Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
Hop On Hop Off bus tours are one of the easiest and quickest ways to hit the highlights of Kuala Lumpur. These types of bus tours are especially recommended for people who can only stay in Malaysia's capital for a short time or for first time visitors who don’t quite know where to start exploring this sprawling Southeast Asian city on their own.
These buses are simple to spot because they are brightly coloured double decker buses which resemble their famous bright red counterparts in London. Kuala Lumpur's version of these buses, however, offer even more flexibility in their schedules along with air-conditioning, semi-glass roofs, Wi-Fi, and tour assistants who stand ready to help any passengers who require assistance.
Kuala Lumpur Hop On Hop Off buses operate between 08:30 and 20:00 seven days per week at intervals of no more than half an hour, but delays are not uncommon during extreme weather. The hours between 16:00 and 18:00 are the busiest for the buses, and the format is similar to those in other worldwide tourist cities, you simply hop on and off at your leisure as they do rounds of the city. Usually a bus arrives at the designated points every 15 to 20 minutes.
The easiest way to get tickets is to book them online for convenience and simply wait at any of the designated stopping points, rather than seeking out ticket offices. The 23 stops on these bus tours cover over 40 of Kuala Lumpur's most worthwhile restaurants, shops, and other attractions. Passengers can explore all of these attractions at their own pace by hopping on and off buses to suit their own schedules. The accompanying commentary about these attractions and Kuala Lumpur's fascinating history is available in nine different languages. The circle which these buses travel around allows passengers to start and end their tours at any location.
Bus passengers are free to take as many photos as they like, but cannot exchange tickets. Smoking, littering, food, drinks, and solicitation are also strictly forbidden aboard Hop On Hop Off buses. Children under 12 must be accompanied by adults, and children under five can ride for free. Each Hop On Hop Off bus passenger is given a service booklet with a map and information about Kuala Lumpur.