Kuala Lumpur budget trip may be quite impossible for some because knowing that KL is one of the biggest cultural melting pots in the world and being Malaysia’s capital city, it’s really full of five-star hotels and expensive attractions. However, if you look between these things, you’ll find that the city’s rich culture and history is offered for free (or at least very cheap).

So, don’t say goodbye yet to your Kuala Lumpur budget trip! We’re here to help you achieve that!

We’ve rounded up a list of places that requires no admission fee. Make sure to check out these places that you can visit for free to cut down your Kuala Lumpur trip cost!

1. Galeri Petronas

Nearby the Petronas Twin Towers, you’ll find the Galeri Petronas, a free art gallery which boasts local artists and constantly changing exhibitions. From photography to oil paints, you’ll find a huge range of work showcasing the Malaysians’ love for creativity.

2. Central Market

locals and tourists exploring the colorful central market

With over 300 shops, Central Market in Kuala Lumpur, also known as the Pasar Seni, is one of the busiest places in the city. Head here to have a look at arts and crafts from the perspective of local tradesmen. You can also find many trinkets and souvenirs you can purchase to take home.

3. Berjaya Times Square

a theme park inside a shopping mall in malaysia

So, you want to see a structure that will truly blow your mind? We recommend you to go to Berjaya Times Square, the biggest shopping mall in the world. That’s right, not the biggest in Malaysia, but the biggest in the world. This incredible structure boasts a huge range of shops and restaurants. There’s also a theme park inside this mall! While it may cost money to make purchases here, it’s free to enter and look around. You can even treat yourself to a quick bite to eat or a relaxing drink for minimal cost.

4. KL Forest Eco Park

a high canopy and hanging bridge inside a forest

Also known as the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, the KL Forest Eco park is a 9-hectare jungle trails with a 656 feet high canopy walk. It’s one of the oldest nature reserves in Malaysia and has some incredible plant life inside. The Eco park also offers guest Nature Trails, Jogging and Trekking Routes (known as Jelutong Trail, Penarahan Trail, Arboretum Trail) and the chance to set up camp and spend the night (with prior permission).

5. Royal Malaysian Police Museum

Another tourist spot in Malaysia that is free admission is the Royal Malaysian Police Museum! This exciting museum offers over 800 artifacts about the city’s history of crime. Find uniforms, patrol vehicles and weaponry used by officers throughout history. This is a unique attraction and one you’re unlikely to find many others attending. Make sure to include this on your Kuala Lumpur budget trip itinerary!

6. Batu Caves

colorful stairs at batu caves

No visit to Kuala Lumpur is complete without a trip to the Batu Caves. This iconic religious sanctuary is Kuala Lumpur’s most famous attraction. After you climb the 272 stairs to the cave, you’ll find intricate and ornate statues and devout Hindu shrines celebrating their religion. Make sure to dress appropriately when going to Batu Caves, this is a religious site and locals won’t be happy if you disrespect it. This is free admission so Batu Caves is definitely perfect for a Kuala Lumpur budget trip!

Best place to stay in Kuala Lumpur on a budget

If you want to further cut down your Kuala Lumpur trip cost, make sure to book the best budget hotels in Malaysia. There are so many great budget hotels to check out for under PHP120 ($2.36) per night!

The Bed Station (PHP237/night)

quaint bed in the bed station kuala lumpur

Location: 60A, Jalan Hang Kasturi, City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

This dormitory features Instagrammable, spacious and well-lit rooms! ZEN Rooms The Bed Station is also situated in a prime location where many restaurants and some tourist attractions are nearby.

ZEN Rooms Basic Near KTM Sentul (PHP498/night)

Location: Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, Kuala Lumpur 51200, Malaysia

Another best place to stay in Kuala Lumpur on a budget is the ZEN Rooms Basic Near KTM Sentul. There is no shortage of things to do or food to try within the vicinity of ZEN Rooms Basic Near KTM Sentul. Within short distance from the property are attractions and restaurants travelers can enjoy.

Rich Calton Hotel & Gallery (PHP1,387/night)

Location: 78, Jalan Alor, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Situated at Kuala Lumpur, known as “the sixth most visited city in the world,” Rich Carlton Hotel & Gallery is perfect for business & leisure travelers. This hotel features a 24-hour Front desk, Room Service and Security, free use of Ironing Facilities, free Baggage Storage and an Air conditioned rooms. The hotel staff are kind and efficient making the stay in this hotel more pleasing and attractive.

ZEN Rooms Sakura Boutique Hotel (PHP687/night)

Location: Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur 50400, Malaysia

This is one of ZEN Rooms’ top-rated hotels in Malaysia. You can enjoy a huge room complete with amenities. This hotel features stylish interior, rooms with complete toiletries, an elevator, and a buffet breakfast. The hotel is located in one of the main streets of the city and it is easy to find because of its unique exterior.

Hotel Royal Palm Lodge (PHP118/night)

lobby of hotel royal palm lodge

Location: No.85 M & 87 M, Mezennaine Floor Jalan Bukit Bintang,, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 55100, Kuala Lumpur 55100, Malaysia

Hotel Royal Palm Lodge is the lowest rate hotel of ZEN Rooms in Kuala Lumpur! While it’s affordable, guests won’t have to compromise comfort. ZEN Rooms assure that guests will still feel comfortable even if they’re staying in a budget hotel. Part of its amenities, Hotel Royal Palm Lodge offers ironing facilities and minibar for its guests. The kindness and efficiency of the hotel staff makes staying at this premises even more attractive. This is the best place to stay in Kuala Lumpur on a budget!

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Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia is one of the most visited Southeast Asian cities. What travelers like about it is that, despite its modernity, it remains a culturally diverse city. And what makes it even better, travelers can maintain their Kuala Lumpur budget at the lowest because it is very affordable to travel there!

From skyscrapers and museums to shopping malls and heritage buildings, this city has everything for you! Don’t worry about the moolah! Trust us, you can explore Kuala Lumpur on a shoestring budget!

We’re here to help you plan your 2-day trip with Kuala Lumpur budget under $60! Read on to find out how!

Note: The expenses don’t include the airfare.

1. Transportation

a photo of a train in malaysia

With Kuala Lumpur’s  new Mass Rapid Transport (MRT) system, KTM Komuter Trains, Light Rail Transit, Kuala Lumpur Monorail as well as bus systems in place, smart travelers like yourself can look forward to an easy and affordable way of getting around. Get an all-day pass for just MYR 7! You can purchase one-time tickets or passes at KL Sentral and central LRT stations KLCC, Masjid Jamek and Dang Wangi. Don’t dwell too much on taxis as they are more expensive than public transportation. If you want to keep your Kuala Lumpur budget intact, brave the public transpo!

Expenses: MYR 25 ($5.74) for an all-day pass

2. Aku Café & Gallery

Photo from oldchina.com.my

Address: First Floor, 8 Jalan Panggong, Kuala Lumpur 50000
Opening Hours: Daily, 11am – 8pm (Closed on Mondays)
Prices: Start from MYR 4.90 ($1.13)

What better way to spend your day than to soak in the Arts & Culture scene of KL while enjoying some good coffee. Aku Café & Gallery is a quaint and contemporary space featuring both local and international exhibitions. You will be treated to an immersive and aesthetic visual experience while your taste buds are tantalized by the cafe’s delicious offering. Favorites include their hand-drip coffee (MYR 10)  or siphon-brewed coffee (MYR 13.00), paired perfectly with a slide of their signature coffee cake (MYR 8.90). Check our their Facebook page for more information on upcoming events and/or exhibitions. Feel free to explore the culture-rich area, featuring other charming streets full of cafes and bars!

3. Walking Tour of Brickfields

flowers hung at brickfields in kuala lumpur malaysia

Address: Jalan Travers to Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Dates and Time Slots:
Every first and third Saturday of the month, 9.30am
2.5 hours
KL City Hall –  03 2617 6273

Expenses: FREE

If you’re a sucker of all things free, then take advantage of the FREE guided tour of Brickfields and explore the sights and sounds of an old neighborhood that used to produce bricks that now still line KL’s railway tracks. Kuala Lumpur City Hall runs a Little India at Brickfields Guided Walking Tour every first and third Saturday of the month starting at 9:30am in front of the YMCA. Anyone can join one of these free tours. With a hoard of prewar shop-houses, monuments, and art gallery and hidden dining gems, Brickfields is a treasure trove waiting to be explored! Don’t miss this if you want to explore Kuala Lumpur on budget!

4. Taman Connaught Night Market

Photo from Living Nomads

Address: Jalan Cerdas, Taman Connaught, Cheras, 56000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Every Wednesday, 5.30pm – 12 midnight
MYR 3 ($0.69) and up

Taman Connaught Night Market is a popular shopping street open every Wednesday night. The street features more than 700 stalls stretching over 2 kilometers! With delicious local and regional foods, a wide array of clothing, souvenirs and other items on sale, it’s no surprise that the market is a favorite among both locals and tourists. This is perfect for those who want to shop in Kuala Lumpur on budget!

5. Heli Lounge Bar

people having a chill night at heli lounge bar in kuala lumpur

Address: Bukit Bintang 34th Floor, Menara KH, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours:
Monday to Wednesday, 5pm to 12 midnight; Thursday, 5pm – 2am; Friday, 5pm – 3am; Saturday, 5PM–3AM; Sunday, 6 – 11pm
MYR 18 ($4.13) and up

Feel the beat of KL while taking in a gorgeous panoramic night time view of the city. This not-so-secret space is a helipad by day and bar by night. With a flight-themed interior featuring airplane seats and waiters in pilot uniforms, the Heli Lounge Bar offers an experience not to be missed! The best part is that drinks are not going to cost you an arm or a leg. Cocktails are priced at a reasonable rate of MYR 18 with special deals on Thursdays at MYR 15 for ladies!

6. Kuala Lumpur budget hotels

interior of the zen rooms sakura boutique hotel
interior of the bed station zen rooms malaysia

Now that you’ve found a hoard of things to do in the city of KL, it’s time to think about where you’re going to retire to after a long day of exploration. Save on accommodation and you’ll have more to spend on the other experiences that will make your trip an enjoyable and unforgettable one. A comfortable, convenient and affordable abode is what you need for a weekend in KL. Our top picks include ZEN Rooms Sakura Boutique Hotel for only MYR 58.96 ($13.53) per night and The Bed Station for only MYR 20.34 ($4.67) per night.

Kuala Lumpur Budget Breakdown

Transportation MYR 25 ($5.74)
FoodMYR 43.58 ($10)
ShoppingMYR 87.16 ($20)
NightlifeMYR 43.58 ($10)
AccommodationMYR 20.34 ($4.67)
TotalMYR 219.66 ($50.41)

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TIZIANA TAN – Born in enigmatic Vietnam; raised in metropolitan Singapore. Still dreaming of beautiful beaches, clear waters and an endless supply of smoothie bowls.

Disclaimer: ZEN Rooms claims no credit for images featured on our blog site unless otherwise noted. All visual content is copyrighted to its respectful owners. We try to link back to original sources whenever possible. If you own the rights to any of the images, and do not wish them to appear on ZEN Rooms, please contact us and they will be promptly removed. We believe in providing proper attribution to the original author, artist or photographer.