Pahang Lin Siong Bus from Terminal Anggerik Kuala Lipis to Pekeliling Bus Terminal Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lipis is actually located quite close to Kuala Lumpur, divided by the Titiwangsa Range. With a short but fruitful East Coast trip catching the and 2 DMU rides, I opted to head back to Kuala Lumpur with Pahang Lin Siong to rest for a night before embarking on the next segment of Revenge Travel Semenanjung. Catching the Pahang Lin Siong bus on this shortcut trip would save me an additional night of travel via Gemas if I had continued taking the train.
Pahang Lin Siong operated with a reduced timetable of only 4 departures a day with the COVID-19 pandemic, and does not offer hourly departures like before. As such, I pre-booked my Pahang Lin Siong ticket on Easybook to secure a seat despite the additional RM3 admin fee involved. With the normal bus fare from Kuala Lipis to Kuala Lumpur at RM14, this makes my ticket cost RM17 instead, but it’s still reasonable for a secured seat, with no luxury of time on this VTL trip.
Terminal Anggerik Kuala Lipis
Terminal Anggerik Kuala Lipis is simple and compact, but you’ll definitely not get lost here.
There were Pahang Lin Siong buses parked at Terminal Anggerik Kuala Lipis when I arrived, however, this was not going to be my bus.
Notice that this express bus has a destination plate with a service number. The Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Lipis service is reflected as Pahang Lin Siong Bus Service 519. The desto behind shows Pahang Lin Siong Bus Service 523 which most likely is the all-stop local bus service from Kuala Lipis to Benta and Raub.
Toilets are available in a small block beside the bus terminal, at 30 sen per entry.
Pahang Lin Siong operates out of Counter C2 at Terminal Anggerik Kuala Lipis.
The counter lady informed me that I need a print out of my ticket, which I realised I did not have. I had a stack of all my documents, certificates, and tickets in a VTL file, but turns out that Pahang Lin Siong was the only one I forgot to print.
Thankfully, I could get my ticket printed at the Pahang Lin Siong counter at no charge. I then forwarded the lady my Easybook email, and she helped me print my ticket out.
My Pahang Lin Siong bus ticket from Easybook, printed at the Pahang Lin Siong ticket counter.
Pahang Lin Siong currently only has 4 buses a day from Kuala Lipis to Kuala Lumpur, departing at 8.00am, 11.30am, 3.00pm, and 6.30pm.
Local buses are temporarily suspended.
Seems like the pre-termination schedule is also skeletal, with just 2 local buses a day from Kuala Lipis to Raub.
About half an hour before departure, the 11.30am bus from Kuala Lumpur arrived at Terminal Anggerik Kuala Lipis.
The destination sign reflects the bus journey now as from Kuala Lipis to Kuala Lumpur. This would be my 3pm bus.
About 5 minutes before departure, boarding calls were made by the counter staff.
A table is set up in front of the bus. Ticket printouts are checked and collected here, which explains why a hardcopy is necessary. Scan the MySejahtera QR code to check-in, and sanitise your hands.
The interior of the Pahang Lin Siong bus. Seats are laid out in a 2+2 configuration with 41 seats.
The legroom was spacious on this 41-seater bus.
To make the legroom even more spacious, overhead luggage racks are available to store small bags.
The overhead luggage racks can be shut, just like a plane.
The comfortable legroom on board Pahang Lin Siong’s 41-seater bus.
A foot rest is also available.
Seat recline is a bit too generous. Remember to look out for your seat neighbour behind you before reclining all the way.
Not many passengers boarded at Terminal Anggerik Kuala Lipis, and my 3pm Pahang Lin Siong bus departed at 2.58pm – 2 minutes early.
Crossing the bridge over Sungai Jelai.
Goodbye Kuala Lipis Railway Station.
Passing by Jalan Pekeliling, but in the wrong KL.
Pahang Lin Siong takes the main Federal Route 8, also known as the Kuala Lumpur–Kota Bharu Highway, when leaving Kuala Lipis.
Passing by R & R Benta.
Entering Benta to pick up more passengers.
Terminal Akasia Benta
Pahang Lin Siong makes a brief stop at Terminal Akasia Benta to pick up passengers.
Terminal Akasia Benta is a simple lay-by off Jalan Kampung Baru Benta.
Returning to Federal Route 8 after the quick Benta stop.
Federal Route 8 gets wider after Benta.
Passing under the future Central Spine Road.
Federal Route 8 was quite jammed up, so the Pahang Lin Siong bus diverted via Jalan Simpang Kallang instead.
Nice to see more rural scenery instead of sticking on the main road.
Passing by Dataran Raub while approaching Raub Express Bus Terminal.
Raub Express Bus Terminal
Entering Raub Express Bus Terminal.
For Raub passengers, do note that Raub Express Bus Terminal (Terminal Bas Express Raub) is north of Raub town, and not Raub Bus Station (Perhentian Bas Raub) beside Pasar Besar Raub which is used by local all-stop buses.
Making a longer stop at Raub Express Bus Terminal with more passengers boarding.
The Pahang Lin Siong bus ran almost full from Raub to Kuala Lumpur.
Pahang Lin Siong continues on Federal Route 8, and then continuing on a new short stretch of the Central Spine Road, skipping Bentong with road closures.
Central Spine Road
The toll-free Central Spine Road is quite impressive, offering PLUS Highway standards on the East Coast. It’s nice to be on board a fast express bus on a highway once again.
This current main stretch of Central Spine Road ends at with a roundabout. Provisions can be seen for the Central Spine Road to Kuala Pilah to bypass under the roundabout if demand increases in future.
A short stump of Central Spine Road continues as a link between the main Central Spine Road alignment and the Kuala Lumpur-Karak Expressway.
Approaching the Kuala Lumpur-Karak Expressway.
Kuala Lumpur-Karak Expressway
Queuing up at the Bentong Toll Plaza.
The toll fare for a bus here costs just RM3.
There was a massive jam on the other side heading east.
The Karak Highway offers a scenic bus ride through the mountains of the Titiwangsa Range.
Entering the Genting Sempah Tunnel.
Genting Sempah Tunnel is the first highway tunnel in Malaysia.
Looks like a great day to visit Genting Highlands, but unfortunately, my train schedule doesn’t allow for that.
Lots of high-speed twist and turns here.
Approaching KL, and the Karak Highway jam has started for my side.
Slowly inching forward to the Gombak Toll Plaza.
The toll fare for a bus here costs just RM5.
It wasn’t the Gombak Toll Plaza that was causing the jam though, the jam continues on when merging back after the toll.
Heading on the Duta-Ulu Kelang Expressway (DUKE Highway) after clearing the jam.
Another RM1.30 to be paid by the bus here at Sentul Toll Plaza.
The welcoming Kuala Lumpur skyline is just ahead.
Approaching another jam when arriving at Titiwangsa.
Turning in to Pekeliling Bus Terminal before Titiwangsa Monorail Station.
Pekeliling Bus Terminal Kuala Lumpur
And hello KL once again.
Turning in to the Pahang Lin Siong berth.
I arrived at Pekeliling Bus Terminal Kuala Lumpur at 5.59pm. The Pahang Lin Siong bus journey from Terminal Anggerik Kuala Lipis to Pekeliling Bus Terminal Kuala Lumpur took 3 hours and 1 minute.
Way faster than the train alternative via Gemas.
The Pahang Lin Siong bus stops in front of the Pahang Lin Siong ticket counter at Pekeliling Bus Terminal Kuala Lumpur.
The fare table for Pahang Lin Siong express buses from Pekeliling Bus Terminal Kuala Lumpur.
The timetable for Pahang Lin Siong express buses from Pekeliling Bus Terminal Kuala Lumpur.
Titiwangsa Monorail Station
Titiwangsa Monorail Station for the KL Monorail Line is located just beside Pekeliling Bus Terminal Kuala Lumpur.
Titiwangsa LRT Station
Titiwangsa LRT Station on the LRT Ampang Line and LRT Sri Petaling Line is also located just beside Pekeliling Bus Terminal Kuala Lumpur.
GoKL Red Line
As for me, I continued on with a free journey on board GoKL Red Line.
Overall, a cheap and fast shortcut trip from Kuala Lipis to Kuala Lumpur in just around 3 hours. RM17 well spent on this shortcut.
Pre-book your Pahang Lin Siong ticket on Easybook to secure a seat.