Kuala Lumpur by Train: 21 Attractions to Visit Near KL Train Stations

Kuala Lumpur by Train: 21 Best Attractions Near MRT & LRT Stations

Check out these places in KL, all easily reachable by train!

Being the most significant mode of public transport in Kuala Lumpur and the Klang Valley area, the MRT and LRT are what most locals use to commute to work as well as travel around. Whether you’re a foreign traveller or a Malaysian looking to explore Kuala Lumpur by train, taking the MRT or the LRT is the best choice as they offer great comfort, short waiting time, and won’t cost you a lot.

As a local, I’ve put together a Kuala Lumpur train guide to make it easier for you. Read on for the must-visit attractions that are reachable by train; all only within a short walking distance from the Klang Valley and KL train stations!

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Exploring the city through KL train stations

The Klang Valley Integrated Transit Map

There are currently 13 transit lines in Klang Valley, which include the MRT, LRT, Monorail, BRT, KTM, and ERL. There are two MRT lines, namely the MRT Kajang Line and MRT Putrajaya Line. Meanwhile, there are three LRT lines, which are the LRT Ampang Line, LRT Sri Petaling Line, and LRT Kelana Jaya Line. Some major stations are served by both MRT lines. On the other hand, there are some KL train stations that you can reach via both an LRT and MRT line. 

To ease up your travels, we highly recommend getting a Touch ‘n Go card. Not only will this help you save up, but it also provides more convenience. You can purchase one at ticket counters in KL train stations or from select business premises.

KL attractions near MRT Kajang Line

1. IKEA Damansara and IPC Shopping Centre – Mutiara Damansara Station

After arriving at the Mutiara Damansara MRT Station, simply walk for about nine minutes and you’ll reach IKEA Damansara, one of the famous IKEA stores in Malaysia. Here, you can browse through many home displays, purchase household goods, and try out the iconic IKEA Swedish meatballs

Besides, there’s also the IPC Shopping Centre right next to it. It’s a less crowded shopping mall where you can shop quietly. Once you’re done shopping and eating, you can also head to the Mutiara Damansara Recreational Park nearby. It’s a small park with a lake that’s ideal for indulging in a peaceful stroll.

2. 1 Utama Shopping Mall – Bandar Utama Station

The Bandar Utama MRT Station is linked to the 1 Utama Shopping Mall (aka One U) by a sheltered pedestrian link bridge. It only takes around eight minutes and you’ll find yourself in this locals’ favourite shopping mall. One of the biggest shopping malls in Malaysia, the mall is divided into the Old Wing and New Wing. It features three prominent department stores — Aeon, Parkson, and Isetan — as well as two cinemas, TGV and GSC Cinemas

Aside from a great shopping experience, the mall also offers various fun attractions, such as Asia’s largest indoor rock climbing gym, an indoor skydiving wind tunnel, and a rooftop garden.

3. The National Museum of Malaysia – Muzium Negara Station

To travel around Kuala Lumpur by train, don’t forget to stop by the Muzium Negara MRT Station. This KL train station is directly connected to the National Museum of Malaysia, a museum that showcases the country’s vibrant culture and history. A must-visit attraction for first-time travellers in Malaysia, here is where you can take a glimpse at the ancient artefacts including the traditional costumes, arts and crafts, weapons, and musical instruments.

The adult ticket price is only RM2 (~US$0.40 or S$0.60) for Malaysians and RM5 (~US$1 or S$1.40) for non-Malaysians, while children under the age of 12 can enter for free. 

4. Central Market – Pasar Seni Station

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Pasar Seni is one of the most bustling areas in KL city centre. Visit the Central Market, a vibrant marketplace only three minutes walk from the Pasar Seni MRT Station. This shopping destination boasts over 350 shops and bazaar-style kiosks, featuring local handicrafts like batik textiles, traditional souvenirs, antiques, and a diverse range of clothing options. 

It also houses fashion and craft-making events from time to time. Many would come here to take pictures with the giant wau bulan: a traditional Malay kite that serves as one of Malaysia’s national symbols. The best part is, that it is open every day of the week!

Note: You can also alight at Pasar Seni LRT station, the same station as Pasar Seni MRT station, via the LRT Kelana Jaya Line.

5. Petaling Street and Kwai Chai Hong – Pasar Seni Station

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Also a three-minute walk from Pasar Seni Station is the long-standing Petaling Street, aka Chinatown. It’s a place where you can find a wide range of goods, from clothing, shoes, and bags to delectable local cuisine, primarily Malaysian Chinese cuisine and counterfeit goods. There are also hipster cafes, adorable photo spots, as well as florists selling cheap fresh flowers around the area. 

While you’re here, do also pay a visit to Kwai Chai Hong: a place filled with art murals that will bring you back to the 1960s era of KL’s Chinatown. During festive seasons, you’ll also get to join art events or exhibitions there for free!

Note: You can also alight at Pasar Seni LRT station, the same station as Pasar Seni MRT station, via the LRT Kelana Jaya Line.

Also read: 10 Free Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur, as Recommended by Locals

6. Merdeka 118 – Merdeka Station

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Admire the tallest building in Southeast Asia — the Merdeka 118 up close when you exit the Merdeka MRT Station. Although the tower is about 92% complete and still yet to open to the public, you can still take pictures of (or with) it and show it off on the internet! 

Note: You can also alight at Plaza Rakyat LRT station via the LRT Ampang Line and LRT Sri Petaling Line to reach the same destination.

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7. Bukit Bintang – Bukit Bintang Station

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If someone asks me where is best to go in Kuala Lumpur by train, I would personally suggest Bukit Bintang. You’ll find yourself right in the heart of this area once you get off from the Bukit  Bintang MRT Station, one of the more crowded KL train stations. This is one of the busiest and most lively areas in KL, featuring prominent shopping malls like Pavilion KL, Farenhiet88, and Lot 10

Good news to travellers looking for entertainment, it is home to a plethora of international and local delicacies, karaoke places, and classy bars along Changkat: a street within Bukit Bintang notable for its nightlife scene. You’ll also find the Museum of Illusions Kuala Lumpur, Eslite Spectrum bookstore, as well as gorgeous street art in Jalan Alor, all within the same area.

8. TRX Exchange 106 – Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) Station

Malaysia is home to many mighty skyscrapers, and the TRX Exchange 106 is one of them. Exit from the Tun Razak Exchange MRT Station and you’ll arrive at the financial district and the tower itself. As the name suggests, TRX Exchange 106 has a total of 106 floors, housing offices and a shopping mall. As of writing, the tower is still not open to the public, but the wait will not be long, as it is said to open by the end of 2023. 

Note: The TRX Exchange 106 is served by both MRT Kajang Line and MRT Putrajaya Line.

9. MyTown KL and IKEA Cheras – Cochrane Station

A mere two-minute walk from the Cochrane MRT Station will bring you to the MyTown Shopping Centre and IKEA Cheras, two famous malls connected to each other. MyTown Shopping Mall features more than 400 local and international retailers, including H&M, Parkson, and Village Grocer, and the largest Zara store in Malaysia. There’s also a landscaped park outside the mall where events like bazaars and carnivals take place from time to time.

Also read: 20 Best Malls in Kuala Lumpur & Klang Valley for Avid Shopaholics

10. Sunway Velocity Mall and AEON Taman Maluri Shopping Centre – Maluri Station

Sunway Velocity Mall is accessible by two KL train stations: the previously Cochrane and Maluri MRT Station, with the latter being slightly closer (only around an eight-minute walk away). You’ll be greeted with a wide variety of local and international brands, a cinema, a fitness centre, as well as plenty of Chinese cuisines (hotpots, more specifically) in this shopping paradise. 

Locals also love to shop for groceries at Aeon Taman Maluri Shopping Centre right across from the mall. It’s only a four-minute walk away from the Maluri Station.

Note: You can also alight at Maluri LRT station, the same station as Maluri MRT station, via the LRT Ampang Line.

11. Taman Connaught Night Market – Taman Connaught Station

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The Taman Connaught Night Market is regarded as one of the best and longest night markets in Malaysia. It is open from 6.30pm every Wednesday, with stalls selling tons of yummy street food, local cuisines, drinks, clothing items, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables. If you happen to be hungry and looking for some localised dinner on a Wednesday night, this is where to go. Although, you’ll have to walk for approximately 20 minutes to get here from the Taman Connaught MRT Station

Must-visit places near KL MRT Putrajaya Line

12. Sentul Depot – Sentul Barat Station

Sentul Depot is approximately a nine-minute walk from Sentul Barat MRT Station. A former train depot turned into an event venue, it is one of the locals’ favourite hangout spots on the weekends. It’s surrounded by Sentul Park, a private gated park that offers free entrance and free parking. I would recommend trying out the delicate meals at Tiffin At the Yard, a bougie food court within the venue. It’s also walkable to the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac), where theatrical performances and musicals are often held.

13. National Art Gallery – Hospital Kuala Lumpur Station

The National Art Gallery is a must-visit destination in Kuala Lumpur by train for art enthusiasts. Boasting three storeys and multiple art exhibitions, it offers an immersive art experience with no admission fees and complimentary parking. There will be different art collections from time to time, but one thing we’re sure of is that the art installations will never disappoint! Simply exit from the Hospital Kuala Lumpur Station, walk around six minutes, and you’ll get here.

14. Petronas Twin Towers – Persiaran KLCC Station

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Your trip to KL is not complete without visiting the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. To get to this number one attraction in Kuala Lumpur by train, simply get down from the Persiaran KLCC Station, walk for about 10 minutes, and you’ll arrive at the dazzling skyscrapers. 

While you’re here, be sure to visit Suria KLCC, a shopping hub under the Twin Towers. Don’t forget to make a pit stop at the esplanade just outside to bask in stunning views of the building as well as the light and sound fountain show, too! The KLCC Park nearby with lush greenery and ample amenities is also a free destination to go for a jog.

15. Kompleks Kraf Kuala Lumpur – Conlay Station

Situated in the heart of KL, the Kompleks Kraf Kuala Lumpur is a cultural and craft complex dedicated to showcasing and promoting traditional Malaysian craftsmanship and arts. It only takes one minute to walk from the Conlay MRT Station to the complex. Here, visitors can get hands-on experience in making their own traditional crafts, such as batik art, rattan art, tie-dye shirts, copper tooling and more. You’ll also get to play congkak: a traditional game where the tools used are a crafted wood board and guli (glass marbles).

16. Farm In The City – Putra Permai Station

True to its name, Farm In The City is a nature oasis that lies within Seri Kembangan, a town situated about 20 minutes away from KL city centre. This award-winning petting zoo allows visitors to get close to various animals and plants. Apart from the animals that we commonly see in zoos, there are also other friendly yet exotic creatures like the Aldabra giant tortoise, lemur, alligator snapping turtle, alpaca, and racoon. 

A day pass ticket for Malaysian citizens costs RM39 (~US$8.30 or S$11.30) for adults and RM32 (~US$6.80 or S$9.30) for children below 11 years old and senior citizens over 60 years old. For non-Malaysians, the price of the ticket is RM58 (~US$12.40 or S$16.90) and RM48 (~US$10.30 or S$14) respectively. The walking distance from the Putra Permai MRT Station to Farm In The City is only around five minutes. 

KL attractions near LRT Ampang Line

17. Pudu Wai Sek Kai – Pudu Station

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Pudu Wai Sek Kai, aka Pudu Glutton Street Night Market, is another must-visit in Kuala Lumpur by train. It’s located in one of the alleys in Pudu district and is only a three-minute walk from Pudu LRT Station. This place has been an all-time favourite among locals and tourists who love local Chinese food. From char siew pao (barbecued flavoured pork buns), duck egg char kuey teow (stir fry rice noodles), to curry noodles and fried chicken, you won’t leave with an empty tummy! 

Looking for other KL attractions near this LRT station? If you don’t mind an additional 10-minute walk from Pudu Wai Sek Kai, you will get to LaLaport Bukit Bintang: a Japanese shopping mall with plenty of shops and IG-worthy photo spots!

Note: You can also alight at Pudu LRT station via the LRT Sri Petaling Line.

18. Merdeka Square and River of Life – Masjid Jamek Station

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A historical landmark in Malaysia, visiting Merdeka Square (aka Dataran Merdeka or Independence Square) is a must when you’re in Kuala Lumpur. Tourists and locals alike love coming here to enjoy kite flying, skateboarding, and taking pictures with the building with a classic design that looks stunning day and night. 

There’s also River of Life right next to the square. It’s a beautiful waterfront where the Klang River and the Gombak River meet, and it looks extra dazzling at night when the LED light transforms the place into indigo blue. The good thing is that you can visit both of these attractions when you get off at one of the KL train stations, Masjid Jamek LRT Station.

Note: The Masjid Jamek station is served by all LRT lines: LRT Ampang Line, LRT Sri Petaling Line, and LRT Kelana Jaya Line.

KL attractions near LRT Sri Petaling Line

19. IOI Mall Puchong – IOI Puchong Jaya Station

Since its opening in 1996, IOI Mall Puchong has been one of the most popular shopping malls in Klang Valley. It’s only about three-minute’s walk away from the IOI Puchong Jaya LRT Station. IOI Mall features two buildings, Old Wing and New Wing, and there are approximately 250 stores which include an Aeon supermarket and a movie theatre. Ask any local who lives nearby, and they’ll probably tell you that they rode its iconic magical carousel at least once when they were a kid! So, why not try it out as well when you explore Kuala Lumpur by train?

KL attractions near LRT Kelana Jaya Line

20. Taman Paramount – Taman Paramount Station

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Taman Paramount has a reputation for being one of the most fashionable areas in KL. Speaking as a local who has just recently been here, it’s definitely a hangout spot for hipsters and fashionistas. There are several thrift stores and bougie cafes here where you can shop for curated pieces and secondhand items. However, the prices may be a little high compared to other thrift shops in KL. These shops and cafes are only around a five-minute walking distance from the Taman Paramount LRT Station.

21. Mid Valley Megamall and The Gardens Mall – Abdullah Hukum Station

If you want to go to Mid Valley Megamall and The Gardens Mall, just get down from the Abdullah Hukum LRT Station and walk approximately nine minutes via the LRT link bridge. One of the most crowded shopping malls in KL, the 4.5-million-square-foot Mid Valley Megamall is home to a vast selection of mid to high-end retailers and a wide array of food options. Whereas, The Gardens Mall is a luxury mall that is connected to Mid Valley, offering a more upscale shopping experience. 

Also read: 12 Best Day Trips From Kuala Lumpur & How to Get There

There you have it, a list of landmarks, museums, shopping malls and other places to go that are very close to the KL train stations. Next time you want to visit Kuala Lumpur by train, refer to this guide and explore the city with ease! 

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Cecelia Chang
Cecelia Chang

Born in a new village in Selangor, Malaysia, Cecelia loves three things in life: Good food, good views, and good deals. She also enjoys exploring new places and experiencing new things on her travels.