Getting To Kulim Course Site

Please refer to the map below for the location:
Kulim Course Site

If you have transport information that could help other students, please email it to info@malaya.dhamma.org. As and when we get such information we may add it to the list.

Rideshare | Private Cars | Bus Service to Kulim | Bus Service from Kulim | Taxi Service | Train Service | Air Services

Ride Share Board

You may first check the Ride Share Board Rides Offered section to see if there is someone with whom you can share a ride to Kulim.

Private Cars

Kulim is in North Malaysia, Kedah state, east of Butterworth and Bukit Mertajam, Penang.
At Kulim town, if you are driving along Jalan Raya, turn left at the traffic light near the Kulim post office into Jalan Tunku Bendahara. If you are driving along Jalan Tunku Laksamana, at the traffic light where you could see Kulim Clock Tower on your right and the Kulim post office across the road in front of you, go straight to enter into Jalan Tunku Bendahara.
After that drive straight for another 2.2km, along the way pass 3 schools on your left, where the last one is SJKC Chong Cheng. Then pass the main entrance of San Fo En Buddhist Temple on your right. Go straight for another 150m and on the right is the downhill steel gate entrance to Kulim Vipassana Course Site. After entering the oil palm estate from the main road, please drive another 200m uphill. 50m before reaching the course compound entrance, you can see a sign board showing you the open grass field to park your car. The open grass field is big enough to park about 12 cars. Please refer to this link for the location map to Kulim Vipassana Course Site :

Bus Service

Buses from other states and Singapore stop at Kulim Bus Station.
Kulim bus station is around 3.5km away from Kulim Vipassana Course Site.
There is taxi service at the bus station, where a trip to the course site takes around 10 minutes and costs around RM8 to RM12.

Purchasing Bus Ticket - You can buy your bus ticket from the below websites in advance, print out the e-ticket before going to the bus station:-

Important Note re Penang Island: There is no public bus (Rapid Bus) or private bus from Penang Island direct to Kulim. Those who are travelling from Penang Island have to take a rapid bus 401 or 401E bus to the jetty and travel by ferry to Butterworth, then catch a bus to Kulim.


Buses going to Kulim Station

Departure point

Bus operators

Bus departure times

Fare

Sungai Petani

~ 1 hr journey

 

Cepat & Cekap Express

6am-9pm (Daily)

RM4.50

Billion Stars

6.45am-9:30pm (Daily)

RM35

Thai Good Travel & Tour

6.30am-8:45pm (Daily)

RM40

Butterworth

·        Penang Sentral Bus Terminal (Butterworth)

·        Ticket Counter 28

·        45-55min journey

 

Lean Hock Bus Corp. Sdn Bhd

8:00am Every hour 8:30pm (last bus)

RM3.80

Ipoh

 

·        2 to 2.5 hr journey

 

Plusliner

2:30pm

RM12.90

Transnasional

8:00am

RM13.60

Era Mesra

1:30pm

RM25

Kulim First Travel

2:30pm

RM48

Kuala Lumpur

·        Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS)

·        5 hr journey

 

Economy Express

9:45am - 11:30pm

RM35

Plusliner

10:00am - 11:30pm

RM37

Sri Maju Group

9:00am - 11:30pm

RM36

Transliner

11:15am - 11:59pm

RM37

·        Jalan Duta

·        5-hr journey

 

Super Nice

11:00am

RM40

1:00pm

8:00pm

Economy Express

11:00am

RM37

10:30pm

Kajang

 

·        5 hr journey

 

Star Mart

10:00am

RM40:00

A Class

5:00pm

RM40:00

Economy Express

9:00am

RM40:00

10:30pm

RM40:00

Shah Alam

 

·        5 to 6 hr journey

 

Era Mesra

9:30am

RM46

1:30pm

7:30pm

Transnasional

8:30am

RM41

3:00pm

Putrajaya

·        5 to 6 hr journey

Plusliner

9:30am

RM45:00

Transnasional

12:00pm

RM42:00

Melaka

·        7 to 8 hr journey

Kejora Masyhur

6:45am

RM60:00

Transnasional

8:30am

RM60:00

Johor

·        10 to 11 hr journey

Super Nice

9:00am

RM70:00

Pacific

10:00am

RM70:00

Larkin

 

·        10 - 11 hr journey

 

Star Mart

9:30pm

RM70:00

Sin Yong Express

8:45am

RM75:00

KPB

10:00am

RM77:00

Singapore

·        11 - 12 hr journey

Super Nice

9:00pm

RM75:00

Important Note: Please counter check schedule & cost again for the latest information as above figures are only valid as of April 2018 from the internet.


Buses leaving from Kulim Bus Station (KBS)

Students are responsible for arranging their own transport for leaving the course site at the end of the Course. It is strongly recommended that return bus tickets be purchased prior to arrival as tickets cannot be purchased at the course site.


Students may make arrangements among themselves to share taxis that are going to a common destination to save on costs on last day of the course.

Bus operators

Bus departure times from KBS

Fare

Destination

Lean Hock

8:00am Every Hour

7:00pm (Last Bus)

RM3.80

Penang Sentral/

Butterworth Railway Station

Super Nice

10:00am

RM30:00

Ipoh

Economy Express

1:00pm

RM30:00

A Class

5:00pm

RM30.00

Kejora Masyhur

6:45pm

RM30.00

Plusliner

9:45am

RM37.10

Kuala Lumpur

Terminal 

Bersepadu Selatan

(TBS) 

12:15pm

4:30pm

11:30pm

Super Nice

10:00am, 11:00am, 3:00pm

RM40.00

Jalan Duta

Kejora Masyhur

5:00pm, 10:30pm, 11:30pm

RM40:00

Economy Express

1:00pm

RM40:00

Star Mart

10:00am

RM50.00

Kajang

A Class

5:00pm

RM50.00

Kejora Masyhur

6:45pm, 10:30pm

RM50.00

Era Mesra

10:00am, 1:00pm, 11:00pm

RM50.00

Shah Alam

Super Nice

11:00am, 3:00pm

RM50.00

Pacific

9:30am

RM40.00

KL Sentral

Plusliner

11:30pm

RM53.00

Putrajaya

Star Mart

10:00am

RM60.00

Malacca

Kejora Masyhur

10:30pm

RM60.00

Mayang Sari

10:30pm

RM60.00

Super Nice

9:00am

RM70.00

Johor

Pacific

10:00am

RM70.00

Kejora Masyhur

10:30pm

RM70.00

Larkin

Super Nice

9:00pm

RM75.00

Singapore

Note: Please counter check schedule & cost again for the latest information as above figures are only valid as of April 2018 from the internet.


Taxi Services

Taxi from Kulim Bus Station

There is taxi service at Kulim Bus Station, where a trip to the course site would take around 10 minutes and costs around RM8 to RM12. Taxi service telephone no.: +6044917193 and +6044903585

Taxi from Penang International Airport

  1. By Airport Taxi

    Prepaid Airport taxis are available at Penang International Airport. The taxi fare from Penang International Airport to Kulim Vipassana Course Site is around RM130 (show them the course site location map). The journey takes about 1.5 to 2 hours depending on the traffic. Alternatively, a cheaper way would be getting a taxi or Grab from the airport to Butterworth bus station for around RM50, and then take a bus to Kulim.

  2. By Pre-arranged Taxi

    You can pre arrange with Mr Balvir Singh, +6014 4909 244 to pick you up at Penang International Airport to Kulim Vipassana Course Site for around RM100 and during off-peak hours for RM120. Please note this taxi driver does not have any connection with Kulim Vipassana Course Site and we will not be responsible for services provided by him.

Electric Train Services

The nearest railway stations to Kulim are at Sungai Petani in Kedah, Bukit Mertajam & Butterworth in Penang.

Trains from Sentral Kuala Lumpur:
  • To Sungai Petani railway station, the train journey takes 4 hours 15 minutes for RM62 for Gold Class one-way ticket in the morning. The Ukir Square Sungai Petani Express Bus Terminal is around 300m away from the railway station. The bus schedule & cost are shown in the earlier “Bus Service” section.

  • To Bukit Mertajam railway station, the train journey takes 3 hours 53 minutes for RM77 for Platinum Class one-way ticket in the morning. Gold Class tickets are cheaper but only available in the afternoon. Taxi is available outside the railway station and it costs around RM30 and takes around 30 minutes to the Kulim course site.

  • To Butterworth railway station, the train journey takes 4 hours 2 minutes for RM79 for Platinum Class one-way ticket in the morning. Gold Class tickets are cheaper but only available in the afternoon. The Butterworth Bus Terminal (Penang Sentral) is within the same compound for you to take a bus to Kulim Bus Station. Bus schedule & cost are shown in the earlier “Bus Service” section.

Trains from other places in Malaysia or Singapore

For train schedule or tickets from other places to the above stations, please refer to: https://intranet.ktmb.com.my/ktmb_ui

Air Services

There are many international and domestic flights to Penang International Airport. The main airlines for domestic flights are Air Asia, Malindo, Fireflyz and Malaysia Airlines. The main international airlines are Silk Air, Scoot, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Dragon, China Airlines and Qatar Airways.

See the above section Taxi Service from the airport to Kulim. Alternatively you can take a rapid bus 401 or 401E bus to the jetty and travel by ferry to Butterworth.