How To: Go to BB Sri Petaling, Bukit Jalil using public transport
Despite being well known as a the Malaysia’s official Sports Hub, Bukit Jalil & it’s nearby commercial town, Sri Petaling are 2 new spots for me. Looking at the map & the public facilities available, I’ve decided to turn on my “solo exploration mode” *inserts Indiana Jones soundtrack*; opted to use cheapest mode of public transport available to travel from Petaling Jaya to Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur.Many of my friends have enquired on how to travel to Bukit Jalil since I’m well known for taking public transport. Since my memory ain't that good with numbers (bus no. to be exact) & the lengthy names of the stations so here is the post; I sound drunk over the phone when it comes to questions like these. I can visualized the whole scenery & map, I just can NOT for the life of me recall the digits & names. So here... Go save it!
Back to topic, my exact destination:
(Bukit Jalil from Petaling Jaya)
Jalan Radin Anum, Bandar Baru Sri Petaling (BBSP) it is where the Cite Malaysia Office (a local media publishing house well known for the magazines:- Vivi, Queen, Mina) .
Jalan Radin Anum is a major stretch of street. In fact, it covers several streets thus even the local workers there were pretty confused by the directions. Thus it helps if you Google around.
Luckily with the help of Googlemap. It was not hard to find the Cite Malaysia Office as it's right across the petrol stations: Esso, Mobil, Shell, and a hotel - Sri Petaling. Judging by the 2nd trip there this year (in Sept.2014), parking is still difficult as it is located right smack among the commercial office area and plenty of spots to eat & shop. The amount of new shoplots and on-going constructions.
So the best mode of transport:
MyRapid Light Rail Train/LRT
I started my journey from the city of Petaling Jaya (PJ). Took the LRT from the Asia Jaya station (actually any station will do as long it's under the Kelana Jaya (KJ) Line.
Summarized Travel Flow:
Kelana Jaya Line - Asia Jaya LRT
>> Get Down/Disembark at the Masjid Jamek Station
>> Walk till nearby the escalators, watch out for signboards with “AMPANG LINE to SRI PETALING”
>> Walk thru the interlink to the Sri Petaling Line (it’s a 5-10mins underground walkway)
>> Take the integrated train (another train type with yellow doors)
>> Disembark at Bukit Jalil LRT Station (the Bukit Jalil Stadium & Park is just behind this station)
>> Exit from the station building itself to go to the Bus Stop (5 mins away)
>> Cross the road
>> The Bus Stop area – right in front of a park, with some plastic roof shields, plenty of taxi waiting (most try to hike up the price & not use the metere) and the buses operates every 30mins.
>> To go to Sri Petaling, take T418
>> Asked the bus driver (nicely) to signal when nearby to the destination: Jalan Radin Anum (Hotel Sri Petaling)
Estimated time: 1.5hour+
$ Cost: RM3.80-4+
Frequency of the train & bus: Every 15-30mins
Day: Weekday (Friday)
Alternate method of transportation, I have tried:..
- Method 1: Wave for the cab by the road side.
- Time: Non-peak hours. Late morning. Weekend. Took 40mins. to get a cab willing to go there & 30mins. to travel.
- Difficulty: Hard. Most cab drivers are not willing to travel from Petaling Jaya to Bukit Jalil on weekend because lack of business (no passengers on the way out), most are no familiar with Bukit Jalil areas and prefer hotspots in Petaling Jaya or Kuala Lumpur.
- $ Cost: RM15, slight jam at certain roads.
- Method 2: Called cab using Mobile App. called MyTeksi.
- Time: Non-peak hours. Afternoon. Weekend. Took 15mins. to get a cab. Made advanced booking.
- Difficulty: Moderate. It was very easy using MyTeksi as it would auto-notify when I am able to book a cab and also it would notify when the cab driver is arriving for pickup. Travel time 40mins+ there were slight jam all the way due to the road constructions (MRT) at PJ and building constructions at Sri Petaling. The cab arrived right in front of my place and I did no have to wait under the sun/rain and negotiate.
- $ Cost: RM17 (RM2 for the App. MyTeksi)
- Many shared that during peak hours, it can up to 1-1.5 hours to travel from Petaling Jaya to Bukit Jalil. Finding a spot to eat is easy but not for parking. But I am sure most Malaysians would not mind venturing for the best food & walk the extra mile from the designated parking spots.