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Map to Malaysia

Malaysia's new international airport at Sepang, 50km (31 miles) south of Kuala Lumpur was opened in June 1998. Most tourists either fly into Sepang or arrive overland from Thailand or Singapore. Penang also has international flights, and Kuching in Sarawak and Tawau in Sabah have flights to/from Kalimantan. There is a departure tax of RM40 on international flights, but if you buy your ticket in Malaysia it is inclusive of the departure tax. From the airport, tourists can either take a bus or taxi to Melaka If you are from East Malaysia you have to take a flight to Peninsular Malaysia and then get to Melaka

There are four road border crossings between Malaysia and Thailand (two on the west coast, one in the centre and one on the east coast). There is also a west-coast rail link. To get to/from Singapore, you cross the causeway at Johor Bahru, catch a ferry, or take the train. There are three ferry services between Malaysia and Indonesia (Penang-Medan, Malacca-Dumai and East Malaysia, Tawau-Tarakan).

Map of Melaka

Melaka, strategically located in the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia is the second smallest state in the country. Melaka is easily accessible either by land, air or sea from any part of the country. Melaka is divided into three regions; namely Alor Gajah, Jasin and Central Melaka.

By Land

Melaka, is well linked by road to Kuala Lumpur and the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) via the Kuala Lumpur - Melaka Expressway, which has reduced traveling time to and from Kuala Lumpur/KLIA to a comfortable one and a half hours. For those in West Malaysia the North South highway linking Bukit Kayu Hitam in the north and Johor Bahru in the south is the best way to get to Melaka The highway has stopovers and resting-places for weary drivers at frequent intervals.

By Sea

You can also get to Melaka by sea. If you are in Dumai, Indonesia, there are ferry services from Dumai to Melaka and vice versa. By ferry from Dumai you will disembark at Shahbandar Port in the heart of the historical city of Melaka.

By Air

Melaka, is only accessible from the international airports at Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru. There is a small airport located at Batu Berendam in Melaka - 8km from the town centre. It serves as a general aviation base for crop dusting companies and, charter flights. It also houses a flying academy. The airport is also used as an entry point to Singapore, Langkawi, Phuket and Medan (Indonesia) by Pelangi Air. In the near future, the airport may be accorded regional status to attract more investment and tourism to Melaka

Malaysia Airline System (MAS) is the main domestic airline, servicing both the peninsula and East Malaysia. Fares are reasonable, but it's unlikely that you'll need to fly in Peninsular Malaysia unless you're in a real hurry. Getting to Melaka from anywhere in Peninsular Malaysia is easy as buses and taxis are plentiful. If you prefer to drive, Melaka is only 3 hours from Singapore and 1 hours from Kuala Lumpur. Alternatively, you can also take the train. Tampin, the nearest railway station to Melaka is only 45 minutes away.

(For further information on how to get to Melaka, please refer to transportation.)




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