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Melaka (Malacca) Getting in & out

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With buses, boats, and even its own airport, getting to Melaka is a breeze.  The city’s location on the west coast almost halfway between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore makes it a popular pit-stop on the overland journey, or it can be used as a launching point for trips to Indonesia. 

Since most travelers arrive in Melaka by bus, their introduction to the city begins at the massive Melaka Sentral.  This full-service bus terminal outside the city centre is the hub for all bus services to and from Melaka, including international routes.   Strangely, Melaka lacks its own train station and the nearest one is nearly 40 km away at Tampin Train Station.        

The little-known Melaka International Airport offers regular flights across the Straits to the Indonesian city of Pekanbaru or, for a fuller range of flights, the Kuala Lumpur International Airport is only 90 minutes away and there is now a direct bus service.

Lastly, you can go down to the Melaka Jetty to catch a ferry across the Straits of Melaka to Dumai and Pekanbaru.

Transport Hubs in Melaka (Malacca)

Airport Melaka International Airport
The underutilized Melaka International Airport offers 5 flights per week, all of which are to Pekanbaru, Indonesia.  This route is flown by Riau Airlines and departs around 10 AM daily except Wednesdays and Fridays.  The airport recently underwent RM 1... more
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Train Station Tampin Train Station
The simple train station in the town of Tampin is the nearest one to Melaka even though it's nearly 40 km away!  It's located on the main Kuala Lumpur-Johor Bahru line and is served by all trains. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket counter or reserved i... more
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Bus Terminal Melaka Sentral
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Harbor Melaka Jetty
If Indonesia is the next country on your itinerary, you can hop a ferry from the Melaka Jetty across the Straits to the island of Sumatra.     Tunas Rupat runs a daily express ferry to Dumai at 10 AM (1 hour 45 minutes; 110 MYR one-way/170 MYR ret... more
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