2 days in Kuala Lumpur? Yep, that is all we really had and we aimed to see as much as we could even if we had two kids behind us complaining like they were going for gold at the Olympics. We actually had 3 days in Kuala Lumpur (but the heat limited the amount of time the kids would happily wander around) so we compressed our KL itinerary for 2 days so we could spend a day lazing about in the hotel.
It certainly wasn’t the perfect Kuala Lumpur itinerary or what we really had in mind but we made it work! Here are our top things to do in Kuala Lumpur in 2 days.
Just to get you started…some Kuala Lumpur facts.
Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia with around 1.73 million people calling it home and it is the countries biggest city. Kuala Lumpur is loving known by many as simply KL and is a popular tourist city with around 8.9million visitors per year. So you have picked an awesome place to visit.
What do I need to get the most out of my 2 days in Kuala Lumpur?
Well you need the motivation first! But here are somethings that might help you a bit more:
- Good accommodation- we discuss that below.
- A good lightweight backpack
- Sunhat that will keep you from getting burnt
- Do you have a camera to get all the pics you want?
- Good, sturdy shoes that won’t hurt your feet after a long day
If you can freeze some water overnight. This will help you stay cool during your Kuala Lumpur day trips. You can just pour cold water in over the ice block all day!
So now…your Kuala Lumpur itinerary for 2 days!
Day one in Kuala Lumpur
Batu Caves –
Batu Caves are a series of caves in limestone hills just out of Kuala Lumpur. The series of caves is one of the most popular Tamil shrines outside of India and Batu Caves are one of the best known Kuala Lumpur tourist spots.
How do I get to Batu Caves? A trip to Batu Caves will take you roughly 35-40 minutes to get there if you are staying in the Kuala Lumpur city centre using a Grab. The cost is around RM30. This is also a quicker way to get out to Batu Caves if you are on a tight schedule for your 2 days in Kuala Lumpur rather than using public transport.
How much is the entry to Batu Caves? You do not have to pay to enter Batu Caves but you do need to make sure your knees are covered for both men and women. Children are not a problem and if you are unsure there are ladies at the entrance with sarongs for you to hire. They are RM5 each. Marley had on shorts but we did not need to hire a sarong for her.
How much time do I spend at Batu Caves? We took our time climbing the steps to the top as we have two kids. All up we were at Batu Caves for 2.5 hours. This included:
- climbing the steps slowly
- a blessing at the shrine at the top for all four of us
- plenty of picture taking
- a stop for a drink
- walking slowly back down the steps
- we also had some snacks before we left
*We are not the fittest people you will meet so we really took our time on the steps. We also had been told there was not much to do up there but we really liked it and found ourselves wandering around just looking. Take your time and watch the religious ceremonies if you can. Batu Caves is one of the top things to see in Kuala
After you have grabbed a quick bite to eat on the run and a Grab back into the city, head to the Petronas Towers for stunning views over the Kuala Lumpur city centre. This is a must for your two days in Kuala Lumpur itinerary.
How do I get to the Petronas Towers?
If you are staying at the amazing Ibis Kuala Lumpur City Center as we did it is an easy walk up to the Petronas Towers. If you are staying anywhere else in the city you can easily catch a Grab to them. The address you will need is Concourse Level, Lower Ground, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur. Or you can catch a train from any station within
How much is a trip to the Petronas Towers?
You can go to the Petronas Towers website and book tickets for your allocated time.
|Adult (13 – 60 years)||RM80.00||RM28.00|
|Child (3 – 12 years)||RM33.00||RM14.00|
|Senior Citizen (61 years & above)||RM42.00||RM14.00|
|Infant (below 2 years old)||FREE||FREE|
How much time do I spend at the Petronas Towers?
You can visit the Petronas Towers Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am to
You need to book a time for your Petronas Towers tour and be there 15 MINUTES before your allocated time. First, you are taken to level 42 to the sky bridge and then to level 86. You will have enough time allocated in each section for your visit.
Petrosains Discovery Center
The Petrosains Discovery Center was an amazing surprise for us and the kids. While it is marketed as being an activity for kids in Kuala Lumpur there were plenty of adults enjoying learning about how things work at the Petrosains Discovery Centre. We think this would have to be one of the most fun things to do in KL.
How do I get to the Petrosains Discovery Center?
The Petronsains Discovery Center is located in the Petronas Towers at the Suria KLCC. Take the central lift to Level 4. You will see the bright colours of Petrosains right in front of you.
How much is entry to Petrosains Discovery Center?
These are the rates to get entry into the Petrosains Discovery Centre. These prices below do not include the 6% service tax that is payable.
|Discovery Centre Prices||With MyKad||Non-MyKad|
|Senior Citizen (61 years & above)||RM 9.00||RM 14.00|
|Adult (13 – 60 years)||RM 18.50||RM 28.00|
|Child (3 – 12 years)||RM 7.50||RM 16.50|
|Infant (2 years & below)||Free Admission|
How much time do I spend at Petrosains Discovery Center?
You will need plenty of time to make your way around this amazing centre. There are so many things to do for you and for your children. It would have to be one of the most interesting places in KL to visit for all ages.
|Days||Hours of operation|
|Monday||Closed (except on School Holidays and Monday, 16 September 2019 (Malaysia Day)|
|Tuesday–Friday||9:30am – 5:30pm (Last Admission is at 4:00pm)|
|Saturday, Sunday & Public Holiday||9:30am – 6:30pm (Last Admission: 5:00pm)|
*CLOSED on Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Hari Raya Aidiladha.
Now where to go in KL at night for some amazing food? After a huge day, it is time to just sit, relax and get some amazing dinner and Jalan Alor is a must visit in Kuala Lumpur for your dinner! At Jalan Alor, you can get everything from a full sit down meal to a lamb chop on a stick! Yep, a chop on a stick. It is up to you whether you grab something on the run or sit to watch the people stream through this amazing open aired street heaven but
How do I get to the Jalan Alor?
If you are using a Grab or a taxi all you have to do is say the name of the street and you are off and running.
Public Transport: Get a timetable for the GoKL free bus service and see where you can get on and off but one stop is definitely going to get you to your dinner!
How much is entry to Jalan Alor?
FREE…what?? Yes, there is no entry fee to Jalan Alor because it is just a street full to the brim of amazing food shops! An even better excuse to spend some time here and do your own mini Kuala Lumpur food tour!
How much time do I spend at Jalan Alor?
We found by the time we wandered the street looking for a stall that had something all of us would like, ate, drank and then looked around again we spent just over 2.5 hours in Jalan Alor.
*Jalan Alor is one of the busiest places to visit in Kl at night. People stream through here fast. We never felt unsafe or anything like that but be aware of your kids. Ours wandered off a couple of times just to look at things that caught their eye. They are older so it wasn’t
And day one in Kuala Lumpur is over! It’s time to go back to your hotel and have a long cold shower or a soak in the pool. Get a good nights sleep and be ready for day 2 in Kuala Lumpur!
Your day 2 Kuala Lumpur itinerary.
After a good nights sleep you should be ready to explore Kuala Lumpur all over again!
KL hop on hop off bus.
This will allow you to see some of Kuala Lumpur without having to work those legs too much and it is a great way to see the top places of interest in Kuala Lumpur. It will also allow you to jump on and off wherever you like which is a great thing. The hop on, hop off bus then gives you the chance to decide what to see in Kuala Lumpur and when. After a huge day yesterday you can now just sit and watch Kuala Lumpur glide past. We found it was a great way to see Kuala Lumpur with kids and all parties were happy!
How do I catch the Kl hop on hop off bus?
You will need to get a map and see where the closest stop is to your Kuala Lumpur accommodation. If you want to look before you can find the map here
How much is the KL hop on hop off bus?
|Type of Ticket||Ticket Price|
|Standard Adult 24 hours||RM50|
|Standard Adult 48 hours||RM74|
|Standard Child 24 hours||RM24|
|Standard Child 48 hours||RM38|
|Family 24 hours||RM140|
These tickets are valid for 24 or 48 hours after purchase and are priced for Non-Malaysian travellers. Family ticket is for 2 adults and 2 children.
How much time do I spend on the KL hop on hop off bus?
We did a full lap before we took the second one to know where we were going and where we wanted to get off on the second lap. We find it is a great way to cool down and plan where we are going before we just jump off. We spent around 5 hours getting on and off the bus.
Added info you might need for the hop on hop off bus
- Remember you need to keep your ticket on you at all times to reboard the bus.
- There is air conditioning on the bus and an outdoor section without it.
- There are two routes available: The Green Line and The Red Line
- The bus runs from 9.00am until 6.00pm
- The buses are at the stops between every 20-30 minutes
*As we said this is a great way to decide what to do in Kuala Lumpur in 2 days and prioritise where you want to go. If you are very unfamiliar with the city you can do this Kuala Lumpur activity on your first day and then you have extra time to go back to the activites you really liked if you have extra days in Kuala Lumpur.
Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur?
There are all sorts of accommodation in Kuala Lumpur available for every price range.
Kuala Lumpur Budget Accommodation:
Alpha Genesis Hotel Bukit Bintang Rated a 7.1 from over 1315 reviews and starting at $60US per night for a Delux Quadruple room with 1 double bed and 2 single beds. Alpha Genesis Hotel has a location score of 8.0 and offers guests a restaurant, free wi-fi, cable television, parking and also has services for disabled guests. For the latest prices and bookings click here
The Robertson by Joseph’s Suites (Aparthotel) Rated a 9.1 from 38 reviews and starting at $70US for a Superior Apartment. The Robertson has a location score of 9.3 and offers guests a fitness centre, ATM on-site, outdoor pool, wi-fi and an airport shuttle service. For the latest prices and bookings click here
Kuala Lumpur Mid-range Accommodation:
Ibis Kuala Lumpur City Centre Rated an 8.6 from 1633 reviews and starting at $96US for a Standard Twin room. Ibis KLCC has a location score of 7.7 and offers guests buffet breakfast, free-wifi, air conditioning, outdoor infinity pool, view of the Petronas Towers, laundry service and a little convenience store on site. For latest prices and bookings click here
*We stayed at the Ibis KLCC when we visited Kuala Lumpur and it was amazing. We had an adjoining rooms with the kids and that was a brilliant feature for us. For us it was the best place to stay in Kuala Lumapur for families due to the easy walk to the Petronas Towers and restaurants.
Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur Rated an 8.3 from 7142 reviews and starting at $133US for a Superior Double or Twin room. Concorde Hotel has a location score of 8.7 and offers guests buffet breakfast, air conditioning, outdoor pool, free wi-fi and a business centre. For latest prices and bookings click here
Kuala Lumpur Luxury Accommodation
Element Kuala Lumpur by Westin Rated a 9.0 from 790 reviews and starting at $176US for a Two Bedroom Suite. Element by Westin has a location score of 9.1 and offers guests an indoor swimming pool, free wi-fi, buffet breakfast and a fitness centre. Click here for latest prices and bookings
Park Royal Serviced Suites Kuala Lumpur Rated an 8.5 from 2317 reviews and starting at $207US for a Two Bedroom suite. The Park Royal Suites has a location score of 8.7 and offers guests 2 pools, free shuttle service to business center and shopping malls, fitness centre and a kitchenette in the suite. Click here for latest prices and bookings
Not sure luxury is in the budget. Find the best deal for you here
You will find more accommodation options below on this amazing accoommodation map
Top tips for your 2 days in Kuala Lumpur
- It is hot. If you set out early with the taxing things to see in Kuala Lumpur you can relax with the cooler ones in the heat of the day.
- Take extra water everywhere and keep hydrated
- Taxis have a better reputation for not ripping people off in Kuala Lumpur but we found Grab so easy, cheap and convenient.
We realise there are so many things to do in Kuala Lumpur in 2 days and we may have missed some. Travelling with kids makes things a little more challenging at times but this Kuala Lumpur itinerary is doable!
We actually had 3 days in Kuala Lumpur but we spent the last one by the hotel pool as that is what the kids wanted. We hope you have found some places of interest in Kuala Lumpur with our things to do in Kuala Lumpur in 2 days itinerary.
How to get to Kuala Lumpur
Please find below some options for you to get from the airport into the city centre of Kuala Lumpur
Driving in Malaysia and Kuala Lumpur is quite straight forward. For a city with a population of KL, we found there were not that many cars on the road except at peak hour. Driving in Malaysia is great the main roads and tollways are in great condition. Your best bet is to pre-book a hire car and pick it up at the airport or any major town.
Both domestic and international buses service Kuala Lumpur. Singapore is just 5,5 hours away to the south while bus originating north in Bangkok also make the journey points like Krabi. Domestically buses arrive frequently from places such as Langkawi, Penang, andJohor Bahru. We have travelled on bus in Malaysia and highly recommend it. We booked through 12go Asia and you can to, just click the banner below
Money in Malaysia
The official currency of Malaysia is the Ringgit. The Malaysian Ringgit comes in RM1, RM5, RM10, RM20, RM50, RM100 notes. At the time of publishing (June 2109) 1 Ringgit = 0.24 USD
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