Airport
Batang Bus (yellow, cream and red) from Melaka Sentral will go past the aiport. Buses will stop by the main road about 200 m from the airport building. Tuahbas No. 65 (blue and white) to Taman Merdeka also goes from Melaka Sentral past the airport via Bachang.

From Kuala Lumpur
Southbound buses now leave from new bus terminal Bersepadu Selatan, which is located just next to LRT station and KTM Komuter station Bandar Tasik Selatan. Easiest way to get there from Chinatown, as of March 8, 2016 is to walk to a public bus stop near Ancasa Hotel (a 1 minute walking distance from Kota Raya mall) and take a RapidKL bus clearly marked ""TBS"" for MYR 2.00, the ride takes 15 minutes. Or walk to Kuala Lumpur old railway station (just opposite side of canal from LRT Pasar Seni station, use overpass) and take KTM Komuter train for MYR2.40 or take LRT from Masjid Jamek station. Buses are leaving every half hour, regular price of a ticket to Melaka Sentral is RM10-12, depending on the bus company, ride takes 2 hours. (As of March 8, 2016) Booking tickets online could raise the final price for the ride by as much as 50% due to service fees and other surcharges, so if you're not on a tight schedule, go straight to the terminal and buy your ticket at one of the numerous counters, with so many buses per day it's almost impossible not to catch a ride.

From Kuala Lumpur International airport
Transnasional runs multiple direct buses daily at 01:15, 07:45, 09:15, 11:45, 14:15, 16:15, 18:45, 20:15,& 21:15. Check their website for the latest schedule. Travel time is 2 hours 30 min. From Singapore
Many bus companies operate from City Plaza directly to Melaka Sentral. Bus schedules vary between companies but some operates have hourly buses. Best show up and buy tickets in advance if you want to travel on Saturday morning and return Sunday afternoon as many Singaporean tourists have the same idea.
Bus rides often take any time between 3.5-5 hours depending on how long it takes to cross the Singapore-Malaysia borders.

By Car.

Malacca can be accessed from the North South Expressway. When coming from the south, drive along E2 and leave the expressway at the Ayer Keroh exit. Alternatively, one can leave the highway at the Simpang Empat exit and proceed through normal road to Melaka. This route will pass through the town of Alor Gajah and now with the new highway (ring road) completed, the trip from Simpang Empat to Melaka will take approximately 20-30 min by car.

Malacca city is on the Coastal Trunk Road (Federal Route 5), and can be accessed from the Main Trunk Road (Federal Route 1) by turning off at Simpang Kendong or Tampin, Negeri Sembilan. Malacca is 150 km (93 mi) from Kuala Lumpur, 216 km (134 mi) from Johor Bahru, and 90 km (56 mi) from Port Dickson.

By Boat

Daily ferries run to and from Bengkalis, Dumai and Pekanbaru in Sumatra, Indonesia. All ferries arrive and depart from the Harbour Master's jetty (Jeti Shahbandar) at Taman Melaka Raya near the Maritime Museum. To get to/away from Jetty: Malacca Town Bus No. 17 (Green) goes near the Harbour Master's jetty which is just down the road from the Red Square..

To/From Dumai:
Tunas Rupat Follow Me Express

To/From Pekanbaru:
Tunas Rupat Follow Me Express
NNH Ferry Services

To/From Bengkalis:
Laksamana Group
Mulia Kencana

Bengkalis are not listed as a visa-free or visa-on-arrival point of entry into Indonesia. However, those entitled to visa-free entry, or at least Malaysian passport holders, do not seem to face any problems.