You can travel direct from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Besut by bus, there is no direct air or rail connection between these two locations. The distance by road from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Besut on the route which bus services take is 539 km. From Kuala Besut you can take a shared speedboat service to the Perhentian Islands.
Bus Times from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Besut
There are currently 5 bus services a day from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Besut which are available to book online.
- The journey by bus from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Besut is scheduled to take from 7 to 8 hours depending upon which bus service you take.
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Kuala Lumpur Bus Station
Bus services from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Besut depart from Terminal Bersepadu Selatan, at Jalan Terminal Selatan, Bandar Tasek Selatan, 57100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Kuala Besut Bus Station
Bus services from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Besut terminate at Terminal Bas Kuala Besut, 16, 189, Kampung Gertak Seratus, 22300 Besut, Terengganu, Malaysia.
About Travel to the Perhentian Islands
Speedboat services to the Perhentian Islands depart from the pier at Jeti Kuala Besut which is 800 metres walking distance from the bus station in Kuala Besut.
Speed Boats to the Perhentian Islands
Sunny Travel operates a shared speed boat service to the Perhentian Islands which runs hourly from 08:00 from February/March to October each year when the weather is calm. November through to January is Monsoon time and the waves are normally too large and rain too heavy for anyone to want to visit the islands, and most of the resorts, bars, restaurants etc shut for the low season.
You can normally only buy a round trip ticket from Kuala Besut to the Perhentian Islands, the cost of which is 70 MYR with Sunny Travel. The journey time take around 40 minutes depending upon exactly where on the islands you are planning to go.
Big and Small Island
Before you start your journey to the Perhentian Islands you need to decide where are planning to go in order to inform the speedboat operators where you would like them to drop you off. There are two main island where you can stay: Pulau Perhentian Besar (the ‘big island’) and Pulau Perhentian Kecil (the ‘small island’).
Pulau Perhentian Kecil is the more popular island with younger visitors on a smaller budget, as it has more low cost accommodation including tents for people really keen on saving money. Pulau Perhentian Besar has more expensive and better quality accommodation such as Perhentian Island Resort and Tuna Bay Island Resort. You can go snorkelling and diving from both islands, although Pulau Perhentian Kecil is much more lively in the evening time.