Exploring Bersepadu Selatan Terminal

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Towards sunset, I arrived at Bersepadu Selatan Terminal after traveling eight and a half hours from Kuala Terengganu using the Arwana Bus service. Bersepadu Selatan Terminal is a giant terminal in the south of the city that replaces the role of Puduraya Bus Terminal which is located in the center of the city.

That night, I was going to stay at The Bed Station in the Pasar Seni area, but I didn’t need to be in a hurry because I’d reserved one bunk bed at that inn through a well-known inn e-commerce six days before I left my own home.

This wasn’t the first time I’d set my steps in Bersepadu Selatan Terminal (TBS). In March 2018, I stopped by for the first time when I was back from Melaka. Whereas my second visit occurred nine months later when I was back from Ipoh.

But on the last two visits, I’d been in a rush. So at that time too, I never had any intention of really exploring the biggest transportation hub in Peninsular Malaysia.

But in the late afternoon that night, instead of going to the inn.

My intention to explore TBS was growing at that time….

Finally, that evening, I decided to explore Bersepadu Selatan Terminal, which was an integrated hub covering an area of 2 hectares with a height of six floors, the pride of Malaysia.

That afternoon, the Arwana bus dropped off each passenger at the arrival hall on the 2nd floor, to be precise, on the west side of the terminal. As soon as I got off the bus, I was faced with five escalators in a row which would take each passenger up to the 3rd floor. Why was that?…. Because on the 3rd floor, was where the TBS’ connectivity point with other public transportation routes was located.

While passengers chose to continue their journey to their respective homes using private vehicles, of course, their vehicles were nicely parked on floors 4 to 6.

Entering TBS’ main lobby door on the 3rd floor, I was immediately faced with an arrival lobby on the right side of the door which was filled with rows of chairs. While in front of the arrival lobby, there was also the TBS executive lounge for passengers.

While several banking promotion booths appeared to have acquired several corners of the lobby, one of the bank’s brands was PTPTN (Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Nasional). The Guidance & Information LED also displayed a directory about floors 1-6.

The remaining part was travel-related stalls such as telecommunications equipment shops (DiGi was one of them) and minimarkets (POINT and 7-Eleven could be seen in the corridor) completing the hustle and bustle of the 3rd-floor corridor.

West side of the terminal where the arrivals platform was located.
The arrival platform was visible from the 3rd floor.
3rd-floor arrival lobby.
Two sides of the departure gate.
Escalator to the departure hall on the 2nd floor.
Departure and arrival information LEDs.
Ticket sales counter seen from the 4th floor.

Before heading to the center of the hall, there was a departure hall gate that was divided into two departure gates. It was the two gates that would lead passengers to two parts of departure hall l, namely the departure hall with platforms 1-13 and platform 14-16. Meanwhile, right on the south side of the departure lobby, there was an exit to the connecting bridge which would take passengers to the commuter train line, Seremban LRT, and airport train (KLIA Transit). Apart from trains, of course, passengers would also be directed to be able to use city buses and airport buses.

Walk until you were right in the middle of the 3rd-floor room !, there were two giant LED boards to display departure and arrival schedules. Meanwhile, under the two LEDs, eighteen sales counters were visible in a row, acquiring almost half of the hall. And right at the very beginning of the ticket sales counter, six machines were part of the self-service ticketing system corner. And finally right at the very end of the hall, enhanced by the existence of an information center to facilitate the information needs of passengers.

From the elevator at the east end of the hall, I started to go up to the 4th floor. The 4th-floor corridor was dominated by a food court, and shopping center, and there was also hotel transit, as well as access to parking locations. From the 4th floor, I followed the stairs to the 5th floor. There was no longer a hallway on the 5th floor, but all floors of the building were dominated by car areas (parking areas). Likewise, the 6th floor was also used for the same function.

After half an hour, I was satisfied exploring the whole of Bersepadu Selatan Terminal. Now it was time for me to head to The Bed Station. I had to get closer to downtown before it was too late.

The 4th-floor hall of that 10-year-old terminal looked neat.
Food court area on the 4th floor.
Parking area on the 5th floor.
The connecting bridge to Bandar Tasik Selatan station.
The view from the connecting bridge to the east.
So that was the train station.

Finally, I rushed down using the escalator to the 3rd floor to reach the connecting bridge to the Seremban LRT.

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Bus from Malacca to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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After 5 hours trip in Malacca, I would stay in Kuala Lumpur because my flight to Jakarta would departure from Kuala Lumpur on tomorrow afternoon. In addition to got time for explored some places in Kuala Lumpur, I also felt more calm because I was near KLIA.

I’ve booked Hotel Pudu 88 near Puduraya Bus Terminal.

First step,  Of course I must go back to Melaka Sentral to got bus to Kuala Lumpur. To returned to Melaka Sentral, I used easy way …. I went back to starting point when I dropped by panorama bus at Bangunan Merah, Malacca. Long enough waiting for the bus …. almost 30 minutes,  a bus actually came.

Surely this bus took me around Malacca first then got back to Melaka Sentral. So during in bus, I could use the time to saw hustle-bustle of Malacca.

Panorama Bus Melaka

New model panorama bus …. when departing I rode old model one

By paying 2 Ringgit, I long enough rode around Malacca with this bus. After 45 minutes finally I arrived at Melaka Sentral.

When arrived at Melaka Sentral, I directly headed to Inter City Bus Terminal.

Terminal Bas Antara Negeri

I just followed this sign to found a bus to Kuala Lumpur.

No long searching, finally I found intercity bus ticket counters.

konter Bus ke KL

Didn’t worry…. a lot of buses options and prices …. just choosed …. Bus would departure every 30 minutes.

I got out of terminal room to saw some good buses to rode. Actually all buses were similar and I thought all buses were comfort. So I decided to grabbed fastest bus that would be departed.

Finally I bought Mayangsari bus ticket that would depart at 15:15. I must be hurried by bus timer because bus would depart in 2 minutes. Pity man who queued behind me, he couldn’t get a ticket and must wait for half an hour again.

I ran to bus and finally got a backseat, the seat number that I got wasn’t matching with seat number on ticket. I asked to ladies who sat on the middle seat….then a gentlemen behind them told me to sat anywhere …. It was free. Oh, that was the rule. Because available seat was at back, so that was my seat.

Bus Mayangsari 2

Left: The inside of Mayangsari bus that had route Melaka Sentral-Kuala Lumpur
Right: Mayangsari Bus when arriving at Terminal Bersepadu Selatan, Kuala Lumpur

tiket mayang sari

Cheap…. only 10 ringgit could move from Malacca to Kuala Lumpur

I didn’t know which way this bus was passed…. actually 2 hours later I arrived at Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS).

The first impression of seeing TBS was very amaze, for fist time I looked a large and clean bus terminal. Also LED information board was very large size for bus terminal standard.

Terminal Bersepadu Selatan

Terminal Bersepadu Selatan, Kuala Lumpur.
Left Top: arrival hall
Left Lower: ticket counter
Right top: Arrival and Departure Information Board

Right Lower: A guide sign to LRT network and KLIA Express train

Because this is an integrated bus terminal and train line to down town, So my eyes were carefully sweeping all information boards to get direction to Bandar Tasik Selatan station that was integrated with Terminal Bersepadu Selatan.

Both Terminal Bersepadu Selatan and Bandar Tasik Selatan Station are connected by a bridge aisle above road.


Top left: Bandar Tasik Selatan Station
Lower left: Connection bridge between Bandar Tasik Selatan Station and Terminal Bersepadu Selatan
Top right: Terminal Bersepadu Selatan
Bottom right: a sign in bridge hallway towards Bandar Tasik Selatan Station

After arrived at Bandar Tasik Selatan Station, I bought ticket at an automatic ticket machine for 3 ringgit towards Plaza Rakyat Station because Hotel Pudu 88 is near it. LRT that I rode was Sri Petaling Line.

Got off at Plaza Rakyat Station, I must turn around UTC (Urban Transformation Centre) Pudu Sentral through a long hallway.

Stesen Plaza Rakyat

Left: Plaza Rakyat Station
Right: Long hallway from Plaza Rakyat Station towards Pudu Street.

utc pudu

UTC Pudu Sentral is a building where several government institutions such as Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM), Malaysian Immigration Office etc.

After reached end of block, I turned to walk through Pudu Street. After short walking, I saw Puduraya Bus Terminal at right side.

pudu sentral

Puduraya terminal on right side of road

After passed Puduraya Bus Terminal along 250 meters finally I found Hotel Pudu 88.

Hotel Pudu 88

My afternoon trip to Kuala Lumpur stopped here. A cheap and comfortable hotel to stay overnight.

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