Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Monday, September 30, 2013

If you are in KL and you are heading anywhere south, say Singapore or Malacca, then Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS) is the place to go. This airport-like terminal is situated at Bandar Tasik Selatan, about 10 km away from KL Sentral.
This photo is taken at the pedestrian bridge connecting TBS and the train stations.
Prior to 2011, the main bus hub in Kuala Lumpur is Pudu Raya(A Pudu Sentral). But because of traffic congestion in the area, Pudu Raya was assigned to serve North-bound buses and the newly built TBS for South-bound buses. 

Going to the pedestrian bridge
I was really impressed when we arrived in TBS. It is equipped with elevators and escalators which is a real treat for passengers carrying heavy luggage. It is far from the usual hot and noisy bus terminal. There are three different train services that stops at Bandar Tasik Selatan: ERL(KLIA Transit), KTM Komuter and RapidKL(LRT line). That makes TBS easily accessible by road or by train. 
ticket booth
There are several bus operators for south bound passengers. My personal recommendation is Transnasional Coach Services. I highly recommend purchasing tickets ahead of time, you can book online here. Alternatively, you can also purchase tickets at counters 1-18. Counters 19-20 are dedicated to passengers who purchased tickets online.

very useful electronic boards
It was my first overseas trip and I was unfamiliar with this type of transport system. It was like a maze in the city. Good thing, there are clear signage everywhere. There are also electronic boards that lists all departures and arrivals. It's really like an airport!

bili muna baon :)
Once our tickets were verified, we checked our gate number. The departure area is one level below the ticket booth, so we bought snacks first.
There are touch screen kiosk as well. Shalah!
sit comfortably while waiting for the bus
Transportation Guide
By Taxi
This is the easiest but not the cheapest way to get to TBS. If you are coming from KL Sentral or around Bukit Bintang area, the taxi fare should range from 15-20 RM. (Reminder: There are many taxi drivers who prefer to haggle rather than use the meter. So if you think the taxi fare is not reasonable, go find another taxi)

By Train

This is perhaps the cheapest way to get to TBS. A good option to avoid the traffic. Reminder: Travel time can take 30 minutes
just focus on the three train services (blue, black and yellow lines)
From KL Sentral -> Take KTM Komuter -> alight at the fourth stop which is Bandar Tasik Selatan (note: make sure to take the train going to Seramban)

From KL Sentral -> Take ERL (KLIA transit) -> alight at the first stop which is Bandar Tasik Selatan  

From Bukit Bintang -> Take RapidKL (LRT) either in Masjid Jamek or Plaza Rakyat -> alight at the seventh stop which is Bandar Tasik Selatan (note: make sure to take the train going to Sri Petaling)

Terminal Bersepadu Selatan at Bandar Tasik Selatan (TBSBTS)
Official Website: http://www.tbsbts.com.my/
Address: Jalan Lingkaran Tengah Ii, Bandar Tasik Selatan, Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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