A Travel Price Comparison for Malaysia Kuala Lumpur vs. Tanah Rata for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Kuala Lumpur or Tanah Rata?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Kuala Lumpur and Tanah Rata. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Kuala Lumpur or Tanah Rata?

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur, often referred to as KL, is the cosmopolitan capital of Malaysia. It is also the largest city in the country, having grown out of a small Chinese mining village. Today Kuala Lumpur is a microcosm of the country of Malaysia. The population is split between the Malay, Chinese, and Indian cultures which you can see reflected in the city's neighborhoods, cuisine, and entertainment. It's also an incredibly affordable city, even if you're looking for the comforts of a five star hotel or a luxury restaurant. Prices are almost always a fraction of what you would pay in Europe or the United States.

Tanah Rata

Tanah Rata is one of the main tourist towns in the Cameron Highlands. The Cameron Highlands are in western Malaysia and are a popular retreat for Malaysian residents and international travelers alike. The area's higher elevation offers an often much needed break from the country's oppressive heat. It also has a beautiful setting that is rich in agriculture and has rolling hills that are beautifully covered in tea plantations. Tanah Rata has many of the area's tourist amenities. ATMS, banks, and the area's main hospital are all found in town. For some, the area feels too touristy, but if you linger longer, and explore on your own, you can easily escape the mass tourism and see the area for what it is.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best 2-Week Tours from Kuala Lumpur, The Best Family-Friendly Tours to Malaysia, The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in Malaysia, and The Best 10-Day Tours in Malaysia.


Which place is cheaper, Tanah Rata or Kuala Lumpur?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Kuala Lumpur is $63, while the average daily cost in Tanah Rata is $139. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Kuala Lumpur and Tanah Rata in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Kuala Lumpur $37
    Tanah Rata $68
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Kuala Lumpur $74
    Tanah Rata $136
Compare Hotels in Kuala Lumpur and Tanah Rata

Looking for a hotel in Kuala Lumpur or Tanah Rata? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Kuala Lumpur


Hotels in Tanah Rata


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Kuala Lumpur Hotel Prices and Tanah Rata Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Kuala Lumpur $6.49
    Tanah Rata $30
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Kuala Lumpur

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Kuala Lumpur are as follows:


  • Taxi Ride
    $3.18
  • Metro Ride (for Two)
    $0.68
  • Short Taxi Ride
    $3.18
  • Taxi From Airport
    $19
  • Bus from Airport
    $1.70
  • Train & Boat to Pulau Ketam
    $2.55

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Kuala Lumpur

Also for Kuala Lumpur, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • 2 Way Transfer To/From Kuala Lumpur International Airport : $50
  • AVANI Sepang Goldcoast Resort Hotel TO Kuala Lumpur Hotel Door to Door Transfer: $59
  • Airport Arrival Transfer-VIP Class: $200
  • Airport Private Transfer: KLIA/ KLIA 2 to or from Hotel (6 seater): $48
  • Airport Transfer KLIA & KLIA2 (per vehicle): $60
  • Airport transfer: $27
  • Airport transfer : $40
  • Arrival Private Transfer Kuala Lumpur Airport KUL to Kuala Lumpur by Minivan: $48
  • Arrival Transfer - Kuala Lumpur Airport To Genting Highlands: $41
  • Arrival Transfer : Kuala Lumpur Airport: $22
  • Arrival Transfer from KLIA/KLIA2 to IPOH: $169
  • Arrival Transfer from KLIA/KLIA2 to Johor Bharu: $237

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Tanah Rata

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Tanah Rata:

  • Shared Transfer : Cameron Highland to Taman Negara via Kuala Tembeling Jetty: $150
  • Departure Transfer from Cameron Highland to KLIA/KLIA2: $169
  • Chauffeur: Cameron Highlands to Singapore Van Transfer: $120
  • CameronHighland CityHotel to KualaLumpur Airport One-way Transfer: $109
  • Cameron Highlands to Kuala Lumpur City 1-way Transfer: $93
  • Cameron Highlands to Kuala Lumpur City 1-way Transfer: $93
  • Cameron Highlands to Kuala Lumpur Airport Departure Transfer: $110
  • Cameron Highlands Hotels to Kuala Lumpur City 1-way Transfer: $94
  • Cameron Highlands City to Kuala Lumpur City One-way Transfer: $92
  • Cameron Highlands City To Kuala Lumpur City Transfer: $94
  • Cameron Highland to Kuala Besut Jetty One Way SIC Transfer: $150
  • Cameron Highland to KUL Hotel (One Way Transfer): $153

Is it cheaper to fly into Kuala Lumpur or Tanah Rata?

Prices for flights to both Tanah Rata and Kuala Lumpur change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Kuala Lumpur $15
    Tanah Rata $45
Typical Food Prices in Kuala Lumpur

For Kuala Lumpur, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Dinner at Ding Tai Fung
    $8.49
  • Roti Bread
    $0.21
  • Food Court Lunch
    $3.06
  • Dinner at Indian Restaurant (for Two)
    $4.56

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Kuala Lumpur

For Kuala Lumpur, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • ARAS Restaurant at KL Tower Buffet Dinner: $29
  • Authentic Malaysian Street Food Tour in Kampung Baru: $35
  • Nightlife Street Food Tour with 6 Tastings: $36
  • Malaysian Culture and Street Food Tour : $44
  • Sambal Streets Kuala Lumpur Food Tour with 15+ Tastings: $49
  • Laksa Lanes Kuala Lumpur Food Tour with 14+ Tastings: $49
  • Street Food Tour with 15+ Tastings: $51
  • From Kuala Selangor Fireflies Tour with Dinner: $54
  • Best Local Food Tour by Night at Kuala Lumpur : $55
  • Kuala Lumpur Food Tour: $59
  • Eat Like a Local: Kuala Lumpur Hawker Center and Street Food Tour by Night: $62
  • Kuala Lumpur by Night and Malaysian Food Tour: $62

Typical Food Prices in Tanah Rata

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Tanah Rata:


  • Dinner for Two
    $5.73
  • Dessert
    $0.64
  • Lunch
    $4.03
  • Afternoon tea
    $3.93

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Kuala Lumpur $14
    Tanah Rata $35
Typical Entertainment Prices in Kuala Lumpur

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Kuala Lumpur's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • KL Tower Admission (for Two)
    $9.55
  • Canopy Walk at FRIM Forest Reserve
    $1.06

Tours and Activities in Kuala Lumpur

For Kuala Lumpur, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • KL Tower Admission E-Ticket with Options: $3.99
  • Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Pass: $7.92
  • Zoo Negara Instant Entry E-Ticket: $8.20
  • Aquaria KLCC Entry Ticket: $9.97
  • KL Tower Observation Deck Entry Ticket: $11
  • KL Tower Admission Ticket: $12
  • Kuala Lumpur's Cultural Highlights and Landmarks: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $12
  • Malaysia: Aquaria KLCC Entry Ticket: $13
  • KL Tower Admission Ticket: $13
  • KL Tower Admission Ticket: $13
  • Half-Day City Tour: $13
  • Suburbs and Batu Caves Half-Day Tour: $13

Typical Entertainment Prices in Tanah Rata

Here are a few typical costs in Tanah Rata for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Tea Factory Visit
    $5.73
  • Tour of Orang Asli Village
    $21

Tours and Activities in Tanah Rata

Here are a few actual costs in Tanah Rata for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Cameron Highlands Sightseing Tour: $33
  • Cameron Highlands City Hotels to Kuala Lumpur Airport EN-ROUTE Batu Caves Tour: $110
  • Cameron Highlands City to Kuala Lumpur Airport EN-ROUTE Batu Caves Tour: $109
  • Cameron Highlands Full Day Tour: $75
  • Cameron Highlands to Kuala Lumpur International Airport EN-ROUTE Batu Caves Tour: $110
  • Cameron Highlands: Agro Delight Tour: $61
  • Special Cameron Highlands ~ Day tour;Solo;Couple;Group: $292

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Kuala Lumpur $6.29
    Tanah Rata $19
Typical Alcohol Prices in Kuala Lumpur

Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Kuala Lumpur are as follows:


  • Bottle of Wine
    $9.55


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Kuala Lumpur and Tanah Rata, we can see that Tanah Rata is more expensive. And not only is Kuala Lumpur much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Kuala Lumpur would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Kuala Lumpur and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Tanah Rata would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Tanah Rata than you might in Kuala Lumpur.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Kuala Lumpur Expensive? and Is Tanah Rata Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Kuala Lumpur or Tanah Rata?

Kuala Lumpur has a larger population, and is about 210 times larger than the population of Tanah Rata. When comparing the sizes of Kuala Lumpur and Tanah Rata, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.


When is the best time to visit Kuala Lumpur or Tanah Rata?

Both destinations experience a warmer climate most of the year. Instead of summer and winter seasons, they usually have a rainy season and a dry season. Although in the rainy season, it doesn't necessarily rain every day.

Should I visit Kuala Lumpur or Tanah Rata in the Summer?

Both Tanah Rata and Kuala Lumpur during the summer are popular places to visit. Plenty of visitors come to Kuala Lumpur because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Tanah Rata year-round.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Lumpur usually gets more rain in July than Tanah Rata. Kuala Lumpur gets 150 mm (5.9 in) of rain, while Tanah Rata receives 91 mm (3.6 in) of rain this time of the year.

In July, Kuala Lumpur is generally around the same temperature as Tanah Rata. Daily temperatures in Kuala Lumpur average around 28°C (82°F), and Tanah Rata fluctuates around 27°C (81°F).


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Kuala Lumpur 28°C (82°F) 
    Tanah Rata 27°C (81°F)

Should I visit Kuala Lumpur or Tanah Rata in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Kuala Lumpur and Tanah Rata. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Kuala Lumpur year-round. Tanah Rata attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate.

Tanah Rata receives a lot of rain in the autumn. Kuala Lumpur gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In October, Kuala Lumpur usually receives more rain than Tanah Rata. Kuala Lumpur gets 280 mm (11 in) of rain, while Tanah Rata receives 237 mm (9.3 in) of rain each month for the autumn.

Kuala Lumpur is around the same temperature as Tanah Rata in the autumn. The daily temperature in Kuala Lumpur averages around 27°C (81°F) in October, and Tanah Rata fluctuates around 27°C (81°F).


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Kuala Lumpur 27°C (81°F) 
    Tanah Rata 27°C (81°F)

Should I visit Kuala Lumpur or Tanah Rata in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Kuala Lumpur as well as Tanah Rata. Kuala Lumpur attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate. The warm climate attracts visitors to Tanah Rata throughout the year.

It's quite rainy in Tanah Rata. Kuala Lumpur receives a lot of rain in the winter. Kuala Lumpur usually gets more rain in January than Tanah Rata. Kuala Lumpur gets 239 mm (9.4 in) of rain, while Tanah Rata receives 131 mm (5.2 in) of rain this time of the year.

In the winter, Kuala Lumpur is around the same temperature as Tanah Rata. Typically, the winter temperatures in Kuala Lumpur in January average around 27°C (81°F), and Tanah Rata averages at about 27°C (80°F).


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Kuala Lumpur 27°C (81°F) 
    Tanah Rata 27°C (80°F)

Should I visit Kuala Lumpur or Tanah Rata in the Spring?

Both Tanah Rata and Kuala Lumpur are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. The warm climate attracts visitors to Kuala Lumpur throughout the year. Plenty of visitors come to Tanah Rata because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Tanah Rata. It's quite rainy in Kuala Lumpur. In April, Kuala Lumpur usually receives more rain than Tanah Rata. Kuala Lumpur gets 240 mm (9.4 in) of rain, while Tanah Rata receives 167 mm (6.6 in) of rain each month for the spring.

In April, Kuala Lumpur is generally around the same temperature as Tanah Rata. Daily temperatures in Kuala Lumpur average around 28°C (82°F), and Tanah Rata fluctuates around 28°C (82°F).


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Kuala Lumpur 28°C (82°F) 
    Tanah Rata 28°C (82°F)

Typical Weather for Tanah Rata and Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur Tanah Rata
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 27°C (81°F) 239 mm (9.4 in) 27°C (80°F) 131 mm (5.2 in)
Feb 28°C (82°F) 200 mm (7.9 in) 27°C (81°F) 140 mm (5.5 in)
Mar 28°C (82°F) 260 mm (10.2 in) 28°C (82°F) 113 mm (4.4 in)
Apr 28°C (82°F) 240 mm (9.4 in) 28°C (82°F) 167 mm (6.6 in)
May 28°C (82°F) 190 mm (7.5 in) 28°C (83°F) 115 mm (4.5 in)
Jun 28°C (82°F) 160 mm (6.3 in) 28°C (82°F) 74 mm (2.9 in)
Jul 28°C (82°F) 150 mm (5.9 in) 27°C (81°F) 91 mm (3.6 in)
Aug 28°C (82°F) 160 mm (6.3 in) 28°C (82°F) 126 mm (5 in)
Sep 27°C (81°F) 200 mm (7.9 in) 27°C (81°F) 173 mm (6.8 in)
Oct 27°C (81°F) 280 mm (11 in) 27°C (81°F) 237 mm (9.3 in)
Nov 27°C (81°F) 290 mm (11.4 in) 27°C (81°F) 270 mm (10.6 in)
Dec 27°C (81°F) 250 mm (9.8 in) 27°C (80°F) 158 mm (6.2 in)