The large majority of Malaysian Expressways and Highways are toll roads. The toll roads are in excellent condition and make travelling around the country pleasurable.
There are two main types of toll system: closed or open. The tolls are payable in Malaysian Riggit (RM). Depending on the type of toll, you will either need to pay with cash (RM), using the Touch ‘n’ Go card unit or with the use of an on board Smart TAG.
The toll systems in Malaysia:
At an open toll you pay at the tollbooth found on a particular section of the highway. The price you pay is a fixed amount. The majority of the expressways use this open toll method. The table below lists the toll roads that are classed as open tolls:
Kuala Lumpur-Karak Expressway
Ampang-Kuala Lumpur Elevated Highway
Butterworth Outer Ring Road
Kajang Dispersal Link Expressway
Western KL Traffic Dispersal System
Kuala Lumpur-Kuala Selangor Expressway
Seramban-Port Dickson Highway
New North Klang Straits Bypass
Duta-Ulu Klang Expressway
Guthrie Corridor Expressway
Stormwater Management and Road Tunnel
If you are approaching a closed toll system, you will need to collect a ticket before driving onto the expressway. You will then pay a certain amount, based on how far you have travelled on exiting the toll road. Many of these closed tollbooths now issue re-usable PLUStransit cards in the place of a ticket.
A list of the toll roads that use the closed system can be found in the table below:
New Klang Valley Expressway
North-South Expressway, Central Link
South Klang Valley Expressway
There are also a number of Highways that have both options. These are often referred to as mixed highways and involved whole stretches of road (for example the north-south Expressway). Details for these can be found in the table below:
Toll rates in Malaysia:
North-South Expressway, Northern Route
North-South Expressway, Southern Route
Toll charges vary depending on the road you are using, as they are each privately owned. There was an increase in charges as of October 2016. In order to give you an idea of prices some examples of specific expressways/highways and their prices have been included below:
- The Duta-Ulu Kelang Expressway (DUKE): RM2.50
- The Maju Expressway (MEX): RM2 –RM3.50
- The Kuala-Lumpur-Karak Highway (KLK): RM6 at the Gombak toll plaza and RM3.50 at the Bentong Toll Plaza.
If you are planning a trip to Malaysia
it is highly likely that you will encounter several toll roads. The good news is that the expressways are excellent to drive on and the tolls are not that expensive, in comparison to the cost of some in other parts of the world, including Europe.