This article will show you the best options to travel to Bukit Bintang from KL Sentral.
Bukit Bintang (a.k.a Bintang Walk or Starhill) houses one of the best shopping and entertainment districts in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is also home to many landmark shopping centers (like Pavilion, Sungei Wang and Lot 10), al-fresco cafés, bars, night markets, as well as hawker-type eateries. This area is popular among tourists and locals, especially among the youths.
How to get to Bukit Bintang from KL Sentral?
Due to the busy traffic and limited parking in the Bukit Bintang area, it is recommended to take the train. There are two easy-access trains that connect KL Sentral and Bukit Bintang, namely the MRT and KL Monorail.
Available trains from KL Sentral to Bukit Bintang:
1. KL Sentral to Bukit Bintang by MRT (SBK) Line
The MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) Line is your best option. It is relatively new and modern compared to KL Monorail. The nearest MRT station is located next to the National Museum in Kuala Lumpur and it is about 5 minutes walk from KL Sentral building. The MRT station is named Muzium Negara.
Purchase the MRT ticket from Muzium Negara (SBK15) to Bukit Bintang (SBK18A) towards Kajang direction. The MRT ticket costs only RM1.80 (one-way) and the train will stop at two stations (Pasar Seni and Merdeka) before reaching Bukit Bintang. The total journey is about 12 minutes.
|MRT Route||Muzium Negara – Bukit Bintang|
|Cost / Fare||RM 1.80|
|Total journey||12 minutes|
|MRT train frequency||4-10 minutes|
2. KL Sentral to Bukit Bintang by KL Monorail
Purchase the KL Monorail ticket from KL Sentral to Bukit Bintang Station (only one direction available – towards Titiwangsa). The KL Monorail ticket from KL Sentral to Bukit Bintang costs only RM2.50 (one-way). The train will stop at four stations (Tun Sambanthan, Maharajalela, Hang Tuah, and Imbi) before reaching Bukit Bintang station. The total journey is about 14 minutes.
|KL Monorail Route||KL Sentral – Bukit Bintang|
|Cost / Fare||RM 2.50|
|Total journey||14 minutes|
|KL Monorail train frequency||5-7 minutes|
What’s So Special About Bukit Bintang?
Berjaya Times Square is currently the 13th biggest shopping mall in the world boasting 12 levels of retail as a middle-class shopping mall offering youth fashion targeted at the younger crowds.
Starhill Gallery is probably the ritziest and most luxurious mall in the whole of Kuala Lumpur, alongside Suria KLCC. A Louis Vuitton flagship outlet flank the exterior facade of this grand structure. Fashion houses whether Christian Dior, Kenzo, and Valentino can be found here. Many luxury watch boutiques like Rolex, Bedat & Co, Hublot, Audemars Piguet, and Jaeger-Le Coultre can be found here.
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur offers a diverse tenant mix which makes it one of the more popular malls in KL. Tangs and Parkson are the anchor tenants of this mammoth seven-storey retail podium. A plethora of luxury boutiques ranging from Hermes, Celine, Ermenegildo Zegna, Diane von Fürstenberg to Italian fashion doyens like Furla, Gucci, Miu Miu, Fendi, and Prada are also located there.
Fahrenheit 88 spreads over 5 levels of zoned shopping space. There is a designated zone for IT gadgets similar to that of Low Yat Plaza. This mall caters largely to homegrown, middle-priced retailers despite anchored by Japanese retailer Uniqlo.
Low Yat Plaza is the ultimate one-stop center for locals when shopping for electronic gadgets.
Sungei Wang Plaza is one of the oldest malls in the area, it remains a popular destination for gamers and thrifty shoppers. The plaza features low-cost items and service businesses.
Restaurants dedicated to Arabian gastronomy have been sprouting along the core of the Bintang Walk of late as a result of a recent general initiative to lure Arab tourists to this region. Popular Maghreb and Lebanese alongside Iranian delicacies are increasingly served by restaurants.
Located on the lower ground floor of Lot 10, this newly revamped food court features 25 street food stalls selling locally renowned and established Chinese eateries scoured across Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.
Changkat Bukit Bintang is located perpendicular to Bintang Walk and Alor Street. This is the upmarket gastronomy district of Bukit Bintang. Fine dining joints line the street. It boasts pre-war, colonial buildings which have been refurbished into upmarket restaurants and pubs, serving up Western dining.
Alor Street is an entire street dedicated to cheap hawker food of mainly local Chinese cuisines. Located within walking proximity of Bintang Walk, it is popular among the locals for offering food served in a traditional open-air atmosphere, with chairs and tables dotting the curbs and road-sides.